Travel Nurse Life Category

05
May

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ; California minimum nurse law ; California nursing jobs ; nurs epatient ratio ; nurse staffing ; nurse-patient minimums ; patient care ; travel nursing agency ;

Other states are watching California closely as mandated nurse-patient minimums in the state begin to redefine the standard for quality patient care in America. nurse patient ratioSurveys completed by 80,000 RNs over a two-year period aimed at gauging the effectiveness of California’s minimum nurse law showed that that an increase in RN hours per patient day could lessen patient mortality by as much as 14%, reduce the number of hospital falls and result in fewer hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, report University of Pennsylvania researchers. In addition to a spike in positive patient outcomes, said Clinical Coordinator Deborah Bacurin of travel nursing agency American Traveler, RN staffing has increased substantially in the state, alongside the average RN wage for California nursing jobs. “Nurse-patient minimums are good for patients and nurses,” said Bacurin. “They work to reduce the number of deaths following common surgeries, eliminate heavy workloads and improve job satisfaction. They also boost the reputation of preferred travel nurse hospitals.” In response to a decades old nursing shortage, Congress in 1993 called on the Institute of Medicine to investigate the impact nurse-patient ratios had on patient care. At the time, findings turned up insufficient evidence to support nurse minimums. Since, [+]

07
Apr

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Entertainment ; Good Restaurants ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: reaturamt guide for physical therapists ; restaurant guide ; restaurant sites ; travel nurse eating guide ; Travel Nurse Life ; Washington D.C. travel nursing jobs ;

Are you a hungry travel nurse? We’ve got sites you’ll want to click on every time you’re looking to eat well and save! In the United States, it’s estimated that 1.5 billion dollars a day are spent eating out—that’s a lot of dough, and we’re not talking bakeries and pizza joints, here—at least not yet. If you’re a travel nurse who’s new in town, looking to find just the right pastry shop, restaurant, bistro or bar, or simply desire a way to narrow down your choices on everything from grabbing a quick bite to a long, luxurious supper, we’ve found some wonderful resources nurses and physical therapists alike would be wise to bookmark. We’ve also included expert advice from the frugal foodie world on how to save big on all the breakfasts, lunches and dinners you’ll eat over the duration of your travel nursing jobs. So, the first hurdle is deciding WHERE you want to eat. Where do you turn for advice on the most bang for your buck, as well as great flavor? Why, the locals, of course! If you’re looking for a free guide of the best restaurants [+]

01
Apr

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: ER Nurse ; Nurse Interview ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: Arizona nursing job ; Clinical Educator ; ER ; ER nurse ; MSN ; Nurse Interview ; nurse tips ; Nursing Career ; Part II interview ; Patrice Ballard ; registered nurse interview ; travel nurse assignment ;

Last week, we talked to Patrice Ballard, MSN; a travel nurse working as a Clinical Educator and part-time ER nurse for 8 months in Globe, Arizona. Part I of our nurse interview clued us travel nurses—eager to blend our medical talents with the spirit of adventure—into Patrice's exciting months working and traveling the Southwest over. We loved reading about the circumstances behind Patrice’s first travel nurse job and tidbits on her unique housing; this week’s segment dishes on what it takes to succeed as a traveling nurse and why husbands might just fall in love with the travel nursing life, too. Q: Is your current work as a Clinical Educator as rewarding in and of itself, as the compensation and excitement of travel? A: Absolutely! There’s nothing better than preparing my students for nursing careers that will be as rewarding for them, as my career has been for me. Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of this assignment? A: This travel nursing job has reinforced the way I’ve always felt about life: that every person is given the unique opportunity to see the good in things or the bad. I’ve always chosen to see the good, [+]

25
Mar

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Related entries: ER Nurse ; Nurse Interview ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: Clinical Educator ; ER ; ER nurse ; MSN ; Nurse Interview ; nurse interview questions ; nurse interviews ; Patrice Ballard ; registered nurse interview ; travel nurse career ; travel nursing assignment ; travel nursing career ; travel nursing job in Arizona ; traveling nurse career ;

Clinical Educator and ER nurse, Partrice Ballard, combines a love of travel with preparing nursing students for bright futures American Traveler caught up with Patrice Ballard, MSN for a chat about her experiences working as a Nurse Educator in Arizona. Part I of this two part nurse interview introduces RNs and physical therapists keen on combining work and travel, to a fellow professional who currently enjoys the best of both worlds. Patrice is a wife, mother and full-time Clinical Educator, with the admirable ability to work, also, in the ER once a week. Here, she shares commentary and tips for making the most of an 8 month long travel nursing assignment. Q: What prompted you to pursue a travel nursing career? A: You know, it’s a little ironic—albeit in a wonderful way—that I began a travel nurse career after 15 years in the ER.  Friends and family used to describe me as a “hover mother” – couldn’t picture me on an out-of-state assignment, but when the opportunity to work 34 weeks in Globe, Arizona came, I jumped on it. Q: You secured a unique position. How did that come about?nurse interview - picture at hot balloon fiesta in New Mexico[+]

05
Mar

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Health Causes ; Nursing Career ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Job Postings ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: New York Travel Nursing jobs ; Oncology Nursing Society ; ovarian cancer research ; RN jobs in New York ; traveling nurses ;

Pink ribbons have long been synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness, but there’s another advocacy group helping women who face a different cancer diagnosis: ovarian cancer; its ribbon is teal blue. RNs are a critical part of the medical team treating a woman with cancer, which, you could say, is women helping women; according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make up 91% of the nursing workforce. If you want to use your skills to help cancer patients, American Traveler's Nursing Professional Resources page has a link to the Oncology Nursing Society web site. No matter her specialty, RNs should recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer (bloating, a feeling of fullness before meals, frequent trips to the bathroom, Pelvic and abdominal pain) to help their female patients, as well as know their own bodies well enough to stay healthy themselves. The deadliest of all gynecological cancers, ovarian cancer and the research conducted everyday to beat it, is supported largely by The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), where teal ribbons and a host of products in the same robin’s egg blue (bracelets, necklaces, pendants, art and more) are devoted to raising money for increased [+]

10
Feb

This post was written by Travel Nursing Career Blogger

Related entries: Entertainment ; Movies ; Polls ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: Entertainment ; film ; Movies ; movies for RN ; oscar movie poll ; oscar movies ; Polls ; travel nurse lifestyle ;

Movie buffs, rejoice! With the recent announcement of the nominees for the 2010 Academy Awards, it’s officially Oscar season! For the first time, the list of nominees for Best Picture has been expanded to 10.  The choices for voters in the Academy run the gamut from serious drama to big-action sci-fi to whimsical animation. With so many nominations, the chances are pretty good that the RN who loves movies has seen (or will see) a good number of these films.  The winner will be announced during the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony on March 7. Meanwhile, which movie do you think deserves Oscar glory? Vote in our poll below. Which movie deserves the Best Picture Oscar this year?(survey software) [+]

05
Feb

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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Tags: nicu nurse jobs ; nursing jobs ; OR nurses ; PICU nurse jobs ; registered nurses ; travel nurses ; travel nursing jobs ; U.S. News and World Report ;

In today’s difficult economy, workers are realizing the importance of job security and starting to understand that a high-salaried career does not mean much if there are no jobs to be found. With that in mind, job seekers and career changers need to pay close attention to employment numbers and growth. According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing and other allied health professions are among the careers most likely to see significant growth in the next eight years. Nursing jobs are likely to increase by 23% by 2018, which is well above the national average. U.S. News and World Report listed nursing as one of its 50 Best Careers for 2010, projecting that there will be a growth of 582,000 nursing jobs between 2008 and 2018, stating that many of those nursing jobs will be in physicians’ offices. A popular option for registered nurses is travel nursing. In 2009, nursing salaries ranged from $40,000 to more than $92,000, with a national median of $62,000, but travel nurses can earn a greater take-home salary than nurses in permanent positions, and they earn a number of other benefits, including completion bonuses, free health insurance, free private housing, and free [+]

03
Feb

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Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nursing Career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: National Nurses United. ; nurses union ; RN unions ; Travel nurse job benefits ; travel nurses ; traveling nurses ;

More and more travel nurses are finding themselves working in a hospital that has a nurses union. What does this mean for the traveling nurse? First, know that this trend is gaining steam.  Just this past December, three large RN unions (in California, Massachusetts and Maryland) merged to form the 150,000-member National Nurses United.  Its mission? Says Deborah Burger, RN, one of three charter co-presidents of NNU: "We are going to make sure we organize every single direct-care RN in this country. RNs and our patients deserve to have a national nurses' movement that can advocate for them." nurse union The NNU -- which is seasoned, well-organized and well-financed -- has a very convincing sales pitch.  Among the “pros” of unionization are more security for nurses, more clout when battling administrators, and higher pay and seniority protection for nursing jobs.  Thus, many facilities are accepting a nurses union -- and many traveling nurses are choosing to join a union. To join, or not to join? Not everyone is a fan of RN unions. The “cons” include high union dues, having to comply with their bylaws and other regulations, and having one more layer of bureaucracy between the nurse and the patients. [+]

29
Jan

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Related entries: Haiti Relief ; Nursing Career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: executive order for nurses working in Florida ; florida nursing jobs ; Florida travel nursing jobs ; Haiti Relief ; National Nurses United. ; nurse jobs in haiti ; RN jobs ; RNs going to Haiti ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;

Thousands of nurses across the country are responding to the call for volunteers to provide medical aid in Haiti following its devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. National Nurses United, the largest RN organization in the country, says that more than 12,000 nurses have answered the call to serve, awaiting only funds (the NNU is asking for donations) and logistical arrangements (transportation, lodging, etc.) to be deployed to Haiti. This development presents two types of opportunities for the travel nurse. First, nurses between assignments may choose to do a volunteer stint in Haiti.  American Traveler has seen many of its RNs volunteer over the years, and encourages those who wish to serve in Haiti to do so. The second opportunity involves travel nursing jobs that will become available to fill the temporary absences.  These are likely to be opening up all across the country; check our rn jobs list often for new travel nursing assignments. In Florida, there has been a particularly large response from volunteers – and thus a looming shortage of licensed nurses. That means there’s a good chance that there will be many excellent Florida travel nursing jobs opening up. To make it even easier and more desirable for a traveling nurse to [+]

25
Jan

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

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Tags: digital file organizer ; evernote ; travel nurses ; travel nurses career ; travel nursing job gadget ; travel nursing jobs ; traveling nurse gadgets ;

Life has a way of throwing a lot at us. Some of us manage with date books and scrap paper. Now there’s a better way to organize the continuous stream of data inundating us travel nurses on a daily basis, and the good news is, it’s free! With a logo of an elephant (who never forgets), Evernote.com is a digital repository service that allows the user to create notes. What kind of notes, you ask? The answer is anything under the sun: dictated audio memos, clips from webpages, photos, business card scans, attached files—all these and more can be uploaded to Evernote, consolidated and viewed without going home and digging through your PC’s filing system. You can use Evernote on an iphone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile phone, the latest palm or any major smart phone. If you’re a traveling nurse who left these devices behind, or simply don’t want a smart phone, you can still upload notes to Evernote, by setting up a free e-mail account with them; anything you e-mail to that address goes into your repository as a new note. You can also send your notes to Evernote, via Twitter. Evernote has been endorsed by the [+]