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Sunbelt Nurse Earns L.O.V.E. Award

by Howard Gerber on September 29, 2014

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Ken-JeriWhat 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!

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Packing Guide for Nurse Travelers

by Howard Gerber on September 25, 2014

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travel-nurse-packing-guideBefore 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…]

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

by Howard Gerber on September 4, 2014

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childhood-cancer-awarenessMost 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…]

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Working a Healthcare Travel Job in New York City

by Howard Gerber on August 28, 2014

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healthcare-travel-job-new-york-cityIt is called the Big Apple and the city that never sleeps. Whatever nickname you use, New York City can be a great place to work as a healthcare traveler. NYC has a lot of large hospitals as well as smaller facilities, which may often be short staffed, which creates a demand for healthcare travelers. If you land a travel job in New York, you will have plenty to do and see. [continue reading…]

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first-travel-assignment-tipsWorking as a healthcare traveler can be an exciting time in your career. Whether you work as a nurse, speech or occupational therapist, working as a traveler can be educational, fun and lucrative. But the downside is, it can sometimes be lonely, especially at first. [continue reading…]

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Managing Your Money While on a Healthcare Traveler Job

by Howard Gerber on August 7, 2014

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travel-nurse-budgetThere are many benefits to working as a healthcare traveler, such as new opportunities, meeting people, and exploring a new city. A good salary and paid housing are also reasons some people choose to work as a traveler. Regardless of your reasons, managing your money on the road is a must. Consider some of the following suggestions: [continue reading…]

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Avoiding Nursing Mistakes

by Howard Gerber on July 31, 2014

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top-nursing-mistakes-new-nurseEveryone makes them from time to time. But if you make a mistake as a nurse, it can have serious consequences. Depending on the severity of a mistake, it can land you a warning, a formal write-up, or even cost you your job. Although it is impossible to do everything perfectly all the time, there are several things you can do in order to reduce the chances of making a nursing mistake. [continue reading…]

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