Even though nurses deserve to be celebrated every day, there’s one day a year when nurses who’ve earned a more specialized certification get a little extra recognition. Certified Nurses Day occurs every March 19 to honor the achievements of nurses who have taken their career to the next level with a nursing specialty or advanced practice certification. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to excellence in nursing! Just for fun, take this quiz to see what certification you should get next (or maybe we’re mind-readers, and you already have it!). Browse our open travel nursing jobs to see where your certification might take you next!
Newsflash: you might be “that travel nurse”. You know, the one everyone else wants to be. How many things on this list do you do? Hashtag overload. Posting on Instagram excites you. Who wouldn’t be, right? You’re either at this picturesque mountain or at a blissful beach so why not share it to the #instaworld! You regularly use #wanderlust, #travel, #traveling, #hiking, #bucketlist, #travelnurse, #thatjusthappened, #CMSTraveler on your posts. Tour like a local. You may be working more than 12-hours a day but this certainly won’t stop you from exploring the city! Every moment at a new city counts so instead of watching Netflix after your shift, you try out a local restaurant. Instead of snoozing ’til noon on your day off, you go for a trek. You see every little corner, eat delicious food, meet new people and experience a new culture. Carpe Diem. Traveling is one of your … Continue reading
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, or you’re about to embark on your first assignment, picking up a few of these travel hacks will help keep you organized sane on the road to your destination. Are these travel hacks on your radar? Save space wherever possible If you’re traveling to your next assignment by car, the thought of fitting everything you’ll need for the next three months in your vehicle may seem daunting. That’s why every little bit of space you have counts. Try out these tips next time you’re filling your car to the brim: Rolling clothes instead of folding can help you squeeze a few extra items in your suitcase, as can using belts to line collars (both of which keeps wrinkles away). Make use of nooks and crannies in your car, like the area around your spare tire, and underneath seats. Use bags instead of suitcases where possible … Continue reading
If your bae is in rehab therap-ay (sorry, too easy), then there’s a certain event in the month of February that you might be exchanging gifts. If you’re not swapping Valentine’s, and you’re a travel therapist looking to treat yo’self, then this list is for you, too. Here are 14 gifts for February 14 (or any occasion!) to consider getting the traveling physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist or registered respiratory therapist in your life. Power bank. This is a portable charging device that might be a lifesaver for any healthcare traveler in pinch and without access to an outlet. Neck pillow or a back pillow to make their plane or road trip more comfortable. Noise canceling headphones. Whether it’s winding down after a long shift or ramping up before a day full of patients, this gift will get some serious use. Luggage scale. This handy little device will help … Continue reading
When international Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists are working with Cirrus Medical Staffing International to find a position in the United States, they’re working with the best. Not only that – they’ll be working for the best. Take MedPro Health Providers, for example, a CMS International client who was recently named #1 on the Chicago Tribune’s Top Employers: Small list. As many clinicians in the Home Health sphere know, being known as a top employer in this setting is quite an accomplishment. MedPro president and CEO Riz Villasenor takes a grounded approach to managing his company. He regularly cooks for his employees and hosts a weekly meeting to promote team solidarity that sets a precedence for internal culture. And what a culture it is! Founded in 2009, MedPro makes an intentional effort to staff culturally diverse clinicians from around the world. Their rehab therapists and RNs provide homecare … Continue reading
When people put pen to paper for their New Year’s resolutions, just about everyone adds “travel more” to the list, but not everyone has the opportunity to really do it. If you’re a healthcare professional in nursing, rehab therapy, respiratory therapy or medical imaging, traveling isn’t just a far-off pipe dream – it’s a distinct possibility. New Year’s resolutions are a medical traveler’s playground, waiting for you to jump in. Here are just a few ways how you can make 2017 your best year yet as a travel nurse, travel therapist, or other medical traveling modality. Set Yourself Up for Success this New Year! Write it down Take your resolutions from ideas to accomplishment by making concrete plans to accomplish them. Do you have measurable, actionable check-in points so you can monitor your success? If you write down your resolutions (it’s not as cliché as it sounds), you are taking … Continue reading
Patrick became a CT technologist because he enjoys the work itself. In his own words, he describes what he does as “fascinating”, but wages in his state were becoming stagnant and health insurance premiums were through the roof. Becoming a traveling medical imaging tech offered him a way to continue doing what he loves to do, afford health insurance, and make the money his family needs – without having to uproot and move permanently. In our interview with him, he talks more about his decision to go from “CT tech” to traveling CT tech. What triggered your decision to consider becoming a traveler? The higher wages offered by travel positions is why I started this journey as a traveler. There’s tax-free housing money, housing reimbursement and you get to keep most of what you earn. The wages in my home state have sort of flat-lined, so traveling allows me to … Continue reading
Just like their staff nurse counterparts, many travel nurses are scheduled to work on holidays like Thanksgiving. Being a nurse means you already serve selflessly every day, but working through the holiday is perhaps the most selfless act of all. That said, it’s okay to be homesick! That’s why we asked our travel nurses if they’re working on Thanksgiving this year, and to give a few pointers on how to cope with being homesick. We asked, you answered! See what your fellow travel nurses are up to this year.
Rehab therapists like occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) ranked #17, #12 and #19, respectively, in the 2016 Best Health Care Jobs list (US News). Rehab therapy is expected to grow by 131,000 new positions by 2024 – so if you’re a rehab therapist evaluating your career path, becoming a traveling rehab therapist might be for you. So without further ado, here are just four of the many benefits of choosing travel: Job security Future healthcare needs project very promising job opportunities for PTs, OTs and SLPs. With baby boomers reaching age 55 or older by 2020, and increased awareness for speech/language disorders in children, job prospects are on the rise. As the market demands more rehab therapists, the need for contingency staffing to fill open positions will be at an all-time high. Affordable health insurance on day one Companies like Cirrus Medical Staffing offer … Continue reading
Nursing is a calling that strikes a chosen few, some of whom know they’re meant to be in the field early in life – Carly is one of those nurses. Recognizing her passion for caring for people, she decided she wanted to pursue the profession way back in middle school. She’s been realizing her dream for three years now, and has specialized in pulmonary, post-op and med-surg. Now that she’s working as a travel nurse, her advice to those considering this option might surprise you. Q1: What triggered your decision to become a travel nurse? Before graduating from nursing school I was already interested in travel, but I didn’t have the experience yet. After getting a few years under my belt, I was able take the leap and become a nurse traveler. I chose my first assignment’s location because my family is considering a move to this area one day. … Continue reading