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Travel nursing is both business and pleasure.

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Travel nursing is a unique profession in nature, one that enables you to take your skills and knowledge on the road for 13 weeks at a time. The nursing shortage allows you to choose from various locations around the country, some great and others, well others that might not be all that. But it is your choice and your decision to make the most out of any assignment you take on. Being a traveling nurse can give you that ability to afford a lifestyle that you may not typically be use to, say if you were a perm nurse. Of course there are pros and cons to both and we won’t get into that now… No, today we will discuss what you can do if you are in a location that might not be so glamorous.

It would be nice to think that travelers who end up taking assignments off the beaten path chose to do so because they love their job, no matter what. It’s all about caring for the patients and those human connections that are made between the two. If you are in this situation, I salute you. There may not be a lot to do during your time off, but there are ways you can spend your free time.

Keeping up with trends in healthcare and the like can be difficult if you don’t make a point of it. Times are ever changing and there is much to keep on. So what can you do? Well, thankfully there’s the tried and true internet which gives you access to the world through a screen on your desk, or you can take weekend trips to the many conferences and expos dedicated to nurses and healthcare… And the best thing about these are they are usually located in fantastic locations! So you can mix business with pleasure and make the most out of 3-4 days and learn about a new method for who knows what and after you can learn how to surf, or basket weaving, whatever strikes your fancy! Check out the list of expos and conferences below… You’re sure to find a topic or location that’s right for you.

American Holistic Nurses Association’s 30th Annual Conference
June 3-6, 2010
Colorado Springs, CO
Sponsor: AHNA
Contact: Miriam Hillson
Tel: (800) 278-2462 Ext. 14
Website: http://www.ahna.org/Conference/tabid/1200/Default.aspx
E-mail: conference@ahna.org
Society for Vascular Nursing 28th Annual Convention
April 21-24, 2010
New Orleans, LA
Sponsor: Society for Vascular Nursing
Contact: Angela Wetherbee
Tel: 888-536-4SVN (4786)
Website: http://www.svnnet.org/
E-mail: svn@administrare.com
National Association of Hispanic Nurses 35th Annual Conference
July 22-24, 2010
Washington, D.C.
Contact: Sherece McGoon
E-mail: mcgoon@uthscsa.edu
Website: http://nursing.uthscsa.edu/ce/NAHN.aspx
2010 International Year of the Nurse Celebration
April 25, 2010
Washington, D.C.
Website: http://www.2010iynurse.net/
VNAA: The Visiting Nurse Associations of America 28th Annual Meeting
April 21-23, 2010
Orlando, FL
Sponsor: VNAA
Contact: Terry Agnes
Tel: 202-384-1434
Website: www.VNAA.org
National Student Nursing Association’s 58th Annual Convention
April 7-11, 2010
Orlando, FL
Sponsor: NSNA
Website: https://nsnamembership.org/
NAHC: National Association for Home Care and Hospice Annual Meeting and Exposition
Oct. 10-14, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
Sponsor: NAHC
Tel: 202-547-7424
Website: http://www.nahc.org/Meetings/
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8th Annual Health Forum/American Hospital Association Leadership Summit
July 22-24, 2010
San Diego, CA
Sponsor: Health Forum/AHA
Tel: 312-893-6897
E-mail: Leadershipsummit2010@rcsreg.com
Website: http://www.healthforum.com/
ASHHRA: American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration Annual Meeting and Exposition
Sept. 26-28, 2010
Tampa, FL
Sponsor: ASHHRA
Tel: 312-422-3720
E-mail: ashhra@aha.org
Website: http://www.ashhra.org/ashhra/conference/conference2010/index.html
ASCs Conference: Ambulatory Surgery Centers
May 19-22, 2010
Anaheim, CA
Sponsor: ASC Association
Website: http://ascassociation.org/ascs2010/
AMSN’s 17th Annual Convention Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Oct. 20-25, 2010
Las Vegas, NV
Sponsor: AMSN
Tel: 866-877-2676
E-mail: amsn@ajj.com
Website: http://www.medsurgnurse.org/
ENA: Emergency Nurses Association Scientific Assembly
Sept. 23-25, 2010
San Antonio, TX
Sponsor: ENA
Website: http://www.ena.org/
AACN/NTI: National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition
May 19-22, 2010
Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: AACN
Website: http://www.aacn.org/
ANNA: American Nephrology Nurses Association National Symposium
May 2-5, 2010
San Antonio, TX
Sponsor: ANNA
Website: http://www.annanurse.org/
AONE: American Organization of Nurse Executives Annual Meeting
April 9-13, 2010
Indianapolis, IN
Sponsor: AONE
Tel: 800-974-3084
Website: http://www.aone.org/aone/conference/welcome.html
E-mail: AONE@experient-inc.com
Miami Robotic Symposium
Oct. 13-16, 2010
Miami Beach, FL
Contact: Julie Zimmett
Tel: 786-959-62398
Website: www.baptisthealth.net/meded
E-mail: juliez@baptisthealth.net
The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing 35th Anniversary Conference
May 4-7, 2010
Las Vegas, NV
Sponsor: AACN
Tel: (800) AMB-NURS
Website: www.aacn.org
E-mail: aaacn@ajj.com
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) Free Nurse Researcher Workshop
April 26-27, 2010
Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: ALSF
Tel: (610) 649-3034
Website: www.AlexsLemonade.org
E-mail: Gillian@AlexsLemonade.org
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Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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