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Travel Nursing: Q&A with Recruiter Miles Mattern of Rise Medical Staffing

We’re continuing our travel nursing career series with an interview with Miles Mattern, director of recruiting and marketing at Rise Medical Staffing, a travel nurse staffing company that offers nationwide placements. Today he shares information on what he’s looking for when recruiting new travel nurses, what the current job market is like, and he dispels some of the myths associated with traveling.

Attention, Nurses! Your Input is Needed

Got a couple minutes? Interested in participating in a study? Consider taking one of the following surveys to help further minority nursing research.

Letter to the Editor: Let's Mark National Minority Health Month

Letter to Editor

As you know, April is National Minority Health Month, our opportunity to increase public awareness of the health disparities that unfortunately still impact ethnic and minority groups in the American population. Because the theme this year is "Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity," nurses are perfectly poised to take up the banner for highlighting the role of prevention in closing the health disparities gap.

Health Disparities Spotlighted in April

As health professionals, nurses are well aware of health disparities in communities of color. Some patients will live shorter life spans simply because of their race, ethnicity, education or income.

4 Budget-Friendly Workouts

workouts, budget workouts, exercise, fitness, health

It’s no secret that gym memberships are expensive. It’s also no secret that many people join gyms with good intentions, but end up not going and wasting the monthly fee. You don’t have to break the bank to workout. Here are four easy and accessible ways to get a great workout on a budget.

Two Side Business Ideas for Nurses

Have you always dreamed of starting your own business? You don’t have to give up your nursing career or job in order to be a business owner. In fact, many people work full time and run side businesses or “side hustles” to earn extra income, grow their savings or pay off student loan debt.

Financial Matters: How to Handle a Lay-Off

Tiffany Aliche

It’s an unpleasant reality that in our current economy many workers experience being laid off – and that unfortunately includes nurses.

Five Fun Tips (and a Weird One!) to Avoid Nurse Burnout

Every day, we jump in the scrubs, head to the hospital, and complete the tasks that keep people alive. It's a tough job, and most days it's really, really rewarding. But let's be honest: there are some days when being a nurse is a total drag. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to re-motivate and stay cheerful.

Ready to Change Your Life? Consider Working With a Life Coach

We all experience periods in our careers and lives where we feel stuck-in-a-rut or unsure of which direction to go in.

4 Steps to Ease Your Caregiving Stress

With April officially designated as Stress Awareness Month, this is a great time to take a hard look at making your life a little easier.

Love Your Skin: DIY "Green" Laundry Soap

Green Laundry

Suffering from dry, itchy, sensitive skin all over your body? Maybe you'd like to see whether laundry soap is the culprit.

Making a Difference Forever: Nurse-Family Partnership

It’s one of the most effective health programs in the country, and one of the most trusted health non-profits in the United States. It could never happen without the care and dedication of nurses.

In the Spotlight: Courtney Shelton, RN

Courtney Shelton, RN, is a travel nurse who has worked in various locations including Rapid City, South Dakota, El Paso, Texas and Tyler, Texas.

5 Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Rut

If there's ever a time to get yourself out of a rut, spring is the time to do it. With more sunshine giving us a longer day, there seems to be more time and our senses wake up. If you have been feeling like the winter has you just going through the motions, use the energy of spring to bring yourself back into focus.

Comfortable and Durable shoes for Nurses

 

More than any part of the body, feet take on quite a bit of work each day. Effectively supporting the foot with the right shoe can make huge differences for athletes as well as nursing professionals!

Travel Nursing: Finding a Recruiter

In my first post in our travel nursing series, I discussed some basic questions you should ask yourself to find out if travel nursing is a good fit for you.

Why It Matters If You're an Independent Contractor or an Employee

One of the best perks of being a nurse is the flexibility that can come with the job. Throughout their careers and as their own personal needs change, nurses are able to change their schedules more easily than most other professions.

Is Travel Nursing For You?

Does the thought of living and working in a new city or town every three months appeal to you? Sound like a dream? Maybe to some, but travel nursing is a reality for a growing number of nurses across the country.

DIY Green Hand Cleaner

green disinfecting hand wash

Nurses do plenty of hand washing at work, so they can take it a bit easier on their digits at home. Soap and water is a fine disinfectant (the Environmental Protection Agency says so), and anti-bacterial soaps and liquids are not needed for a true clean.

Health Tech: FitBit Gives the Gift of Data

 

I first met my FitBit when our office manager gave each of us one to wear. The device came in a colorful package with directions on how to start an online account, which, upon sign-in, produced a rainbow of graphs, weekly rankings, and goals.

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