And here come the holidays….again. The cold has come in to remind us all that winter has arrived with full force complete with blizzards and freezing temperatures. It is December after all. Time for the annual snowbird migration for all the people that are able, to move south for the winter. Sure wish that was an option for me but you never know what opportunities may present themselves in the coming weeks. The holidays are here and I would love to reiterate that there is not, and has never been, a war on Christmas. I’m glad that our society is more inclusive of other holiday traditions. After all, America was built on the fact that we are a melting pot and our society is built on diversity. I personally think it’s about time that everyone is included. So, in that vein, we here at HealthCare Employment Network, HCEN, and are here to wish you happy holidays, no matter which one you and your family celebrates. Joy to All and we sincerely hope that you enjoy your holidays, your family, and your festivities!
Wow, really. December already? And another crazy year coming to an end. The holidays are upon us and it’s time to celebrate the fact that we made it through 2022 in one piece. I don’t know about you, but so many people I know did not make it through 2022. It was a rough year, with crazy weather, political turmoil, inflation and so much more. But here we are. Almost to 2023. Hard to believe, isn’t it? So, what do you have in store for your life in the coming year? Is it time to make some changes? Time to change or improve your situation? Time for a move? So many people make big decisions and changes in the new year each year. Maybe it’s time for you to take off on your first adventure….or your next one, as a travel nurse or professional healthcare traveler. The demand is still great for most RN specialties. As long as you have experience in your specialty there are jobs waiting for you with top pay and benefits and may have lots of other perks as well. There are so many travel assignments available out there. We have over 300,000 jobs listed on our web site. There are emergency short term assignments available in areas hit and devastated by weather this year. There are also plenty of short term holiday assignments if you would like to make some big money this year and postpone your holidays a bit, or maybe have them early and then go. So many great options available for travel nurses and professional healthcare travelers at this time. So….if it’s time for you to start planning for a change, or just an adventure, just click here to fill out one easy Request for More Information form and will put you in touch with some of the top agencies in the industry today. Let’s go!
It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s 2022. Where did this year go? It has surely been a roller coaster of a year. It’s time to be thankful. It’s so easy to get into the habit of complaining all the time, inflation, elections, racism, sexism, so much scary stuff in the news and in the world. But remember, there is so much good stuff too. We live in a great country, divided as it may seem at this point in history. Still, we have so much to be thankful here in America. So…let’s choose gratitude during this Thanksgiving. Choosing gratitude can change your life. I am thankful for my beautiful children and grandchildren. I am thankful for my health at my age. At my age of 65 I am losing people much more often than I could have ever imagined. Four lifelong friends in the last three months alone. And I’m sure this becomes more and more part of our lives as we age and our friends and family don’t have that luxury. So, be happy! Enjoy your loved ones during this holiday season. Hug them all a little bit tighter. You never know what tomorrow may bring. Here’s to all our professional healthcare travelers and travel nurses. We are all very grateful for you and hope you have a nice Thanksgiving holiday and have some good times, good food and good company! Happy Thanksgiving All!
​Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about being a travel nurse. Who can be a travel nurse? Well the answer is that most travel nurse assignments are available to you if you are an RN and have two years of experience in your area of expertise. Experience in a hospital setting is beneficial to prospective employers. How long are travel assignments? Most of the travel assignments are for between 8 – 26 weeks periods. You may ask for an extension If it's working out well and the employer asks you to extend, but it’s your call. Can I bring my family on a travel assignment? Yes, you can bring your family, and/or your pet with you on most travel assignments.  How do the pay and benefits for a travel nurse measure up? Travel nursing pays very well in most cases. Travel nurses are in high demand in the market today. And, there are great benefits too such as: housing stipends or some companies provide housing, as well as bonuses available. Of course, your compensation will be based on skill level, your specialty and the facility you work in. That is all negotiated up front with your recruiter so there are no surprises. Can I travel with a friend who is also a nurse? Yes, there are many instances of travel nurses teaming up and getting assignments together. You can share expenses and housing that way. Can I choose where my assignment will be? In most cases, the answer is yes. Depending on your specialty and experience, the choice will most likely be yours. Your ultimate desired location may not be available right away but in the meantime you could try a few short assignments close to home and see how it works out. That way, when your desired destination does become available you are already on the right track. And your recruiter will be sure to keep an eye out for the place you are looking for. Where do I find travel nurse jobs that are available? Well, Right here is a great place to …. just click here to fill out our Request For More Info  and we will put you in touch with the top agencies in the country to get your travel nurse career started.
That’s right! A mini-baby boom is happening, quite unexpectedly. And you know what that means, Labor & Delivery nurses are in demand again. Not like there has ever been a slowdown in the needs of facilities across the country during the ongoing nursing shortage. Between the pandemic and so many lifelong RN’s getting to retirement age, it’s no surprise that we are facing a shortage of professional healthcare travelers and travel nurses. Labor and Delivery RN’s out there, you know who you are. Are you ready to travel and have a new adventure? Maybe it’s time for you to make the move and try out a new opportunity and explore an area of our country that you have never seen. Your down time can be used to do just that when you are a travel nurse. How about a place far away from your home where some family or friends live and it’s time for a visit? Now would be the time. Top pay and benefits await the travel nurse in today’s market. And who better to put you in contact with the top agencies? That would be us of course. So, if you are ready for your next adventure….or your first adventure, just click here and will put you in touch with some of the top agencies in the industry today.
Do you know the difference in alkaline and acid as far as your body is concerned? Well, it turns out the more acid your body is the more likely that you will develop chronic disease, which we all know is far too prevalent in our world. But I was never taught what foods and drinks are acid producing in your body and which ones are alkaline producing. I recently had a bout of sickness and discovered a great book that a friend recommended. It’s called Alkalize Or Die and it is by Dr. Theodore A Haroody. It is very informative and has given me so much information regarding this subject. It turns out one of the most alkalizing things you can do for your body is drink lemon water. I now start each day with a big glass of water containing the juice of at least one lemon. I juice a whole bag of lemons at a time and put the juice in ice cube trays and freeze them. Then I only need to add one to my morning glass of water each day and start the day out with a good dose of alkalinity. All foods can be broken down as to which they produce in your body, alkaline or acid. The goal for optimum health would be to eat 80% alkaline producing foods and 20% acid producing foods each day. Most fruits are alkaline producing except: cranberries, blueberries, plums and prunes. Most vegetables are alkaline producing for your body. But the closer to their natural state the more alkaline producing they are for your body. When you do anything like cooking, freezing, canning or alter these foods their alkalinity value greatly decreases. But it’s food for thought. I have found this book very interesting and informative and it will definitely influence my food choices. Needless to say most animal products are acid producing for your body, as we could have guessed. Just providing some information and maybe you would like to research it more for yourself. Very eye opening information for sure. Safe travels and keep moving. Staying healthy is the key so it’s a must to take care of yourself so that you can take care of everybody else.
What are the agencies in the medical field looking for in a travel nurse? Well, here are a few things that make you an outstanding travel nurse. First of all you can to plan on adapting to a new environment, including new home, new work environment and new area. There are of course always going to be new people, new procedures, new processes and new….new…new….But you can handle it if you prepared yourself mentally for the challenges. It is crucial to learn Why things happen the way they do at your new workplace, not just the procedures themselves. That way you can be laser focused on the care for your patients and make sure everything is documented properly. Make sure to keep your relationships with your new co-workers professional. No need to gossip or tell stories, just be courteous and polite and apply your knowledge and training in the manner in which it was intended. Be careful what you say and if you do want to go out with the gang after work, make it a one and done. Stay healthy and keep moving. These are just a few tips from many years in the travel nurse industry! Safe travels!