A Nurse’s Guide to the Apocalypse

If you are a “Walking Dead” fan and also a nurse, this is the post for you!

Of course, it might not be zombies … maybe it’s a nuclear winter, an asteroid, or even climate change. Whatever the potential apocalyptic trigger, one thing is certain: We’re going to need a lot of nurses — and the ability to travel will be more important than ever!

The folks at The Nursing Bible shared this funny infographic, “A Nurse’s Guide to the Apocalypse.”

How Will YOU navigate the chaos? We hope it doesn’t come to this, but just in case here are a few facts and tips to prepare in the event of an apocalypse:

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Source: TheNursingBible.com

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Travel Nursing Blog Round-Up

It’s been awhile but we’re back with another Travel Nurse Blog Round-Up! Let’s jump right in:

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Talking Travel Nurse Taxes: The Regional Traveler Part 2  

This blog discusses a handful of “scenarios where the traveler can have taxable partially per diems/allowances or subsidies” as well as a few items and situations related to this.

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Is Your Nurse Resume Optimized for the ATS?

This blog aims to help travel nurses get the most out of their resumes in hopes of getting great assignments. Learn more about ATS or Applicant Tracking Systems, how they work and how you can make sure they are on your side when job hunting.

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Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I handle Traveler cliques on assignment?

Travel Nursing Blogs’ Ask a Travel Nurse expert David Morrison RN, answer this question about an issue that many nurses face. Cliques can especially be a problem for travel nurses who are so often the new kid on the block.

Medical Solutions Blog

New Infographic on Jobs and the Nursing Shortage

This new infographic on jobs and the nursing shortage helps explain the industry and what to expect with jobs, also pinpointing travel nursing as a great way to navigate the shortage and go where jobs are needed.

Aureus Medical Group Blog

Traveling With Pets

These are some great tips from Aureus on how to prepare and navigate traveling with your pet or pets. Furry companions can add a lot to travel time, but you have to be prepared to take care of them along the way!

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How Travel Nurses are Like Olympians

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Travel Nurses Go For The Gold Every Day!

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi are coming to a close this weekend. Maybe if you’re lucky enough to have worked the evening or night shift you got to catch some of my personal favorite winter sport, Curling — which was on at exclusively odd hours this time around!

Seems so many of us have the Olympics on the brain, and I just came across a great blog this week on allnurses.com called Nurses Train Like Olympians. The posts’ intro reads:

“Before an athlete can enter into the Olympic ring, they must do years of extensive training. The same is true for nurses. They take rigorous prerequisites, nursing courses and clinicals, before they can enter the nursing field. Nurses train to go into many environments. Just like [sic] Olympians take their talents to the slopes, nurses train to take their skills and knowledge into many different arenas. For both there are tears, laughter, joy and few hours of sleep. But they know in the end it will all be worth it because they are following their dream!

I thought this blog made some really fantastic comparisons. The post goes on to compare nurses and Olympians in terms of:

  • Physical Strength
  • Mental Toughness
  • Uniforms
  • Nursing Also Having Fans
  • Ability to Keep an Eye on a Goal

Agreed, on all counts! But, it got me thinking about how travel nurses specifically are like Olympians. Here are a couple more I’d add that are specific to travel nurses and how travel nurses are like Olympians:

Performing Like a Champ on an Unfamiliar “Course”

There was some talk this year about difficulty of certain courses in Sochi. Shaun White may have lost some fans over his inability to deal with a tricky course. On the other hand, American Kelly Clark called the halfpipe course “challenging” but told USA Today, “I know I can’t control what the pipe conditions are. It has the potential to be variable, and I’m going to make the most of this opportunity.”

Clark’s sentiments are pretty much what every good travel nurse must believe when jumping into things at a new facility. Travel nurses can’t control or know what the dynamic will be like, but they jump right in and make the most of it.

Sense of Adventure

Watching terrifically talented athletes conquer adventurous courses and dominate the landscape in all the way across the globe totally reminded me Olympians travel for adventure and to succeed in their fields — just like travel nurses.

I hope you enjoy the conclusion of the Sochi Olympics, and that all you travel nurse Olympians keep going for the gold every day on the job!

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Questions Nurses Get Used To Hearing

Question Man Questions Nurses Get Used To Hearing

Oh, the questions nurses get used to hearing!

Talk about a travel assignment: Visiting Bruno Mars in his dressing room to check up on his sore throat. Sounds like a dream assignment, actually. But for one nurse who found herself in this spot recently, she got more then she bargained for when Mars appeared to be a little cuckoo and asked her all kinds of strange questions. Among the strange questions, he asked her to take off her shoes and also why the Pringles can was shaped the way it is! You can check out the video below.

Luckily for this particular nurse, the whole thing turned out to be a prank put on by Bruno Mars and Ellen DeGeneres. But how many crazy questions do you routinely hear on the job that don’t actually turn out to be pranks? Oh, the questions nurses get used to hearing!

Mighty Nurse published a great blog this week called 10 Questions All Nurses Have Learned to Answer.

Some of the questions included:

“So, are you going on to become a doctor?”

“My light has been on for hours! Where have you BEEN?!”

“What’s with the long wait times around here?”

“Have you done this before?”

“Hey, could I call you after I leave here?”

“What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever had happen to you here?”

Also, I’d like to share that when I was visiting the Mighty Nurse site I noticed that they had a poll called “How is the staffing at your facility?” At the time I viewed the results, 86% said “understaffed,” 2% said “overstaffed,” and 12% said “correctly staffed.” These results just go to show there is a massive and ever-growing need for travel nurses!

So, back to questions … What questions do you hear all time? And what’s the weirdest thing a patient has ever asked you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

One thing’s for sure: As traveling nurses, you definitely get to sample different kinds of patients from all across the U.S.

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How to Become a Nurse Leader

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Travel nursing can be great experience for a future career as a nurse leader.

Not all travel nurses want to become nurse leaders, but traveling is definitely an excellent way for you to beef up your resume if you are interested in that career path down the line.

When executives and administrators see travel nursing on your resume it automatically tells them that you are capable, flexible, dependable, professional, and highly skilled. Travel nurse must be able to jump right in to a new hospital environment with little local training and provide excellent patient care without missing a beat.

In case you are interested in one day pursuing a career as a nurse leader, we wanted you to check out this informational guide on how to become a nurse leader: “The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Nurse Leader.”

It’s a pretty handy guide that includes several links, graphics, and lots of information for nurses, whether you want to jump in nurse leadership right now, or if you are a younger nurse — maybe even a student — and you just want to make sure that you are on the right path to end up where you want to be.

One example of how travel nursing can be great practice for nurse leadership is the 5 qualities they mention as essential for all nurse leaders are: self-confidence, courage, growth, communication, and appreciation. All of these qualities must be practiced and excelled at by travel nurses while on assignment.

Also, you will get to sample a lot of different facilities over your time as a travel nurse. You get to see a number of different approaches to running a hospital or leading a nursing staff; you get to see what works and what doesn’t, or how certain approaches are best fitted to certain situations but not to others. This can give you excellent perspective when later working as a nurse leader.

We hope you enjoy the guide on how to become a nurse leader!

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Top 10 List of Travel Nursing Companies for 2014

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Top 10 List of Travel Nursing Companies for 2014

We hope you are all enjoying a happy, healthy start to 2014 so far! With the New Year also comes Travel Nursing Central’s Top 10 list of Travel Nursing Companies for 2014. We hope that these rankings give travel nurses good information that may help inform and improve their career paths. Beyond that we believe this gives each agency the chance to be aware of important feedback from their nurses.

Our site compiled this year’s ranking based upon ratings and feedback from more than 1600 traveling healthcare providers. The travelers rated approximately 140 agencies based upon 20 different evaluative criteria, such as benefits, pay, honesty, housing, efficiency, and more.

For 2014, Travel Nursing Central has further improved our formula for crunching the numbers, as well as how we are displaying the results. We have moved to a tiered ranking system, which evaluates the best agencies as Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Travel Nursing Central wants to have a large enough sample of reviews to be able to best serve our users, so in order to be considered for these rankings each company must have at least 15 ratings and must have been voluntarily rated by a nurse who’s worked with them in the last 3 months. In addition, the agency must have a website, which we believe provides a certain legitimacy, and we only considered ratings submitted on or prior to December 31, 2013 for the 2014 rankings.

With all of that said, we hope these rankings are of help to you, and, without further ado … here is the Top 10 List of Travel Nursing Companies for 2014.

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Holiday Fun and Tips for Travel Nurses

Santa Holiday Fun and Tips for Travel NursesWith Christmas right around the corner we’re knee-deep in the Holiday season. Even if you’ll be working this Christmas and/or New Year’s it’s tough to avoid all the fun and fanfare of the season.

As part of our little celebration here at Travel Nursing Central, we’ve rounded up a few Holiday-related links we’d like to share with you. Whether purely for fun or loaded with good advice for travel nurses, here are some holiday fun and tips for travel nurses for you to enjoy and/or learn from:

We hope this list provides some education and entertainment for travel nurses over the holidays!


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2013 Travelers and Recruiters of the Year

HT Mag Dec 2013 2013 Travelers and Recruiters of the YearHealthcare Traveler magazine announced the winners for 2013 Travelers and Recruiter of the Year in its December issue.

From a process that started with their recruiters nominating them, the magazine’s staff chose 48 travel nurses and other traveling healthcare staffers to honor as standouts in the field.

One of the winners, Patricia Pitts, RN, who specialty is Labor & Delivery has been traveling for 22 years! Her recruiter, Stephanie Pucillo, with CRU48 nominated her.

To see a full listings of winning travelers for 2013, click here.

Following the same nomination process, but with travelers nominating recruiters, Healthcare Traveler awarded 51 Recruiters of the Year. The publication notes that trust is a valuable part of a traveler-recruiter relationship.

To see the full listings of winning recruiters for 2013, click here.

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Travelers and Recruiters of the Year!

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Travel Nurses Give Thanks

Give Thanks Travel Nurses Give ThanksIf you are working over Thanksgiving this year, being thankful for your job as a travel nurse may not be right at the tip of your tongue. But it’s an attitude of gratitude that will carry you through and will also rub off positivity on your patients and everyone else you meet. It may sound a little PollyAnna-ish, but you know it’s true. So let’s look over a few reasons that should make travel nurses give thanks over this Holiday weekend.

Travel nursing allows you to make a major positive impact.

This impact stretches from the patient in 1143 to his or her family, the hospital, and ultimately the overall healthcare system. You should be thankful that you work in a profession that really allows you to roll your scrub sleeves up and make a difference in people’s lives. As a dedicated nurse you know that even in a tragic situation your bedside manner and support can offer comfort that makes a lasting impact on a patient and often an entire family. As a travel nurse, you go where you are most needed, thus helping the entire healthcare system work more smoothly.

Working as a travel nurse lets you spend Thanksgiving in a potentially exotic locale.

Maybe you’re in Hawaii! Or maybe it’s more like Fargo this year. Wherever you are this year, be sure to give thanks for the amazing opportunity you have to take the chance to see the world. You get to spend the holiday in a new city every year if you want. Make sure to be thankful for all the amazing sights, sounds, local cultures, and more that you have seen and that you have to look forward to seeing through your career as a travel nurse.

And it’s a pretty good living at that!

In these uncertain economic times, it’s pretty great that you are able to do what you love and make a really great wage doing it. Not everybody can say they have such flexible, interesting, and lucrative work as travel nurses do.

You’ve got your health.

You may spend a lot of time in the hospital, but at least it’s not for the reasons your patients are there. You are close enough to know how truly devastating a major health issue can be for a patient and their family. It’s good to take a moment to step back and thank your lucky stars that you are not on the receiving end of the patient care. Being thankful for something we can so easily take for granted — such as good health — is what gratitude is all about.

Of course there are so many more than three reason that travel nurses give thanks for what they do. What are you thankful for this holiday season? Share your gratitude in the comments.

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TNC’s Best of Travel Nursing 2013

As 2013 nears its conclusion, Travel Nursing Central is back with our TNC’s “Best of Travel Nursing 2013.” These annual rankings report on the best hospitals for travel nurses and the best travel nurse agencies, based upon information collected by visitors to Travel Nursing Central.

Check out this handy infographic to see the hospital and agency rankings as well as a cool survey on why nurses decide to travel and a few other travel nurse websites and online communities we think you might find helpful.

We hope TNC’s Best of Travel Nursing 2013 is helpful to travel nurses and any aspiring travelers. Happy traveling, all!

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