Archive for December, 2009

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I prepare and stay stress free about starting my travel nursing job?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I prepare and stay stress free about starting my travel nursing job?

Your first day on a new travel nursing assignment is sort of like your first day in a new school. All your surroundings are different, you’re wondering if the work will be hard, and you’re worried about fitting in and making new friends. All of these things usually roll into one great big ball of stress for the traveling nurse. While some of these things are out of your control, there are some things you can do to ease the stress of a new assignment.

Less Mess=Less Stress for Travel Nurses

Less Mess=Less Stress for Travel Nurses

As the end of the year approaches people love to make the classic New Year’s resolutions, but most people, travel nurses included, fail to make one of the most important ones. Stress less.

By December 25, 2009 3 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I keep track of all my state licenses?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I keep track of all my state licenses?

Any nurse who has been traveling for a few years has undoubtedly collected a handful of different state licenses. Keeping current with all these licenses can be tricky, especially if any have specific requirements.

Following up… Nursing Liability: One size fits all?

Following up… Nursing Liability: One size fits all?

Did you read my article last week about the recent article published by the LA Times about the shocking revelations of certain traveling nurses and the staffing agencies that placed them? If not, you should read it… “Nursing Liability: One size fits all?” Once you’ve read it, hop over to HealthLeadersMedia and read the follow up that Rebecca Hendren wrote, “Union: Healthy Environments, Better Orientation Can Solve Temp Nurse Issue”.

By December 21, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Make your travel nursing taxes easy with these resources

Make your travel nursing taxes easy with these resources

The end of the year is approaching, which means it is time to start preparing now so that tax season is no sweat. It is much easier to deal with your taxes if you know what you need ahead of time, instead of scrambling at the last minute.

By December 18, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I get the holidays off before I start my travel nursing assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I get the holidays off before I start my travel nursing assignment?

The past few weeks we have been discussing some ways to ensure time off during the Holiday season. This week we’ll look at a few final ways to get time off during the Holidays.

One final option you might have is to request the time off prior to starting your assignment. Now not every facility will agree to this, but it depends mostly on your approach.

Nursing liability: One size fits all?

Nursing liability: One size fits all?

Maybe you’ve heard about the story the Los Angeles Times and the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica published last week, ‘Temp firms a magnet for unfit nurses‘? What was your immediate response to the story, did it make you upset and angry that they were badmouthing our industry or was there a little bit of truth to it?

The article depicts the healthcare staffing industry, more particular, the travel nursing sector as the “wild west.” With roughly 6000+ different agencies available to healthcare professionals, it may seem so…

By December 14, 2009 4 Comments Read More →
Who's the best around? See Healthcare Traveler's Recruiters of the Year

Who's the best around? See Healthcare Traveler's Recruiters of the Year

Every December Healthcare Traveler Magazine puts out its Recruiters of the Year Showcase. It celebrates great recruiters as nominated by their travel nurses. For the recruiters there is no better testimonial than when their nurses take the time to nominate them. And the fact that the list is compiled through an unrelated third party makes it […]

By December 11, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I increase my chances of getting time off during the holidays?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I increase my chances of getting time off during the holidays?

Last week we discussed taking time off during the Holiday season while on assignment. However, if you put a little forethought into taking assignments at the end of the year, you can increase the likelihood of having time off during the Holidays.

A New Way Travel Nurses Can Send Season's Greetings!

A New Way Travel Nurses Can Send Season's Greetings!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Well, up until it comes to writing out the 100’s of Christmas cards! There’s so much one must do to prepare for the holiday season and the last thing you want to worry about is if your Christmas card will reach the intended parties on time. So what’s the next best thing you can do?

By December 7, 2009 0 Comments Read More →