Our advice on the best dogs to take on the road with you

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Apr 13, 2017 9:28:11 AM
Getting your first assignment is exhilarating. As a travel nurse, you will have a chance to see another part of the country.
Taking a closer look at your own personal habits can help you find the right dog. 

Whether it's your first or 21st travel nurse assignment, just hitting the road is exhilarating. On longer treks across the U.S., squeezing in a quick road trip is the perfect opportuity to fully experience this life of yours as a travel nurse on the open road. So, maybe you've been thinking about a travel companion - in the form of a furry four-legged friend - to take along with you? If so, here are a few considerations to make in order to get the ideal travel dog.

Breeds, Habits, & Characteristics

Do you like a bustling apartment? Or do you prefer a more relaxed environment? Taking a closer look at your own personal habits can help you find the right dog. 

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Top hiking destinations for travel nurses

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Mar 30, 2017 8:04:00 AM
A young woman looks out over a valley.
Spending time outside improves short-term memory, concentration and focus

Working in a hospital, with bright LED lights and recirculated air conditioning, can make any travel nurse yearn to be outdoors. Hiking along a mountain trail - either with a trusty four-legged companion, with friends or on your own - can be a relaxing and restorative experience. Business Insider highlighted the many benefits of spending time outside, including improved short-term memory and an increase in concentration and focus - all important qualities for travel nurses who want to be on the top of their game. If you're itching to spend more time outdoors, check out these top hiking destinations for your next assignment:

Appalachian Trail

This 2,200 mile trek stretches through much of the East Coast, from Maine to Georgia. As a result, you can make your hiking adventure as long or as short as you want. Explore the Great Smokies National Park, which borders North Carolina and Tennessee, and join an solar eclipse-watching party. While you're there, make sure to climb up to Clingmans Dome Observation Tower to see a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain ranges. This tower stands at over 6,000 feet, USA Today noted, so be sure to pack an extra fleece pullover!

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How to keep conflict at bay as a travel nurse

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Mar 27, 2017 4:49:45 PM

Entering into a new social environment as a travel nurse means meeting a wide range of personality types and engaging in new procedural requirements. While it'd be great if we could get along with all of our coworkers all the time, conflicts are bound to arise. Unfortunately, butting heads with fellow nurses or with supervisors can not only make an assignment miserable but, in certain circumstances, can lead to a termination of the assignment. While the benefits of becoming a travel nurse are many and multifaceted, it does come with a few tradeoffs. One of those sacrifices is entering into an established social environment. Some conflicts may be inevitable. However conflict, if handled properly, can make for an easier (or healthier) work environment.

On your next assignment, try some of these tips and make the most of your time at a new facility while also maintaining your relationships:

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How to create a social circle as a travel nurse

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Mar 8, 2017 2:12:15 PM
Here's how to make friends in a new city.
Moving to a different city on your own doesn't mean you have to figure it out alone.

Travel nursing is an opportunity to have an adventure in each new city you visit. With 13 to 26 weeks in one place, it can feel like there isn't enough time to explore all parts of your new home. And with hectic overnights and 12-hour shifts, how can you squeeze in time to build a social circle? Here are tips to help you find friends in your new home.

Tap into your artsy side

It's amazing what kinds of groups and societies you can find in cities. Have you always wanted to try blues dancing? Crocheting? There's likely a group - or several! - that meets during the week. One of the benefits of joining these groups is that they love sharing what they do.

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Black History Month: Three nurses who broke barriers and changed nursing forever

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Feb 21, 2017 11:51:55 AM
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African American nurses who helped shaped modern nursing.

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to bring a spotlight to the African American nurses who advanced the field of medicine. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, only 6 percent of nurses are black or African American. However, these nurses have shaped the profession while simultaneously breaking down barriers for future generations of nurses.

Mabel Keaton Staupers

Born in 1890, Staupers was raised for the first part of her life outside of the country in the West Indies.

After she graduated from Freedman's Hospital School of Nursing in Washington D.C., she spent the next decade working in Harlem. The American Nurses Association refused to include black nurses into the organization. In response, Staupers worked as the executive secretary for the National Council of Colored Graduate Nurses. In her role, Staupers strived to create equal access for nurses - a goal she accomplished when the ANA accepted black nurses in 1948.

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