2020 is the Year of the Nurse!

The roaring 20s have returned and the year 2020 is a little extra special this year for nurses and midwives in particular! The World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to advance nurses’ vital position in transforming healthcare around the world. It also is in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

The Year of The Nurse

This designation shows the WHO’s focus on the nursing profession role as a key component in the healthcare industry. In 2020, WHO will release the first ever State of the World’s Nursing report. This report will detail the power of the nursing profession, which currently is more than 50% of the healthcare workforce in most countries. This report will also address the key concerns of the nursing shortage.

In addition to WHO, ANA Enterprise will also participate in the year of the nurse by celebrating nurses everywhere and engaging nurses across multiple platforms; promoting leadership, community, excellence, and innovation.

“As the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S. and the most trusted profession, nurses are with patients 24/7 and from the beginning of life to the end. Nurses practice in all healthcare settings and are filling new roles to meet the ever-growing demand for health and health care services,” said ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Despite the major role nurses play in health care delivery and community outreach, there are opportunities to increase understanding of the value of nursing in order to expand investment in education, practice and research, as well as increase the numbers of nurses who serve in leadership positions.”

Partnering with Ardor Health

Ardor Health’s commitment to its nursing family is stronger than ever! To celebrate this year, Ardor Health plans to roll out even more travel incentives, provide our nurses with industry leading pay packages, and grow our internal staff to better assist you on all of your future travel assignments!

If you are interested in finding your next great position, then feel free to search our database! If you don’t see a position you love, feel free to call us or open up a Live Chat!

Get Social!

Nurses are encouraged to use #yearofthenurse and follow us on social media as we celebrate nurses in 2020. To stay connected throughout the year and join the celebration, click here.

Louisiana Going Compact for Nursing on July 1st!

Louisiana is officially the 31st state to go Compact for nursing (NLC)! This is fantastic news for travel nurses who want to be able to explore different cities and states and not have to undergo the process of obtaining  a brand new license every time.

What this Means for Louisiana Based Nurses

If you are a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse who holds a license in Louisiana that’s in good standing, you may now convert that same license into a compact license, which will allow you to practice in all 31 states.

Which States Are Compact?

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Colorado
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas
  11. Kentucky
  12. Louisiana
  13. Maine
  14. Maryland
  15. Mississippi
  16. Missouri
  17. Montana
  18. Nebraska
  19. New Hampshire
  20. New Mexico
  21. North Carolina
  22. North Dakota
  23. Oklahoma
  24. South Carolina
  25. South Dakota
  26. Tennessee
  27. Texas
  28. Utah
  29. Virginia
  30. Wisconsin
  31. Wyoming

What You’ll Need to Gain Your Compact License

  1. You must reside in your home state.
  2. You must hold an active, unencumbered home state license
  3. Must not have been convicted or pled guilty to a felony offense under state or federal criminal law
  4. Must not have been convicted or entered into an agreed disposition of a misdemeanor offense related to the nursing practice as determined by the board
  5. Must not be enrolled in an alternative program/the recovering nurse program
  6. The multi-state license provides you the “privilege to practice” only in other compact states
  7. If your residency moves from one state to another, you must apply for a new primary state of residency license.  View the current map of the states in the NLC.
  8. You must submit a Multistate Conversion Application
  9. Submit fingerprints for an FBI background check (this encores an additional fee)
  10. Submit the conversion fee of $50.90
  11. Your renewal requirements for renewal remain unchanged and unaffected by the conversion application (From GypsyNurse.com)

Want to learn more? Visit NCSBN.org to learn how you can get started with your compact license.

Already have your Nursing Compact and want to search open jobs now?

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Travel With Your Pet On Your Next Assignment!

So you want to head out on a Travel Therapy or Travel Nursing assignment, but the last thing you want to do is leave your best (furry) friend behind. We agree, we wouldn’t want to leave them behind either! That’s why Ardor Health is a 100% pet-friendly agency! Not only are we happy to arrange housing for you and for your pet, but we also have lots of expert tips to make the traveling easy!

What You’ll Need:

• Immunization Records
• Medication
• Favorite Toys
• Pet Bed
• Food & Water
• Lots of treats
• Travel Bowls
• Pet Vehicle Restraints
• Dog Waste Bags/ Litter & Litter Box
• Crate

Pet Insurance

Need pet insurance options? We’ve got you covered there too!

Ardor Health Solutions cares about your pets. We offer a variety of employee benefit offerings including pet insurance. Our Pet Insurance options is open to all pets, regardless of age or breed. Employees can save on almost all their pet health care expenses.

Make sure to check in with your recruiting team and tell them all about your furry mate so we can make sure everything runs smoothly. We would also love to see pics of your pets! 😊

Top 10 States For High Nursing Salary

If earning top-pay is one of the most appealing features when choosing a state to travel to as a nurse, then we’ve got some news for you! The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released their list of highest grossing salaries from state to state for Registered Nurses. Some of these options are a bit more obvious, like California, but it’s important to keep in mind about Cost of Living for some of these states. Finding that sweet spot between your ideal state, a high-end salary, and a moderate cost-of-living is the trick! All that being said, let’s take a look at the list.

1. Top States

At the top of this list is California, coming in at $106,950 average for salary. California’s cost of living can vary from region to region, and so will the salary. Nonetheless, California continues to be a key state to travel to for many RNs. Other highly desirable states like New York, Washington and Hawaii make this list too. 

1. California: $106,950
2. Hawaii: $98,080
3. Massachusetts: $92,140
4. Oregon: $91,080
5. Alaska: $89,310
6. New York: $85,610
7. Nevada: $85,620
8. New Jersey: $82,750
9. Washington: $82,670
10. Connecticut: $81,220

2. Above Average States for Nursing Salary 

11. Minnesota: $78,920
12. Rhode Island: $78,420
13. Arizona: $77,000
14. Maryland: $76,820
15. Delaware: $74,800
16. Colorado: $74,240
17. Illinois: $73,890
18. Texas: $72,890
19. New Hampshire $72,760
20. New Mexico: $71,730

3. Average States for Nursing Salary

21. Wisconsin: $71,470
22. Michigan: $71,330
23. Pennsylvania: $70,390
24. Virginia: $69,790
25. Vermont: $69,160
26. Georgia: $68,950
27. Maine: $67,610
28. Montana: $67,450
29. Wyoming: $67,360
30. Idaho: $67,110

4. Below Average States for Nursing Salary

31. Ohio: $66,820
32. Florida: $66,210
33. North Dakota: $65,740
34. Utah: $65,670
35. Missouri: $65,130
36. South Carolina: $64,940
37 Indiana: $64,860
38. North Carolina: $64,850
39 Nebraska: $64,470
40. Louisiana: $63,970

5. Lowest States for Nursing Salary

41. Kentucky: $63,100
42. Oklahoma: $63,080
43. West Virginia: $61,780
44. Tennessee: $61,320
45. Kansas: 61,030
46. Arkansas: $60,780
47. Alabama: $59,470
48. Iowa: $59,130
49. Mississippi: $58,490
50. South Dakota: $58,340

So what do you think? Did all the states measure up to the salary average you expected? Or is there more to a travel assignment for you than just salary? Let us know in the comments! 

Ready to find your next great travel assignment from one of these awesome states? Search Open Jobs Now!