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Get the Facts About Travel Nursing

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs, Travel Nursing

Travel nursing can present new, exciting and challenging opportunities. If your present job situation is just not satisfying, don’t let yourself be stuck. Stick your neck out and try something new.

The beauty of nursing is that it offers so many different opportunities. Don’t be afraid to try some of them. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

First of all do your homework. Not all travel nursing agencies are created equal and not all facilities that hire travel nurses are among the best employers. Word travels fast, and information is available; you just have to do a little research.

This site offers a large forum for discussion about all things nursing, and among them, travel nursing experiences. Spend some time reading through the threads and posts. Ask questions and get the information you need.

There are a multitude of books, websites and blogs by travel nurses with much valuable information. Read everything you can to understand the pros and cons of your next adventure.

Talk to travel nurses who work in your current facility. Some of the questions you may want to ask include:

  • Which travel agency they currently work for?
  • Do they have other agencies they would recommend and why?
  • Have they had bad experiences with any agency and which ones?
  • What do they like about their current assignment?
  • What don’t they like?
  • Do they have a favorite place to travel and why?
  • Where don’t they like to go and why?

Some of their answers may be more personal especially if they have chosen locations close to family or friends, but their experiences can provide good insight into what to expect in a travel assignment. Even if the assignment was for their own convenience, the job satisfaction factor comes into play somewhere.

Current travel nurses can help to provide valuable information about what to include in your contract, what kind of information you need to know about a location, a facility and specifics about the nursing assignment.

Each and every one of the travel nurses you network with will probably be able to give you at least one new tip or trick to make life on the road more enjoyable and successful. Take notes and keep a file of these handy tips and tricks. As you become a veteran travel nurse, be sure to share your own tips with others.

You may want to start with a short assignment close to home or near to family and friends so that you have your own support system at hand. Any new situation can and will be stressful and having support systems in place will help to reduce some of that stress.

You may also want to consider taking a leave of absence from your permanent employer while you take a short travel assignment. This ensures you have a job, seniority and benefits to fall back on if this isn’t something you want to do.

Remember to give yourself ample time to evaluate any new venture. No job is perfect, and it may take some time to get used to being a travel nurse as compared to a permanent employee.

By Kathy Quan RN BSN. Kathy is the author of The Everything New Nurse Book, and the owner/author of TheNursingSite.com

©2008 by UltimateNurse.com. All Rights Reserved.

All Health Staffing Reviews

Posted in Travel Nursing Company Reviews

Reviews of All Health Staffing – Post Yours!

Company Name: All Health Staffing

Company Description: All Health Staffing is a national leader in supplementary healthcare staffing, specializing in travel and temporary-to-permanent placement of nurses and other healthcare professionals in a variety of settings throughout the United States.

As a traveling professional, you might live in many exciting places. Our job is to help make each of them a good place to call home.

Turn your dream career into a reality
At All Health Staffing, we want you to have the best career experience possible and will do whatever we can to turn your dream career into a reality.

Discuss All Health Staffing in our Travel Nursing Forums

Please fill out our Request For Travel Nursing Information form if you’re looking for a job.

You can also follow the following link for information about Travel Nursing Jobs in every state.

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You can find reviews for lots of other Travel Nurse Staffing Companies by visiting this link: Travel Nurse Staffing Company Reviews

Advance Nursing Reviews

Posted in Travel Nursing Company Reviews

Reviews of Advance Nursing – Post Yours!

Company Name: Advance Nursing

Company Description: Advance Nursing connects nursing and allied health professionals with select job assignments. Hundreds of health professionals take advantage of Advance Nursing’s choice assignments in attractive locations throughout the United States. We offer per diem, travel and permanent placements with excellent pay, free housing and utilities, comprehensive benefits and retirement plans, bonuses, and in-house training.

We are here for you with a reputation built on education, customer service and an expert knowledge of the field.

Experience the difference with Advance Nursing.

Discuss Advance Nursing in our Travel Nursing Forums

Please fill out our Request For Travel Nursing Information form if you’re looking for a job.

You can also follow the following link for information about Travel Nursing Jobs in every state.

Related Searches: Advance Nursing, nurse, nurses, nurse jobs, travel nurse, rn, lpn

You can find reviews for lots of other Travel Nurse Staffing Companies by visiting this link: Travel Nurse Staffing Company Reviews

Happy National Nurses Day and Nurses Week

Posted in Nursing, Nursing Jobs, Nursing Specialties

Well it’s Nurses Week again. Have you gotten that huge raise you were looking for? Or a magnificent all-expenses paid vacation? Probably not. Well don’t despair. Celebrate the fact that you are a nurse and you make a difference in someone’s life everyday!

Like any other day (or week) of the year, it’s up to you to find your own rewards in your nursing career. Nursing isn’t like a lot of other professions where you often see the end result of your efforts.

Your patients are usually with you for a very short term basis and then they go back to their own lives. You don’t get to see them recover fully, or even continue to struggle with a chronic disease. If you live in the same neighborhood, you might run into them at the grocery store or local shopping mall, but that can be an awkward moment, especially with HIPAA regulations.

So it comes down to the here and now and making the most of it. Some nurses prefer settings such as the ER because they don’t want to get too attached to their patients, but they do remember some who end up there often or who stick out in their mind for one reason or another.

Some nurses love the hospice setting because they want to help patients transition from life to a peaceful, dignified death as well as to offer support to their loved ones through this unhappy time. Others love the challenges of home health care and teaching patients to assume responsibility for their own care such as post acute care needs.

Some like the ICU for its fast pace and life or death critical thinking challenges. And God love them, there are those who love the NICU where they can help the tiniest babies with a multitude of tubes and wires find a way and a will to live.

There are those who love to teach and choose to educate nurses so that they can provide the best quality care possible, or maybe become nurse educators themselves.

Some nurses prefer to work behind the scenes in fields such as research, forensics, information technology, quality assurance, or as insurance case managers. Some become life or health coaches, and long term care managers.

Nursing offers such a wide variety of specialization and caregiving opportunities. The challenges are many. The working conditions are not always pleasant or supportive. This is one of the most physically and emotionally challenging professions. But nurses are also repeatedly found to be some of the most ethical and trusted professionals.

As you take a moment in your busy day this week. Don’t grumble about how no one noticed it was Nurses Week, or maybe how they gave you some silly token gift. Pat yourself and your colleagues on the back and say Thank You for a job well done!!

Nurses are the backbone of the health care system. Take pride in who you are and the job you do everyday. Know that you matter and that someone’s life is better today because you cared. Happy Nurses Day everyday!

©2009 by UltimateNures.com All Rights Reserved. By Kathy Quan RN BSN. Kathy is the author of The Everything New Nurse Book and is the owner/author of TheNursingSite.com.

Fewer Job Prospects for Nursing Grads

Posted in Nursing, Travel Nursing Company Reviews

It wasn’t that long ago that a student in nursing program could be confident that a good job was waiting upon graduation.  However, two factors have combined to decrease the likelihood that a new graduate will easily find a nursing job.

First, the projected nursing shortage in the mid-90′s led to various recruitment efforts that worked very well.  For example, in 1999 there were 976 students enrolled in nursing programs in the state of South Dakota.  By last year, that number was up to 1,699.

That means that there are more new graduates just as the demand for nurses has actually gone down.

Under the weight of a worsening economy, hospitals nationally are cutting pay, eliminating raises and laying off employees. Rapid City Regional Hospital, which employs 777 registered nurses, hired 64 nurses last year. This year, the hospital expects to cut back to just 40 to 50 new hires.

While this is bad news for new graduates, there may be some overall benefits:

“At this point, new graduate nurses may not get to pick exactly where they want to go for their first job,” Young said. “But we know … this economic downturn will turn around. … Historically, nursing is a very secure profession.”

That push to second- and third-choice jobs could even be a bonus for South Dakota. New nursing graduates might take jobs in rural areas, which often struggle to keep nurses, Young said.

One current nursing student, Whitney Lenz, remains optimistic.  ”I know it will turn around,” she said. “You just don’t know how long it will take.”

Cardiac Care Nursing

Posted in Nursing Specialties

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For those involved in the field of Cardiac Care Nursing, it is not unusual to provide patients with heart related problems the care needed inside of their own homes after a bypass or pacemaker type of surgery.

Cardiac Care Nursing often includes nurses who work as specialized Critical Care Nurses within a hospital setting. Due to the nature of heart disease, RN’s that have their BSN, with prior experience in defibrillation, electrocardiogram telemetry monitoring, and advanced cardiac life-support techniques are normally preferred for these home-care positions.

Specialty areas of Cardiac Care Nursing include by age-segmentations for children or senior care, with unique specialists found in fields such as cardiac research, cardiac rehabilitations, and within intensive care hospital settings.

While patients with heart disease often live long fulfilling lives, Cardiac Care Nursing options often include job situations where patient deaths occur.

Tax Time

Posted in Nursing, Travel Nursing

Tax Time

In an economy where every penny is highly valued, filing for an income tax refund can be high on the To Do list. So it’s time to dig out all those receipts and make a list of possible deductions.

Nurses have the potential for many different outright deductions as well as properties to depreciate, but these should be discussed with a tax advisor as they may not apply in all instances. Tax laws change almost yearly and what was once allowed may no longer be applicable so be sure to check each item.

Some of the items that should be considered include uniforms and cleaning costs. For example, some facilities require nurses to wear scrubs that they provide and they charge a periodic rental/cleaning fee. This cost may be deductible. The outright purchase of uniforms and any special shoes may be deductible as well. But if you wear those tennis shoes all the time, they may not be eligible.

Fees for continuing education courses (ceus) for license renewal, as well as any courses taken to improve your job skills or to allow you to advance your career may qualify as well. Some related expenses such as travel and meals may also qualify, but there are a lot of restrictions and you will really need professional advice on this one.

In the past, nurses could earn ceus while on a cruise and then these deductions came under strict scrutiny of the IRS. Travel excursions to foreign hospitals and clinics also got put under the microscope and the IRS clamped down, so beware if you have this kind of deduction to apply.

While it can be difficult to carve out the personal vacation experiences from the educational/business side, with careful record keeping, it can be done. Some expenses are considered too lavish and extravagant to be business deductions. Your tax advisor can help you.

Moving expenses and the costs related to looking for a new job can be considered deductions if they meet certain criteria. If your spouse took a new job in another state and you had to pay for a new nursing license and perhaps had to make a trip to the new area to interview for a job before you moved, these expenses could be deductible.

A professional library of books and trade journals may also qualify for deduction. The type of deduction may vary with the useful life of the items. Drug books for example need to be replaced every year due to updated information and so they wouldn’t be something to depreciate over time.

Equipment such as stethoscopes, PDAs, and all of the little items in your pocket like scissors and clamps can qualify for deduction, so if you purchased any in the past year, dig out those receipts. Other items such as digital cameras and cell phones may also qualify for deduction if used in the course of your business. The monthly fees for a telephone may be deductible as nurses have to take call or be available to be called in to work.

Home health nurses who use their digital camera or cell phone camera to photograph patients’ wounds and decubs could deduct a portion of the cost. You will need to be able to document how much of these items are used for business and how much for personal use. For example, if you have taken 1000 pictures with your new camera and 100 of them are business related, then the business usage would be 10%.

Travel nurses will have a variety of other deductions depending on their situations. The travel nurse agency may be able to advise you on some of the basics, but consulting a tax advisor is highly recommended. Accurate record keeping is an essential part of travel nursing right down to the tips you pay a porter to assist with your bags.

Organization is an essential tool for nurses, and keeping track of business expenses is just another aspect which needs organization. Your tax advisor may cringe when you come in carrying a shoebox full of receipts, but if that’s the best way you can keep track of these items, then at least have that. There are a number of software programs available to help keep track of expenses, mileage, and daily use of items such as cameras and cell phones for business purposes.

Don’t overlook all of the possible expenses you can deduct and set up an appointment with a tax advisor early on in tax season.

By Kathy Quan RN BSN. Kathy is the author of The Everything New Nurse Book and author/owner of TheNursingSite.com

© 2009 by UltimateNurse.com All Rights Reserved.

South Carolina Travel Nursing Jobs

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South Carolina Travel Nursing Jobs

Home to a rich past and promising future, South Carolina is perfect for your next stop as a traveling nurse.  Whether you settle in the Coastal Plains, Sandhills Region, Piedmont Region or Blue Ridge Region, you can be sure to satisfy your appetite for outdoor adventures, history and culture.  With more beauty than one state should be allowed, be sure to pack your camera when you take a job as a travel nurse in South Carolina.     

If you are a Travel Nurse or if you are a nurse looking for information about Travel Nursing in South Carolina or even if you’re just interested in Travel Nursing topics then you have found the right place!

Below is a list of South Carolina Nursing and Travel resources offered by Ultimate Nurse.

We hope you find this to be quality Travel Nursing information for the state of South Carolina. We work hard so we can say that Ultimate Nurse is:

“The Ultimate Destination for Nursing Information!”

If you would like to see additional information about Travel Nursing in the state of South Carolina, please feel free to contact us any time. We are more than happy to help you find the nursing employment information you are looking for.

While you’re here, please support us by visiting one of our South Carolina Travel Nursing sponsors via one of the banner ads on the site or filling out a request for Travel Nursing Information form.

Our South Carolina Travel Nursing Guarantee — At Ultimate Nurse we pride ourselves in promoting only the best Travel Nursing Companies and Nursing Employers in South Carolina. We have fully researched these Travel Companies and are 100% confident that they treat their travel nurses like Nurses deserve to be treated. If you feel like any of our South Carolina Travel Nursing Sponsors do not meet the highest of standards please do not hesitate to contact us or leave feedback via the contact us form, or post in our Travel Nursing and Employers reviews section.

-Ultimate Nurse Staff

Ohio Travel Nursing Jobs

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Ohio Travel Nursing Jobs 

As a travel nurse in Ohio, you will be situated in the geographical and cultural crossroads of America.  Rich in Native American and Colonial history, there are many things to see and do in this great state of the Midwestern region.  Experience the wonder of the landscape and take in the unique culture when you start your new job as a travel nurse in Ohio.  

If you are a Travel Nurse or if you are a nurse looking for information about Travel Nursing in Ohio or even if you’re just interested in Travel Nursing topics then you have found the right place!

Below is a list of Ohio Nursing and Travel resources offered by Ultimate Nurse.

We hope you find this to be quality Travel Nursing information for the state of Ohio. We work hard so we can say that Ultimate Nurse is:

“The Ultimate Destination for Nursing Information!”

If you would like to see additional information about Travel Nursing in the state of Ohio, please feel free to contact us any time. We are more than happy to help you find the nursing employment information you are looking for.

While you’re here, please support us by visiting one of our Ohio Travel Nursing sponsors via one of the banner ads on the site or filling out a request for Travel Nursing Information form.

Our Ohio Travel Nursing Guarantee — At Ultimate Nurse we pride ourselves in promoting only the best Travel Nursing Companies and Nursing Employers in Ohio. We have fully researched these Travel Companies and are 100% confident that they treat their travel nurses like Nurses deserve to be treated. If you feel like any of our Ohio Travel Nursing Sponsors do not meet the highest of standards please do not hesitate to contact us or leave feedback via the contact us form, or post in our Travel Nursing and Employers reviews section.

-Ultimate Nurse Staff

Nevada Travel Nursing Jobs

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Nevada Travel Nursing Jobs 

Open the door to adventure when you take a job as a travel nurse in Nevada.  Juniper forests, the Mojave Desert and the Spring Mountains give you plenty of outdoor activities from which to choose.  And don’t forget, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.  Check out becoming a travel nurse in Nevada where you can kick up your heels and begin living life to the fullest.

If you are a Travel Nurse or if you are a nurse looking for information about Travel Nursing in Nevada or even if you’re just interested in Travel Nursing topics then you have found the right place!

Below is a list of Nevada Nursing and Travel resources offered by Ultimate Nurse.

We hope you find this to be quality Travel Nursing information for the state of Nevada . We work hard so we can say that Ultimate Nurse is:

“The Ultimate Destination for Nursing Information!”

If you would like to see additional information about Travel Nursing in the state of Nevada , please feel free to contact us any time. We are more than happy to help you find the nursing employment information you are looking for.

While you’re here, please support us by visiting one of our Nevada Travel Nursing sponsors via one of the banner ads on the site or filling out a request for Travel Nursing Information form.

Our Nevada Travel Nursing Guarantee — At Ultimate Nurse we pride ourselves in promoting only the best Travel Nursing Companies and Nursing Employers in Nevada . We have fully researched these Travel Companies and are 100% confident that they treat their travel nurses like Nurses deserve to be treated. If you feel like any of our Nevada Travel Nursing Sponsors do not meet the highest of standards please do not hesitate to contact us or leave feedback via the contact us form, or post in our Travel Nursing and Employers reviews section.

-Ultimate Nurse Staff