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17
Dec

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holiday safety tips for travel nurses American Traveler Staffing Professionals has earned the New Jersey Hospital Association’s (NJHA) Certificate of Excellence for healthcare staffing compliance. The Certification is a culmination of 10 years of annual compliance audits from 2004 to 2014. 10-Year Award of Excellence for Compliance NJHA’S mission is to bring participating hospitals in New Jersey together with preferred travel nurse staffing agencies to streamline the process of healthcare staffing. Beth Beam, National Manager of Business Development at American Traveler, attended this year’s event on October 22 & 23 at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, New Jersey. Beam had this to say about the award, “The Certificate of Excellence represents the 10 years of exceptionally high annual compliance scores American Traveler has achieved on NJHA audits. We were the only company to receive the award. It illustrates the level of detail and ease of access to compliance documents that we have built into our system. We’ve streamlined the compliance process to make it easy for our clients and they really appreciate it.” Lisa Harrington, Compliance Manager at American Traveler agrees, “We use an integrated software technology that provides a detailed view of each travel [+]

16
Dec

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holiday safety tips for travel nurses Nurses around the nation will be decorating their travel nurse housing this holiday season. Traveling healthcare professionals are just like anyone else this time of year: they love to decorate and make the season bright. Travel nurse housing across America is aglow with twinkling lights, glowing fireplaces, and scented candles like gingerbread and pinecone. Nothing wrong with showing a little holiday spirit; however, as any ER nurse can tell you, over **14,000 people a year are admitted to the hospital with injuries from winter decorating. Here are 10 important holiday safety tips for a merrier holiday season. Pay attention to the label on an artificial tree. Make sure it has a “Fire Resistant” label. Check live trees for freshness. You can gauge the health of a tree by making sure the needles are hard to break or pull from the branches. The bottom of a healthy tree is sticky; when tapped on the ground, it sheds few needles. Set your tree up carefully. When you bring the tree back to your travel nurse housing, place it AWAY from heat sources, i.e. fireplaces, radiators and vents. If you have a real tree, refresh its [+]

09
Dec

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Ask Kristin a Question ; Florida ; Nurse Interview ; Registered Nurse ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: RN ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; travel nurse recruiter ; travel nursing in Florida ;

At American Traveler, our RNs live the adventure implied by the name of our healthcare staffing agency: they enjoy the opportunity to travel the United States from coast to coast, loving the free private housing and other amazing benefits that make each assignment seem like one big vacation. Sean, an ER nurse enjoying his second assignment in Florida, is one such traveler. A consummate beach lover, the Pennsylvania native remarks in his interview, ocean waves crashing in the background, that he knew absolutely no one upon arriving in the Sunshine State. It could have been a chilly first impression, but fortunately the Miami weather wasn’t the only warm aspect to his travel nursing job. Kristin Zandee, Sean’s recruiter, is a ray of sunshine for all the American Travelers she works with. Her relationship with Sean is no exception.  The ER nurse has remarked that Kristin is “a wonderful woman”, always there to answer his questions with the kind of turnaround that makes Kristin, Senior Consultant and three time winner of the Healthcare Recruiter of the Year Award, one in a million.  

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02
Dec

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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Tags: New York City nursing job ; RN ; travel nurse housing ; Travel nurse job benefits ;

Where you live is a very important part of the travel nurse experience. At American Traveler, our RNs and work closely with their recruiters to find free private housing that meets their every need—no matter how specific. In the case of Kayleigh, an emergency room RN, her checklist of requirements got crossed off one-by-one in a cute Brooklyn apartment with off-site parking; this New York City nursing job was made special not just for Kayleigh, but two of her closest friends. It was high praise when the group, self-described as "picky" and a “traveling circus” due to pets, rated their travel nurse housing "FABULOUS!" Watch the video detailing their experience here: Whatch video about travel nurse housing Thanks, Kayleigh, for your kind words. They go straight from your lips, to Housing Manager, Nance Warner’s ear. Nance delivers more than just the furniture when it comes to your idealized private living space. "We look at it as more than just an apartment," says Nancy and her team of housing specialists. “It’s also peace of mind.”  “Peace of Mind” is Available to ALL Travelers, Even If They Prefer a Housing Subsidy Once you accept that high paying nursing job, American [+]

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

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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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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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

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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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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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

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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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 [+]