The coolest part about being a travel nurse is, of course, traveling. You get to travel to wonderful cities all over the country. Where most people live their lives, dreaming of exploring, you get to live it! Looking for somewhere new to travel to? Try New Orleans, Louisiana! Also known as NOLA by the locals, it's on everyone's bucket list to visit. With 31 hospitals in the New Orleans city limits, there's plenty of jobs to help you choose NOLA. The New York Times calls New Orleans "unlike any other city in the world". If partying on your days off is your forte, Bourbon Street is the place to be. With city laws allowing you to drink alcohol on the streets, it's a non stop party. With bars on every corner and entertainment in between, no wonder it's rated the number one place to visit.   If you're more into seeing the sights, well there are plenty to go around! With the Cities of the Dead, the quaint farmers markets and coffee shops, you'll have your fill. The French Quarter, Saint Louis Cathedral and Frenchman street are all within walking distance. Take a tour through the National WW2 Museum or through St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and relive history! It's definitely a magical place and yours to explore as a travel nurse! 
The patients are what this industry is based on. They're what make sure you have this wonderful job as a traveling nurse. They're also what makes this job interesting. You base the stories you tell, the attitude you have, all on the patients. We all know that sometimes, the patients are the best people to be around though. Sometimes, they aren't. You happen to be in the direct line of either the worst or best of people. But it's not only the patients you have to take care of. It's their loved ones, as well.  Being a nurse, you're taking care of the husbands, the wives, the parents, the children. Which makes the job 10 times harder. When the doctor sweeps in, using big words and medical terms, you're the one they turn to when they don't understand. The step by step of the diagnostic are yours to explain. When the patient is too sick to understand what's going on, the loved ones are who need the comfort. Everyone is scared, and everyone has different ways of handling that.  The families of your patients are your patients too, now. This may be another day at work for you, but for them, it may be the end of the world. Taking care of these patients and helping families understand what's going on and the options, is an important part of the job. Do this part to the best of your ability and you will live in their memories for years to come. 
“Fight or Flight” mode was a survival instinct in our past when we faced danger. But in today’s world we can find our stress levels through the roof and “Fight or Flight” mode on during most of our waking hours. The world is moving faster and faster and as a healthcare traveler or travel nurse you see this every day. The caregiver has to find ways to relieve this stress, quickly and efficiently, to continue operating at optimum levels to provide proper care to our patients. So, in that vein, here a few quick techniques to help you alleviate some stress each day. First and foremost, sometimes you have to just stop what you are doing and take a few deep breaths and focus on the breath. Even one long deep breath is better than nothing. If you can take a moment to breathe deeply in and out a few times you will notice a difference. You must be in control of your body and reactions to what is happening at all times And a few deep breaths can really do wonders. When you get a break or when you are home you could try some meditation for stress relief. There are many great apps out there now that can help you get started. Meditation has been shown to make positive changes to the brain almost immediately, relief of stress being one of the best effects. Physical exercise or movement has always been my best stress buster. I prefer to walk or do something outside but I also do yoga in my small space each morning to keep my body moving There are great yoga apps available now too so that you basically have your own personal instructor teaching you. You can set the time, type, everything about it. I find these apps very useful to motivate myself to move. A quick walk is always good medicine for your stress. If you can get outside to do it – even better. Most areas have some tree lined paths you can walk. And, of course, sometimes when a stressful day is upon us it’s always good to just take a brisk walk down the hall and breathe and focus. So please remember to take care of your stress. Breathe, walk, meditate, move your body. Stress is the most common cause of chronic illness today and you can make sure it doesn’t kill you just by observing and breathing and moving. Safe travels to all!
It’s hard to believe but tomorrow will be 2020. It promises to be an exciting year in so many ways. The travel nurse and professional healthcare travel industry continues to thrive with no slowdown in site. New jobs, new opportunities, new places, new experiences all while enhancing your career. Top pay and benefits are also great perks for the traveler. RN’s in all specialties are in demand across our beautiful country. What’s your specialty? Are you an ER Nurse who thinks fast on her feet and is ready for anything? Well, you can bet there are Emergency Departments in major facilities across the country looking for your skills. OR RN’s, L&D RN’s, ICU RN’s, PCU RN’s, and so many more specialties are needed for travel assignments in many areas. Ever thought you might like to explore an area a little more than just a week or two vacation? Well, travel nursing can give you that chance. Pick a place and hook yourself up with a great assignment, starting at 13 weeks maybe, and you will have lots more time to discover all the great things there are to enjoy in that area. If the gig works out for you and the facility you may even extend to 26 weeks. That’s a long time to really get to know your surroundings. Many adventures to be had along the way for sure. Or, on the other hand if you have many areas you want to discover you can always line up shorter term assignments and get more traveling in. As a professional healthcare traveler or travel nurse the choice is really yours. You can check out jobs we have listed here on or fill out our Request For More Information and we will put you in touch with top agencies in the field. Happy New Year and may 2020 be our best year yet!
It’s Christmas Eve and all of us here at Healthcare Employment Network, and would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season. It is a very busy time of year and we hope you can take a minute to slow down and be thankful for all the wondrous gifts we have in our lives that we just take for granted each day. We live in an amazing time and things are advancing exponentially in the healthcare industry as we march toward a new decade. So…..Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukah, Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza….or whatever it is you celebrate, we hope you have some fun, good food and company during this wonderful season. We are looking forward to a prosperous and exciting New Year in 2020!
What do you have planned for the new year, new decade? 2020 will be here in just a matter of days now. It’s so hard to believe. I remember when Y2K was a thing…..and here we are 20 years later. Well, the travel nurse industry is booming and will continue to need experienced caregivers, into the foreseeable future. If you are not a traveler yet it may be time to think about it….as the song said, “the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades”. Travel nurses are needed when there are staffing shortages during peak times and in major markets. Travel nurses are also used to help give resident staffers some time off when they need it, family time, maternity time, vacation time. There are so many different situations where good professional caregivers are needed for short terms. Most travel assignments are 13 weeks and can be extended for a second 13 week period if the need still exists or the job works out really well. Top pay and benefits, a chance to see and explore new places, and so much more, all while enhancing your experience and career. Maybe it’s time for you to start traveling in the new year. There is so much to gain in so many aspects. If you would like us to help you get started, just click here to fill out our Request for More Information and we will put you in touch with some of the top agencies in the industry today. Let’s get moving on your first….or next, travel adventure!
Did you know that there are more than 75 nutrients contained in the gel inside the leaves of the aloe vera plant? Folic acid, choline, B6, B3, E, A, C, B1, beta-carotene and many more. Nineteen of the 20 amino acids we require. There are also digestive enzymes, lipase and amylase, in this miraculous plant. Aloe has been used traditionally for thousands of years. It is naturally antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory. Travel nurses and professional healthcare travelers are always in need of a good staple that is available anywhere and can be used for multiple purposes. I personally always have an aloe plant growing in or around my house to treat burns immediately. When caring for my elderly mother we found that aloe vera juice helped her digestive issues much more than anything else, even the prescriptions provided by her doctor. She would have a few sips of aloe juice and it would take away the burning and pain in her stomach instantly. Aloe Vera can be used topically on burns and acne and shows great results in most cases. It has also been used for hair loss, hemorrhoids, and sinusitis. It’s also a great help in relieving the pain and itch of insect bites and helps heal bruising as well. Many people use aloe home remedies for multiple skin issues including dry skin. Aloe Vera can even be used as a mouth rinse and has proven more effective than most mouthwashes on the market. It reduces dental plaque and kills the bacterium that produes the plaque. It can also be used to reduce the size of canker sores and mouth ulcers while accelerating the healing at the same time. So many uses for an easy to grow plant. Just another helpful tip for all you busy healthcare travelers and travel nurses. Keep on truckin!
The demand for travel nurses who can jump in join the team continues to soar in markets nationwide. Emergency Departments are always in need of quick-thinking professional caregivers and Registered Nurses. There are Emergency Departments in many different settings, from the big city to a rural country town. The choice is really yours as a travel nurse in today’s market. The fast paced setting in the Emergency Room means longs hours and sometimes being on your feet all day without a break. A strong stomach and decisive actions are a couple of the important traits necessary to work in the ED setting. In many places the Emergency Room is the first line of defense for disasters, victims of crime or injury, accidents, allergic reactions and whatever else you can imagine. In some cases the patient may not even be able to answer any questions or tell you what is going on. You have to be able to communicate with your co-workers and the patient’s family members if the patient is not capable of informing you what is happening. And of course time can be a major factor in treatment options so thinking on your feet is definitely a requirement. Are you the person for this challenging position? Well, if so, you can earn top pay and benefits and even get to explore an area of the country you’ve always yearned to see. Travel nurses and professional healthcare travelers are needed in almost every city in the country. So….where would you like to go? Did you know you can travel with a friend, a partner, your children, or even your pet? It’s true. Housing is provided at your new temporary location and your recruiter can help you find everything you need to know about the area before you embark on your new adventure, on your own, or with someone. Is it time to start your travel adventures in an Emergency Department somewhere you have always wanted to explore or see more of? Just click here if you would like us to get you in touch with some of the top agencies in the industry today so you can start your first..or next, adventure. Safe travels! As a professional healthcare traveler or travel nurse the choice is yours.
We here at and hope that you can take some time to slow down on Thanksgiving and be grateful for all you have in your life and all the great aspects of our lives here in America. We all have so much to be thankful for and it will make you feel better if you take a minute to sit down and think about all the things you have to be thankful for. Breathe and express your gratitude for all the goodness we each have, even in the strange time we are experiencing. Most of us were taught the original Thanksgiving story in our youth, even though it wasn't called Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims from across the sea in Plymouth that November of 1621. The Wampanoag Indians and the Plymouth colonists shared an autumn harvest feast. This day became known as Thanksgiving and was celebrated by individual states and colonies for more than 200 years before being proclaimed a national holiday by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 during the Civil War. We celebrate this traditional American holiday on the fourth Thursday in November each year. Many families and friends gather together end enjoy a day of feasting and maybe some football. My children and I don't watch sports but we do like being together to play with the little kids and have music and fun. I encourage each of us to be grateful for all our blessings. Even though everyday life is rough sometimes and terrible things are happening around us, we still have much for which to be thankful. As a child The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was a staple in my home. Now it is just about being with my wonderful family and spending time with them and the little ones who are growing much too fast. And, of course, we have lots of great food and awesome leftovers for the days after as well. We hope you the travel nurses and professional healthcare travelers will take a few moments to slow down, breathe and express gratitude for all your blessings. Know that you are appreciated for giving your patients the best care you can. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at HCEN!