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Hitting the Road? Make a Smooth Transition for Your Family

April 18th, 2014

It can be hard for travelers and their families to say goodbye when the traveler heads out on an assignment.

Read below for some tips on how to make this transition go as smoothly as possibly for everyone.

  • See if you can arrange to Skype, FaceTime or otherwise speak to your family members via video online while you’re gone. This can help keep the feeling of isolation and missing each other at bay. As the old commercial used to say “it’s the second best thing to being there.”
  • If within a day’s driving distance, see if your family can come visit you on your days off.
  • If you haven’t done so already, create a Facebook page specifically for your family (you can make the page private or invitation-only) so that you can talk more personally about your day and adventures in your assignment city (make sure you don’t divulge HIPPA-quality information, of course).
  • Talk to your children about where you’re going (show them on a map, find pictures of the city online), where you’ll be living and working and when you’ll be done with your assignment. Take a calendar and mark the date in a big red circle and ask adult members of your family to cross off each day with the child(ren) near bedtime. Like an Advent calendar during the holidays, this can make the time go faster for the young ones.
  • Ask your children to draw their feelings about your leaving and then discuss any fears and anxieties that pop up.
  • Send postcards two or three times a week. Of course you’ll be Skyping or calling every day, but there’s still something magical and exciting about getting postcards in the mail.
  • In a similar vein, consider sending small gifts to your children and older adult family members periodically, such as a t-shirt, hat or other item that sports the assignment city’s name on it.
  • If your assignment is half a day’s drive away or less, see if you can come home on your days off at least once or twice during an assignment of the typical 13-week length.
  • Finally, understand that your family may not be as excited about your healthcare travel career as you are. Talk about their concerns, fears and (perhaps) even envy about you “always being gone somewhere great.” Don’t be afraid to have what may be tough conversations and always reiterate how much you love and miss your family.

If you’d like to learn more about assignments as a healthcare traveler, contact the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We can help you find exciting travel nursing opportunities across the country – or across town, so that you won’t have to leave your family for days at a time. Contact us today.

7 Reasons to Take a Travel Nursing Recruiter’s Call

April 14th, 2014

You are a nurse who loves the work. You’ve no desire to leave your employer. You’ve no desire to change things up.

Then you get a phone call from a recruiter with a healthcare travel company. At first you’re inclined to not take the call, but before doing so, read below for seven reasons you should take that call!

  1. The best time to talk to a recruiter is when you don’t need them. That is, you’re gainfully employed and happy where you are. Should that change – should you be laid off or fired – you won’t be as attractive to a recruiter or their clients.
  2. It’s far better to be courted than to be an applicant. Since you’re already happily employed, you have leverage. You can pick and choose which travel staffing companies you want to work with. You’re in the proverbial catbird seat.
  3. You’ve no doubt heard a lot about the travel nurse career; surely you have a few questions! Why not ask the recruiter about them when he contacts you? This can help you decide if working as a traveling nurse is something you’d like to do “someday.” Also, speaking to the recruiter now helps you create a relationship with them just in case you do change your mind.
  4. Even if you’re truly not interested, talking to a nursing recruiter – and creating a relationship with him or her – can help you stay abreast of the nursing job market. Recruiters know the state of the job market in-depth at all times, so they will know exactly how in demand your particular skills are at any given moment.
  5. A nurse recruiter also can take a look at your CV/resume and provide tips on how to improve it.
  6. You also can ask the recruiter how they found you/why they called you. This will let you know which job board or individual referred you and can help you gauge how well respected you are within the profession.
  7. If a travel nursing recruiter calls, take the opportunity to find out what types of travel assignments his firm specializes in, what benefits the company offers, the pay range, and so on. Having such up-to-date industry information always is wise.

You may say you aren’t interested in a career as a nurse traveler now but circumstances and desires change. You never know what the future will bring, and having one or more travel nurse recruiters in your professional network can never be a bad thing.

If you’ve already decided that you want to search for travel nursing jobs, contact the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We’re always happy to speak with nurses looking for more information about a travel career and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns. Contact us today.

What Does Your Online Presence Say About You?

March 11th, 2014

If you’re about to look for a new job – whether it’s as a healthcare traveler or a permanent, full-time job at a hospital or medical facility – you must check out your online presence.

Why? Because you want to make sure you’re putting the proverbial “best foot forward” when it comes to what people will find when they search for your name online.

And search they definitely will! Forbes.com reported in May 2013 that up to 70 percent of employers look at a candidate’s LinkedIn profile. ZDNet.com reported in a January 2012 post that 56 percent of employers “check applicants’ Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter” accounts.

What’s more, the Forbes.com article stated that just 27 percent of employers give applicants a chance to “discuss the online content that is associated with their name.”

If you have things on your social media profiles that give an employer pause, you may never know it! You could lose a job without ever knowing the real reason why.

So clean up your presence before looking for work. For tips on how to do so, read below.

  • Check for your name on different search engines (Google, Yahoo!, etc.) as well as different social media sites. Don’t just comb through your own profiles on the social sites; do a search for your name on the entire site so that you’ll see instances where people mention you.
  • It’s wise to create a Google Alert for your name so that any time your name is mentioned, you’ll receive notice.
  • The Forbes.com article referenced above suggests that at least one of the top five search engine results should be one that relates to your professional life (your LinkedIn profile, for example). That’s why it’s imperative that you keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and as complete as possible.
  • If you don’t post on “old” social media sites (MySpace, Flickr, LiveJournal, etc.) anymore, it might be best if you delete the account, especially if you posted there a lot when in college and may not have been, shall we say, as responsible about what you posted then as you are today.
  • Privacy settings are constantly changing on social media sites; how private you believe your profiles to be may not be as private as they once were. That’s why it’s wise to always think before you post to any of them! If in doubt, don’t post anything that you’d want your grandmother – or a future employer – to see.

If you’ve ever wanted to look for work as a traveling healthcare professional, once you’ve checked out your online presence (and have cleaned it up, as needed), send your resume to the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We have hundreds of healthcare travel positions for RNs, PTs, OTs, speech therapists, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals at medical facilities across the country. Contact us today.

Travel Nursing and Compassion Fatigue

February 14th, 2014

As a nurse, you are dedicated, caring and involved with your patients. The very factors that make you an good nurse can lead to burnout as you face pressure to take on increasing workloads while providing excellent patient care.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) notes that healthcare workers are expected to deal with everything from time pressures, to the uncertainty of outcomes of infectious disease to dealing with difficult patients. This long-term stress can lead to physical, emotional and psychological symptoms.

According to the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project unaddressed symptoms of compassion fatigue can impact the workplace in ways including:

  • High absenteeism
  • Inability for teams to work well together
  • Lack of flexibility among staff members
  • Negativity toward management
  • Lack of a vision for the future

How can Travel Nurses deal with Compassion Fatigue?

Travel Nurses have both an advantage and a disadvantage over full-time nurses dealing with job stressors. On the one hand, you can see a “light at the end of the tunnel” because your assignment has and end date. But since you are on the road, you may be separated from your typical stress relievers such as family and friends or familiar surroundings. It’ s important to create a strategy for dealing with stress no matter where you are.

Some Stress Relievers to Try:

  • Bring along a piece of home. A favorite pillow, lotion or blanket may be comfort items you can rely on to remind you of home.
  • Incorporate exercise into your schedule. Sure, you spend all day on your feet, often lifting heavy patients or equipment, but exercise is proven to reduce stress. Opt for what works best for you. Slow, meditative yoga stretches may relax you or try burning off some adrenaline with a good hard run.
  • Investigate your local area for places to relax. If water calms you, try walking near a lake, river or ocean. Enjoy the outdoors in a local park or browse a local bookstore or museum.
  • Treat yourself. Enjoy a nice dinner out rather than eating on the counter at home. Look for entertainment bargains and enjoy a movie, play or sporting event. If you are attending on your own you can often find single seats available even at the last minute.
  • Nurture your spiritual side. If you are religious (or even if you are not), you may take comfort in a local church. Try meditation, read inspirational books or watch uplifting videos.
  • Invite a coworker for coffee. You may find that others are going through the same struggles as you are. Enjoying a few laughs or commiserating with a colleague may help.

If typical stress relievers don’t seem to be making a difference in how you are feeling, contact your relationship manager. They can offer advice or put you in touch with local professionals who can help you with Compassion Fatigue.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a travel nurse? If you’re an RN with at least two years of recent professional experience, we’d like to talk. Take a look at some of our travel nurse opportunities or contact one of MedPro Healthcare Staffing’s recruiters to learn more.

U.S News Ranks Nursing as 2012 “Top Job”

April 10th, 2012

You always knew that nursing was a great career and the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as U.S. News and World Report have been reporting so for several years now. Healthcare positions often top the charts of “best jobs.”

This year is no different as USNews.com once again lists nursing as the number 1 “Top Job 2012.”

A February 2012 article at USNews.com predicted that the job growth for registered nurses “should see significant growth over the next decade.”

Based on BLS data, USNews.com the article went on to say that “registered nurse employment growth of 26 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 711,900 more positions. Solid employment growth and a wide range of job prospects help make registered nursing a top healthcare job, as well as the No. 1 career on our list of The Best Jobs of 2012.”

The article states that the “best-paid 10 percent” of nurses made a bit more than $95,000 annually, while the “bottom 10 percent” made a bit more than $44K. If you want the big bucks, look into personal care nursing or pharmaceutical or medical device companies. As for where you’ll make the most in salary, the article cited the cities of San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco.

The article recommends that RNs “[l]ook beyond the hospital. Nurses are fanning out into a host of jobs, ranging from rehab and long-term care facilities to nurse-run community clinics, schools, or corporations where preventative care and wellness are becoming a bigger focus—and a bigger source of jobs.”

Speaking of a “bigger source of jobs,” check out work as a traveling nurse. You’ll hone and improve skills – and very likely learn new ones – all while traveling to different cities and healthcare facilities throughout the country. Contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today to learn more about these terrific opportunities.

Top Job Opportunity – A Review of a Current MedPro Job Destination

March 1st, 2012

Travel nursing can take you places—this week we’re highlighting a top destination with ample opportunities available for MedPro candidates: Colorado. For cities large and small, here is the scoop on things to see and do on your latest adventure:

Denver

First up is Denver: the capital and most populous city in the great state of Colorado. As a major U.S. city, Denver is chock full of sites and scenes for a traveling medical pro to take in. Located just east of the Rocky Mountains, the Denver skyline is hard to beat. And with 14,000 acres of mountain parks, it’s a dream come true for nature lovers who want the opportunity and diversity that a big city offers. Expect cold winters and plenty of snow—but also enjoy legendary live music venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater, nationally recognized museums, and a few pro sports teams you may have heard of like the Broncos.

Montrose

From Denver, we’re heading over the mountains and through the woods—literally—down to Montrose, where we have several open Occupational Therapy positions. Montrose is southwest of the vast Gunnison National Forest, and is the perfect location for those that prefer to live a bit off the beaten path. With a population of between 15,000 and 16,000, Montrose features a drier climate, with little snowfall and hot summers. Nearby recreation includes hiking in the Black Canyon, and ski trips to the San Juan Mountains to the south.

Lone Tree

For those that like a slower pace, Lone Tree may be for you. With a population of around 5,000 and several nursing opportunities available, Lone Tree is located in the south Metro area of Denver—a bit away from the hustle and bustle but still within striking distance for day trips to the city. Golf lovers will appreciate the challenging 18-hole Lone Tree Golf Course.

Holly

If the rural life is for you, Holly should be at the top of your list. On the far eastern border of Colorado, Holly has a population of just around 1,000. At such a small size, Holly will definitely give you a taste of small town life. Bring your banjo: each June, Holly hosts the Holly Days Blue Grass Festival, a three-day outdoor live music event.

These are just a few of the Colorado destinations MedPro candidates can choose from. Ready to start your Colorado adventure? Contact MedPro today!

Not Happy With Current Travel Healthcare Assignment Location?

February 13th, 2012

How to Address Issues with Your Healthcare Staffing Agency

So you’ve packed up and headed out on an exciting new assignment—chances are you’re acclimating well, taking in your new surroundings, and getting to know your co-workers and patients. But every once in a while, you may encounter unforeseen problems, or—worst-case—find yourself stuck in an assignment you are having second thoughts about. Here are a few tips for dealing with bumps in the road on your healthcare journey:

Avoid Problems Before They Arise
It might not seem helpful if you’re already stuck in an assignment you’re unhappy with, but many problems can be avoided by taking the time to fully understand an assignment before you agree to it. Get all the details you can about the type of facility you’ll be working in and tasks you’ll be expected to perform. When talking with your recruiter, share any misgivings you have. Most importantly, take time to self-assess and make sure this is the right assignment for where you are in your development.

Contact Your Recruiter
When things aren’t going as expected, make sure to contact your recruiter immediately—don’t let problems get worse before you make your concerns known. Also, your recruiter may be able to help rectify the situation, and give you valuable advice for overcoming challenges in a new assignment. Be patient and don’t make any rash decisions.

Give Feedback
It’s important to share your experiences in a completed assignment with your recruiter. Being upfront about problems or stress you encountered in an assignment will help your recruiter select future assignments more appropriate and enjoyable for you. If you have negative experiences with an assignment, don’t be afraid to share them. Help your recruiter help you.

Stay Positive
While following the above tips, there still may be times when a traveling healthcare pro will encounter difficulty in an assignment. It is important to treat each assignment as a learning experience—you’ll gain valuable experience and be better prepared for both avoiding and anticipating problems in the future. Stay positive, and keep things in perspective!

 Interested in working with a travel healthcare staffing agency?
MedPro is one the nation’s leading travel healthcare staffing agencies.  We offer outstanding travel nursing jobs, travel therapist jobs and travel allied healthcare jobs.

MedPro’s Top Travel Healthcare Blog Posts of 2011

December 28th, 2011

As we wrap up 2011 and get ready for 2012, we decided to look back at our top blog posts from this year. It’s our privilege and pleasure to provide you with the tools and tips you need to reach your career goals. Whether you are a travel therapist or a travel nurse, we are here to help you reach your goals!

Here is a rundown of our top posts from 2011:

Top 10 Physical Therapy Schools in the U.S. – Being a physical therapist is one of the top 50 careers, according to US World News & Report. To help you find the right school for launching your therapy career, we reviewed a list of the top 10 schools for physical therapy.

Five Great Locations for Travel Nursing - Travel nursing offers unique rewards versus a traditional nursing career. One of the biggest rewards is the ability to travel. In this post, we highlight five great destinations for travel nurses.

Your Career as a Pharmacy Technician – What You Should Know – Careers in pharmacy are expanding rapidly, and an emerging area is that of pharmacy tech. If you’re considering a career as a pharmacy technician, this post will give you the information you need to get started.

AAIHR and MedPro Staffing  Joined With Latham & Watkins to Secure Victory for Physical Therapists Educated in Philippines, India, Pakistan and Egypt - MedPro Staffing was instrumental in lifting a ban on hiring therapists from the Philippines, India, Pakistan and Egypt. This blog examines the decision and journey in more detail.

The RN Safe Staffing Act – What You Should Know -  The RN Safe Staffing Act has been reintroduced into Congress, and can have a dramatic impact on nurses and healthcare organizations across the country. The post contains essential information you need to know.

Looking for an assignment to kickoff 2012?
Search our available healthcare, nursing, and therapy travel jobs today to get started!

Happy Holidays from MedPro!

December 22nd, 2011

Happy Holidays!

 

As 2011 draws to a close, the entire MedPro team would like to wish you and your families a warm, happy and healthy holiday.

Whether you’re traveling far from home, enjoying the holiday’s with family, or enjoying your time in the comfort of your own home, we hope you have a safe and joyous holiday season!

Best wishes for 2012 and beyond! And if you’re looking to get a jump on your first assignment for the upcoming year, search our job postings to get started.

 

Unable to Get Home for the Holidays? These Tips Will Help You Celebrate a Happy Holiday

December 20th, 2011

Feeling lonely this holiday season? If you’re on assignment and unable to travel home for the holiday, you may be feeling a bit down. Travel healthcare careers offer great opportunities, but the holidays can be difficult.

You can have a great holiday while on assignment!

Although you may not be able to share the holiday at home with your family, you can still share in a warm, healthy holiday. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your holidays this year:

Gather with your coworkers. Chances are you work with other traveling professionals who are unable to return home for the holidays. Invite them over to your home and suggest a pot luck holiday. Everyone brings a traditional dish from their families’ holiday fare, and you can enjoy the holidays with others who are away from home.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen. One of the best ways to warm your heart at the holidays is to help others. Find a local soup kitchen serving holiday meals to the needy, and offer your services. If only for an hour or two, you can make a positive difference in someone’s life, and share in the warmth and health of the holidays.

Use technology to be “with” your family. Technology these days is quite advanced. So advanced, in fact, that you can be “with” your family, even if you are thousands of miles away! If you have a laptop or other camera-equipped mobile device, you can share the holidays with your family via Skype, or another peer-to-peer video call system.  Depending on how tech savvy your family is, you could even be “placed” at the table for the holiday meal! While it can’t replace the feeling of physically being with your family, it can go a long way toward helping ease the disappointment of not being home for the holiday.

Looking for your next assignment?
We have assignments with healthcare organizations across the nation. Search our available travel healthcare job postings to get started.