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Virtual Travel Nursing Job Fair

ProCare One’s first virtual job fair attracted nearly 200 travel nurses interested in learning more about the industry and to apply after some of the most sought after travel nursing assignments.  Their second virtual job fair to place on August 14 of this year. The press release indicated that many of the travel nurses wanted more information in immediate access to the best assignments.

Close to 200 nurses met with the team of top travel nurse recruiters to have a questions about the industry answered.  One of the major areas of focus during the virtual job fair was California. According to the press release many nurses were tempted by the state natural beauty cutting-edge medical facilities.

There are many questions that travel nurses have with regard to the whole process.  Some of the questions may be:

How long is the assignment?
How much is the pay?
What is the housing allowance, if any?
What is included with the housing?  For example, utilities, cable, phone, etc.
What are the medical, dental and life insurance benefits?
What is the relocation reimbursement?
What are the hours?
How many shifts can I be called off?

And there are many many more.  Travel nursing is a great experience for the right nurses, just be sure to ask all the right questions and get the right answers!

National League for Nursing Lists Latest Centers for Excellence

The National League for Nursing named nine schools of nursing and one healthcare organization as Centers for Excellence. Norton Healthcare of Louisville, Kentucky joins the ranks as a healthcare organization receiving the Centers for Excellence Designation by the National League for Nursing.

The National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation is designed for schools of nursing and healthcare organizations. These organizations have achieved a level of excellence in a specific area.  Through public recognition and distinction the program acknowledges the outstanding commitment of excellence these organizations convey.  Designations were first awarded to schools of nursing beginning in 2004 with the first designation for healthcare organizations being awarded in 2012.

In addition to Norton Healthcare, schools also received Centers of Excellence designations.  They include Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and St. Xavier in Chicago, each receiving continuing designations for creating environments that enhance student learning professional development. Villanova University, which is located in Philadelphia, was for the second consecutive year designated a certificate of excellence for creating environments that advance the science of nursing education.

According to the National League for Nursing website, there are currently 24 schools that have the Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education designation. The schools on the list include larger universities such as Villanova and the University of Connecticut, all the way down to local community colleges such as Brookdale Community College in Lincroft New Jersey.

Latest Hospital Rankings

US News and World Reports issued their best hospitals ranking for the years 2013-2014.  They surveyed nearly 10,000 hospitals and ranked the best in 16 adult specialties. Looking at information such as death rates, patient safety and hospital reputation were just a few of the factors that were considered. Only 147 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties within the survey and 18 made the Honor Roll scoring near the top at least six specialties.

For Cancer, US News reports that the number one hospital is the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Number two is Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and third was the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Another top category, Cardiology & Heart Surgery,  had a number one ranking given to the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  Coming in second was the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and third was New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York City.

Other rankings were in Urology where Johns Hopkins Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland landed the number one spot. Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio came in second with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota coming in third.

When it came to Orthopedics,  the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York was the leading hospital in the country. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio came in second and third respectively.

When it came to Diabetes and Endocrinology, again the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota was the top leader. Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio and Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts rounded out the top three rankings.

When it comes to children, Boston Children’s Hospital, MA took the tops spots in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology.

Nurses who may be interested in working at these or any other locations should submit their profile and contract a nurse recruiter today.

Inaugural Membership Assembly Held By ANA

The American Nurses Association (ANA) held an inaugural assembly for members on Friday, June 28 through Saturday, July 29 in Crystal City, Virginia. According to the press release issued on June 29, the Membership Assembly is the ANA’s new governing and policy making body. The Membership Assembly replaces the previous body known as the House of Delegates which the ANA dissolved in 2012.

Items discussed were important and sometimes competing regarding care coordination, access to care, licensure issues and patient outcomes. The board is expected to review further the implications of licensure for nurses to provide technology enabled care.  For example, a follow up phone call after the patient has been discharged held across state lines.

Other items addressed were bylaws which included a timeline for the smooth transition to a smaller Board of Directors. Lastly to the state associations from Illinois and New York were welcomed to the assembly.

The Membership Assembly is expected to meet annually going forward. In 2014 a new board of officers will be elected.

Healthcare Staffing Agency Aureus Medical Provides Steps to Avoid Burnout in Travel Nursing Jobs

Omaha, NE May 17, 2013

Working as a travel nurse can be both exciting and highly rewarding, but can also be stressful. Aureus Medical Group, a leading medical staffing agency, provides those employed in travel nursing jobs with the steps to take in order to avoid workplace burnout while on assignment.

The rigors of frequent travel can take a toll on even the most seasoned travel nursing professional and workplace burnout can seriously affect health as well as performance.

Recognizing the symptoms:

Healthcare professionals are used to basing patients’ treatment options on their symptoms. However, the cause and effects of workplace burnout can be much harder to recognize in oneself. Burnout is sometimes referred to as a “silent” condition, as the ways in which burnout manifests itself can easily be mistaken for other problems.

One common symptom of burnout is exhaustion – both physical and mental. Long hours and the pressures of nursing can leave a travel nurse feeling emotionally and physically drained, which can have a debilitating effect on performance, outlook and general demeanor. Other warning signs of workplace burnout include a persistent lack of motivation, irritability with patients and coworkers, declining interest in the work and a general loss of enthusiasm. Although everyone has rough days, a travel nurse feeling one or more of these things for some time might be suffering from burnout.

Taking action:

If a travel nurse suspects she is burning out on travel nursing jobs, the first thing to do is to take a step back and assess the situation. Could contributing factors be working too hard or taking on responsibilities that are proving too much to handle? Could there be a benefit to working part time for a while until things stabilize? These are all questions travel nursing professionals should ask themselves if worried about workplace burnout.

Similarly, asking for help can be an excellent way to avoid burnout. Whether the travel nurse is having a hard time with a particular patient or struggling to juggle the responsibilities of a new travel nursing job, reaching out and asking for assistance is important. Coworkers, immediate supervisors and even senior management are all potential sources of help. A travel nurse who feels that she should take it all on herself may end up doing more harm than good.

ABOUT AUREUS MEDICAL GROUP:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 40 years.

HCA Methodist Healthcare Joins UT Arlington Academic Partnership Nursing Program

San Antonio and Dallas, TX  September 24, 2012

HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio has launched a new partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses throughout Texas.

Beginning Sept. 24, 2012, HCA Methodist will offer clinical assignments for students in the University’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The program features classroom content delivered online with clinical experiences provided in partner hospitals supervised by UT Arlington faculty. It can be completed in as few as 15 months.

UT Arlington partners with more than two dozen hospitals through its Academic Partnership BSN program, including sites in Arlington, Longview, Beaumont and Dallas. The addition of HCA Methodist marks the first hospital partner in the greater San Antonio area.

“The Academic Partnership BSN program allows UT Arlington to educate nurses in their communities and, in doing so, provides a ready workforce for our hospital partners,” said Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing. “We have been gratified at the response to our approach in addressing the state’s nursing shortage. We are especially proud that the graduates of this program option have licensure pass rates and graduation rates of more than 90 percent and employment success as new RN graduates.”

Continuing a long history of innovation in nursing education, The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing has one of the state’s highest graduation rates in the state, 94 percent for students seeking initial licensure in 2011.

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies has reported that Texas’ demand for full-time registered nurses in 2008 exceeded supply by 22,000. This gap is predicted to increase to 70,000 by 2020. Despite this shortage, Texas nursing schools routinely turn away thousands of applicants due to lack of funding, available faculty and clinical slots. The UT Arlington Academic Partnerships program is helping meet demand and close the gap.

In addition to its array of undergraduate and graduate programs, the UT Arlington College of Nursing recently launched the Professional Nursing Pathways Program to streamline the coursework for community college students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UT Arlington in as little as 13 months in the Academic Partnership RN-to-BSN program.

About UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas. With nearly 33,500 students, it is the second largest institution in the UT System and the sixth largest in Texas. The UT Arlington College of Nursing is one of the largest and most successful nursing programs in the nation with more than 7,500 students in Spring 2012. For more information about the College of Nursing, please visit http://www.uta.edu/nursing/.

About Academic Partnerships
Dallas-based Academic Partnerships works with universities to deliver traditional degree programs online, supporting higher education institutions at all stages of the process. The company is founded by education entrepreneur Randy Best and guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please see http://www.academicpartnerships.com.

Media contact: Sam Friedman, Group SJR for Academic Partnerships, 646.493.1105, sfriedman(at)groupsjr(dot)com
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Nurse Next Door Expands to Meet Senior Care Challenges

Huntington Beach, CA – May 14, 2013

By 2030, nearly 20 percent of Orange County’s population will be over the age of 65. The demand for senior care is escalating. To address the needs of this demographic, Nurse Next Door, a thriving home healthcare franchise system, is continuing an aggressive California expansion with the launch of their fourth location in the state in Huntington Beach.

Nurse Next Door launched two successful California locations six months ago in Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills, creating over 60 local healthcare jobs. The company attributes their rapid California growth to a number of factors including an unparalleled care model, fresh branding and recently, an influx of hospital referrals as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

“With hospitals relying on home care providers to keep readmission rates below new standards to avoid penalties, our services are proving to be a great option to keep people healthy at home,” said David Sandhu, a registered nurse, health advocate and the owner of Nurse Next Door in Huntington Beach. “As an experienced health advocate, I know the need for reliable, patient focused care and am thrilled to bring that to my community with Nurse Next Door.”

According to recent studies, nearly 13 percent of Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals are readmitted within 30 days for preventable problems. Only 6 percent of clients of Nurse Next Door who were discharged from the hospital were readmitted within 30 days.

“Nurse Next Door has many innovative systems that give families complete peace of mind including 24/7 live phone scheduling and support,” said Sandhu. “This means instead of getting caught up in typical healthcare loopholes, I can focus on providing the best care possible to keep clients healthy at home.”

Nurse Next Door’s new Huntington Beach office provides a full range of in-home care services ranging from three hours-per-visit of caring companionship to around-the-clock care.

About Nurse Next Door
Founded in 2001, Nurse Next Door Home Care Services (http://www.nursenextdoor.com) is one of North America’s fastest-growing home care providers and is dedicated to delivering flexible, affordable and quality care options to seniors. Recently featured in the New York Times, Nurse Next Door has more than 70 locations across North America and is fast becoming a globally admired brand.

Travel Nursing Jobs Leader, Aureus Medical, Makes Recommendations for a Travel Nurse to Grow Professionally

Omaha, NE April 12, 2013

Aureus Medical Group (web: aureusmedical.com), a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, including travel nursing and various allied health fields, provides recommendations on professional growth for those working in travel nursing jobs.

The demand for nurses across the country, due in part to the large number of RNs nearing retirement and the aging baby boomer population, means the nursing field is filled with opportunity. There are many paths by which to advance in the travel nursing profession, so those in the field are may be looking for ways to improve his or her job performance and put themselves in the best position to propel their careers.

Following are the methods that are widely accepted within the field that will help a travel nurse grow to be more effective.

Seek input:

A travel nurse should not only rely on building skills independently. Getting input and direction is also valuable. This is especially true for people who are newer to the travel nursing profession.

According to Jacksonville University’s School of Nursing, asking questions early and often is the best way to find footing and quickly improve performance. Regardless of how busy co-workers or supervisors appear, travel nurses will find that seeking feedback and answers as often as possible will improve performance.

Help out co-workers:

According to NurseTogether, establishing a mutually trust-based relationship with co-workers and supervisors is one of the best ways for a travel nurse to demonstrate that he or she is a valuable contributor. Keep promises, don’t hold grudges and be quick to lend a helping hand. These simple steps can help build a better work environment and give patients the best possible care.

Keep learning:

Only by continually expanding knowledge can help nurses reach their professional goals. Beyond enrolling in school to earn an advanced degree, nurses must simply be willing to grow and evolve.

One way to do this is to take regular notes or maintain a work diary, as this can help travel nurses remember thoughts and questions later on. Travel nurses will have many assignments in a variety of healthcare facilities, so it is especially important that they keep track of how the different environments affect performance and what they can do to continuously improve.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 40 years.

Continuing Education for Every Nurse: Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Austin, Texas – February 27, 2013

Colorectal cancer is the third most prevalent cancer, and an estimated 142,820 cases are expected to occur this year in the U.S. (American Cancer Society, 2013). Despite these numbers, colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable, and if found early, most treatable forms of cancer.

Many people delay colorectal cancer screening because of the potential for embarrassment and/or fear of discomfort associated with examinations. Other barriers to timely screening are lack of knowledge about screening tests among patients and lack of healthcare professional recommendation.

Nurses can affect the public’s awareness and willingness to use screening measures that can detect colorectal cancers early, increasing the opportunity for cure and survival. “Every Nurse Makes a Difference: Preventing Colorectal Cancer” is an online course providing nurses with accredited CE at http://www.noep.org. The project is made possible by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

ABOUT NOEP – NOEP is a nonprofit project of the Texas Nurses Association/Foundation.

HCA Methodist Healthcare Joins UT Arlington Academic Partnership Nursing Program

San Antonio and Dallas, TX – September 24, 2012

HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio has launched a new partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses throughout Texas.

Beginning Sept. 24, 2012, HCA Methodist will offer clinical assignments for students in the University’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The program features classroom content delivered online with clinical experiences provided in partner hospitals supervised by UT Arlington faculty. It can be completed in as few as 15 months.

UT Arlington partners with more than two dozen hospitals through its Academic Partnership BSN program, including sites in Arlington, Longview, Beaumont and Dallas. The addition of HCA Methodist marks the first hospital partner in the greater San Antonio area.

“The Academic Partnership BSN program allows UT Arlington to educate nurses in their communities and, in doing so, provides a ready workforce for our hospital partners,” said Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing. “We have been gratified at the response to our approach in addressing the state’s nursing shortage. We are especially proud that the graduates of this program option have licensure pass rates and graduation rates of more than 90 percent and employment success as new RN graduates.”

Continuing a long history of innovation in nursing education, The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing has one of the state’s highest graduation rates in the state, 94 percent for students seeking initial licensure in 2011.

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies has reported that Texas’ demand for full-time registered nurses in 2008 exceeded supply by 22,000. This gap is predicted to increase to 70,000 by 2020. Despite this shortage, Texas nursing schools routinely turn away thousands of applicants due to lack of funding, available faculty and clinical slots. The UT Arlington Academic Partnerships program is helping meet demand and close the gap.

In addition to its array of undergraduate and graduate programs, the UT Arlington College of Nursing recently launched the Professional Nursing Pathways Program to streamline the coursework for community college students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UT Arlington in as little as 13 months in the Academic Partnership RN-to-BSN program.

About UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas. With nearly 33,500 students, it is the second largest institution in the UT System and the sixth largest in Texas. The UT Arlington College of Nursing is one of the largest and most successful nursing programs in the nation with more than 7,500 students in Spring 2012. For more information about the College of Nursing, please visit http://www.uta.edu/nursing/.

About Academic Partnerships
Dallas-based Academic Partnerships works with universities to deliver traditional degree programs online, supporting higher education institutions at all stages of the process. The company is founded by education entrepreneur Randy Best and guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please see http://www.academicpartnerships.com.

Media contact: Sam Friedman, Group SJR for Academic Partnerships, 646.493.1105, sfriedman(at)groupsjr(dot)com
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