By August 18, 2008 0 Comments

It's not easy being green.

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I’m sure you are all well aware that the of latest trend these days, “going green” and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon, from automakers to your local businesses. Hopefully it’s not just a fad and that the public actually realizes that they can make a difference, whether it be by the smallest of means, at least they are trying to help. So as a travel nurse, what can you do to help save the planet?

As a traveling nurse you are constantly on the move and having to re-establish yourself, but one thing you can do where ever you go and the easiest, is recycle. Everything from paper, plastic, cans and glass are recyclable and in some states that you travel to it may be law to do so, so why not get in the habit already. Other easy ways to be green is to reuse containers as a way to store leftovers or pack lunches. You can also change out the light bulbs and use the eco-friendly low wattage bulbs and unplug electronics throughout the house that garner little use. These are all very easy first steps in being a green conscience traveler.

Some other simple green ideas that you can put in place deal with water consumption. We all probably take it for granted from time to time, but water is a vital resource and many don’t think much about it. Most of you will have the convenience of a washer and dryer in your residence and it is tempting to just wash the one outfit you want to wear. If you absolutely need to wash it without cleaning other clothes, change the setting on the washer to accomodate the smaller load. Most washers these days have similar settings. Another way to save water is to take shorter showers and turn off the water while brushing your teeth. These are all great ways to conserve earth’s most precious resource.

I touched briefly on the subject of reusing items. Since you are constantly on the move and it is such a pain to find boxes for moving each time, so why not just save what you used the first time and there won’t be an issue. Whatever it came in, it can definitely fit in again. A great alternative to boxes are the big plastic containers that you can fill over and over again. You can get creative and find many ways to reuse things, from rubber bands, cloth napkins and diapers and cloth sacks for groceries, these can all make a difference.

Although it may seem as the latest fad to be green, it is something we should adopt for the rest of our lives. As a traveler, it’s a privilege to see this beautiful country and at this rate there won’t be much to see due to all the waste that is filling up the land. Do your part in reducing your waste, recycling your goods and reusing any and all things. We can all play a part in keeping the earth beautiful.

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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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