Those who have been working as a nurse for a number of years know it can be a tough job. Taking care of sick and injured people is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. As if that were not enough, add in long hours and hospital politics, and it’s no wonder you may have lost some of your passion for the job.
If you wake up one morning and wonder where your fresh-faced enthusiasm for the profession went, you are not alone. According to a 2013 study conducted by AMN Healthcare, almost a quarter of nurses age 55 or older responding to the study plan to leave the nursing field or decrease their participation in the nursing profession. [continue reading…]
You may have become a nurse for many reasons. For instance, you may have a strong interest in biology and a desire to help people. Money may not have been one of the main reasons you had for choosing a nursing profession. But depending on what type of nursing you are interested in, your education, and what part of the country you live in, salaries can be six figures a year. [continue reading…]
Deciding to pursue a healthcare travel job is a big decision. After all, you will be moving to a new city and starting a new job. Although it can be a great change of pace and exciting, a new travel assignment can also make you a little anxious. Avoiding common blunders or mistakes regarding working as a healthcare traveler can make the process go a lot smoother. Consider some of the blunders healthcare travels make and how avoid them. [continue reading…]
What a great week at Sunbelt! Jeri Smith, a Sunbelt ER nurse, was recently presented with the L.O.V.E. award by Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. The L.O.V.E. award stands for “Living Our Values Everyday” and is presented to hospital associates who deliver outstanding service day after day. Our division director, Ken Kistner, attended the award ceremony to congratulate Jeri. Below is the letter written by a colleague that nominated Jeri for the L.O.V.E. award:
“I was working with Jeri on Friday, June 13, 2014, in the ER. We were taking care of a 42-year-old woman who was complaining of leg swelling. Upon assessing the patient, Jeri found out that the patient was suffering from cancer and now has Lymphedema.
Jeri had asked the patient if she was using a compression machine for her lymphedema. The patient responded that her doctors had ordered for one but her insurance did not cover the full expense and she could not afford it. These machines can cost thousands of dollars.
I heard Jeri explain to the patient that she had one in her car that belonged to her mother. Her mother had unfortunately passed in the beginning of the year and she planned on donating it to someone in need.
Without hesitation Jeri said, “It’s yours. I will get it for you before you are discharged.” Upon discharge, the patient was so elated and could not express enough gratitude through her tears.
This is why Jeri should be recognized for her compassion. It was a lifelong gift that she gave to a complete stranger.
This just proves that nurses help people in need every day and nursing is not only about the paycheck… it’s much more!”
Well done, Jeri! Congratulations from all of us at Sunbelt Staffing!
Before you get to your new travel assignment, you will need to decide what to bring and what to leave behind. Packing is almost never something most people look forward to, but being organized can make it an easier experience. [continue reading…]
Living away from home and working as a healthcare traveler may mean being away from your regular doctor, dentist and your normal routine. You also may not be familiar with the neighborhood or know you way around. All of the factors above can cause you to slack off when it comes to your well-being and safety. But there are plenty of things you can do in order to safeguard your health and safety on the road. [continue reading…]
Most people are familiar with pink ribbons, which symbolize support for breast cancer awareness. But you may not know what gold ribbons represent. Gold ribbons represent childhood cancer awareness, and September is childhood cancer awareness month. [continue reading…]