Why a Recruiter Works Better than a Job Board

Searching for a job in the healthcare field is arduous and overwhelming. People often scour over job boards in search of their ideal job and spend hours perfecting their application only to be dismissed. Applying for jobs can feel like a full-time job itself, and when you have bills to pay you might be anxious to get started.

Thankfully, job boards are not the only option when you’re applying for a healthcare position. One of the best resources to utilize during the job hunt is a healthcare staffing firm. These businesses have dozens of skilled recruiters that can help you land the next step in your career.

Whether you’re a nurse, therapist, speech pathologist, or any other type of clinician, working with a professional recruiter is the way to go. Here are some of the reasons why a recruiter works better than a job board.

Protect your Privacy

When you use a job board to start your search, you often have to provide some of your personal information. Though it’s easy to believe this information is only used for simple reasons, the reality is that it can have more severe consequences.

Not only can strangers easily access the information you provide, but the job board could also inadvertently notify your current employer of your job search. A recruiter will only give out your information when they have your permission. Your job search remains confidential, and your information is protected.

Inside Knowledge

The job of a recruiter is to be familiar with the hiring process and get to know their client. When you work with an experienced recruiter, you have access to all their knowledge regarding the role. They can give you insight into the company’s culture, hiring practices, and expectations.

A good healthcare staffing agency invests in the success of its clients. Recruiters can edit your résumé, coach you on the interview process, and help you accept a job offer from a top-notch company.

Stand out

When you post on a job board, you are little more than a résumé. Thousands of job seekers put their information on job boards with the hope that the perfect employer will stumble upon it. A recruiter cuts out the middleman and gets your application directly in front of hiring managers.

Once you spend time working with a recruiter and allow them to learn more about you, your recruiter can advocate on your behalf and make sure your application stands out. The recruiter knows about your interests and skills and can present them to hiring managers in the best light possible.

Reduce Job Search Anxiety

As we previously mentioned, the job search can feel like a job in itself. Since very few of us have the time to sift through thousands of job descriptions every day, it’s common to do the bare minimum and call it quits.

Recruiters do the hard work for you and reduce the anxiety that comes with job searching. They can help schedule interviews, track your résumé, and keep you organized throughout the process. A recruiter can give you peace of mind knowing that someone always has your back.

If you’re serious about moving to the next step in your career, ditch the job board and enlist the help of a recruiter. Ardor Health Solutions is a rapidly-growing healthcare staffing agency that is dedicated to your success. We work with you to find you a high-quality position in a location you love. Contact one of our recruiters today at 855-GO-ARDOR to learn how we can help you.

Why Nurses Choose to Work in Schools

School nurses are more than just the people who put a bandage on a cut and fix a runny nose. Not only do they take care of school children’s various aches and pains, but they also educate students and teachers on the importance of health and how to take care of their bodies.

Though it may seem challenging at times, being a school nurse is rewarding and offers a variety of benefits. Here are some of the reasons travel nurses choose to work in schools.

Easy Schedule

Working at a school means that your schedule follows the typical hours of a school day. Unlike working at a hospital where you may work nights and weekends, school nurses are only required to be at work when children are in the building. You also have most holidays and breaks off, meaning that for three months each year you have a nice summer vacation.  

Long-Term Contracts

Working as a school nurse also gives you a long-term contract. While the typical travel nursing contract is only about 12 weeks long, working at a school means that you are placed for the duration of the school year. Travel school nurses can expect a 43-week contract, allowing you to increase your experience and work with the students you love.

Variety of Job Roles

Working at a school doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the school nurse. If you want to work in a school, positions can range from working onsite treating children to one-on-one care with medically frail children who need assistance getting to and from school.

More Autonomy

As a school nurse, you are considered the school’s expert in all things medical. Working in a school setting means that you don’t have to follow the orders of other doctors or higher-ups. You can make your own decisions and advise students and teachers about their health.

Helping Children

School nurses have the unique opportunity to work with children and educate them about their health. Your job promotes healthy and successful students. You can also work closely with individual students that may need more attention to help them develop and thrive.

Working as a nurse in a school setting has an array of benefits that make for a great experience. If you’ve realized these benefits and want to get started as a school nurse, contact Ardor Health Solutions today. We are a healthcare staffing company that can help place you at the school of your dreams. Contact a recruiter today at 855-GO-ARDOR to learn more.

How to Save Money on School Supplies as a Travel Therapist

School therapists typically require a vast array of supplies to work with their students. Whether you’re a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech-language pathologist, your supplies are essential to your student’s success.

Constantly buying and rebuying supplies each assignment gets pricey, so it’s nice to save money wherever you can. Ardor Health has put together some tips on how to save money on your back to school supplies this year as a travel therapist.

Find Stores with Discount Prices

As the back-to-school season is getting into full swing, department and grocery stores are stocking their shelves for teachers and students alike. At some point or another, these stores typically offer a discount or sale on some of their items. Places like Walmart, Target, and even Dollar Tree have back-to-school basics you can easily pick up.

Take advantage of these sales by making a list of stores near you and keeping track of their coupons and deals. It may be worth signing up for newsletters from these stores as well.

Look Online

If you don’t have the time or patience to visit multiple stores for your school therapy needs, consider shopping online. There are dozens of online stores that sell school supplies in bulk or at discounted prices and can ship directly to your home or school.

Some websites are specifically dedicated to school supplies for teachers and faculty across a wide range of grade levels and teaching areas, making it an ideal place to find all your supply needs. Places like Discount School Supply and School Specialty offer everything from pencils to classroom furniture, all at a low price.

Do It Yourself

Travel school therapists sometimes need unique items that classroom teachers do not. As an experienced school therapist, you know what you need to help your students. Sometimes you can skip the pricey therapy tools and make them yourself.

Things like sensory tables can be made at home using plastic containers filled with household materials like rice and sugar. You can incorporate tools like funnels and buckets that you have lying around the house to create a fun and engaging sensory table your students will love.

Reuse Old Items

Before you go out and buy all new supplies, see what you have lying around already. Extra pencils, markers, rulers, and scissors can be reused for years even if they’re a bit beat up.

Before leaving for your next assignment, see what you can reuse or transform into items you can incorporate in the school year. Get creative! If you need inspiration, there are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest and teacher blogs.

Shopping for back-to-school supplies as a travel therapist may seem overwhelming, but it shouldn’t put a damper on the excitement of a new year! Be sure you’re prepped and ready to take on your next travel therapy assignment and save money on supplies.

If you’re a travel therapist that’s eager to start their next journey, contact Ardor Health Solutions. We help travel clinicians from around the U.S. find assignments in atmospheres where they can thrive. Contact our office to speak with a recruiter today.

Tips For Starting a New Year as a School Therapist

Starting a new school year is both exciting and frightening. As a travel therapist, you’re likely used to starting off again in new places, but that doesn’t lessen the stress of beginning a new job and meeting new people.

Ardor Health Solutions has put together some tips for starting a new year as a school therapist. Whether you’re a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech-language pathologist, these are the things you need to know on your first day of school.

Continue Personal Development

Even though you’re likely traveling to and from different school districts, it’s essential to continue your personal and professional development. Be sure that you’re taking advantage of all the programs your school district has to offer.

Therapists should be informed about Personal Development Days that are scheduled throughout the year. Typically, a school district includes three to five of them each year to keep their staff moving forward with their improvement. Attending the Personal Development Days will also keep you in compliance of CEU’s and maintain your certifications.

Review School Orientation Process

With so much travel it can be easy to mix up or confuse different school district’s protocols. Prior to the first day of school, review your new school’s rules and regulations and the Individualized Education Plans for unique students.

Stay well-informed regarding your school policy to ensure that you can submit timely reports and follow all necessary steps while working with your new students.

Make Friends with a Colleague

In honesty, you won’t know the true ins and outs of the school until you’re there for some time. Find a coworker that has the same or a similar job position as you and start a friendship. They can help show you the ropes and make the transition into your new travel therapy role seamless.

Friending colleagues will not only help you learn to navigate your school, but you will also have familiar faces to see around the halls.

Keep in Touch with Your Recruiter

All travel therapists have a recruiter that helps them find their travel assignments. These recruiters act as a liaison between your job at the school and your travel agency. If a problem arises, therapists should communicate immediately with their recruiter.

The recruiter and Team Manager along with the Clinical Director can work with the school district to resolve any conflicts, concerns, or situations that need clarification while on assignment with Ardor. Stay open and honest throughout the process to ensure your job success and happiness.

The transition back to school as a travel therapist can be tough, but rewarding. When you’re preparing for your first day of school, remember these helpful tips from Ardor Health Solutions. We care about all of our travel clinicians and work to create a positive experience for them. If you are looking to start your travel therapy career, or want help finding your next assignment, talk to Ardor Health Solutions. Speak with a recruiter today.

Top 5 Places for a Summer Healthcare Assignment

Are you considering a traveling nurse or therapy assignment this summer? We’ve narrowed down five of the best warm-weather destinations for travel nurses and therapists to keep in mind. Based on their excellent weather, access to cultural attractions, and availability of assignments in world-class healthcare facilities, these are the five destinations you should consider for your summer assignment.

Baltimore, Maryland

This charming East Coast city is a great place to be if you want to work at a renowned research institution like Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore also offers diverse neighborhoods, a bustling waterfront district with gourmet restaurants and shops, and highly-rated attractions like the National Aquarium. It’s also just an hour from Washington, DC, and just over an hour from Philadelphia.

Portland, Oregon

Warm temperatures that never hit sweltering, a bike-friendly environment, and tons of quaint bookstores and coffee shops make Portland a hit with travel nurses and therapists who are craving adventure. You can easily take day trips to both the mountains and the ocean. Best of all, travel assignments at facilities such as the VA Medical Center are plentiful.

Houston, Texas

Houston is the ideal travel nursing destination if you want to learn more about cutting-edge cancer care. The city’s MD Anderson Cancer Center is a research hub for this illness. You’ll also find plenty of nightlife, a thriving theater district, and easy access to some of the best beaches in the United States.

Palo Alto, California

Featuring all the benefits of San Francisco without the exorbitant costs, Palo Alto offers a vibrant lifestyle just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. Palo Alto is also an excellent location for anyone who loves to explore nature, with proximity to Muir Woods and Yosemite National Forest. You’ll also find excellent job opportunities at facilities like Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.

San Diego, California

If you dream of the southern California lifestyle, consider taking a travel assignment in San Diego, the city that has it all. From stellar hiking to famous attractions like Legoland and the San Diego Zoo, you’ll never have a shortage of fun activities to try. This city is also home to many highly-rated hospitals, including the University of California-San Diego Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente.

Working in one of these five locations across the U.S. is sure to give you the most out of your summer assignment. Whether it’s east coast or west coast, it’s always wise to choose a job that you love. Ardor Health Solutions can help place you in healthcare positions across the nation with ease. Contact us to learn about our staffing opportunities.

Don’t Forget to Plan for Emergencies on your Next Travel Assignment

Being a travel nurse is a tough job – and it gets even tougher when you’re faced with an emergency while on assignment. As a travel nurse, you’re likely already a quick thinker and a good planner. However, you should consider these checklists to make sure you’re prepared in case the worst happens.

Depending on where in the world you are, getting access to your documents, financial paperwork, and other vital items might not be so easy. Here’s an easy way to prep and plan for any emergency while you’re on the road.

Driving Accidents Can Happen When You’re a Travel Nurse

Automobile accidents happen all over the world, unfortunately. The best thing you can do before you go on assignment is research the driving laws, traffic violations, and parking rules of the area that you’re going. Also:

  • Have your car checked before heading out on the road and get any necessary repairs to prevent you from having to find a mechanic in an unfamiliar town on short notice.
  • Make sure your car registration, driver’s license, and insurance policies are up to date
  • Purchase a roadside assistance membership in case you get a flat tire or need a tow
  • Pack an emergency car kit that includes blankets, a first aid kit, water bottles, jumper cables, a small fire extinguisher, a mobile phone charger, flashlight, road flares, ponchos, and a multi-purpose tool

Don’t forget to replace any emergency items once you’ve used them!

Natural Disaster Preparedness

A natural disaster can strike at any moment, and these are often some of the most dangerous situations travel nurses find themselves in.

  • Once you start your assignment, identify the emergency exits near your workstation
  • Familiarize yourself with the facility’s evacuation plan
  • Keep your cell phone nearby whenever possible
  • Pack protein bars and water that you can access in an emergency
  • Understand hospital protocol designed to keep staff and patients safe
  • Take advantage of all emergency videos and training modules provided by the facility where you’re working

No matter what you do, being caught in a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake can be devastating. Make the situation a little easier on yourself. Being informed of your options in a tight case can ease the stress of traveling to a new country on assignment.

Facing Medical Emergencies Abroad

If you have a chronic health condition, it’s especially important to take precautions as you travel. Even if you’re the type of person who never gets sick, you never know what can happen abroad. Do your research on medical care in the area that you’re going to, so you know what to expect. Likewise, you should:

  • Make sure you have enough refills of any prescriptions you take
  • Provide emergency contact information to your manager
  • Carry a copy of your medical insurance card
  • Make sure your policy covers you while you’re traveling out of state
  • Avoid taking risks that could cause an injury

If you’re traveling to a country where the healthcare costs money and you don’t have insurance, you should additionally have some cash saved up to pay for any necessary treatments.

Financial Planning for Travel Nurses

Plan for unexpected events such as theft or loss. For the most part, travel nurses are usually in a secure environment, but you never know what can happen!

  • Maintain two separate bank accounts and an emergency cash fund
  • Save copies of the front and back of your credit cards so that you can identify them in case of theft
  • Get a safe to store valuables and important documents

You don’t want to be caught with no money at all. You may even want to leave some money with a trusted family member or friend so that they can send it to you should your trip as a travel nurse go awry.

Travel nursing can be stressful as is, so preparing for any type of emergency is crucial. Use the above information to ensure that you are ready for anything at a moment’s notice. Of course, finding a location and job you love is worth the preparation. If you’re looking to become a travel nurse, or relocate to start a new adventure, contact Ardor Health Solutions today. We’re dedicated to finding the right healthcare position for you.

Exploring Tampa as a Travel Nurse or Therapist

If you’re traveling to Tampa on your next travel nursing or therapist assignment, you’re in for an adventure! Regardless of how long you’re staying, you definitely won’t get bored exploring this charming city. Try taking out time from your busy schedule to check out these five favorite attractions you can’t miss in the Tampa, FL area.

Busch Gardens

This world-class amusement park spans almost 300 acres and features more than 12,000 attractions, rides, games, and live shows. From live animal exhibits to themed areas based on nations of the world, you’ll find that this park offers an ideal blend of education and entertainment for groups of all ages.

Tampa Theatre

Built in 1926, this historic structure is a gorgeous example of period architecture. You can stop by to catch a movie or a show in this iconic setting or opt for the 90-minute backstage tour where you can see the theater’s 900-pipe Wurlitzer organ. The Tampa Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Florida Aquarium

Conveniently located in downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium features more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plants. Exhibits include polar bears, penguins, sharks, alligators, and otters. Kids will also enjoy the outdoor play zone that features a water slide and splash park.

Henry B. Plant Museum

This collection is located inside a historic hotel on the campus of the University of Tampa. Step into the gilded age of Florida’s history with art and artifacts that highlight this unique period. The hotel, once owned by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant, features rooms restored to their original Victorian splendor.

Ybor City

This neighborhood in Tampa gives you a chance to experience the area’s vibrant nightlife, with a mishmash of clubs, bars, and music venues. During the day, you can enjoy authentic Cuban delicacies as well as the hand-rolled cigars that once dominated neighborhood commerce.

When you’re not at work saving lives, take a bit to enjoy the livelihood that Tampa has to offer. Any of these five activities are great ways to de-stress and experience the culture surrounding you. If you’re a travel nurse or therapist looking to relocate to Tampa or wanting to start a new adventure in the U.S., contact Ardor Health Solutions today. We specialize in finding your perfect healthcare fit in a variety of places across the nation. Call us at (855) GO-ARDOR to learn more.

How to Eat Well When Traveling

If you’re a nurse, you know it can be tough to eat healthy meals during a busy shift. If you’re a travel nurse, those challenges multiply when you’re facing unknown locations, irregular kitchen facilities, and strict schedules. Keep in mind that caring for yourself is a crucial element of caring for others.

Try these nutrition tips to be your best self for your patients, your family, and of course, you!

Skip the Drive-Thru

While grabbing fast food on the go often seems like the easiest way to get a quick meal, it’s usually not the healthiest choice. Instead, see if you can find a local grocery store when you’re in a new area. You’ll be able to get fresh items like fruits and veggies, which are low cost and suitable to eat throughout the day, keeping you satisfied. Many supermarkets even have a deli with a salad bar and prepared foods like sushi and soups. If that isn’t within your budget, many websites have recipes for five or 10-minute meals that you can make with minimal ingredients.

Pump Up the Protein

Getting enough protein in your diet helps you concentrate and stabilize your blood sugar so that you feel full for an extended amount of time. When you only get a quick shift break, it’s important to make choices that will provide you with the energy you need until it’s time to clock out. Good options include hard-boiled eggs, trail mix and nuts, low-fat cottage cheese, and natural beef jerky.

Increase Hydration

Drinking enough water keeps you alert and helps remove toxins from your body. Try carrying a reusable water bottle and making a point to drink at least 64 ounces each day. Avoid too much caffeine and sugary drinks, which can provide a spike in blood sugar followed by a quick crash.

Get the Gear

A lunch bag you love will add some excitement to the sometimes drab task of packing a lunch for work. Bringing your meal will not only save you money, but it also gives you the opportunity to avoid grabbing unhealthy foods, processed items, sugary snacks, and sodas from the convenience store. Besides, bringing meals is much more environmentally friendly than relying on the waste-heavy fast food industry.

It’s no secret that being hungry affects mood and work capability. With a little preparation and some practice, you can create daily eating habits that fit your busy life and still provide you with enough nutrition to feel great. At Ardor Health Solutions, we recognize the importance of nutrition when you’re a busy nurse. Contact us today to join our fantastic team of nurses across the country.

Understanding GSA Per Diem Rates for Healthcare Travelers

For a travel nurse, it’s important to consider what kinds of pay and the type of salary you will receive. Typically, per diems are offered as part of the stipend package for travel nurses. Although each staffing agency sets these rates, there are federal guidelines for per diems. If you qualify, this is a daily amount added to your pay intended to provide for housing, meals, and other living expenses during your travel assignment.

How Much is Per Diem Stipend?

To calculate the per diem qualification, the agency will typically have you complete a form based on a formula established by the federal General Services Administration (GSA). They have developed standard travel rates for government as well as non-government employees, including travel nurses.

The current continental U.S. (CONUS) rate is $91 per day for housing and $51 per day for other expenses, including food. An agency may change these rates depending on the living costs of the area where they send you. The GSA website has a chart for users to play with – you can enter the zip code of a city and see what the average rates are.

The GSA has also established and publicly posted daily maximums for each region.

Each year, the GSA per diem rates increase at the beginning of October. Increases depend on the daily cost of living averages.

Safety Tips for Choosing an Agency

While receiving a per diem is an integral part of your compensation for a given assignment, the daily maximum is established to prevent agencies from avoiding taxation by paying nurses a meager hourly rate and a very high per diem. Avoid agencies that use this practice; although the rates sound advantageous, this pay structure exposes you to tax and legal risk. You will have to report any per diem amount above the daily maximum as income tax. Otherwise, these stipends are tax-free.

Instead of offering a per diem, some agencies require you to save receipts and submit them for direct reimbursement of your expenses. If you exceed the daily per diem and your agency does not offer to reimburse you, you may be able to write off the difference on your income tax return. This is a typical situation when a nurse is working in a major metropolitan area where meals are more costly than average.

Before coming to any final decisions, weigh out your options and do your research. Make sure that any agency you work with will pay you enough to live in your desired destination. At Ardor Health Solutions, we make sure that all of our travel nurses are placed in the best healthcare services around the U.S. Contact us today to join our network of nurses throughout the country.

Top 5 Things to do in Atlanta

Atlanta’s southern and cosmopolitan atmosphere attracts many who are looking to relocate. It boasts both exciting nightlife and family-oriented activities, making it an ideal location for any travel nurse. When you’re not at work saving lives, try to find the time to visit some of these iconic and beautiful places and fall in love with Atlanta.

Piedmont Park

If you’re looking for a place to spend a lazy afternoon, Piedmont Park is your place. Boasting over 200 acres, Piedmont Park offers visitors many different activities. There are paths for walking or jogging, playgrounds, dog parks, a swimming pool, and tennis courts – all available to the public. It’s also home to many events throughout the year such as Atlanta Pride and the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center gives visitors and locals the opportunity to learn more about Atlanta’s rich past. The history center is spread across 33 acres and includes exhibits, historic homes, and beautiful gardens and paths. Visitors can easily spend two hours exploring the vast property and taking pictures of the beautiful homes and gardens located inside.

World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola is an ode to one of the most well-known soft drinks in the world. The two-level facility holds exhibits on Coca-Cola’s history, the bottling process, and its influence on pop culture. There’s even an area where visitors can taste more than 100 varieties of Coke from places like Africa, Asia, and Europe. The samples are free, so get ready for a pretty intense sugar high!

Fox Theatre

Inspired by Egyptian and Spanish architecture, the Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s most iconic landmarks. Even if you can’t catch a performance, you can still get a tour of the inside and see the ornate decorations of 10 of the theater’s locations.

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon and get out of the Georgia heat. The aquarium has more than 100,000 animals from 700 different species, allowing visitors to learn about animals they never knew existed. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to catch the aquarium’s free dolphin show. The Georgia Aquarium is a sure-fire way to spend your day and make some memories along the way.

Atlanta is a cultural hub filled with many eclectic people and places. Doing any of these five things during your time off can help you de-stress and fall in love with your new city. Looking to work all over the U.S.? Contact us today to be placed in a healthcare facility perfectly suited for you.

Staying Healthy as a Travel Nurse

The life of a nurse can be strenuous and exhilarating. Nurses are often trained to prioritize making sure those around them are healthy and happy. While this is essential to being a top-notch nurse, it can also be exhausting. Staying healthy as a nurse is beneficial to everyone around them, including themselves. Follow these small steps to help maintain your health so you can maintain others’.

Pack Healthy Pre-made Snacks

When you’re running around all day taking care of patients, it can be hard to find the time to sit down for a healthy meal or snack. Often, it’s easier to turn to the vending machine or snag a piece of cake leftover from the breakroom than it is to eat a well-balanced snack. Pre-making a healthy snack can be a great way to get the nutrients your body needs when you’re on-the-go. Filling a mason jar or Tupperware container with different fruits and vegetables can give you the boost you need while maintaining a healthy diet.

Eat Lots of Protein

Protein is a building block for many aspects of our bodies and should be an essential part of your diet. For nurses who are consistently on the move, eating lots of protein can help keep energy levels consistent, blood sugar regulated, and immune system healthy. Incorporating foods like Greek yogurt, nuts, lean meats and fish into your diet is a great way to stay healthy.

Take a Multivitamin

Regardless of what you have on your plate for the day, taking a daily multivitamin can help fill the gaps you may be missing from your meals. There are many multivitamins out there, but it’s best to take one that uses real fruits and vegetables and isn’t synthetic. Taking a multivitamin in addition to your healthy eating habits will keep your body and mind in top shape for your busy day.

Stay Hydrated

Water is essential to keeping the body performing to its full potential, and drinking lots of it will help maintain the body’s health. Not only does drinking water quench your thirst, but it also improves cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool and helps joints and muscles work better. Keeping a reusable water bottle handy during your shift can help you stay hydrated.

Being a nurse can test you both mentally and physically, but following these tips can help you put your health first so you can continue to help others. We recognize the importance of nurses and want to make sure they are as healthy as possible. Contact us today to join our network of healthy and happy travel nurses throughout the country.

Travel Nurses: 4 Reasons to Consider a 48-Hour Work Week

If you’re considering a career as a travel nurse, you may want to look for an agency that offers 48-hour work weeks. This extended arrangement provides new and veteran nurses with financial stability thanks to the guarantee of additional hours and the boosted rate of overtime pay.

These are the four best reasons to become a travel nurse and embrace a 48-hour work week.

1. Higher Gross Pay

In addition to your hourly wage, you’ll be making at least eight hours of overtime per week, calculated at time-and-a-half. Even though your shifts will become longer, you’ll be investing in your financial future by giving yourself the opportunity to save for a home, dream vacation, or even increasing contributions to your retirement account.

2. Earn More Money in Fewer Hours

Since you’re working more hours each week, you’ll be able to take additional time off between assignments. The higher your income, the more freedom you’ll have to take a break when you need it. Travel nursing is an excellent arrangement for anyone who wants to travel, spend more time with family, or pursue a time-consuming hobby. If you’re looking to take some of that additional time to travel, read about the benefits of traveling alone.

3. Build a Connection With Your Patients

Working six eight-hour shifts each week instead of five, you’ll have more time to spend with each patient. The schedule gives you time to build a therapeutic connection that enhances the level of care you can provide. Those who are spending extended periods in the hospital will appreciate an ongoing relationship with a reliable caregiver.

4. Improve the Care Provided at Your Institution

A shortage of qualified nurses challenges hospitals all over the nation. Filling in the staffing gaps at your job by working an extra shift each week provides support and relief to the nursing team, allowing them to give each patient their best. Along with this, you will strengthen your bond with the team. Check out these tips to improve communication with your coworkers to strengthen that support and relief.

While a 48-hour work week can be challenging, if you’re a nurse with focus, stamina, and ambition to spare, you might find that this type of travel assignment fulfills your desire to help others while building your financial freedom and independence. Follow these tips to help you handle a long shift while also keeping these benefits in mind.

Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing company that specializes in finding placement for travel nurses. We rid the application process of its many obstacles by putting you in direct contact with hiring managers across the nation. To find available travel nurse positions, check out our job listing.

What SLPs Should Know About Caring for Hospice Patients

Did you know that speech language pathologists (SLP) are often part of the care team for end-of-life patients? Think about it, at this critical moment, a patient needs to be able to eat and communicate with their loved ones and caregivers. At the same time, many health issues often prevent them from communicating effectively. All over the country speech pathologists play a crucial role in providing care for thousands of hospice patients, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

If you are a speech language pathologist looking to broaden the scope of your care, understanding how you can help hospice patients perform critical tasks can help you make more of your career.

How Does a Speech Language Pathologist Care for Hospice Patients?

When working with hospice patients, a speech language pathologist’s primary concern is improving their patients’ comfort and quality of life.

Most SLPs address swallowing issues before any others. The pathologist develops strategies to help her patient receive oral nutrition for as long as possible. An SLP may influence the decision to introduce a feeding tube. He or she may also develop communication strategies for patients who have difficulty speaking. It’s crucial that a patient is able to express his needs and wishes for as long as possible.

What Must an SLP Consider When Caring for Patients at the End of Life?

Speech Language Pathologists working with this population should educate themselves about the process of death and how he or she can best support the patient and family during this time. Understanding the range of emotions a patient may experience can help the SLP help the patient communicate more effectively.

Most importantly, the pathologist must understand that the wishes of the patient and family are the most crucial factor. Maintaining a family’s cultural, social, and religious beliefs is vital nearing the end of life. The patient and his or her family ultimately decides what is best for the quality of life, although the SLP may make recommendations that do not necessarily line up with this decision.

Terminally ill patients who have Medicare are entitled to at least six months of hospice service, which includes care by an SLP as needed. Pathologists can get reimbursed through Medicare for services provided to this population, though per-diem amounts vary depending on the level of hospice care the person is deemed to need.

Speech language pathologists provide a critical service to many who live with a communication disorder. Ready for a new opportunity in healthcare? View our Job Board to see what SLP positions may be waiting for you in the U.S.!

Physical Therapists Can Play a Big Part in Improving Client Sleep

According to research published in the American Physical Therapy Association’s Journal, physical therapists play an integral role in promoting the importance of healthy sleep in their clients.

The study, published in August 2017 in an article titled “Perspective,” indicates that 62 percent of American adults experience sleep disturbance several nights a week. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified sleep concerns to be a public health crisis.

Sleep Disturbances Affect Daily Life

Researchers indicate that sleep plays an integral role in most body functions and systems, including:

  • Pain perception and alleviation
  • Immune function
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Tissue healing
  • Mental health
  • Mood disorders
  • Cognitive and motor skills

The CDC found that over 90 percent of sleep disturbances and disorders go undiagnosed.

Who Physical Therapists Can Help

These issues touch many populations that may already work with a physical therapist, including those with:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic back pain
  • Those who are recovering from an injury or surgical procedure

The study’s authors note that sleep disturbance likely affects a large percentage of PT clients, providing an opportunity for therapists to educate their clients on sleep health, potentially reducing instances of chronic conditions.

What a Physical Therapists Can Do For You

Steps that physical therapists take in their practices include assessing clients’ sleep health, screening for sleep disorders, and referring them to a specialist when needed. A physical therapist can also reinforce best practices for healthy sleep, such as waking up and going to sleep at the same time each day, avoiding large meals near bedtime, and shutting electronics off at least a half hour before bedtime.

They can also provide recommendations for optimal body positioning for a good night’s sleep, recommend an exercise program that will promote healthy sleep, and work with the client on bed-related problems with mobility.

In the article, the authors provide tools that can be easily adapted. They included screening questionnaires for common issues such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome. Physical therapists could play a role in the introduction of wearable technology to track clients’ sleep and gather other useful data.

Looking to start your career as a traveling physical therapist? Browse through our job openings or contact us to get your career with Ardor Health Solutions started today.

Hitting the Road as a Travel Nurse

As a registered nurse, you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to your work situation. If you love adventure, you might want to consider transitioning from a staff nursing position to a role as a travel nurse.

It’s exciting to know that there’s a career out there for a healthcare provider that allows them to see the country while doing the job they love. While it’s tempting to jump on the next train, it’s important to do research and make sure that you find a position that will help you maximize your potential.

Carefully Choose a Staffing Agency

A reputable travel nursing agency will help you:

  •   Find a job that fits your skills
  •   Obtain the correct certifications and licenses
  •   Help you find housing in your new area
  •   Make sure you get paid as promised

Avoid companies that do not provide these benefits as part of the staffing process. Ask for references from other nurses who have worked for the company, who will be able to warn you about any hidden pitfalls. When you receive a job offer, review all the terms to make sure it fits your lifestyle needs. Discover how Ardor Health excels in healthcare staffing.

Consider Your Desired Location

Even if you’re very open-minded about where you end up as a travel nurse, have a short-list of dream locations. Having an idea of where to go streamlines the application and licensing process. Obtain a compact nursing license, valid in 25 states. If there are states on your location list that don’t take your license, find out about the licensing procedures and get started as soon as possible. In some cases, you may only have a few weeks’ notice for a new assignment, but it can take months to get a nursing license in some states. Not sure where you want to be? Consider the top 6 states to work in as a travel nurse.

Understand the Pay and Tax Structure

Travel nursing typically pays more than a similar staff position, but that the amount accounts for travel pay, meals, and housing stipends. A recruiter from the staffing agency should be able to help you break down the hourly wage so you can compare apples to apples when it comes to how much you’ll be earning.

If your agency doesn’t offer tax assistance, make sure to hire a good accountant who can help you understand how the structure of your pay and the fact that you’re working in different states will impact your tax bill.

Get Ready to Work

Travel nurses are hired to fill in for staffing shortages, so you’ll often be in the fray without formal training or orientation. Be prepared to take charge and use your skills to the best of your abilities. Travel nursing is an excellent position for anyone who can think on their feet and feels confident in their education and ability to provide quality care.

If you’re craving a shift from your day-to-day routine to something exhilarating, why not explore a travel nurse opportunity in the United States? At Ardor Health, we fill the demand for eager nurses like you all over the country. What will your next city be? Look up available opportunities on our Job Board or call 855-GO-ARDOR to get started.

Top 4 Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Those Who Have Cancer

Adults with cancer often experience symptoms that impact their quality of life and make it difficult to work, travel, and perform their daily activities. Occupational therapists offer supportive services for cancer patients that can manage the impact of the disease and the associated treatments.

Improved function lowers the risk for long-term disability and decreases mortality rates. Despite these benefits, occupational therapy (OT) services remain underused by cancer patients, likely due to lack of knowledge and accessibility. Here some OT myths that have been debunked.

Occupational therapists seek to increase a patient’s functional capacity with a range of tools and techniques depending on each person’s individual goals. For example, a person with cancer may want to control their pain, improve their mental health, or alleviate symptoms, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Listed below are several areas in which an occupational therapist can provide valuable assistance.

Fall Prevention

An OT includes recommendations and even implements home modifications and assistive devices for those at risk of falling. A study published in the peer-reviewed journal The Oncologist found that modifications recommended and installed by an OT reduced falls by 21 percent overall and by 39 percent in those considered high risk for falls.

Assistance with Cognitive Symptoms

These include cognitive issues related to cancer, like confusion and problems with organization, attention, and memory. The OT shows patients a variety of systems for money management, shopping, meal planning, scheduling, medication management, and other activities, giving patients the confidence to stay independent. Take a look at a few ways OT patients can be motivated to further help them.

Fatigue

More than 91 percent of those with cancer report fatigue that impacts their ability to conduct regular activities. OTs can provide strategies for energy conservation, helping patients maintain a routine. Some methods involve home modifications and organization. These can be personalized to work for each patient.

Physical impairments

Includes pain, numbness, a decrease in the range of motion, and lymphedema, which are common among cancer patients. OTs can recommend stretches and exercises to increase mobility and reduce pain, providing special tools to improve independence and education. OTs will also recommend activity modifications when appropriate.

When to See an OT

According to an article in The Oncologist, the patients with cancer who are most likely to benefit from occupational therapy are:

  • Those who have fallen in the past six months
  • Patients experiencing difficulty completing activities of daily living for more than two weeks
  • Those whose activities are limited by pain or other symptoms
  • Those who have changes in focus, attention, and memory that make it difficult to participate in regular activities

Seeing an OT can have numerous advantages for a cancer patient, and the value these medical professionals provide should not go overlooked. At Ardor Health Solutions, we can help you find an occupational therapist that’s right for you.  Check out our health care job database if you are in the market for a new travel therapy position,or contact us if you are in need of an occupational therapist.

3 Tips to Show Your Nurses Appreciation Year Round

Nurses are some of the most hardworking professionals in healthcare. Sacrificing weekends, holidays, and spending countless hours on their feet, these healthcare superheroes answer any and all questions patients may have, ease their anxiety, make them feel more comfortable, relieve their pain, and care for them around the clock.

Dedicating their lives to patients, nurses deserve more than just one week of appreciation. Here are 3 tips to help you show your nursing staff appreciation all year round.

Implement a Sense of Community

One of the simplest ways to show your nurses appreciation is by establishing a sense of community. Overworked nurses are often too busy to sit in hour-long meeting or conferences. Instead, gather your nurses for a quick pep rally to boost their energy on a regular basis. Thank your nurses for their hard work, encourage participation and feedback during the pep rally to spark their motivation.

Listen to Their Feedback

Make sure your nurses’ voices are being heard. Nurses usually spend the most time with patients, so it is crucial to listen to concerns and comments they may have. Address your nurses when they offer suggestions to improve quality of care. Include them in conversations during meetings by opening the floor to them and hearing their thoughts. Your nurses are integral part of the team and they should feel that way. Improve your communication with your coworkers.

Start an Employee Recognition Program

Give your nurses the public recognition they deserve. Create a “Nurse of the Month” bulletin board visible to patients and staff alike to praise a nurse who has exceeded expectations. Use company social media accounts to feature the strengths of your nurses by adding a picture and a comment giving them praise.

Investing a little time to do these things will not only make your nurses feel appreciated, but also show everyone how incredible they are. Contact us today if you are in need of one of our super nurses. If you are looking for a nursing position in the U.S., be sure to search our travel nurse openings throughout the country. Exciting opportunities await those looking to dive into a fulfilling career.

A Small Thanks From Ardor Health Solutions

At Ardor Health Solutions, we put high-quality healthcare staffing at the forefront while promoting top-tier positions for various healthcare occupations. Our goal has always been to put job seekers first. During April, we reached a milestone thanks to your Google reviews and feedback! We’re proud to say that Ardor Health is a 4.5-star business! We couldn’t have done it without passionate healthcare workers and our staff for giving our contractors the service they deserve. Last month was full of thank yous from many different people, but now it’s our turn to return the favor.

A Small Thanks From Ardor Health Solutions

Ardor Health Solutions is considered a small business. As a small business, it’s essential to generate positive Google reviews. The video only represents a small portion of our gratitude. We wouldn’t be able to be the staffing agency we are today without your support. With reviews such as these from Stephanie K. and Mary C., it’s no wonder we’ve become a 4.5-star business!

Small Thanks 1 Small Thanks 2

Why Your Feedback Matters

Your feedback not only helps raise our reputation on Google but also increases our ability to bring awareness to healthcare jobs across the nation while providing excellent service! We take each review to heart whether it be positive or negative. Without your feedback, Ardor Health Solutions wouldn’t be what it is today. With your continuous support and input, we’ll be able to increase the overall customer and staffing experience.

Once again, thank you from Ardor Health Solutions! Remember to leave a review describing your experience with us on Google, and we hope to continue to provide professional and high-quality service in the future.

3 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Physical Therapy Patient

Finding the perfect patient isn’t always easy. Of course not every patient is the same. Some patients will give you a huge boost of energy where you’ll love engaging with them, while others may drag down your energy. It’s okay to admit not all patients work for you. Here are some tips to help you find the patients who will truly benefit from you and your work, along with making your work enjoyable.

Ask Yourself Who Your Perfect Patient Is

Identifying the type of patient you want to work with is one of the most important steps. You can ask yourself a few simple questions to narrow down the qualities you are looking for in your ideal patient. Some examples include:

  • What are the patient’s goals? Will I be able to help the patient accomplish them with my skills and qualifications?
  • What activities do my patients enjoy doing?
  • Where do my patients live?

Who Makes The Decisions?

Taking the time to comprehend how your patient makes decisions is beneficial to figuring out which type of patient is right for you. Young athletes and kids may be fun to work with and keep you on your toes, but the parents are the ones who ultimately choose their treatment plans. Finding parents and patients in general whose ultimate goals line up with your own is one step to finding the perfect patient.

Engaging With Your Perfect Patient

The most important step of all in finding your perfect patient is to engage with potential patients through social media. Many prospective patients use social media to find information and receive feedback on how they can find the help they need to recover. If you’re not sure how to approach them, you can get a few tips on how to communicate with your patient.

Keeping these tips in mind when reaching out to potential patients to educate them about their conditions and address their concerns can benefit you and the people you speak to who seek your advice. If you are in the market for a travel physical therapy job, browse through Ardor Health’s healthcare job listings and contact us for placement information.

6 Myths About Travel Therapy Jobs for Recent Grads

If you’re a recent physical therapy (PT) or occupational therapy (OT) graduate, you’ve likely noticed many traveling job opportunities in your search for your first professional position. Although many programs discourage their grads from accepting a travel assignment, their misgivings are often based on misconceptions. Here’s the truth behind six well-known myths about travel healthcare careers.

Lack of Mentoring

You will not be “thrown to the wolves” as many may lead you to believe. Although a travel assignment might lack a formal mentorship program, most programs provide a thorough orientation and connect with you with other professionals in the area where you’ll be working.

Difficulty Obtaining a Permanent Position

Some believe that a resume that highlights travel experience can hurt your chances of getting a permanent job later. On the other hand, having worked in this setting can make you more attractive to employers because of your ability to adapt to changing conditions. In fact, some travel agencies even hire for full-time permanent positions in addition to short-term travel assignments.

Limited Therapy Skills

While myths suggest that it’s difficult to develop skills as a travel therapist, many employers will appreciate your well-rounded experience serving different populations. You’ll likely see more different types of cases and provide more extensive care than you would working in a single setting.

No Ability to Choose Your Locations

The myth that you won’t have any input about where you’re sent with a travel position is just that, a myth. Although flexibility may help you find a position quickly, most agencies are able to place you in one of your preferred locations.

Loneliness

While travel assignments can mean you’ll be bouncing around, you don’t necessarily need to leave your state or region, though you certainly can do so if you want. You also don’t need to travel alone, since many agencies allow you to travel with your partner or even your pets.

Licensing in Multiple States

You may be put off by the perceived cost and time of getting your PT or OT license in multiple states as a traveling professional. In fact, most agencies will reimburse these costs. Many states require only a simple online form, with only a handful of states requiring additional certification steps such as fingerprinting.

With these myths dispelled, you can start your travel therapy job search free of worry. The healthcare staffing professionals at Ardor Health Solutions can help you find the position that fits your skill set and location preference. Contact us today at 855-GO-ARDOR to start your travel therapy job search today!

6 Resume Tips for New Nurses

When you’re searching for your first nursing job, your resume gives you the rare opportunity to impress a potential employer. Before they ever meet you and get the chance to sit and speak with you, you’re simply a name on a sheet of paper. Nursing managers review hundreds of resumes from prospective employees. Implement these six resume tips to make your job application stand out from the crowd of competitors, increasing your chance for an interview. Continue reading “6 Resume Tips for New Nurses”

Top 6 Healthcare Jobs that Don’t Require Med School

Health care is a smart career field for those who want high earning potential, great advancement opportunities, and a profession in which you’re improving the lives of others. A lucrative healthcare career doesn’t necessarily have to mean the expense of medical school. Here are six great professions beyond becoming a doctor: Continue reading “Top 6 Healthcare Jobs that Don’t Require Med School”

Top 6 States to Work in As a Nurse

Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the most rewarding professions in health care. Nursing offers flexible career paths, generous salaries, excellent advancement opportunities, and the ability to help others each and every day. If you’re considering a nursing career, these are the best states for nurses based on lifestyle, affordable cost of living, and abundant job opportunities. Continue reading “Top 6 States to Work in As a Nurse”

6 Nursing Careers that Go Beyond the Hospital

Often, the word “nursing” seems automatically linked with the word “hospital.” For a large majority of nurses, this may be true; however, nursing isn’t always confined to hospital and clinic walls. In fact, there are many career options for registered nurses that don’t involve hospital care at all. For those looking for an alternative nursing career path, here are six options to consider. Continue reading “6 Nursing Careers that Go Beyond the Hospital”

What to Consider When Seeking a New Grad Mentoring Program

Finding the right mentoring program as a newly graduated physical therapist can be challenging. For those on the search, asking the right questions is paramount when deciding which programs may be a good fit. While many physical therapy clinics offer mentoring programs, it is important to pay close attention to the length and depth of each program. Often, new graduates may require up to a year of close mentorship to fully develop the skills and knowledge necessary to practice in a clinical setting. Here are some things to consider when seeking a knowledgeable mentor and mentoring program. Continue reading “What to Consider When Seeking a New Grad Mentoring Program”

Exploring the Broad Realm of Social Work

People who enjoy helping others find stability and work through obstacles may enjoy a career in social work. While al social work helps humanity at large, there are different types of social work one can get involved in that can affect individuals directly or indirectly. Understanding the distinction between these types of social work can help someone who is interested in pursuing a career in this field choose just the right position. Continue reading “Exploring the Broad Realm of Social Work”

The Top 4 Benefits of a Career as a Certified Nursing Assistant

Jobs in the healthcare field are becoming more plentiful as an aging population increases the need for quality care. A certified nursing assistant (CNA) provides nursing care for people unable to take care of themselves. Whether a patient is recovering from a temporary disability or illness, or needs permanent care, a CNA is a critical component to a patient’s day-to-day life. While the job is demanding, it can contain many perks and rewards. Continue reading “The Top 4 Benefits of a Career as a Certified Nursing Assistant”

4 New Year Resolutions for Nurses

January first is approaching, and the start of a new year means new goals and objectives for many nurses. Whether this means eating healthier or adopting a new mindset, New Year’s resolutions are a great way to make lasting change. The following resolutions are particularly valuable for nurses.  

Continuing Education

With the advent of online schooling, obtaining an advanced degree is easier today than ever. Whether it’s a bachelor’s degree, a master’s, or a specialization in a certain area, an advanced degree can open numerous doors with better opportunities for nurses. Even if changing jobs is not a consideration this new year, a higher level of education can mean higher pay at a current job.

Prioritize Health

Often, nurses prioritize the health of their patients over their own. While devotion to patients’ wellbeing is a cornerstone of nursing, a nurse’s devotion to his or her personal health and wellness is paramount as well. Nurses who prioritize their own health provide better care and set encouraging examples for their patients. Taking the time to prepare healthy meals and snacks for the workday will go a long way to help ensure good health. Doing so will also maintain steady energy levels and help nurses avoid the temptation to cruise by the vending machine for a quick snack.

Exude Positivity

Maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace can have significant effects on patients and colleagues alike. Some days it may be difficult, but wearing a smile and making efforts to clear any negativity can make a huge difference in the lives of patients. Many individuals that nurses have regular contact with may be anxious, scared, or upset, so showing them compassion and positivity can make a difference in how they respond to their situation.

Pursue Personal Interests

For nurses, it may seem like there is no time for personal pursuits; however, in a field that requires so much compassion, time, and energy, it is important to find a healthy work-life balance. Adequate time to rest and rejuvenate will contribute to overall job satisfaction. This can be something as simple as taking time to read a good book, spending time with family, or developing a new hobby. Pursuing personal interests can enhance emotional wellbeing and potentially bring more positivity into the workplace.

Are you considering becoming a travel nurse in the new year? Ardor Health Solutions has the resources necessary to get you in direct contact with hiring managers across various healthcare fields across the nation. Contact us today at 855-GO-ARDOR to discover your travel nursing opportunities!

Top 5 Things to Do In New York City for the Holidays

Whether you’re on a travel assignment, or just visiting New York City on your vacation, it’s essential to plan out your trip. New York is a bustling city full of flashing lights, culture, and celebration. The Big Apple will be home to many tourists during the holidays, and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of New York not knowing which events to focus on! Luckily, we’ve thought of a few of our favorite things to do in New York City for the holidays.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a go-to attraction any time of year, but during the holidays, Christmas comes alive in the museum. Visitors can take a trip to the Medieval Sculpture Hall to admire the 20-foot blue spruce tree and take in the nativity scene displayed at the foot of the tree. Tree lighting occurs daily at 4:30 pm with encores at 5:30 and 6:30 pm on the weekends.

Ice Skate at the Wollman Rink

While The Rink at the Rockefeller Center may be more famous, the Wollman Rink at Central Park is the perfect place to have some fun during your trip! With shorter lines, a beautiful view of the city skyline, and skate rentals, it’s the ideal place to interact with other tourists and natives alike. After you’ve had your fill of ice skating, take a walk through Central Park or take a trip to the Central Park Zoo to watch the penguins race for fish!

Check Out the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show

This is for the inner child in us all. The Holiday Train show incorporates over 100 spot-on replicas of landmarks such as the Grand Central Terminal, and The Statue of Liberty made entirely of plant materials like leaves and bark. In addition to these replicas, model trains zip through more than a quarter mile of track to produce a beautiful spectacle. Visit the Botanical Garden’s website to ensure that you don’t miss the show!

Marvel at “The Nutcracker”

Truly a staple of holidays in New York, the New York City Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is a must-see attraction. Because the New York City Ballet is one of the premier ballet companies in the world, you’re sure to see other tourists and natives accompanying you during your viewing. The show runs until December 31st, so it’s best to start planning and purchase your tickets!

Shop in Bryant Park Winter Village

A lesser-known tourist area is the Winter Village in the middle of Manhattan’s towering skyscrapers. This open-air village offers a plethora of shops selling:

  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • Local food
  • Customized gifts for family and friends

Funds from every purchase in the village help support the park’s maintenance. There’s no reason to not go on a shopping spree! This holiday oasis is waiting for you just a couple of block east of Times Square.

While these aren’t all of the things you can do in New York City to enjoy the holiday season, they are some of our favorite activities to help you plan out your vacation. Tis the season to be jolly and have fun on your trip to New York!  If you’re looking for healthcare job opening in New York City, Ardor Health has you covered. Contact us online to speak to one of our expert staff members to help you with your search. Don’t forget to bundle up because baby, it’s cold outside.

How Social Media Use can Help (and Hurt) Nurses

Living in a time where social media is deeply intertwined with our daily lives, it is natural for nurses to be inclined to use their favorite platforms on-the-job. While you may have sincere intentions when using social media, there are things that you should consider to avoid complications with co-workers, patients, and superiors. Here are a few ways that social media use can both help and hurt nurses.

Create a Knowledge Base

Nurses find that connecting with people who are in the same field often provides positive support, feedback, and new perspectives. Nursing is a stressful and demanding field, so it makes sense that nurses may want to reach out to other nurses sharing similar experiences. Social media is a great way to communicate with strangers who share interests, and is often an easy tool to exchange nursing ideas and questions.

Facebook is by far the most accommodating for this purpose, as it allows users to create and join groups and attend events where people who share interests can interact. WhatsApp is another great tool to keep in touch with people from around the world for free.

Organize Information

Social media is a great tool for organizing useful information in an easily accessible and timely matter. Collecting valuable and dependable data and placing it in one place is much more efficient than having to constantly research and search through multiple sources for work-related questions and information. Pinterest and Tumblr are social media platforms that make storing pertinent data easy and fun!

Engage In Conversation

There is no doubt that engaging in deep, professional conversations with colleagues, particularly colleagues in other locations, grows one’s knowledge and furthers one’s growth in the field. As participants in one of the world’s most demanding professions, nurses greatly benefit from using social media to gain new perspectives and receive emotional support. Platforms like Twitter and Facebook encourage easy conversation between users from all over the globe.   

Risks

Although these are all examples of how social media can aid nurses in their professional pursuits, using these tools can also hurt nurses if they do not use proper discretion about the information they provide and receive online. Keep in mind that much of the information shared online is incorrect or exaggerated. Working in the medical field, it is crucial to be entirely accurate and sure about treatment options and executions. Researching ideas is great for knowledge building; however, must should never be taken as fact unless you thoroughly conduct your own investigation. Always communicate questions, doubts, and concerns with your superiors, and be sure to engage in social media activity only on your personal time.

Using social media for nursing-related matters can have positive and negative consequences. Make sure you are aware of when, where, and how you are using these tools so that those around you do not misconceive your actions. At Ardor Health Services, we have many  job listings that will help you find the professional healthcare job that works for you.

3 Surprising Facts About Hearing Loss

Did you know that hearing loss affects over 48 million Americans? This number may be surprising, but more individuals are diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss every day. Not only does the number continue to grow, but different types of hearing loss are also being discovered. If you weren’t aware of the number of Americans affected by hearing loss, then these other facts may also surprise you.

30 Million Americans Under the Age of 65 are Diagnosed With Hearing Loss

It’s safe to assume that the majority of the 48 million Americans diagnosed with hearing loss would be age 65 or older. In actuality, 62 percent are younger than 65. Let’s break down the numbers reported by Sergei Kochkin, the Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute:

  • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 46-59) have a hearing problem
  • 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40) already have hearing loss
  • At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems
  • 3 out of every 1,000 infants are born with severe hearing loss

Any Sound Over 85 Decibels Can Damage Hearing

Hearing loss can come as a consequence of hearing loud sounds. Prolonged exposure to noise above 85 decibels (dB) may cause a form of permanent hearing loss. Here are a few sounds to compare:

  • Normal Conversation – 60 dB. This noise level won’t cause any damage
  • Idle Bulldozer – 85 dB. This can cause permanent damage after an 8 hour work day
  • Headphones at Maximum Volume – 100 dB or more. This is loud enough to begin causing permanent hearing damage after listening to 15 minutes of music per day
  • Rock Concert – 115 dB. This level is enough to cause damage but shouldn’t be permanent in moderation
  • Thunderclap – 120 dB. This can cause immediate damage in close vicinity
  • Gunshot – 140-190 dB. This can also cause severe immediate hearing damage

Hearing Loss is Unique

No one has the same level of hearing loss. Our ears adjust to sounds and frequencies in different ways. A high-pitched noise may affect your ears differently from someone standing right next to you. Because no one’s ears are the same, it’s essential to get your ears checked by a professional. Without proper testing, hearing aids or devices you acquire will most likely not amplify the appropriate frequencies.

Hearing loss encompasses many different factors. Having a clear understanding of hearing loss is vital to preventing it and essential when trying to start a career in audiology. Ardor Health Solutions can help you take the first step in your audiology career. Check out our job search, or call  855-GO-ARDOR to find your next audiology position!

Top 5 Sights in Washington D.C.

Is your next travel nursing assignment taking you to Washington D.C.? Relocating to a city that you haven’t visited before for work-related reasons can be overwhelming; but if you’re in D.C., you can have all the fun of being a “tourist” in your new city while getting a great education about our country’s foundation. Best of all, the majority of the sights are free to tour! Here are a few sights you can’t miss.

Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool

The Lincoln Memorial is the most-visited site in D.C. with over 6 million visitors annually. The historic site, modeled after the Parthenon in Greece, is replete with intricate architecture and symbolism. Engraved into the walls of this memorial are two of Lincoln’s most famous speeches: the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address. The memorial is truly a sight to behold, and can be toured around-the-clock, although park rangers are only available to answer questions from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm. The iconic Reflecting Pool is one of the city’s most recognized sites, and is part of the memorial.

The White House

The White House is a top sight for first-time visitors to D.C. The White House has been the home to each President of the United States following George Washington, who was the only president to never reside there. The landmark rests in a national park, and can be toured inside and out. Public tour requests must be submitted through your Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are generally available Tuesday through Saturday. It is recommended to make your reservation at least 21 days in advance; however, you can explore the exterior of the White House at any time.

Washington Monument

Just a short walk away from the White House is the Washington Monument. Construction began in 1848 to honor our nation’s first President of the United States, George Washington. It stands at just over 555 feet and is the tallest stone structure and obelisk in the world.

National World War II Memorial

In 1939, German forces invaded Poland and marked the beginning of the Second World War. The War lasted until 1945 and involved the majority of the world’s greatest nations. It was the deadliest conflict in human history, with approximately 85 million fatalities worldwide. The National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. honors the millions of Americans involved in the conflict, from the 16 million who served in the armed forces, to the over 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort.

U.S Capitol

The U.S. Capitol is the home of the United States Congress. It is known for its architecture — the iconic dome, its rotunda, and its wings at either side. Inside, you will find paintings, frescos, and sculptures that tell tales of our nation’s past. The Capitol’s interior is free to tour starting at the visitor center, which is open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have time, you can reserve free passes to watch Congress in session.

There are many things that a traveling nursing assignment can offer you aside from the job itself. There are opportunities to relocate to cities that are full of culture and history like Washington D.C. that will add to your work and life experiences. Visit Ardor Health Solutions and find out how to find your next healthcare travel assignment.

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

National Physical Therapist Month (NPTM) started in 1981. Originally dubbed “Physical Therapy Week” in June of 1981, the month was moved to October so it wouldn’t conflict with the American Physical Therapy Association’s annual conference that was held each June. What is the importance of National Physical Therapist Month and how can you celebrate it? Let’s find out!

The Goal of National Physical Therapy Month

The goal of NPTM is to raise awareness about the importance of physical therapy in helping people find relief from pain, improve mobility, and live healthier lives. Each year, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) chooses a theme for the month. In the past, topics have included specific conditions. A few past themes have been:

  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Low Back pain
  • Obesity
  • Sports injury prevention

This year, the APTA is spotlighting their “#ChoosePT” initiative. Choose PT honed in on the ways the physical therapy community plays a part in raising awareness of the opioid epidemic. The link between opioid drug abuse and physical therapy isn’t abundantly clear, but the problem could stem from medications prescribed for pain. By helping people manage pain with physical therapy and exercise, physical therapists hope to play a major role in combating the opioid crisis.

Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

Throughout National Physical Therapy Month, physical therapists and clinics encourage their communities to become more active. They also frequently provide free public posture screenings, balance assessments, and fun runs. Some schools may even celebrate the month by:

  • Hosting the Physical Therapy Olympics – school staff, parents, and students help organize or participate in wheelchair relay races and other activities
  • Creating a challenge – using pedometers to determine who can take the most steps in a week
  • Forming a physical therapy quiz – the quiz will have questions relating to physical therapy and how it helps children and the community

These are only a few of the many creative ways NPTM can be celebrated. Some clinics offer gifts and other incentives to patients throughout the month.

Raising awareness about the benefits of physical therapy and how it can be used to take action against opioid addiction is the central mission of National Physical Therapy Month this year. If you’d like to help spread the word of NPTM, just use the hashtag “#ChoosePT” on any of your social media platforms. Each year, the American Physical Therapy Association hopes to continue educating the public on the importance of physical therapy and Ardor Health Solutions hopes to help spread the word!

3 Most Common Injuries Sustained by Student Athletes

As an athlete, many are unsure when they need to visit the doctor after they have sustained an injury. Often, they do not want to admit they have been hurt to avoid having to take time away from their sport. However, untreated injuries could result in permanent removal from their activity if they are not handled in a timely manner. Here are a few common injuries to look out for as a healthcare professional.

Sprains and Fractures

Sprain and fractures are among the most common injuries student athletes sustain. Oftentimes, these injuries occur because of high-intensity training or at sporting events. Though sprains and fractures are related injuries, there are a few differences.

Sprain

A sprain, by definition, is a tear or overstretch of a ligament or ligaments that hold bones in place at the joints. If the sprain is mild, or if you are unsure of the severity of the sprain, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.) are the recommended steps to take when treating this injury. However, if symptoms do not subside, you may have a severe sprain which would require a doctor’s visit, and possible casting or surgery may be needed.

Fracture

A fracture is a break in the bone. When someone suffers a bone break, some things to look for are any deformities at the injury site, or if the injury is in the lower extremities, difficulty walking is also a sign of a fracture. A visit to the doctor for X-rays will then be necessary, at which point the doctor will then make the appropriate diagnosis and casting.

Cuts

Cuts can occur at any time or place but are very common among athletes, especially those who are in extreme contact sports. Common areas where these injuries happen are usually around the joints or the face. Many times it is unknown whether stitches are needed or not. Long or deep cuts usually require stitches, especially when bleeding continues for minutes after applying pressure. It is also advisable that you visit a cosmetic surgeon if you have experienced a large laceration on the face to avoid any unwanted scarring.  

Concussions

Concussions are not always diagnosed correctly due to misinformation when it comes to identifying the signs. Some argue that concussions occur if someone faints or loses consciousness; however, this is a common misconception. Some symptoms to look out for if you are unsure if you or someone you know has suffered a concussion are:

  • Headache
  • Loss of concentration
  • Dizziness
  • Glassy eyes
  • Difficulty answering questions

A person who has suffered a concussion should not return to any physical activity for at least four weeks, or until they have received clearance from a doctor.

Athletes put their bodies through hyper-strenuous activities and are highly prone to many types of injuries that require professional assistance and care. Sometimes, having the right nurse or healthcare professional to work with these athletes makes all the difference for athletes who suffer injuries such as these. At Ardor Health Solutions, we specialize in job placements in a wide variety of healthcare professions and locations. Contact us to find the right job for you!

4 Signs that Your Child May Need Occupational Therapy

If you’ve started to notice difficulties in your child’s school performance, you may think your child needs a visit with a psychologist or may not be using enough energy throughout the day. You may be worried and wonder what you can do to help. Even though you won’t be able to see your child work in the classroom, there are some signs you can identify outside of school that may indicate that he or she could benefit from occupational therapy.

Inability to focus

If your child is having trouble focusing on his homework, it may be a sign that he’s having difficulty concentrating in class. Most children won’t entirely focus on completing a homework assignment, but if your child gets distracted by noises or movement at home, he might also have difficulty paying attention at school and may not be getting the most out of his education. This is not necessarily a sign of attention-deficit disorder (ADD). While many may have problems focusing, children with ADD will frequently display:

  • Impulsivity – trouble censoring words and emotions and will interrupt people
  • Overactivity/Hyperactivity – issues staying still and wandering off when they’re expected to remain seated
  • Inattention – inability to focus even when trying to and may get tired from working so hard to pay attention
  • Distractibility – distraction stemming from the brain’s struggle to filter out extra information such as a sound or an itch that would cause the child to lose focus

Occupational therapy can help children stay focused by:

  • Allowing sensory breaks into the child’s day – allowing the child to walk around at regular intervals
  • Providing products to ease their stress, such as therapy fidget toys and chewable pencil tops and jewelry
  • Enabling special seating and testing in a separate room to help avoid sensory overload

Poor Motor Skills

Another sign that your child may need occupational therapy is if he struggles with necessary motor skills. A few examples of poor motor skills are:

  • Difficulty holding a pencil correctly
  • Difficulty erasing completely
  • Difficulty cutting, folding, or coloring

If your child seems like he’s struggling with these basic motor skills, you may need to consider occupational therapy. Occupational therapy can help your child improve motor skills by:

  • Implementing activities that will develop hand and finger muscles such as popping bubble wrap
  • Improving hand-eye coordination with customized exercises
  • Using games like Connect 4 to enhance fine motor skills

In addition to these activities and exercises, occupational therapists may use other techniques like letting your child set a dinner table by using two hands to carry and balance a tray.

Typing Difficulties

Typing difficulties entail more than slow typing speed compared to peers. From not being able to remember where the keys are, to not being able to move his fingers correctly, typing struggles come in many forms. These difficulties are all components of manual dexterity and visual memory which occupational therapy can improve.

Math Problems

Many children struggle with math at some point. When a child has difficulty learning math, the finger is usually pointed at the teacher or the actual lesson plan. Sometimes, a child could be struggling with math problems because he has a hard time lining up the numbers correctly. Without being able to line up the numbers, solving math problems and equations becomes an impossible feat for your child. This could stem from an issue with spatial organization which can also be improved with occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy plays an important role in improving a child’s ability to focus and learn in school. At Ardor Health Solutions, we use our staffing services to provide more opportunities for occupational therapists to apply their knowledge to help patients across the nation. Check out our blog if you’d like to learn more about occupational therapy and its uses!

3 Things Nurses Should NEVER Say to Patients

Nurses have one of the most stressful yet fulfilling jobs of all. Long hours and numerous patients to tend to is a lot for one person to take on. However, nurses must keep in mind that patients are highly vulnerable and anything that is said or done outside of the task at hand could be taken the wrong way. Here are a few things that will help you while you care for your patients. 

Keep Patient Conversations Professional

Focusing on patients’ needs and goals keeps them in line towards recovery. As a nurse, you must ensure your patient’s comfort and well-being at all times. Although you may connect with your patient on a personal level, it is best to remain professional and provide information relevant to their condition and what they should expect in the days ahead.

Do Not Talk About Others

Remember that patients are often in a delicate situation. You can contribute to a positive hospital environment by keeping comments about other nurses and healthcare professionals to yourself. This will keep the patient at ease. A difference in professional opinions is something that can be beneficial to the patient’s progress; another professional’s opinion should always be considered if it’s in the best interest of the patient. If a problem should occur, be sure to resolve issues away from the patient in a professional manner.

Keep Personal Opinions To Yourself

As you gain professional work experience and knowledge, you may be inclined to give a patient your opinion, especially when it concerns your patient. However, a doctor order and a patient’s decision must be carried out in a professional manner regardless of any personal beliefs. Going against what they say or want may lead to a lack of trust between patient and nurse, making your job more difficult than it needs to be. Ultimately, a patient’s comfort is most important.

Nurses spend more time with patients than other healthcare professionals; thus, they often find it difficult to avoid building a relationship with them. Remembering these guidelines will aid you as you perform your duties as a nurse. At Ardor Health Services, we have many job listings that will help you find the professional healthcare job that works for you.

A Nurse’s Role in Natural Disaster Recovery

When disaster strikes, the public expects first responders, nurses, and other health experts to drive into the scene right away and treat the injured. This expectation is natural; a nurse’s care is considered an ethical duty as outlined by Provision 2 of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, stating “the nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient.”

At the same time, Provision 5 within the same document claims that the nurse owes the same duty to him or herself as to others. In other words, the health and care of the nurse – the person – is just as important as the patient. After all, a nurse who is injured or ill is unable to provide adequate care. This dilemma is only one of the many difficult questions facing healthcare professionals today when faced with an emergency situation. What exactly is a nurse’s primary role during a disaster? How can a nurse balance priorities?

Complications in Disaster Recovery

After a natural disaster like a hurricane strikes, the community often faces an unprecedented amount of structural damage. Such damage – like broken power lines – can make it difficult for general facilities like hospitals to remain open and meet the community’s needs. Already, an essential resource for most nurses is suddenly unavailable. Add to this the fact that nurses are given patient assignments in areas outside of their comfort zone, and a whole new array of questions crop up:

  • How does the nurse get to the site safely?
  • Is there an exposure risk to certain diseases?
  • Will there be security?
  • Does the nurse have family members who are affected by the disaster?
  • Are local laws forcing the nurse to work? If so, are these laws in the nurse’s best interest?

Complicated questions like these will be answered differently by individual registered nurses. While the medical community is still debating how to best approach complications, many agree the most important factor is setting clear policies that establish the expectations of the nurse, employer, and government.

Preparedness for Disaster Recovery

Just as the general public expects nurses to take care of them after a natural disaster, many nurses also expect their employer and local government services to have definite plans for possible scenarios. Such procedures include the provisions of adequate protective equipment, security, and immunizations. A nurse is not an emergency responder; the two roles have different expectations. If the nurse is expected to act as part of an emergency response team, the employer must make that clear. Under Provision 8 of the Nurse’s Code, a nurse is expected to “stress human rights under all conditions, with particular attention to preserving the human rights of vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, prisoners, refugees and socially stigmatized groups.” When the nurse is unable to provide that attention due to logistic issues that could have been avoided, everyone suffers.

Natural disasters are an inevitability. The essential factor that separates a devastating natural disaster from a mild one is the level of preparedness within the community. As a registered nurse, you can make a difference in treating and helping those around you. Find your next job as a registered nurse through Ardor Health’s online job listing, or call 866-425-5768.

Are Pets Allowed on Travel Assignments?

Thinking about having someone keep you company on your next travel assignment? Traveling for work can make you a little homesick, and bringing your pet with you is the best cure when you are feeling a little blue. Having pets move with you on travel assignments is not uncommon; however, there are several things to consider when bringing pets along. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you are thinking about having a familiar face greet as you walk through the door every day.

Ask First

Discussing the possibility of your pet joining you on your next travel assignment with your recruiting manager is always recommended. Every employer is distinct, and there are different rules and policies that employees are expected to follow. Knowing your plans from the beginning allows them to better accommodate your needs.

Accommodations

Looking for accommodations in a timely manner will help you find the best home for you and your furry friend. Some things you should keep in mind during your search are location, housing costs, and quality of life. Not all housing options are pet-friendly, and things can get tricky when considering both your work and personal needs. It is best for you to start your search as soon as you can.

Additional Expenses

Preparing yourself for additional expenses before relocating to your next travel assignment is also advisable. Keep in mind, when traveling with pets, air travel requires a pet fee and a carrier or crate depending on the size of the pet. Pet care, such as food, veterinary needs, and grooming are things also to consider when budgeting for your next move. Lastly, remember that with pet-friendly housing come pet fees and deposits.

Acquiring new travel assignments with special requests such as bringing your pet along with you is an important thing to consider. At Ardor Health Solutions we specialize in professional healthcare staffing. With our vast list of available healthcare job listings, we are sure to have the perfect job listing for you and your furry friend.

Cities With The Best Public Transportation

If you move into the city, you probably won’t bring a car. Unlike suburban and rural neighborhoods, cars are considered a hassle rather than a luxury in most major cities. Traffic is usually slow, drivers often have to pay extra for parking at their own home, and there is rarely a reason to drive anywhere unless you have to leave city limits. City services like bike sharing programs, dedicated walking routes, and public transportation help hundreds of thousands of urban residents get where they need to go; which city pulls it off the best?

Seattle, Washington

Seattle has seen rapid growth in recent years. While this may be a good thing for the city, the streets have had difficulty carrying the sudden traffic. The region’s public transit services responded with a new, underground light rail line that connects the University of Washington (in Northern Seattle) to the downtown area. Two streetcars are also available to make up for commuters that may find the rail line too far for a walk. Thanks to these developments, the city has seen the largest increase in public transport use, climbing up 34.9% since 2011.

Oakland, California

If you work a healthcare job in San Francisco but find its infamous housing market way too expensive, you can find an answer in Oakland. Compared to San Francisco, Oakland is significantly cheaper and has several public transportation options available to make visiting the Bay Area simple. Enjoy the culture and tech advancements of Silicon Valley without losing an arm for apartments!

Chicago

Chicago has one of the oldest transit systems in the country. Its first day of operation dates back to 1892, under the title “South Side Rapid Transit.” Now, the “L” trains are part of the third largest rail system in U.S. cities, with an average of 800,000 riders per week. It’s cheap too; transit passes for Chicago trains cost less than most other cities like New York.

Washington D.C.

Transit commuters in Washington D.C. spend around a half hour traveling to work each day, which is ten minutes faster than the average of most cities. The Metrorail – a subway system that spans most of the city – takes over 200 million trips per year, and the above-ground bus transit adds on another 130 million. Being only nine minutes slower than the typical commute time through a car, many D.C. residents opt for the train. Be prepared to pay the price for service; a 28-day pass can cost more than $200! City officials are aware of how the price point may scare commuters away, and are discussing more flexible options.

Many traveling therapists work in cities for a reason: there’s much to do, plenty of job opportunities, and the latest in medical and healthcare technology. If you’re moving into a city from a suburban neighborhood, the shift may initially come off as intense. A public transport system you can rely on to avoid getting lost and taking you where you need to go can help keep you grounded and significantly improve your traveling experience. Have a city of choice? View available healthcare job listings on Ardor Health today!

Top 5 Things to do in Los Angeles for Travel Therapists

As a traveling therapist, your career might bring you to the heart of Los Angeles, California. If you’re a film buff, you may wish to tour vintage Hollywood or cruise through Sunset Boulevard to create your own movie scene. While these are L.A. staples, the city offers a myriad of other sights, shows, and culture to experience. Though you may be more inclined to develop your career skills, you don’t want to miss out on what the City of Angels has to offer! Let’s explore the top five things travel therapists should make time for during their stay in L.A.

Visit Venice Beach

Named after the famed Italian city that sports canals in place of roads, Venice Beach was originally modeled after the city, but it didn’t live up to its Italian inspiration. Although the experiment failed, the neighborhood has become an essential part of Los Angeles. Full of culture and maybe a few other starry-eyed tourists, Venice Beach showcases mansions alongside the canal with walls of artwork, boutiques, and restaurants. A few key sights in Venice Beach are:

  • The Boardwalk
  • Muscle Beach
  • Hotel Erwin
  • The Fishing Pier

Venice Beach is free to visit at any time of day. Information about the bus schedule and parking can be found on the neighborhood’s website.

Hike Through Griffith Park

If your goal is to spend some time outside without battling traffic on the way to Venice Beach, Griffith Park might be exactly what you need! With more than 50 miles of hiking trails featuring waterfalls and lagoons, it’s the largest urban park in the country. A few key attractions of the park are:

  • The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
  • The Hollywood Sign
  • The Autry Museum of the American West

Admission to the park is free, but some attractions may require an entry fee. While these gardens and museums offer a variety of entertainment, Los Angeles’ tourists frequently choose the Griffith Observatory as a “must see” attraction.

Experience Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory sits on the south side of the Mount Hollywood hiking trail and overlooks the Los Angeles basin. More than great photo-ops and exercise opportunities await. The observatory is free to enter, and planetarium shows are relatively inexpensive to attend. If your goal is to attend a show before your hike, there is parking available on-site. The Observatory features a gift shop and cafe filled with delectable treats. There’s a little something for everyone’s interests! Visit Griffith Park’s website to learn more about the observatory.

Window Shop on Rodeo Drive

Unless you’re Julia Roberts from “Pretty Woman,” you may not be looking to purchase over a thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise on Rodeo Drive. Rodeo Drive is a beautiful street filled to the brim with exotic cars, celebrities, and designer stores. Don’t be embarrassed to tell store owners that you’re “just browsing.” Shop owners are used to tourists and sightseers who have no intention to purchase any of their products. Some stores may require appointments to enter and are usually off-limits to visitors. For more information and a store directory, check out Rodeo Drive’s website!

Take a Stroll Down the Hollywood Walk of Fame

One of the most iconic sites in Hollywood, the walk of fame consistently remains a “must see” attraction. This free sidewalk includes hundreds of handprints and signatures from movies stars, musical artists, and other entertainers. The open sidewalk can be accessed at any time, which means it’s best to plan your day to be able to visit it during the daytime, but also when tourist activity in the region is low. This way you’ll be able to indulge in all the famous installations. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s website if you’d like to learn more about this iconic sidewalk.

Now, if your travel therapy assignment takes you to the bustling streets of Los Angeles, you won’t have to wonder what attractions are the best! Before you start planning your trip, make sure you check out our job search to see if there are any Los Angeles healthcare assignments. Ardor Health Solutions is here to help you stay on your career path. Let us assist you on your journey today!

3 Things to Know About Transferring Your Speech-Language Pathology License

When you take your speech-language pathology (SLP) skills across the country, you quickly learn that state qualifications may not be as clear as you expect. If you have acquired your new SLP position through a healthcare staffing company, the recruiter should be able to tell you everything you need to know about the transfer process for your particular state. For speech-language pathologists who are moving on their own, we have provided a general overview of what to expect when transferring your SLP license.

Timeframe

Perhaps the most important aspect of transferring your license to a new state is giving yourself time to prepare. Some states will be faster about responding to your request than others. Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Texas can take as long as six weeks. States that don’t have as much population density like Nebraska or Oregon may only take up to 14 days. There are also states that don’t have a set timeframe at all, basing their responses around when the SLP state board holds a meeting. In Washington D.C., for example, the board meets on the third Monday of every month, and you must submit the license application on the Friday before the meeting date. You can find a comprehensive list of state timeframes here.

Verifications, Score Transfers, and Transcripts

Most states will want to see every type of SLP license you have acquired, including expired licenses. While not as common, other states may also request a transfer of your PRAXIS scores. For those who do not have a record of their scores on hand, you can send a direct request for PRAXIS to send you a copy on their official website. You don’t have to wait for PRAXIS to send the report to you; after providing your personal information, the site can mail the score directly to the appropriate state. The final request a state may have is receiving a transcript directly from the school you studied and graduated from. If this applies to your state, it is important to contact your school and confirm how the requests are processed, sent, and whether the school will charge a fee.

Odds and Ends in SLP License Transfers

A handful of states have requirements that are unique enough not to be mentioned above but must be kept in mind. These include:

 

  • Colorado – Does not have licensing requirements for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs).
  • Florida – Requires an hour of HIV/AIDs education and two hours of medical errors education.
  • Delaware – Requires the completed application to be submitted three business days before the next board meeting.
  • Oklahoma – Requires a background check.
  • New Hampshire – Requests criminal history reports for any state you lived in. These reports must be sent from the state police.
  • Washington – Requires a background check and AIDS education

The requirements of transferring your speech-language pathology license can feel frustrating and convoluted. Staying informed and giving yourself enough time to review the process can help you catch any early mistakes or requirements you may miss and streamline your move. If you are still searching for a new speech-language pathology position in another state, the recruitment experts at Ardor Health can help you find your dream career. Search through our online SLP job listing today, or call 855-GO-ARDOR!

Top 4 Ways to Get Around in a Big City

As a travel nurse, your nursing assignments can take you from Los Angeles to New York City and everywhere in between. Although it is possible for you to drive to every destination, it may not be ideal. Travel nurses have the choice of taking advantage of whatever transportation services the city has to offer. Consider these top four ways to get around a big city as you prepare for your next travel nursing assignment.

Taxi Services

Taxi services have evolved over the last decade. Travelers are no longer restricted to hailing yellow taxis. You now have options between multiple on-call taxi services. Services like Uber and Lyft have transformed the taxi industry by allowing drivers to use their own cars, and passengers to request rides via cell phone applications.

If you are someone who cannot commit to following a public transportation schedule and would rather not rent a car, a taxi service may be ideal for you. You have the freedom to request a ride when needed and build a rapport with a particular driver who can serve as your sole source of transportation during your stay.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is highly popular in major cities, as traffic conditions often make driving to work more of a hassle than a convenience. The two main sources of transportation in big cities are trains and buses. Taking the bus is ideal for those who need to get around the local area as they can quickly get you from block to block.

If your workplace is further away from your residence, a train may be the better option. Depending on the city, the train services can be in the form of a subway, trolley, or elevated railway. Big city train systems are notable for being busy and crowded, but that is simply a testament to their efficiency.

Bike or Walk

The closer you live to your place of employment in a big city, the better. Residing in the general vicinity of the workplace makes biking or walking to work a possibility. Doing so can give you the true feeling of living in the city rather than simply visiting. You can learn the roadways, traffic conditions, shortcuts, and best routes to get to and from work as well as wherever else your travels take you. Regularly biking and walking can also provide a quality workout, killing two birds with one stone.

Need help finding your way to your next big city? Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing source that links eager healthcare professionals to travel nursing positions across the nation. We have the resources to get you in direct contact with hiring managers of your specified field in need of your services. Visit our job listings page or give us a call as 855-GO-ARDOR!

3 Ways Nurses are Using Holistic Healing in Patient Care

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that uses an individual’s body, mind, spirit, and emotions to achieve optimal health. Originally based on the effects of fruits and herbal teas on a patient’s body, holistic healing has evolved and is now an essential part of the nursing field. Currently, 13 nursing schools in the nation have been endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Holistic nursing is becoming a more prominent method of helping patients recover. Here are three ways nurses are using holistic healing in patient care.

Essential Oils

More people are harnessing therapeutic benefits from herbs like lavender and eucalyptus. The An increasing number of nurses are using aromatherapy and essential oils as viable treatments for certain conditions. Different types of oils can be used to soothe:

Sometimes, oils are combined to treat more specific ailments. Peppermint is coupled with lavender to reduce migraine pain. Eucalyptus essential oils are often used to alleviate coughing and sinuses. The benefits of these oils can be reaped in a steamy shower.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is an age-old method of healing that dates back to 1700 B.C. It includes anything from having a patient float in a warm water pool to exercise sessions. Exercising in a pool is easier on the joints in a patient’s body, which can help those who with joint pain. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it includes specific activities that are meant to increase the range of movement and muscle strength in those who have arthritis and other conditions. Some hydrotherapy facilities might have underwater exercise equipment. Other types of hydrotherapy include:

  • Full body immersion
  • Arm, hip, or leg whirlpool
  • Hot air or steam baths
  • Hot and cold water baths

These methods can be used to control pain relief and have been shown to improve mobility. As more nurses become versed in hydrotherapy, this method of healing will continue to be relevant.

Acupressure

Touch is a powerful healing tool used in many applications of holistic healing. Acupressure is like acupuncture without the use of needles. By using their hands, fingers, and elbows, nurses can activate acupoints in a patient’s body. Acupoints stimulate nerves and release endorphins in the body to reduce pain. The primary goal of acupressure is to limit opioid use. Although certain opioids are necessary for postoperative pain relief, there is also a risk of opioid addiction that many patients wish to reduce. Advances in acupressure are continually being made to minimize opioid dependency and nurses are learning all they can to provide the most beneficial acupressure treatment.

Whether oil, hydrotherapy, or acupressure is used, there’s no denying that holistic care is more prominent in modern medicine now than ever before. The number of nursing positions increases as the nursing field grows larger. Ardor Health Solutions can help you find a nursing position suited for your skill set. Take a trip through our job listings page and see if any positions the right fit for you. Whether you’re beginning your holistic healing career, or are a newly registered nurse, we can help you start your journey in healthcare!

5 Skills Every Social Worker Should Have

Social workers are an essential facet in both school and hospital settings. They can also work for independent agencies operating cooperatively with state organizations. The individuals in this position must address a myriad of domestic issues from an unbiased perspective while remaining emotionally unattached. Social work is no simple profession but can be highly beneficial for those well-equipped for the position. Anyone considering the field of social work should have these five skills.

Exceptional Organization Skills

As a social worker, you may have over a dozen cases to manage at a time. You must have current reports regarding child welfare, living conditions, and the legal standing of parents and guardians. You may also be summoned to appear in court occasionally to testify in relation to an incident or to help decide child placement. If you are unorganized, such an instance can catch you by surprise and disadvantage the children under your observation.

Keen Awareness

Depending on which setting you choose to conduct social work, you may need to perform home visits as a part of your job duties. Home visits are often necessary when a situation arises in which the living conditions of a child require inspection. Your role is to ensure that the home is safe for the child and is free of any hazards or legal violations. Missing something as simple as a restricted visitor can be severely damaging to the child and your job security.

Empathy with Boundaries

You will face many heart-wrenching situations that may be overwhelming for the average person. There will also be times when you feel as if you are personally responsible for providing some sort of aid. It is important to know that you are only there in a professional capacity and any involvement outside of your scope may be inappropriate and detrimental to your job.

Active Listening Skills

Social workers must be able to listen actively while taking notes. As simple as it may sound, many individuals find it difficult to do so. Having this skill is most beneficial as it allows you to keep an accurate account of all conversations that you can reference and add to reports. Many individuals would rather not have their voices recorded which is why being an active listener and taking careful notes is a valued trait for social work.

Ability to Facilitate

Your ability to keep a lid on tense situations will be put to the test as a social worker. A major part of your job is to set up and facilitate conversations between individuals who may not necessarily like each other. On many occasions, you may even need to get them to work cooperatively to achieve a common goal. Having the ability to facilitate can help calm volatile situations and mend relationships.

Are you a social worker who would like to travel the country doing what you love? Ardor Health Solutions has numerous travel nursing opportunities nationwide. Call us at 855-GO-ARDOR or visit our job listings page to find the position best for you!

The Role of Paraprofessionals in Special Education

Paraprofessionals have administered support for special education students for over 50 years. Originally, support was primarily clerical and focused on one-on-one student assistance. As the number of paraprofessionals has increased, so too has the number of methods of instruction available in the classroom. It’s important to understand the role of paraprofessionals and what they do to provide essential care to students with disabilities.

What is a Paraprofessional?

Sometimes called a paraeducator, paraprofessionals are educational workers who are not licensed to teach. They perform many duties in the classroom. Paraprofessionals are assigned to one child, or they may work with an entire class. Paraprofessionals can also provide support in:

  • The computer lab
  • The library
  • Any media center

Paraprofessionals make a difference in the classroom and ensure that a child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) stays on track.

How Do Paraprofessionals Help?

Frequently, paraprofessionals work in special education classrooms. From taking notes for particular students, to helping a child with behavioral problems, paraprofessionals are trained to handle a myriad of situations. Because of the many different needs a child might have, it’s essential that the paraeducator is attentive and takes notes on each student in her classroom.

Paraprofessionals might be required to:

  • Provide instructional support in small groups or one-on-one
  • Modify course materials
  • Implement behavior management plans
  • Meet with teachers to ensure each student is learning effectively
  • Collect data on students
  • Provide personal care for students
  • Help transport any child in a wheelchair

For students with a physical impairment, paraeducators can assist with feeding and bathroom usage. They also help children who may be prone to wandering around stay on track with the group. All of this is done under direct supervision of a qualified teacher.

Qualifications of a Paraprofessional

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the requirements for paraprofessionals are listed in Section 1119 of Title 1, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act. Title 1 paraeducators are required to have:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Completed at least two years of college or obtained an associate’s degree
  • An attitude suitable for working with children
  • An interest in learning about the needs of special education students

It’s essential that these qualifications are met to ensure that every child’s IEP is addressed thoroughly.

Paraprofessionals are a part of the educational team. Their qualifications set them apart from other school workers such as playground assistants, and after school caretakers. As more students with disabilities continue to enroll in schools across the nation, the number of opportunities for paraeducators increases. If you’d like to be a part of the educational system as a paraprofessional, why not use our job listing? Ardor Health Solutions can help you find a place to put your skills to use and help students learn. Start your paraprofessional journey today!

USF Professors Create App for Heart Failure Patients

Two University of South Florida (USF) professors released a smartphone application earlier this year for those suffering from heart failure. According to an article published by USF, an initial study garnered positive results with patients stating that they found the app useful. The app comes equipped with a Bioharness BT external sensor, and the name HeartMapp was recently copyrighted by the university.

Congestive Heart Failure Statistics

Congestive Heart Failure or (CHF) is a condition that roughly 670,000 people are diagnosed with annually. CHF is a result of the heart being unable to pump blood properly. The issue can be either diastolic or systolic. The former refers to the heart’s inability to fill due to stiff, thick chambers. Systolic issues are a result of the heart being unable to pump blood because of stretched, thin chambers. CHF can either be short term or a lifelong condition.

Emory Healthcare provides these heart failure statistics:

  • CHF is equally present in men and women
  • About 5 million people currently live with CHF
  • Heart failure accounts for over 11 million physician visits a year
  • Heart failure deaths decreased 12% in the last 50 years

The Creators of HeartMapp

Miguel Labrador, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Ponrathi Athilingam, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the USF College of Nursing collaborated in the creation of HeartMapp to help the millions who suffer from CHF.

In a USF article, Athilingam states “As a cardiology nurse of 25 years, I know that patients with heart failure, who must follow an intricate medication regimen and self-management practices at home to stay healthy and prevent getting admitted to the hospital, struggle with self-care.”

She continues to say “After patients leave the hospital, they are alone. However, they do have a phone as a companion. So, we developed this easy-to-use, patient-centered technology to help them keep their heart health on track.”

How the App Works

This condition is not one that comes with age. Individuals young and old are affected by CHF which makes the creation of a cell phone application all the more relevant. The information in the app is based on proven research and organized into five modules:

  • Module 1: Monitors the patient’s condition on a daily basis and provides instant feedback
  • Module 2: Assesses vital signs in real time
  • Module 3: Provides breathing and walking exercises
  • Module 4: Informs the patient about CHF
  • Module 5: Provides historical data and easy-to-understand graphs

Through regular use of the app, patients can limit their visits to physicians and gain knowledge of their condition. As a travel nurse, you can journey the country helping those living with CHF and provide them with the care needed to persevere. Ardor Health Solutions can help you reach your heights as a travel nurse by getting you in direct contact with hiring managers across the nation. Contact us today at 855-GO-ARDOR to find a travel nursing position for you.

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!

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”

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.

The Difference Between a Nurse Leader and Nurse Manager

The role of being a registered nurse is a leadership position in and of itself. Regardless of the particular title, the healthcare field recognizes nurses as authoritative figures. Throughout nursing school, professors continue to drill in their minds the importance of their role and how they will one day govern over colleagues in a professional setting.

While all nurses are leaders in their own respects, some seek formal management roles to exhibit their leadership abilities further. Although the positions of a nursing manager and nursing leader may seem similar, their functions are not synonymous.

Nurse Manager

Nurse managers make sure that their division, unit, or service line is operating properly and without interruption. They are involved in a wide range of daily tasks that include, but are not limited to, setting goals, budgeting, patient care planning, and quality improvement. It is also their responsibility to oversee:

  • Educational and career opportunities for staff
  • Staff assignments
  • Professional growth of staff
  • Team schedules

Nurse managers are also seen as a point of reference for their staff and are expected to be able to accurately diagnose and address any presented issues. They should be an open and honest source of advice, guidance, and support for their staff throughout their time in the position.

Nurse Leader

Nurse leaders are not as task-oriented as nurse managers, but rather focus on setting and upholding standards. Their role is to fulfill the organization’s vision, mission, and long term plan. The majority of their efforts are toward:

  • Setting policy
  • Overseeing quality measures
  • Spearheading transformation
  • Fiscal responsibilities
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance

Both staff and management see them as individuals with experience, knowledge, and vision. Nurse leaders play a critical role in ensuring that all employees uphold a standard that best represents the organization.

Their titles may differ, but nurse managers and nurse leaders complement each other in more ways than one. Well-respected individuals who are passionate and admired by their staff fill both positions. A nurse manager or leader, you must be able to:

  • Influence staff and set positive examples
  • Delegate tasks and coordinate teams
  • Commit to the organization and embody their values

Ardor Health Solutions can help you find the healthcare position that best suits you based on your skills and qualifications. There is no need to fill out a host of online applications and hope you get a response. We have the resources to get you in direct contact with nursing managers across the country. Visit our job listings page and embark on your journey as a healthcare professional.

3 Benefits of Traveling Alone

As a travel nurse, you have the freedom to travel the country. You can practice nursing in a new location every few months. While some travel nurses take their children along, a vast majority of travel nurses travel alone. Many people may not like the idea of traveling the country solo, but it can be a positive experience.

Learn to be Self-Reliant

There is no greater test than traveling alone. Many people have traveled with parents and in groups as a child but never had to travel alone. When you travel alone, you quickly learn to be self-reliant and accountable for all of your actions or lack thereof. Whether you are traveling by train, bus, or plane, you will be required to ensure that you are on time for departure and have packed all of the necessary items.

Over time you will become a packing expert and be able to decipher how much you should pack depending on the length of your stay and other factors. You will grow to realize whether you are a person who prefers to purchase items at your destination or pack them all with you. Through repeated trials, you can become more independent than you ever imagined.

Blaze Your Own Trails

One of the major drawbacks about traveling in groups is that you all have to agree on everything like when to head out, where to eat, and what sights to see.. Traveling alone grants you the freedom to blaze your own trails. You can ross off all the sights you’d like to see on your new travel nursing assignment without anyone to hold you back. One of the best parts about being on your own schedule is getting to stop wherever and whenever you like for food and rest breaks.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Many people travel with the hopes of getting out of their comfort zones and having new experiences. It can be difficult to do so when you only stick to the group you traveled with. By commuting alone, you open yourself up to meeting new people and trying new things. This can help anyone build confidence in oneself.

If you’re lucky, you may get to know a native of the area who can introduce you to even more things you’d like that were not included in your travel brochure. After your travel assignment, you may wish to re-visit the city to continue exploring the nooks and crannies you missed on your first go-around. Keep in touch with the locals to experience a fun time whenever you decide to return.

Reap the benefits of traveling alone when you choose to be a travel nurse. Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing company that specializes in finding placement for travel nurses. We rid the application process of its many hurdles by putting you in direct contact with hiring managers across the nation. Visit our job listing page contact us at 855-GO-Ardor to start your career as a travel nurse today!

3 Ways You Can Motivate Your OT Clients

“OT” or “occupational therapy” is a highly rewarding healthcare field. In this field, you have the unique opportunity to help everyone from children with disabilities to aging individuals improve their current mental and/or physical condition. Your clients will see you as the guiding force on the path to recovery; it is your job to keep them positive and optimistic. An unmotivated client can be hard to work with as they are unlikely to commit to the outlined plan, further extending the therapy process. Keep your OT clients motivated by implementing these three helpful tips.

Establish a Client-Focused Plan

Your client wants to feel that he or she is a part of the process. The last thing you’d want to do is introduce a suggested plan of therapy without getting to know the individual first. Ailments may be similar but every client is unique. Use client-focused assessments such as the COPM that don’t only provide information about the client’s ability to perform tasks, but also what they would like to work on. Your client will be more likely to follow a plan that he or she played a role in developing.

Set Clear Goals With a Purpose

One of the most frustrating feelings a client can express is that they do not see how what they are doing is helping them. You may understand how each small tasks leads to an ultimate goal, but it may be difficult for them to grasp the concept. Instead of simply telling your client to walk 200 meters, say “Walk 200 meters so that it’ll be easier to for you move around the grocery store.” By giving the activity a clear purpose, your client will be more motivated to complete the activity to achieve that goal.

Be Their Biggest Fan

Yes, you are there to identify issues that need to be fixed, but you are there in a supportive role as well. Don’t simply move on to the next task when your client accomplishes one, celebrate the accomplishment with them. Every small step forward is a step in the right direction and you should make it known to your client that you value their determination. Your client will be grateful that you recognize his or her achievements and can become motivated to overcome the next hurdle.

A motivated client is a productive one. Motivate clients nationwide when you take on travel therapy. Ardor Health Solutions can help you find the travel therapy position that best fits your skills and experience. Give us a call at 855-GO-ARDOR or visit our job listings page to discover healthcare opportunities across the U.S.

Travel Nursing and Child Sport Injuries

Youth sports is an increasingly popular trend that offers consistent physical activity to children from a young age. According to ESPN, as many as 21.5 million kids are involved in sports between the ages of 6 and 17 in the United States. Their reports also show that by the age of 6, 60 percent of boys and 47 percent of girls have participated in some organized sport.

Such a statistic is not necessarily negative. It shows that American children are getting out and being active rather than playing endless hours of video games. The looming possibility of being involved in any physical activity is obtaining an injury. As a travel nurse working with children, you are likely to notice the shockingly high number of child sports injuries quickly.

Nationwide Children’s reports that child sports injuries account for an average of 3 million emergency room visits annually. ESPN also reports that over a quarter of children who were previously involved in youth sports quit because of an injury. Through your role as a registered nurse, it is vital that you share your knowledge with parents in the treatment and prevention of common child sports injuries.

Dehydration

Many children do not hydrate themselves as much as they need to. It is a common misconception that drinking water immediately before or during an athletic competition is enough to hydrate the body. As a travel nurse working with children, you have the ability to inform unknowing parents. You can let them know of the danger of dehydration and what fluids are safe for children to consume.

In many cases, it is the coaches who put the children at risk. They may require the kids to train for long hours with very few rest periods. This may not immediately affect the child, but during intense competition, the amount of energy exerted may exceed the energy supplied, possibly causing the child to lose consciousness.

Concussions

The topic of concussions has become increasingly popular with recent developments about the effects of CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Such newfound information has resulted in many parents pulling their children out of extremely physical sports like tackle football. If a child was ever to visit you with a concussion or concussion symptoms, it is crucial that you make the parent aware of the risks.

Many coaches and parents have a “walk it off” approach to when a child sustains an injury. What they should know is that unlike any external physical injury, a concussion damages the brain in a way that can lead to permanent ailments that may become fatal.

Through your persistent administration of knowledge, you can help reduce the number of child sports injuries and ensure that sustained injuries are properly treated.  Are you interested in a career in travel therapy, but do not know where to start? Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing company that provides skilled nurses with travel therapy opportunities nationwide. Visit our job listings page for a full outline of healthcare opportunities across the country.

5 Things a Travel Nurse Must Pack

If you are considering becoming a travel nurse, get ready for life on the road! Your placements will have you in a particular American city for months out of the year. During this time you will have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the local culture and embrace all that travel nursing has to offer. The first step of any adventure is packing your bags. Be sure to pack all of the following items before you embark on your travel nursing assignment. Continue reading “5 Things a Travel Nurse Must Pack”

Top 3 Things to Look for in Travel Nurse Compensation Packages

Being offered the position is only the beginning. Everyone wants money, but many people find it difficult to request it. As a travel nurse, you have the unique opportunity to provide healthcare to needing individuals across the nation. This position is most fulfilling but it is vital that you pay close attention to your compensation package. The last thing you want to happen is to accept an offer and sign the contract without realizing that you weren’t offered things like paid time off or insurance benefits. Keep an eye out for these three things when perusing through your compensation package.

Medical Benefits

It is highly important to have consistent healthcare coverage throughout your assignments, wherever they may take you. Your package should clearly state the terms, extent, and duration of your coverage. It should also be clear whether or not your specific plan offers full coverage or if there is a set reimbursement cap if you find your own coverage. These small details are crucial and can have detrimental effects if overlooked.

Speak with your recruiter in regards to medical benefits. They will be able to identify the most attractive plans available specific to your needs.

Tax-Free Income

Your tax-free income should be clearly identified in your package. Oftentimes, it is disguised as a stipend of some sort (travel or housing stipend). You must know this information ahead of time so that you are not caught off guard come tax season.

Not all travel nursing pay packages come with tax-free income. There is a certain criteria that must be met to be eligible. The IRS asserts that you must be a temporary worker with  a permanent tax home. Being a temporary worker means that you do not work longer than 12 months at any one location. To own a deemed “tax home,” two of the following three things must be true:

  • A majority of your income must be made at the place you identify as your “tax home.”
  • You pay a mortgage or rent at this home
  • You have permanent residence (cannot abandon)

IRAs/Retirement Fund

Travel nurses are generally identified as temporary workers but quality agencies ensure that there is a long-term financial plan set in place. Look into your package and determine if there is a retirement package available. It is not rare for a travel nurse to acquire multiple varying retirement funds from travelling so often. Look into your compensation package from now to see if a retirement plan is offered and research your options in combining all of the allocated funds to make them easier to manage if you plan on obtaining multiple travel nurse assignments.

Travel nursing can be an adventurous and rewarding career. Allow Ardor Health Solutions to set you on the right path! Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing company that provides skilled nurses with travel therapy opportunities nationwide. Visit our job listings page for a full outline of healthcare opportunities across the country.

4 Tips For Starting Your New Nursing Job

Congratulations on getting a new job! This is an exciting time and the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Whether you have been hired for a role in a new healthcare field you have recently studied, or are being promoted from your most recent position, there will be a period of adjustment. Although you aced the interview and landed the job, it is not time to relax! Your new position will come will with many changes and it is important that you get off on the right foot. Allow these tips to guide you through a smooth transition into your new nursing position. Continue reading “4 Tips For Starting Your New Nursing Job”

3 Ways Travel Therapists Can Stay In Touch With Family and Friends

Staying in contact with friends and family while on a travel assignment is easier now than ever before. Today’s technology includes so many options to keep in touch that you never have to feel like you’re missing out on what’s going on back home. Travel therapists are constantly out and about and it can be difficult to provide consistent updates to your loved ones. Here are a few ways you can stay in touch with family while you’re on a travel assignment.

Phone Calls and Text

Although “Just text me” has become a phrase that’s becoming more popular by the minute, a phone call allows you to hear a loved one’s voice. Phone calls can also be the perfect way to gush about what kind of work you’ve been doing. Bluetooth is great for hands-free-conversation on the go.

When you, your friend, or family member can’t find time to speak on the phone, texting can be the perfect solution for quick conversations and updates. It’s an easy way to let them know you’re doing ok and you can even tell them when you’ll be available for a full conversation.

Use Social Media

Social media is an easy way to stay in touch with all of your friends and family. Quick status updates, pictures, and videos can be shared to all of them at the touch of a button. A few great social media apps are:

  • Instagram – photos and videos, and live videos
  • Facebook – status updates, photos, live video
  • Snapchat – quick photos, videos
  • Twitter – great for quick status updates and socializing

Try to Video Chat

The closest thing to being in the same room with someone is video chatting. A lot of video chat apps are available on mobile devices. Here are a few of the more popular ones:

  • FaceTime – only available on iOS
  • Google Hangouts
  • Skype
  • ooVoo

Some apps even let you have group chats. Make sure to set up your accounts before you travel so they can be ready to go!

Most importantly, you should try your best to make time for communication. Your family and friends care about you and love to hear that you are well. It might seem hard at first but with a little practice, you’ll be updating your friends and family more often than ever before. If you’re looking for your next travel assignment, check out our job listings page. Remember to keep in touch after you’ve found the position that’s right for you.

Top 3 Nursing Certifications to Increase Your Value

Becoming a registered nurse is no small feat and you should be proud of your accomplishment. The next step is to find the healthcare field that allows you to put your acquired skills and passion for nursing to good use. Your job as an applicant is to market yourself in a way that sets you apart from your peers and piques the interests of a hiring manager. One thing that you and every other applicant will have in common is a college degree, but what sets you apart? Having particular nursing certifications can increase your value, make you more marketable, and give you more leeway in contract negotiation. Continue reading “Top 3 Nursing Certifications to Increase Your Value”

When is it Time for Permanent Placement?

Life as a travel nurse could be all that you expected it to be and more. You are enjoying the time spent at various cities nationwide and it feels like a dream come true. You have the freedom to spend months at a time at quality hospitals while pursuing your passion of healthcare. This may all be true, but it is possible you’re considering permanent placement.  This can be a big change for a travel nurse who has been on the road for years. You may be wondering “How is it possible to know when to seek permanent placement?” Allow us to help. Continue reading “When is it Time for Permanent Placement?”

Can This Anatomy App Help You As A Physical Therapist?

We are officially in the digital age if you haven’t realized it yet. Everything is either being digitized or aided by digital technology and the healthcare industry is no exception. One of the most innovative technologies to date is the cell phone and its mobile applications have forever changed how we use them. There is one anatomy app in particular that can possibly be a great benefit to physical therapists nationwide: the Muscle Premium mobile app. Continue reading “Can This Anatomy App Help You As A Physical Therapist?”

How to Take Charge of Your Nursing Career

The road to becoming a nurse can be an arduous journey. Even after figuring out what kind of nurse you want to be, without a long-term career goal your path may have no clear direction. Some of the most satisfied nurses have a plan that helps them find that direct path to a promising nursing career. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your career goals. Continue reading “How to Take Charge of Your Nursing Career”

Top 5 Things to do in Seattle as a Travel Therapist

Travel therapy can be one of the most exciting and rewarding healthcare careers. You have the ability to travel to various parts of the country and work at many different healthcare facilities doing what you love. Seattle has quickly become a popular destination for travelers and easily one of the top cities to visit because of its many attractions. Is your next travel therapy assignment in Seattle? Make sure experience all of these attractions while you’re there.

Harbor Cruise

What better way to experience a new waterfront city than enjoying a relaxing cruise? This one-hour narrated cruise will provide you with incomparable views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Take out your camera and catch snapshots of the local wildlife like the California sea lions and harbor seals. A peaceful cruise can be exactly what you need to get acclimated to a new environment.

Space Needle

You can’t visit Seattle and not venture to the top of the Space Needle. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from 520 feet up and take in the breathtaking view of this unique city. Put the camera down for a while and savor some fine dining at the Sky City Restaurant. No experience will compare to your trip to the Space Needle while on assignment as a travel therapist.

Museum of History & Industry

The Museum of History & Industry is a must-visit attraction in Seattle. The museum holds documents, structures, and exhibits which detail the history of the city and the role it served in American History. Learn about the culture of your new temporary home with a fun trip to the museum.

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned glass artist whose work is displayed in over 200 museums worldwide. This 4,500 feet glass and steel structure known as the Glasshouse encases some of his best work and is only steps away from the Space Needle. You can even take a step outside and go for a stroll through the botanical garden which also doubles as an exhibit of Mr. Chihuly’s immaculate creations.

Pacific Science Center

Do your adventures as a travel therapist include children? They will love the Pacific Science Center. The beautifully designed center allows children to fully immerse themselves in the latest technologies while expanding their math and science skills. There is also a massive IMAX theatre that climbs 6 stories high and with 12,000 watts of surround sound.

Travel therapy is one of the most rewarding careers as it allows you to travel to foreign destinations while utilizing your skills to help people across the country. Are you interested in a career in travel therapy, but do not know where to start? Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing company that provides skilled nurses with travel therapy opportunities nationwide. Visit our job listings page for a full outline of healthcare opportunities across the country.

Finding the Best Nursing Shoes

Nurses are one of many professionals whose job requires them to be on their feet for an extended period of time. A 2006 study published in MEDSURG Nursing concluded that the average nurse walks 4-5 miles during a 12-hour shift while most Americans walk up to 3 miles in an average 18-hour day. For the amount of time they spend on their feet alone, the type of shoes a nurse wears is crucial. Not only must they be comfortable, but they also need to be safe for the work environment. We have highlighted what you should consider when finding the best nursing shoe. Continue reading “Finding the Best Nursing Shoes”

Managing Stress During Your Healthcare Job Search

A career in healthcare can be gratifying in many different ways. You have the unique opportunity to help people in ways that will have an everlasting impact on their life. You may be very eager to get started working in the field but just cannot find an opportunity to do so. Stress is natural during this period, but it is important that you do not allow it to overcome your spirit. There are three common emotions you may feel as a result of the stress. Knowing how to properly manage these emotions can give you the confidence needed to keep hope alive. Continue reading “Managing Stress During Your Healthcare Job Search”

Do Nurses Need More Advanced Degrees?

While it is certainly not necessary to obtain a doctorate in nursing to do your job well, there are several ways your career can benefit with extra study. The benefits of a more advanced degree can improve your practical medical knowledge as well as hone the professional and business side of the industry. What can a nurse stand to gain from a more advanced degree?

Leadership Skills

Exercising leadership in your role as a nurse can draw positive attention from your employers and patients alike. Leadership may revolve around helping patients in treating their condition or guiding a hospital’s administrative team for maximum efficiency. From advanced studies, a nurse can learn how to manage complex situations and delegate with other staff members to increase the quality of care. The best outcome is a nurse who can be comfortable working with teams of multiple medical disciplines.

Specialized Knowledge

With a Master’s degree, a nurse can focus on more specialized fields. Some of the more popular fields include:

  • Midwifery – Though midwifery is a task as old as time, the modern iteration of the job is starting to require a more focused skillset. These nurses work in close collaboration with gynecologists, assisting them with tasks revolving around pregnancy, delivery, and care of the mother and child during the postpartum period. Midwifery positions were once exclusively for women, but an increasing number of men are specializing in this field.
  • Gerontology – As life expectancy continues to increase, so too does the demand for nurses who specialize in adult primary care. Nurses who study for an advanced degree with a focus in gerontology will analyze and learn how aging affects the mind and body. Understand the social constructs that surround older age will also be important for providing specialized care.
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Concentrating on mental health means taking on daily responsibilities like diagnosing and treating mental illness, prescribing medications, and assisting counselors and caretakers.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Nurses who work within this field are often employed in smaller clinics that offer higher pay, with an expectation of interacting with patients more often than normal. A more personal work environment means more patient interaction than a typical hospital, with responsibilities that include discussing a patient’s symptoms, running tests, and administering treatments.
  • Management and Teaching Positions – If you are interested in applying your skills outside of the hospital, many nurses with advanced degrees move on toward management or teaching positions. Depending on what you want to achieve from your career, either path can lead to a fulfilling career outside of patient care.

Networking and Professional Contacts

The medical world is not immune to the power of networking, and it would be unwise to ignore the influencers in your profession. Depending on the university you attend, you can find excellent professional contacts who work in the same field as you do. Completing a more advanced degree provides you with an opportunity to build a professional network that can offer higher paying job opportunities.

While an advanced degree in nursing can be a strong addition to your resume, hands-on experience is just as important as education. Many nurses do not start working on advanced degrees until after several years of work experience. Though it is ultimately up to you how you should approach advanced education, if you are looking for more greater job opportunities, search our job listing for open nursing positions with Ardor Health today.

Top 5 Books to Read on the Road

Travel has its ups and downs, and waiting at the airport (or bus stop) is certainly a considered a “down” for many traveling therapists. With delays and complications, you may find yourself stuck in the same chair for hours before you can start moving. There are, fortunately, a plethora of books available to help pass the time. These five releases are some of the most popular books published on travel and make for excellent companions during the slower hours.

1. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

For several years, Cheryl Strayed ran an online advice column titled Dear Sugar. During this time, Strayed operated under an anonymous alias, answering the fevered questions of many people who felt lost about money, family, love, and motivation. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of the best posts found on the website and can be a useful pick-me-up for when life is feeling particularly challenging.

2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

While we hope you don’t resort to hitchhiking when traveling to a new state, you can enjoy the misadventures of a flustered British man and his alien companions as they try to make sense of a bizarre galaxy. A quick, easy read that will get you giggling in public.

3. Girls Who Travel

Sometimes you don’t have to go very far to discover something new – either about the world or yourself. This novel by Nicole Trilivas hits upon the core joys of travel, making for a fun, witty, (and a little bit gritty) read.

4. Mosquitoland

Everyone has a travel story about the odd person who sat next to them. Mosquitoland drives into the heart of that experience, focusing on a girl’s thousand-mile bus trip to Cleveland full of quirky characters and unexpected twists.

5. Fast Facts for the Travel Nurse: Travel Nursing in a Nutshell

Unlike the other books, this one is more for practical purposes rather than entertainment. Fast Facts offers useful advice to traveling nurses on many aspects most people don’t consider. This includes factors that are often “boring,” but crucial to know so you can make the most of your traveling career. Topics include how to improve your benefits, payment negotiations, contract negotiations, and preparing for future assignments.
Have your gear ready but don’t know where to travel next? Take a look at our list of available healthcare jobs on Ardor Health. Positions are open for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and more!

Don’t Commit These 3 Healthcare Interview Mistakes

Congratulations on graduating with your healthcare degree! You worked hard for it and it is time to put what you’ve learned to use, but first, you must get past the interview. You have done everything right leading up to this moment. The last thing you want to do is ruin your chances of landing a promising position by committing a detrimental interview blunder. We understand that you may be nervous leading up to the interview and that is expected. To help you prepare for your big day, we have highlighted three common healthcare interview mistakes to avoid. Continue reading “Don’t Commit These 3 Healthcare Interview Mistakes”

Conditions that May Improve with Occupational Therapy

To the everyday person, it may be difficult to clearly understand what the duties of an occupational therapists are. Many people struggle to notice the difference between an occupational therapist and a physical therapist when it comes to their service areas. While they both provide hands-on services, physical therapists mainly work with individuals recovering from an injury while occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform daily tasks. There are particular instances where the patient may be recovering from an injury as well but they also work to improve patient’s emotions, behavior, and cognitive disabilities. Continue reading “Conditions that May Improve with Occupational Therapy”

Famous Nurses Throughout History

To celebrate National Nurses Week, it is important to remember the nurses who made a change. Whether that change is within the nursing career, a community, or another’s life, nursing achievements go beyond the limits of our collective imaginations. Modern nursing is less than 150 years old. Before then, nursing duties were often little more than basic caregiving. The nurses on this list advocated for a change to build a system of nursing as we know it today. Continue reading “Famous Nurses Throughout History”

Why You Should Thank a Nurse Today

It is officially National Nurses Week! This is the time of year that we acknowledge nurses for the incredible service they provide to the people in need. Nurses have long been a vital element in the healthcare system and without them, there’s no telling where we would be as society. From the school nurses that provide your child with that much-needed cup of salt water when they come in with a sore throat, to the nurses that help you recover from debilitating injury, the services of a nurse are incomparable. These selfless beings put your best interests at heart every day and they deserve to be thanked for their unrelenting dedication to healthcare. If you happen to run into a nurse this week, make sure to thank thank them for all they do. Continue reading “Why You Should Thank a Nurse Today”

Why Special Education Teachers Matter

Special education is a method of teaching for students with disabilities that would hinder their ability to learn from a conventional teaching method. These disabilities can range from blindness  to a traumatic brain injury. Such students require an environment made for them with qualified teachers. The number of students enrolling in special education rises every year and teachers are constantly evolving.
Continue reading “Why Special Education Teachers Matter”

3 Ways Occupational Therapists Help Treat Addiction

Addiction and substance abuse have always been a prominent issue in society. As time(ask) moves forward, more substances with addictive qualities are made to create a hole in an individual’s life. occupational therapists seek new ways to help clients cope with the addiction before it attains a crippling grasp and gradually ends the need that the client had for the substance entirely. Here are 3 ways that an occupational therapist can help treat addiction.

Continue reading “3 Ways Occupational Therapists Help Treat Addiction”

1/4 of Americans Lose Hearing From Noise

Hearing loss has long been an issue associated with old age but a recent report conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that hearing loss is starting younger than previously recorded. The study was ignited by a call to action in a report from the 2016 National Academies of Sciences which urged for governmental agencies to up their efforts in collecting data on hearing loss in adults. The result was a study titled “Vital Signs: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Among Adults” which analyzed data collected from 2011 to 2012. The results were eye-opening. Continue reading “1/4 of Americans Lose Hearing From Noise”

Top 3 Hearing Loss Disorders

Many individuals believe that if someone is suffering from hearing loss that person is simply deaf. What many people fail to realize is that there are various problems that can cause hearing loss. This includes everything from the brain being unable to identify what and where the sound is coming from to a damaged hearing organ. These varying causes for hearing loss require different approaches for treatment. It is up the audiologist to identify and accurately treat these issues to aid their patient in living with their disorder.  Here we discuss the top 3 most common hearing loss disorders.

Conductive Hearing Loss

An individual experiencing conductive hearing loss has a problem with their outer or middle ear interfering with the sound passing through to the inner ear. This type of hearing disorder can be caused by:

  • Excessive earwax
  • Ear infections
  • Fluid build-up
  • Punctured eardrum
  • Otosclerosis

Conductive Hearing Loss is most common in indigenous populations and young children. There are a few technologies such as bone conduction hearing aids and bone anchored hearing devices that can be used to treat this disorder. In more complex cases a middle ear implant may be the only effective treatment.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss is permanent in most cases and occurs when the auditory nerve or the cochlea cannot successfully transfer electronic information from the ear to the brain. This hearing disorder can be genetic or the result of:

  • Aging
  • Loud-noise exposure
  • Diseases
  • Accidents

Hearing aids and various implants have been successfully used to reduce the impact of sensorineural hearing loss.

Auditory Processing Disorders

Auditory Processing Disorders (ADP) is a term used to describe all disorders that have to do with the brain’s inability to hear and process sound. Simply put, the brains of the individuals with ADP are unable to decipher the information embedded in the sound itself. The most common of these is Spatial Processing Disorder. This frustrating disorder hinders an individual’s ability to locate and hear sounds coming from various directions in their immediate environment. Contrary to many other hearing disorders, ADP can be sporadic. This means that a person can hear perfectly fine one day and have the most difficult time processing sounds the next.

The individuals suffering from these various disorders are in need of help so that they can lead a seemingly normal life. That is where the services of an audiologist come in. As an audiologist, you will analyze and evaluate a patient’s hearing and outline the necessary plan of action. Ardor Health Solutions can get you started on the road to this rewarding career. Visit our job listings page to search audiology jobs across America or give us a call at (855) GO-ARDOR.

5 Ways a Speech Language Pathologist Can Help Your Child

A SLP, better known as a Speech Language Pathologist or Speech Teacher, is a speech therapist that helps children overcome their specific speech issues. These issues may include everything from mild articulation delays to more intense disorders like down syndrome, motor speech disorders, and hearing impairments. An SLP’s sole purpose is to help your child overcome speech and communication issues through intimate one-on-one sessions. While this is an SLP’s general duty, it comes as a surprise to many the various focus areas included under the speech pathology profession. Check out these 5 ways a speech pathologist can help your child.

Speech Fluency

A major speech disfluency is stuttering. This usually begins in childhood and is identified by breaks in speech that can be accompanied by a few primary behaviors. These include blocks, prolongations, and interjections. In a more complex instance, your child’s stuttering may be coupled with stomping, nasal flares, and tension in the neck. An SLP is trained to help your child control this behavior to improve speech fluency.

Listening Skills

Listening and speaking skills go hand-in-hand. Children naturally have better receptive language skills than expressive language skills, meaning that they can understand better than they can express what they want to say. Speech language pathologists help children improve their vocabulary so that they can easily and accurately express how they feel and what they are thinking.

Expressive Language Skills

Spoken English is accompanied with bodily movements such as waving to say goodbye or raising eyebrows, to show different emotions. These gestural symbols must be accurately interpreted by children in order for them to accurately react or respond. Your child’s SLP will work on these abilities, as well as help him or her learn new words and how to correctly phrase them to get across a message for seamless communication.

Cognitive-Communication Skills

A cognitive-communication disorder affects your child’s memory, awareness, and reasoning abilities. There are multiple ways your child may have acquired this disorder, which can include your child being born with these deficits or from a severe head injury. An SLP will work with your child by teaching him or her ways to circumvent their cognitive issues through compensatory methods.

Feeding Issues

As surprising at it may seem, speech language pathologists can receive pediatric training that permit them to help with your child’s feeding and swallowing issues along with their auditory issues. This is not as far-fetched as many may believe, considering that speech pathologists have specific knowledge on the overall structure and functions of oral cavities, including tongue thrust.

As a speech language pathologist, you have the opportunity to put your passion for child development to work helping children improve their communication skills. This and other medical professions that have an impact can be searched on our healthcare job listing page. Our goal is to help individuals find the healthcare career that best fits their skills and passions. Take a look and find yours today!

3 Ways to Celebrate April as Occupational Therapy Month

April is Occupational Therapy Month, which makes it a great chance to explore how the practice helps the lives of thousands every day. Raising awareness for the profession, showing appreciation to those who have helped others, and developing your own OT skills are just some of the ways you can show support. If you are pursuing occupational therapy with Ardor Health, we invite you to celebrate with these tips; perhaps it will enlighten those who question you about your chosen profession!

Community Outreach Events

One irritating issue that occupational therapists face is the public’s lack of knowledge around their careers. This ignorance harms two groups: the occupational therapists looking for work, and the many people who don’t find the treatment they need. A community outreach event can appear in many forms, and is a terrific method of giving the public some hands-on teaching on the typical day of an occupational therapist. Community outreach events can include college conventions, health fairs, and teaching a local class.

Sharing Success Stories

There are few things more persuasive than a success story. Think of clients you or others have helped re-integrate into their routine with physical therapy. Storytelling can give people unaware of occupational therapy a new perspective on what work and progress can be done. After all, while occupational therapists are experts at analyzing levels of activity, it may not be so obvious to those who do not think about it every day.

Run a Fundraiser

Fundraisers achieve two goals. You can raise awareness of a cause with a fundraiser, while making some money for a local organization that dedicates itself to said cause. Fundraisers do not have to be large or expensive events. They can be small and creative, including running a bake sale, an open-mic night, helping clients with groceries, or running a newsletter with a request for donations. You may be surprised by the public’s generosity!

Demand for occupational therapists is high throughout the states. At Ardor Health, we have job listings that you can customize to meet your needs. Find your new travel occupational therapy position with us today, and spread the good word of OT!

The Daily Life of a Surgical Tech

The surgery room often evokes images of a green-clad man, armed with scalpels and barking out orders. Most don’t think about the team of surgical technicians who make so many surgeries possible in the first place. These specialists are the people who provide and arrange the life-saving devices many doctors need. Students who are interested in working in the medical field but don’t want to go to medical school can find their place as a technician. What is it, exactly, that a surgical tech does in her day-to-day life?

Tasks Before The Surgery

Before an operation takes place, surgical techs are the people who make sure the operating room is set up correctly. This does not just mean setting the appropriate tools for the surgery; it also involves small factors like whether the surgeon is left or right handed, confirming the procedure plan with the patient, and whatever preferences the practicing surgeon might have. Surgical techs are usually the first in line to verify that the room, equipment, and any clothing worn by the doctors or patients are sterilized and safe to use.

Tasks During The Surgery

A surgical tech’s duties are at their most unexpected during a surgery. Though you may have seen the classic scene of a doctor shouting “scalpel!” to make an incision, there are hundreds of more appliances that a tech must memorize before being properly qualified. It is rare for any two surgeries to be the same – even if the medical condition is similar – and part of the tech’s duties is predicting what the surgeon will ask for next. This predictive instinct is what allows many surgeries to smoothly proceed. Other tasks include keeping incision sites open so the doctor can see what she is doing during the procedure, and accounting what tools or items were used so nothing is accidentally left inside a patient after stitching the incision closed.

Tasks After The Surgery

After the procedure, it is the surgical tech who makes sure bandages are correctly applied to the patient and that the patient leaves the operating room (OR) safely. Once the patient is gone, it is time for cleanup duty. The surgical tech works with a team of nurses to wash and sterilize the OR to prepare for the next operation. Dirty instruments used during the operation are taken to the sterile processing department for a proper cleaning. It is not uncommon for the tech to work a day of back-to-back operations, which means once the OR is cleaned up, it’s time for the next surgical assignment.

Without surgical technicians, many lead surgeons would not be able to fulfill their duty to treat the patients. Each healthcare facility will have its differences with more specific tasks, but knowing the basic instruments and understanding general responsibilities are vital aspects to succeeding in this career. Are you ready to take on your first job as a surgical technician? Take a look at what jobs are available on Ardor Health today.

Dealing With Stress in a Per Diem Position

Per diem nursing can be one of the most demanding positions in healthcare. The hours are unpredictable, your work environment changes often, and there can be a looming feeling of job insecurity. If the stress of a per diem position is not adequately addressed, it can lead to sickness, injury, and poor job performance. When you need to balance your personal life between your work life, it is highly advised to plan ahead for the whiplashing lifestyle changes. Below are some of the steps you can take as a per diem nurse to manage your stress. Continue reading “Dealing With Stress in a Per Diem Position”

Travel Work vs Permanent Placement

When you are looking for a new job in the healthcare field, choosing between permanent placement and a traveling career largely depends on your lifestyle. Neither choice is strictly right or wrong. What do you need to consider between travel work and permanent placement? At Ardor Health, we help healthcare employees answer such questions daily. Continue reading “Travel Work vs Permanent Placement”

4 Types of Nursing Professions to Explore

When the average person hears that you would like to become a nurse, the first thing that comes to mind is that you will be working in a hospital somewhere, taking blood pressures and changing sheets. This may be a part of a nurse’s duty, but there are plenty of nursing professions that are unknown to the everyday person. We have outlined a few professions in the nursing field for you to explore to help broaden your options.

Travel Nurse

Many people believe that traveling and working should be separated. Being a travel nurse buries that argument. As a travel nurse, you can visit various destinations around the world while doing what you love. You have the ability to select where you would like to go and for how long. This profession is most popular amongst single individuals without families as you tend to spend months out of the year way from home.

Legal Nurse

Do you have a passion for nursing and working in the legal field? This profession combines them both. As a legal nurse or Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, you use your immense healthcare knowledge to work on medical related cases. What makes this position most attractive is that it is attainable with an RN license and allows you to be a part of the legal process without obtaining a legal degree.

RN Case Manager

This profession is most similar to a social worker’s job but instead, has to deal with the medical field. As an RN Case Manager, your duties include:

  • Perform new admissions
  • Outline care plans
  • Supervise over healthcare staff

You have the freedom to work in a hospital, clinic, home health agency, and much more as an RN Case Manager.

Nurse Educator

Do you love the nursing field so much that you would like to spread that knowledge? As a nurse educator, you can teach students on everything they need know about becoming a nurse. This position often requires you to have an advanced degree and allows you to be everything from a high school teacher to a university professor.

You have many options to pursue in the nursing field and these are just a few for you to explore. Allow Ardor Health Solutions to help you find the position right for you. Check out our healthcare job listings today and get on your way to a rewarding career.

Tips for Traveling Light

Novice and expert nomads alike have difficulties with overpacking. You can quickly go from being adequately prepared to having too much in your suitcase, and probably won’t notice until you have you start weighing bags at the airport. Beyond paying extra costs, over packing makes it harder to keep your valuables arranged, exhausts you quicker, and often ends in losing the items that matter most. To keep such unfortunate events at bay, we have some tips to help make traveling light and simple.

Take Advantage of Technology

Smartphones are a vital part of our everyday life. We recognize this fact, and even have a smartphone app to help those searching for travel work. When you’re on the road, you most likely already know about apps like Google Maps. However, do you also know you can download maps of regions and towns off Google as a reference without wasting your data? If you want to reduce stuffed folders in your backpack, Camscanner is an app that keeps your medical licenses, certifications, and other documentation arranged electronically. Take a look at some of the other apps that we recommend for traveling healthcare workers.

Don’t Overpack on Toiletries or Laundry

Think about hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast homes; most of these spots come with their own toothbrushes and washing machines. If by some chance they don’t, chances are your room will be located somewhere that will have a local supermarket or laundromat only a couple minutes walk away. Researching where you will live for your new job can help you plan in these matters. While it is understandable you want to keep your clothes and yourself clean, sensitive toiletries can take up valuable space better saved for an extra layer of clothing or a sturdy pair of boots.

Follow the Rule of Threes

You will often only need a maximum of three pairs of each clothing items when traveling within the country. Three pairs of socks, underwear, shirts, and so on are enough for the savvy traveler. Jeans and other denim clothes are practical choices; they often don’t need washing for over a week! For clothes that are fashionable and functionable, those made from cotton fabric dry fast and fold easily while keeping your suitcase light.

Think Outside the Box

Certain items have more functions than you may originally think. A regular bathroom towel, for example, can cover you during a flash storm, keep you warm in a cold airport, turn into a satchel, and set down for a quick picnic! Look for redundancies in the items that you pack and think if the purpose of one could be covered by the other.

Looking to put some travel time in while looking for a new health career? Visit our healthcare job listings.

How to Stay Organized on the Road

When traveling between jobs, staying organized should be near the top of your priorities. Your adventure can transform into a nightmare within minutes when you don’t make the right preparations. From staying to safe to preparing for the unexpected, we have several tips you can utilize to maintain an organized journey.

Continue reading “How to Stay Organized on the Road”

Top 3 Occupational Therapy Myths

Occupational therapists often have to explain their careers to friends and family members. A simple summary is often not enough; it’s common for an OT to hear someone jokingly state she works a “fake job.” The confusion revolving around the daily tasks of an occupational therapist have led to common misconceptions, and many in the field can’t seem to shake off some persistent myths. The three following myths are those you are most likely to hear when studying or working as an occupational therapist. Continue reading “Top 3 Occupational Therapy Myths”

Why Social Work is a Great Career Choice for Helping Others

Social work is often challenging. You often have to juggle your clients, your business, and your own needs. These priorities can clash, frustrating employees who approach the career like any other job. Making a difference in the world is the core value of social work for many. Instead of waiting for the next paycheck, you are fighting to enhance a person’s – or a community’s – quality of life. Continue reading “Why Social Work is a Great Career Choice for Helping Others”

What Are My Options in Social Work?

Social workers are those who care about other people and believe that their work can make a positive difference. It is a career filled with action, meaning, and many paths. Social work can be as direct or indirect as possible depending on your preferences. You could carry out your duties in a hospital, private business, school, public agency, court, and more. How can you choose which profession is best for you? The following social work options are the most popular careers, see which one fits your interests! Continue reading “What Are My Options in Social Work?”

How To Find Time to Explore During Work Assignments

For many traveling therapists, one of the biggest reasons they pursued travel therapy is for the opportunity to visit new destinations while receiving compensation. It’s exciting to visit places you’ve never been; but after the first few months the magic can fade away as you get busy with your routine. At Ardor Health, we understand that travel therapy can sometimes be stressful, but you can break out of your rut with the following tips. Continue reading “How To Find Time to Explore During Work Assignments”

How to Balance Work and Family Life as a Travel Therapist

Most traveling therapists fresh out of college don’t have to worry about balancing work and family life; however, as they get older, the realities of taking care of family often appear. While the constant movement of travel therapy is desirable for many, it can make staying connected with those you care about challenging. Luckily, many of the same skills you learn at work can also help in maintaining a balance. Continue reading “How to Balance Work and Family Life as a Travel Therapist”

Pros and Cons of Job Search Sites vs. Staffing Companies

For traveling therapists, determining which opportunity is right for your skillset can be frustrating. Job search sites and staffing companies help mitigate the pains associated with the process, but they are not interchangeable terms. Job search sites and staffing companies come with some unique pros and cons. Continue reading “Pros and Cons of Job Search Sites vs. Staffing Companies”

3 Ways a Respiratory Therapist can Make an Impact

A respiratory therapist (RT) holds a vital role for patients with cardiovascular issues. This practice is one where the therapist specializes in treating patients with breathing disorders like asthma, pneumonia, and emphysema. Like other traveling therapists, an RT must have professional credentials through a state license and at least two years of education. With the field not finding as much popularity as occupational therapy or speech therapy, medical students looking for a more specialized field may wonder why they should choose respiratory therapy. Continue reading “3 Ways a Respiratory Therapist can Make an Impact”

5 Rewarding Advantages of Being A Nurse

Work isn’t always about the salary. Many people want to find a career that they find personally fulfilling. Nurses have the opportunity to work in an environment where they can make a difference in the world, while making enough to support themselves, their family, and have enough leftover for a night out. What are the advantages of a nursing job that make it so rewarding? Continue reading “5 Rewarding Advantages of Being A Nurse”

5 Study Tips For The Nursing Licensure Exam

Not everyone is a great test-taker, but even people with testing anxiety can prepare themselves for the nursing licensure exam. Your brain is a muscle. Like any other muscle it needs conditioning through practice. The hardest part of running a marathon shouldn’t be the marathon itself, but preparing for the event. The same line of thinking applies to the nursing licensure exam. Continue reading “5 Study Tips For The Nursing Licensure Exam”

5 Tips for Traveling Therapists Handling Homesickness

Despite its name, homesickness usually does not stem from feelings of home. The mood more commonly sets in when yearning for the regular social interactions you enjoyed with your family and friends. Once the excitement of traveling to a new place cools down, many people feel homesickness creeping in. The good news is that because the experience isn’t connected to home itself, you can tackle the melancholy no matter where you are. If you work in travel therapy, take a look at some of the following tips to help cure your homesickness. Continue reading “5 Tips for Traveling Therapists Handling Homesickness”

Common Questions in a Medical Job Interview

The process of getting a job in the medical field can be long, tedious, and stressful. When an employer agrees to schedule an interview with you, how can you prepare? While medical job interviews are not that much different from interviewing in other professions, they do have their own unique questions not found anywhere else. These inquiries analyze how your knowledge and personal qualities can contribute to the position. If you are a nurse, therapist, or other traveling health practitioner, these are some of the questions you should expect for your medical job interview. Continue reading “Common Questions in a Medical Job Interview”

How to Transfer Your Occupational Therapist License to Another State

When you study to qualify for an occupational therapist license, every state will have unique requirements. These conditions are small enough that you won’t have to do anything drastically different to receive certification. At the same time, they do mean that every state has a transfer process. Depending on where you go, the time it takes to move will depend on your verifications, the score you received from The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam, and whether you need to provide transcripts or continuing education units (CEU). Continue reading “How to Transfer Your Occupational Therapist License to Another State”

3 Ways To Communicate Better With Patients

The classroom environment is great for learning the techniques you use daily as part of your career, but often lack the personal touch that many patients need. If you are a new nurse, physical therapist, or other health care worker, you may be having some difficulty talking to patients. You explain to them what needs to be done, what you’re prescribing, or the long-term plan and the patient responds with an empty – or scared – stare. You’re not alone. Continue reading “3 Ways To Communicate Better With Patients”

Finding Your Healthcare Job After Graduation

After many long hours of sleepless nights, studying at a book, and taking notes in class, you finally did it. The days of college life are over and now it’s time to get started on your career. Fresh out of school, many students like you find themselves less prepared than they thought they would be to find a job. The stress of getting good grades makes it easy forget about what should happen next when the hustle is over. Many health graduates simply need to look over what paths they can take and decide which is the best fit for their skills. Luckily, since the medical field is growing fast, more health care career options are available than ever. Take a look at some of them below:

Medical Lab Technician

If you’re looking to keep your work behind a desk, medical lab technicians perform most of their duties away from the busy hospital environment. These employees often analyze and test samples of blood, tissue, urine, and more. They often work closely with physicians to discuss what the results of these tests mean, and sometimes take the samples from the patients themselves. Not all states require a license to work as a medical lab technician.

Registered Nurse

Some may view registered nurses as the hospital’s life-force. They work close with patients and their families, providing personalized attention and emotional support that physicians cannot supply. As a registered nurse, you can choose work environment options outside of the hospital, including schools and primary nursing care facilities. Some nurses choose more specialized roles, such as critical nurses who spend most of their time in the intensive care unit (ICU) or licensed practical nurses who mainly work in clinics and private residences.

Medical Assistant

If you are looking for a healthcare career that leans toward the administrative side, a medical assistant (or, eventually, medical secretary) is tasked with making sure the wheels keep turning in the clinic. They are often in charge of keeping appointments scheduled and running on time, answering phones and welcoming guests, working to make sure insurance information is up to date, and they accomplish minor medical tasks like measuring blood pressure. Employers prefer it when those who apply for a medical assistant job can provide a program certificate.

Health Information Technician

The health information technician (HIT) is in charge of ensuring the quality and accuracy of every document that flows throughout the hospital. They usually don’t work closely with patients, but are in constant communication with registered nurses and other professionals to make sure that all information is available, precise, and secure. Most employers want to see professional certification when you apply for a position.

You are most likely more than aware that healthcare work goes beyond the typical check-ups and life-changing surgeries we often see on tv shows. Just because you graduated doesn’t mean your time to learn has come to an end. In fact, you are getting closer to putting your knowledge to the test, learning and applying your skills, and learning what role you can play in the healthcare field. If you’re looking for a career that will not only play to your strengths, but will allow you to explore the country, take a look at our constantly updating, traveling healthcare positions.

4 Tips for Handling a Long Shift

Health workers are human. Everyone needs to eat, sleep, and have some time for themselves, but it’s difficult to adhere to a set routine when you are caught up in the typical hospital work environment. Long shifts can be a common occurrence at work, so we put together several tips you can use to survive the day (or night) while offering the best quality care to your patients.

Prepare Your Body Days in Advance

If you are working a long shift that messes with your sleeping schedule, you will want to prepare your body for the sudden switch in circadian rhythms. That means changing what time you go to bed and what time you wake up at least three days beforehand. While you will always feel a little off during long working hours, it will be far better than feeling dazed or loopy.

Drink Water

Many people already have trouble keeping themselves hydrated on a regular day. In a high-stress situation like a long shift, you will most likely be walking all over the hospital or clinic expected to focus for hours at a time. Water is an excellent way to keep your energy up and to stay focused. Make sure you also bring real food with you. A big bag of chips may sound convenient at first, but you know better than anyone that having a natural meal will do wonders for your mood. In the long run, salty and sugary foods often end up harming more than helping.

Make the Most of Your Breaks

Whether it is a favorite song, a good book, or meditating in an out-of-the-way room, everyone has their method to help them relax. Find what your favorite activity is and take the time to reward yourself during the brief break in the middle of a long shift. Avoid the more stressful media like action movies or high energy games. Anything that requires intense focus or puts you on alert ends up missing the point of why you’re taking a break in the first place. If you are keen to napping, a 20-minute nap break during a 10-hour shift can help with your performance for the second half of your work.

Plan a Pickup

At the end of everything, you will be tired. Although driving while tired may not sound as dangerous as drunk driving, it still leads to hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year. Don’t risk hurting yourself on the road, especially when you may be on edge after working for several hours straight. Ask a friend to pick you up when you finish, plan out bus routes, or call a taxi or other service to drive you home.

Working a long shift in the hospital will never be easy for most people. While there may be some nurses out there who love the challenge, it’s important to keep in mind that you are doing the work to help others feel better. Remember to take care of yourself and look out for signs where you may need to sit down for five minutes. If you are a travel nurse who needs a change in working environment, take a look at our list of available travel nursing openings throughout the country.

 

Top 5 Skills Nursing Employers Want

Working as a nurse is an exciting opportunity to connect with people and improve the lives of those in your care. Nursing can be an attractive career to those who like to help and nurture others; yet a nursing job can be very demanding. Not just anyone can do it! A good nurse can mean the difference between life and death for a patient under her watch. It takes a tough, resilient, and caring personality to succeed.

People of all ages and backgrounds may consider nursing as a career that is indefinitely in demand, yet not everyone is fit for the job. Nursing employers are particularly drawn to candidates who exemplify the following vital traits.

Compassion & Empathy

Compassion and empathy go hand in hand, and if you are striving to become a nurse, these must be in your arsenal of personality traits. A nurse plays a crucial role in a patient’s recovery, and should never consider patients to be a burden! Patients rely on nurses for the best chance at a successful recovery.

When interacting with patients, nurses should be attentive to their needs and understand that they do not want to be in the hospital. Oftentimes, patients are worried, scared, nervous, and uneasy. A good nurse understands what patients are going through by demonstrating empathy and compassion toward each patient under her supervision.

Mindfulness & Attention to Detail

The best nurses have a keen attention to detail and a strong habit of taking notes. As a nurse, you need to remember details about each patient in your care. From remembering their names to what medications they need at what times, you are caring for several patients with diverse needs throughout a drudging shift. It’s important to keep all information organized and readily accessible.

Active Listening & Communication

A good listener practices active listening, which means that the listener is fully engaged in hearing and interpreting what the other person has to say. An active listener concentrates fully on what is being said to him, and he makes the effort to fully digest the information given. In nursing, you interact with dozens of patients, many of whom want to make conversation with you. While your caring side bonds with patients around these conversations, your mindful and detail-oriented sides should be listening closely for any clues about what could make the patient’s experience more positive.

Active listening skills are just part of overall communication skills, which are crucial to succeeding as a nurse. On a daily basis, you interact with doctors, fellow nurses, and patients and their families. You must be able to demonstrate strong communication skills on the job and in your nursing interview.

Flexibility

It is no secret that nursing is a physically demanding career and the rewards are well-earned. Nurses undergo a lot of stress working long hours; sometimes, shifts are 12 hours or more in length! Nurses must be physically energetic and emotionally strong to provide the best of care. They must also be flexible in their ability to be scheduled. Travel nurses in particular should have open availability to meet employment demands. The more flexible you are, the better your chances of landing a top nursing job anywhere in the country.

Positivity

A positive attitude goes especially far when you’re a registered nurse. As mentioned above, nursing is a physically demanding and mentally strenuous job that can take a toll on your body and mind. While it can be challenging, nurses must put extra effort into remaining positive and upbeat, especially around patients. As a nurse, you have a duty to create a comfortable and warm environment for your patients while they receive treatment. You should also be considerate of your fellow nurses and doctors, who are likely experiencing the same difficulties.

While positivity is difficult to show on a resume, your demeanor and personality are closely scrutinized when interviewing for a nursing job. Be sure to always end on a positive note when answering interview questions, especially if you are asked about not-so-positive experiences.

Are you ready to pursue a job as a traveling nurse? At Ardor Health Solutions, we have several RN positions throughout the country. Get started by viewing our job listings or calling 855-GO-ARDOR!

How to Improve Communication with Coworkers

One of the most difficult parts of working as a traveling health practitioner is switching between coworkers so often. Add this to the fact that some hospitals have employees who have less than favorable opinions about traveling nurses or therapists, and you can find it difficult communicating with your coworkers. Not all hope is lost, you can get in touch and connect with the people you work with even if you’re going to be flying away soon. Better communication means a more efficient workplace environment, happier clients, and a happier you. 

Watch Body Language

Your body language often says more than words can. Even if you say everything with the right tone and language, people can pick up on signals that don’t match with what you have to say. This can lead to a loss of credibility. Pay attention to impulses that may lead you to slouch, avoiding eye contact, or sighing in the middle of speaking. In a hospital this is especially important, as you often have to make a difficult decision and make a case for your choice on the spot.

Avoid Hearing, Start Listening

While it can be easy to get in the habit of smiling and nodding whenever someone starts talking, other people will soon notice that you’re not really listening to them. Don’t feel too bad, most people usually don’t know they need to put in the time to develop active listening skills. Those who do though greatly benefit. When you make conscious, vocal answers or rephrase what a coworker is saying, you show that you are not only listening but making an honest attempt to see from their point of view. This helps you get on better terms with your coworkers as they notice that you care about what they have to say.

Balance Your Formalities

When people share the same space for a long time, it’s natural that you start feeling more comfortable around each other. Office gossip, talk about weekend plans, and throwing in a lame joke or two are common in the workplace. This does not mean you should completely gain confidence. If you have a dedicated office email or phone number, remember to stick with your practiced professional language. If you are in a meeting with your superiors, don’t test your luck by pushing formal boundaries. Going too far can make your coworkers view you as unprofessional.

Watch your Tone

In a face-to-face conversation, your tone should remain conversational. If you feel as if you are too overwhelmed by emotion or stress due to a difficult day at the clinic, there’s no harm in excusing yourself so you can unwind. When communicating with your coworkers through writing, be particularly careful about how your words may be interpreted. What can come off as a joke to one person may seem rude or angry to another. Adopt the “better safe than sorry” rule; write to your coworkers with language that makes your statement clear and carries a neutral tone.

While some people may find traveling health work to be depressing as they don’t usually stick around long enough to develop close relationships with their coworkers, traveling provides an opportunity to meet many kinds of people. Getting along with your coworkers means you learn new perspectives and techniques on how to carry out your work, and they can give you some great local tips on where to spend your time during rest days! If you’re looking for a new place to work in your traveling health career, check out our list of openings or call 855-GO-ARDOR.

The Benefits of Working as a School Nurse

It is no secret that you need to come to your school nursing job prepared. You will face a set of challenges that won’t be found in a typical hospital or home clinical setting. That said, being a nurse still comes with its own perks as well! While these may not be the primary reasons why a nurse would choose to work at a school, they work as great pick-me-ups and motivators for the difficult days in the office. Continue reading “The Benefits of Working as a School Nurse”

Top 5 Apps Every Traveling Therapist Should Use

Traveling therapists have the opportunity to explore the country while making money and doing what they love. Still, the experience is not always easy, and having a couple of helpful apps on hand can help reduce a lot of stress from time management, budgeting, and finding the best travel methods. We gathered some of our favorite apps that we believe every traveling therapist should include in their arsenal.

Continue reading “Top 5 Apps Every Traveling Therapist Should Use”

Pros and Cons of a Traveling Career

Although one significant purpose of our company is helping traveling health practitioners find new places to work, we understand that a traveling career may not be the perfect fit for everyone. But not to worry, because Ardor Health has an office specifically dedicated to finding you a permanent placement job as well!

If you are nearing the end of your graduate studies or are trying to figure out whether a travel job would be a good change of pace, keep these pros and cons in mind when making your decision! Continue reading “Pros and Cons of a Traveling Career”

Top Traits to Develop as a Speech Pathologist

Speech pathologists learn something new with every patient, but when we look at their combined experiences, certain constants transcend them all. Whether you are preparing for a new year as a speech pathologist at a school, or work for a private practice, there is always room to step back and consider what traits you can pick up to boost your therapy style.

Open-Mindedness

Speech pathology is one of the most flexible fields in the medical industry. One year you can find yourself working at a hospital, and then the next you may work within a home setting or at a research center. Remaining versatile and available to new ideas provides you the experience to work with many kinds of patients you can work with and learn from. Much like speech itself, you can expect your career to flex and mold into something unique.

Listening Skills

Some health practitioners make the mistake of over-explaining what they or the patient need to do without giving the client a chance to express himself. Knowing when to stay quiet and listen to your patient’s needs and their caretaker helps give both sides a better perspective on how to work together. You’ll be able to communicate more within a shorter time, and having yourself or the patient repeat himself less makes for smoother sessions.

Learning to Fail

With your new experiences come new challenges that you may fail to overcome. No career is safe from failure, but with a task as personal as speech pathology, it is important you understand that we are all human and make mistakes. Instead of trying to avoid tasks where these errors are likely, in many cases, it is more important to accept the possibility of failure and learn from your mistakes.

Compassion

Signing up for a speech language pathologist can be a trying time for many families. For parents who take their children to sessions, some are anxious about their child’s future. For adults who need courses themselves, some may feel that going is pointless or that no one understands their troubles. On your part, having empathy can be the most important factor of improvement for some of your clients. Knowing that there is someone who can listen to them can do a lot to help improve someone’s speaking skills.

Stay Motivated

Like any medical health field, speech pathology can be a challenging and exhausting task. Remember why you started the path towards this career in the first place. Take care of yourself so that you can care for your clients and motivate peers to do the same. If you are looking for a new position as a speech language pathologist, Ardor Health provides traveling health experts listings of available job placements.

Tips for Working as a School Nurse

Whether you are a nurse fresh out of grad school or already have experience from working in a hospital, a school brings a unique set of challenges. Because every school is different, there are few rules set in stone. However, those who worked as school nurses in the past (or are still working in the classroom environment today) have picked up some general tips that anyone can use.

Always Plan Ahead

While working in a school clinic may not be as demanding as the ER, you’ll still have your hands full. You might be the only medical expert in the building. You will need to manage your time as efficiently as possible so that every child gets the attention he needs. This means planning for your days in advance. Know when you will have your brief lunch break (many kids get themselves hurt or sick during mid-day recess), look out for any planned field trips where children are more active than usual and return with bruises, and keep a backup plan in mind for emergencies.

Get to Know Parents

Not all parents will want to chat with you, but you never know unless you reach out and ask. When you suspect that a child may need treatment outside of school, or you’re not sure if a child is looking for an excuse to stay out of class, contacting their parents to get an idea of their habits and behaviors can help save you some frustration. How receptive parents are tends to depend on what type of school you work at. A mother of an elementary school student usually wants to know everything about how her child is doing, but one for a high school student may feel confident enough in her son that she won’t ask much.

Maintain Your Independence, But Make Sure to Reach Out

As mentioned before, you will most likely be the only medical expert nearby. There will be many times where you have to make a decision about how to best help a student without getting a second opinion. Embracing your autonomy means making firm recommendations. Recognize when there are kids who come in, not because they need treatment, but because it’s the only way someone pays attention to them. You can prepare for your time as a student nurse by getting in touch with other people who work within the county and see what local advice they can provide. School nursing is challenging, but many in the field find it rewarding to work with kids, providing the nurses a fresh perspective on life.

If you’re looking for a school nursing job, check out our list of available positions!

Top Job Prospects for Physical Therapists in 2017

As 2017 picks up speed, potential physical therapists may be curious to know what their future job prospects are. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physical therapists is expected to increase by 34 percent by 2024, much faster than the majority of other occupations. How is it that physical therapy is growing so quickly?

Aging Baby Boomers

Older baby boomers are more active in their later years compared to the generations before them. While this trend is great for their overall health, injury risk tends to increase as people get older. Sometimes the injury may be as simple as a pulled muscle from working too hard, but it can be as severe as a heart attack, stroke, or spinal issues that may require rehabilitation from a physical therapist.

Increased Rates of Obesity

Unfortunately, rates of diabetes and obesity continue to increase. As reported by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, over 29 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in 2014, making up almost 10 percent of the population. That’s 4 million more than those diagnosed back in 2010, and the trend is expected to continue moving upward. Physical therapists provide a valuable service for anyone who wants to manage their chronic conditions and mobility. Technological advancements in medicine have made it easier to determine when to prescribe an accurate diagnosis for such diseases, meaning that patients receive a therapy plan more suitable to their needs.

Improved Treatments and More Healthcare

Continued advances in tech mean that more patients are coming out of surgical procedures with higher success rates, leading to more rehabilitative appointments to ensure that the results of the surgeries stick. With recent reform in healthcare, more people are expected to own health insurance, leading to more access to physical therapists as well as other medical services.

Regardless of what type of physical therapy you do, the job prospects look good for all specialties. The single caveat is that the majority of therapists work in urban or suburban environments, while rural areas have few practicing physical therapists. Considering many people who live in the countryside work in high-risk blue-collar careers, the demand will most likely continue to grow. If you’re looking for somewhere to best practice your skills, take a look at our list of physical therapy jobs and contact us for placement information.

Best Places to Travel and Work in Winter

Although traveling for contract healthcare work comes with its unique set of challenges, you still have the benefit of discovering great new places. This means that you don’t have to stick around frigid cities like Chicago or Minneapolis during subzero temperatures. You have the option to relocate somewhere warm and sunny for your new term! We’ve gathered some of the best places to travel and work in during winter, both for those craving 90 degree weather or who would prefer to wear a light sweater over a winter coat.

Phoenix, Arizona

If you are a low-key kind of person who prefers to relax while enjoying the outdoors, Phoenix may be your spot. Though the city isn’t known for its nightlife, it provides enough relaxing activities and surrounding parks to pass the time. Camelback Mountain has plenty of trails and camping spots to take during weekend breaks. Near the center of the city, Papago Park provides extended hiking spots along with the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.

If you’re looking to explore outside the city, South Mountain Park boasts 16,000 acres of wildlife and scenic lookout points to satisfy your inner naturalist. The summers are blistering enough that most residents won’t bother going outside, but during the winters, Phoenix’s cool breeze keeps you energized.

Austin, Texas

When you want to have fun after work, Austin, Texas provides ample opportunities for activity. The city is known for hosting a variety of creative art and music events while maintaining a cost of living reasonable enough for the traveling practitioner. It’s no wonder that Austin is the second fastest growing city in the United States, with winter weather ranging from the low 40s to high 60s.

You can bike through the Austin Music Tour and visit over 200 of its live music venues, or meet with locals and visit the smaller neighborhoods focused on the arts. If you still want to connect with nature during your winter stay, you can go kayaking at Lady Bird Lake, bike through the bridges that connect many of Austin’s parks, or fish at the McKinney Falls State Park!

Charleston, South Carolina

If you want to live near the beach, you may want to avoid the typical holiday hangouts like Miami or Honolulu. While these are certainly nice vacation spots, the cost of living can be unbearable the closer you get to the shore. Believe it or not, Charleston can provide the beach life you’re looking for, with mild weather averaging around the mid-60s. The downtown area provides a mixture of unique local shops, fresh food at low prices, and a nightlife active enough to fill out your weekend plans.

Charleston is also a good choice for those who want to experience an older America, with many museums, preserved households, and other structures open to visit. For example, Sullivan’s Island, The Nathaniel Russell House Museum, and Fort Sumter National Monuments are hotspots for visiting history buffs. Don’t forget to watch the sunrise at The Battery during your healthcare contract work. Many photographers consider this stretch of harbor as one of the most beautiful views of the ocean available on the east coast.

Traveling assignments are your opportunity to help others while discovering many of our country’s liveliest, most iconic cities. If you’re interested in a new healthcare job for any time of the year, view our list of medical jobs today and get connected!