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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.

Establishing a Strong Work Relationship With Your Boss

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As a professional healthcare worker, as with most careers, much of your success is dependent on building and maintaining relationships.  Each and every workday is comprised of interactions with other people, from your patients and their loved ones to your co-workers, and to your supervisor or manager. 

Working Tourist: Making a Wise Career Decision

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For the past twenty years, Wil Shrader has made a career out of caring for the elderly.  About 14 months ago, Wil decided that he wanted to continue working in Geriatric nursing, but he felt it was time to explore new locations and care settings. 

Find Joy by Volunteering During Your Holiday Travel Assignment

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By their very nature, nurses put the needs of others ahead of their own.  For many, this means taking on travel assignments during the holiday months because it is such a high-demand time of year for travel nurses.  Being away from family and friends between November and January can be difficult, but there are ways to ensure you are making the most of your opportunities to help and care for others.

American Diabetes Month: A Look at Treatment Advancements

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Each November is recognized as American Diabetes Month® to bring awareness to the chronic disease that impacts nearly half of all American adults.  Diabetes is an illness requiring lifelong management and Diabetes month sheds light on strength, courage, and determination of those suffering from Diabetes and also their caregivers.

Working Tourist: Three Years of Adventures

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Three years ago, Jessica Beattie was in between jobs and trying to decide if she wanted to move across the country.   Then, as with so many things in life fate arrived in the form of a phone call from Supplemental Health Care.  Ever since that timely phone call she has been a travel nurse.

Power Up for School Psychology Awareness Week 2017

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The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) wants to remind everyone that November 13 – 17, 2017 is School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW).  This year’s theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge to highlight how small positive actions, or sparks, create connections leading to positive change.

National Nurse Practitioner Week 2017

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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners™ (AANP) wants everyone to know that November 12th to 18th is National Nurse Practitioner Week 2017.  This week serves as an opportunity to recognize the more than 234,000 skilled health care providers who are providing high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care.

Year of the Healthy Nurse November: Mental Health and Wellness

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In our continuing support of the American Nursing Association (ANA) Year of the Healthy Nurse Campaign, we are covering this month’s theme “Mental Health and Wellness.”  With the days getting shorter and darker as the winter months barrel in on us, mental health and wellness take on added importance.