Shadowing a School-Based Occupational Therapist

by Howard Gerber on April 19, 2018

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shadow occupational therapistFor students considering a career as an occupational therapist, shadowing is one of the best ways to get an idea of what an OT does. Along with shadowing in settings, such as a hospital or clinic, it’s also beneficial to see OTs at work in other areas. Shadowing a school-based occupational therapist is one option to consider. [continue reading…]

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Travel Nursing Specialties You May Not Have Considered

by Howard Gerber on April 12, 2018

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nursing specialties dialysisTravel nurses work in all types of specialties in various healthcare facilities. Specialties, such as the ICU, emergency room, and operating room will always be in demand. There are also several other specialties where travel nurses can find assignments including: [continue reading…]

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speech therapy traumatic brain injurySchool-based speech therapists work with children will various types of conditions, such as down syndrome, autism, and cleft-palates. Although it might not be as common, school speech therapists also treat children who have had traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, about 18% of speech therapists who work in a school setting treat children with traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries in children may result from car accidents, falls, and sports-related injuries. Non-accidental brain injuries from abuse can also occur in children. Depending on the extent of the injury, children may have cognitive, physical, and speech impairments. [continue reading…]

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Managing Your Money as a Travel Nurse

by Howard Gerber on March 29, 2018

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nurse managing moneyTravel nurses often have different assignments throughout the year. Salaries may vary, which may make sticking to a budget a little difficult. Plus, different parts of the country have a higher cost of living than others. So, you may be spending more money during some travel assignments than others.

Although expenses and salary may vary, it’s still possible to manage your money effectively. You don’t have to be a financial wiz to handle your money well. You just need to keep a few things in mind. [continue reading…]

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teens occupational therapyOccupational therapy is beneficial at any age, especially during the teenage years. Teens are transitioning into adulthood and hopefully moving towards more independence. Occupational therapy can help adolescents learn ways to deal with academic and social challenges they may face due to their disability. [continue reading…]

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Hospital Meals Around the World

by Howard Gerber on March 13, 2018

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Going to the hospital can be a scary time for anyone. Whether you’re going for an in-patient operation or just a quick out-patient procedure, we all appreciate feeling comfortable while we’re there. From the welcoming attitude of a nurse to a hearty meal, the hospital experience should always focus on a patient’s recovery.

Food is just one of the many factors that can affect our experience when we’re patients in a hospital, and it’s not just taste that matters. Nutrition can be a vital part of recovery, especially for patients following operations who desperately need protein and nutrients to speed up the healing process. In fact, it is so important that all modern hospitals now have teams of nutritionists and dietitians to help create meals designed to suit each patient’s needs to ensure they get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Recommendations are always changing, and menus differ from hospital to hospital, but a broad field of knowledge is vital if you want the best for patients. In a recent interview, certified Dietitian Erin McCarthy (MS, CSSD, RD, LDN) explained how in her role it’s essential to keep up to date on research, “but also be accepting of new data that is constantly emerging. You have to take many chemistry, nutritional chemistry and biochemistry courses throughout the years. It’s good to know the science behind the rationale of each nutritional recommendation.”

While all of these recommendations may go unseen to a typical patient, they all contribute to what goes on your plate during your hospital stay.

We in the US may know what to expect on a typical American hospital menu, but what about the rest of the world, and what can we learn from them? To find out, we collected data from hospital patient catering menus and government guidelines from countries all over the world, then recreated some of the main meals from each country to compare.

USA – Chicken pot pie, broccoli, chocolate chip cookie, coffee

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Wisconsin, USA)

UK – Cornish pasty, savoy cabbage, rice pudding, tea

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Leeds, UK)

Switzerland – Quiche, fig and walnut salad, éclair, apple juice

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Cully, Switzerland)

Germany – Creamed beef, peas and corn, strudel, bread

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Swabia, Bavaria)

Spain – Spicy sausage (chorizo) and pepper rice, fruit salad, orange juice

Source: Recommendations (Sistema Nacional de Salud, SNS)

Italy – Gnocchi with tomato sauce, water, fresh fruit (apple and plum)

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Turin, Italy)

Australia – Plum chicken, rice, chopped apple, cranberry juice

Source: Recommendations (Government of South Australia)

Russia – Buckwheat pudding, cottage cheese, coffee

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Voronezh, Russia)

Mexico – Omelet with tomato and pepper salsa, chopped papaya, water

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Mexican Social Security Institute)

Canada – Baked salmon, peas and carrots, corn, water

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Ontario, Canada)

How do you think these hospital meals compare? Have your own pictures of hospital food around the world? Share your pictures with us on Twitter @sunbeltstaffing or on our Facebook page

 

Exploring different hospital meals around the world was exciting, but there’s nothing more exciting than traveling for your job! Check out our latest travel jobs, where you can do your own research (or should we say “tastings”?) of hospital meals. Start here to apply and take the first step!

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4 Great Midsize Cities to Work as Travel Nurse

by Howard Gerber on March 8, 2018

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midsize cities travel nursingLarge cities, such as Atlanta, Boston, and Denver can be great places to work as a travel nurse. But midsize cities also have a lot going for them. Medium-sized cities often have less competition than large cities when it comes to getting a travel job. The cost of living is also usually less than in large cities, which means your food and entertainment budget may go further.

Midsize cities may also seem less overwhelming than faster-paced big cities. Many smaller towns still offer lots of recreational opportunities and activities to enjoy on your days off. A midsize city may be the perfect fit for your next travel nursing assignment. Below are four great choices. [continue reading…]

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