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Don’t Look Now, A New School Year is Right Around the Corner!

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For many school-based nursing and therapy professionals, summer is the time to catch up on continuing education and professional development.  In between carting the kids back and forth to ball games and practices, there might even be some time to put thought into refining your curriculum or schedule for the next school year.  Well, in case you haven’t been paying attention, we are rapidly closing in on the end of July meaning the new school year is right around the corner!  Deep breaths, no need for panic, there are still some weeks of summer to be enjoyed!

Finding a Nurse Mentor

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Starting out a career as a nursing professional can be pretty daunting.  From learning the ropes at your new job to meeting your new coworkers to just finding out where everything is, your first nursing job is going to be stressful, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time.  One of the best ways to ease your transition into professional nursing is to find a mentor.

Blood Donations are Critical This Time of Year

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While most of us are enjoying our summer vacations at some point over the next few months, the folks at the Red Cross and other donation centers are working overtime trying to meet the summer demand for blood and platelets.  Earlier this month, the American Red Cross issued an urgent call for donations as the need for blood and platelet donations are exceeding the demand by close to 30,000 donations per month.

Working Tourist: Swimming With Sharks

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Gretchen Harrison has been a travel nurse for close to a year and now wonders why she didn’t get started sooner.  As a Med/Surg & Telemetry RN, Gretchen was growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges she faced when trying to request time off from her job in the hospital.  Eventually, she decided she was going to travel one way or another and what better way than to get paid for doing it.

What is the Status of New Healthcare Legislation

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For months now, the daily news has been filled with stories about efforts to change the Affordable Care Act.  In the past two elections cycles, hopeful politicians from all over the country argued the merits of “repealing and replacing” the momentous health care legislation that was signed into law in 2010. 

Advice for New Travel Nurses from our Travel Nurses

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Regular readers of the Working Tourist are probably familiar with the profiles that we do to highlight our travel nurses, therapists, and allied talent.  Upon deciding that it was time to put together content with advice for those considering or are new to travel nursing, we felt that there was no better source for information than those working tourists that we have profiled over the years.  Below is a collection of thoughts that we’ve gleaned from the profiles.

Healthcare Risk Management in Practice

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Almost every major industry in the United States has some form of risk management as a component of their daily operations.  Arguably, in no industry is risk management as important as it is in healthcare, in fact, it can mean the difference between life and death.

Year of the Healthy Nurse July: Healthy Sleep

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This time of year is referred to as the “dog days of summer” for a reason, long days, hot sun, and humid nights.  Weather like this across most of the country makes for difficult sleeping conditions.  In the American Nurses Association ‘Year of the Healthy Nurse’ campaign, July is designated as Healthy Sleep month. 

Is Working Per Diem the Right Move For You?

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Nursing professionals typically have a variety of options to choose from when deciding where and how they are going to work.  From working twelve-hour shifts to four tens, to working days, nights, or afternoons, there are schedules to fit most lifestyles.  Another option that is gaining in popularity is working per diem.

Five Healthcare Topics to Watch in 2017

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As we find ourselves at the mid-point of the year, there has been a myriad of developments in the healthcare industry, including the imminent debate on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Since there seems to be no shortage of industry storylines, let’s look at five key healthcare topics to keep an eye on through the rest of 2017.

Alternative Housing Option for Travelers: Cabins

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When you first begin to think about housing options for your travel assignment, things like employer-provided housing, extended stay hotels, Airbnb, and even Craigslist come to mind.  But depending on your personal tastes, there is another attractive option to consider, cabins!

7 Tips for Acing Your Phone Interview

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In the healthcare profession, and in most occupations actually, phone interviews have become the norm for hiring managers.  They not only save time but are a good way to efficiently get through a group of candidates and form a first impression based on how a person sounds and what they say.  Hiring managers will tell you that they can glean a lot about a person based on how they perform in a phone interview.  Knowing that, here are several tips to make sure you ace your phone interview.

Working Tourist: Starting Out Close to Home

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Loren Stitt is on her first travel assignment and chose a location that is close to her hometown of Buffalo, New York.  She took an assignment near Rochester New York.  Loren’s specialty is Emergency Nursing and she originally became interested in travel nursing so she could gain experience by learning how different facilities operate.

New Bill Introduced to Expand Telehealth Services

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In May, bi-partisan legislation was introduced in the United States Senate to expand telehealth and remote patient monitoring to Medicare patients.  The ‘Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2017’ (CONNECT) is intended to increase the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring while lowering costs for patients and providers. A 2016 Deloitte survey found that 70% of U.S. health care consumers are likely to use at least one form of remote technology.  More than half of those surveyed also stated that they are interested in utilizing telemedicine for post-surgical care and chronic disease monitoring.

National Nursing Assistant Week 2017

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Beginning today, June 15th, our nation will recognize the efforts and contributions of a very special group of healthcare professionals, Certified Nursing Assistants or CNAs.  Every day, nearly 2.5 million CNAs provide compassion and care to frail, elderly, chronically ill and others in nursing homes and long-term care settings.  CNAs embody what it means to be the ‘Face of Caring,' and now through June 22nd, we are encouraged to say thank you through various Nursing Assistant Week events and activities.

It’s Time for an Assignment in Kansas City

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When travel nurses and therapists put together their bucket list of great destinations to visit on a travel assignment, it’s a safe bet that Kansa City isn’t at or even near the top of the list.  It isn’t surprising that this Midwestern gem flies under the radar, but it is time to consider Kansas City for your next assignment.  In addition to a plethora of opportunities, Kansas City is annually ranked as one of the most stress-free cities, and they have amazing barbecue!  Let’s look at why you should grab an assignment in Kansas City right now.

How School Nurses and Therapists Can Fill Their Summer

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As another school year draws to a close, school-based nurses and therapists have decisions to make about how they can fill their summer months.  For those who aren’t required to work year round, summer can be a great time to spend time with the kids and family, relax by the pool or take that backpacking trip that keeps getting put off.  Summer also presents a perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills, earn much needed CEU’s and even earn some extra cash for that big vacation you’ve been planning.  Let’s look at a few ways that school-based nurses and therapists can spend their summer.

Wear Purple in Support of National Headache & Migraine Awareness Month

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If you do not suffer from headaches or migraines, it is a pretty easy assumption to say that you know someone or have a family member who suffers from chronic headaches or migraines.  June is recognized as National Headache & Migraine Awareness Month (MHAM) with activities and events planned to build greater awareness, educate the public and non-sufferers, and reduce the stigma associated with migraines and headache disorders.  The theme set for MHAM in 2017 is “The Art of Migraine and Headache Management” to illustrate how personalized treatments are for those who are suffering.  It is also important to note that no one is immune to headaches or migraines, even children who deal with lower self-esteem, depression, and social anxiety from their battles with headache disorders.

June is Men’s Health Month

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Across the United States each year, the month of June is recognized as National Men’s Health Month to heighten the awareness, early detection, and treatment of preventable health problems for men and boys.  As we have covered in this space previously, men are less likely to have regularly scheduled visits with their primary care doctor and Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to encourage men and boys to reverse that trend.  To start the conversation, below are five preventable health threats for men in the United States.

National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day

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Although they may not interact with patients directly, health care recruitment professionals play an integral role in making sure medical patients throughout the United States are receiving the important care that they need.  Since 1991, the first Tuesday in June has been recognized as National Health Care Recruiter Recognition Day.  While we may be biased, we feel that Supplemental Health Care has the finest recruiting professionals anywhere.  In honor of Health Care Recruiter Recognition Day, let’s shine the light on two of our finest recruitment professionals.