Registered Nurse Category

22
Jul

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare employers ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Oncology Nurse ; Registered Nurse ;
Tags: American Society of Clinical Oncology ; cancer patients ; melanoma ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nursing ;

Patients, their families and the RNs treating them will be heartened to know that melanoma patients are living longer after their diagnoses, thanks to new medications that prompt the body’s own immune system to attack the cancer. Ipilimumab (Yervoy) is being prescribed for advanced malignant melanoma and can increase average survival from 6 months to 10 when combined with standard treatment. Nurses who work in every specialty are excited to see the positive effects of immunology drugs as they enter the market; however, they know they must learn to help patients mitigate some harsh side effects along the way. As RNs who work with skin cancer patients may already know, **melanoma is in the top 5 most common cancers in the United States. There were over 75,000 new cases in 2013 and, currently, almost 1 million live with the disease now**.  Although melanoma is a small percentage of skin cancers overall, it does represent the majority of skin cancer deaths—and that’s why one of the most active areas in oncology research is melanoma. Targeting the patient’s immune system rather than the tumor was the “Breakthrough of the Year” title from Science Magazine late last year. Drugs like Ipilimumab (Yervoy) have helped patient [+]

15
Jul

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Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Registered Nurse ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: Male Nursing ; Male Travel Nursing ;

As the demand for skilled nurses continues to rise nationwide, it appears that more men are entering the profession. And why not? The U.S. healthcare industry is one of the few industries that continue to offer well-paying, stable employment. According to an article in Healthcare Traveler, the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) pegged the number of male nurses at 58,000 in 1983, less than 5 percent of the nursing workforce. Today, there are 280,000 male nurses or 9.5 percent of the nursing workforce. Learn Over 27 years, male nurse employment increased by 166,000 or an average of 5,500 per year. But in 2011 through 2012, male nurse employment took a dramatic leap rising by 56,000. Why the Large Leap in Male Nursing? There are a number of causes for the large leap in male nurses such as gender diversity programs and recruitment drives by various healthcare organizations. But it doesn’t explain a ten-fold increase. For that, many are looking at the economic recession as the main reason for men entering the nursing profession, like Sean an ER RN on a travel nursing job in Florida. The recession analogy goes like this: Even before the 2008 recession, U.S. manufacturing jobs were being off-shored [+]

03
Jun

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Related entries: Florida ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Videos ;
Tags: florida travel nurse jobs video ; Florida travel nurses ; healthcare provider ; medical tourism ; Nursing Career ; travel nurse jobs in florida ;

Does Your Hospital Promote Healthcare Vacations?  Florida RNs aren’t the only people who divide their time between the hospital and sandy beaches. Now, some of their patients are combining healthcare and site-seeing in an industry that’s gathering strength in the Sunshine State: Medical Tourism! “FLORIDA TRAVEL NURSING JOBS UP CLOSE! See what the Sunshine State has to offer!” Sean, an ER RN, originally from PA now working in Florida shares his new and exciting lifestyle in South Florida. Watch this one minute video to learn more. For Florida travel nurses who like the idea, good news—and with it more patients—might be coming, thanks to legislation under review by the House and Senate with bipartisan support. If the bill (SB 1150/HB 1223) passes, it will require Florida to increase its promotion of medical tourism, with the aid of $5 million a year for the next four years, including $1.5 million in matching grants; these funds would enable Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, to offer bundled medical vacation packages from select healthcare providers. Imagine hospital service packages that include amenities from hotels, restaurants and attractions—patients and their families will feel like they have gone someplace desirable for a high quality of [+]

13
May

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Related entries: Nurse Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: nursing job ; OR nurse ; travel nurse career ; travel nurse job in Califonia ;

Ashly P., an OR Nurse, Sits Down with American Traveler to Talk About Where She Might Be Headed Next… Ashly P., RN (CNOR) knew one thing growing up: she wanted to travel! At first, the goal seemed far away. Ashly wasn’t earning much in her first nursing job, but all that changed when she aligned talents with American Traveler. Since then, the Arkansas native has covered a lot of ground, managing to pay off her student loan debt along the way. travel nursing in Califonia - Ashly RN Travel Nurse“I've worked with one other travel agency and get calls from some others,” Ashly admitted when she sat down with AT to talk, “but I like American Traveler because they've always offered the most money and I trust my recruiter, Karen Stegeman implicitly.” It’s obvious that Ashly, a talented OR nurse, feels like she’s in capable hands—otherwise she wouldn’t go as seamlessly as she does, from one high paying travel nursing job to the next. Her experience in a Northern California hospital, well-known for its robotics program, was as memorable as her private housing in Mountain View, CA. “I loved it. Every Sunday, I’d walk from my apartment to [+]

03
May

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Related entries: Events ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; National Nurse Week ; Nurses ; Registered Nurse ;
Tags: National Nurses Week ; nursing career path ; Nursing Leadership ; registered nurses ;

It's also about Appreciating What They Do in a Rapidly Evolving Healthcare System This week, registered nurses are being celebrated for the dynamic range of responsibilities they execute so well: from ensuring smooth and seamless patient care, to getting supplies ready for every medical procedure under the sun, to EHR implementation (electronic health records), a new technology for many of the nation’s millions of RNs.national nurses week 2014 Nurses, while on the front-lines of patient care, also work behind the scenes as critical users of EHRs; their evolving duties in a 21st century medical landscape require special leadership qualities that are recognized around the world on International Nurses Day (May 12) and all week through, May 6 through the 12th in the United States. The theme chosen for this year’s National Nurses Week, "Transforming Healthcare Through Nursing Leadership" lives up to its name on the ANA website, where RNs can register for a free webinar that explores the evolving nature of healthcare, and educates nurses on how to step out of their comfort zones and meet the needs of thousands of new patients, as a result of healthcare reform and changes to Medicare. INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARE REQUIRED [+]

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 [+]

13
Mar

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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

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Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Hospitals ; Nurse Career ; Registered Nurse ; Videos ;
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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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.

travel nurse winter-shift

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 [+]

11
Feb

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Related entries: Events ; Health Causes ; Health Tips ; Nurses ; Registered Nurse ;
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 [+]