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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…]


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…]


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…]


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!


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…]


Volunteer Opportunities for Nurses

by Howard Gerber on June 26, 2014

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nurse-volunteerIf you are between travel assignments and are looking for a way to fill the gap, volunteering may be an exciting and rewarding way to spend your time. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for nurses both in the United States and internationally. [continue reading…]


Hottest Cities for CVOR / OR Nurses

by Howard Gerber on May 30, 2014

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Check out the following Sunbelt Staffing-approved hot OR / CVOR nursing destinations for 2014!

Atlanta, GA

atlanta-ga-or-nursing-jobsCalling all thrill-seeking nurses! If adventure is on your list of destination “must-haves,” look no further than Georgia State’s largest city and state capital of Atlanta. Here you’ll find the Georgia Aquarium, a majestic 10-million gallon attraction listed as one of the “1,000 Places to Visit Before You Die.” Did you know? It’s also the World’s largest aquarium! Keep the fun going at Six Flags Over Georgia, located just west of Atlanta. There’s more to this world-famous amusement park than thrilling coasters and family-friendly rides. It’s also got “Extreme Karaoke,” irresistible park food prepared fresh to order, and block parties featuring Looney Tunes characters! We are immediately hiring CVOR RNs for facilities in the Emory area of Atlanta. Ideal candidates will have three or more years of Open Heart experience. Click here to find out more about this hot opportunity!

Orlando, FL

orlando-or-nurse-jobsHave you ever wished to live where you vacation? Make your nursing (and Disney) dreams come true in Orlando, FL. Among its attractions are three of the nation’s major theme parks: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, and SeaWorld Orlando. Become a Florida resident and gain access to discounted tickets/annual passes and family fun all year round. In a city as vast as Orlando, there truly is something for everyone. There’s a mall for every budget, all-season golf courses, luxury hotels and resorts, and spectacular restaurants for even the most discerning palates. Want to work in a 203-bed facility with a newly redesigned heart center? If you have travel nursing and CVOR experience and strong Open Heart skills,  this CVOR travel opportunity may be perfect for you!

Cleveland, OH

cleveland-oh-or-nurse-jobsThere’s art in everything in Cleveland, OH! In fact, “Art in Everything!” is an official Cleveland initiative encouraging residents and visitors to relish in the diverse art and culture of this city. Find the largest collection of rock memorabilia at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. See green at the Cleveland Botanical Garden where plant and flower exhibits are always in bloom at the outdoor gardens and inside climate-controlled glasshouses. Foodies unite at Cleveland West Side Market, which received the honor of America’s “Best Food Lover’s Market” from Food Network Magazine. Loved by locals, this historic 100-year-old marketplace also attracts crowds of visitors with its mélange of interesting and unique cheeses, baked goods, and ready-to-eat foods.  Here’s a great job for a CVOR First Assist in Cleveland, OH. Did we mention the great pay too?

Phoenix, AZ

phoenix-az-or-nurse-jobsWhen you choose Phoenix, AZ as your next nursing destination, you’re signing up for endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The sun is always shining in this beautiful Sonoran Desert city. The world’s finest collections of desert plants can be found right here at Desert Botanical Garden. Tap into your inner peace at the Japanese Friendship Garden, a 3.5-acre park that offers serene garden tours and authentic Japanese tea ceremonies. And when you’re done soaking up the sun poolside, hop over to downtown Phoenix to experience this bustling epicenter of dining, shopping, business and entertainment. Take a dip into the Phoenix lifestyle through this CVOR RN travel assignment opportunity. Two years of solid CVOR experience are required.

Virginia Beach, VA

virginia-beach-or-nurse-jobsLooking for America’s Best Beach Boardwalk? Your search ends in Virginia Beach. Its three-mile-long stretch of pure oceanfront boardwalk is wide enough to allow strollers and bikers to enjoy this path together. Be sure to stick around for Beach Street USA, a series of seasonal events complete with live entertainment from musicians, magicians and much more, all happening right along the Atlantic oceanfront. Can’t get enough aquatic adventure? Sail away to Rudee Inlet and enjoy a number of fishing charters, water sports of all sorts, and exquisite restaurants overlooking the water. Ready to relocate? Apply for this CVOR Nurse First Assist job in Virginia Beach today! But before you do, make sure you’re equipped with an active VA license, strong references, and at least two years of CVOR experience.


Why Sunbelt Staffing?

When you partner with Sunbelt Staffing for your next OR / CVOR nursing job, you’ll gain access to a competitive benefits package that features medical, dental, vision and 401K coverage. Plus, our service is backed by the Good Seal of Approval, awarded  by the Joint Commision for our commitment to quality.

Are you ready to shine in your CVOR / OR nursing career? See how we can help you do just that at


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