The DAISY Award: Rhonda Edds

At Next Travel Nursing, our team of experienced recruiters is thrilled to work with nurses who greatly impact the lives of their patients in a positive manner. We have a special place in our hearts for RNs who go the extra mile, and believe such incredible work and dedication shouldn’t go unrecognized.

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that one of our nurses has received The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. Congratulations to Rhonda Edds, who has made her mark as a traveler in the lives of so many patients and co-workers around the country!

Praise for Rhonda

Here’s what Next Nurse Recruiter Team Leader Debbi Latz had to say about Rhonda:

Rhonda has worked with us for a few assignments and is always so incredibly pleasant—nothing fazes her. After completing a home health assignment in Tennessee, a son of one of her patients called and asked her to come for a traditional family dinner at their home—again, this was after she was off assignment!  She never complains and always has a great sense of humor.

She also worked for us in Shiprock, New Mexico, at Northern Navajo Medical Center (Indian Health Service), which definitely is a challenge. Normally, to be a traveler, you need to prove yourself and be super positive in order to be accepted by the staff.  With Shiprock, this initiation period is even more intensified. Rhonda made such an impact there not only with the staff nurses and administration (they asked her to extend), but more importantly, with the patients who are very tight knit community and reluctant to accept anyone outside of their culture. Rhonda’s happy demeanor brought such joy to the patients there that they nick-named her “Rhonda Who is Always Smiling.”

Please Join Us in Celebrating Rhonda

Please join the entire Next Travel Nursing staff in thanking Rhonda for her outstanding work as a travel nurse, her unshakable positive attitude, and her willingness to learn on the job. She truly exhibits the kind of compassion that The DAISY Award was intended to reflect.

Members of the Next team, including Debbi and Quality Improvement Nurse Christy Craft, visited Rhonda during her shift to congratulate her and present her with The DAISY Award.

Want to learn more about available travel jobs with Next? Our recruiters are thrilled to work with nurses like Rhonda who go above and beyond what is required. Check out our job board today and begin building a relationship with one our specialty-focused nurse recruiters.

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Med-Surg Travel Nursing Jobs Available Now

As a med-surg nurse, multi-tasking is likely second nature. On any given day, you’re juggling several tasks—administering medications, educating families, discharging patients, admitting new ones, and keeping members of your team on the same page—all while ensuring that the physical and emotional needs of your patients are being met.

At Next Travel Nursing, our team of recruiters has great respect for the impressive levels of coordination med-surg nurses exhibit on a daily basis. What’s more, we realize that, when it comes to your career, your biggest concerns should fall within your assigned healthcare facility—not outside it. Whether you’re an experienced med-surg travel nurse, or are interested in becoming a traveler for the first time, caring for your patients and helping your unit should be your first priority. That’s why recruiters at Next take care of the details that can often cause stress for travel nurses—identifying new jobs, coordinating travel and housing, and providing quality medical, dental, and vision benefits.

If you’re ready for a new challenge as a med-surg nurse, browse the travel nursing assignments from Next below; our recruiters can help you find the job that’s right for you.

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Your Relationship with Your Travel Nursing Recruiter can Make or Break Your Assignment

When working as a travel nurse, one of the most important relationships you can develop is the one with your recruiter. Your recruiter can best serve you if they get to know you and understand what you hope to achieve through travel nursing. Let’s dive deeper into how exactly strengthening the nurse-recruiter relationship can benefit your career.

When on Assignment, Your Recruiter is Your Lifeline.

When you’re on a travel nursing assignment, there can be questions or uncertainties that arise. Your peers at your assigned facility will likely be able to answer many of your questions, but having a resource outside of the facility is incredibly important. Developing a strong relationship with your recruiter helps to build both trust and confidence, meaning you can comfortably come to them with any questions. It’s nice having someone understanding on the other end of the line, isn’t it? Your travel nurse recruiter is your BFF on the fly.

Your Recruiter Should Genuinely Care About Your Success.

When choosing a recruiter you’d like to work with (though not every agency provides options for nurses), it’s important to find someone that understands your work experience, your goals, and how you define success. Working as a travel nurse is an exciting opportunity; having that extra support will help you make the most of your assignments. If you’re having trouble, your recruiter is there to listen and help. Building that bond means your recruiter really cares about your success and the things that are important to you.

Remember That Your Recruiter is Here to Help You.

Recruiters want to make sure you have the best possible experience on your travel nursing assignment. They should be one step ahead on your behalf. Whether you’re asleep, on a current assignment, or simply unavailable, your recruiter can be searching for your next potential assignment. He or she can act like the link between you and your next travel job. If there’s somewhere you’ve been wanting to travel to, your travel nurse recruiter can keep an eye out for assignments in that area. While you are a patient advocate, your recruiter is your advocate.

Our team understands that your relationship with your recruiter is so crucial to your experience.  At Next Travel Nursing, you’re able to choose the recruiter you want to work with to help you make the most of your assignments. Yeah, we know. It’s a pretty sweet deal.

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What to Expect as a Med-Surg Travel Nurse

Venturing out on your first med-surg travel nursing assignment may have you feeling nervous😬. The team at Next sat down to get some first day tips from one of our med-surg travel nurses, Ashley. Get prepared for your assignment and put those nerves at ease.

Next: What three things med-surg nurses should know when heading out on their first travel assignment?

Ashley: First, know your basics: nurse ratios, scrub color, location of hospital and floor. etc. Those things should be covered in your first interview, but if they’re not, ask. Every hospital is different; each has its own policies and procedures and general way in which they do things on the floor. It’s very annoying for the permanent staff to hear, “Well, this isn’t how we do it back home,” “That’s not the way I was taught,” or, “You should change and do it this way.” You are a travel nurse now, and with that, you have to quickly pick up on how each hospital functions. It’s not going to help anybody to complain if you’re not used to something.

Secondly, be flexible! You are there for a reason. You cannot expect to have the exact schedule you want, the easiest patients, or asked to never float. It simply doesn’t work like that. The more flexible you are as a travel nurse, trust me, the better it will turn out for you in the long run. If you are easy to work with, it will benefit you.

Thirdly, it’s okay to ask questions. We aren’t expected to come in knowing exactly how the floor/unit runs. The permanent staff would rather you ask than do something wrong. Also, be helpful to the other nurses. If you are caught up, offer to help the other nurses with anything they need. This act will go a long way in the traveler world, just like it does in the permanent-staff world.

Next: What is your favorite thing about being a med-surg travel nurse?

Ashley: I love the flexibility of travel nursing. I love that I get to learn new ways to provide patient care, meet new people, and see the country. I love being put out of my comfort zone and surviving. I love proving to myself that I can pick up new charting systems, policies, etc. It’s very self rewarding to know that you can roll with anything that gets thrown at you as a nurse. It’s nice that, if you find that a particular hospital or unit isn’t quite what you like, in 13 weeks, you’re off on a new adventure and not stuck there. And, let’s be honest, the pay is so much better!

Next: Any final tips or advice you would like to convey to fellow med-surg travel nurses?

Ashley: Strive to be the type of nurse that you would want to work with. Just because you are on a unit temporarily doesn’t mean that you can’t form the type of relationships with people you would as a permanent staff member. Be the travel nurse that the staff, managers, etc., beg to stay, and someone who they are really going to miss once your assignment is over.


From the entire Next Travel Nursing team, thank you to Ashley for her valuable insights on the med-surg travel nursing world 👏. We’re thrilled to help nurses like Ashley find the assignments that best fit her needs and wants, and can help you do the same.

If you’re ready to see what med-surg travel nursing opportunities may be available to you, be sure to contact one of our specialty-focused recruiters today. 📲

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Become a Travel Nurse: 5 Steps to Your New Travel Career.

Travel nursing is an attractive career opportunity that includes: great pay, travel opportunities, and ways to broaden your skill set without taking permanent positions. How to become a travel nurse can be confusing to those new to the field.  Next Travel Nursing is going to break it down with this list of five steps to becoming a successful travel nurse.

1. Meet the necessary qualifications.

Getting to be a travel nurse means having the necessary qualifications. Pretty much just like being an RN right? Without meeting these qualifications, most travel nursing agencies will ask you to get them prior to consideration. If you are looking to become a travel nurse, make sure you’ve got the these three things:

  1. Be a registered nurse (RN).
  2. Pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX. 📝
  3. Get the required nursing experience. This normally means a minimum of one year as a registered nurse, plus an additional year for specialties.

2. Have a registered home address to access tax-free earnings.

It’s best to have a registered home address or home state, but isn’t an absolute necessity to become travel nurse. But, if you want to earn money on a tax-free basis, it’s smart to get this set up.  How far from your home address a job needs to be to be considered a travel nurse post isn’t exact, but the team at Next Travel Nursing considers 75 miles the typical minimum standard. 🗺️

3. Be flexible.

Being a nurse you have flexibility, and it’s likely something you utilize at your job every day. Becoming a travel nurse, the willingness and ability to be flexible is even more critical. Travel nursing jobs normally span between 13-26 weeks, which can feel like a really short turn-around for getting adjusted and dig in. It also can play a part if your assignment employer needs you to cover staff across a number of different departments.

4. Be licensed to work in the state you want an assignment.

Getting an additional state license or being a compact state license RN is key; travel nurse assignments require RNs to be licensed in the assignment state. If you are qualified in or have worked in a compact state, you are automatically licensed to work in 25 U.S. states 🇺🇸.Don’t let this deter you if you don’t have additional state licenses but you know where you want to go. Your travel nurse recruiter can walk you through the process. Some agencies even will reimburse you after you sign on for an assignment in that state.

5. Be personable.

Let that charm shine! Being a travel nurse means needing to quickly mesh with new teams and different patients across the states. Exhibiting a friendly, approachable demeanor when on the job will not only help you adjust faster, it will  grow that network of support. This type of attitude can also help you fit in wherever you work.

Becoming a travel nurse hitting the spot? The team at Next Travel Nursing have you covered, no matter if you are ready to pack your bags or have more questions. Read more about the benefits of working with Next Travel Nursing then speak to one of our specialty-focused travel nurse recruiters.

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Oncology Nurses Light Up Our Lives

May is Oncology Nurses Month, and we’re talking about some health care professionals who deserve recognition — oncology nurses! ❤️

Being a nurse is always tough. These healthcare warriors can take care of just about anything in a unit, from patient care to paperwork. They make crucial decisions every day, and keep patients smiling while they’re at it—not an easy job.

Oncology nurses have one of the hardest jobs in hospitals. Oncology can be a stressful and nerve-wracking discipline, and nurses get up close and personal with both patients and their medical problems. They are the front of the line for any issues that may arise during treatment, and their decisions change patients’ lives daily. That’s one high-impact job.

Oncology nurses are also often the face of the oncology unit. Patients interact with nurses more than anyone else, which means nurses’ attitudes determine the attitudes of the whole ward. A good nurse can completely change a patient’s experience in a matter of minutes. It is easy to underestimate what it takes to keep calm, professional, and friendly in an extremely stressful environment—but they take the heat every day, and keep going.

Nurses are also often responsible for talking to family members—sometimes a heart-wrenching job. Family members can sometimes feel lost or confused when the people close to them are undergoing treatment. Oncology nurses find the time between patients to make sure family members feel empowered and knowledgeable and keep concerned inner circles calm and confident. In a world where a million things could go wrong at once, that’s a tremendous achievement.

We are honored to be recognizing the strength, care, and professionalism of oncology nurses all over the world. Thank you for your work—you make our lives brighter! 😍🌟

Travel oncology nurses interested in taking their talents to Next Travel Nursing should click the button below! 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽

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Celebrating National Patient Safety Awareness Week

It’s National Patient Safety Awareness Week! Next Travel Nursing is celebrating some of the most important people for patient safety – travel nurses!

What Makes National Patient Safety Awareness Week so Important to Next?

Did you know nurses administer like 98% of the 🌎 ‘s healthcare services? It doesn’t take a lot of time in hospitals to know nurses are vital to quality healthcare.  These people are critical to patient safety. Nurses and their lifesaving services are often lacking in places needed most. Nurses are in high demand, and with patient occupancy always fluctuating, hospitals can’t always afford to hire full-time nurses.

And what about patients in remote or rural areas? In a world where not every patient is guaranteed a nurse, travel nurses are crucial. In fact, most medical facilities would probably fall apart without them. Understaffed units have problems that go way beyond being overworked; including jeopardized patient safety. Having enough nurses on staff is a major factor in preventing daily disasters.☹️

Travel Nurses 💯

Enter travel nurses. Travel nurses are keeping hospitals afloat everywhere. Living life 13 weeks at a time, travel nurses go where they’re needed most. In other words, they could be anywhere, anytime. And that’s what makes travel nursing so fun!🙌 No matter where you are, travel nurses are probably helping someone nearby. This is National Patient Safety Awareness Week, so it’s only right we acknowledge the medical professionals keeping us all well.

If you are already a travel nurse or thinking about becoming a first-time traveler, we celebrate you. Next Travel Nursing has you covered in your career while you do the hard work. Thanks, travel nurses.

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What’s So Different About Next Travel Nursing?

Wikipedia says there are over 300 travel nursing companies in America alone and you probably couldn’t tell most of them apart. You see a lot of the same jobs, same pay rates, even similar benefits. So, when we say we’re different at Next Travel Nursing, you’re probably like 🙄.

But we are different, and we prove it from the very beginning. When you sign up with Next, we don’t just forward you onto the next recruiter in line. You pick your recruiter.

And we try to make that decision easier, too. Recruiters at Next recruit by specialty. That means you’ll be working with someone who really gets you! A lot of agencies present their recruiters as “career advocates” or “coaches,” but if they don’t really get what you’re doing, how can they help you?

#RelationshipGoals

Relationships are at the heart of everything we do at Next. We don’t speak travel nursing agency. We speak your language. Nurses don’t have enough ⏰ in the day and we recognize that. So, we try to save time by cutting the 💩 and keeping it 💯.

It’s 2017. Nursing is changing every day and it’s about time the agencies recruiting them did the same. Don’t just cast your name into a company form online – partner with someone who is only working with other nurses like you.

Click here to browse Next recruiters and see for yourself. Ready for what comes Next?