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The Benefits of Planning Time Off Between Assignments

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For many travel nurses and therapists, theirs is a career that constantly keeps them on the go.  From traveling to and from assignments, deciding when to extend and when to find someplace new, and making the most of discovering each new city along the way, the life of traveling healthcare professionals can get pretty hectic. 

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact – Latest News

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As we reported in this space earlier this month, 2018 is the year that the nurse licensure compact is being updated in an attempt to re-energize the efforts to attract all of the states to join. The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) was enacted in July 2017 and will be officially implemented on January 19, 2018.

Working Tourist: A Labor of Love

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Lauren Stermer has an adventurous spirit, which has led her on a new journey: travel nursing. It’s the perfect combination of exploring new places and having a fulfilling career doing what she loves. February marks her first full year traveling as a labor and delivery nurse, and it’s everything she could have hoped for and more.

Nurse Interview Primer

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Many people dread the interview process.  As a nurse, you may find that in addition to being a qualified healthcare professional, you also have to become proficient at handling interviews.  One piece of advice that is often thrown about when people are discussing interview tips is to ask questions.

This Year’s Best Springtime Travel Assignment Destinations

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As a travel nurse, you get to visit a lot of beautiful places. The only catch is that time is precious! In between shifts usually means you’re catching some ZZZs or trying to find a quick bite to eat while resting your feet for the first time in hours. It’s hard to find a minute to research fun destinations so here are a few ideas for your springtime assignment.

How Soon to Start Planning Your Next Assignment

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One of the best things about being a travel nurse is the number of options you have available to you.  You have choices aplenty.  You can work a 13-week assignment and immediately head off to a new assignment.  You can choose to extend in your current location if that option is available to you. 

Enhanced Nurse Licensing Compact is Almost Here

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As a means to improve access to care across state lines, the original Nurse Licensing Compact was enacted in 2000 and slowly grew to 25 participating states over the next 15 years.  Since the intent of the compact legislation was to attract participation from all 50 states, after 15 years, it was clear that changes needed to be enacted to attract more member states.

Staying Safe on Your New Year’s Eve Travel Assignment

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If you have chosen to take a travel assignment this holiday season, we don’t have to tell you how chaotic it can be at times.  With the big New Year’s Eve celebrations right around the corner, it is important for travel nurses and therapists to plan for the unexpected in order to stay safe throughout the weekend. 

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact is Coming Soon

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Physical Therapists (PTs) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) have long waited for legislation allowing them to practice in multiple states without having to apply for individual state licenses.  Like their healthcare professional counterparts, Registered Nurses, a multi-state licensure compact is both a necessity and difficult journey. 

The Christmas Eve Patient

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Treat yourself to a little holiday magic with this fictional tale that is sure to warm your heart and help you escape the hustle bustle of the season...

Knowing When “Maybe just a half a drink more” Is Too Much

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Spiked eggnog, mulled wine, and hot buttered rum are just a few examples of beverages that go with being in the holiday “spirit.” Cranberry juice and orange liqueur mimosas are aptly named Poinsettias as the star of holiday brunches, while family members bring their favorite six-packs to evening gatherings.

Taking the Worry Out of the Nurse Licensing Process

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You are at a point in your career where you are ready to check out why Travel Nursing has become such a hot nursing trend, but worrying about licensing issues has you afraid to make the move.  Worry no more, because getting a nursing license in another state doesn’t have to keep you from a great career move.

A Season of Service

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As we do every year around this time, we spend as much time as we can giving thanks with our family and friends, while we celebrate the tidings of the season.

The Hands-On Approach to Keeping Germs Off

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Something so simple can often be overlooked or taken for granted. For example, thoroughly washing your hands can be the difference between sickness and health. In honor of Handwashing Awareness Week, we wanted to review proper techniques and protocol to ensure you remain healthy during prime flu season, a time when germs can run rampant.

Staying on Top of Continuing Education as a Travel Nurse

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As a travel nurse, sometimes staying on track with your continuing education can take a back seat to all of your exciting adventures on the road.  At Supplemental Health Care, we understand that when you are on a travel assignment, you may not be thinking about your CE requirements, so we have made it easy for you.

Latest Updates on the Opioid Epidemic

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We have previously discussed the opioid epidemic in the space and tried to outline the role nurses play in combatting the frightening trends we are seeing in this country.  As promised, we have put together the following update on the opioid crisis and the actions being taken across different fronts.