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Emergency Departments and Trauma Centers across the country are in dire need of RN’s. There is a nursing shortage in all departments but most critically hit has been our country’s hospital emergency rooms. Travel nurses used to make up about 3-4% of the country’s nursing staff overall. That figure has moved upward to between 8-10% now with all the shortages. Many nurses have found the lucrative opportunities available to travel nurses to be worthwhile and are leaving their stable jobs in hometowns to cash in on the windfall. We have heard of some RN contracts being offered up to $8000 per week. Florida, Texas and California are among the states with the most available positions for qualified RN’s.   Another statistic behind the current shortages is the fact that some have chosen to retire early or find something else to do so as not to be exposed to the never-ending virus and its complications. Vaccine mandates are also pushing some people out. This has led to even more demand for temporary or travel nurses. As of the writing of this blog there are some 30,000 positions open for travel nurses nationwide. Maybe it’s time for you to take advantage of the opportunities available. If so, just click here to fill out one easy form and HealthCare Employment Network, healthcaretravelers.com, will put you in touch with some of the top agencies in the field today. Safe travels!
Compact Licensing was designed to give travel nurses the benefit of not having to worry about different licensure requirements for the state they want to work in. Most states are getting on board if they are not already. As of September 2021 the following states are included when you get your Compact License: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Caroline, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming This means that you, as a travel nurse, can have one license that covers all of these states so licensing regulations will not longer be an issue. Of course, if there are issues, your agency can always help with this. We are sure it won’t be too much longer before the other states join in because of the dire need for RN’s across the country. The demand continues to be critical for qualified professionals in facilities across the country. Let’s get your started if you haven’t already started your travel adventures. Just click here if you would like to find out more by filling out one quick and easy Request for more Info and we will put you in touch with the touch agencies across the United States today. Safe travels!
We here at HealthCareTravelers.com, HealthCare Employment Network, are here to help get you matched up with that travel nurse or therapist job you’ve been dreaming of. We provide a unique service. We gather your information and then proceed to put you in touch with top agencies in the US that are looking for you specifically. There is and has been an RN shortage for years and, of course, now it has become even more dire than before. And there is no sign of the need for qualified healthcare professionals dropping off any time soon. So, is it your time to start your travel nurse career? Many RN specialties are critically needed across the country. Do you have two years of experience in your specialty? Did you know that travel nurses earn top dollar and have great benefits and perks to go along with it? Well, it’s true and facilities everywhere, big and small, are looking for you, and in fact, they need you desperately. So, what do you think? Is it time to step up and give your career a turbo boost? If so, please click here to fill out our Request for More Information and with one quick and easy form we will put you in touch with the agencies who are looking for you. Let’s go. Travel and help with the nursing shortage. It’s your choice, city or country, north, south, east or west, it’s all up to you.
Baking soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate and can be used for many things around your house and is a natural remedy for many ailments too. Did you know it is a natural deodorant and you can use instead of commercial deodorants available today which contain so many chemicals. Just make a paste with water to use or just brush some dry baking soda under your arms. Itching from insect bites can be relieved with this same paste of baking soda and water. It helps neutralize toxins and irritants on your skin and can relieve minor skin irritation and/or itching. Apple cider and baking soda can be mixed for a nice relaxing soak in the bathtub and will help soothe your tired body. Baking soda is great at neutralizing odors and can scrub away dirt too. Mix three parts baking soda with one part water to make a natural hand cleanser. It can also be used to remove plaque and polish, clean and deodorize your teeth as it is mildly abrasive. It has antibacterial activity and can even kill bacteria in your mouth which is a leading cause of tooth decay. It can also be used as a teeth whitener but should not be used more than once a week as it could damage the tooth enamel if used too often. Dose yourself with1/2 teaspoon of baking soda fully dissolved in a half of a glass of water to help neutralize stomach acid and help relieve heartburn, indigestion and ulcer pain. Do not use this solution long term as it can cause imbalance in your electrolyte and acid/base. You can sprinkle baking soda in your shoes to naturally deodorize them. You can also sprinkle it on your carpet, let it sit 15 minutes and then vacuum to freshen up a room. Did you know if you soak pots and pans in hot water and baking soda for 15 minutes it will make them much easier to clean, especially cooked on food. If you add one cup of baking soda to your laundry it makes a great fabric softener and will make your clothes brighter and whiter. Baking soda is great for scrubbing your barbecue grill. Baking soda can also be used for many things around the house as a natural cleanser to replace those harsh chemicals used for household cleaning. Of course if you want to more tips for great baking soda uses just google it to learn more great ways to use baking soda for your health and as a natural cleaning solution around your home.
If you want to remember something you read, read it right before going to bed. Material you read right before bed will help you retain it better. When you are experiencing a migraine try putting your hands in ice water and flex them to ease the headache pain. Dab a bit of apple cider vinegar on a mosquito bite and it will help stop the itch. When you are all done with your shower make the water cold. Cold water will seal your pores and keep bacteria and dirt from getting in. This can help prevent acne. If you have a toothache rub ice between your thumb and forefinger and it can help reduce the pain by up to 50%. Pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth can help alleviate brain freeze. If you hold your breath for as long as you can then release it can help you fight off sleepiness.. Blowing on your thumb can reduce your heart rate. Tuck your thumb into your fist and grip it tightly to help prevent gagging. Keep your eyes wide open and don't blink to prevent crying. An onion beside your bed when you go to sleep can help reduce stuffiness and help you breathe easier. Quick sore throat soother is marshmallows. Scratching your ear can help with a tickle in your throat. If you feel dizzy when you lay down, put one foot on the ground. It can help your brain recalculate. How about the fact that your right ear is better at hearing words and your left ear is better with music and other sounds. You can separate drinking glasses when they are stuck together by putting cold water in the top glass and then place the lower glass in warm water. To revive cut flowers you can put the stems in hot water and let them stay there until the water cools. Then trim the ends and put them back in cold water as you normally would. Add a pinch of sugar and a pinch of salt when you boil potatoes. When the potatoes are done pour the water out and replace over heat source and shake the pan a little to dry the potatoes. To preserve a valuable vase, fill the bottom with sand to make it weigh more so it won't be tip over easily. A soft damp cloth works best for cleaning up broken glass. Use an old rag if you have one and that way it can be thrown away with the glass. An easy way to extract a splinter? Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water almost to top and then press affected hand tightly against the mouth of the bottle. The suction will pull down the skin and the steam will draw the splinter out. You can boil a cracked egg by adding a little vinegar to the water. It should boil like normal and not leak contents after adding vinegar. You can make your shoes or other item waterproof by coating them with Bees Wax. If you take a picture of a business card you will still have the info in your phone should the card disappear. Keep an emergency info card in your wallet or your purse that has medical contact information, blood type and allergies listed just in case. Christmas decorations can be stored easily in egg cartons. For a great cookbook holder in the kitchen use a pants hanger. Clip the book or recipe in and then hang it on the cabinet. A muffin tin is great for serving condiments at a barbecue. Just a few great little tips and tricks I found that can help many of us out, especially the busy healthcare traveler and/or travel nurse. I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for helpful tips to make life a little easier.
Back in 2012 the shortage of RN’s started being noticeable and it has only gotten worse since then, as we all know. There were already major issues and the current pandemic has just exacerbated the problem. We are all well aware of the dedication and bravery that America’s RN’s are showing especially facing the pandemic and the shortages in medical facilities across the country present day. Nursing shortages have come and go since the early 1900’s. Many factors contribute to these shortages from economic recessions to wars and everything in between. But now with the pandemic the shortage seems to be ongoing and there are no signs of it slowing down. It is estimated that 1.2 million new registered nurses will be needed by 2030 and needless to say nursing programs are having a hard time trying to meet this demand. Since February of this year 2021 RN’s are in the top five of most in-demand jobs in our society. The Baby Boomer generation are all in their 60’s and older now and the need for professional healthcare providers has never been higher. By 2030 there will be an estimated population of more than 73 million of us in the 65+ category. The excesses and bad food we were raised with are definitely taking its toll as more of the aging population becomes sicker and more dependent on our failing healthcare system. Our lifespans have gotten longer but the quality of those years comes into question as we age. More years mean more services will be required for this group in addition to all the other problems we face, including the current pandemic. The increase in age in this group also means lots of nursing professionals are retiring and it is hard to imagine that we can keep up with the numbers needed to provide quality care for patients in need.  Many RN’s even chose early retirement when the pandemic hit in order to protect themselves and their families. Registered nurses face many stressors in their jobs, facing urgent life-altering decisions and long hours every day that they go to work. Budget cuts and shortages due to the current pandemic only add to this dilemma. Many RN’s have been forced to change their focus to critical care which can be even more demanding and stressful. Less time for each patient and more stress can mean there will be less attention to details and more mistakes and reduced job performance which compromises the quality of care we are able to provide our patients. Having fewer nurses on staff puts more demand on the healthcare professionals that are on the jobs. Hospitals are recruiting and trying their best to facilitate the demand we are facing. It means there are longer wait times and shorter time allotted for each patient and treatments that are required. There are really no quick answers to this problem but encouraging our youth and providing educational incentives can help alleviate these issues. One positive side to this issue is the fact that opportunities have increased for those willing to work. We know you are doing your best and we want you to know that you are appreciated. Hopefully we can find ways to address these shortage issues so that we can continue to provide quality care for the many patients who need it.
Here are a few tips I have learned to help keep my joints pain free most of the time: First and foremost - Keep Moving! I can't stress this enough. The most pain I have is in the morning when I have been inactive all night. Sometimes it is even difficult to get out of bed. But once I'm up and moving things improve very quickly. I do yoga in the morning but I know everybody doesn't have time for that. Some simple stretching would be a good start if you don’t have time for yoga. Just make sure to warm up your muscles a little bit first to get the connective tissue loosened and lubricated. When you have to sit for extended periods, make sure to change positions often and get up and down…..Keep Moving! And of course, nobody wants to hear it, but I think most of us could lose a few pounds. Extra pounds create so much more pressure on your joints. Just one pound extra of weight on your body creates 4 pounds more pressure on your knees. So that must mean I’m putting 50 pounds or more of extra pressure on my poor knees and hips. Another very important step is to strengthen your core muscles. When your back and ab muscles are stronger it helps your balance and can decrease falls and injuries. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation and you can get this by eating fatty fish, cold-water type. If you are not a big fan of fish, you can buy supplements containing fish oil. Calcium and Vitamin D will help keep your bones strong and you can get plenty of that from eating your green leafy vegetables. These are a few tips and then, of course, there is always Ice when the pain gets too bad. Twenty minutes on an ice pack will do wonders for the pain. If you don't have an ice pack you can use frozen vegetables too. I have definitely used a bag of frozen peas more than once. Here's to keeping our joints and bones happy and healthy so we don't have to add joint pain to our everyday life. Stay Healthy and Keep Moving!
I know, I know, it’s all over the news and all everybody is talking about now. But, guess what, it is very important. We all know that if we just use our brains and think about it. Healthcare travelers and travel nurses have one of the most stressful jobs there is. And with all that is going on now, between the normal stuff and then Covid on top of it, you are even more at risk than every before. In order to provide the best care for your patients it’s important to take care of yourself. I know this can be very hard with the heavy duty schedules everybody is subject to now. But it is essential to make the effort to take care of yourself. A few minutes of stretching and breathing can be very beneficial for your mind and body. Some days that may be all you have the time for and that’s understandable. Just remember, that even a minute of deep breathing can make a difference. I find the best answer for me is a walk outdoors if I can get one in each day. Mornings are a great time to get outside and walk a bit, even if it’s only 10-15 minutes. It’s not so hot in the mornings and it’s a good time to move, when your body is empty and rested. Of course, there are much more significant things to be on the lookout for in yourself to maintain your mental health and keep you at the top of your game. That is important as a healthcare worker because you are responsible for the care of other individuals. So, take a minute, take an hour if you can. But take care of yourself. It’s all important to keep you healthy and able to provide the excellent care that your patients require. Breathe, grasshopper, breathe!