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

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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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The Most Beautiful Spots in Each U.S. State

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New York’s beautiful Niagara Falls.

As the Fourth of July weekend nears, patriotic revelers are set to celebrate throughout all 50 states. For travel nurses, you may be about to experience the Independence Day holiday in a brand new, exciting location — exploration is, after all, one of the major perks of a career in travel nursing, in addition to cultivating your career!

Over at Thrillist, where they just love to make lists that detail all the good, bad, and ugly that America has got going for it, they’re celebrating what they call “America Week” with a post called “The Most Beautiful Place in Each State.” So, no matter where your latest assignment has taken you — from Washington to Florida, from Alabama to Wyoming, and all points in between — they’ve suggested a beautiful site worth feasting your eyes on.

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Georgia’s beautiful Callaway Gardens.

In the post they acknowledge that beauty can mean different things to different people, writing: “In Pennsylvania, it might be a towering skyline. In Nevada, a mountain lake. Every state (and/or Commonwealth!) has its own version of beauty, which is why we polled residents and tourism boards from each to determine what that one must-hit (and must-Instagram) spot is.”

Some of the most beautiful spots in each U.S. state mentioned in the list include:

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Oregon’s beautiful Crater Lake.

  • Arizona’s Havisu Falls
  • California’s Big Sur
  • Florida’s Seven Mile Bridge
  • Georgia’s Callaway Gardens
  • Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Swamp
  • Minnesota’s Boundary Waters
  • Nevada’s Lake Tahoe
  • New York’s Niagara Falls
  • Oregon’s Crater Lake
  • Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Wyoming’s Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park

As a Travel Nurse, you’re in a unique position to collect all 50! Let us know in the comments which of these beautiful wonders you’ve seen or have plans to see soon.

Happy Fourth of July weekend, everyone!

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Travelers Conference 2015

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Learn, network, and play at the Travelers Conference 2015!

The countdown is on for Travelers Conference 2015. Just 96 days, 20 hours, 46 minutes, and 33 seconds left to go as of this posting!

Traveler Conference 2015 will be September 14-15 in gorgeous Las Vegas. This year’s event, the 8th annual Travelers Conference, will be held at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino which is offering a $99 per night group rate.

According to its website, the Travelers Conference is an “annual event that provides Traveling Healthcare Professionals an opportunity to network with other travelers and top industry insiders” in a “relaxed, low-pressure setting.” There are experts, veterans, and reps from travel nurse companies available to share info, make connections, and just plain kick back with. While the majority of attendees are travel nurses and CEUs can be earned, the event welcomes traveling nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, nursing students, and those curious about exploring the possibilities of traveling as a healthcare professional.

The Travelers Conference 2015 keynote speaker is Jeff Solheim, MSN RN-BC CEN CFRN FAEN, who has worked as an RN for more than 25 years in a variety of roles and now works as a consultant, speaker, and founder of Project Helping Hands which places short-term medical teams in areas lacking access to basic services.

Other Travelers Conference 2015 speaker include: Joseph Smith of Travel Tax; Tracy Singh, RN, JD; Candy Treft, RN of The Gypsy Nurse; Kay “Epstein LaRue” Slane, RN, BS of Highway Hypodermics, and several other industry leaders and experts.

There will also be a Newbie Boot Camp held on Sunday, September 13th from 12:30-5 p.m., breakout sessions, social and networking events, and much more on the schedule.

All in all it’s a great opportunity for those in the industry to network, learn, and play!

Click here to learn more about Travelers Conference 2015, to register, and to keep an eye on that ever-changing countdown clock.

Have you attended Travelers Conference in the past? Share your experiences in the comments.

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Nurses Week 2015 Freebies and Fun

Nurses Week 2015 Nurses Week 2015 Freebies and FunHappy Nurses Week! Travel Nursing Central has put together a roundup of Nurses Week 2015 freebies and fun to help you and your fellow nurses celebrate YOUR week in style!

Here are some fun, free, festive happenings this Nurses Week:

  • Cinnabon is giving away a free Cinnabon Classic Roll or MiniBon® roll May 6-12 to nurses who show their healthcare ID badge.
  • Amazon.com has free eBook downloads of The White Linen Nurse.
  • Medical Solutions is celebrating over at WeLoveOurNurses.com with The Real Nurses of Nurses Week photo gallery (including prizes such as Amazon and Tafford Uniforms gift cards from $25-$100), their Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest (which awards three $2000 scholarships), Nurses Week eCards, and a team fundraising effort for Nurses House, a national fund for nurses in need.
  • NurseEyeRoll.com is giving away Nabee socks, Nurse Watches, and signed copies of two books — The Nurses and Becoming Nursey.
  • Fazoli’s, is offering nurses wearing scrubs who show their healthcare ID badge a free Twisted Trio entrée with the purchase of a drink at participating locations, from May 6-12. The fast Italian chain will also surprise more than 1,000 nurses with meals at various children’s hospitals.
  • The Right Solutions is hosting a Nurses Month Luau with prizes including an Apple iPad Air 2. Amazon Fire TV, and Visa gift cards.
  • Discovery Life Channel is taking nominations for the chance to win a walk-on role in “Untold Stories of the ER,” plus a trip for two to Vancouver, British Columbia and $500 spending cash.
  • Diversity Nursing is doing its annual $5,000 Education Award. There is no essay required, but hurry — registration closes May 7th!
  • Lippincott Nursing Center has several of discounts, daily deals, and giveaways.
  • Johnson & Jonson’s Campaign for Nursing Future is offering free pins, magnets, and activity books you can find here.

We hope you’ll enjoy these Nurses Week 2015 freebies and fun! If you know of any opportunities that we did not include, please be sure to share them in the comments.

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2015 Gypsy Florence Nightingale Contest

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Florence Nightingale is the inspiration for the 2015 Gypsy Florence Nightingale Contest.

National Nurses Week runs each year from May 6-12 — ending on iconic nurse Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale, often referred to as the mother of modern nursing, remains a huge inspiration to nurses everywhere.

This year The Gypsy Nurse is hosting the Third Annual “Gypsy Florence Nightingale” Contest, in celebration of Nurses Week and Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The prize is valued at more than $600.

“As a Travel Nurse, we have met and interacted with many nurses across the U.S. We all have at least one fellow travel nurse that has inspired us, aided us, or has represented Travel Nursing in a way that makes us want to be a better nurse,” she writes on her website.

Click here to make your nomination for the 2015 Gypsy Florence Nightingale contest!

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How Recruiters and Travel Nurses Can Build Trust

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Find out how you and your recruiter can build and maintain a trustworthy relationship.

Sometimes, in order to learn how to do something well, it’s helpful to understand how it should not be done. Over at Blue Pipes Blog, Kyle Schmidt recently shared a pair of posts that illustrate this — one about ways recruiters betray the trust of travel nurses and one about ways travelers betray the trust of recruiters.

14 Ways Recruiters Betray the Trust of Travel Nurses

Before diving in, Schmidt notes that the “travel healthcare industry is unique in ways that tend to accentuate the importance of trust between candidate and recruiter.” For example, he writes, healthcare travelers are not just depending upon their recruiters for a job, but often also counting on them for housing and travel arrangements as well as help coordinating the many documents and credentials needed to be in order prior to an assignment.

Including quotes from actual nurses pulled from forums and social media, Schmidt then details his list of the 14 ways recruiters can compromise travel nurses’ trust. Themes from this list include any lack of being upfront, lack of communication and follow-up, being too pushy, proceeding without a nurse’s permission, pay issues, and more. Click here to read this blog in full.

15 Ways Travel Nurses Compromise the Trust of Recruiters

After Schmidt’s article described above, he says he got requests — primarily from travelers — that he do an article on how travel nurses compromise the trust of recruiters. He carefully explains that neither list is representative of all recruiters or all travelers, and that perhaps this set of articles will help “bridge gaps between travelers and recruiters.”

After discussing that it’s in each traveler’s best interest to maintain a trusting relationship with their recruiters, Schmidt dives into the ways travel nurses can compromise their recruiters’ trust. These can include disrespect for housing, repeatedly cancelling shifts or backing out of contracts, lack of communication, incomplete paperwork, missing interviews, not being upfront, and more. Click here to read this full post.

How Recruiters and Travel Nurses Can Build Trust

It seems to me after reading both posts that most of these issues boil down to honesty and communication. A good, solid relationship with your recruiter is key to your success as a travel nurse. To that end it’s important that both parties treat each other with respect and honesty.

First, you need to work with someone you’re compatible with. Beyond that, ethical behavior on both ends and a two-way street approach to good, honest communication seems to be the best recipe for a happy traveler-recruiter relationship. I hope these tips on how not to be will help you and your recruiters be aware of how to be in order to have the most successful relationship possible.

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New Nurse Blog: Fighting Dinosaurs

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New nurse blog, Fighting Dinosaurs, aims to empowers nurses ro make their voices heard.

A new nurse blog, Fighting Dinosaurs, launched recently with the tagline “Evolving Nursing Through Grassroots Voices.”

Founded by Alene Nitzky, Ph.D., RN, OCN, the site says it will offer “a safe and engaging place for working nurse narrative.”

According to the Fighting Dinosaurs website, “The voice of the bedside nurse is crucial to our healthcare system’s success, but it is currently excluded from modern dialogue. This blog aims to amplify dynamic nursing voices, help nurses infiltrate media outlets with flawless, safe copy, and fight together to establish a prominent foothold in the changing world of healthcare and to support our profession’s future.”

So far, the site’s mission seems to be squared on advocating for empowering nurses to speak out on their own behalf (and on behalf of the profession as a whole) about workers’ right and protections. The challenge laid out in one blog post, The Courage to Look in the Mirror, is for nurses to look at their own ways of dealing with things and challenge themselves to take action.

Other current posts cover nurses’ rights, reform within the nursing world, being authentic in your voice, understanding that your voice counts, workplace conditions, healthcare executives and corporations, and more.

Fighting Dinosaurs also accepts submissions and makes a call for nurses to contribute ideas and topics for the site to cover.

While invoking dinosaurs seems to symbolically suggest that the way things are and have been in nursing is archaic, there are also literally dinosaurs everywhere in the images, which is just kind of fun.

Any entity or platform that encourages nurses to make their voices heard and their professional lives better is a good step in empowering nurses. Nurses are integral to healthcare and listening to their needs, opinions, and any other feedback they can contribute is hugely important to the overall system.

Click here to check out Fighting Dinosaurs.

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6 Famous African American Nurses

In honor of African American History Month, Travel Nursing Central would like to recognize a handful of the amazing African American nurses from throughout history.

According to a Department for Professional Employees 2012 fact sheet, African American RNs make up just 10.4% of the nursing population. That leaves a lot of untapped talent out there, and we’d love to see greater diversity in nurse and travel nurse demographics.

Here’s a little bit about 6 famous African American nurses, who will hopefully be an inspiration for future generations of nurses and travel nurses:

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Mary Seacole

Although she encountered discrimination, Jamaican-born Seacole was instrumental to pioneering nursing and medical care in the 1800s. She traveled on her own dime to treat wounded soldiers from both sides during the Crimean War, and also established a boarding house where injured patients could recover and rehabilitate.

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Mary Eliza Mahoney

There were many who functioned as nurses before her, but Mahoney was the first African American licensed registered nurse. After graduating in 1879 and practicing, she went on to cofound the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses and was also one of the original members of an early incarnation of the American Nurses Association.

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Harriet Tubman

Her name is synonymous with the Underground Railroad and women’s rights activism, but Tubman was also a nurse who served the Union Army. In 1908 she also created the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, which specialized in caring for elderly African Americans.

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Sojourner Truth

Born into slavery in 1797, she’s known mostly as an abolitionist and women’s rights activist, but Truth was originally a nurse for the family she served. Later in life she was instrumental in advocating for funding for essential nurse training programs.

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Hazel W. Johnson-Brown

Twice named the Army Nurse of the Year, Johnson-Brown faced down racial discrimination to become a nurse (eventually with a Master’s and PhD. Her skill led her to become the first African American woman to lead the US Army Nurse Corps and also the first to be promoted to brigadier general.

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Estelle Massey Osborne

The first African American woman to earn a Master’s degree in Nursing, she fought throughout her life for visibility and educational equality for all nurses.

There are SO many more great examples, but we hope this list of 6 famous African American nurses is inspirational.

As for the present day we invite you to check out the National Black Nurses Association (founded by another great African American nurse leader, Betty Smith Williams). Their mission is “To represent and provide a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color.” Click here to learn more about the NBNA.

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Travel Nurse Contests: Furnished Finder and Tafford Uniforms

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What do these two contests have in common? Coffee!

I recently came across a couple of great travel nurse contests: Furnished Finder and Tafford Uniforms are both hosting some fun ones right now! Here’s a little bit of information on them. Get your game on!

Furnished Finder Property Review Contest

Furnished Finder wants you to share reviews of the three most recent properties you’ve stayed in while on assignment. The first 50 qualified folks will each win a $20 Starbucks gift card. Free coffee!

Click here to learn more about how you can win!

Tafford Uniforms American Heart Month Celebration and Contest

In honor of American Heart Month, Tafford Uniforms and Travel Nursing Blogs have teamed up to offer the chance to win a Littman Classic II Stethoscope. Three runner-ups will also win a Travel Nursing Blogs coffee mug with a $5 Starbucks gift card.

Click here to learn more about how you can win as well as 10 tips you can share for a heart healthy lifestyle!

Thanks for hosting these fun travel nurse contests, Furnished Finder and Tafford Uniforms!

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Make Yourself More Marketable, Step 3: Why am I not getting interviews?

Resume Make Yourself More Marketable, Step 3: Why am I not getting interviews?

“Make sure to promote your value by listing all relevant experience on your resume.”

By Jeff Della Rosa
The Right Solutions

You might wonder what you’re doing wrong. You might worry that it’s you. But you need to ask yourself some important questions so you can determine why you’re not getting interviews. In part three of the series, we’ll address those questions and what you need to do to get interviews.

Look at your profile to see what hospitals are seeing. (Check out our sample profile below.)  What can you improve before you show it to potential employers? Is your profile presented in a digital format or is it handwritten? How about color? Deion Sanders said the first step of being good is to “look good.”

The resume is a snapshot into your life. It’s what potential employers look at before they call you for an interview. Make sure to promote your value by listing all relevant experience on your resume. Present most of your accomplishments and job duties in bullet points. Most human resource employees spend a minute at the most on your resume, according to Forbes. Because of this, your resume should be concise. Bullet points allow for them to find keywords more quickly. You might have to simplify it to keep it from being too long. It should not be more than two pages.

Why am I not getting interviews rev 595x1024 Make Yourself More Marketable, Step 3: Why am I not getting interviews?Maybe you have something in your resume that is turning off a potential employer. It’s important to not have employment gaps, or at least as few as possible. Share your experiences that have had positive outcomes. Strengthen your resume by listing multiple examples of these experiences. Consider writing out your objective in your profile. What do you want? Set goals and be specific.

Look at developing two resumes. One should be very detailed to include all your experience and skills. The second should be tailored to show that you have the experience to meet the requirements of the job you want. A resume that doesn’t show that you’ll excel at the desired position is the top reason most people aren’t getting interviews, according to U.S. News. Make sure your resume shows what you accomplished at your previous assignments. Don’t just list where you previously worked. This won’t tell a potential employer anything about how well you did at the jobs. People who get the most interviews list their achievements at each job. Human resource employees don’t care that you’ve worked a bunch of jobs in a row.

Write a cover letter that shows more than a summary of what you’ve already presented in your resume. If your cover letter is only a summary of your resume, it’s not going to help you, and you might as well not send one, according to U.S. News. A good cover letter will show why you will be good at the job you want. Be inspiring. Add some personality to your cover letter, and you’ll start getting calls for interviews.

Ask the right people to look over your resume and cover letter. You might have let multiple people look at your resume, and they tell you it’s fine. Don’t settle for a resume that’s fine. Make it great! Sometimes family and friends aren’t the best people to review your resume. Ask someone with hiring experience to look at it and provide feedback. A test to see whether someone will provide good feedback is to give them a resume with just a list of job duties instead of achievements. If they say it’s fine, you’ll know to look on for advice.

If you want a position in which you have no work history, explain to employers why you would be a great fit for the job. You can’t rely on them to figure it out. Others who are looking at the position you want might already have the needed experience to do the job. Because of this, getting this job will be a challenge. Employers might not be willing to take a chance on you when they have other applicants with previous experience in the position.

So we’ve covered three key areas on making yourself more marketable: promote your value, transition to advanced skills positions and how to get more interviews. We hope we’ve helped to make you more marketable. Good luck and go land your dream job!

Jeff Della Rosa is social media coordinator for The Right Solutions — a nationwide healthcare staffing company. Reach him via email at jdellarosa@therightsolutions.com. Find out more about The Right Solutions on our website, www.therightsolutions.com. Also, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest.

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