Nurses Week 2016!

Nurses Week 2016

Celebrate Nurses Week 2016 in style with fun stuff and freebies from industry organizations! Click here to check out WeLoveOurNurses.com.

It’s almost time for Nurses Week 2016! Travel Nursing Central would like to wish all of the awesome travel nurses out there an amazing celebration!

Here are a few cool things going on this Nurses Week that we wanted to share with you:

Over at WeLoveOurNurses.com, you can enter two contests, win a scholarship, watch a world record be set, and send out eCards to your friends and co-workers.  Medical Solutions is sharing its We Heart RNs World Record Video featuring Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson. There’s also the #NurseLaughLove Instagram Contest, Show ’em the Love Mentor Contest, and free, shareable Nurses Week eCards. Gift cards from Amazon, Ulta, and Tafford Uniforms ranging from $50-$250 are the prizes up for grabs. Students will want to enter the 5th Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest, which awards three $2,000 scholarships to future nurses.

The Gypsy Nurse is known for having created an amazing community for travel nurses. She will honor a 2016 Gypsy Florence Nightingale with a total prize package of approximately $600 in value that includes free admission to the 2016 Travelers Conference in Las Vegas. Nurses can nominate fellow travelers who they think positively represent travel nursing and inspires others in their travel nursing journeys. The Gypsy Nurse is accepting submissions through May 10!

Cinnabon is celebrating Nurses Week again this year with some sweet treats for nurses. May 6-12, 2016, nurses can visit participating Cinnabons, present their healthcare ID badge, and receive a free Cinnabon Classic Roll or MiniBon!

The Right Solutions is hosting a Nurses Week contest that will give away an Apple iPad Air2 and cash prizes to lucky travelers.

Fastaff is celebrating with a Nurse Family giveaway, based on the idea that nurses collect a family of colleagues as they band together to get their challenging work accomplished. Entrants can honor a member of their “nurse family” for the chance to win a $500 Southwest Airlines gift card for both parties.

At DiscoverNursing.com, Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future has free nurse-themed magnets, coloring books, a “Nurses Heal” pin, and many other great and free resources for nurses and nurse educators like videos and software, brochures, posters, and more.

Lippincott Nursing Center is offering discounts on some CE activities and books, free games and articles, an opportunity to share your nursing story and win a FitBit Alta, and more!

So, that’s a good start, but what other Nurses Week fun, contests, free stuff, and other festivities do you know about? Please feel free to share yours in the comments!

Happy Nurses Week 2016, everybody!

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How Does Travel Nursing Help Close the Healthcare Gap?

Travel nurses help close the healthcare gap by traveling nationwide to provide patient care wherever it is most needed.

In this great infographic titled “Can Shift Work Close the Healthcare Job Gap?” travel nursing is identified as one means for helping the healthcare industry keep pace with accelerated demand.

Check out this infographic from CompHealth.com

How Can Shift Work Close The Healthcare Job Gap

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Travel Nursing Central’s Top Travel Nurse Companies for 2016

There are SO many travel companies out there. It can be daunting for travelers and aspiring travelers to even know where to begin looking for the right fit.

Luckily there are a few sites, such as yours truly, and Highway Hypodermics, which do an annual rankings roundup of the best travel nurse companies around.

The great thing about TNC and Highway Hypodermics’ methodology is that both use actual travel nurses’ reviews to create their lists! Of course, the perfect company can be different for every traveler depending upon what you’re looking for in an agency, benefits, etc. — but these traveler-derived lists go a LONG way in giving you a starting point from which to find your perfect company.

Without further ado, click here to check out Travel Nursing Central’s Top Travel Nurse Companies for 2016.

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Happy Holidays from Travel Nursing Central!

Happy Holidays!, travel nurses!

Happy Holidays, travel nurses!

Travel Nursing Central wishes you very Happy Holidays!

You may be far from home, or maybe you’re home for the holidays. Wherever you are, you are in our hearts.

We look forward to continuing to bring you the best in travel nursing news, resources, reviews, blogs, and so much more in 2016 and beyond.

Thanks so much for all of your hard work as a travel nurse. You truly make the world a better place!

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New Reflection Study Guide for The American Nurse Documentary

New Reflection Study Guide for The American Nurse Documentary

There is a new reflection study guide for The American Nurse documentary.

The American Nurses Foundation (ANF), which is the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), recently released a guide which accompanies the amazing 2014 documentary, The American Nurse: Healing America.

The guide is titled The American Nurse: Healing America – A Reflection Guide – The Power of You – The RN for Registered Nurses (Staff RNs and APRNs) and Nurse Leaders.

It was developed in partnership with the ANF and several nurses leaders from New York Presbyterian Hospital, including:

  • Alice Corbett, FNP, MS, CPEN, NEA-BC
  • Bertha Ku, MPH, RN
  • Germaine C. Nelson, MBA, MSN, RN, CEN
  • Mary E. Quinn, MSN, RN
  • Deborah J. Stilgenbauer, MA, RN, NEA-BC
  • Lovelyamma Varghese, MSN, FNP, RN, BC

According to an ANF release:

The American Nurse explores some of the biggest health care issues facing America — aging, war, poverty, prisons — through the work and lives of five nurses. The reflection guide, which complements the 2014 academic and the filmmakers’ guides for the film, aims to facilitate and guide group discussion about the film, inspire personal reflections while viewing the film, and engage viewers in reflection on important nursing aspects, such as caring, compassion, patient advocacy and the changing health care environment.”

Click here to download the new reflection guide, as well as the academic/clinical nursing guide and the filmmaker’s guide.

If you’re unfamiliar with The American Nurse, check out the trailer below.

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2016 ANA Conference Focus is on Quality, Safety, and Staffing

2016 ANA Conference Focus is on Quality, Safety, and Staffing

2016 ANA Conference Focus is on Quality, Safety, and Staffing

Travel nurses do a lot to improve nurse to patient ratios, thus improving quality and safety at facilities nationwide.

That’s why this year’s American Nurses Association conference topic is particularly relevant for travelers and other healthcare professionals.

The 2016 ANA Conference focus is on quality, safety, and staffing — “Connecting Quality, Safety and Staffing to Improve Outcomes” is the official title.

The 2016 conference will be held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, March 9-11.

According to the ANA, the conference will explore new innovations in nursing and examine the factors that “affect nurses’ ability to deliver high-quality care.”

“Conference sessions will bring you the latest strategies, research, and best practices to improve outcomes through quality, safety and staffing. Attendees will learn from evidence-based research and discover innovations they can start using immediately. Join your peers at the only conference for nurses focusing on quality outcomes,” they continue on their website.

They are offering early bird registration through November 20, 2015.

Click here to learn more about the 2016 ANA Conference, its speakers, CEs, agenda and more.

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Travel Nurses Day 2015!

Travel Nurses Day 2015!

Click here to celebrate Travel Nurses Day 2015 and win prizes!

Travel Nurses Day 2015 is almost here!

This October 9, 2015, will mark the third annual Travel Nurses Day celebration.

In honor of Travel Nurses everywhere, Medical Solutions created and celebrated the first Travel Nurses Day in 2013.

This year the celebration at TravelNursesDay.com includes:

  • The “Signs You’re a Travel Nurse” Instagram Photo Contest
  • Quizzes — “Where should I travel next?” and “Which on-screen nurse are you?”
  • Travel Libs
  • Photo Hunts

Besides the fun of all of that, there are tons of great prizes to be won, totaling more than 2,000 in value! Here’s what Travel Nurses are eligible to win one of this year:

“Signs You’re a Travel Nurse” Instagram Contest
1 – $500 Cash Grand Prize
3 – Fitbit Charge HR ($150 value each)
3 – $100 hotel credits, courtesy of Travelers Haven

Travel Libs, Photo Find and Travel Nurse Quizzes:
3 – $50 Tafford Gift Cards, courtesy of Tafford Uniforms
2 – $50 Amazon Gift Cards, courtesy of Nebraska Methodist College
6 – $50 Zappos Gift Cards
6 – $50 Amazon Gift Cards

You can visit TravelNursesDay.com anytime between now and midnight on October 8. Prize winners will be announced on the big day!

Happy Travel Nurses Day to all of you great Travelers out there!

 

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How to Make Your Medical Resume Great

It’s important in any field or industry, but it’s especially important for travel nurses to have an amazing resume in order to help them get placed in the jobs they want at the locations they want.

Want to know how to make your medical resume great? Check out this helpful infographic from Carrington College to get your resume where it needs to be to give you the best options for landing the travel nurse jobs you want!

medical resume tips

Any burning resume questions or tips for others? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

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Strange State Laws

Strange State Laws for Travel Nurses to Know

Don’t Be This Guy: Here are some strange state laws to mind as you travel from state to state.

As a Travel Nurse you get the awesome opportunity to work while you explore the United States in all its glory. For the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii and California, to the delicious BBQ of Memphis and Kansas City, the serene lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and New York — and every awesome stop in between.

As you travel state to state for different assignments, you will likely discover different cultures, sayings, food trends, and all manner of differences from your home state.

But what about strange state laws?

Did you know that in North Carolina it is against the law to steal used kitchen grease?

How about that in Ohio it’s illegal to give fish alcohol?

Speaking of alcohol, did you know that in Texas you are only legally allowed to take three sips from your beer while you are standing?

To make extra sure you don’t accidentally break the law while traveling, check out this list of strange state laws compiled by Thrillist, which details the most irregular regulations in all 50 states.

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Summertime Travel Nursing: Making the Most of Your Travel Nurse Assignment

Summertime Travel Nursing: Making the Most of Your Travel Nurse Assignment

Summertime Travel Nursing: Making the Most of Your Travel Nurse Assignment

Although its allure entices many travel nurses (and rightfully so!), not every assignment can be in beautiful, beachy, sunny Hawaii. But the good news about summertime travel nursing is that the climate generally gets a little more awesome nationwide — making it the perfect time to really get out there and make the most of your travel nurse assignment.

As most travelers know, and as TNC shared here recently, every state has something that makes it beautiful! So here are a few fun, summertime links I found to help you make the most of your summertime travel nurse assignment:

Travel Nursing Blogs did a fun roundup of Ultimate Roadside Attractions for Travel Nurses here, including some of the more unique destinations to check out while on or heading to your assignment, such as the Oregon Vortex, Carhenge, the World’s Largest Six-Pack, and even driving through a redwood tree in California! TNB also has a post about Summer Survival for Travel Nurses here.

Nursing Link did a post about fun summer nursing jobs here. Although not traditional travel nursing jobs, they are in the same vein. The post discusses the options of summer camp nurse and cruise ship nurse!

Fastaff offered a roundup of general summer health and safety tips here. It’s all stuff you should know, but it’s never a bad idea to review.

American Traveler offers some summertime tips for specific locations here.

Medical Solutions offers some info on some of the best locations for a summer travel nursing contract here.

RN Central has an older (2011, but still relevant) post about 5 great working vacations for summer travel nurses here.

And here is a great story about a traveler named Deb Keller who made the most of her summer assignment in the Midwest.

Wherever you land this season, just be sure to make the most of it and have some hot fun this summertime!

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