Travel Nursing Category

18
Oct

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: HCAHPS ; HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey ; HCAHPS survey ; Healthcare employers ; hospital staffing ; nurse staff ; patient satisfaction survey ;

The HCAHPS* survey is valuable to healthcare employers and nurse staff alike in that survey results allow hospitals to compare patient experiences geographically with a hospital’s own data and to engage improvement in eight key performance areas: Communication with doctors Communication with nurse staff Responsiveness of hospital staff Pain management Communication about medicines Discharge information Cleanliness of hospital Quietness of hospital environment Patients ranked communication with nurse staff highest in hospitals in Louisiana, South Dakota, North Carolina, Vermont and Mississippi and lowest in hospitals in California, Nevada, Washington D.C. and Hawaii, based on the HCAHPS survey national average. The complete results of the 2009 HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey can be found online at the official HCAHPS website. While communication with nurses and doctors - along with responsiveness of hospital staff and hospital cleanliness - fared well overall in the patient satisfaction survey, patient opinions were markedly lower in areas of communications about medicines, discharge and hospital quietness. The HCAHPS survey, formally endorsed by the National Quality Forum in 2005, embraces three main objectives. First, to identify what consumers feel is most important or lacking in the patient care experience; second, to inspire healthcare employers and nurse staff to continually improve quality of care and [+]

11
Oct

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Related entries: Allied Healthcare Careers ; Physical Therapist ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: APTA ; physical activity ; physical therapists ; Physical Therapy ; Physical Therapy Career ; physical therapy jobs ; Physical Therapy month ;

“Smart Moves for Families” This year’s physical therapy month is dedicated to helping families fight obesity through physical activity. For the entire month of October, physical therapists around the country are encouraged to initiate dialogue with parents and families over the role physical activity and healthy choices play in circumventing the consequences of obesity. “Children and adults who participate in sustained daily physical activity and follow a balanced diet enjoy improved cardiovascular fitness, greater bone mass and strength, and are better able to manage their weight ― all of which help prevent the onset of obesity and type 2 diabetes,” said sports certified physical therapist Teresa Schuemann, PT, SCS with the APTA. Schuemann and her colleagues at the American Physical Therapy Association are suggesting to physical therapists that they emphasize to parents the importance of being positive role models for health in the family, making it easier for children to adopt healthy lifestyles.  Physical activity must be made a priority, she said, as a means of preventing the loss of physical function and independence as children mature. Click here for Physical Therapy Jobs working with children, adults and the elderly. Once rare in American children, Type 2 diabetes accounts for eight to 45 percent of [+]

05
Oct

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Health Causes ; Nurse Career ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: American Cancer Society ; American Traveler ; breast cancer ; Breast Cancer Awareness Month ; cardiac health ; making strides against breast cancer ; making strides event ; travel nurse job ;

Last October, close to 700,000 walkers across the country collected $60 million to help the American Cancer Society make strides in research, prevention and medical advances for those living with breast cancer. With support like this and in future events to come, it’s highly probable that some day, we'll find a cure. It's exciting to think about what Breast Cancer Awareness Month in this 2010 will bring in terms of support, donations, early detection and resources for survivors and their families—this Fall, travel nurses have a chance to play their part! If you're new to a travel nurse job and still unfamiliar with the area, just plug your current zip code into "Making Strides Event Near You". You'll find out the where and when on the nearest cancer walk, happening nationwide this October; you can sponsor a walker, an entire team—or make the 3 to 5 mile journey alongside like-minded peers, colleagues and friends. Getting the word out is as simple as sending a free E-card when you Breast Cancer Awareness Monthmake online donations and/or register for Making Strides at the American Cancer Society. In Octobers past, a wonderful show of support came from corporate American Traveler [+]

28
Sep

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Related entries: Health Tips ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; How To tips ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Travel nurse job benefits ; 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 healthcare insurance benefits 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 into [+]

21
Sep

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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, [+]

09
Sep

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: ER Nurse ; Florida ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Job Locations ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nurse Life ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: Annals of Emergency Medicine ; California nursing jobs ; ED interpreters ; ER nurse jobs ; florida nursing jobs ; Latino communities ; Limited English Proficiency patients ; medical interpreter ; New Mexico nursing jobs ;

How Emergency Department Interpreters are breaking down barriers Cultural diversity in the cities where travel nurses thrive in emergency room jobs is part and parcel to their exciting lifestyle. ER nurse jobs at American Traveler place registered nurses in travel and permanent emergency room jobs nationwide, from big urban cities to charming, small towns, so it’s hardly uncommon to treat patients with (LEP) limited English proficiency.emergency room nurse The U.S. Census Bureau reported an estimated 48.4 million Hispanic residents in 2009, making them the nation’s largest ethnic race or minority; thus, as a well-trained professional in emergency room nurse jobs, you’re likely to encounter your fair share of patients who’s native, and, in many cases only language is Spanish. Since much of this growth has taken place in states that attract registered nurses to great travel nursing jobs like bees to honey, those in Florida travel nursing jobs and California nursing jobs, especially, have come to rely on medical interpreters, known as ED interpreters in hospital emergency departments. American Traveler’s Clinical Coordinator Debbie Bacurin, R.N., a former Nurse Manager and veteran of emergency room jobs, says: “It can be very stressful for everyone involved when the hospital [+]

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 [+]

14
Jul

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Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Healthcare Jobs ; Nurse Career ; Nursing Career ; Registered Nurse ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: Case Management Jobs ; nurse manager jobs ; nurse shortage ; RN jobs ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;

The recession has created a tough environment for Americans and the businesses, institutions and non-profits that make our world go round. The healthcare industry is no exception, yet nursing case management jobs help hospitals financially, as well as promote patient advocacy and customer satisfaction that lead to saving billions of dollars, in what might have been missed billing charges or unnecessary treatments. 'Anything’ and ‘everything’ are meaningful words for Case Mangers in travel nurse jobs; though, they are expected to wear many hats, most CMs welcome the challenge of residing at the nerve center of today’s health care delivery system. Nursing Case Management jobs exist not just in hospitals, but in rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, or any medical facility in which the managerial talents and strong personal ethics of RNs and/or social workers are required. RNs in case management jobs  are frequently assistants in placing patients in extended care, hospice and other specific treatment programs. Travel nurse jobs that attract talented case mangers expect these professionals to rise to the occasion—of thoroughly reviewing all medical documentation and testing, lucky enough to cross their path. When the i’s are all dotted and the t’s crossed, [+]

01
Jul

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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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