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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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winter holiday new yorkWhen you think of the holidays, spending time at home with your family and friends may come to mind. But you don’t have to be home for the holidays to enjoy the special time of the year.

The holidays are also a good time to work as a healthcare traveler. Working as a traveler during the holiday season gives you a chance to enjoy festivals and holiday traditions in a different part of the country. Communities from coast to coast go all out for the holidays. Below are four great locations to consider. [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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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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Travel Nursing in Alaska

by Howard Gerber on August 31, 2017

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AlaskaWhen you think about working as a travel nurse, you might consider locations, such as New York, Florida, and California. Although those states are popular places for travel nurses, they are not the only options. One state you may not have considered is Alaska.

Alaska can be an excellent location for your next travel assignment. There are lots of opportunities for adventure, exploration, and relaxation. Most nursing jobs will be in the larger cities. But on your days off, there is plenty to do. If you want a different type of adventure, consider making Alaska your home for the next 13 weeks. [continue reading…]

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stress travel assignmentStarting your first healthcare travel assignment is an exciting time. There is a lot to do, including setting up your home and learning your way around your new facility. But with all the anticipation, your first travel assignment can also bring a little stress.

It’s helpful to realize that there is nothing wrong with you if you get a little stressed. Some people feel anxious before they arrive at their new assignment. For others, stress may slowly build the first week. Feeling a bit stressed does not mean you made a mistake and working as a healthcare traveler is not the right fit. It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive.

Try to keep perspective. Realize you will most likely get through the first few weeks of your healthcare travel just fine. Also, keeping a few of the following suggestions in mind may help. [continue reading…]

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Highest Paying States for Travel Nurses

by Howard Gerber on August 3, 2017

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travel nursing in californiaWhen deciding where to go on your next travel nursing assignment, there are several things to consider. One factor may be salary. Travel nursing salaries vary depending on experience, specialty, and geographic location. Certain parts of the country tend to pay nurses higher wages, which may also mean travel nurses earn more. According to a 2016 compensation report published by Medscape, the following states have the highest nursing salaries: [continue reading…]

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