Nurse Career Category

01
Apr

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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

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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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07
Mar

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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 [+]

21
Feb

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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

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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.

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19
Dec

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The travel nurse lifestyle is ideal for nearly everyone, even registered nurses and allied healthcare professionals with young children. Here’s a peak at what top RN job locations have to offer you, your family—even your pets. Arizona Nursing Jobs Are Simply Breathtaking: Travel nursing careers here distinguish themselves, not just in top notch hospitals and rehab facilities, but in what they can offer visitors and residents. Because travel nursing offers plenty of flex time, it’d be remiss not to take the family out on excursions to other worldly places like Lake Powell, Tanque Verde Ranch and the Sonoran Desert, with over 100 horses to ride! Arizona is a wonderful mix of urban and natural delights, in cities like Phoenix (don’t miss the Arizona Science Center) and Scottsdale, not to mention breathtaking landscapes like the Grand Canyon. Family Memories Shine in California Nursing Jobs: Travel nursing in the Golden State creates warm memories for people of all ages and stages. Whether you’re taking your own photo or it’s a group shot, Mount Shasta makes a magnificent backdrop; shop and dine at the foot of this legendary mountain, or delight in other northern California hot spots like the Napa Valley or San Francisco. Your [+]

27
Nov

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Tags: Healthcare Employment ; nursing jobs ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nursing ;

For healthcare professionals and their employers, statistics coming from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics represent both good news and the challenge of matching supply with demand.  The American Association of Colleges of Travel Nursing Jobs and RecessionNursing is among the fray, calling for an expansion of enrollment in nursing schools, in the hope that this will help meet an increased need for healthcare services. Talented nursing graduates across the U.S.A. are within reach of hot nursing jobs, with highly flexible schedules and competitive incomes that erase debt and leave R.N.s poised for a comfortable retirement. Whether R.N.s travel or work in permanent jobs, current employment figures will establish an upward trajectory in their careers between now and 2020. The BLS is projecting a steady spike in healthcare jobs throughout the rest of this decade, with an annual employment rise of 3%; that’s just ahead of the second strongest job market in construction. While this news is excellent, filling the BLS’s projected increase of 712,000 nursing jobs (by 2020) will require a fundamental improvement in nursing education, both before and after R.N.s receive their licenses. Nurse staffing agencies help health professionals stay current in their specialties, [+]

06
Nov

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Tags: Healthcare Jobs ; travel nursing jobs ; winter nursing jobs ;

Come find the hottest healthcare jobs in America! The autumn season is the perfect time to plan the winter that lies ahead—and for travel nurses and therapists who prefer a warm beach over a snow-scape, there is still plenty of time to find healthcare jobs in the top destinations of California, Florida, Arizona and the Virgin Islands. For those that need further convincing, check out these sunny descriptions of the world’s best snow escapes—each one featuring marathon days of warm weather and sunshine during peak winter months. Florida travel nursing jobs dot the eastern shoreline with endless opportunities for skilled healthcare professionals. A big event on the social calendar during the winterfunny cartoon for travel nurses season is Art Basel in Miami—the perfect excuse to tour South Beach in all its Art Deco splendor. Further north, The Sunshine State offers plenty more beach escapes, in West Palm, Daytona, Sarasota and more. Wherever you are in Florida during the winter months, you’ll be nice and warm! Virgin Islands travel nursing jobs are an exotic experience out in the Caribbean where, in the winter months, the average temperature is a perfect 77 degrees—from mid-December to mid-April. Beach lovers won’t [+]

01
Oct

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Tags: labor and delivery nurse ; Medical Surgery Nurses ; nurse scrubs ; scrub stains ; scrubs ; simple green cleaner ;

Here are 7 Common Stains, Each with a Foolproof Solution Working with patients in a clinical setting or rehab hospital isn’t always the spotless and antiseptic experience we, as health professionals, would like; however, there are methods beyond the “stain stick” that can get your scrubs back into crisp, pristine shape. Here are seven stains that virtually all nurses and some therapists encounter on a daily basis, and foolproof ways to deal with them. Blood Stains: You’ll need an advanced protein stain remover, and that means hydrogen peroxide; work a cap-full and some water into the stain, rinsing scrubs thoroughly before you lay them out to dry. After that, dirty scrubs solutionssimply toss the scrubs in with the rest of your laundry—that should do the trick! Sweat Stains: A health professional’s job can be demanding. Sweat happens! To deal with yellow and/or sugar-based stains, use vinegar and water. If rinsing scrubs out with vinegar isn’t yielding quite the results you’d hoped for, add a bit of rubbing salt. Let the scrubs dry before throwing them into the wash. Pee Stains: These common stains call for their own spray bottle of hand mixed solution. Put in approximately 2/3 cup [+]

20
Sep

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Tags: Americas best hospitals ; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ; Cleveland Clinic ; Duke University Medical Center ; healthcare employer ; Johns Hopkins Hospital ; Massachusetts General Hospital ; Mayo Clinic ; Northwestern Memorial Hospital ; NYU Langone Medical Center ; Pittsburgh Medical Center ; Registered Nurse ; travel nurse ; UCLA Medical Center ; USA Hospital honor roll ; Womens Hospital ;

Registered nurses and allied health professionals across the country will be interested to read about the 18 top ranking hospitals in America; these made the cut from nearly 5,000 medical facilities evaluated this year. The new 2013/14 list was released in July, and has since dominated headlines in healthcare news. Peruse this list of America’s best hospitals for 2013-2014 and see if you recognize your healthcare employer!

Best USA Hospitals 2013-2014

#1: Johns Hopkins Hospital: Travel nurses and therapists in Baltimore and the D.C. area are bound to know just how awesome Johns Hopkins is, scoring #1 rankings in ENT, Geriatrics, Neurology, plus 2 other specialties. The hospital also achieved high ranks in 10 pediatric specialties. #2: Massachusetts General Hospital: This #1 hospital in Massachusetts appeals to everyone in Boston nursing jobs, and ranks third in the nation for Diabetes/Endocrinology. #3: Mayo Clinic: Situated in Rochester, Minnesota, this award winning hospital is the first and largest not-for-profit group in the world. It’s also #1 in gynecology. #4: Cleveland Clinic: Ohio travel nurses will recognize this hospital as #1 in Ohio; it’s also ranked #1 in cardiology.   #5: UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles: This is the number [+]