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Soft Skills for a Better Patient Experience

Soft Skills for a Better Patient Experience

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2022 in On the Job

The right care is crucial to a positive patient outcome, but it’s not the only critical factor. A nurse’s care delivery is equally vital to the patient experience, and delivery is where soft skills come into play.
Spotlight on Tara Miller

Spotlight on Tara Miller

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in On the Job

Meet HPC’s next honoree for National Nurses Week 2022! Tara Miller is from Drummond Island, Michigan. She’s been an RN for 22 years and just recently became a nurse practitioner as well. Tara’s specialties include critical care, open heart, and intensive care, and she holds PALS and CCRN certifications.
Spotlight on Taylor Cunningham

Spotlight on Taylor Cunningham

Posted on Monday, May 09, 2022 in On the Job

Meet HPC’s next honoree for National Nurses Week 2022! Taylor Cunningham is an RN from Monroe, Michigan. She holds BLS, ACLS, and NIHSS certifications and specializes in the ICU.
Spotlight on Andrea Brown

Spotlight on Andrea Brown

Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2022 in On the Job

Meet HPC’s next honoree for National Nurses Week 2022! Andrea Brown is originally from Toledo, Ohio, but she’s lived in Milan, Michigan for the past 11 years. Andrea is an RN with over 14 years of experience working in the ICU.
How To Support Your Fellow Travel Nurses on Assignment

How To Support Your Fellow Travel Nurses on Assignment

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2022 in On the Job

Travel nurses are increasingly likely to meet their peers on assignment. Working alongside other travel nurses offers an opportunity to connect over shared experience, and friendships frequently transcend assignments — especially when you support each other through tough times.
6 Tips for Coping with New-Assignment Anxiety

6 Tips for Coping with New-Assignment Anxiety

Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2021 in On the Job

Travel nursing anxiety isn’t usually crippling, but it often affects nurses right before the start of a new assignment. Trepidation can make starting a new assignment feel more complicated or overwhelming than it is.
Coping With a Bad Assignment and Leaving It Behind

Coping With a Bad Assignment and Leaving It Behind

Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2021 in On the Job

If you find yourself nearing the end of a miserable assignment, it’s important not to dwell. Instead, lift your head up and look to the future. Your next assignment is right around the corner, and it’s bound to be better. Process the lessons of an unpleasant assignment, and use them to grow as a professional. Remember, for every poor assignment, there’s an equal — likely greater — number of wonderful experiences waiting for you down the road.
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.
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.
What Happens When You Get Sick on Assignment?

What Happens When You Get Sick on Assignment?

Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2020 in On the Job

Nurses need to take care of their health for the sake of themselves, their patients, and their coworkers. That means bed rest until the contagion has passed and your health is back in good standing. Most nurses can take sick leave, paid time off (PTO), or personal days to recover — but travel nurses don’t always have these options. What can you do if you become seriously ill while on assignment?
Spotlight on Laurie Rohrer

Spotlight on Laurie Rohrer

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2022 in On the Job

Meet HPC’s final honoree for National Nurses Week 2022! Laurie Rohrer lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and commutes to work in Michigan every day. Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), and she specializes in the OR.
Spotlight on Carrie Curtis

Spotlight on Carrie Curtis

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in On the Job

Meet HPC’s next honoree for National Nurses Week 2022! Carrie Curtis is from Brownstown, Michigan. She’s been an RN for 15 years, with 13 in the OR. Carrie’s preferred specialty is orthopedics.
Spotlight on Stacie Burgio

Spotlight on Stacie Burgio

Posted on Sunday, May 08, 2022 in On the Job

Meet HPC’s next honoree for National Nurses Week 2022! Stacie Burgio is from White Lake, Michigan. She is an RN with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Stacie specializes in the cardiac cath lab.
Spotlight on Renee Brilla

Spotlight on Renee Brilla

Posted on Friday, May 06, 2022 in On the Job

Meet HPC’s first honoree for National Nurses Week 2022! Renee Brilla is from Woodhaven, Michigan. She is an RN with 20 years of OR experience. Renee’s specialty is neurosurgery, but she is well-versed in several other specialties as well.
Compassion Fatigue: How To Recognize and Fight It as a Travel Nurse

Compassion Fatigue: How To Recognize and Fight It as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, January 06, 2022 in On the Job

Compassion is an essential part of the job for every healthcare professional. For nurses, it’s part of every day, every shift, and every patient interaction. But when compassion fatigue creeps in, it’s difficult to feel good about your job. If you’re feeling short on compassion, you’re not alone.
Urban vs. Rural Assignments: What To Expect From Your Destination

Urban vs. Rural Assignments: What To Expect From Your Destination

Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in On the Job

Healthcare facilities differ dramatically depending on their location. A rural facility in the heart of the Midwest won’t have the same diagnostic and treatment capabilities as a state-of-the-art medical center in a major coastal city. Travel nurses should be prepared for the differences and adapt accordingly. What you’re used to at one location may differ drastically at another. Adapting quickly is critical.
Become a Better Nurse by Floating

Become a Better Nurse by Floating

Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2021 in On the Job

Floating tends to be a “love it or hate it” role within the hospital ecosystem. Some nurses love the opportunity to do something new each shift, while others dread the uncertainty of the float pool. For those with float anxiety, learning to embrace the uncertainty can make you a better nurse. You just need the right mindset to take each shift in stride. These tips will help get you into the right headspace.
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.
Near or Far? A Look at Accepting Assignments Close to Home and Far Away

Near or Far? A Look at Accepting Assignments Close to Home and Far Away

Posted on Thursday, August 06, 2020 in On the Job

Travel nursing can take you across the country, from city to city, wherever there’s a need for qualified nurses in your position. Some nurses prefer to stay in-state or regional, never far from home. Others can’t wait to hop a plane and touchdown at a brand-new destination to start their assignment. What kind of travel nurse are you?
Nurses Take Precautions to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

Nurses Take Precautions to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in On the Job

Although it’s nearly impossible to avoid COVID-19 in a hospital, nurses and other healthcare professionals need to be extra cautious about limiting their exposure. Viral load may play a big part in the severity of the condition, which puts healthcare workers at-risk. Here’s what nurses can and should do to limit exposure, minimize the spread of the contagion, and keep themselves as healthy as possible.
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