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Travel Nursing Spotlight: Sacramento

by Howard Gerber on July 19, 2018

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sacramento travel nursingCalifornia is often a popular location for travel nurses. When most people think of a travel assignment in California, they might consider San Diego, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. Although they can be great locations to land a travel job, they are not the only game in town. Why not choose a location in California that is a little less glamorous than the big cities, but still has plenty of offer? If you’re considering a travel nursing assignment out west, you might want to give Sacramento a try. [continue reading…]

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Changes in School Nursing Through the Years

by Howard Gerber on July 12, 2018

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school nurse changesSchool nurses play an important role in the well-being of students. School nurses respond to emergencies, provide education, and promote health programs. Similar to many areas of medicine, the job of school nurses has changed in the last decade or two. Continue reading to find out how school nursing has evolved. [continue reading…]

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Should You Get a School Nursing Certification?

by Howard Gerber on May 17, 2018

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school nursing certificationSchool nurses are required to have a registered nursing license. Most schools also prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree. But there are also various types of certifications for nurses to enhance their skills and marketability. If you work as a school nurse, you may want to consider earning a school nursing certification. [continue reading…]

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Great Nurses in History

by Jeremy Winograd on May 4, 2018

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nurses weekIn our book, every nurse is a hero (well, almost every nurse). Despite the job’s obvious value on an individual and societal level—you know, saving lives and what not—it can sometimes feel thankless when you’re doing it. Nurses don’t always get the tremendous amount of credit they’re due for keeping the healthcare system running, which can be discouraging. That’s why, this National Nurses Week, we are highlighting ten renowned nurses who made major and lasting impacts on not just their profession, but on the course of history. While every nurse makes a difference in some way, the legacies of these ladies (and one fella) serve as benchmarks to aspire to. Make sure you read on to the end, as there’s a special contest for those who are nursing history buffs! [continue reading…]

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Travel Nursing Specialties You May Not Have Considered

by Howard Gerber on April 12, 2018

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nursing specialties dialysisTravel nurses work in all types of specialties in various healthcare facilities. Specialties, such as the ICU, emergency room, and operating room will always be in demand. There are also several other specialties where travel nurses can find assignments including: [continue reading…]

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Managing Your Money as a Travel Nurse

by Howard Gerber on March 29, 2018

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nurse managing moneyTravel nurses often have different assignments throughout the year. Salaries may vary, which may make sticking to a budget a little difficult. Plus, different parts of the country have a higher cost of living than others. So, you may be spending more money during some travel assignments than others.

Although expenses and salary may vary, it’s still possible to manage your money effectively. You don’t have to be a financial wiz to handle your money well. You just need to keep a few things in mind. [continue reading…]

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Hospital Meals Around the World

by Howard Gerber on March 13, 2018

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Going to the hospital can be a scary time for anyone. Whether you’re going for an in-patient operation or just a quick out-patient procedure, we all appreciate feeling comfortable while we’re there. From the welcoming attitude of a nurse to a hearty meal, the hospital experience should always focus on a patient’s recovery.

Food is just one of the many factors that can affect our experience when we’re patients in a hospital, and it’s not just taste that matters. Nutrition can be a vital part of recovery, especially for patients following operations who desperately need protein and nutrients to speed up the healing process. In fact, it is so important that all modern hospitals now have teams of nutritionists and dietitians to help create meals designed to suit each patient’s needs to ensure they get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Recommendations are always changing, and menus differ from hospital to hospital, but a broad field of knowledge is vital if you want the best for patients. In a recent interview, certified Dietitian Erin McCarthy (MS, CSSD, RD, LDN) explained how in her role it’s essential to keep up to date on research, “but also be accepting of new data that is constantly emerging. You have to take many chemistry, nutritional chemistry and biochemistry courses throughout the years. It’s good to know the science behind the rationale of each nutritional recommendation.”

While all of these recommendations may go unseen to a typical patient, they all contribute to what goes on your plate during your hospital stay.

We in the US may know what to expect on a typical American hospital menu, but what about the rest of the world, and what can we learn from them? To find out, we collected data from hospital patient catering menus and government guidelines from countries all over the world, then recreated some of the main meals from each country to compare.

USA – Chicken pot pie, broccoli, chocolate chip cookie, coffee

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Wisconsin, USA)

UK – Cornish pasty, savoy cabbage, rice pudding, tea

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Leeds, UK)

Switzerland – Quiche, fig and walnut salad, éclair, apple juice

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Cully, Switzerland)

Germany – Creamed beef, peas and corn, strudel, bread

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Swabia, Bavaria)

Spain – Spicy sausage (chorizo) and pepper rice, fruit salad, orange juice

Source: Recommendations (Sistema Nacional de Salud, SNS)

Italy – Gnocchi with tomato sauce, water, fresh fruit (apple and plum)

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Turin, Italy)

Australia – Plum chicken, rice, chopped apple, cranberry juice

Source: Recommendations (Government of South Australia)

Russia – Buckwheat pudding, cottage cheese, coffee

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Voronezh, Russia)

Mexico – Omelet with tomato and pepper salsa, chopped papaya, water

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Mexican Social Security Institute)

Canada – Baked salmon, peas and carrots, corn, water

Source: Patient Catering Menu (Ontario, Canada)

How do you think these hospital meals compare? Have your own pictures of hospital food around the world? Share your pictures with us on Twitter @sunbeltstaffing or on our Facebook page

 

Exploring different hospital meals around the world was exciting, but there’s nothing more exciting than traveling for your job! Check out our latest travel jobs, where you can do your own research (or should we say “tastings”?) of hospital meals. Start here to apply and take the first step!

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