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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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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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You have finally decided to go after your dream of working as a nurse traveler. You’re excited about the prospect of moving to a new city, making new friends and starting a new job. But if you are lucky enough to have more than one travel assignment to choose from, how do you decide which assignment to take? 

Of course, salary is likely on the top of your list when choosing assignments, but there are other factors to weigh. Choosing between assignments may not always be an easy decision. There can be advantages and disadvantage to different assignments. It takes careful consideration and thought in order to choose the assignment, which suits you best. When making your choice, consider some of the following factors: [continue reading…]


Stepping Away From the Acute Care Hospital

by Howard Gerber on March 6, 2014

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sub-acute-facilities-jobsWorking in an acute care hospital or medical center is a great place to start your nursing career. In fact, most new graduates start out in a hospital and with good reason. In a hospital setting, you will likely see a large variety of illnesses and work with different types of patients. Working in a hospital is a great way to gain nursing experience and learn new things.  [continue reading…]


Fighting the Battle of the Bulge on the Road

by Howard Gerber on February 6, 2014

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staying-healthy-while-travelingWorking as a travel nurse is exciting and a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. But let’s face it, adjusting to a new city and working long shifts may not leave much time for exercise.

Also, anyone who works in a hospital knows the break room is often filled with candy and cookie trays. Throw in potlucks and trips to new restaurants and it is not always easy to keep the pounds from creeping on while you work as a traveler. But it is not a lost cause. There are several things you can do to maintain a healthy weight while working as a traveler. [continue reading…]


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