Archive for the ‘Travel Nurse News’ Category

Travel Nursing Agencies in Texas News: Can a Cell Phone App Diagnose the Flu?

December 11, 2009

As one of the leading travel nursing agencies in Texas, part of our job is keeping up on the latest developments in the world of health care. Every once and a while, we get to coma across something so interesting that we think everyone, whether they’re travel nurses or not, will want to hear about.

A recent article on CNET News explores the possibility of using a cell phone to diagnose colds and flus. It works via an application that can record the quality of a person’s cough. Trained travel nurses can already tell whether a cough is productive or unproductive (aka “dry” or “wet) by listening closely. A company called Star Analytical Services is working on the application that tries to do the same thing.

Here’s how the app works: once it’s installed onto the phone, a user can record his or her cough. That recording is then instantly compared with a vast database that lists coughs of people from both genders, and various ages and weights.

Of course, like many travel nursing agencies in Texas, we noted that an application like this could raise some issues. While all travel nurses and travel nursing agencies in Texas know that certain respiratory illnesses have distinct-sounding coughs, can comparing a a single cough sample to a database really be effective in diagnosing an illness? For example, a heavy smoker or an asthmatic will have a cough that sounds differently.

If anything, this program can offer an educated guess. But it doesn’t look like a program, at this point, can be as effective as an actual travel nurse when it comes to telling people how ill they are.

Travel Nurse Staffing Agency News: 3 Travel Nurse Books Named in 2009 “Best Books” Awards

October 28, 2009

travelnursestaffingagencyAs an experienced travel nurse staffing agency, we know that a lot of new travel nurses have a lot of questions. Travel nursing is an exciting field, but it can also be in intimidating one, at least at first. That’s why the Advantage Medical Staffing travel nurse staffing agency is always happy to talk with and answer any questions that our nurses may have. We’re also thankful that there are a number of good nursing books that go a long way in exploring the field of travel nursing and the travel nurse staffing agency. That’s why we’re excited that three new nursing books have been named by USA Book News as among the National Best Books of 2009. Here they are:

The Winner in the Health: Reference category—Highway Hypodermics: On the Road Again with Epstein LaRue, RN, BS This is the latest in a series of books for both a travel nurse and a travel nurse staffing agency. This book covers the basics of travel nursing and just about any and all situations and complications that travel nurses can find themselves in. It’s one of the leading guides to travel nursing.

Finalist in Health: Medical Reference—Travel Nurse Insights: A Window to the World of Travel Nursing by Barry W. Padgett with Donna E. Padgett, RN, BSN, Traveler. Barry and Donna Padget have worked as a travel nurse for 8 years, serving everywhere from Boston to Seattle. They’ve been able to record their insights as to what it takes to be a travel nurse. Our travel nurse staffing agency recommends this book to people who are interested in travel nursing, as it tackles a lot of questions that they may have.

Finalist in Health: Medical Reference—Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing) by David Morrison. This book is true to its word. It really does cover all the basics of travel nursing. Our travel nurse staffing agency recommends this book to all new travel nurses. You don’t just get the author’s insights, but also those of longtime travel nurses, travel nurse staffing agency CEOs, tax professionals and other health care professionals.

As we said, these are all good books, and great gift ideas for any travel nurse. Are there any other travel nurse books out there that you’d recommend? Let us know!

How to Cope when Travel Nursing Jobs Take You Away From Friends & Family on Thanksgiving

October 28, 2009

travelnursingjobsThe holiday season can be both the best of times for those with travel nursing jobs, and it can be the worst of times for those with travel nursing jobs. A lot of travel nurses seek out assignments that are either close to their friends and families so they can spend the Thanksgiving season with people they are close to.

But when the economy’s tough, that option isn’t always available for those with travel nursing jobs. This year, it looks like many travel nurses will be spending the holidays far from their friends and family. It can be tough. So here are a few tips if you’ll be facing Thanksgiving Day alone.

  1. Try to stick with some of your Thanksgiving traditions—If you’re on a travel nursing jobs assignment where you have to work on Thanksgiving Day, that may help you cope with being away from your family. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have your own personal Thanksgiving celebration. It’s possible to buy smaller turkeys, and you can cook one or two side dishes for yourself. If you always catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, be sure not to miss it. TiVO or tape it if you have to work.
  2. Pamper yourself—If you don’t like the idea of eating Thanksgiving dinner alone, then don’t. Simply make it a normal meal that night and pamper yourself in other ways. Take a long bath. Or rent a lot of movies. Make it a special day to do something that you’ve been meaning to do for a long time.
  3. Volunteer—No matter where your travel nursing jobs take you, there are likely to be a soup kitchen nearby that need someone to help serve food. This is also true for the weekend after Thanksgiving, where the kitchen may find itself short-staffed. Most people with travel nursing jobs get a charge from helping others. So volunteering is a great solution for those who find themselves with little to do on Thanksgiving.
  4. Call home, or don’t—Calling home and checking in with friends and family may make those with far away travel nursing jobs feel a little bit better. But for some with travel nursing jobs, it may only accentuate the distance between them and their family. Think about what the effect of calling home will have on you. And don’t feel bad if you decide not to call home. Your friends and family should be able to understand.

Travel Nurse News: Nurse Alum Gives College $5 Million

October 9, 2009

Gwynedd-Mercy College nursing alum, Frances M. Maquire, provided a $5 million gift to the college’s Board of Trustees just two week’s before their 50th anniversary.

Maquire  earned an associate’s degree in health care and then returned to Gwynedd-Mercy to further her education in nursing.

“I have always been a believer in remembering where I came from and giving back in some way to those who have helped me to get where I am today,” said Maquire.

Think of the opportunities where you could help others not only as a travel nurse, but also for those who are studying to become dedicated nurses and health professionals.

Ask Advantage Medical Staffing about travel nursing opportunities in Texas and across the U.S.

Travel Nurse News – Rutgers University Adds School of Nursing in 2010

September 11, 2009

Rutgers University-Camden plans to add a nursing school next year to assist with nursing shortage and increase its student body, according to the Philidelphia Inquirer.

“This proposed new school should help to address the critical shortage in the field of nursing that is being projected,” said John P. Sheridan Jr., president and CEO.

Rutgers already has an advanced program for nursing, but will also add a master’s and doctoral program for those who want to further their education. This is an excellent opportunity for permanent placement nurses and travel nurses to advance their eductation for those just entering the nursing field.