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Travel Nursing

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Getting the travel assignment you want most may take research and a little patience, but there are ways to increase your chances of getting your ideal assignment. Improving your skills increases your marketability as a travel nurse and makes you more in demand.  Although you already have your education and experience as a nurse, there are several things you can do to increase your knowledge, your skills, and make you a more marketable nurse. [continue reading…]

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Preparing for Your First Travel Assignment

by Howard Gerber on March 21, 2013

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If you have decided to pursue your first nursing travel assignment, you may be both excited and a little nervous. It’s normal to have a bit of apprehension before starting a new job, especially one which will take you to a new area to live. Preparing for your first assignment by getting organized will help you relax and enjoy your new experience. Consider some of the suggestions below to help get you started.

 

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A Hidden Benefit to Travel Nursing

by Howard Gerber on March 14, 2013

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Maybe you’ve considered travel nursing, but don’t think it’s for you. You want to build a solid career, working your way up in a respectable hospital, being that nurse who knows everything and everybody. The go-to authority on all things in your department. It’s certainly an admirable goal. But how to achieve that? [continue reading…]

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Chances are when you think of natural disasters, the first things that come to mind are hurricanes, notably Katrina and Sandy. And well they should; they’re huge, frightening, devastating, and affect large swaths of populated areas. But hurricanes are not the only catastrophes you might have to deal with during your career. During any kind of a disaster, from a snowstorm to a large-scale natural disaster on the level of a wildfire, tornado, flood, or hurricane, nurses are always in great demand. [continue reading…]

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Getting Back in the Game – The Retired Nurse

by Howard Gerber on January 24, 2013

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Getting Back in the Game – The Retired Nurse

What happens if you retire and find that you’re not ready for a rocking chair? Many nurses return to the workplace after choosing to leave, and plenty of positions are waiting for experienced nurses of any age. The key is to find something a bit less stressful than the full-time position you may have built your career on. Here are some ideas for nurses who want to get back in the game – gently.

Substitute School Nurse
School nurses, like teachers, need time off. They get sick, they have babies, and they take vacations. An RN with a current license can sign up to be a substitute nurse on call whenever necessary. It’s a low-stress job that can generate a little extra money and get you out of the house now and then.

Pharmacy Clinic
Major pharmacy chains like Walgreens and CVS often have low-cost walk-in clinics, where your job would be pretty routine. You’d administer shots, take blood pressure, give diabetes advice, maybe look at a rash or two. If anything serious comes up, your job is to refer the patient to a doctor. You could work full or part time, under much less stressful conditions than a traditional medical office.

Travel Nurse
Travel nursing is a demanding position, but you can limit it to short bursts of time. For example, you could choose to work 12 weeks and take six months off. What’s more, you could choose a contract in Hawaii in the dead of winter, or cool Colorado when the summer heat gets to be too much. You’re always in control. You can even travel internationally. It’s a great way to visit all those places on your bucket list.

Temp Agencies
You can also fill in for local medical facilities on a temporary basis when they need help; for a week, a month, even a day. There are many situations that might result in a shot staff (the flu can wipe out a whole office in no time) or situations where an emergency creates a short-term need for extra hands. Registering with a temp agency gives you the option of filling in when there’s a need, and the freedom to say no thanks. Because, let’s face it, some days that rocker is awfully appealing. Or you already have plans to go windsurfing.

Teaching or Training
Check out local facilities that are looking for staff trainers and share your expertise with new nurses or nursing students. Some hospitals hire RNs for training sessions or new nurse orientation. You may even find a consultation position.

Writing
Every savvy medical facility or service has a website that offers expert advice, professional blogs, and other opportunities for you to share your experience. Offering fresh content is more challenging than you might expect, and nurses with experience and writing skills can quickly find themselves in demand. If your grammar skills are honed and you have the patience to do the research, writing might be the perfect way to earn some extra money from home, by sharing what you already know.

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The Best Destinations for Travel Nurses: San Juan Puerto Rico

If you’re in the middle of cold, wet, and sloppy winter, I’ll bet you’re dreaming of a warm getaway. Picture yourself on a beautiful tropical beach in the dead of winter, sipping on a pina colada with your toes buried in warm sand. If you’re a traveling nurse and your idea of wintry paradise does not include scraping ice from your windshield before work, an assignment in Puerto Rico might be just the ticket.

San Juan
Located on the coast of a beautiful tropical island, San Juan is a modern city loaded with old-world charm. The history of the oldest U.S. city* is rooted in rich and colorful culture. On his second voyage in 1493, Christopher Columbus originally named the island “San Juan Bautista” to honor St. John the Baptist. Ponce de León came along and founded a city, which he named Puerto Rico (Rich Port) in 1521. Sometime later, the name of the city and the name of the island were exchanged. The long history creates an intriguing mix of old and new in the city. Modern office buildings give way unexpectedly to centuries-old dwellings, and throngs of tourists waving smartphones and digital cameras provide a startling contrast to colorfully painted ancient constructions.

*St. Augustine, FL, is the oldest city in continental United States.

Things to do
The city is dominated by a 16th-century fort, El Morro (Castillo de San Felipe del Morro) , a six story citadel filled with tunnels, dungeons, barracks, outposts and ramps. The imposing fortress was overcome only once, when the Earl of Cumberland attacked unexpectedly from the land side. The walk through history is well worth the $3 price of admission, and the ocean views from the fort are nothing short of spectacular.

To further explore Puerto Rican history, art, and culture, visit the San Juan Museum of Art and History. It began life as a market in 1855, and was rebuilt in 1979 as a cultural center, featuring native art and music. Concerts and festivals are held there throughout the year.

For a shopping experience, it’s hard to beat the 300 retailers located in the Plaza las Americas, a modern mall graced with elegant architecture and everything you’d expect to find at a mainland mall.

And then there are the beaches. Miles and miles of fine white sand, blue skies and bluer water, gentle waves and an endlessly breathtaking ocean view. It’s warm all year round, so taking a travel assignment in Puerto Rico from January – March gives a whole new meaning to the winter blues.

Area Hospitals
San Juan boasts many modern medical facilities, and one of the nicest is the Doctor’s Center Hospital, which has three area locations. With a diet center, a cancer center, a cardiovascular lab, a nuclear medicine facility and several other specialized care wings, the hospital provides the kind of quality care your patients expect and deserve.

The best thing about being a travel nurse is the opportunity to experience new things, and the wealth of culture and history, the delicious cuisine, and the tropical setting makes Puerto Rico a great choice…especially in the winter.

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The Best Destinations for Travel Nurses: Denver, Colorado

by Howard Gerber on December 20, 2012

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The Best Destinations for Travel Nurses: Denver, Colorado

For some people winter evokes dreams of the tropics. Palm trees swaying in a warm gentle breeze, the sound of the ocean and the call of seabirds providing the background music during a relaxing nap in a hammock. For others, winter only means one thing; fresh powder, bracing air, and that long lift to the top of the slopes. If a ski trip is more appealing than a sunburn, consider taking an assignment in Denver. [continue reading…]

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