It’s getting to be that time of year when the weather turns cooler, football season is in full swing, and colorful fall foliage dots the landscape. If you’re working as a travel nurse, autumn is a great time to set out on a new assignment. With all the great locations to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to go. We have a few ideas listed below to give you a start! [continue reading…]
Today, we are pleased to announce our first ever monthly Sunbelt C.A.R.E. Award Nomination Spotlight! Check out what Bridget, an energetic nurse living in Rochester, NY, is doing to give back to her community in a unique way:
I was introduced to Girls on the Run in San Francisco, CA. A friend of my aunt’s was a coach and they needed “running buddies” to pair up with girls and run their end of the season 5K. Being a runner myself, I was eager to sign up and volunteer. The 5K was a blast! The girls and I, along with all the other volunteers, laughed our way through 3.1 miles. I helped out as a running buddy for a few seasons, then when I moved to Rochester, NY to join my boyfriend who is in medical school here, I signed up to be a Girls on the Run coach with the Greater Rochester chapter. Our girls (3rd-5th grade) have brought me so much joy — I think we burn more calories laughing than running. Not only does Girls on the Run help girls get in shape and find the joy in exercise, it also helps them boost their self-esteem at an age where self-confidence is critical, form friendships, and learn about how special each one of them is.
Although I have learned so much from the girls and our lessons, I think my favorite memory from all the seasons was from last winter. That day of the 5K, it was snowing so hard we could barely see five feet in front of us. We crossed the start line and had maybe ran about twenty feet when one of the girls said to me “Bridget, we must be almost there. Right?” I laughed thinking she was just saying that due to how difficult it was to see until I heard several other little voices chime in “we’ve run so far!!! How much longer?” So even though these girls made new friends, learned to embrace their inner “light” and giggled their way through training runs, I realized they have no concept of distance. Oh well, maybe someday 🙂
Are you or someone you know of caring for their community in a unique way? Submit your nomination for the Sunbelt C.A.R.E. award here.
Whether you are a rookie nurse traveler or have been doing it for years, you hope each assignment goes well. Occasionally, though, issues do come up. Encountering a challenge while on assignment does not mean the entire experience has to be negative. In most instances, there are ways to deal with the situation and enjoy the rest of your travel assignment. Below are a few challenges you might encounter. [continue reading…]
Children achieve many developmental milestones in their first five years, such as walking, talking, and developing social skills, but not all children reach milestones as predicted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six kids have some type of disability. Whether a disability involves a physical issue or learning delay, early intervention can make a difference. That’s where occupational therapists come in. [continue reading…]
If you work as a healthcare traveler, you probably already know all the benefits. You have the ability to meet different people and make friends all around the country. Travelers can also broaden their skills and learn from working in various healthcare facilities. Of course, one of the biggest perks is living in and exploring different parts of the country.
As a healthcare professional, you’re not the only one who benefits. Healthcare travelers, such as nurses, physical therapists and physician assistants all make a difference in multiple people’s lives. Although it can vary, consider some of the common ways healthcare travelers make a difference with every assignment they take. [continue reading…]
You don’t have to be a nurse to be concerned about the Zika virus. It seems that the virus is making headlines more frequently, and nurses are on the frontlines of the emerging health issue, both as caregivers and potential patients. If you’re a nurse traveler, you might wonder if you should avoid taking assignments to certain states due to the risk of contracting Zika.
Researchers are still finding out new information about Zika, but some facts are known. As a nurse, it’s helpful to become educated on the Zika virus so you can provide the most accurate information to your patients and keep yourself safe as well. Consider the following questions and answers regarding Zika. [continue reading…]
Working as a physical therapist in a school setting is interesting, fulfilling and at times challenging. School physical therapists guide students and their families through a treatment plan that may be aimed at improving endurance, range of motion, coordination, balance, or strength.
The work of a school-based physical therapist is vital to help children overcome physical issues that may interfere with their social, emotional and academic development. Working as a school PT is not always an easy job. Having certain skills can make it easier to succeed. Consider some of the following useful skills for school-based physical therapists. [continue reading…]