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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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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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The Future of US Nursing: A 690,000 Staff Shortage

by Howard Gerber on November 2, 2017

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nurse shortageWe live in a country with the third highest population in the world. Over 320 million people live here, and vital to the health and wellbeing of each one of us are the 3.9 million registered nurses who keep our hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices running.

But, what does the next five years hold for the profession, and how will the industry deal with an aging population and workforce? [continue reading…]

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How to Keep Your Emotions in Check as an ER Nurse

by Howard Gerber on October 19, 2017

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ER nurse emotionsWorking as a nurse in the emergency room is often gratifying. It’s also sometimes emotionally draining work. ER nurses see everything from traumas to cardiac arrests. Although the emergency room can be a life-saving place, it can also be a place with stress, fear, and heartbreak.

As an ER nurse, your job is to care for your patients, but you are only human. It’s normal to have moments when you get angry or sad. You also should avoid letting your emotions interfere with your job. Consider the following ways to handle your emotions as an ER nurse: [continue reading…]

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nursing-team-playerAs a travel nurse, there are several ways to make a good first impression. One of the best ways is by being a team player. Nursing is not a job where you can keep to yourself and go it alone. Working in a collaborative environment will make things run smoother and make your workday more enjoyable. Good teamwork also improves patient care and eases stress. [continue reading…]

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Lessons Real Nurses Can Learn from Fictional Ones

by Jeremy Winograd on May 5, 2017

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nurses week tv nursesNational Nurses Week affords our nation’s nurses some much-deserved recognition. After all, considering everything nurses do in terms of patient care, administrative work, and generally acting as the gears that make our medical system run, they rarely get the credit they earn day in and day out. On the other hand, fictional movie and TV nurses often successfully capture viewers’ hearts and imaginations, at times shaping public perception of real-life nurses and what they do. So perhaps there are a few things nurses can learn from their large and small screen counterparts that will make their patients and the general population more appreciative of their hard work? To find out which of those lessons might be most relevant, let’s take a look at a random sampling of famous fictional nurses to see what positive attributes you as a non-fictional nurse can absorb from them – and which negative ones you should seek to avoid. [continue reading…]

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How Soft Skills Help Nurses Excel

by Howard Gerber on August 25, 2016

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nurse soft skillsIt takes a lot of different skills to succeed as a nurse. Some skills are technical, such as knowing how to start an IV or change a dressing. Other skills are intellectual including calculating medication dosages or interpreting lab results.

But there are also another set of skills that are equally important for nurses to have. Soft skills are not something you can easily measure, but they are an important part of being a good nurse. [continue reading…]

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