DAISY Award Winner: Amy Suzanne Barton, RN

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”

While the origin of this quote is unknown, it rings incredibly true in the nursing world. As CNO at Next Travel Nursing, I sometimes get the opportunity to meet nurses whose dedication to their patients and co-workers goes well beyond what’s necessary to just “get the job done.” For these nurses, their passion coincides with their career in a truly remarkable way.

It’s with great pride that recruiter Josey Crues and the rest of our team at Next Travel Nursing celebrate one such travel nurse, Amy Suzanne Barton, a recent recipient of The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. Please join us in thanking Suzanne for her dedication to her patients, their families, and her assigned facility!

Suzanne is currently on a labor and delivery travel nursing assignment in Florida.

Here’s what Josey had to say about this amazing RN:

“She encompasses all of the qualities that make an excellent nurse. First she exhibits the clinical skills and attention for details that are needed to focus on the safety of patients. She does this so well that doctors trust her opinions. On her first assignment, she had a patient in labor who was not progressing. She called the doctor and told him her concerns. He listened and decided to do an emergency C-Section to keep mom and baby safe. After the delivery, the doctor told Suzanne that she made a great decision and he was happy to have her on board.  

On this last assignment the facility didn’t have a budget to extend Suzanne. The L&D doctors heard the news and decided to have an emergency OB meeting. They fought hard to have Suzanne on board because of her great clinical skills. The HR team decided they could not lose a great L&D traveler. Despite the budget concern, they decided to extend Suzanne.  

Suzanne shows compassion for everyone around her. She has gone above and beyond to help not only the patients but also the staff. Her compassion, caring positive attitude is shown even on the busiest and most stressful days.  

I am very fortunate to have Suzanne.”

Please join the Next Travel Nursing team once more in celebrating Suzanne for and all she does for her patients and their families. You can view Suzanne’s DAISY Award announcement on the organization’s official website here.

Earl Dalton, MHA, MSL, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Next Travel Nursing
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About The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. The award was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a patient who passed away in late 1993 after being diagnosed with the auto-immune disease ITP. Patrick’s family brainstormed about what they could do in his memory, and vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. To say thank you to nurses everywhere, they established a recognition program known today as The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses.

To learn more about The DAISY Award, visit the The DAISY Foundation™ website.

Find Your Perfect Assignment with Next Travel Nursing

If you are a travel nurse that takes pride in going the extra mile for patients, reach out to the experienced team of state-focused recruiters at Next Travel Nursing. We can help you find the travel assignment that best fits your needs and skillset in your ideal location. Get started by viewing our available travel RN positions.

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Happy National Nurses Week from Next Travel Nursing!

At Next Travel Nursing, our team of specialty-focused recruiters is #pumped for National Nurses Week!

Why? All this week, we have the opportunity to recognize the incredible work exhibited by our travel nurses each and every day 👏. Being a nurse is both challenging and rewarding. With highs and lows coming nearly every hour during a shift, a nurse’s dedication to his or her patients makes a major difference in the lives of so many.

Know a nurse? Be sure to reach out this week to thank them for all they do! 😊

To learn more about National Nurses Week, visit the American Nursing Association website.

If you’re a nurse interested in learning more about travel opportunities this Nurses Week, reach out to a recruiter at Next! We’re happy to answer any of your questions and get you started down the path towards the perfect travel assignment 🏝🏜🏞.

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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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Celebrate IV Nurses Day with Next Travel Nursing!

The Next Travel Nursing recruitment team is thrilled to celebrate IV Nurse Day on Jan. 25! Infusion nurses—including infusion travelers—are versatile and juggle many aspects of patient care. They monitor patients, manage infusion catheters, change dressings, and remain current on the evidence for infusion complications and medication reactions.

Our recruiters salute you, the experts at IV injection and fluid administration! We find it reassuring how you uplift the chronically ill with your unwavering support and regular encouragement. We see you specializing further in nutritional therapy or chemotherapeutic agents to provide expert care for your clients, and know that your commitment to improving your insertion skills is the real deal!

IV nurses are in demand everywhere—at hospitals, long-term care centers, clinics, hospice care, and home health agencies. This desirable profession is moving into the outpatient setting, specifically into the home. This only makes infusion nursing even more coveted because it is safe, effective, and less costly than receiving inpatient treatment. Even better? The home infusion therapy nursing services market is expected to experience exponential growth in the next seven years.

Infusion nurses like you are versatile, competent, and in demand. Next Travel Nursing celebrates infusion nurses today and your amazing contributions to your profession and to your patients.

If you have interest in traveling as an infusion nurse—or maybe you’re already a seasoned traveler looking for you next assignment—reach out to our team today to speak with a specialty-focused recruiter. You may also browse our job board to see infusion jobs available now!

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Four New Year’s Resolutions for Travel Nurses 🎉

Brittany Hamstra, BSN, RN, is a guest writer with Next Travel Nursing and a current travel nurse.

2018 is (nearly) here, and for travel nurses, a new year means 365 days of endless opportunity! Whether you’re currently on a travel assignment or are seeking your next job, here are four resolutions to adopt as a traveler.

1. Keep growing. 🌱

Regardless of your years of experience as a nurse, there are always opportunities for growth. In 2018, decide to push yourself to learn something new! Think about what new skill you want to master, which area of knowledge you want to expand, or even which specialty you want to cross-train in. The most important aspect of goal-setting is to make a simple outline that includes a specific, measurable, and time-bound plan. Write down your goal(s) and set a due date. You might start by researching guest lecturers in the healthcare field who are speaking at a campus near you. Perhaps you subscribe to a research publication of interest. You might choose to enroll for that certification you’ve been meaning to get. You can join a professional nursing organization of interest. Whatever it is, commit to a plan and do it! When 2019 arrives, you’ll be happy you did.

2. Care for YOUR body. 💪

We’ve heard it time and time again, but it really is that important: care for yourself. The irony of taking care of others for a living is that we often do not care for ourselves in the process. Think about specific, attainable changes you can make in your everyday routine. We often neglect our bodies in a variety of ways—straining our backs while bending/lifting, assuming poor posture while charting, relying on caffeine for an energy boost, forgoing enough hours of sleep, eating whatever is gifted from patient families… the list goes on. Ask for more help moving patients, stash some pre-cut fruit in the back of the staff fridge, cut down on screen time before bed. Whatever small goal you decide on, promise yourself a simple plan to help your own well-being.

3. Start a gratitude journal. 📖

Keeping a daily gratitude journal has been proven to boost happiness levels and decrease daily stress levels. It takes only a minute to jot down a thought or memory from your full day. Especially given the nature of our career, mental well-being is extremely important. Physically writing your thoughts down on paper gives them a place to rest. You can redirect the emotions you carry at work by documenting special moments of personal growth or patient experiences each day. Weekly, monthly, or at the end of 2018, you can read back through your positive thoughts and memories. Not to mention that you’ll have a cool keepsake to cherish or share with others.

4. Immerse yourself. 🏙

Try a new experience wherever you are on assignment this new year. Even if it is a familiar location, try to explore your city in a new light. Nowadays, there are so many ways to feel connected and try new experiences through the online communities available at our fingertips. Find a meetup group, whether it’s for outdoor hiking, book clubs, paint nights, or wine tasting events. Simply try one new experience wherever you work in 2018 and have fun with it!

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November Travel Nurse of the Month: Jessica!

As we enter the time of year when friends, family, and loved ones gather together to give thanks , the team at Next Travel Nursing is reflecting on the incredible work our nurses put forth on a daily basis. As we do every month, we want to express our gratitude for one nurse in particular who has gone above and beyond time and time again.

[Drumroll, please.]

Our November 2017 Travel Nurse of the Month is: Jessica!

Jessica is a ICU/CVICU nurse currently on assignment in Connecticut. When asked why she decided to pursue her specialty, she replied, “I see the sickest of the sick and I’m able to help them recover and watch them leave the hospital with a new start—that is the best feeling ever.”

Here’s what her Next recruiter, Kim Gann, had to say:

Jessica has stepped up and helped train staff at the facility. She is a wonderful nurse; I call her my ICU/CVICU Wonder Woman. Jessica unfortunately had a patient pass while under her care recently, and was understandably heartbroken. What really stood out, though, is that she took it upon herself to stay at the hospital after her shift to spend time with the family and to let them know that she was there to answer any questions.

Jessica is so much more to me than a nurse, she’s a friend. She doesn’t look at nursing as a career, she looks at it as a passion.

From the entire team at Next Travel Nursing, thank you to Jessica for the passion you put forth as a nurse. Please join us in celebrating our November 2017 Travel Nurse of the Month!

Ready to learn more about Next? Find your recruiter match now.

Celebrate Med-Surg Nurses Week with Next Travel Nursing

.As a medical-surgical nurse, there’s hardly ever a dull moment on the hospital floor. Managing multiple patients, educating family members while demonstrating compassion and a calm demeanor…med-surg nurses are masters of it all. Sometimes wearing that many hats can feel overwhelming, right? The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses knows it, and is ready to celebrate med-surg nurses week with you Nov 1-7! 🎉

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

We hope you channeled your inner Rihanna. Many people don’t realize it, but the duties of a med-surg nurse are tough stuff. You’re not just a nurse—you are trained to know a huge range of medical conditions. Add a dash often having to think on your feet if something unexpected occurs with a patient. You’re an integral part of the patient’s first line of care. That alone should get a special med-surg nurse song for dancing to!

Ready for Anything

The daily life of a medical-surgical nurses job is enough to make the average Joe’s head spin. You put your critical thinking skills to the test while staying fully engaged on a physical, clinical, and emotional level. But that’s the best part of what being a med-surg nurse is all about.  Compassion towards your patients is the fuel that drives and make the work you do day in and day out enjoyable. 📅

One Week Isn’t Enough

Medical-surgical nurses should be celebrated all year long, but at least we can place some extra emphasis on you during the first seven days of November. Med-surg nurses around the globe 🌎 will be recognized for they do, and their employers should make it known to the community at large that you are heroes! If nothing else, you’ll probably get some free food and extra hugs while you’re at work this week. Every little bit of recognition is well-earned. The entire Next Travel Nursing team says thank you!

See med-surg travel nursing jobs available today.

October Travel Nurse of the Month 🌼🏅: Angela!

You work hard as a travel nurse, and those daily efforts don’t go unnoticed by our team of recruiters. Each month, Next Travel Nursing pauses to celebrate a nurse who truly stands out—someone who goes above and beyond what is asked of him or her.

This month, we are absolutely thrilled to recognize a recent DAISY Award winner, Angela! The DAISY Award is presented to nurses who exhibit extraordinary compassion to patients and families every day, as well as someone who upholds the values and mission of his or her healthcare facility. 💪

Here’s what Angela’s former Next recruiter, Rose Ann, had to say:

Angela has always represented our company with nothing but professionalism. She has been such an incredible joy to work with. She felt more like family than a employee to me. Angela spent several hours off-duty going back to the hospital, sitting and feeding patients on her own time, and spent so much time with family members. The staff just loves her; they were the ones who nominated her for her DAISY Award.

From the entire team at Next Travel Nursing, we extend our thanks to Angela for her incredible display of kindness and dedication to her patients, her assigned facility, and her travel nursing agency. It’s great stories like these that help travel nurses to shine in hospitals and medical facilities across the country! 🌞

Ready to learn more about Next? Find your recruiter match now.

Celebrate Emergency Nurses Week with Next!

Calling all emergency nurses! Your friends and family know how hard you work—they realize you put in long hours in a fast-paced environment and have to utilize problem-solving skills at the drop of a hat. Those close to you aren’t the only ones who recognize the value you bring to the healthcare field, and this week, the Emergency Nurses Association is celebrating your contributions! Oct. 8–14 is Emergency Nurses Week, and Oct. 11 is a day that’s all about you! 🎉

Understanding the value emergency nurses provide

It might seem like you wear hundreds of hats in any one given day because, as an emergency nurse, you are called upon to help saves lives on a regular basis. Working in an emergency room means that you’re assisting with victims of car accidents, individuals who have had a heart attack, and virtually any other situation you can think of. Those of you out in the world, like at sports arenas or an urgent care center, see your fair share of accidents, too.

Anyone experiencing trauma relies on you to stabilize their vitals and make sure their pain is under control. Often times you feel like a detective who needs to uncover all of the clues in order to save a patient’s life because their medical history or current condition just doesn’t quite make sense 🕵🏽. This ability to think on your feet, use innovative care strategies, and be a leader among your peers is what emergency nursing is all about.

NursesYou’re No. 1 in Our Book

The importance of emergency nurses cannot be understated, as we would all be in big trouble the next time we get injured if it wasn’t for you. You’re risk takers, resourceful, and above all, you love what you do! There’s nothing like seeing a smiling face and hearing a reassuring voice when you’re wondering if you’re going to be okay, and the comfort you provide to patients is a gift that’s priceless.

This Emergency Nurses Week, remember that you’re an amazing part of what makes emergency healthcare something that people can rely on. Thank you for doing what you do every day!

See ER travel nursing jobs available today.

Why a Healthy Work-Life Balance is Important and Achievable for Nurses

In the world of nursing, work-life balance ebbs and flows. Considering that roughly 62% of the nursing workforce is in a hospital setting, it’s easy to understand how achieving a healthy work-life balance can quickly become a challenge. Flipping from days to nights (and then back again), dealing with difficult patients, and taking on the stress of the job is not easy. Nevertheless, a healthy work-life balance remains a necessity for all nurses. And why not talk about it now? 2017 is the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Year of the Healthy Nurse, and September’s theme is dedicated to work-life balance. ⚖

Importance of being intentional

When your work-life balance is at a healthy level, you hardly even notice. It seems like just another day—status-quo. Slowly but surely, if you let your work-life balance become skewed one way or another, everything in life seems to get out of whack. Before you know it, your job may feel tortuous and life outside of work just isn’t what it used to be. You’re burnt out. Think of it like this: When you’re healthy, you hardly take note of it. When you’re sick, though, the effects seem to creep into nearly every facet of your life. 😥

Can travel nursing really help?

Travel nursing could be a great avenue for nurses to utilize to achieve their work-life balance needs and/or desires. How so? Glad you asked! Here are three great reasons:

  1. Flexibility: You get to pick where you work and when. If you want a two-week break between jobs, take one! No more fighting for seniority.
  2. Ability to disconnect: Tired of doing the same old thing on your days off? Long for new adventures? Well, move somewhere that interests you! Is it the downtown lifestyle, being on the beach, or hiking in the mountains that gets you excited? Then go there! Not sure? Give them all a try.
  3. Great pay: While travel nursing, you often get housing stipends and competitive pay. We all know that financial issues can lead to significant stress. Not having to worry about that is a big advantage. Plus, being able to afford the activities you enjoy will help get your mind off work when needed.

A healthy work-life balance is essential to the well-being of every nurse. Be intentional to care for yourself so you can provide the best care for your patients! As the airline industry always says, “Put your oxygen mask on first, then help your neighbor.” Taking good care of yourself is synonymous with taking good care of your patients. 👊

Want to learn more about the opportunities travel nursing can provide? Get in touch with a recruiter at Next Travel Nursing today.

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