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. From managing multiple patients and schedules to educating family members while demonstrating compassion and a calm demeanor, med-surg nurses are masters of it all. Sometimes wearing so many hats can feel overwhelming, which is why the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses is devoting an entire week (Nov. 1-7) to celebrating you and all of your hard work! 🎉

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

Yes, we do hope that you read that title like the Rihanna song because, with all of the hard work you do as a med-surg nurse, you deserve your own tune to dance to! Many people don’t realize it, but the duties of a med-surg nurse are tough stuff. You’re not just a nurse—you’re trained to know about an incredibly wide range of medical conditions, and you often have to think on your feet if something unexpected occurs with a patient, as you’re an integral part of his or her first line of care.

Organization comes in super handy in this profession, because medical-surgical nurses often handle a patient’s care from start to finish and have to coordinate with other healthcare professionals in between.

Ready for Anything

The daily life of a medical-surgical nurse is enough to make the average Joe’s head spin, as you are putting your critical thinking skills to the test while staying fully engaged on a physical, clinical, and emotional level. And really, that’s the best part of what a med-surg nurse is all about—the compassion you feel toward your patients is the fuel that allows you to thrive and truly enjoy the work you do day in and day out. 📅

One Week Isn’t Enough

In reality, 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 all that you 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, but every little bit of recognition during this time is well-earned. From the entire Next Travel Nursing team, thank you to all of the medical-surgical nurses who work tirelessly to ensure our community members are well cared for!

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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September Travel Nurse of the Month 🏆: Laurel!

At Next Travel Nursing, our recruiters not only aim to help nurses achieve their professional goals, but also strive to get to know them in an effort to build a strong nurse-recruiter relationship. Through this process, we’ve had the opportunity to get to know some top-caliber nurses, both in and out of the facility. As we do at least once every month, today we want to take a moment to recognize a travel nurse who has consistently gone above and beyond what’s asked of her. Please join us in thanking our September Travel Nurse of the Month, Laurel, for all she does for her patients, peers, and recruiter!

Here’s what Next recruiter Naomi Knoblach had to say about our September honoree:

“Laurel has gone above and beyond by adjusting to everything the facility is asking of her without complaint. She would literally come in at 5 a.m. if they needed her to. She skips lunch every day as she’s doing home health and is going from patient to patient. The facility has no overtime, so in order to give the best patient care, she puts them before herself to get them all seen within her hours. She’s always happy and energetic, and just a joy to talk to!”

Laurel also recently received a note from one of her colleagues at her current facility. The note reads 💌:

“I wanted to send a special thank you on behalf of [peer’s name]. She mentioned she was so appreciative when you bathed an East team patient before she could get there. Thank you so much for all your thorough and compassionate care.”

From all of us at Next Travel Nursing, please join us in thanking Laurel for her incredible work as at travel nurse and her dedication to her patients and colleagues. 👏

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

Why Happiness is Key to Your Career as a Healthy Nurse

It’s no secret that we all want to be happy, and even the biggest pessimist in the room enjoys cracking a smile once in awhile. If you’re a nurse—or in any profession where your emotions can impact patients—it’s critical that you maintain a healthy level of happiness in your life

For many nurses, a strategy for increasing happiness may include limiting month-to-month monotony and long-term exposure to hospital politics. One way to avoid both may be travel nursing, as many travel nurses take 13-week assignments and then move on to another facility. They also have more flexibility, with the option to pick their work location and to decide whether or not they want to take time off between jobs.

Nurse happiness can directly affect patients

People who are satisfied with their jobs typically do the work that’s required of them, and then some. For nurses, making sure you complete your duties isn’t just a way to get a paycheck—it’s a way to better the experience for patients.

As you’re fully aware, entering a medical facility, no matter how dire the circumstances, can be nerve-wracking for patients. Having someone there with a cheerful attitude and empathetic demeanor can help them to feel at ease and boost their confidence around their visit. In turn, there is an increased chance that they will reciprocate your kindness with kindness—something that can’t always be said.

How is your happiness level affecting your health?

While every job brings with it a set of unique challenges, we can honestly say that travel nursing is a pretty incredible opportunity. If seeing different parts of the country, meeting new people, and getting paid (very well) to do what you love all sound like good things, travel nursing may be the right career choice for you.

Staying positive is pretty important to the American Nurses Association, too, as they’ve dubbed their Year of the Healthy Nurse theme for August “happiness.” In observance of this celebration, please take some time to step back and evaluate your happiness levels as a nurse, how your attitude and emotions have affected your patient care, and most importantly, how your mood and work situation is affecting your personal health.

Talk to a recruiter to learn how travel nursing could affect your happiness.

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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