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The Benefits of Being a Nurse Mentor

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Did you know that in some areas up to 60% of new nurses leave their first position and some the nursing profession entirely within two years?  With concerns about nursing shortages already in the news, these statistics are doubly alarming for hospital administrators all over the country.

Top Nursing Jobs That Aren’t Found in Hospitals

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Often, young nursing students just starting out on their educational journey think that when they are finished with school, they will end up working in a hospital.  It isn’t until they gain some experience in school that they realize there are many RN jobs and not all of them are found in the hospital.  Let’s take a look at a few of the top RN jobs that aren’t based in hospitals.

Five Ways to Stand Out From the Nursing Crowd

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Most people who become a healthcare professional do it because they are driven to help others.  If you are also driven to advance your career, then it will be important to find ways to stand out above the rest of the nursing crowd.

Travel Assignments: Never A One-Size Fits All

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When healthcare professionals hear about the opportunities available for travel nurses and therapists, many worry that the contract length will be too long or that the opportunities are all the same.  Maybe at one time when travel healthcare staffing was in its infancy, but that is not the case any longer.  More than ever before, travel nurses and therapists are using travel contracts to bolster their career and gain invaluable experience as they improve their craft.  Let’s take a look at travel contracts in today’s world.

Make the Most of Your Online Job Search

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Back in the day, job searches were confined to the kitchen table with a newspaper and a red pen in hand.  Today, job searches still take place at the kitchen table, but the newspaper has been replaced with a laptop and a mouse.  Today’s online job searches have made it a lot easier to discover job openings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easier to get hired.  Fortunately, as a healthcare professional, our career is one that continues to experience growth and job openings are found on a multitude of online job portals.

Planning Your Nursing Career Path

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If you are like many of us, once the calendar turns to August a slight feeling of melancholy accompanies it.  That simple flip of a page on your calendar signals that another summer is coming to a close, another school year is ramping up, and before too long the leaves will change colors, and white flakes will start falling from gray skies. 

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Happiness

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We’ve reached the eighth month of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Year of the healthy Nurse campaign, and the theme for August is something we can all relate to…Happiness.  Finding happiness at both work and home can be the key to a healthier life and a more productive workplace.

Tips to Dispel Millennial Healthcare Worker Stereotypes

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On average, nurses in the United States today are more than 45 years of age.  With that many Baby Boomer and Gen-X nurses in the workforce, younger nurses are running into the negative stereotypes that have been attached to the millennial generation. Let’s look at ways millennial nurses can overcome pre-conceived notions and prove themselves to their older, more experienced colleagues.

School Nurses and Therapists: Tips for Creating a Successful Program

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The 2017 – 2018 school year is right around the corner, and district nurses and therapists are busy getting their programs prepared.  If you are new to working in a school setting, you will quickly find out that it takes some planning to stay organized throughout the year.   Below are a few tips for school nurses and therapists to help them get organized and create a successful program.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Maintaining SLP Certification with Continuing Education

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Speech-Language Pathologists know that to maintain their certification through American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA), they will have to stay current with Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  Each SLP is required to earn 3.0 CEUs every three years to retain a Certificate of Clinical Competence.  Regarding hours of study, that equates to about 10 hours per year.  To keep it manageable, it is recommended that SLP’s break it down yearly, rather than have to try and fit in 30 hours of study in year three.  Fortunately, there are many ways to conveniently earn CEUs, without breaking the bank.

Nurses Need Balance Between Caring for Others and Self

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As National Nurses Week winds to a close on May 12th, this week’s theme of Balancing Mind, Body, and Spirit should carry on throughout the year.  The American Nurses Association is recognizing the importance of promoting Nurse’s Health and Wellness Issues through their awareness campaign, “Year of the Healthy Nurse.”  We have been tracking each monthly health and wellness topic in this space, so please keep checking back for more information.

Updating Your Occupational Therapist Resume

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In the spirit of spring when nature is awakening after a long winter, many healthcare professionals are evaluating their careers and deciding if they are on the right path or if, like the season, it is time for a change.  When you’re ready to explore new opportunities for your Occupational Therapy career, then updating your resume is job number one.