Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers as a Healthcare Traveler

by Howard Gerber on December 18, 2014

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stress-travel-nursing-tips-advice-difficult-coworkersIf you’re lucky, you will get along well with every co-worker you meet. But if you are like most people, you will occasionally have a co-worker who is a bit hard to deal with. Difficult co-workers present a challenge for anyone. But for travelers, who are not on staff, it can be a particularly tough situation. With a little patience and good communication, you can handle troublesome coworkers. Below are different types of difficult co-workers and suggestions on handling the situation. [continue reading…]

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travel-assignment-facility-differences-choosingWhen you think about taking a healthcare travel assignment, you may first consider the city you want to experience. After all, a big part of working as a healthcare traveler is the opportunity to travel. [continue reading…]

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Mandatory Flu Vaccine — Fair or Not?

by Howard Gerber on December 3, 2014

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Mandatory-Flu-Shot-Nurse-Doctor-Healthcare-ProviderAs the weather gets colder and leafs starting changing colors, it means autumn is in the air.  But along with the beauty of the fall months comes the start of flu season. Although it can vary, flu seasons can start as early as October and often peaks between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [continue reading…]

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Nursing Certifications You Should Consider

by Howard Gerber on November 20, 2014

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types-of-nursing-certifications-nihss-acls-palsIf you are planning on working as a nurse traveler, you want to make yourself as marketable as possible. Depending on where you want to travel, assignments can be competitive. Maybe you don’t have the time or desire to go back to school for a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but you still want to enhance your skills. There are several certifications you can earn in as little as a weekend, which increase your knowledge and your chances of being offered a great travel assignment. Certification classes are often offered at hospitals, colleges, and private companies. [continue reading…]

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Discharge Planning as a Nursing Career

by Howard Gerber on November 13, 2014

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discharge-nurse-nursing-career-specialtyThere are several types of nursing careers that do not involve direct patient care. One option for nurses with at least a few years of experience is discharge planning. Discharge planners are registered nurses who help patients with the transition to their next level of care when leaving the hospital. In some situations, it may involve making arrangements for care in the patient’s home or placement in a nursing home or rehabilitation hospital. [continue reading…]

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nursing-hospital-healthcare-interview-tipsBefore you land the perfect nursing travel assignment, you will likely be required to interview with your potential employer. Depending on your location and the location of the assignment, you may interview in person, over the phone, or via Skype. Regardless of how you interview, it is a chance to let an employer know what makes you a good candidate. [continue reading…]

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Rediscover Your Passion for Nursing

by Howard Gerber on October 16, 2014

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passion-for-nursing-careerThose 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…]

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