10 Lessons Learned About Personal Health During the Pandemic

10 Lessons Learned About Personal Health During the Pandemic

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2021 in Healthy Living

For most of us, 2020 was a nonstop series of unexpected challenges, headaches, and uncertainties. Even if you didn’t come down with COVID-19, the pandemic still took a toll on your health. This is especially evident for travel nurses, who likely saw little downtime to manage their own health and wellness during the year. As we move into 2021, make sure you’re reflecting on the personal wellness lessons learned from our pandemic year in review.
Virtual Travel Nurse Communities Provide Support, Insight, and Opportunities for New Nurses

Virtual Travel Nurse Communities Provide Support, Insight, and Opportunities for New Nurses

Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

With the constant cycle of assignments that a full-time travel nurse takes on during the year, it can be difficult to form lasting friendships that transcend distance and scheduling. Yet, no nurse should feel alone. There are dozens of active travel nursing groups online, dedicated to bringing people together under a common, shared experience. If you’re feeling isolated and alone, consider joining one or more of these groups to make a few digital friends. Who knows — you might end up working alongside them one day!
A COVID-19 Vaccine is Finally Here. What Comes Next?

A COVID-19 Vaccine is Finally Here. What Comes Next?

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Industry News

The medical community has developed a COVID-19 vaccine in unprecedented fashion: from pandemic to panacea in roughly a year. But with the development of a viable vaccine comes a new set of challenges — namely, distribution. What comes next for the coronavirus vaccine? As front-line healthcare workers prepare to receive the first inoculations, they’re also preparing for the arduous journey to the end of the pandemic, one vaccine at a time.
Sage Advice From Seasoned Travel Nurses

Sage Advice From Seasoned Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

It can take a few contracts to get acclimated to travel nursing, but after a while you’ll develop your own ways and means. In fact, some of the best help you can get is from other travel nurses who have been in the field for years. A little bit of advice can go a long way, and can give you the confidence you need to embrace this special profession. Let’s take a look at some sage advice for new travel nurses, offered by those who have taken on more than a few contracts over the years.
8 Questions Travel Nurses Can and Should Ask During an Interview

8 Questions Travel Nurses Can and Should Ask During an Interview

Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2020 in Application & Interviews

Asking questions is the simplest way to get the information you need to feel informed. Often, one or two good questions can unlock a wealth of insight — especially if you’re about to accept a contract position at a travel nursing facility. Here’s a look at 8 questions any nurse can and should ask, and why it’s worth your while to ask them during the interview process.
2020 Was a Big Year for Travel Nursing; 2021’s Outlook is Similar

2020 Was a Big Year for Travel Nursing; 2021’s Outlook is Similar

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in Industry News

There’s always demand for nursing professionals somewhere in the United States. 2020 proves that, in the event of an emergency (or series of emergencies), travel nursing is invaluable in filling that need. There’s unprecedented demand for travel nurses this year and positions continue to be available across the country. It’s a trend we can look forward to in 2021 as the country weathers a combination of the pandemic, seasonal illness, weather, and more.
Should You Rent or Own Your Primary Residence as a Travel Nurse?

Should You Rent or Own Your Primary Residence as a Travel Nurse?

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020

Travel nursing takes you away for 13 weeks at a time, for multiple assignments per year. Many travel nurses spend very little time in one place! It begs the question: should you rent or own your tax home? There are benefits to both, but it largely depends on your personal outlook, financial situation, and preference. Here’s a rundown of why a travel nurse might choose one or the other.
Good Charting Can Reduce Nursing Liabilities. Here are 5 Tips to Keep in Mind.

Good Charting Can Reduce Nursing Liabilities. Here are 5 Tips to Keep in Mind.

Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2020 in On the Job

Every nurse goes through extensive training to understand and avoid accidents and mistakes that can bring liability upon themselves and their hospital. Charting is an area rife with pitfalls. Even if you’ve been charting for years, there’s still opportunity for human error. Here’s what every nurse needs to remember about charting liabilities and how to develop good habits that minimize them for you and the hospital you’re staffing at.
Nurses Need to be Mindful of Foot, Back, and Neck Health

Nurses Need to be Mindful of Foot, Back, and Neck Health

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2020 in Healthy Living

You wouldn’t classify nursing as a traditional manual labor job, like you might construction, carpentry, or mining. But nursing definitely takes a toll on the body! Nurses are prone to foot, back, and neck pain – problems that only get worse if they’re not properly addressed. Listen to your body and provide the support and relief it needs to keep you active, agile, and pain-free on-the-job! You might be surprised to find out it’s as easy as buying the right shoes and stretching every now and then.
Are You Ready to Travel Again or do You Need More Time?

Are You Ready to Travel Again or do You Need More Time?

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2020 in On the Job

One of the best things about travel nursing is having control over your assignments. You can pick where you want to go and when you take an assignment. It’s important for nurses to think about how they want to approach their travel nursing career. Do you want to take a string of assignments one after the other and stay busy? Or, do you need some time in between to digest and get ready for the next one? Neither option is wrong, and both are worth considering.
A Roadmap to Vaccination: The Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

A Roadmap to Vaccination: The Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Industry News

While a huge number of healthcare workers have already received their initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s only the beginning of a massive rollout. There are hundreds of millions who still need vaccination, and it’s going to take a monumental effort to administer the vaccine at-scale. Hospitals are calling on travel nurses to prepare for the influx. To understand just how spectacular this effort is, it’s worth looking at the timeline for coronavirus vaccine administration.
8 Tips for First-Time Travel Nurses

8 Tips for First-Time Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Thinking about becoming a travel nurse this year? It’s a great career track and one that can open many doors. As with any new adventure, the first step is the hardest. Here are a few tips to help get you ready for your first assignment.
Is 2021 the Year You Specialize?

Is 2021 the Year You Specialize?

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2021 in Education & Career Advancement

Specialization is a great way to set yourself apart as a nurse — especially as a travel nurse. In the years ahead, demand for specialized nursing professionals will continue to rise, which means now is the time to think about choosing a specialty and following that career track. As you do, consider the benefits and opportunities that come with it. Are there any specialties you’re interested in, specifically? 2021 is the year to pursue them!
VMS, Direct, and MSP: Get to Know the 3 Types of Facilities That Accept Travel Nurses

VMS, Direct, and MSP: Get to Know the 3 Types of Facilities That Accept Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2020 in Healthcare Facilities

What’s the difference between a VMS and an MSP facility? Hospitals and healthcare facilities fill open staffing positions in different ways, and they rely on agencies to help them. For travel nurses seeking open positions, it’s worth knowing what goes on behind the scenes and how each procurement method affects contracts.
Self-Care On-the-Job: How to Treat Yourself Right Over Long Shifts

Self-Care On-the-Job: How to Treat Yourself Right Over Long Shifts

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Healthy Living

Self-care is more than a buzzword. It’s more than a treat. It’s something every person should practice each and every day. For nurses especially, it’s vital to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety, and treat your mind and body right. The quality of care you’re able to provide is directly tied to your own wellbeing. Here are a few tips for practicing self-care at work, in little doses throughout the day.
Don’t Go to Work if You’re Symptomatic!

Don’t Go to Work if You’re Symptomatic!

Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2020 in On the Job

The more we learn about COVID-19, the more it becomes increasingly apparent that healthcare workers face a much higher risk of exposure — even with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Travel nurses and other medical professionals need to stay diligent in their self-evaluations and make sure they’re not coming to work if they’re showing symptoms of the virus. Travel nurses must safeguard their own health before they can deliver life-saving care to others. Sometimes, that’s as simple as staying home when symptomatic.
Here’s Why Every Travel Nurse Needs an Emergency Fund

Here’s Why Every Travel Nurse Needs an Emergency Fund

Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

It’s amazing how much anxiety is lifted when you don’t have to worry about where your next paycheck is coming from. Even better is having an emergency fund you can rely on for unexpected struggles. For travel nurses especially, it’s important to have an emergency fund to support you between assignments and in the event of an early termination. Here’s what you need to know about building an emergency fund the right way.
The Pros and Cons of a Float Position While Travel Nursing

The Pros and Cons of a Float Position While Travel Nursing

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2020

Repetition and routine are part of what make nurses comfortable in high-stress positions. The trade-off for this consistency is a lack of exposure to new situations and scenarios; and it’s precisely for this reason that many travel nurses opt to get outside their comfort zone with a float position. Float positions come with broad opportunities to learn new skills and work in new areas. For many nurses, it’s one of the quickest, most exciting ways to build out their capabilities and grow professionally. Is a float position right for you?
Pandemic in Perspective: COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

Pandemic in Perspective: COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

Posted on Thursday, September 03, 2020 in Industry News

You wouldn’t classify nursing as a traditional manual labor job, like you might construction, carpentry, or mining. But nursing definitely takes a toll on the body! Nurses are prone to foot, back, and neck pain – problems that only get worse if they’re not properly addressed. Listen to your body and provide the support and relief it needs to keep you active, agile, and pain-free on-the-job! You might be surprised to find out it’s as easy as buying the right shoes and stretching every now and then.
What Travel Nurses Need to Know About Tax Homes

What Travel Nurses Need to Know About Tax Homes

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Taxes are complicated and few people look forward to doing them. That feeling of dread only gets worse when you find out that you owe taxes! It’s why many travel nurses hand off their taxes to a professional, and why establishing a tax home is so important. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. In fact, it might just be the easiest way to avoid headaches on your taxes this year and for years to come.
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