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Dealing with Combative Patients

by Howard Gerber on December 7, 2017

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combative patientAs a nurse, you probably deal with all types of patients. Unfortunately, not all patients are easy to work with. Occasionally, patients become out of control. Sometimes patients don’t want help or even become aggressive.

It’s best to de-escalate a situation before it becomes physical, but that’s not always possible. Despite your best intentions, some patients may become combative. Depending on where you work, dealing with combative patients may come with the territory. Understanding how to efficiently deal with an aggressive patient helps keep both you and the patient safe. [continue reading…]

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Why You Can’t Find Your Next Travel Nursing Assignment

by Howard Gerber on November 16, 2017

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next travel assignmentWhether you’re an experienced travel nurse or just starting out, finding the right assignment is important. You don’t want to be so picky it takes months to land a job, but you also want the right fit. If you have not found your next nursing assignment as fast as you like, there may be several reasons why. [continue reading…]

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Technological Advances That Will Make You a Better Nurse

by Howard Gerber on October 5, 2017

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nursing technologySome aspects of nursing will always remain the same. Providing compassionate care and maintaining good communications with patients is always a must for nurses. The foundations of good nursing care will also be important, but technological advances also change the way nurses do their jobs. Nursing technology continues to evolve and transforms the way nurses do their job. [continue reading…]

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Working Well with Your Supervisor as a Healthcare Traveler

by Howard Gerber on September 21, 2017

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healthcare supervisorA strong working relationship with your supervisor helps make your healthcare travel assignment go smoothly. Just because you’re a temporary employee does not mean your relationship with your supervisor does not matter.

A good working relationship with your supervisor on assignment may increase your chances of getting your contract extended. At the very least, if you have a strong rapport with your supervisor, you may get a good reference for your next assignment.

But like any relationship, it may take a little work to make it successful. There are several things you can do to foster a good working relationship with your supervisor. Consider the following suggestions. [continue reading…]

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Social Media Knowhow as a Travel Nurse

by Howard Gerber on September 14, 2017

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nurse social mediaThe use of social media can be a plus for a travel nurse. But social media can also be misused and cause problems, including the loss of your job. Understanding how to use social media to your advantage and avoid the pitfalls is essential as a travel nurse. [continue reading…]

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stress travel assignmentStarting your first healthcare travel assignment is an exciting time. There is a lot to do, including setting up your home and learning your way around your new facility. But with all the anticipation, your first travel assignment can also bring a little stress.

It’s helpful to realize that there is nothing wrong with you if you get a little stressed. Some people feel anxious before they arrive at their new assignment. For others, stress may slowly build the first week. Feeling a bit stressed does not mean you made a mistake and working as a healthcare traveler is not the right fit. It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive.

Try to keep perspective. Realize you will most likely get through the first few weeks of your healthcare travel just fine. Also, keeping a few of the following suggestions in mind may help. [continue reading…]

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Highest Paying States for Travel Nurses

by Howard Gerber on August 3, 2017

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travel nursing in californiaWhen deciding where to go on your next travel nursing assignment, there are several things to consider. One factor may be salary. Travel nursing salaries vary depending on experience, specialty, and geographic location. Certain parts of the country tend to pay nurses higher wages, which may also mean travel nurses earn more. According to a 2016 compensation report published by Medscape, the following states have the highest nursing salaries: [continue reading…]

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