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25
Nov

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Young nurse holding baby "This is the most exciting time to be a nurse." ~ Beverly Malone, CEO National League for Nursing In an article in FierceHealthcare, Katie Sullivan interviews Beverly Malone, Ph.D., R.N., and CEO of the National League for Nursing about the challenges facing the nursing profession in the healthcare reform era. Improve Scope of Practice "We don't want to be mini-doctors; we want to be maxi-nurses." Allowing nurses “to practice at the top of their licenses will ultimately benefit the patient, bringing a new perspective and way to treat them. Nurses get more face time with patients and can really focus on the whole person,” Malone advises. In order to improve scope of practice, many nursing organizations support “Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development” programs. Malone states, “Giving nurses a better voice in the healthcare delivery process as a whole can improve the system. By placing nurses on boards and in leadership positions, making decisions about how resources are allocated in communities, hospitals can bring a new perspective and voice to patient care and business operations.” She’s not alone in advocating not just an improved role, but in recognition of the value nurses provide to a hospital’s value proposition. [+]

18
Nov

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Tags: Ebola ; healthcare providers ; Hospital Infection ; Infection Control ; nursing staff ; virus ;

According to a recent survey, only 6% of U.S. hospitals are prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus. Conversely, only 5% of hospitals said that they were not prepared at all with the majority indicating they were somewhat prepared. The survey of 1,039 healthcare providers was conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) between October 10th and the 15th, 2014. As a result of the survey, APIC recommends for hospitals and their nursing staff prepare for infectious disease outbreaks with new staff training, personnel and equipment. Hospital Infection Control not a Priority While infection control is important for most hospitals, it has not been priority for some. More than half of the hospitals surveyed (51%) has one or fewer full-time infection preventionists. Only 4% of these hospitals felt prepared to treat a patient with the Ebola virus. That number rises to 31% with hospitals that employ 11 or more infection preventionists. According to APIC President Jennie Mayfield, “We know that many hospitals do not have enough staff dedicated to infection prevention and control. Facilities that are inadequately staffed to begin with are stretched beyond capacity at a time like this. [+]

11
Nov

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Tags: hospital ; nurse turnover ; registered nurses ; Staffing Agency ; temporary ; travel nurses ;

The RN Work Project is about to conclude its multi-state, 10-year study of the career trajectory of newly-licensed registered nurses in 2016. The goal is to understand the reasons behind nurse turnover so that healthcare providers can improve recruitment and retention strategies. A snapshot of the results from 2006 to 2014 (the study concludes in 2015): 17.9% of new nurses left their first job within the first year. 33.5% of newly-licensed RNs changed employers within two years of hire. 60% of licensed nurses left their position within 8 years. Of course, not all hospitals and healthcare facilities experience this level of nurse turnover. But whatever the rate of nurse turnover is at your facility, the costs can get out of control quickly. Hospitals Lose Millions Annually The estimated cost of nurse turnover varies within the healthcare industry. The American Organization of Nurse Executives estimates that direct recruitment costs alone are $10,000 per nurse departure. The Nursing Executive Center calculates that the direct recruitment costs make up just 21 percent of the total cost of hospital nurse turnover. It’s the indirect costs such as the loss of experienced RNs, new hire training, loss of productivity, and adverse patient outcomes that make up 79 [+]

04
Nov

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Tags: American Traveler ; breast cancer momth ; breast cancer walk ; travel nurses ;

Breast Cancer Month Awreness walk - American Traveler team On October 25th, 2014, thirty of our staffing professionals at American Traveler showed their commitment to fighting breast cancer by walking in the American Cancer Society's annual “Making Strides” event; held all over the United States, the 5K donor walk in South Palm Beach saw an amazing turnout of 20,000 participants! The smiling faces  and able bodies that came together at Mizner Park in Boca Raton, Florida on a beautiful blue October weekend helped raise over a half million dollars! The funds are used to support breast cancer research and support the millions affected and touched by the disease; put more simply: fundraisers at this event are ensuring more birthdays to help make the world go round! American Traveler is proud to be on the Top Companies list of donors, and salutes all individuals and companies that are teaming up to make a difference among breast cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, their friends and families. Members of our team, including those who could not attend that Saturday but supported us in spirit, would like to thank the American Cancer Society and other organizations that are synonymous with ending [+]

27
Oct

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Tags: anti-vaccination movement ; healthcare professionals ; HPV infection ; Life-Saving Vaccinations ; pertussis ; Vaccines ;

Registered Nurses are on the front line of preventing more than just the flu by encouraging timely vaccinations. Diseases like pertussis, meningococcal, an HPV infection, and many more are completely avoidable with access to vaccines. Educating patients on the where, how and why of getting vaccinated is a task in which RNs are trained to excel. An issue of **Annals of Family Medicine (November/December 2012) reported RNs to be more effective at administering vaccinations than any other healthcare professional! These tips help emphasize that personal contact between nurses and patients is key in immunization interventions. #1: Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren’t just for kids. Immunity fades over time, so keeping your vaccines up to date as an adult is critical. RNs can get an idea of how to counsel patients of every age about vaccines by referring to The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ calendar schedule. #2: Learn more about “Bringing Immunity to Every Community”; it’s a partnership between the American Nurses Association and the CDC, and aims to maximize the RN’s role in increasing vaccination rates. #3: Own a Copy of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Known as “The Pink Book”, it’s offered by the CDC and [+]

19
Oct

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Tags: multistate licensure for nurses. ; Nursing jobs in Texas ; Texas Fast Facts ; Texas RNs ; texas travel nursing jobs ;

Austin, Texas skyline Since 2001, Texas has had trouble filling open nursing jobs. Major cities such as Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are in desperate need of healthcare professionals. As of May 2013, approximately 190,090 Registered Nurses (RNs) were employed by Texas healthcare providers making the profession the leading healthcare occupation in the state. Texas Fast Facts Texas is part of The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) which enables multistate licensure for nurses. It’s the second largest state by land mass, second only to Alaska. Texas is the 2nd most populous state next to California. The state has 630 hospitals with approximately 83,000 licensed beds. 73% of the State’s hospitals are in urban settings and 27% in rural. The state has the 7th highest Urgent Care Centers in the nation at 26 facilities and growing rapidly. The average age of working RNs is approximately 50 years of age. Nursing shortages will be exacerbated through RN retirements over the next two decades. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that by 2030, Texas will have a workforce shortage of 109,779 nursing jobs. Only California at 193,100 nursing jobs and Florida at 128,364 nursing jobs will experience higher RN shortages. According to PayScale.com, RN hourly pay rates for [+]

14
Oct

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Tags: ebola outbreak ; healthcare professionals ; hospital staff ; registered nurses ; USA ebola virus ;

The second case of Ebola has been reported in the United States; as many already know, the patient is a registered nurse working at a Dallas, Texas hospital, who cared for a man who succumbed to Ebola earlier this month. The RN is now being treated in isolation and is in stable condition; like so many registered nurses, this critical care RN, who has been identified by the media, is known for treating her patients with compassion and doing her job with great integrity. Thousands of people, American Traveler among them, are wishing her a safe and expedient recovery. Clinical Manager of American Traveler, Deborah Bacurin, RN adds, “We want to assure all of our healthcare providers that we are here to assist them in any way that we can. We respect and have a great deal of admiration for all that they do every day, not just during this situation. We do ask that they fall back on their Infection Control practices and training, and review their current facilities’ policies and procedures. The best place to go for the most accurate and up to date information about Ebola is the CDC website.” Watch Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Director, explain improved training and protocol [+]

07
Oct

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Tags: American Traveler ; CVS flu shot clinic ; flu shot ; flu shot 2014 ; travel nurses ;

Flu Shot Clinic at American Traveler Corporate office On September 25th, The American Traveler corporate office in Boca Raton, Florida invited members of our team to get vaccinated and stay healthy during the 2014/2015 flu season. A great success last year, this fall season proved no different as the Open Flu Shot Clinic got underway with two pharmacists from CVS. In collaboration with our travel nurses and entire healthcare team, we are proud to raise awareness about the kinds of corporate and community service that allow us to “do our part” in reducing the spread of the flu during influenza season. As Beth Beam, Business Development Manager pictured here says: "Our office works very close together to support each other in everything we do, and I promised to hold Nancy’s (from Account Management) hand while she got her flu shot." Like a lot of people, Nancy doesn’t care for needles, but like everyone the world over she’d rather not have the flu! Make sure to protect yourself and get vaccinated! [+]

24
Sep

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Kayleigh, an ER nurse, has traveled the U.S. extensively, enjoying the site seeing, new experiences and friendships forged along the way. Her travel nursing career includes assignments in New York and Florida, where she grew more than just her clinical skills—Kayleigh also built a network of friends she’ll always keep in touch with. In her experience working in the ED of a prominent New York hospital, Kayleigh found that the emergency room was more than a place of healing; it was also an ideal setting to meet likeminded people with similar goals. “I would have never met those people if I hadn’t traveled through American Traveler,” Kayleigh remarks in a video captioned with two key concepts in healthcare staffing: adventure and friendship. Adds Kaleigh when she talks in glowing terms about her adventures as a travel nurse, "My mother likes to call it vacation with a splash of work thrown in." "Meeting New Friends on Your Travel Nurse Adventure! Watch video about meeting new friends while travel nursing It’s hard not to agree with Kaleigh’s mom that travel nursing is like an extended vacation. Kayleigh has remarked that the people she met while working in New York dropped [+]

18
Sep

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Tags: flu season ; Healthcare employers ; nursing jobs ; registered nurses ; traveling nurses ;

RN with patient getting the flu shot vaccine RNs know that prevention and control of seasonal influenza is contingent on getting vaccinated; therefore, those working in nursing jobs throughout the United States hope to educate the demographic with the lowest vaccination numbers last year. Not surprisingly, RNs are not included in that demographic. According to the CDC’s updated research for the 2014/2015 Flu Season, the highest number of those who sought flu shots last year were pharmacists and nurses, with RNs being recorded at **84.3%. And it is no surprise, as healthcare facilities everywhere have stringent requirements. Mary Kay Hull, Vice President of Recruitment at American Traveler Staffing Professionals shares: All of the facilities we staff have flu vaccination requirements for the traveling nurses and healthcare professionals we place in our client hospitals. 6 Compelling Reasons Why RNs Should Help Raise Awareness These are compelling reasons from the CDC’s updated **2014/2015 Flu Season page to get vaccinated: Reason#1: The flu shot can reduce chances of transmission by between 50% and 70%. Reason #2: Flu shots affect quality! **The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published flu vaccination rates for healthcare workers as part of its list of quality measures. Reason [+]