What is Alarm Fatigue (and Why Does It Matter)?

What is Alarm Fatigue (and Why Does It Matter)?

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2023 in On the Job

When nurses begin to tune out equipment alarms, bad things can happen to the patients they’re caring for. This selective hearing isn’t always by choice, though. Alarm fatigue is a serious phenomenon many healthcare professionals encounter after overexposure to constant noises and notifications from equipment. There are ways to combat it — but first, nurses need to recognize when their attention becomes compromised.
The Travel Nurse Tax Checklist for 2023

The Travel Nurse Tax Checklist for 2023

Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2023 in Travel Nurse Tips

If you’re a travel nurse who’s feeling concerned or unprepared for the upcoming tax season, you’re not alone. Travel nurses across the country dread the tedium of annual tax filings. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources to help ease the burden, including this handy checklist from Health Providers Choice! Make sure to skim through it before you start your taxes this season.
Celebrating Patient Recognition Week in 2023

Celebrating Patient Recognition Week in 2023

Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2023 in On the Job

Patient Recognition Week is a time to pay tribute to patients for their role in healthcare. It’s about acknowledging their struggles and empathizing with their conditions — and, most importantly, recognizing their capacity for teaching us compassion and grit. While every provider experiences patient care firsthand, few are in a position to understand patients, and celebrate them, like travel nurses.
Coping With Compassion Fatigue as a Travel Nurse

Coping With Compassion Fatigue as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2023 in Healthy Living

It’s important to realize that compassion, while a key characteristic of any world-class nurse, can be a double-edged blade. Compassion fatigue can leave nurses feeling a range of emotions, from burnt out to depressed or apathetic. Recognizing the signs of this condition is an important step in prioritizing your own mental health. Thankfully, there are ways to cope.
Travel Nursing vs. Concierge Nursing: What’s the Difference?

Travel Nursing vs. Concierge Nursing: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2023 in Education & Career Advancement

When nursing takes healthcare professionals outside the context of a single facility and places them in an environment based on demand, it represents a specific career trajectory. The question is, do you want to become a travel nurse or a concierge nurse? There are significant differences between them, and understanding those differences is important in shaping your career path as you answer the call for compassionate care.
Remember to Get Your CEUs Before the End of the Year

Remember to Get Your CEUs Before the End of the Year

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2022 in Education & Career Advancement

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) are crucial to maintaining licensure year-over-year. If you’re a nurse who still has CEU requirements in 2022, now’s the time to get them in before the year ends. Here are a few critical resources to help you complete your annual training or start prepping for 2023.
What Travel Nurses Need to Know About Prescription Transfers

What Travel Nurses Need to Know About Prescription Transfers

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2022

Like many people, some travel nurses rely on prescription medications to help them live healthy and happy lives. If you’re taking a prescription classified as a controlled substance, getting that prescription filled while on assignment can be a tricky task. It’s important to work with your physician and have a plan before you head out on assignment so you always have access to your essential medications while you travel.
How Many Assignments Do Travel Nurses Take Each Year?

How Many Assignments Do Travel Nurses Take Each Year?

Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2022 in Travel Nurse Tips

When it comes to choosing assignments, every travel nurse has their own approach to finding balance. How much do you expect to make per assignment? How many assignments do you want to take throughout the year? Every nurse is different, so it’s worth considering what kind of career you want to create for yourself. Here’s a look at how travel nurses evaluate assignments and create balance.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2022 in Industry News

Breast cancer awareness dominates October. From pink ribbons to messages of hope, it’s a time to call attention to one of the most prominent forms of cancer and the millions of people it affects each year. This month is a difficult time for many — nurses included. Here’s what travel nurses can do to prioritize their own health this month, while delivering a message of hope to patients and families dealing with breast cancer.
Post-COVID Changes to the NLC: What You Need To Know

Post-COVID Changes to the NLC: What You Need To Know

Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2023 in Industry News

Every few years, the Nurse Licensure Compact undergoes changes to keep up with nursing requirements and to add new states recognizing it as a valid practicing license. Since COVID-19, the number of changes has increased considerably. Here’s a closer look at some of the more recent NLC changes and the ways they affect travel nurses who frequently find themselves moving across state lines.
Dealing With Homesickness as a New Travel Nurse

Dealing With Homesickness as a New Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2023 in Travel Nurse Tips

When does the feeling of homesickness cross the boundary from melancholy to mental health burden? For some travel nurses, the feeling can stick around for days and weeks, making it difficult to adjust to a new assignment. If your homesickness doesn’t subside after a day or two, give these simple tips a try to bring yourself back into the moment, feeling focused and positive.
Tips for Improving the Accuracy of EHR Data

Tips for Improving the Accuracy of EHR Data

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2023 in On the Job

Electronic health records (EHRs) are a critical staple in today’s healthcare environments. But simply having technology doesn’t equate to a better patient experience — the key is how it’s used. In the case of EHRs, the onus falls to nurses to input data accurately and thoroughly into the system, a task that becomes more complex for travel nurses who may encounter several EHR systems across their various assignments. Here are some tips for improving the accuracy of EHR data.
Thinking of Changing Your Nursing Specialty?

Thinking of Changing Your Nursing Specialty?

Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2023 in Education & Career Advancement

There’s no shame in changing your specialty, whether out of a change in interest or in pursuit of more lucrative earnings. But what’s the right way to make the switch without taking two steps backward in your career? Here are a few practical tips every nurse should consider when thinking about shifting focus — especially if you’re already enamored with travel nursing as a profession.
Tips for Practicing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Travel Nurse

Tips for Practicing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2023 in On the Job

Compassionate healthcare is all about ensuring every person feels safe and seen in their time of need. Yet healthcare is a field with staggering gaps in equality in several areas. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives seek to identify and close these gaps. Travel nurses often find themselves in a position to be stewards of DEI policies. Taking the time to be mindful of the people they’re caring for will help fulfill the core mission of these initiatives. Here are a few tips.
Cultural Competence is a Must-Have for Travel Nurses

Cultural Competence is a Must-Have for Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2022 in On the Job

People come from all walks of life. And while the need for medical care is a great equalizer, travel nurses are apt to find themselves communicating with patients who are unique in their own cultural ways. From inner cities to rural areas, from the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South, it’s important to practice cultural competence — to earn the trust and confidence of every patient.
6 Binge-Worthy TV Shows That Get Nursing Right

6 Binge-Worthy TV Shows That Get Nursing Right

Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2022 in Education & Career Advancement

If you’re looking for a binge-worthy show to watch the next time you’re on assignment, you’ll have no shortage of medical dramas to choose from. If you’re looking for one that accurately portrays the healthcare field and the people working in it, that list becomes quite a bit smaller. Here’s a look at six medical shows that get things right — including the realities of being a nurse.
Resources for Finding Housing During Winter Assignments

Resources for Finding Housing During Winter Assignments

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2022 in Travel Nurse Tips

Winter can be a tricky season for travel nurses — especially in regions where inclement weather is a factor. If you’re on assignment in one of these areas, finding housing can be particularly troublesome to navigate. Between preserving your housing stipend and finding available rentals in desirable areas, there’s an art to getting a room during the winter months. These resources can help.
Your Recruiter is Your Resource

Your Recruiter is Your Resource

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2022 in Education & Career Advancement

Every travel nurse has a recruiter that they work with to find assignments and secure contracts. Many travel nurses work with several at a time. More than just your link to the next assignment, it’s important to understand your recruiter’s role as a resource. They’re not just there to help you manage contracts; a recruiter’s job is to make sure your career as a travel nurse is a successful, lucrative, stress-free, and enjoyable one!
How to Advocate for Yourself as a Travel Nurse

How to Advocate for Yourself as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2022 in Travel Nurse Tips

Have trouble standing up for yourself? You’re not alone. Many professionals are great at their jobs, but not necessarily at advocating for themselves. Learning to advocate for yourself is an important skill to develop — especially for travel nurses. Becoming your own biggest supporter can help you develop your career in powerful, positive ways.
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