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National Backpack Awareness Day™

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This school year, there are more than 80 million students across the United States back in school.  If you take a close look at some of these students, you will see that many of them are struggling under the weight of their overloaded backpack.  Further, each year more than 22,000 students suffer strains, sprains, dislocations, and fractures from overloaded, incorrectly sized, or improperly worn backpacks. 

Working Tourist: A Lifetime of Service

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Jay Stine is not your ordinary travel nurse, in fact, once you get to know him you realize there is nothing ordinary about him at all.  After spending 22 years as a Maryland State Trooper, and several of those years as part of the security detail for a member of the famous Kennedy family, Jay decided that he still wanted to do something meaningful once he retired from his career in law enforcement.

The Benefits of Being a Nurse Mentor

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Did you know that in some areas up to 60% of new nurses leave their first position and some the nursing profession entirely within two years?  With concerns about nursing shortages already in the news, these statistics are doubly alarming for hospital administrators all over the country.

Latest Technology in Home Health Care

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There is probably no sector of the Health Care industry undergoing more change right now than Home Health.  Much of the changes are being driven by technology but maybe not the technology that immediately comes to mind.  Let’s take a look at how the Home Health Care industry is being impacted more and more by technology every year.

Best U.S. Cities for Foodies

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Let’s face it if you are going to be spending 13 weeks in a city while on a travel nursing or therapist assignment, you may as well choose a locale where you are going to eat well.  If you like to consider yourself an amateur foodie, then this is the list for you when trying to decide on a travel assignment destination where food is one of the main attractions.  Here are some of the best U.S. cities for foodies.

Healthy Aging® Month and You

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The month of September became known as Healthy Aging® Month over two decades ago, just as the baby boomer generation began turning fifty years old.  Today, there are more than 76 million boomers over the age of fifty, and many of them are working in the healthcare industry.  In fact, today's Registered Nurse averages over 45 years of age. 

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Balance and Recovery

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For September, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has set the theme for their ‘Year of the Healthy Nurse’ campaign to highlight the benefits of finding work-life balance.  Most busy professionals will admit that the idea of finding true, work-life balance is probably unrealistic, so the challenge is to find a balance, uneven or not, that works for your lifestyle.

What’s Next for Health Care Reform?

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Over the past several years, we have occasionally used this blog space to keep you up-to-date on the developments in Washington regarding the Affordable Care Act and the legislative efforts to reform the health care system.  As you probably know, the Congress failed to pass legislation designed to repeal the ACA and replace it with new Republican-drafted legislation.

Top Nursing Jobs That Aren’t Found in Hospitals

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Often, young nursing students just starting out on their educational journey think that when they are finished with school, they will end up working in a hospital.  It isn’t until they gain some experience in school that they realize there are many RN jobs and not all of them are found in the hospital.  Let’s take a look at a few of the top RN jobs that aren’t based in hospitals.

Plan Your Next Assignment in Historic Birmingham

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In addition to the southern hospitality and great fall weather, today’s city of Birmingham is rife with history, great eateries, shopping, and more.  Let’s look at some of the many reasons why a travel assignment in Birmingham will be 13-weeks you’ll never forget.

Five Ways to Stand Out From the Nursing Crowd

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Most people who become a healthcare professional do it because they are driven to help others.  If you are also driven to advance your career, then it will be important to find ways to stand out above the rest of the nursing crowd.

Travel Assignments: Never A One-Size Fits All

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When healthcare professionals hear about the opportunities available for travel nurses and therapists, many worry that the contract length will be too long or that the opportunities are all the same.  Maybe at one time when travel healthcare staffing was in its infancy, but that is not the case any longer.  More than ever before, travel nurses and therapists are using travel contracts to bolster their career and gain invaluable experience as they improve their craft.  Let’s take a look at travel contracts in today’s world.

Make the Most of Your Online Job Search

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Back in the day, job searches were confined to the kitchen table with a newspaper and a red pen in hand.  Today, job searches still take place at the kitchen table, but the newspaper has been replaced with a laptop and a mouse.  Today’s online job searches have made it a lot easier to discover job openings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easier to get hired.  Fortunately, as a healthcare professional, our career is one that continues to experience growth and job openings are found on a multitude of online job portals.

Planning Your Nursing Career Path

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If you are like many of us, once the calendar turns to August a slight feeling of melancholy accompanies it.  That simple flip of a page on your calendar signals that another summer is coming to a close, another school year is ramping up, and before too long the leaves will change colors, and white flakes will start falling from gray skies. 

Top Travel Assignment Cities for Music Lovers

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Now that you’re planning your next travel assignment, you may want to consider finding an assignment in one of the many great American cities for live music.  No matter what your musical tastes are, there are cities across the land where you can find music venues that are pumping out the jams seven days a week.  Let’s explore five top cities for music lovers.

Effective Patient Communication and Better Outcomes

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As the healthcare industry undergoes seemingly constant change, there is one constant that doesn’t change.  The role the nurse plays in patient satisfaction and being the face of caring is something that will never change.  Nurses spend the most time with patients and upon discharge, the care they received from the nurse, more than anyone else they’ve encountered, will be what they remember the most.

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Happiness

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We’ve reached the eighth month of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Year of the healthy Nurse campaign, and the theme for August is something we can all relate to…Happiness.  Finding happiness at both work and home can be the key to a healthier life and a more productive workplace.