Archive for October, 2009

Do you have a passion for caring?

Do you have a passion for caring?

One travel nurse we work with does and she wants to share it with other healthcare professionals with a similar heart for caring. Dreams for Africa is an organization she started with the mission of setting up medical clinics all across Africa. If you think it may be something that sets off a spark in your heart too you can visit her website, DreamsForAfrica.org, to learn more.

By October 30, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: What is a snowbird state?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What is a snowbird state?

Everyone knows how birds migrate south for the winter; it is the same for some people. Most of the people with the ability to pick up and move somewhere else for a period of time are retirees. Those who are retired tend to be older and start to have an increased need for medical services. So when those individuals move into an area for a period of time, and do require a medical facility, it puts an added burden on those facilities to deal with the temporary increase in population. These states that see a large influx of people migrating south for the winter are called “snowbird” states.

Getting sick while on assignment is no fun.

Getting sick while on assignment is no fun.

You already know that being a travel nurse takes a certain type of personality, one that is able to handle all the new challenges that come with the position and new location. You have to be ready and able to respond to any kind of surprises that may come your way. Getting sick is one […]

By October 27, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Three travel nursing books have been honored by USA Book News

Three travel nursing books have been honored by USA Book News

If you are new to travel nursing, it is natural to have lots of questions that need answered before you are comfortable with it. One way to help get those answers quickly is to read a book on the subject.

By October 26, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: What your travel contract should include.

Ask a Travel Nurse: What your travel contract should include.

Last week we touched on the travel nursing contract. This week we’ll take a look at a few things it should include.

A travel nursing contract should spell out the employer’s expectations of you in your job role as well as the things that you expect from your employer. Some companies will have you sign a “work agreement” that stipulates such things as maintaining a professional attitude, following the hospital policies and procedures, and maintaining licensure. This document may cover you for several different assignments over the course of six months to a year or longer. This document is basically just saying that as long as you work for “Travel Company X”, you will uphold the standards of your profession.

Dealing with that annoying co-worker.

Dealing with that annoying co-worker.

Hopefully this hasn’t happened to you while you’re on a travel nursing assignment, but have you ever had to work along side a fellow nurse who just drives you batty and you find yourself at the end of the shift saying, “Calgon, take me away!” Yeah, it happens… Because nobody’s as perfect as you. Right? […]

By October 19, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Small spaces don't have to feel like it

Small spaces don't have to feel like it

Not that all travel nursing housing is small, but some of it is and it is most certainly not going to be as big as your home. But just because it is small doesn’t mean it has to feel that way. Here are some resources I have compiled to help you learn how to make a small space feel large.

Some of the advice probably is for a small space you own and have the freedom to paint and structurally redesign, but a lot of it is still good info for travel nurses who need to make a space that is not their own feel like home.

By October 16, 2009 2 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: Should I take a travel nursing job without a contract?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Should I take a travel nursing job without a contract?

A reader recently wrote to me with a situation that I have never encountered before. His question was regarding “at-will” work states. He stated that a travel company (one of the larger ones) that was located in an “at will” work state, told him that because of the company’s location, they did not use contracts. They simply stated that they, “expect the traveler to complete the 13 week assignment”. While I have NEVER heard of such a thing, it is not all that hard to believe considering some of the off-the-wall things I have encountered in this profession.

Working the night shift in nursing.

Working the night shift in nursing.

Just think, when most of us go to bed at night there are over 2 million Americans just getting started with their days as they head out to their places of employment. There are all kinds of occupations that need staff throughout the night and without them many of the businesses and facilities would fail. Of course hospitals definitely fall into this category and nurses being at the forefront of the jobs needed overnight, 24/7.

By October 12, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Gel (Good Experience Live) Conference Promotes the Patient Experience

Gel (Good Experience Live) Conference Promotes the Patient Experience

From time to time we are asked to blog about an event or topic and this is one of those times. On Thursday, October 22, 2009 (and optional 2nd day: Fri, Oct 23) in New York City is the Gel (Good Experience Live) Conference which brings experts on the patient experience together to offer a series […]

By October 9, 2009 0 Comments Read More →