Travel Nurse Tips Category

25
Oct

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Nurse Career ; Nurse Certifications ; Nursing Career ; Ongoing Education ; Registered Nurse ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: CEU courses ; Continuing Education Credits ; Nursing CEUs ; online tests for nurses ; PBDS Nursing Test ; PBDS test ; Performance Based Development System ; registered nurse jobs ; Travel nursing job benefits ;

Travel Nurses Connect with the Resources You Need, Here! Since the success of registered nurses' continuing education hinges on razor sharp critical thinking, it’s important to sharpen the blades from time to time by keeping up with your continuing education credits; free and unlimited at American Traveler, CEU courses are designed for busy schedules and easy to accumulate during any nursing assignment. You can print your completion certificate at home! PBDS TestContinuing Education is an important part of travel nursing job benefits; beyond the free health and life insurance, cost-free private housing and help meeting travel associated costs, registered nurses with CE Direct Membership are eligible to receive one complimentary credit when they view a webinar and fill out an evaluation report. If you’re a healthcare professional interested in building critical thinking skills that—for recent hires in great registered nurse jobs —boost PBDS nursing test scores, a visit to eventbrite.com lets you view and register for upcoming webinars. What is the PBDS Nursing Test? The PBDS nursing test is the Performance Based Development System. Learn what nurses can expect from this test, now implemented in over 500 US hospitals nationwide. Read more about the PBDS test  and download the PBDS [+]

28
Sep

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Health Tips ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; How To tips ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: 2011 flu season ; flu shot for nurses ; H1N1 flu vaccine ; The Center for Disease Control ; travel nurses ;

Last year, hospitals required travel nurses to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine in the form of a shot or nasal spray. Now hospitals are strongly encouraging you to get vaccinated again, in preparation for the 2010/2011 flu season; you can read about this year’s flu strain, its symptoms and tips on how to prevent catching the virus at flufacts.com.   Flu season begins in October and lasts until May, with outbreaks of influenza peaking in the coldest winter months of December and January; fact: did you know that December 5-11 is National Influenza vaccination week? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advocates getting vaccinated early. You can browse CDC’s "What you need to Know" facts about this year’s flu strain and 2010/2011 vaccinations, which also protect against H1N1 (swine flu) this year. Travel nurses at American Traveler enjoy free healthcare insurance and should take advantage of that full coverage by getting vaccinated ASAP! Plug your current zip code into Take Care Clinics or your nearest pharmacy, where most insurance covers cost. Advise your friends and family that even without insurance, the price of a flu shot runs about $30—a small price to pay when you are guarding against the influenza virus, which factors [+]

21
Sep

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; How To tips ; Nurse Career ; Nurse Interview ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Tele/ICU ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: float shift ; Floating nurses ; Health IT ; How to float safely ; ICU ; Med-Surg ; nurse float shift ; nursing careers ; PACU ; registered nurses ; Telemetry ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;

Advance Your Nursing Career: Take a float shift, share your expertise and rise to all occasions! floating nurse Nurse Managers and healthcare staffing experts agree that it’s a necessity—for any top-notch hospital—to have experienced registered nurses on staff, who float to departments experiencing staffing shortages and higher patient volume. In addition,  floating to departments experiencing staffing shortages assures hospitals that travel nurses really play an important role and can perform to the best of their ability. Registered nurses, among them travel nurses, approach their float assignments capably and with a high degree of adaptability and skill; further good news—as revealed by a study that looked into flexible healthcare staffing approaches, like travel nurse jobs—found that, surprisingly, more nurses are choosing to float in today’s healthcare landscape, rather than waiting to be asked. American Traveler checked in with Clinical Coordinator, Debbie Bacurin, R.N., a former Nurse Manager, to weigh-in on what drives this emerging trend for floating nurses. “We are seeing more and more facilities post float nurse positions, this lets the nurse know upfront that she/he may work on any unit for their scheduled shift. Resource managers are helping nurses on float shifts transition more seamlessly into Med/Surg, [+]

27
Aug

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel nurse job benefits ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ; Videos ;
Tags: dog car seats ; nurse career resources ; nurses with pets ; people with pets" ; Pet Lovers Guide ; pet-lover tips ; Travel Nurse Careers ; travel nurse with pets ; travel nursing lifestyle ; travel nursing tips ; travel with dogs ;

We welcome furry friends with travel nursing tips and resources travel nursing with petIf your travel nursing lifestyle includes a dog, cat—even canaries—you’ll be pleased with American Traveler’s client support services, designed to accommodate the furry friend accompanying you on your travel nursing adventure. Here, we provide pet-lover tips and resources that get both of you (and in some cases, all of you!) off to a great start. Bookmark these nurse career resources where you'll find free pet sitter locaters and a "people with pets" directory that dishes on pet-friendly hotels, products and services. Remember that planning before the big road trip, in your travel nursing career or for any occasion, is critical. Each year approximately 100,000 dogs are injured or killed inside moving vehicles; pets may even fall from a car’s open window! Avoid potential dangers by outfitting your car with a pet carrier, big enough to let your dog or cat lie down. You can also shop for tethers that safely anchor your pet to the seat while permitting a near full range of motion—or shop crash tested dog car seats. See the kind of gadgets we’re talking about on this video. These kinds [+]

21
Jul

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Ask Kristin a Question ; ER Nurse ; Nurse Career ; Nurse Interview ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: Africa Mercy Ship ; African Mercy Ship ; Mercy Ships ; Mercy Ships in Africa ; Registered Nurse ; RN Work at Mercy Ship ; travel nurse assignment ; travel nurse career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; travel nurses ; travel nursing job ;

Laura Coles, R.N., former American Traveler nurse, checks in from her African Mercy Ship Past and present team members whose love of travel is as strong as their desire to heal patients inspire us at American Traveler. Laura Coles, R.N. is just the sort of registered nurse we’re talking about; one of our favorite travel nurses, Laura still keeps in touch. She sent our Senior Consultant Kristin Zandee a letter chock full of interesting details on what she’s been up to, working on Mercy Ships in Africa!  Laura’s fellow travel nurses are welcome at her blog, Nursing Adventures In Faith. Kristin and the rest of us are eager for Laura to resume her travel nurse career this September. We first met Laura when she was hungry to work “just one!” travel nurse job before her Africa trip. Kristin admired Laura’s patience and positive attitude—that, coupled with 4 years experience in the ER, landed her a wonderful travel nurse assignment in Texas—a place she was reserved about at first, but ultimately fell in love with as a great first travel experience—one that lead to amazing friendships. The Texas hospital [+]

01
Jul

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Entertainment ; Events ; Tidbits ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: Events ; holiday ; July 4th ; therapists ; travel nurses ; Washington DC ;

Enjoy the Nations Birthday in Washington, DC Lucky travel nurses or therapists in Washington DC should prepare to sample the many July 4th events this upcoming weekend. The Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian is fun AND educational.  And you won't want to miss the fireworks over the reflecting pool by the Washington Monument. Watch for free from a picnic blanket at the monument grounds or do like the locals do, and seek out a comfy off-site vantage point. Tip: Don't drive; take the metro, and check out local restaurants and hotels with rooftop lounges, especially in Arlington, Virginia, for terrific views and lighter crowds.

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11
May

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Ask Kristin a Question ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nurse Tips ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: graduate nurses ; How to get a Travel Nurse Job in Alaska ; Nursing Career ; Question from a Senior Nursing Student ; travel nurse jobs for graduate nurses ; Travel Nurse Jobs in Alaska ;

Question I am a Senior Nursing student in a BSN program and graduate next week. I am just curious if you currently have any travel nurse jobs available in Alaska? I want to travel nurse to Alaska within the next year. I'm just curious what the next step is in the process? Thanks, Tyler. Tyler thank you for your question and congratulations on your upcoming graduation! In order to start your career in Travel Nursing you will need to have completed one full year working as an RN; see our graduate nurse information page.  It's preferred that the majority of your experience be in an acute care setting, as that is where you will find the most availability for your specialty. The first step to getting started is to apply online at www.americantraveler.com .  Once your application is received you will be contacted by a consultant to discuss your plans and travel nurse career goals. Although you might not be looking at starting till next year, it's never to early to fill out the application and begin the process. The application skills check list is a great tool to use to see what [+]

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, [+]

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, [+]