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Five Great Spring Travel Destinations

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Like most of us from the Mississippi River region to the East Coast, you are probably saying, “Enough winter already!  Where is Spring?”  If that sounds like you then maybe it is time to head out on a spring travel assignment. 

Did You Know OTs Work in All of These Settings?

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If you are someone who thinks that Occupational Therapists only work in hospitals or a clinic, you may want to think again.  OTs have been educated in the basics of health and healing to include anatomy, psychology, neuroscience, and more.

Update: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact News

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Because of the importance of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) to those of us in travel nursing, we are continuing to provide our readers with periodic updates on where non-compact states are in the legislative process.

The Latest Trends in Occupational Therapy

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While the roots of occupational therapy can be traced back to ancient times, it was conceived as a health profession around 1910 with the first professional occupational therapy association being founded in 1917. 

April is Occupational Therapy Month

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If you or a loved one has a disability, or have ever had to recover skills after an injury or accident, then you already know of the impact Occupational therapists, and OT Assistants can make on our everyday life.

Today is World Autism Awareness Day

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April 2nd is recognized internationally as World Autism Awareness Day.  For the past 11 years, this day has been used to raise awareness, increase understanding, and foster worldwide support for the millions of people affected by autism.

Diabetes Alert Day: Are You At Risk?

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Let’s talk numbers.  I am going to list a series of numbers, and you can see if you know what the numbers represent.  Are you ready?  Here we go 30.3 million, 1.25 million, 25.2%, 84.1 million, and finally 252,806.  Considering the title of this article, how many of those numbers can you decipher?

Know Your Rights as a Nurse

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It was an incident that sent shockwaves through everyone in the medical community, the July 2017 physical arrest of a nurse in Utah.  To recap, an ER Nurse was ordered by a law enforcement officer to perform a blood draw on a car accident victim.  Rightfully, the nurse refused because no warrant was presented and she was protecting the rights of her patient.  She pulled out the policy manual, called her supervisor on speakerphone and proceeded to inform the officer that she was unable to comply until a warrant was presented.  Everything she did was according to procedure, but the officer forcibly arrested her anyway.

Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

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It is a condition you can find across all walks of life, and throughout all types of careers, substance abuse disorder isn’t confined to anything.  For healthcare professionals, substance abuse poses challenges that impact both co-workers and also the patients relying on them for care.  In a profession that is dealing with life or death decisions on a daily basis, recognizing a problem, reporting it, and intervening is critical in saving patients from unintended harm and helping a fellow nurse recover from harmful addiction.

Five Things to Ask About Before Starting a New Travel Assignment

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Travel nurses have a variety of reasons for choosing this nomadic career path.  Many just love to travel and find travel nursing to be the best way to get paid for touring the country.  Others like the pay packages and having a greater say in when and where you are going to work.  And others enjoy the excitement of changing opportunities and learning new skills and techniques with each new assignment.  No matter what your individual reasons are for choosing travel nursing, there are certain questions you should ask before starting a new assignment.  Let’s take a look at what answers you should be looking for each time.

It’s Patient Safety Awareness Week

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is urging everyone to participate in Patient Safety Awareness Week from March 11th through March 17th.  The focus this year is on two critical issues – safety culture and patient engagement.  Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) will be filled with events and activities for both healthcare professionals and for healthcare consumers.  PSAW resources for healthcare professionals can be found here, while resources and information targeted for consumers is found here.

Don’t Snooze on the Importance of Sleep

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One of the most under-rated aspects of a healthier lifestyle is good sleeping health.  The National Sleep Foundation is trying to change that through the promotion of this year’s Sleep Awareness Week, March 11th through March 17th.  The campaign for 2018 is “Begin with Sleep” to highlight the benefits of optimal sleep and how it affects your health, well-being, and safety.

Travel Nursing for Work and for Play

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After five years as an orthopedic nurse, Jonathan Roman was ready for a change of scenery. When two of his nursing school friends told him about their next travel assignment to Maui Memorial Hospital, in August 2017, Jonathan knew he couldn’t pass up that opportunity of a lifetime. And, what a whirlwind journey it has been!

March is National Nutrition Month®

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“Go Further with Food” is the year’s encouragement put forth by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for National Nutrition Month® (NNM).  This annual campaign started in 1973 as a week-long event focusing on the importance of making better food choices and encouraging people to create healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Travel Nursing with Family: Five Things to Consider

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Many working tourists use the summer months to turn their travel nursing assignment into an opportunity for the whole family to experience a new place.  Summer assignments with the family in tow can be a great vacation opportunity as long as you plan ahead.  Let’s look at five things to consider before you plan a travel assignment with your family.

Is Becoming A Nurse Manager Right for You?

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If you have been a Registered Nurse for a few years and feel as though it might be time to pursue the next step in your career, you might want to consider pursuing opportunities to become a Nurse Manager.  If you like the feeling of being in charge and co-workers naturally seek out your advice or counsel, you probably already have some of the skills necessary to take on a leadership position.