nursing career help Category

21
Apr

This post was written by Travel Nursing Career Blogger

Related entries: Critical Care ; Health Tips ; Nursing Career ; Ongoing Education ; Travel Nursing ;
Tags: CDC ; ER nurse resources ; ER nurses ; nurser resources ; nursing career help ; nursing resources ; Registered Nurse ; registered nurses ;

Here’s a heads-up to NEURO and ER nurses everywhere: Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 1 million emergency-room visits per year for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion?  Worse: “Each year, U.S. emergency departments treat an estimated 135,000 sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children ages 5 to 18.” As an ER nurse, you probably do know that many of these brain injuries go ignored far too long, resulting in complications, hospitalizations and even death.  To help get the word out about the seriousness of concussions and TBIs, the CDC has launched a Concussion in Sports Web page. This Web page is loaded with useful information and statistics for consumers -- coaches, parents and others -- including the basics of how to recognize a possible brain injury or concussion or what to do if a concussion occurs. But the site is also an invaluable tool for the ER nurses and other healthcare professionals, too. Let’s say you just took an American Traveler assignment for a pedriatric ICU job in Cincinatti, or for a critical care job in Hudson, FL (these jobs are actually available right now!) -- and a suspected brain-injury [+]

17
Mar

This post was written by Travel Nursing Career Blogger

Related entries: Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse Certifications ; Nursing Career ; Travel Nurse Jobs ;
Tags: advanced credentials ; nurse practitioners ; nursing career help ; nursing licenses ; nursing shortage ; Registered Nurse ; registered nurses ; RN jobs ; travel nurse expert advice ;

There’s a lot of talk about the growing shortage of doctors and registered nurses, which is likely to be exacerbated by any health-care-reform package that adds millions of patients to insurance rolls. According to a recent story in the New York Times, “the American Academy of Family Physicians projects a shortfall of 40,000 physician generalists -- family practitioners, pediatricians, general internists and geriatricians -- by 2020, even without significant changes to the current health care system.” This shortfall, experts predict, will increase the importance of the nurse practitioner -- because nurse practitioners will be needed to do even more of the tasks now performed by physicians. The nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has received specialized education (usually, a master’s degree) in a selected field.  These positions offer the chance for work in health education, counseling and customized care.  Nurse practitioners’ duties vary by state depending on regulation; but generally, they include diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering tests, prescribing drugs and making referrals to specialists. Nurse practitioners typically work in primary care, whereas physician assistants generally work for specialists.  But either way, these specialized areas of the nursing profession are going to be [+]

22
Feb

This post was written by Travel Nursing Career Blogger

Related entries: Nurse Certifications ; Nursing Career ; Ongoing Education ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: nursing career help ; nursing education ; nursing licenses ; Registered Nurse ; registered nurses ; RN jobs ; travel nurse career ; travel nurse career questions ; travel nurse job experience ; travel nurses ; travel nursing jobs ; traveling nurses ;

Although there is technically a nursing shortage, that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots of competition out there for travel nursing jobs. The best waynurse certifications in increase your competitive edge is to add to your skill set and experience level. Basic qualifications such as BLS, ACLS, PALS and TNCC are not enough anymore to land the best RN jobs. “Hospitals are looking for candidates with the most up-to-date and advanced certifications,” notes Deborah Bacurin, RN, clinical resource manager at American Traveler. By pursuing advanced nursing training by earning additional credentials and certifications, you are proving yourself as a motivated individual who cares about keeping on top of the latest trends and education -- and therefore, a top candidate for American Traveler’s travel nursing jobs. This goes double for new grads and nursing students, who are finding that it is somewhat difficult to find the ideal job right out of school with basic nursing skills. Get as many certifications and credentials as you can, as soon as possible, advises Bacurin. Also, do not expect the employer to reimburse you for this nursing job training (although it never hurts to ask!); view these credentials as prerequisites for top RN jobs.  The more [+]

10
Feb

This post was written by Travel Nursing Career Blogger

Related entries: Education ; Healthcare Industry Trends ; Nurse PBDS Test ; Nurses ; Nursing Career ; Ongoing Education ; Travel Nurse Jobs ; Travel Nursing ; Travelling Nurses ;
Tags: career help ; competency assessment ; nursing career help ; nursing news ; nursing tests ; RN jobs ; RN tests ; travel nursing jobs ;

As a skilled healthcare professional, you may think that your credentials and record can speak for themselves in landing travel nursing jobs. And, until recently, they did. However, more and more hospitals have embraced the idea of adopting competency assessment models for their medical personnel;  and thus, they are requiring travel nurses to pass certain nursing tests after being hired. These tests, administered on-site, can often be quite grueling-- requiring comprehensive proof of a range of skills, from medication dosages to care of patients depending on their medical diagnosis. Facilities are getting stricter about the rules, too: Nurses must pass these nursing tests by a certain percentage (which can vary by hospital) on their first try -- or they lose the RN job. One test that travelers are likely to encounter is the Performance Based Development System, or the PBDS test – which is being used in more than 500 hospitals to assess new RN hires, both permanent and traveling. The multi-part PBDS test evaluates three areas of skills: interpersonal (customer relations, conflict resolution, team building, etc.);  critical thinking (med-surg, critical care, neonatal ICU, and OB); and technical (creating and following a care plan for [+]

26
Jan

This post was written by American Traveler Staffing Professionals

Related entries: Ask Kristin a Question ;
Tags: nursing career help ; travel nurse career questions ; travel nurse expert advice ;

Hello everyone, we want to introduce Kristin Zandee, a Senior Consultant at American Traveler. Kristin will be one of our blog contributors by helping anyone with questions about travel nurse jobs and travel nursing career related questions. Don't be shy; leave us your question and Kristin will post an answer under Ask Kristin a Question…. Learn more about Kristin here [+]