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Florida travel nurse living is the best!
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Lifestyle and Quality Patient Care Attract Top RNs to American Traveler

To help RN candidates realize the potential of travel nurse opportunities in Florida, staffing professionals at American Traveler arrived at some very good reasons why travel nurses should consider the Sunshine State for their next travel nursing assignment.

  1. Florida travel nurse living is the best!
  2. Magnet hospitals in Florida offer attractive work environments
  3. Low nurse-patient ratios boost Florida travel nurse morale
  4. The BayCare Health System offers great travel nurse opportunities on the Gulf Coast
  5. Travel nursing professionals are always welcome by Florida perm staffs
  6. Travel nurses experience state-of-the-art medical technology and enjoy the benefits of cyber documentation
  7. Continuing education is free, and opportunities at Florida teaching and research hospitals are abundant

Florida travel nurse living is the best!

Although some liken Florida to warm-weather states California, Arizona and Texas, nothing compares to travel nursing in Florida and Gulf Coast living . The Sunshine State boasts more than 650 miles of warm, sandy beaches and the bluest waters of any U.S. coastline. Diving, snorkeling and boating are favorite pastimes in Florida and golf and horseback riding are superb.

Travel nurses for American Traveler are never more than 60 miles from the beach no matter where they go in the state, and fast boats to Key West and the Bahamas run daily from many coastal cities for day and weekend excursions. Sport fishing in the Keys is rated some of the best in world and the straw markets of Nassau and Paradise Island are packed with vendors looking to haggle with buyers. Unlike California and Hawaii—states that tax travel nurse earnings by almost ten percent—Florida has no state income tax, saving travel nurses thousands of dollars every year. And with the fifth lowest sales tax in the nation, travel nurses seeking high pay can shop till they drop.  

Top notch housing accommodations are a feature of American Traveler Gulf Coast travel nurse jobs. Resort style living with gourmet kitchens, private balconies and luxurious amenities make travel nursing to Florida’s Gulf Coast comfortable and convenient. Housing is centrally located with fitness centers, pools, restaurants and entertainmentvenues close by. Many Gulf Coast travel nurse jobs are just an hour from Disney World and fascinating attractions in Orlando.

Florida Travel Nurse Testimonials

  • Great travel assignment!! Housing is perfect, too! -- Emily K., Clearwater, FL
  • The hospital is great. The director is wonderful. Very flexible with scheduling which is important. -- Tara L., Naples FL
  • I have been very satisfied with my employment at American Traveler -- Sandra P., St. Petersburg, FL

Getting your Florida license is quick and easy...

Our Florida Client hospitals are posting and interviewing for winter travel nursing jobs right now! Be prepared by starting your application for Florida State licensure now.

At Florida temporary license is usually issued 30 days from the day the Board of Nursing receives the application from the nurse. Remember, American Traveler always fully reimburses your licensure in your paycheck! To the right is the information to contact the Florida State Board of Nursing to get started right away!

Your Consultant is also available to assist you in the licensure process!

Be sure to call today and put in your request to be contacted just as soon

as the Florida positions are posted!

Travel Nurse Feature

A healthy and tasty recipe ideal for travel nurses

At the beach, in the park, or even while driving down the coast, traveling nurses can stop for a picnic to enjoy life with family and friends and to refresh the senses. Picnics are easy and fun!

Tasty side dishes are a must at every travel nurse picnic and healthy ones are even better. Take along the free-radical fighting benefits of cabbage on your next travel nurse picnic by following this simple recipe sent by our travel nurse Alissa N., ER RN. The cabbage here is a wonderful source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamin C and folate, and is known to have antioxidant qualities that help support the immune system and a healthy heart.

Creamy Low Fat Coleslaw with Chives

  • 1/2 cup low fat or fat free sour cream
  • 3 tbsp low fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp shallots minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 head fresh cabbage

Blend first 7 ingredients and serve over chopped cabbage. Add grated carrot for color.

Enjoy !

Lifestyle and Quality Patient Care Attract Top RNs to American Traveler

Magnet hospitals in Florida offer attractive work environments

American Traveler specializes in travel nursing jobs to Magnet hospitals throughout the state. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awards Florida hospitals with Magnet status for implementing and nurturing nurse programs that promote excellent patient outcomes, high job satisfaction and good nurse retention. A hospital must meet more than 65 stringent quantitative and qualitative standards to become Magnet, and few more than 250 health care organizations across the U.S. enjoy Magnet status.

Low nurse-patient ratios boost Florida travel nurse morale 

Low nurse-patient ratios are common to many Florida Magnet hospitals and are one of the first points of inquiry before an American Traveler chooses a travel nursing job, said company recruitment VP, Mary Kay Hull. Nurse-patient ratios are important to travel nurse candidates because they may be an indication as to whether staff nurses are overworked and tired, resulting in poor teamwork, heightened stress and frequent mistakes. “BayCare hospitals keep a close eye on nurse-patient ratios,” said American Traveler Director, Dennis Urbanski, “It’s one of the reasons why we recommend travel nurse jobs at these facilities.”

BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is the fifth largest not-for-profit health care system in the country and the largest on Florida’s West Coast. Their hospitals are leaders in providing high quality health care and have been ranked among the nation’s providers. With nine Gulf Coast hospitals, BayCare has an abundance of opportunities for top travel nurses.

“Most travel nurses would love the opportunity to work at a Magnet hospital.” “Nursing initiatives at BayCare foster a good team environment and promote excellent staff rapport,” said Beverly Witkowski, RN and recruiter for Morton Plant Mease Health Care. BayCare strives to keep nurses happy with a focus on streamlined communication among staff and management. The system also utilizes Six Sigma methodology to make meaningful improvements in patient care.

Cutting-edge technologies at BayCare include early detection cancer treatments such as GeneSearch™, a therapy which helps to reduce the stress and costly second surgeries for breast cancer patients, and SIR-Spheres, a late-stage cancer treatment introduced for the first time in the U.S. through BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. BayCare oncology departments are some of the most advanced in the nation.

BayCare Health System Locations Four of the Nine BayCare Hospitals Enjoy Magnet Status*

  • Mease Countryside Hospital – Safety Harbor, FL*
  • Mease Dunedin Hospital - Dunedin, FL*
  • Morton Plant Hospital - >Clearwater, FL*
  • Morton Plant North Bay - New Port Richey, FL*
  • St. Anthony's Hospital - St. Petersburg, FL
  • South Florida Baptist Hospital - Plant City, FL
  • St. Joseph's Hospital - Tampa, FL
  • St. Joseph's Children's Hospital - Tampa, FL
  • St. Joseph's Women's Hospital -Tampa, FL

BayCare is well-known for focusing on team member and patient satisfaction and nurtures learning programs that inspire nurses to grow. The award-winning health system utilizes Masters Level RNs to mentor and coach nurses as part of their Clinical Nurse Leader Program and their commitment to quality health care. “The program is new and only a handful of Florida hospitals have it,” said Sharon Collotta, RN and Team Resources Director at Morton Plant Mease Health Care. “It makes for great patient support and is a wonderful resource for staff and travel nurses alike.”

Travel nursing professionals are always welcome by Florida perm staffs

"Everyone has been great at the hospital and American Traveler. I have really enjoyed it. Thanks for your hard work" -- S. Clark, RN

The American Traveler Client Services Department knows that an ongoing concern among travel nurses, and a fear for some, is how well they’re received by permanent staff members and management when travel nursing to a new facility. Client Services Representative, Gina Walters says that perm staffs in Florida welcome travel nurses with open arms because they help to ease seasonal workloads, “and nurse managers find value in a traveler’s fresh perspective, ideas and operational input,” said Gina.

In addition to great American Traveler client service, the company has 24/7 support for travel nurses. Client Services Representatives call travelers to make sure they’re comfortable and content with their assignment and accommodations. “Our nurses look forward to our phone calls and like to share stories or talk about travel nurse life.” 

Travel nurses experience state-of-the-art medical technology and enjoy the benefits of cyber documentation

Chances are a Florida travel nursing job will lead to any number of facilities that utilize robotics, ergonomics or are making headway with gene therapy research. Health care facilities that contract with American Traveler have advanced oncology, radiology and trauma departments where travelers can learn from top practitioners forging new methodologies and techniques. Computerized charting and medication disbursement are also common to many Florida travel nursing jobs.

But there’s more. American Traveler documentation and licensure procedures are automated and accessible via secure Internet. Travel nurse recruiters and candidates at American Traveler can address assignment details online, including payroll. American Traveler recently introduced the new ADP iPay that allows travel nurses to log on to a secure site and access pay and earning statements to more efficiently budget their income.

“Travel nurses can predict payroll deductions and direct deposit amounts with accuracy,” said Mary H. “Personal deductions and taxes vary from state to state and iPay helps travelers maintain control of their personal finances.” 

Education is free and opportunities at Florida teaching and research hospitals are abundant

Not only does American Traveler specialize in Florida travel nursing jobs at the state’s leading research and teaching hospitals, the company offers free unlimited CEUs to travel nurses looking for new certifications and to advance in the practice. Classes can be taken online and are even Podcast for convenient downloading on the go. All The Joint Commission related and APN quality subjects meet State Board of Nursing Requirements and are listed Board-specific so travel nurses can easily identify what they need for licensure.

For more information regarding Florida travel nursing jobs with American Traveler call 800-884-8788 or apply online today.

As the nationwide nursing shortage grows, American Traveler continues to pay qualified RNs a premium. Free housing and a slew of lucrative benefits enable travel nurses to earn with American Traveler.

Wednesday August 01, 2007
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