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15
Apr

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Hospitals ; Nursing Career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: Magnet Hospital ; Nurse jobs ; nursing staff ; travel nurse career ; Virginia Hospital ;

“Seven of the 11 health care organizations in the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For are Magnet-recognized facilities or have Magnet facilities in their system.” ~ American Nurses Credentialing Center Virginia Hospital Center achieving “Magnet Hospital” status reminded us of the influence Magnets have on the nursing profession. Even short-term travel nurse assignments at these centers of excellence can enhance future nursing career opportunities. Nursing staff at magnet hospitals earn on average 4.8% more than colleagues at non-magnet hospitals, according to a salary survey of 1,400 nurses. Nurses employed at magnet hospitals also tend to have higher education levels, enhanced leadership capabilities, a high-level of professional nursing practice, and are evaluated based on patient outcomes, all of which may contribute to higher wages. New Addition to Magnet Hospital Community Virginia Hospital Center is the newest addition to this exclusive group becoming only the 401st healthcare facility to receive Magnet status. VHC is a 342-bed not-for-profit, teaching facility that has provided comprehensive healthcare to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for 70 years. VHC has also been recently named as one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals and in the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals nationally. Travel Nurse Amanda B. of American Traveler Staffing Professionals was not surprised [+]

08
Apr

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Related entries: flu shot ; Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: CVS Stores ; healthcare professionals ; on-site flu shot clinic ; registered nurses ; Tobacco ;

A Move that Informed Healthcare Professionals Can Fully Support Recently, CVS Caremark, the largest pharmacy chain in the United States, attracted major media attention in their announcement to end the sale of tobacco products, starting in the fall. A statement released by the company President and CEO, Larry J. Merlo are strong words that every doctor and registered nurse can get behind, as they see the negative effects of smoking in patients treated everyday: “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS pharmacy is the right thing to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.” nurse against tobacco products Mr. Merlo’s statement is reflected in nationwide legislative efforts to stop hiring smokers in a growing number of U.S. hospitals. RNs in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Missouri, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas, will recognize their healthcare employers as nicotine-free, thanks to Senate Bill 97, introduced in early 2013. More states are following in smoke-free hospitals’ footsteps, in the hope that banning healthcare workers’ use of tobacco products (both in and outside the hospital) will promote healthy careers, improve worker [+]

01
Apr

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: H-CAPS ; HCAHPS ; Registered Nurse ;

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (best known as H-CAPS) Called "H-CAPS" for short, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is a very important tool because it measures patient perceptions of their hospital experiences. While healthcare employers have been conducting surveys like this internally for years, the HCAHPS is the first survey of its kind to offer public results; staying abreast of its changes is vital to placement of quality healthcare staff and keeps terminations at a minimum.  Really, this 32-item survey is a primary concern to every healthcare professional because it can affect their employer’s ability to collect reimbursements. A good place to start in educating oneself about the HCAHPS is understanding the 3 major goals that shape it:HCAHPS hospital survey Making objective comparisons to other hospitals Creating new incentives for hospitals to improve quality of care Promoting accountability and transparency that prove if the hospital is “living up” to the public investment One of the more notable aspects to the survey is that “how often” is used to describe critical aspects of patients’ hospital experiences rather than whether or not they were satisfied.  The sampling of respondents is composed of patient [+]

26
Mar

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: How To tips ; Nurse Career ; Nurse Interview ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: infographic for nurses ; Phone Interview Questions ; travel nurse job interview tips ;

New and seasoned travel nurses will love this infographic with key preparation tips to master travel nurse job's phone interview questions. This infographic will help nurses brush up on phone nursing job interview tips that are effective to help with confidence, flexibility, and a positive demeanor during the phone interview process. In addition to the 10 nursing interview tips, the infographic explains: First and foremost, keep your cell phone by your side at all times and answer it every time it rings. Should you miss the initial travel nurse job call, then call back immediately and leave a message expressing your sincere interest in the specific travel nurse job that you have been submitted for by your agency. If you're asked to call the hospital by your consultant, do so right away. The first qualified candidate to make the connection will most likely be considered for the travel nursing job.

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20
Mar

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Education ; Nurse Certifications ; Nursing Career ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: AACC ; AACN ; AWHONN ; Emergency Nurses Association ; Healthcare Certifications ; Nurse Credentialing Associations ; nursing jobs ; RN Travel Career ;

Even though there is a nationwide workforce shortage, the best nursing jobs go to those who are the most qualified. That’s why Mary Kay Hull, Vice President of Recruitment at American Traveler Staffing Professionals suggests that all healthcare professionals enhance their qualifications with advanced and specialty registered nurse certifications.

“Healthcare facilities hold highly-educated RN travel nurses in high esteem. Advanced certifications are starting to become the norm at many leading hospitals. It can help put nurses on the fast track to career advancement leading to higher pay and improved job satisfaction.” said Mary Kay Hull Advanced Certifications Open Career Doors There are an estimated 25,500 RNs working travel nursing jobs in the United States and the advantages for obtaining advanced certifications are different for every healthcare practitioner. Individual motivation may be: To be the best that one can be in their chosen profession To be on the shortlist for the most attractive top travel nurse locations To become qualified to work at magnet hospitals, teaching and research facilities To become specialists in a particular healthcare niche To receive higher pay and benefits For new or inexperienced nurses to enhance their resume Whatever your motivation for pursuing higher education, there are a number of choices to achieve your [+]

13
Mar

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Registered Nurse ; St. Patrick's Day ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: St. Patricks Day ; St. Patricks Day Celebrations ; travel nurses ; Travel Nursing Spots ;

On March 17 everyone is Irish! Few people have better access to this holiday’s hot spots than travel nurses! For travel nurses in New York nursing jobs, or on assignments in equally coveted places like Massachusetts, Louisiana, Illinois or D.C., the possibilities around this time of year are endless.  These are just a few highlights with time, date and exact location of St. Patty’s Day events you won’t want to miss. RNs Will Have a Gaelic Ol’ Time! For Louisiana Travel Nurses: 19th century immigration brought thousands of Irish people to New Orleans. Celebrate in the same place they did: The Irish Channel. The St. Patrick’s Day parade on Magazine Street comes with cabbages, green beads and moon pies! You can watch it all from Parasol’s Pub! That weekend, look for block parties and the big Metairie Parade at high noon on Sunday, March 16.  Other notable parades include “Molly’s at the Market”, starting at 6pm in the French Quarter; just meet at 1107 Decatur Street! For Massachusetts Travel Nurses: South Boston is where it’s at on St. Patrick’s Day, making world news for the South Boston Parade, televised and watched by around 600 million people a year! Held at 1pm on Sunday, [+]

07
Mar

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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Tags: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ; blood test ; CDC ; hospitals ; IGRA Test ; PPD ; registered nurses ; Tuberculosis Tests ;

Nationwide shortages of PPD solution are still being reported, prompting state departments of health to recommend alternative testing. If PPD tests can't be found, the Center for Disease Control recommends an IGRA blood test; it may require a blood draw, but presents distinct advantages, especially for international patients, who have had the Bacille Calmette Guerin (tuberculin test), used outside the United States. Because the traditional PPD is, of late, harder to come by, more registered nurses are satisfying the annual requirement of a TB test with the Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRA).  Many healthcare employers are using IGRA test brands, approved by the FDA: QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) and T-SPOT®.  These new tests save nursing staff the extra hassle of a two-step TB; however, travel nurses should always check with their agency to be sure that the pending healthcare employer accepts IGRAs, as some are not yet accepting this relatively new test. If healthcare employers do offer the IGRA, travel nurses need to make sure that the blood draw required can be analyzed within 12 hours of giving the specimen. RNs are encouraged to check with a staffing consultant for guidance on this matter, as American Traveler continues to work closely [+]

28
Feb

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Hospitals ;
Tags: healthcare employer ; hospitals ; Kaiser Permanente ; registered nurses ;

Cleaner energy, safer chemicals, less waste and water conservation are, of course, important to U.S. hospitals, among the most energy-intensive buildings in the country. Compelling statistics for hospitals’ energy use include $8 billion spent on energy per year: enough to pay the annual salary of 100,000 registered nurses! Having realized the potential for not just monetary savings, but leading by example, hospital officials are doing more to make healthcare facilities environmentally friendly—perhaps, as a nurse or allied healthcare worker you’ve noticed small changes that make big differences in your hospital. Here are just a few:hospital going green Adjusted lighting: this can include motion sensors when a nurse or therapist enters and leaves a room, saving energy! Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Programs: These entail purchasing products with as much recycled content as possible. More natural medical goods are cost-savers or cost-neutral. Case in point, Kaiser Permanente saved $5 million by replacing its current IV solution bags and tubing with materials that are free of harmful chemicals. Going paperless: Electronic ordering spares trees! Unplugging non-essential surgery equipment: This can include selectively enabling computer sleep models. Using a prime vendor: When supply orders are consolidated into large bulk deliveries, it reduces the number of [+]

21
Feb

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Jobs ; Hospitals ; Nurse Career ; Nurses ; Registered Nurse ; Tele/ICU ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: hospital employers ; nurse winter shift ; travel nurses ; travel nursing staff ;

In the Northeastern part of the United States and as far south as Atlanta, record breaking cold and snow does more than create traffic jams and close federal buildings—it’s also impacting hospitals, as the hardest hit areas’ healthcare facilities endure slow moving ambulances, supply shortages and understaffed cafeterias that make lock-down situations especially hard. Registered nurses in these situations consistently show a willingness to miss lunch breaks, work late, and leave family members for extended periods, caring for patients and supporting fellow staff; for this they deserve not just recognition, but the highest praise.

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Deborah Bacurin, RN, Clinical Account Manager shared: “Nursing is that rare profession where it’s still commonplace to put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own. So when hospital clients on the Eastern Seaboard called in to me after the snow storms, I wasn’t surprised to find these healthcare employers had nothing but great things to say about our travel staff. Many of our nurses on assignment worked double shifts to cover for permanent staff that could not make it in due to the road conditions. And other Travelers did what they had to in this [+]

12
Feb

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Nurse Career ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; traveling with pets ; Valentines Day ;
Tags: travel nurse career ; travel nursing locations ;

This is a busy time for healthcare professionals across the board, as frigid winter temps sweep the nation—but that doesn’t stop these four healthcare professionals from making warm memories during their assignments, in places with plenty of sunshine to go round. Read about their individual experiences in prime nursing career destinations, and how much they enjoy free, luxury private housing while there. Says Ronda L., Operating Room Tech: “New York is amazing! This is a truly awesome adventure!” Those are big words coming from someone as seasoned as Ronda L., who, as an American Traveler, has already worked in Houston, Texas and Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Her current position in Brooklyn, NY has landed her within walking distance of Manhattan, and she can’t get enough of The Big Apple’s culture. In Ronda’s photos, you’ll not only catch a glimpse of her spacious living arrangement, but a sense of what VIP customer care is like when you align your talents with American Traveler Staffing—Katie Kiester is Ronda’s consultant and has helped customize this nursing experience so it fits like a warm winter glove.

Tarevl nurse housing in Brooklyn, NY

Halle F., RN, starts working at a top children’s [+]