Travelers Conference 2015

Travelers Conference 2015

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 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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Top 10 Travel Nurse Hospitals for 2015

friendly staff at top 10 travel nurse hospitals for 2015

Thumbs up to the Top 10 Travel Nurse Hospitals for 2015!

No matter how great the location, the quality and culture of a hospital can have a lot of impact on the success of a travel nursing assignment. And there’s no one better to share feedback on hospitals than fellow travelers who’ve worked there themselves!

Travel nurses have been able to rate hospitals and facilities nationwide on Travel Nursing Central since 2005, and with the start of the new year we’ve just released our list of Top 10 Travel Nurse Hospitals for 2015.

In order to be considered for the Top 10, each hospital had to be voluntarily rated by at least two travelers and had to have one of the highest scores as of December 31, 2015. The score must also have been higher than 80 in order to be eligible for the list.

So, based upon traveler feedback, the Top 10 Travel Nurse Hospitals for 2015 are:

  1. Sharp Memorial Hospital (San Diego, CA)
  2. St. Alphonsus Hospital (Boise, ID)
  3. Shriners (Sacremento, CA)
  4. Wilcox Memorial Hospital (Lihuem, TX)
  5. White Plains Hospital (White Plains, NY)
  6. St Joseph/Carondet (Tucson, AZ)
  7. Mary Washington Hospital (Fredericksburg, VA)
  8. Falmouth Hospital (Falmouth, MA)
  9. LSU-SHC (Shreveport, LA)
  10. University of Madison Hospital and Medical Center (Madison, WI)

Click here to learn more about the Top 10 Travel Nurse Hospitals for 2015.

You can also click here to check out rankings and information for all reviewed hospitals. Each facility listed will list how many rankings it has, its score, and a link to “View Details.” From that link you can read how each hospital scored in 20 specific categories like parking, food, staff morale, technology, scheduling, friendliness, location, and more. This section also allows you to read actual reviews from travel nurses just like you!

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Top Travel Nursing Companies for 2015

2015 Bullseye for Top Travel Nursing Companies

These Top Travel Nursing Companies for 2015 all hit the bullseye!

Travel Nursing Central has now posted our list of Top Travel Nursing Companies for 2015!

The list is established based on reviews by travel nurses throughout the previous year. In making the list there were more than 2500 ratings of 160 agencies based on 20 different criteria. In order to be considered, each agency must have a website, at least 15 ratings, and have been voluntarily rated by a travel nurse in the last three months. Only ratings submitted prior to December 31, 2014 are reflected in the list of Top Travel Nursing Companies for 2015.

This year’s top 12 includes:

  • Total Med Staffing
  • Flexcare Medical Staffing
  • Medical Staffing Solutions, Inc.
  • Advanced Surgical
  • Medical Solutions
  • The Right Solutions
  • Travel Nurse Across America
  • Quest Group
  • Trinity Healthcare Staffing
  • Talemed
  • Soliant Health Care
  • Valley Healthcare Systems Inc

Click here to see the full list which includes links to the website of each of these top travel nursing companies for 2015. This helps travelers get started doing their research and simplifies finding a company that best meets each of their individual needs when it comes to great jobs, benefits, and customer service.

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In the News: Kaiser Nurse Strike

Kaiser Nurse Strike

In the News: Kaiser Nurse Strike

Nurse strikes happen. And when they do it’s often traveling nurses who step in as replacements to ensure that patient care does not suffer while their peers make a statement about safe staffing levels, contract negotiations, and other such issues. Currently in the news: the Kaiser Nurse Strike.

This week, an estimated 16,000-18,000 nurses went on a two-day strike from Kaiser Permanente hospitals in California’s Bay Area and nearby locations. The buzz has been that the nurses are striking about a perceived lack of Ebola preparedness. But, according to NBC Bay Area, a spokeswoman from the California Hospital Association, Jan Emerson-Shea, says the California Nurses Association union is “using the crisis to further its own agenda.” Emerson-Shea told NBC Bay Area that the union was “using Ebola as a ruse.”

The timing of the strike coincides with the National Nurses United union’s national “day of action” through which thousands more nurses across more than a dozen states have been rallying behind enhanced Ebola preparedness. In response specifically to the Ebola issue, Kaiser says it, “thoroughly follows state and federal protocols on Ebola preparation and response.”

According to NBC Bay Area, “The registered nurses on strike said they need Kaiser to focus on enhancing staffing levels to ensure safe patient services, for instance, not rushing a patient out on early discharge.”

A Kaiser rep countered that the system “matches the nursing staff to patient needs,” adding that Kaiser has “incredibly safe staffing” and offers resources in support of its nursing staff.

The Kaiser system and the California Nurses Association union have reportedly been in contact negotiations since July 2014, and reports indicate that these talks have been very strained.

Kaiser hospitals and facilities have stayed open during the strike, with replacement nurses providing patient care for them to do so.

Here’s hoping that whatever the outcome is, it includes safe staffing levels which are optimum for preventing nurse burnout and providing safe patient care.

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Travel Nurses Day 2014

Happy Travel Nurses Day 2014Looking for a reason to celebrate this week? Friday, October 10, 2014, is Travel Nurses Day 2014.

This is the second annual Travel Nurses Day, after the holiday was created in 2013 by travel nursing staffing agency Medical Solutions. According to their blog, “It’s a day set aside to honor all of the amazing, adventurous, adept Travel Nurses out there.”

Games and chances to win prizes are the way they’re celebrating Travel Nurses Day 2014 at TravelNursesDay.com. Games include three photo finds (spot the differences between two photos), three Travel-Libs (choose certain words to fill out a story about travel nursing), and a quiz to determine “Where should I travel next?”

Playing the games makes traveling nurses eligible to win one of the prizes, from a pretty impressive pot, including:

  • One $2500 vacation voucher to a destination of the winner’s choice
  • Three Kindle Fire HD 6 tablets
  • Fifteen $50 gift cards from Zappos, Amazon, and Starbucks
  • Three $50 gift cards from Tafford Uniforms

It’s pretty nice to have your own day to be celebrated as a travel nurse!

Visit Travel NursesDay.com to play games, sign up for alerts, and learn more.

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Nursing Throughout History

1961 Nurse Stamp

There’s so much to learn about nursing throughout history!

We usually reserve this space for topics specifically related to travel nursing, from how travel nurse staffing saves lives to how travel nursing can improve your career.

But today we’re going to stretch that to traveling through time, as we check out Penn Nursing Science’s resources on nursing throughout history at their Nursing, History, and Healthcare website.

The site aims to offer historical background on issues and topics related to the nursing profession. Aimed at providers, researchers, consumers, educators, and policymakers, the site “addresses a wide range of topics critical to comprehending and broadening our understanding of health care and nursing concerns, including the role of professional nurses, nurse shortages, workplace problems, and public health issues.”

There is tons of information about education, home care, workforce, issues, institutions, and more.

My favorite is a really cool History of Nursing Timeline running from 1700-2000. The timeline begins with nursing and healthcare in the colonial period, when an almshouse opened in Philadelphia that would later become Philadelphia General Hospital.

Here are just a few more of the many highlights:

1872: School for Nurses with one-year curriculum offered at New England Hospital for Women and Children

1879: The first professional African American nurse graduates from New England Hospital and Training School for Women and Children

1885: Clara S. Weeks Shaw publishes the first textbook by a nurse, A Textbook of Nursing

1893: At the Chicago World Colombian Exposition nurses convene to form the first national professional association for nurse.

1900: American Journal of Nursing is first published.

1911: The Associated Alumna of the United States is rechristened the American Nurses Association.

1918: Army School of Nursing is established.

1938: The ANA publishes Incomes, Salaries, and Employment Conditions of Nurses.  

1952: First two-year associate nursing degree program is offered.

1964: Nurse Training Act passes.

1969: American Association of Colleges of Nurses forms.

1992: The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations adds at-large nursing seat to its Board, ceasing nearly three decades of ANA lobbying efforts.

1999: The nation’s first state law mandating specific nurse-to-patient ratios is signed.

That’s just a sample — I left a lot of really cool stuff out!

Click here to check out Penn Nursing Science’s wealth of information on nursing throughout history

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Best Hospitals Announced

Hospital Sign in Clouds Representing the Best Hospitals Announced

U.S. News and World Report announces its best hospitals for 2014/2015.

Every year U.S. News and World Report publishes an annual ranking of the best hospitals in the United States.

This July the publication released its list for 2014/2015. After considering 5,000 hospitals, 17 were chosen for the honor roll.

The top 10 best hospitals announced were:

  1. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota)
  2. Massachusetts General (Boston, Massachusetts)
  3. Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, Maryland)
  4. Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
  5. UCLA Med Center (Los Angeles, California)
  6. New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Colombia and Cornell (New York, New York)
  7. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  8. UCSF Med Center (San Francisco, California)
  9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts)
  10. 10. Northwestern Memorial (Chicago, Illinois)

To see the full list of 17, click here. What do you think of the Best Hospitals Announced by U.S. News and World Report? Have you ever worked in any of them?

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Nurses Week Infographics

There’s been a lot of awesome Nurses Week content out there so far during this year’s celebration. Travel Nursing Central thought we would share a few of our favorite Nurses Week infographics from this very special week. Enjoy!

Uniform Advantage put out this awesome infographic that celebrates Nurses as the Superheroes they are. UA wrote: “Thank you Nurses for your extraordinary service in the healthcare industry! What would we do without your tender loving care and skills, without your patience and passion for a profession that is a roller coaster of emotions and yet so rewarding? In celebration of National Nurses Week this year, we honor and congratulate you for being who you are and continuing to do a phenomenal job!”

Super Nurses Infographic

Travel Nurse Source put out this excellent infographic titled “The Modern Nurse” that explores diversity within the Nursing field.

The Modern Nurse Infographic

© 2014 Travel Nurse Source

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put out this infographic to go with the Nurses Week 2014 theme “Nurses Leading the Way.”

If you have seen any other neat Nurses Week infographics that were put out in celebration of Nurses Week 2014, please share them with us in the comments!

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Happy Nurses Week 2014!

Happy Nurses Week 2014! Let's celebrate!

Happy Nurses Week 2014! Let’s celebrate!

We hope all of you nurses out there are enjoying a Happy Nurses Week 2014!

The theme for Nurses Week 2014 is “Nurses Leading the Way.” All nurses, including traveling nurses, do SO much to lead and support within the healthcare industry. It’s really great that once a year we take a whole week to celebrate the hard work and compassion of awesome nurses.

Here are a few cool things going on this year for Nurses Week 2014:

The American Nursing Association offered up this cool Nurses Week History.

Like in many years before, Cinnabon is doing its giveaway for nurse professionals during Nurses Week. Just bring in your badge, May 6-12, to get a free Classic Cinnamon Roll or Minibon Roll.

Medical Solutions is doing some fun stuff over at WeLoveOurNurses.com:

  • Real Nurses of Nurses Week gallery where you can add your nurse bio and picture
  • A Share Your Best Nursing Story contest w/ prizes like free massages and scrubs
  • Third annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship contest — click here to enter.
  • Shareable eCards and the #yournursesweek for social media

NursingCenter.com is doing:

  • Free access to some of its most popular journal articles
  • An image contest exemplifying this year’s theme, Nurses Leading the Way, and a word search puzzle
  • Daily features on inspirational nurses
  • A free National Nurses Week webinar

Gypsy Nurse, sponsored by Atlas Medstaff, is taking nominations for your “Gypsy Florence Nightingale” — click here to nominate.

Mighty Nurse is doing a Nurse Mad Libs drawing with a Southwest gift card for the prize and is also announcing its scholarship winner this week.

Scrubbed In is sharing a “Wish a Day” for nurses on its blog.

Many hospitals and others are also doing special things this week to honor nurses — so keep your eyes peeled from promotions and discounts May 6-12. We hope you all get a chance to unwind a bit through some of this Nurses Week fun and that you know how very grateful we all are for nurses! Happy Nurses Week 2014!

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