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.

No one knows better than R.N.s and other health professionals who counsel patients on good nutrition that the health benefits of a vegetarian diet are huge. Replacing red meat with veggies often leads to lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers.

Going vegetarian is a healthy lifestyle change, but only if you’re getting the recommended daily requirements of calcium, protein, Vitamins D, B-12 and iron. Here’s a shortlist of how to cover those bases, and links to healthy recipes that can help you meet your vegetarian goals.

For protein: The American Dietetic Association (ADA) says that eating a wide-variety of plant based foods with enough calories satisfies the daily protein requirement—50 grams per day is optimal.vegetarian meal Vegetarians can get a protein rich diet in whole-grains (think oatmeal), lentils, beans and low fat dairy products. The list includes tofu, seeds and peas. Check the healthy careers website for Sloppy Joe’s With a Tofu Twist.
For calcium: The ADA recommends adults get 1,000 mg a day of calcium; that’s 3 cups of milk or yogurt. Since many vegetarians are also vegan, this presents a challenge. Here’s a low-fat, plant-based way to get your recommended allotment of calcium. Load up on dark, leafy greens, i.e. bok choy, spinach, kale, collards and turnip greens, broccoli, beans, dried figs, and sunflower seeds.
For Vitamin D: This is the nutrient that helps your body better absorb calcium. You can get a nice dose of it by being out in the sun, but when you’re looking to fulfill the 200 IU daily requirement in a plant-based way, look to soy beans.
For iron: A range of 10 to 20 mg a day is recommended. Cooking your food in iron pots and pans can help increase your daily intake, but it’s the iron-rich foods that get tossed in that really matter! Eat dark green veggies, like spinach and broccoli, iron-fortified breads and cereals, dried fruits (i.e. prunes), pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and foods high in vitamin C, like oranges, lemons, tomatoes, and green peppers–use the zest from lemon peels for great health benefits and start juicing if you can!
For B-12: This is produced by animals and good bacteria in soil. Vegans must take a vitamin supplement to meet the daily requirement of 2.4mcg. Vegetarians can achieve their quota, via dairy products, including eggs.

For Health Professionals Who Like to Cook, Vegetarianism May Just Turn on Your Inner Chef

Whether you go vegetarian or not, adding more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet is a wonderful idea. Check in with Healthy Careers to get some great recipes, or share your own via a healthy recipe contest. You can also spread the word about vegetarianism—it is, after all, an opportunity to promote joy, compassion and life enhancing possibilities—all the things that travel nursing brings in R.N. and therapy jobs across this great nation. May this year’s harvest be plentiful for everyone!

**Facts for this blog were taken from and The Vegetarian Times.

Posted by: travelamon | October 8, 2013

Travel Nursing Adventures Include the Local Farmers Market!

Find One Near You….

The idea that a vast variety of produce is available on a vendor cart near you may seem unlikely as Fall gets under way—but the truth is, many farmers are just getting started. Nurses and therapists living and working in vibrant cities across the United States have access to any number of local farmers markets, where there’s more than just food; many times, there’s art and live entertainment to be had as well! To get an idea of where these outdoor venues are, and if they offer CSA (community supported agriculture programs), click the local harvest link and plug in your travel nursing zip picking

A membership to your community’s CSA is an investment in your local farmers’ crops—you get a share of the harvest in a box of what’s being grown that particular month. If you don’t have a membership, don’t worry about missing out. These fruits and veggies are more than likely at the farmers market this weekend! Some of these tasty veggies are featured in Healthy Careers recipes—so get shoppin’. Then get cookin’!

  • Apples: Some R.N.s work in travel nurse jobs that are ripe for the pickin’—when you’re taking apples that is! North Carolina nurses can visit SkyTop Orchard and pick their own fruit among the panoramic vista of the mountains. Of course, apples are at the height of ripeness all over the country this fall. Try making a Sweet Apple and Walnut Chicken Salad.
  • Concord Grapes: Make up a cheese plate and take your bounty of grapes on a picnic. These are so fresh right now!
  • Pomegranates: These exotic looking fruits nourished the Gods and Goddesses in Greek mythology. Load your canvas tote full of them at the farmers market.
  • Butternut Squash: If you roast these to softness and put them in a blender with some other choice ingredients, you can have the soup of a lifetime.
  • Brussels Sprouts: These cute little guys are overflowing at many of the farmers markets across the country. They’re rich in Vitamin K, so load your plate full!
  • Sweet Potato: Ever cut these up and make sweet potato fries?—they’re delicious. Try this Healthy Careers Recipe for Super Stuffed Sweet Potatoes while you’re at it!

Hope to See You There!

Farmers Markets are a way to really get out there and enjoy your community, the fresh air—even give your dog a walk if you have one. Pet loving travel nurses in South Florida nursing jobs will love the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood, where mobile dog groomers set up shop as just one of many vendors. All over the country, local vendors are putting out the brightest and the best. Hope to see you there!

Find an Oktoberfest Event Near You!

The months of September and October are quite colorful—more than just Fall leaves, there are also plenty of Oompah bands, polka dancers and steins raised in good cheer. Oktoberfest has arrived, and there are plenty of events close to travel nursing and therapy jobs you won’t want to miss.

Oktoberfest fun is well under way and expected to last throughout October. Here a few world famous Oktoberfest events from coast to coast:

  • For travel health professionals East of Seattle: For R.N.s and therapists living in Washington state, it doesn’t get much prettier than Leavenworth, WA. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Oktoberfest enthusiasts will love this giant Bavarian party held October 4 and 5th: Click the Leavenworth Oktoberfest link for details!
  • Ongoing Oktoberfest Fun near Wisconsin: In Glendale, just 10 miles north of Milwaukee, you’ll find Bavarian food and fun in Heidelberg Park, every Saturday and Sunday night through the month of September.
  • Toast to October in the Mountainside German Hamlet of Helen, Georgia: Travel nurses anywhere near this Appalachia town, will have to rush over and see what all the fuss has been about every autumn since the 1960’s. September 19 through October 27th, there will be daily Oktoberfest celebrations.
  • Colorado nurses and therapists won’t want to miss the Denver Oktoberfest!: Now in its 44th year, over 300,000 revelers are expected to celebrate Oktoberfest on Larimer Street. Expect lots of live entertainment and great food, September 27-29 and October 4-6th.
  • Healthcare professionals in the South Florida Area are Going to Love Lantana in October: Click on this amazing Oktoberfest site to get the details! Lantana is a hop, skip and jump from the West Palm Beaches and close to Greater Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Food and fun will be held October 11-1th and pick up again October 18 through the 20th.

Willkommen, to the Best Travel Nursing Resources in America!

So there you have it, a national sampling of fun events for healthcare professionals working across the country! Be sure to “like” us on Facebook for the daily buzz on happening spots, Healthy Careers information, nursing and therapy career trends. Alvererzane!

Posted by: I love Travel Nursing | August 29, 2013

Are You a Travel Nurse Who Caught the Cooking Bug?

Here’s the Scoop on a Healthy Careers Recipe Contest!

stuffed poblanoRegistered nurses see their fair share of so-so hospital food, with many motivated to go home and cook with style and panache. There’s the travel bug—that R.N.s and therapists on travel nursing assignments catch in a big way—and then there’s the cooking bug, where health conscious “foodies” cook inspired food and enjoy it with family and friends.

Travel nurses enjoy new and exotic culinary scenes—from the vineyards of Napa Valley, to the coconut milk in Honolulu, to the red beans and rice in New Orleans. Whether they are inspired by the assignment or simply preparing something that reminds them of home, these healthcare professionals are known for smart substitutions, like brown rice instead of white, whole grains over refined, egg whites and more. Home cooks also learn that healthful eating can be about additions too, like lemon zest grated over your meal or drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

If you’re a traveling health professional who brought your kitchen gadgets along for the ride and feel you have something to contribute to the foodie scene, check out Healthy Careers today. The site is a lifestyle guide for those who love a fortifying meal and regular work-out. Check out the fitness and nutrition tips, as well as an ongoing Healthy Careers Recipe Contest, now in its 3rd Quarter.

Healthy Careers Top 10 Recipes

To get an idea of the entries that snag likes on Facebook and get re-tweeted, click on the most popular entries from Quarters 1 and 2:

Think you’d like to enter? Then read up on the rules, as well as fun prizes you could win. Who says an Iron Chef can’t be a nurse or therapist with nerves of steel? You’ll love the recipes you find at Healthy Careers; all the tasty breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts prove the distinction between eating and eating well! Bon appetite or good luck—either way, you’ll need a napkin!

Posted by: I love Travel Nursing | October 31, 2012

Ohio Haunted Hospital Busters!

Who You Gonna Call This Halloween?

In the Fall, when the dust comes off your copy of Sleepy Hollow and you begin to crave Halloween adventures, the Buck Eye State stands out as a hotbed of paranormal activity! In fact, there’s an urban legend that Ohio has its own haunted hospital attraction, so scary that no one has ever made it all the way through. This is false, but here’s the truth for R.N.s looking to ghost hunt: there are plenty of real haunted hospitals for those in Ohio travel nursing jobs—you just need a reliable treat—cheat!—sheet!

Top 5 Ohio Hospital Haunts

  • Area C of The Heather Hills Hospital in Chardon: Every R.N. hears her share of patient complaints, but none so interesting as the ones lodged here. Are they really complaining about “knicker boy” (boy ghost in old-fashioned pants) again? Why not come to Chardon, Ohio—home of the Geauga County Maple Festival—and find out!
  • Athens Ridges: The Ultimate Spooky Collegiate Tour! Ever visit Athens Ridges, part of the Ohio University Campus? You’ll find more than autumn leaves; this former insane asylum closed its doors in 1980 after a girl, a patient there, disappeared and was later found dead. The tour guide will explain everything.
  • Columbus, Ohio is the state’s biggest city, with many draws…and ghosts! The Children’s Hospital in this fair city was purportedly built on top of an old cemetery, and patients there claim to feel that someone—not the night nurse—is watching them at night; hospital staff also report unseemly things moving in the shadows.
  • The Dayton Heart Hospital Will Have Your’s Pounding Madly: Located in what is nicknamed the “Gem City” of Dayton, Ohio, travel nurses in this town are also within minutes of Cincinnati’s incredible dining and shopping. In Dayton’s haunted hospital, people walk through strange cold spots, and see elevator doors opening and closing arbitrarily. The Hospice center there is rumored to have the ghosts of children haunting it.
  • Travel Nurses Will Love Toledo for Its French Heritage…and Haunts! This city is the most populous in the state, and therefore draws many healthcare professionals for its sheer number of high paying nursing jobs. It helps that there’s plenty to see and do in the downtown district, where greats like Art Tatum learned to tickle the ivories. For haunts, check out The State Hospital in Toledo; it’s rife with reports of moans and groans from the unearthly, and unexplained dark shadows flickering across the walls.

Even More Reasons to Explore Ohio Nursing Jobs This Fall Season

Don’t miss your chance to take an Ohio nursing job in a state that has given us great jazz, writers and last but not least, EIGHT U.S. Presidents! For those R.N.s who prefer a more subdued Halloween, Ohio nursing jobs can still help you finish the year with a bang and not a whimper. When you call 1-800-996-2206 or apply online, you can talk to a consultant in just enough time to leaf-peep or enjoy the Christmas season in one of America’s most beloved states. They didn’t put the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the world’s tallest, fastest roller coaster here for nothing! Happy trick or treating everyone!

Footnote: Travel nurses interested in a complete list of Ohio haunted hospitals are encouraged to click the link!

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