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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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4 Great Midsize Cities to Work as Travel Nurse

by Howard Gerber on March 8, 2018

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midsize cities travel nursingLarge cities, such as Atlanta, Boston, and Denver can be great places to work as a travel nurse. But midsize cities also have a lot going for them. Medium-sized cities often have less competition than large cities when it comes to getting a travel job. The cost of living is also usually less than in large cities, which means your food and entertainment budget may go further.

Midsize cities may also seem less overwhelming than faster-paced big cities. Many smaller towns still offer lots of recreational opportunities and activities to enjoy on your days off. A midsize city may be the perfect fit for your next travel nursing assignment. Below are four great choices. [continue reading…]

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Resources for School Nurses

by Howard Gerber on March 1, 2018

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school nurse resourcesWorking as a school nurse often means you are the only medical professional onsite. School nurses should be confrontable working independently and trust their judgment. Even if you are used to working alone, it’s nice to have resources that provide information and support. Several resources may be beneficial for school nurses including those listed below. [continue reading…]

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School Nursing Legal Questions and Answers

by Howard Gerber on January 11, 2018

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school nurse legal questionsWorking as a school nurse is a lot different than other settings, such as a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center. If you’re new to school nursing, you may have some questions about liability and other legal concerns. Below are some common questions and answers regarding school nursing. [continue reading…]

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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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