Posted by: travelamon | October 2, 2014

10 Unique Places that Florida Travel Nurses will Love!

Travel nurses may be known for their love of adventure, but they also like to plan ahead. If this means you’ve taken the steps to find high paying RN jobs in Florida in plenty of time for the holidays, you’ll want to know what the Sunshine State has in store for you—especially if you have a love of uniqueness, wildlife or both!

Having Fun in Florida

  1.  “Blue Heaven”—Unique Dining in Key West: Tourists from around the world come to this artist owned restaurant to buy the art and devour the legendary pancakes. When you dine al fresco, you’ll share the company of dozens of resident roosters and cats.
  2. Swamp Walks in the Everglades: Do you like Ansel Adams’ photography? Then you’ll love visiting Big Cypress Gallery in Miami’s most impressive National Preserve. Enjoy 1.5 mile rugged tours that include spottings of rare orchids and exotic birds. Bungalows and swamp cottages are available for a night’s stay.
  3. Robbie’s Marina, Islamorada, FL: This is a one-stop shop if you’re looking to check off vacation must-dos like snorkeling, party boat fishing, eco-tours or sunset cruises. Islamorada is a favorite fishing hole for former President George Bush. The views are just gorgeous!
  4. Authentic Gondola Rides in Ft. Lauderdale: Nicknamed the “Venice of North America” because of its canals, the Las Olas region of the city has the state’s one and only authentic gondola. Travel nurses can set up unique tour packages, pack a cooler, and enjoy a 1+ hour tour of the city’s enchanting waters.
  5. Best Bed & Breakfast in Central Florida: The Shamrock Thistle and Crown B&B is on the list of the 10 Coziest B&Bs. Just minutes from downtown Ocala, RNs will feel like they’ve pulled off to kiss the Blarney Stone. The hotel is off the beaten path, near Daytona Beach and Orlando.
  6. Take a Zipline through Beautiful and Rugged St. Cloud! Known as “Forever Florida: Ziplines & Adventures in the Wild”, this central Florida attraction is gaining traction among those who love camping, horseback riding and thrill seeking.
  7. One of the most remote island paradises: the Honeymoon Islands: Further west, on the Gulf Coast, RNs will find the charming city of Dunedin, Florida. Take a ferry to the remote Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks. Enjoy the private beaches, hiking trails, kayak rentals and picnic pavilions.
  8. The Wynnwood Walls and Pop up Shop in Miami, FL! Visit an outdoor urban art gallery that is perhaps the world’s largest display of warehouses as canvases. It’s free and open to the public. This is something that art-loving travel nurses will never forget!
  9. Stop off at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key: No visit to the Florida Keys is complete without the chance to connect on a near spiritual level with marine life. Come learn all there is to know about the majestic dolphin and so much more, next time you pass through Marathon, Florida.
  10. Daytona travel nurses must do the Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail! This is a 30+ mile double loop of roadways traversing some of the most beautiful and diverse natural scenery remaining in all of northeast Florida!

So there you have it: a top 10 go-to list of very special Florida locales that are considered “off the beaten path”. If you have a love of nature, and unique events and communities, ilovetravelnursing hopes this list gives you an idea of just how much fun you’re going to have!

See this Florida Fun Pinterest Board with information about all of the attractions listed here

 

Welcome to “I Love Travel Nursing’s” Weekend-Getaway edition! RNs in the heart of America already have their pick of amusements; they can watch ball games in Wrigley Field, spend vacation days in lakeside cottages throughout the Ozarks, or set their sights on a weekend getaway that’s the stuff of fairytales. For Missouri travel nurses and RNs in neighboring states, such a place is just 60 miles south of St. Louis: the French colonial town of Ste. Genevieve.

Every summer, during the second weekend in August, Saint Gen—the oldest city west of the Mississippi River—holds its annual “Jour De Fete” celebration. On August 9th and 10th, take a lazy walk down Saint Gen’s provincial streets, sampling wares from vendors selling everything from homemade quilts to deep-fried frog legs and funnel cakes. Artisan crafts and oil paintings are a sight for sore eyes in this Bed & Breakfast wonderland. Travel nurses will find the action at Pere Marquette Park on N. 4th Street!

Ste. Genevieve: An Antique Collector and History Buff’s Dream 

August isn’t the only month travel nurses are encouraged to see this quaint part of The-Show-Me-State. It’s like jumping into an historic novel! In May of 1873, Jesse James robbed the Ste. Genevieve Bank—and the city’s oldest residents have bragging rights of their grandparents witnessing the heist! Make sure you tour living history by stopping by the dozen houses that time forgot: spinning wheels and heirloom gardens are a day’s adventure—don’t forget to have tea and quiche downtown when you are done. The Chaumette Vineyards are worth a click, too.

Here’s a quick list of romantic Ste. Genevieve hotels (don’t worry, they’re Jesse James free!):
• Somewhere Inn Time
• Chaumette Vineyard Hotel
• The Southern Hotel

Some of the best U.S. hospitals can be found in the American Midwest….

But that’s not the only draw for health professionals here. There’s also the ease of commuting to nearby states. RNs in Missouri are just a day trip away from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Arkansas. Board the Southwest Eagle or Texas Chief—both comfortable Amtrak trains—to see waving wheat and Midwest metropolises like Kansas City, described as the Paris of the Plains. If you love travel nursing, check in with American Traveler Staffing Professionals, a premiere staffing agency today!

All RNs Mark your Calendars for the 4th of July and More!

If you’re an RN in New England travel nursing jobs, you’re close to much of the summer action as it unfolds in New York City RN jobs or Tri State area, and as far west as Texas and Oregon nursing jobs. These are a few highlights that are happening across the country. Hopefully, they’ll light your fuse and get you out there for the local fun!

  • For RNs in NYC this Summer: The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is on from June 10 through August 31st. Literature loving RNs can call 845-265-9575 for more information. The Metropolitan Opera is also offering a summer series at various parks July 1 – July 10. However, if you’re looking to move rather than spectate, “Midsummer Night Swing” is being offered at the Lincoln Center in Damrosch Park, with lessons in all kinds of dance. For the 4th of July, count on the tradition of the Macy’s spectacular display best seen from the Brooklyn Bridge.
New York Brooklyn Bridge

New York Brooklyn Bridge

  • For Travel Nurses Summering in New England: This website provides travel nurses in the New England state an A to Z list of things to do! Whether you’re a registered nurse working in Massachusetts, or next door in Vermont, there is no end in blueberry and lobster festivals, live music and plays in the Great Outdoors. The fireworks, in and of themselves, make a trip to Boston worth it! Bean Town fireworks for July 4th light up the sky over the Charles River every year. Massachusetts travel nurses will cherish these summer memories!
  • Oregon nurses, Cool Off at the Summer Farmer’s markets! Just about every RN in Pacific Northwest nursing jobs knows about the Grant’s Pass Growers’ Market and other famous outdoor farmers markets spanning Oregon—these fun shopping sprees go from June (when all the rose festivals are in full bloom) through October! Check out your nearest farmers market in Salem, downtown Yachats and Coos Bay. For 4th of July Fun check out Central Oregon’s coast where Lincoln City hosts its legendary fireworks over Siletz Bay!
  • Texas RNs Can Find Fun Here This Summer: Texas nursing jobs in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are especially fun right now, as well-known venues like the Grand Prairie get underway with their annual thoroughbred horse races; their Lone Star Park wouldn’t be the same without it! But the 4th is especially unique here, because of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic. It lights up the Texas sky over the Fort Worth Stockyards. Look for it behind Billy Bob’s Texas, the World’s largest honkey-tonk!

Wishing Travel Nurses an Amazing Summer and Happy 4th of July!

Summer is all about picnicking, outdoor concerts and movies under the stars—plus plenty of events in the comfort of the A/C, too! Feel free to share your recommendations for summer fun in your travel nursing neck of the woods! We’d love to hear them as comments or on American Traveler’s Facebook page!

Posted by: travelamon | May 21, 2014

May is a Stepping Stone Toward Better Women Health

Six Important Tips for Being a Well-Woman

The month of May brings more than flowers—especially for the dedicated registered nurses finishing a well-deserved week of recognition during National Nurses Week early this month. Last week was National Women’s Health Week, created by the **HHS Office on Women’s Health in 1991, this event is meant to outlast the week, and put regular checkups and health screenings on the minds of women all over the country. These are a few take-away tips to see you and your female patients through the year in good health.

Schedule a Well-Woman Check-up: RNs are familiar with these appointments, and they can assure their female patients that this annual checkup is a great opportunity to set important health goals: like reaching or nurse during  women health weekmaintaining a healthy weight, evaluating lifestyle habits, and using your family history and current age to determine what kinds of health screenings and preventive checkups you should be getting.
Know What it Means to Be a Well Woman: Healthy Careers are based on an understanding that health and wellness is a state of mind; it’s about striving to be as healthy as you can be, a goal that encompasses both physical and mental health. This is achieved through a nutritious diet, active lifestyle, getting enough sleep and managing your stress effectively.
Avoid Unhealthy Behaviors: Smoking, texting when you drive, failing to wear a seat belt or helmet during sports are all unhealthy behaviors that National Women’s Health Week seeks to identify and diminish.
Take Advantage of The Affordable Care Act: Let your patients know that well-woman check-ups are considered a preventive service and must be covered by most health plans at no cost to them. During your well-woman visit, you can receive many screenings free of charge, such as screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer, and more; if your health care provider says you need more than one well-woman visit in a year, the additional visits are also covered.
Look for a National Women’s Week Meet-up: There is no time limit on getting to know like minded individuals that will walk, run or work-out with you! Travel nurses interested in connecting with other health conscious women, should look into finding a meet-up near them; so far 53 cities are participating in healthy meet-ups across the USA.
Support Health Initiatives that Make Women Healthier: Sister, mother, daughter, friend—these are all roles that women play, and they do it best when they are healthy. Help empower the movement by finding health fairs, group fitness classes, healthy recipes and more.

Make Healthy Careers a Priority!

Registered nurses and therapists flourish best in healthcare jobs that let them set their own pace. Discover what it means to tour the United States in flexible travel nurse jobs that can easily turn into something more permanent. YOU make that call! Find out how travel nursing leads to the pursuit of health and happiness by making “I love travel nursing” your mantra!

**Information for this article was taken from literature on “National Women’s Health Week”, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.

Posted by: travelamon | May 1, 2014

Travel Nursing Hot Spots Are Buzzing this Cinco de Mayo

Find Good Food and Fun this Cinco de Mayo and the Rest of Spring 2014!

Spring is well under way, which can mean only one thing: time to usher in one of the more fun holidays of the year: Cinco de Mayo! For Mexicans, this historic day marks the Mexican militia’s victory (in 1862) over the French Army in the gorgeous city of Puebla—for RNs in love with travel, Puebla is a trip worth contemplating over a round of ice cold drinks…But for the here and now, ilovetravelnursing is pleased to offer a shortlist of 3 states that have it going on this 5/5/14.

If you work in nursing jobs anywhere near these highlighted cities, leave the weekend of May 3 and 4th free and the following weekend, too!cinco de mayo location for nurses

  • Milwaukee travel nurses should check out “5 de Mayo”, a restaurant in Euclid Park! If you’re a foodie and looking for the right place for honest reviews on super spicy, wonderfully authentic, Mexican food, check out Yelp’s entry on the 5 de Mayo restaurant in Euclid Park—they are known for doing up Cinco de Mayo BIG!. For travel nurses who love to run, the Wisconsin Trail Assail, is the place to cheer on thousands on their course through the lush forests of Nashotah Park, but if you’re busy, things are still happening in Wisconsin next weekend, too. The Spring Festival and Folk Fest in Gays Mills is May 9-11, and features rodeos and Maypole dancing—plus folk artists who play a mean fiddle!
  • RNs in Massachusetts Feel “The Beat” of Cinco De Mayo – at the world renown Beat Hotel in the heart of Harvard Square that is! Every May 5th, the mariachi bands enchant the city of Cambridge, and food vendors reach everyone’s heart through their stomachs! The music and fun start at 4pm on Monday, May 5! For those who are sea worthy, it may not be too late to book passage on the “Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise” now in its 3rd year of operation. The boat launches off the docks on Seaport Boulevard in Boston.
  • Washington RNs Should Download the “Seattle Pipeline” app for event info this Cinco de Mayo and year round! Check out event info on the big annual Cinco de Mayo race in the Emerald City! Runners wind through the steep streets near Capitol Hill and finish the race in Volunteer Park, all the while surrounded by taco trucks and fun live music. But a day-trip away lies Yakima Valley—the spot that boasts the largest Mexican celebration in the Pacific Northwest. It’s worth it to Seattle and Portland travel nurses alike to hop in the car and check in with Yakima’s dancing horses, antique car show, and crazy good authentic Mexican food, May 3rd and 4th!

Wishing Travel Nurses the Best Cinco de Mayo Yet!

Please enjoy the fine May weather this upcoming holiday weekend, and make sure you check back at ilovetravelnursing for posts on Memorial Day fun that awaits us all on the summer horizon. Be safe and enjoy yourself, friends—Ole!

Posted by: I love Travel Nursing | March 31, 2014

Phone Interview Tips for Traveling RN’s – Fun Infographic

interview tips Maybe you’ve already aced dozens of phone interviews for travel nursing jobs — or maybe you’re anxiously anticipating your first phone interview. Either way, an easy-to-follow infographic refresher course on the “do’s and don’ts” of telephone interviewing is a great idea.

You probably know the interviewing basics, like “Keep your cell phone on and make yourself available,” but did you know that standing up during an phone interview can help you sound more alert and energetic? Or that referring to a written list of your nursing interview questions can telegraph your planning skills  — and ensure that you get the vital information you need? After all, you can’t decide if the job is right for you without asking a few questions of your own.

And don’t forget what could possibly be the most important tip of all: “Tell the employer that you want the job!” Countless hospital employers have said that enthusiasm can be a determining factor when deciding which travel nurse gets the offer.

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Posted by: I love Travel Nursing | March 25, 2014

This Spring, Travel Healthcare Jobs Are Blooming Across the Nation

More registered nurse and travel therapy jobs are appearing on spring and summer job boards. These are the states and locations posting the most opportunities in nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy jobs.

These States Are on the Lookout for Experienced Registered Nurses and Therapists 

Enjoy these brief descriptions and links to interviews, detailing the travel nurse life, in this baker’s dozen of U.S. states, known for having the most postings for R.N.s and therapists right now.

  • Alaska: Therapy and R.N. jobs in this state are sure to cool you down! Read a first person account of the travel nurse lifestyle nurse jobs nationwideduring a fun Alaska nursing job!
  • Arizona: Travel nursing and all its perks let you see the American Southwest in grand style. Read one nurse’s account of landing the perfect Arizona nursing job.
  • California: The Golden State is huge and full of opportunities for health professionals from the northern part of San Francisco to the southern region of San Diego and Los Angeles.
  • Colorado: Head for the mountains! Colorado is a beautiful state with a to-do list for thrill seekers a mile high!
  • Connecticut: Travel nurse jobs in a New England state mean easy access to New York City on your time off—here, R.N.s and therapists alike make the most of their flexible schedules.
  • Florida: It doesn’t have to be in season for healthcare professionals to flock to Florida nursing jobs. Read about R.N.s and the call of the conch shell!
  • Iowa: travel nurses and therapists are bound to enjoy the low cost of living in this beautiful state; watch the corn pop up in rows all summer long.
  • Washington D.C.: Be sure to click on this check out travel nurses kicking up their heels in the Capitol City on this Facebook link! Also, enjoy this first person account of moving seamlessly into a Washington D.C. travel nursing job.

Will you Add Your Travel Nurse Story to This Year’s Summer Album?

If you are a healthcare professional who likes to mix the excitement of travel with a talent for helping people, joining a travel team and applying for healthcare jobs in these much raved about U.S. states may be the way to go—. Wherever your travel nurse experiences take you this summer, we hope it’s a journey of excitement and health and wellness—get out there and soak up the sun, friends!

Posted by: travelamon | February 20, 2014

The Travel Nurse’s Guide to America’s Top 5 Running Trails

top running trails in the USATired of winter and being cooped up in the gym? Fortunately, there are plenty of scenic parks and running trails open to the public and serviceable, throughout the winter season. When the snow melts, travel nurses will want the 411 on gorgeous, scenic running trails; if you live in the South, you may already be enjoying some of them. This is the healthcare professional’s quick list of America’s best paths for joggers, 365 days a year.

Central Park, New York: The New York Marathon, planned for November 2, 2014 this year, started in Central Park. It’s easy to see why, as this urban respite offers both short and long jaunts for R.N.s on the run. Start small at the 86th street entrance, or get a more strenuous workout on the 6-mail outer loop—between the foliage, birds, picnics and bridges it’ll all go by far too fast!

Park Loop Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia: Centrally located for Atlanta R.N.s, this is a great place to run! Piedmont Park features a 1.7 mile loop around sweeping meadows, rolling hillside and dense forests. Jog past Lake Clara Meer, and to the top of Active Oval, the park’s highest point—a good mile of incline to put your endurance to the test.

Hart Prairie Trail, Arizona: This trail lets travel nurses see what the southwest is all about, as they run past red rock temples, lush canyons, Aspen and pine trees that define God’s Country. See state-wide opportunities here: Arizona running trails, and know that from Sedona to the Grand Canyon, paradises like Bright Angel Trail and House Rock Valley will make you so glad you took this nursing assignment!

Withlacoochee State Trail, Florida: R.N.s in the Sunshine State may be getting the best run of all, as miles of sandy beaches provide ideal terrain for a fuller range of motion, from your ankles to hip flexors and arms! But for those looking for an asphalt trail, Withlacoochee is a 46-mile scenic route through ranches, sporting shops, and quaint towns, running from Orlando to Tampa.

Silver Strand, San Diego, California: When it comes to beautiful trails in Southern California, this one takes the cake, spanning a round trip route of 15 miles along San Diego Bay and Coronado’s vibrant beach community. Run past naval ships docked at the pier, and past the historic Coronado Hotel where Marilyn Monroe (herself a runner) filmed Some Like it Hot. Cool down at Silver Strand Beach when you finish your run!

Have a Good Run!

Before you run, be sure to hydrate well, wear your SPF (even in the winter!) and look into bringing a friend along. Check out Healthy Careers’ tips for joggers . For a peek at travel nursing careers that will keep you nice and warm, visit 50 States Staffing for top jobs.

Posted by: travelamon | December 20, 2013

More Than a Dozen Gift Ideas for Health Professionals on the Go!

Busy folks can count on December slipping by in a blur—before you know it, you’re out of shopping days. Here are a few quick gift ideas that won’t break the bank and travel well—especially for R.N.s in travel nursing.

Travel mugs: a nice travel mug stuffed with a few packets of Starbucks Via or hot cocoa is a welcome gift; especially for health professionals in colder states with an icy commute to work.

Key chains: Every time they get in the car to explore their new travel nursing stomping ground, they’ll think of you. Pick a keychain that shows you listen when they talk—make it a keychain that reflects their interests.

Aromatherapy-to-go: Choose revitalizing smells, like peppermint and rosemary in an Essential Oil travel kit.

Caduceus charm: A no brainer for any registered nurse

Books: Here are a few titles that are nurse related and fun to read in a nice warm house with your feet up: Better: I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: Stories from a Life in Medicine, Medicine is the Best Laughter

Tissue box cover, etc: This is the time of year when Kleenex sells like crazy; order a pretty tissue cozy and pair it with a few inexpensive accessories, like flavored lozenges and hand sanitizer.

Inspirational calendar: A slam-dunk for any healthcare professional who puts in desk time.

Nice bottle of olive oil: Travel nurses live close to farmers markets that can line you up with primo mix and match olive oils. Pick up a nice bottle of Extra Virgin and tie it off with a bow.

Cool stuff in a jar: This gift idea has quite a range and is fun to put together for kids aged 1 to 92. For soup mixes, visit Healthy Careers for White Hot Potato Soup and Lentils & Rice recipes. Non-food gifts in mason jars can be spa items in a jar, energy bars and gum or “Office in a Jar” with lots of must haves, like paperclips, small pens, note pads and mini staplers.

Energy Bars: At stores like Target, energy bars come by the case. Wrapping up Cliff Bars or Luna Bars is a great idea—added bonus: they’re portable!

• A donation in someone’s name: Does your nursing friend have a favorite charity? Send a card saying you donated to their cause.
Throw blanket: A nice, plush offering for anyone during the winter months.
iPad holder: A really nice accessory for the tech savvy healthcare professional!
Travel journal: For R.N.s who have chosen the travel nurse lifestyle, this is a really cool idea—they can document everything they see and do on down-time.

Peace on Earth to Travel Nurses, Their Families, Patients and Friends

Just remember, it truly is the thought that counts! Happy holidays one and all—may all your adventures in the New Year, travel nursing or no, be filled with happiness and joy!

Posted by: I love Travel Nursing | November 9, 2013

Can RN’s learn compassion — or do you have to be born with it?

Many people believe that RN’s choose a nursing career because they’re naturally compassionate. Nurses don’t have to work at compassion, the story goes, compassion just comes naturally to them. That may be true, but the reality is that the daily stresses of working in the healthcare profession can eat away at your reserves of sympathy and patience until there’s just about nothing left. Intellectually you know that your patients are in pain, fearful, disoriented, feeling powerless and sometimes heavily medicated, but, but, but … why do they have to be such stressbombs sometimes?

When you get the feeling that if the patient in Room X pushes that call button one more time, you’re going to shoot right through the roof, what can you do? Are there strategies for building up your reserves of compassion? Not only for the next hour, but for the long term?

According to Michael Ortiz Hill, Registered Nurse, and the author of The Craft of Compassion at the Bedside of the Ill“, you can increase your stores of compassion — whether you feel like you’ve lost them for good, or never really had that much to begin with.  Mr. Hill’s book is a collection of essays by medical professionals, community leaders,  along with some of his own writing. He proposes that we must be compassionate toward ourselves before we can be compassionate for others, and advises us to draw on on elements of eastern and western philosophies that remind us that we’re all in this together.

A small but growing trend toward patient-centric care in hospitals would seem to support this strategy.  Planetree, a consultancy for  patient-centered healthcare providers recently recognized Fauquier Hospital in Virginia  for its innovative efforts, including staff retreats where physicians and nurses participate in role-switching exercises and play the part of patients.  The commitment to patient-centered care can reach into a wide variety of areas, from facility design to ensuring that managers enlist the input of staff on decisions that affect their work.  Healthcare employers who staff adequately (including travel nurses) know about the positive effects that nurse-patient ratios have on patient care. After all, it’s not only the patients who can feel powerless; that feeling of helplessness is one of the prime contributors to stress — and compassion deficit.

Compassion is a habit that can get stronger with practice.
So next time you’re about to lose it, remember:

  • to take a minute and breathe
  • to be kind to yourself, too. Travel nurses who are healthier, happier, and better-rested find it easier to care for others
  • sometimes the only thing that makes “us” different from “them” is a random twist of fate
  • everyone is on their own journey and you can only control what you can control
  • compassion is a mutually reinforcing cycle; when you show kindness to a patient or colleague — they’re more likely to be kind in return


Oh, and one last strategy: make time to laugh, and even the most stressful situation becomes more bearable. Prescription: take one of these medical cartoons and call us in the morning.

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