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Tax Tips for Travel Nurses and Therapists

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The calendar is rapidly approaching everyone’s least favorite time of the year, “Tax Time,” and travel nursing and therapy professionals more than most have to be ready.  Tax time can be a challenge for anyone, but with a little bit of preparation even travel nurses can complete their tax returns accurately and on-time.  Let’s take a look at some of the most important tax tips for travelers to ensure that filing your returns are a breeze.

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Nutrition

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As March is National Nutrition Month, it makes sense that the American Nurses Association (ANA) Year of the Healthy Nurse Campaign is focusing on Nutrition for March 2017.  A 2016 ANA health risk appraisal indicated that nursing students and RNs have an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27.6, putting them in the overweight range.  Also, 28% of survey respondents indicated that healthy food choices were not available during the work day and another 31% stated that their workplace did not offer nutrition and weight management classes.

5 Conditions That Can Be Treated With Physical Therapy

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When most people think of physical therapy, they associate the treatment with patients who are suffering from mobility deficiencies due to recent surgery, or helping patients manage chronic musculoskeletal ailments.  While this is all true, Physical therapy professionals will tell you that there are many conditions that can be treated by but are not typically associated with physical therapy.  Let’s examine some of these conditions.

March is National Nutrition Month

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With the clever slogan “Put Your Best Fork Forward” leading the way, March is once again being hailed as National Nutrition Month®.  Originally instituted as a week-long event in 1973, and a month-long event beginning in 1980, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone of the benefits of healthy eating.  With an obesity epidemic still impacting Americans, now more than ever a campaign focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and improving physical activity habits is a timely occurrence.

What’s Next for Prescription Drug Costs

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We’ve all been there or have a friend or loved one who has been prescribed a drug to deal with a medical condition only to suffer a serious case of sticker shock at the pharmacy!  Even though millions more Americans have medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act or their employer's health plan, everyone is dealing with the continued rise of prescription drug costs.  Two things everyone wants to know are why are pharma costs so high, and what is being done to address it?

Top Five Cities for Singles

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Throughout the month of February, the Working Tourist blog has been featuring profiles on couples who have been traveling together.  If reading about those happy travelers has prompted you to consider finding a travel partner of your own, then this article is for you.  There are many great cities for singles all around our country, from large urban centers to small Midwestern towns to everything in between.  If you are planning your next travel assignment and want to check out the singles scene, here is a list of five cities with a hopping singles scene.

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

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Currently, the United States Congress is out on their Presidents Day break.  Upon returning next Monday, February 27th, one of the hottest items on their agenda is going to be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Now that the Republican Party controls both houses of Congress and the Presidency, it would appear that they have an opportunity to affect major change to our nation’s controversial health care law.

African-American History Month Profile: Bessie Blount Griffin

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In recognition of African-American History Month, a healthcare professional that is exceedingly deserving of having her story told is Bessie Blount Griffin.  Born in 1914, Griffin’s varied career saw her following her dreams of becoming a medical professional.  She originally received nurse’s training at Newark (now University) Hospital in New Jersey and later studied Physical Therapy in Chicago.

Working Tourists: A Decade of Friendship, Marriage and Travel Nursing

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January 2017 marked the tenth year that Carland and Myra Baker have been travel nurses.  During this decade of care, they have traveled near and far, from mountain towns to big cities and all the while working right beside their best friend.  Theirs is a playful relationship, full of laughter and mutual respect.  It’s a partnership in every way, from planning their next assignment to planning the next restaurant to try.

Continuing Education for Nursing Professionals

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It is that dreaded time of year where we all have to take stock of our financial situation and prepare our taxes.  It is a task that ranks right at the top of the list for things we hate to do but have to do on an annual basis, think Colonoscopy.  However, this time of year can also be a reminder to take stock in our professional career.  As a nursing professional, it is a requirement of maintaining our license to participate in continuing education (CE).  Fortunately, CE is often easier and always much more fun than the dreaded Colonoscopy.

Working Tourist: Bringing a Piece of Home With You

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Erika Wilkins and Jason Stranz met while working at the same hospital in Upstate New York.  Erika had always wanted to travel, and after she had met Jason, they began to talk about taking the plunge into the world of working tourists.  Jason typically works in the ICU, while Erika specializes in PCU and the Emergency Room.

February 14th is National Donor Day

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Did you know that almost 120,000 Americans are on lists waiting for an organ transplant and countless others are in desperate need of tissue, cornea, blood or platelets?  On Tuesday, February 14th, as you perform your daily lifesaving tasks as a nurse or other healthcare professional, think about those multitudes of individuals waiting for donation services.  Since 1998, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designated February 14th as National Donor Day. 

Working Tourist: Finding Love on Assignment in Tampa

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Nick Bair was working four or five 12-hour shifts per week as an RN in Clayton Missouri when he decided enough was enough.  As a child, Nick’s family spent a lot of time traveling around the country, so it was a natural decision for him to take control of his career and become a travel nurse.  For his first assignment, Nick chose to take an assignment in Tampa Florida because he had family and a few high school friends living there.  At the time Nick began his day shift assignment in Tampa, Danielle Oster was working the night shift.  Like two ships passing in the night, Danielle was giving Nick turnover information during their shift overlap.  Before long, Nick had asked Danielle out to dinner and so began a blossoming romance.

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Cardiovascular Health

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Since February is annually recognized as National Heart Month, it only makes sense that the American Nurses Association (ANA) ‘Year of the Healthy Nurse’ campaign highlights cardiovascular health this month.  Cardiovascular Disease is impacting almost 86 million Americans and is still considered the leading cause of death in the United States.

February is American Heart Month

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President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed February 1964 as the first annual American Heart Month.  This month our nation’s attention will turn towards recognizing the dangers of cardiovascular disease.  Heart disease and stroke account for more than 17 million deaths each year, and while significant progress has been made since the 1960’s, there is still much work to be done.  Researchers expect the death toll from cardiovascular disease to rise to more than 23.6 million within the next 10 to 15 years.

Working Tourist: Traveling with your Best Friend

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In May 2016, David and Jessica Golomski joined an exclusive group of travelers within the healthcare community.  They have chosen to become travel nurses together and have embarked on an exciting, fulfilling career while seeing all that our country has to offer.  Jessie and David met while attending college in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and haven’t looked back since.  She specializes in medical oncology, while David concentrates on Med/Surg.

Mary Eliza Mahoney: A Healthcare Pioneer

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In 1976 President Gerald Ford determined that African American History should be recognized throughout the month of February.  Now in its 91st year, this national recognition will include a celebration of the contributions and successes achieved by African Americans throughout our nation’s history.  In 2016, we published a recognition of African Americans who made important contributions to the healthcare field.

Licensing News: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact

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In a continuing effort to promote a nurse’s ability to have mobility in providing care across state borders, in 2015, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) introduced the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).  This “new” compact expands upon the original Nurse Licensure Compact allowing registered nurses, licensed practical/vocational nurses to maintain a single multistate license and provide care in their home state and any of the other 25 NLC states.

Nursing Specialties: IV Nurse

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Since 1981, January 25th has been the day designated for recognizing the professionalism and accomplishments of the IV Nurse.  Referred to as an Infusion Nurse, these knowledgeable, dedicated healthcare professionals practice with the following skillset: