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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.

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. 

Career Spotlight: Opportunities for Radiology Technologists

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Did you know that the x-ray was discovered by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895?  That special date serves as the cornerstone for National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW), an annual event to recognize the important role that medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in modern healthcare settings. 

Biggest Challenges Faced by Physical Therapists

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Throughout National Physical Therapy Month we have used this space to highlight the Physical Therapy profession and the incredible work being done by selfless practitioners around the country.  As with any career, having a Physical Therapy practice is not without its challenges and pitfalls.  Let’s take a brief look at a few of the most common challenges faced by Physical Therapists today.

Physical Therapy Career Paths

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There are more than 210,000 Physical Therapists (PTs) practicing in the United States today, but by no means do they all have the same job.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, PT jobs are expected to grow by more than 34% over the next decade. Let’s review the typical skills and practice settings for Physical Therapists and see if a career as a PT is the right fit for you.

Important Factors in Choosing a Travel Hospital

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Sometimes travel nurses get so hung up on finding the perfect destination for a travel assignment that they overlook another very important consideration, the actual hospital or facility for the assignment.  While the destination overall is what draws people to an assignment, you also want to make sure that you are working in a facility that is welcoming and fits you personally. 

Five Tips for Dealing With Difficult Co-Workers

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In healthcare, as in every other industry in the United States, we are working with a more diverse group of co-workers than ever before.  No matter the size of your workplace, from the largest mega-hospital to a small private practice, you are all working alongside at least one person that challenges your patience on a daily basis. 

Best Stretching Exercises for Nurses

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For any of us that work in a hospital or clinical environment, one of the main goals of every shift is to stay relaxed and loose but also energized.  One of the best ways to do that is to incorporate stretching into your daily work routine.  The benefits of stretching are indisputable. 

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.