Health Causes Category

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. [+]

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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Related entries: flu shot ; Health Causes ; Health Tips ; Nurse Career ; Registered Nurse ; Videos ;
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 [+]

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! [+]

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 [+]

11
Feb

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Tags: American Heart Month ; Go red for women ; healthcare professionals ;

Get your numbers, Own your lifestyle, Realize your risk, Educate your family, Don't be silent—these are healthy lifestyle directives created by GO RED. It’s that time of year again; the first Friday in February has been, for a decade now, “National Wear Red Day”, an awareness initiative created by the American Heart Association that has celebrated national heart health awareness every February since 1964; a half century later, health professionals are still putting their hearts into educating patients, family and friends. The R.N.s Shortlist of Heart Health Initiatives in February and Year Round! Visit Go red for women now! Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women; in fact, more women die of heart disease and stroke each year than men, and it's been that way every year since 1984.  Sponsored by the American Heart Association, “Go Red” is making strides in reversing that trend. For 10 years, Go Red has been successful in increasing the number of women who get an annual heart healthy check-up. Visit Go Red today to create a personalized plan that helps you live and maintain a heart healthy lifestyle! Support Legislation that Bans Smoking in Hospitals: Non-smoking healthcare facilities are popping up across the United [+]

30
Oct

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Tags: American Traveler ; CVS ; flu shot ; healthcare ; R.N. ;

flu shot clinicEvery year corporate team members diligently remind healthcare professionals about the benefits of an annual flu vaccine.  This is why, in solidarity with our traveling nurses and allied healthcare professionals, and in support of our employees’ health, we made it extra easy for corporate employees to get a flu shot this year. We did this by sponsoring an on-site flu clinic at our corporate headquarters in Florida. It was the first event of its kind, and so well received that we plan to make it an annual affair! Our thanks go out to our corporate employees, who rolled up their sleeves so willingly.  A visiting CVS pharmacist and technician helped everything run smoothly—no surprise, there, as CVS is well known for providing flu shots at a low cost. As everyone knows, getting more people vaccinated is a goal of the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; they would like to see more healthcare workers outside the nursing sector follow the R.N.s’ example when it comes to getting vaccinated.  Click on Vaccine Information Statement to find out everything you need to know to protect your health this flu season. American Traveler Wants You [+]

15
Sep

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Tags: allied therapy career ; National Rehabilitation Awareness ; occupational therapists ; physical therapists ; Rehab Week ; speech language pathologists ; therapists ; Therapy Jobs ;

Allied healthcare professionals are well aware of the substantial benefits and impact of rehabilitation on their patients; therapists are united in a mission to help disabled people live their lives to the fullest, as well as increase opportunities for the 50 million Americans managing a disability today. It’s a mission that should be celebrated year round and is, thanks to The National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation.celebrate rehab week For over a decade now, the third week of September is the Awareness Foundation’s week for promoting raised awareness and celebrating what speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists do—which means, in part, using the week to spot-light rehabilitation providers and the services they provide. From September 15 through September 21, 2013, these providers, along with health and human service agencies, will work together, educating the public on the capabilities—not the deficits—that the disabled community possesses. This is a mission so large and positive in scope that The National Rehabilitation Foundation would like to remind allied healthcare professionals that this is a 24/7, 365 days a year campaign. Now is the perfect time to visit the Rehab Week site and check out its promotional resources, materials and learn [+]

02
Oct

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Tags: Breast Cancer Awareness Month ; Breast Cancer month ; med surge jobs ; nbcam.org ; nursing jobs ; operating room jobs ; R.N. ; registered nurses ; Susan G. Komen ;

What do national public service organizations, healthcare associations, and government agencies have in common this month? They are all working together to increase awareness, raise revenue and eventually find a cure for Breast Cancer—and who could be more interested in making strides this October than the registered nurses who treat, counsel and, in many cases, know breast cancer survivors? If you have a story to share, wish to donate, or want to walk in a local event, please visit nbcam.org for the resources you’ll need to get started. With the numbers behind diagnoses of breast cancer, it’s no wonder foundations like Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Association have been working tirelessly since the 1980s. More women die of breast cancer each year, than they do from AIDS, TB and malaria combined. Thankfully, “making strides” is more than words, creating a sweeping effort in fundraising and research that has led to a 98% survival rate for women who receive cancer treatment before the disease spreads beyond the breast. American Traveler Thinks Pink, Encouraged R.N.s to Do the Same Breast Cancer Awareness isn’t limited to the United States anymore; it means working together for a cure around [+]