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6 Event-Finder Apps to Use While on Assignment

June 9th, 2014
  1. Eventbrite
    Designed for an iOS or Android phone, this app is modeled after the website of the same name. Eventbrite allows you to locate events worldwide, access maps and directions, and—after you buy tickets—check into events using a QR code on your phone. Eventbrite is your one-stop-shop for fun!
  1. Events Finder
    Similar to Eventbrite, this app is designed specifically for iOS. Events Finder is like a travel book for your smart phone, providing information about anything and everything happening in your specified locale. Learn about concert, fairs and festivals, performing arts, educational and political events, sports games, movies, wine tastings and more.
  1. Like a Local
    Feel like straying far from the beaten path?You might want to download the free app Like a Local. This app helps you uncover hidden hot spots recommended by local editors. Don’t stand out as a tourist: see the parts of the city that only locals know about!
  1. LocalMind
    Also powered by the local population, LocalMind allows you to poll area residents for information about events, such as price, crowd size or anything else you’d like to know. This handy app can help you determine what’s cool and what might not be worth your time, based on the opinions of those “in the know.
  1. Gravy
    Feel like being social in a loud rock club? Or maybe you’d prefer a good poetry reading? Gravy allows you to search for events in your area based on your mood. Activities are listed by categories such as lively, classy, brainy or mellow.
  1. SongKick
    Are you a musical superfan? SongKick is a concert app that allows you to keep up with your favorite bands while you’re on assignment. The magic of this app is that it syncs with your MP3 library and makes suggestions based on the artists you like best. For concerts featuring classical music, pop, rock, reggae and everything in between, SongKick has you covered!

No fair complaining that you’re bored!

Maximize your free time on assignment this summer by downloading one (or all) of these handy event-finder apps for your smart phone! You’ll be able to find an activity faster than you can say, “What is there to do around here?”

Looking for a travel assignment?

If you’re an allied healthcare professional looking for travel placement, you’ve come to the right place. MedPro Staffing recruiters will work with you to find the assignment you’re looking for in locations around the United States—or even the world. Contact us today to learn more.

So what is a Noncap H-1B?

August 13th, 2013

The H-1B cap is currently set by federal statute at admission of 65,000 highly specialized workers annually. For the past several years, the H-1B cap has been met within weeks – or even days – of commencement of the filing season on April 1. As a result, foreign nationals otherwise eligible for H-1B visas are excluded from US employment, sometimes for several years. Congress has deemed certain institutions worthy of an H-1B cap exemption because of the direct benefits they provide to the United States.

These cap exemptions include, but are not limited to (1) an additional 20,000 H1B petitions for foreign nationals holding an advanced degree from a U.S. institution of higher education; and (2) cap exempt petitioners including institutions of higher education, nonprofit research organizations, and government research organizations; commonly referred to as noncap employer or noncap petitioner.

Institutions of higher education are defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 1001(a).

A nonprofit research organization is an organization that is primarily engaged in basic research and/or applied research. Basic research is general research to gain more

comprehensive knowledge or understanding of the subject under study, without specific applications in mind. Basic research is also research that advances scientific knowledge, but

does not have specific immediate commercial objectives although it may be in fields of present or potential commercial interest.

A governmental research organization is a United States Government entity whose primary mission is the performance or promotion of basic research and/or applied research.

H-1B cap exempt visas have no numerical limitations, which means there is no restriction on the number of visas that can be filed and approved each year. Because cap exempt H-1B visas can be filed and approved year-round, foreign nationals granted cap exempt H-1B visas can start work as soon as the case is approved and, if required, a visa is granted. This is particularly significant in the years when the H-1B cap filing season is converted to a lottery system and tens of thousands of specialized workers are shut out from U.S. employment.

The USCIS will require the cap exempt petitioner to prove its cap exempt status by a preponderance of the evidence. The USCIS does not maintain a list of noncap employers, thus at each filing the noncap petitioner must fully document its eligibility for the exemption.

A cap exempt petitioner can petition for an H-1B temporary worker any time of the year.

World Photography Day Contest

August 10th, 2012

August 19th, 2012 is “World Photography Day” and MedPro wants your help!

We are calling on all of our traveling heathcare professionals to send us your breathtaking, wacky, or down-right interesting photos you have collected on assignment.  The theme is “Travel” and we will collect the photos on our Facebook page, so be sure to to post yours by August, 17th 2012 for a chance to win a $50 American Express Gift Card!

It’s a big world out there (and we want to see it), so be sure to submit your photo today!

The Fine Print: Must have a current signed contract with MedPro Staffing. Open to employees in the United States only. Pictures must be posted no later than 5:00PM on August 17, 2012. Winner will be announced on August, 19, 2012.

Should You Develop a Portfolio in Addition to Your Speech Pathology Resume?

August 2nd, 2012

If you work as a traveling speech therapist you’ll build your skills in a great variety of areas, areas you may not have been able to if you stayed put in one hospital or clinic for several months or years.

Want an example? An at LifeTips.com article mentions that a traveling speech therapist might very well come across a patient presenting the extremely rare – but not unheard of – condition of Foreign Accent Syndrome, in which an individual suddenly starts to speak in a foreign accent. The patient still speaks in his or her native language, but just with a foreign accent.

“Imagine,” the article states, “the rare and unusual cases you could have access to by taking on speech therapist travel jobs! When you work in a wide variety of places, the chance of encountering unusual and rare speech disorders is greater than it would be if you worked at the same location.”

In fact, the more you can build an actual portfolio showing your experience in treating these types of conditions, the greater your cache will be with employers – both travel therapist services such as MedPro Healthcare Staffing, as well as clinics, hospitals and other healthcare operations needing speech therapists.

Just pretend you’re a hiring manager. Who would you be more interested in interviewing (and offering a position to)? The speech therapist who has “just” worked as a therapist in a suburban clinic for a number of years? Or would you sit up and take notice of the CV submitted by a therapist who offers a document, as the article notes, of “specific treatment plans that you’ve developed after encountering unusual or rare speech disorders!”?

Put another way (according to the article):

Anyone applying for speech language pathologist jobs presents a resume for the interview, but someone able to learn from unique speech therapy travel jobs has a portfolio.

Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll encounter the more interesting speech therapy cases when working on travel therapy assignments. But you will have the opportunity to work with patients from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds as you travel from clinics in rural areas to hospitals in some of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities.

“Taking speech therapist travel jobs is the kind of career decision that can literally introduce you to a whole new medical work where everything you learn only helps to propel your career even further,” the article concludes.

Have you encountered rare or unusual speech pathologies at your employer or as a traveling therapist? If so, why not take your highly regarded experience to clinics and hospitals all over the country as a traveling speech therapist? Contact a MedPro Healthcare Staffing recruiter today; we’d love to speak to you about the many traveling therapist opportunities we offer!

What to Expect on Your First Day as a Travel Nurse

July 13th, 2012

Are you just about to go out on your first assignment as a travel nurse? Read below for some tips on how to “survive” your first day and weeks on assignment.

Your recruiter will give you tons of information about the medical facility to which you’re assigned, as well as your new, temporary home and your apartment complex (if you’ve decided to let your travel nurse company find you living accommodations). Don’t be shy about asking questions. If the recruiter doesn’t know the answer, he or she can call the facility before you head out.

Just as with any new job, your first day on assignment more than likely will involve getting a tour of the hospital/medical facility as well as a more in-depth overview of your assignment department. You’ll meet your on-site manager as well as your colleagues. You’ll receive a detailed description and tour of your department’s “way of doing” things (such as charting), as well as where the supplies are kept, medical equipment locations, and which people to contact should you have questions, problems or concerns.

You’ll want to be sure to take a notebook or tablet/smartphone on which to take notes. Take plenty of them. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification or to ask questions you feel haven’t yet been answered. A simple, small, pocket-sized notebook can be a lifesaver – you can jot down quick notes, phone numbers and passwords on the fly.

Talk to everyone on your floor. Introduce yourself. Your new colleagues will expect you to have lots of questions, so don’t be afraid to ask them. So long as you have a positive attitude no one should “mind” if you ask lots of questions.

Skip the “I’ve always done it this way,” or the “I think efficiency would be improved if we did it this way” conversations until at least a few weeks into your assignment. No one likes being told what do by the newbie; you’ll need to prove yourself to your new colleagues first. In fact, it’s a good idea to get a feel for your department even after you’ve been there awhile before making recommendations. You may feel you’re being helpful, but some departments aren’t amenable to an outsider (even one who’s going to be there an average of 13 weeks) telling them “what to do.”

Understand that you’re there to work. Travel nursing isn’t a vacation. Hospitals and other medical facilities have engaged your travel staffing service to find someone like you because the facility has an urgent need for your skills. You’re there to focus on your patients; make sure that patient focus is your top priority.

Are you flexible, outgoing and wishing to make a difference in your nursing career? Do you have bit of wanderlust, too? Then contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We have dozens upon dozens of healthcare and other medical facilities across the country eager to bring you onboard for a temporary assignment. Contact us today!

Immigrating to the U.S. to Become a Travel Healthcare Professional

July 10th, 2012

If you’re a nurse or a speech, physical or occupational therapist and have considered traveling to the U.S to work as a traveling nurse or therapist, read below to learn more about the benefits of doing so and what you can expect in the process.

First of all, we want you to rest assured that recruiters and staffing specialists at MedPro Healthcare Staffing are expert in all aspects of the credentialing and immigration process for foreign healthcare professionals. We’ve helped hundreds of foreign professionals come to work and live in America and we’ll take care of all the credentialing and other requirements necessary to get you working here.

Among the credentials/certificates therapy professionals will need are:

  • A review of your FCCPT credentials as well as a visa screen
  • Licensure in the state(s) in which you’ll work. Physical therapists will need to prepare for the NPTE
  • Preparation for the TOEFL iBT
  • H-1B sponsorship

Nurses will need to arrange for a work visa and/or “green card” (we can help you with that).

Once you’ve made arrangements and received your work visa, your recruiter will arrange for you to travel to our headquarters in Sunrise, Florida (about 15 miles west of Fort Lauderdale and 50 minutes north of Miami) to finish up your orientation.

Your orientation with MedPro will take place in a classroom and will help you make your way and practice in the United States’ healthcare system.

Once you have received a work visa, we’ll arrange for your travel to Florida to complete orientation here in our Ft. Lauderdale office. MedPro’s orientation program consists of classroom training that will prepare you to practice your profession within the U.S. healthcare system. While in orientation you’ll meet and spend time with your relationship manager and other team members.

You should know that you will never have to go through this alone; we’ll assign you a relationship manager who will be there to answer any and all questions and concerns you may have at any time during your travel assignment.

In addition, one of our in-house staff members is a licensed immigration attorney, so any questions of a working-status or immigration nature will be answered quickly and at no charge to you.

Are you a foreign nursing or therapy professional looking to travel to the U.S and do even more travelling within the country on traveling assignments? Then contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. For more information on the how you can become a healthcare professional in the United States, visit our foreign healthcare professionals page.

Being a Better Caretaker of Your Senior Patients

July 6th, 2012

As you work with older patients at you’re your travel assignment, you may have noticed that they seem to be unable to move their focus as quickly as your younger patients.

This is typical for older adults and is actually part of the aging process.

According to an article in the March/April 2012 issue of Senior Living Executive in which author Anya Martin interviews neuroscientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley about his study of older adults aged 60-80.

Dr. Gazzaley and his researchers found that, according to the article, the older adults “had a much tougher time re-engaging after a distraction than 22 younger counterparts aged 18-20, and that difficulty corresponded to changes that could be seen visually in MRI scans of their brains.”

Dr. Gazzaley and his cohorts are now studying if this decline has anything at all to do with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. He and his team at the University of San Francisco also are studying whether “brain games” and other tools might help people retain their ability to multi-task as they age.

In the meantime, knowing that your older patients might not be able to focus on a new task (say, moving to a new therapy move as a physical or occupational therapist works with a patient) as quickly as your younger patients can go a long way to helping you become a better healthcare professional.

Here are some other tips:

  • Tell the patient that you are going to ask him or her to do something else while he or she is doing another activity. That is, for example, if the patient is doing front leg exercises, let the patient know he or she will be doing calf raises next. Tell the patient again when he or she finishes the front leg exercises.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. Aim to work in a quiet room and, if you’re a colleague enters the room, try not to have a conversation unrelated to your patient in the room.
  • Remember that what you may think is easy to do – read an article while watching television, for example – may not be as easy for your older patient.
  • It’s not that our patient doesn’t understand what you ask of him or her; it may be that he or she needs a moment or two to process your request.
  • Also, your patient may not be hard of hearing. Again, it may be that he or she needs a moment to move from one of your comments/requests to another.

To read more about Dr. Gazzaley’s research, read the article.

Whether you’re a nurse, a PT, OT, or other healthcare professional, our clients need you. Contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing to learn more about the many traveling healthcare assignments we offer. We look forward to hearing from you!

Helping Your Traveling Family: Helping Your Kids Make New Friends

July 3rd, 2012

Many traveling therapists, nurses and other traveling healthcare professionals often take their families – including school-age children – with them when on assignment.

Some consider it similar to the upheavals military families often experience. But, while not denigrating the regular disruption military families go through, families of traveling professionals can experience such disturbances as often as every 13 weeks. Talk about moving around!

Read below for tips on how to help your children meet new friends while you’re on a travel assignment.

Some traveling professionals accept only longer-term assignments, such as three-, six- or even nine-months in length. Taking a nine-month assignment, for example, could allow you to move your children to the assignment city just before the school year starts and leave when the year is over, thus allowing your children to complete a full school year at one school.

Your children may be worried that they won’t make new friends. Don’t just tell them something along the lines of, “don’t be silly; you’re a great kid and you’ll make tons of friends” right off the bat. Let your child express his or her concerns, echo them (“I hear that you’re worried about meeting new kids”) and let the child talk until he or she is talked out. Then you can sit down and come up with ideas as to how he or she can make new friends (and then you can reassure your youngster about his or her great friend attracting qualities).

Watch your own attitude about the move. If you’re nervous about making new friends yourself, you child will pick up on this. Be as enthusiastic and excited about the opportunity all members of your family will have to meet new people and experience new things. Your children will model your own mood.

Make sure your children have plenty of opportunity to meet with current friends to say goodbye. Gather e-mails and Facebook contact information so that your children can keep in touch.

Once you’re settled in your assignment city, be patient with your child. It may take him or her awhile to feel like reaching out to other youngsters.

Perhaps one of the best ways to help your child make new friends is to sign him or her up for community activities or sports. Children’s theater, art classes, recreational soccer, etc. will be wonderful pursuits in and of themselves – as well as a great way to meet kids of the same age.

Understand that your needs for friendship may be more or less than your child’s. If you’re the prototypical social butterfly but your child is more a loner, respect that difference and don’t worry if he or she isn’t making as many friends as you would have at that age.

Whether you’re looking work as a traveling healthcare professional across the country or just within your city at different facilities, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We have hundreds of traveling opportunities for nurses, speech therapists, OTs, PTs and other healthcare professionals. Contact us today!

Travel Nursing Questions: How Much Experience Do You Need?

June 26th, 2012

Working as a travel nurse can be an exceptionally exciting, rewarding and financially smart career choice.

And, while many newly minted nurses look forward to such a career, most –- as in just about all – travel nursing staffing services and their client medical facilities require that someone who wishes to be considered for travel nurse opportunities have at least 12 or even 18 months of nursing experience. In fact, that experience should be acute care clinical experience.

The 18 months isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, but is pretty consistent throughout the United States.

Some facilities, units within those facilities and even different cities will have different requirements. Some want as much as two years (medical-surgery, psychology and rehab). Many facilities also are looking for traveling LPNs/LVNs, but they want at least six years of experience under candidates’ wings before considering them for positions.

If you’ve just graduated from nursing, it can’t hurt to contact travel nursing companies such as MedPro Healthcare Staffing to let us know that you’re interested. You can send us your CV/resume, let us know what types of nursing work you seek and where, and keep in touch. Be sure to keep us updated regarding your work experience.

Another tip for aspiring travel nurses: Assess objectively your attitude to change and the unknown. Travel nursing assignments will ask you to change plans on a moment’s notice. You’ll need excellent clinical skills, the ability to think on your feet and the knack of getting along with a vast array of personalities within your colleagues and patients. Can you handle it? Be honest with yourself; travel nursing really isn’t for everyone.

And, yes, working as a travel nurse, even if it’s just for a year or two, can be a terrific addition to your resume/CV. Working travel nursing assignments shows your flexibility and your willingness to learn new ways of doing things. In addition, nurse managers and those in a position to hire understand the critical role travel nurses play in healthcare today. Your work history will be bolstered by your months or years working as a travel nurse.

Whether you’re just graduating from nursing school or you have years of experience, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. New grads: We’d love to place you in our database for assignments in a year or so. Experienced pros: We need you now. We look forward to hearing from you!

Selecting a Travel Healthcare Employment Agency

June 22nd, 2012

If you want to travel and if you’re a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist or pharmacy professional, you’re in great demand at hospitals and medical facilities all over the country for short-term (minimum of 13 weeks) assignments.

If this career interests you, you’ll need to register with one or more staffing services that provide traveling healthcare professionals.

Read below to learn how to spot a good staffing service.

A good travel staffing service:

  • Pays for your accommodations while you’re on assignment. If you don’t wish to stay in the apartment they find for you, the staffing service should offer you a healthy housing stipend so that you may find your own accommodations.
  • Will pay for all of your licensing fees and will even help you get the proper licenses for the state(s) in which you’ll be on assignment.
  • Provides a 401(k) retirement plan.
  • Offers dental and medical insurance coverage.
  • Is available to you 24/7. Can you get a hold of a staffing manager at any time?
  • Helps you keep your continuing education requirements up to date.
  • Pays you weekly and offers direct deposit electronically to your checking/savings account.
  • Provides professional liability insurance coverage.
  • Understands that healthcare travelers also have personal lives and works hard to accommodate you in regard to your family’s needs, whenever possible.

Finally, avoid at all costs a staffing service that requires you to pay them for the privilege of finding your assignments. A legitimate service never asks for money up front. In fact, a legitimate service never asks you to pay it anything, ever.

For more information on the benefits of working for a healthcare travel agency such as MedPro Healthcare Staffing, contact one of our recruiters. We’d love to discuss the hundreds of opportunities we have at medical facilities and hospitals across the county. We look forward to hearing from you.