Top 4 Areas to Look into with a Prospective Employer

The job search process is one that few enjoy. It often consists of numerous applications, long waiting periods, and the unfortunate possibility of denial. New nurses are affected by this the most, as they have little experience and are in search of any facility that’ll give them a chance.

Most new nurses make the mistake of latching onto the first employer that makes contact. Caught up in the excitement of being selected for an interview, they tend to overlook pertinent details that may raise red flags. The interview process is likely to happen in phases, giving you more than enough time to make yourself aware of the organization and its components. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you thoroughly inspect these four areas of the job.

Staffing

All units have budgeted staffing plans. You should inquire about staffing details like if the facility operates on an acuity system and if so, is that system used often? You are also free to look into the reason for position vacancy.

Many factors lead to the vacancy of a budgeted position. An organization’s attempt to save money, negative reputation, or subpar hiring practices are a few possible reasons. You should make yourself aware of staffing practices to ensure that the position is best for you.

Scheduling

Scheduling is another important aspect of the job. Find out the basics like how the unit handles weekend scheduling, shift rotation, and the call policy. It also helps to know if scheduling is done electronically or by personnel. If it’s the former, who is in charge of scheduling and how consistent is it? Is the schedule made weeks ahead of time and does it accommodate paid time off? Make sure you find answers to these questions before accepting the position.

Management

Management styles vary, and it is up to you to decide which one suits you best. There are nursing managers who are paternalistic and treat employees like children; monitoring them closely, providing rewards for achievement and reprimanding for mishaps. You also have those who believe employees need room to grow so they can thrive and learn from mistakes. Your first manager will likely shape your outlook on the profession for some time, so be sure to choose a working environment that makes you feel comfortable.

Co-workers

Much like managers, co-workers help shape the work environment. You’ll likely spend 40-plus hours a week with them, so it’ll behoove you to get an idea of who they are. Their energy can either motivate you or make you dread going to work each day. Do your best to speak to as many staff members from the unit as possible during the interview process. Not only can you get a grasp of their personalities, but they can provide a first-hand account of working in that unit.

Allow the healthcare staffing experts at Ardor Health Solutions to help you find just the right travel nursing position! We have the resources to get you in contact with hiring managers around the nation in need of your specific skills. Find a travel nursing assignment on our job listing page or call 855-GO-ARDOR today!

5 Tips for Getting Into a Competitive Sonography Program

Sonography is a vast and rewarding healthcare career choice. After you’ve become an ultrasound technician, a major step is getting into a sonography program. Programs can be very competitive with hundreds of applicants for only a few dozen slots to fill. Although some sonography programs can seem impossible to get into, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of being accepted.

1. Polish Your Interview Skills

The interview is always a focus during the application process. Since being accepted into a sonography program might mean a job after graduation, the interview should be treated like a job interview. To prepare for your interview, you can:

  • Research common interview questions
  • Conduct in-depth research on the program
  • Prepare your answers in advance
  • Run through a few practice interviews with your family

Once your interview skills are polished, you’ll be ready for any questions that are thrown at you!

2. Look for Volunteer Positions

Volunteering not only helps an organization or a group of people, but it also adds more to your resume. Your volunteer positions display causes that you may be passionate about and also show your willingness to help. Many applications also require a certain amount of volunteer hours. Take advantage of any volunteer opportunities that interest you and gain as much experience as you can. The skills you might learn volunteering could prove to be invaluable for your healthcare career.

3. Aim for the Maximum

Sonography programs usually make the minimum requirements known to applicants. Knowing the requirements lets you gauge the average level of skill the program looks for. You can use this information to go above and beyond the standard skill level. If the minimum requirement is a 75% in Physics, you can take practice exams, night classes, or advanced study sessions with instructors to increase your knowledge of physics. By going above the minimum requirements, your application is already set apart from a majority of other candidates.

4. Pay Attention to Extra Notes

The program requirements may also include extra notes that expand on the characteristics candidates should have if they’d like to be accepted. A few additional notes to look for are:

  • Any certifications that are relevant to the medical field
  • Courses in medical terminology
  • A CPR course

These extra notes vary with each program. Make sure you read through the requirements of the sonography program thoroughly to ensure no detail is missed.

5. Rinse and Repeat

The goal is to get accepted on your first try, but that isn’t always the case. Being denied isn’t the end, and the experience can be used to increase your skills. If you feel like you didn’t volunteer enough, apply for more volunteer opportunities. Maybe you weren’t as well-versed in ultrasound technology as you thought and you might choose to enroll in an online ultrasound program. Getting accepted into a competitive sonography program can entail a lot of trial and error. Don’t get discouraged; try to expand your skill set ahead of your next application.

Once you’ve been accepted into your ideal sonography program, Ardor Health Solutions will be waiting for you! Our job listings page includes healthcare positions in various fields including sonography. Contact us online or take a look at available healthcare positions to start your career today.

3 Ways to Practice Your American Sign Language (ASL)

As a healthcare professional, you should never stop seeking ways to expand your capabilities. Through the acquisition of certifications and licenses, nurses can increase their value as employees. Some nurses choose to go back to school to earn a higher degree, while others travel abroad to learn a new language. Among the many languages you can learn is American Sign Language (ASL).

The deaf or hard-of-hearing (HoH) use this language to communicate, but learning ASL can make you uniquely qualified to become a certified translator. Through this role, you can become an invaluable asset to your workplace. While there aren’t any countries you can travel to perfect your ASL, there are a few programs you can utilize.

YouTube

For those who are visual learners, YouTube is the perfect learning tool. Some channels can teach you every letter of the alphabet, while others that teach you words and phrases. A few ASL channels include:

  • Dr. Bill Vicars: He is HoH himself and an ASL expert. Dr. Vicars has numerous degrees in deaf-centric studies and boasts a YouTube channel with numerous ASL lessons.
  • Rob Neilson: This channel has videos that teach everything from the alphabet to the Star-Spangled Banner. Beginners will find this channel especially helpful.

Online Resources

Along with web videos, there are free and paid online portals at your disposal. Some of the most widely used are:

  • Start ASL: This program comes fully equipped with workbooks and a video dictionary to assist both experienced and beginner ASL learners. The website even goes in depth about the history of ASL and highlights ASL careers.
  • ASL Pro: ASL Pro is a completely free online service that is a useful tool for quizzes, numerous fingerspelling activities, and instructional videos.
  • Curious: The website lays claim to numerous videos on simple greetings and introductions. Users must sign up for the paid bundle if they yearn for more in depth lessons.

Cell Phone Apps

Cell phone apps have revolutionized the ways in which we can learn languages. Sign Language is no exception. Although smartphone apps tend not to be as thorough as websites, they provide efficient methods of practicing ASL on-the-go. Two noteworthy apps are:

  • ASL Coach: This free app is a simple and easy tool that teaches you the ASL alphabet.
  • ASL: Fingerspelling: This is a paid app that focuses on improving fingerspelling speed and accuracy.

Are you ready to take your passion for healthcare across the country? Ardor Health Solutions can help you. We are a healthcare staffing company that provides skilled nurses with travel therapy and permanent placement opportunities nationwide. We have the resources to put you in direct contact with hiring managers across the country. Visit our job listings page for a full outline of healthcare opportunities or call us at 855-GO-ARDOR today!

The 2017-2018 School Traveler’s Road Map

School is back in session! And to celebrate, Ardor Health has put together a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to help you to get back in the swing of things! Whether you’re a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language-Pathologist, or Registered Nurse, the School Traveler’s Road Map is packed full of great tips and benefits that will be sure to help you on your next school contract! Simply click the link below to get free access! Just think of it as Ardor Health’s little thank you everything you do.

The School Traveler Road Map

Are you still looking for a school assignment for the 2017-2018 school season? No matter the specialty, there are plenty of states that would be amazing travel locations. So where would you like to travel next? Fill out the form below and one of Ardor Health’s recruiter’s will contact you to start working on your next big journey!

    How to Properly List Your Nursing Credentials

    In the nursing field, there is a myriad of letters and initials used to show the credentials of each nurse. Nurses might be used to seeing those letters in any order, but healthcare providers, consumers, and patients may not understand what each pair of letters mean. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has created a standard way to list credentials. Understanding the official method set up by the ANCC can help ensure your nursing profile avoids any confusion. Here’s how to correctly list your nursing credentials. Continue reading “How to Properly List Your Nursing Credentials”

    Ardor Health Solutions Named As Top 20 Largest Allied Healthcare Staffing Firm In US

    Ardor Health Solutions is pleased to announce that we have been named as the 20th largest US Allied Healthcare Staffing Firm in the United States! After extensive consideration, the research firm, Staffing Industry Analysts informed Ardor Health of the achievement this week.

    “We couldn’t be more proud of being recognized as one of the nation’s largest Allied Health Staffing Firms.” said CEO and Co-Founder Mike Lamia. “This achievement is further proof of our commitment to both our travelers and our clients.”

    As part of this elite group of staffing firms, Ardor Health is aware that these lists are shared and valued by the global buyer community when looking for new staffing companies to work with. Our standing on the list is a huge asset to both our candidates, clients, and internal staff that we strive to please every day.

    About Ardor Health Solutions

    Ardor Health is a rapidly-growing Healthcare Staffing company that began in 2001.  We specialize in the temporary and permanent placement of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists as well as PTA’s, COTA’s, CFY’s, SLPA’s, School Psychologists, and RN’s across all fifty states. Ardor Health has the best sales force in the industry, which in turn makes the company incredibly strong. Ardor provides quality positions and care for its travelers/candidates, as well as the facilities they staff them in. Ardor Health has a fun, energetic, family-oriented, business-casual environment with a fast-paced mind set. Its staff is ever-changing, organized, highly qualified and dedicated to customer service.

    About Staffing Industry Analysts

    Founded in 1989, Staffing Industry Analysts is the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. Our proprietary research covers all categories of employed and non-employed work including temporary staffing, independent contracting and other types of contingent labor. SIA’s independent and objective analysis provides insights into the services and suppliers operating in the workforce solutions ecosystem including staffing firms, managed service providers, recruitment process outsourcers, payrolling/ compliance firms and talent acquisition technology specialists such as vendor management systems, online staffing platforms, crowdsourcing and online work services. We also provide training and accreditation with our unique Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) program.

    Known for our award-winning content, data, support tools, publications, executive conferences and events, we help both suppliers and buyers of workforce solutions make better-informed decisions that improve business results and minimize risk. As a division of the international business media company, Crain Communications Inc., SIA is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in London, England. For more information: www.staffingindustry.com

    4 Ways to Improve Your Career Skills Over Fall

    Becoming a registered nurse is not the end, it’s just the beginning. The next step is getting out and applying your skills to the workforce. Many nurses who graduate in the spring or summer choose to take some time for themselves in the fall before they dive into their healthcare careers. This time is not necessarily time wasted. There are a few things you can do to improve your skills during your transition. Continue reading “4 Ways to Improve Your Career Skills Over Fall”

    Virtual Reality: A New Tool for Occupational Therapists?

    Video games have been slowly implementing virtual reality (VR) to create a more intimate experience with gamers. The scope of virtual reality, however, isn’t limited to entertainment. Researchers and doctors are looking to VR for medical uses in psychiatry and occupational therapy. According to studies, virtual reality can help treat phobias or post-traumatic stress disorder. Could VR be a new tool for occupational therapists? Continue reading “Virtual Reality: A New Tool for Occupational Therapists?”

    3 Temporary Housing Options For Travel Nurses

    Housing is one factor that every travel nurse must take into consideration. Travel nursing assignments can last from eight to thirteen weeks, and nurses have the option of prolonging a particular stay if they find it enjoyable. With that said, having a comfortable place to rest is essential. Here are three popular temporary housing options for travel nurses.

    Airbnb

    The choice of staying at an Airbnb was not available for nurses a decade ago, but it has quickly caught steam. The concept of the service is to provide travelers with ‘the local experience;’ an experience many tourists miss when they stay at hotels. The online service links individuals who choose to rent their home, or a space inside their home, to those in search of temporary housing.

    The renter sets their particular rates which vary depending on the length of the stay and the city of the Airbnb. For those who choose to use the service, a secure online payment is due when they book the space. The payment covers nightly charges, a cleaning, and extra guest fee. One of the greatest benefits of Airbnb is that every space is fully furnished.

    Extended Stay Hotels

    Extended stay hotels are a more traditional form of temporary housing. Travel nurses can quickly locate and choose from multiple hotels, especially in the major cities. According to a survey conducted by biz-stay.com, there is a total of 26 extended stay hotels in the U.S. The price per night can range from $40 for a standard budget hotel to $150 for a more upscale option.

    One of the greatest benefits is that a vast majority of extended stay hotels have housekeeping and fresh linens included in their amenities. Particular accommodations vary depending on the chain, but travel nurses can generally expect cable television and a clean hotel room throughout their stay.

    Corporate Housing

    Corporate housing renters have the choice of staying in an apartment, condo, house, or loft for a short period. Formerly known as “executive housing,” corporate housing was originally intended for traveling business professionals who’d rather not stay in a traditional hotel. With the concept of temporary housing becoming increasingly popular, corporate housing has become more widely available.

    Similar to an Airbnb, corporate houses are fully furnished and usually equipped with all living amenities down to towels and kitchen utensils. One of the most favorable perks of this type of housing is that the price tends to include cable, internet, housekeeping, utilities, bedding, and many other accommodations.

    Are you ready to get on the road to your first travel nursing assignment? Allow the healthcare staffing professionals at Ardor Health Solutions to lend a helping hand. You choose the city, and we find the opportunities! Don’t worry about ever having to fill out a lengthy online application again. We have the resources to get you in touch with hiring staff across the nation. Visit our job listings page and start your travel nurse job search today!

     

    3 Tips on Getting Ahead in Your Job Search

    The summer months can be the most stressful for a rising registered nurse. Not too long ago you may have been a student attending clinicals, now you’ve graduated and passed the NCLEX. Many people would say that the hard part is behind you, but they haven’t considered the job search process. Before you start sending out those applications, allow these three essential tips to guide you.

    Pay Close Attention to Voicemails

    Prospective employers sometimes leave extremely pertinent information in voicemails. Considering that most people choose not to answer phone calls from unknown numbers, the least you can do is check your voicemail. Hiring managers are likely to let you know when you can contact them or how soon they need to hear from you to continue the interview process. Ignoring voicemails can be the difference between securing a job and the continuous filing of endless applications.

    Your voicemail greeting should also be professional. Many people set their voicemails and forget what it is. An unprofessional greeting can give hiring managers the wrong impression and encourage them to pursue another candidate.

    Keep Content Error-Free

    You should become close friends with spell check during your job hunt. Anything with your name on it is a representation of you. This includes everything from the initial application to the follow-up email. A seemingly minor grammar issue can catch the eye of a meticulous hiring manager and raise a red flag. They may overlook one mistake, but repeated errors are unacceptable. Thoroughly review all documents for grammar and punctuation as well as the accuracy of information before submitting.

    Be Professional Throughout the Process

    As if we haven’t stressed professionalism enough, one last reminder can’t hurt. Professionalism speaks to everything from your phone conversations to how you dress for the interview. A good rule of thumb is to treat every encounter with a prospective employer as an interview. Oftentimes, hiring staff will use a casual tone during conversations to see how the applicant responds. Maintain your professionalism throughout the job search and interview process for the best chances of securing the position.

    In the unfortunate instance you are rejected via email, take the time to respond. Thank the hiring manager for considering you as an applicant and continue on your job search with your chin up. Many organizations run multiple hospitals. They may not have a position for you at one location, but your unwavering professionalism can lead them to consider you for another.

    Allow Ardor Health Solutions to lend a helping hand during your healthcare job search. Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing company that provides skilled nurses with travel therapy and permanent placement opportunities nationwide. With Ardor Health Solutions, you no longer have to worry about filling out lengthy online applications and waiting for a response. We put you in direct contact with hiring managers nationwide. Visit our job listings page for a full outline of healthcare opportunities across the country.