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We are excited to announce that 360 Healthcare Staffing is becoming part of Medical Solutions, one the nation’s largest travel nursing companies. Here’s what you should know:

  1. The official merger will take place in July 2019.
  1. If you visit the 360 Healthcare Staffing website on or after July 1, 2019, you will be redirected to the Medical Solutions website at medicalsolutions.com.
  1. Our team at 360 Healthcare Staffing will remain the same, so you’ll continue to receive the industry’s best customer service experience and even more job opportunities!
  1. If you are a subscriber to this blog and would like to continue to receive our weekly updates, please subscribe to the Medical Solutions Blog.

For years, we have enjoyed writing healthcare staffing stories to keep you informed, inspired, and entertained. And while this chapter of the 360 Healthcare Staffing Blog comes to a close, we look forward to sharing even more industry content with you in the future over at the Medical Solutions Blog! Thank you for your readership and happy traveling!

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This month’s Location Limelight takes us to colorful Colorado! The best part about Colorado is that it isn’t just one thing. Across the state, you’ll find a diversity of landscapes, people, and perspectives. For traveling RNs and LPNs, that means the Centennial State is a pretty amazing place to live, work, and play! Read on and you’ll discover why Travelers love assignments here!

Traveling Healthcare Professionals in Colorado:  

Colorado is a naturally beautiful place to explore — and it’s also a state rife with career opportunities for Travelers. Colorado is home to several hospitals and nursing home facilities where you can build your resume and expand your clinical skills. In fact, there are more than 100 hospitals and 229 nursing home facilities across the state. Even better, Colorado is on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best States” list, ranking #10 overall, as well as #1 for the economy, #12 for healthcare, and #11 for education. When it comes to licensing, Colorado is a compact state and a NURSYS state, but it is not a walk-through state.

Things to See and Do in Colorado:

If you have a penchant for outdoor activities, great dining experiences, and fun cities, then Colorado is the perfect place for your next assignment! The state is famous for its majestic mountains — hello, Rocky Mountain National Park and Pike’s Peak— which means there are plenty of opportunities for nature lovers to enjoy world-class skiing and hiking. Speaking of Rocky Mountain National Park, you simply must visit the touristy village of Estes Park and the famously haunted Stanley Hotel, which also happens to be the location of “The Shining.” Other popular nature attractions include the Garden of the Gods, Mesa Verde Ancient Cliff Village, and the Great Sand Dunes.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of urban excitement to be had in big cities such as Denver, Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins. Things to see and do around the Denver area include the Denver Botanic Gardens, Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Denver Zoo, Molly Brown House Museum, Water World, City Park, and Coors Field. The Mile-High City is also home to several sports teams, including the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Nuggets, and the Colorado Avalanche, or the “Avs” as they are known to fans.

After all that sightseeing, you’ll probably need to refuel with some iconic Colorado good eats. Bison burgers, chili con carne, Rocky Mountain oysters, trout, and Colorado-style pizza are all must-have fare when you visit. Quirky breweries can also be found across the state. The locals tend to have their own favorite brewery, but New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing Company, and Jessup Farm Barrel House rank high on just about everybody’s list.

Quick Facts About Colorado:

The state’s nickname is the Centennial State because it achieved statehood during the centennial anniversary of the signing of U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1876.

Colorado’s state motto is “Nil sine Numine” (Nothing without Providence).

Denver is both the state capital and the state’s largest city.

Colorado has 11 national forests, 11 national parks, and 44 state parks.

The Spanish name “Colorado” means colored red and refers to the sediment-rich Colorado River.

Are you ready for your Colorado adventure?  Check out these job opportunities here!

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Once upon a time, employee recognition programs looked a lot like this:

After years of working at the same organization, an employee receives a beautiful clock during an annual company-wide event. While this top-down model works – after all, it’s better than nothing — it isn’t terribly personal, or indeed, motivating.

As healthcare employers are gradually realizing just how much employee recognition impacts their business, many are striving to adjust these programs to reflect their employees’ needs. To make your facility’s recognition program more meaningful, you should consider the following questions:

How are you saying, “thank you?”

Usually, organizations shy away from a recognition program because they don’t think they have the money to support it. However, showing employee recognition doesn’t have to be costly. Sometimes, it’s as simple as saying “thank you” or writing a special note. However, to be effective, the recognition must be meaningful and memorable for the employee. Find out what personally motivates your employees and act accordingly. Maybe it’s extra time off, a quarterly bonus, or public recognition.

It is timely?

When you say “thank you” is often just as important as how you say it. Do you tell your employee right after the fact? Or do you wait to recognize that person’s efforts at a formal, annual event? Waiting to praise your top talent can be a mistake. According to a recent Gallup poll, only one in three workers in the U.S. strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the past seven days. Additionally, employees who feel their best efforts are routinely ignored are twice as likely to say they’ll quit in the next year. Employee recognition must be frequent and timely to make an impact on your employees.

Do you have buy-in from leadership?

Meaningful employee recognition can be a powerful tool to reinforce your facility’s positive culture, but you need participation from your leadership team. After all, they are your facility’s culture leaders, so if they don’t think it’s important, then your front line staff won’t either. In fact, research shows that employees find recognition coming from direct supervisors and senior leadership to be the most memorable.

We hope these questions can help you make your facility’s employee recognition program more meaningful. What types of recognition have you found to be the most effective at your facility? Let us know in the comments below!

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This month’s Location Limelight takes us to cheerful California! With its amazing beaches, impressive mountains, and famous cities, it’s no wonder that Cali is on everyone’s travel bucket list. So, without further ado, let’s dive into what makes California such a great place for traveling healthcare professionals.

Traveling LVNs and RNs in California:

Thanks to California’s progressive staffing laws, there are plenty of job opportunities for traveling LVNs and RNs here. And that’s great news because the state is also a popular destination among traveling healthcare professionals. If you are considering California for your next assignment, you should start your licensing process now as the state has a notoriously long licensing process. California is not a compact state, a walk-through state or a NURSYS state. Additionally, traveling LPNs should also keep in mind that the Golden State uses the term Licensed Vocational Nurse or LVN instead of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Things to See and Do in California:

California is truly a state that has a little bit of something for everyone. From surfing, hiking, and skiing, to sightseeing, shopping, and wine-tasting, there’s so much to see and do here that your only problem will be deciding what to do first!

For city lovers, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego are all fun cities to explore. San Diego has a casual, friendly vibe that fits perfectly with its beautiful beaches and near-perfect weather. Popular attractions here include San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Sea World, Balboa Park, Old Towne San Diego, and more.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles offers a cultural experience like no other. The aptly-named City of Angels is known for the Griffith Observatory and Getty Center, the Hollywood sign, Hollywood Boulevard, Santa Monica Pier, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Plus, there are also famous theme parks like Universal Studios and Disneyland. As for San Francisco, it’s home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, Pier 39, and the Exploratorium and Museum of Modern Art.

California is also a nature lover’s paradise. After all, not many states can boast of breathtaking ocean views, awe-inspiring redwood forests, remarkable mountains, and sun-dappled vineyards all within driving distance. For example, you can visit Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Mount Shasta, Lake Tahoe, Glacier Point, Muir Woods, the Big Sur coastline, and so much more! Plus, California is famous for its wine country. In particular, Sonoma and Napa are considered true gems by wine aficionados; however, there are several smaller vineyards across California.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can see and do in this amazing state. One thing’s for sure though — you won’t be disappointed if you decide to take your next assignment in California!

Quick Facts About California:

The state’s nickname is the Golden State.

California’s capital is Sacramento.

The state’s largest city is Los Angeles.

California’s state motto is: “Eureka!” (I have found it!)

The state flower is the golden poppy.

California is the 31st state.

Ready for your California adventure? Check out the job opportunities here!

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When was the last time you said “thank you” to one of your nurses? These two simple words can have a lasting impact on your staff, which in turn, can trickle down to your facility’s patients. If your facility celebrated Nurses Week, then your employee appreciation efforts are off to a good start! However, if Nurses Week wasn’t on your radar and you forgot to show your appreciation, don’t panic. It’s never too late to show your gratitude for your nursing staff. In fact, employee recognition can and should be a year-long endeavor at every medical facility.

Here’s why it’s important to show your nurses you appreciate them:

It affects patient care outcomes:

There’s plenty of evidence that supports the idea that happy nurses equal healthier patients. According to the American Nurses Association’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, a 25 percent increase in nurse job enjoyment over a two-year span was linked with an overall quality of care increase between 5 and 20 percent. Conversely, a National Institute of Nursing Research study found that as the proportion of nurses working shifts of more than 13 hours increased, patients’ dissatisfaction with care increased. While these results aren’t necessarily surprising, they do highlight the need for employers to invest in their healthcare professionals.

It can increase staff morale:

According to a Gallup study, only one in three workers in the U.S. strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the past seven days. That’s a problem because staff morale can suffer when people feel their efforts are routinely ignored. After all, your nurses went into healthcare to make a difference, and they deserve to be rewarded and recognized for their work. Additionally, meaningful employee recognition can often act as a morale booster and reinforce your facility’s positive workplace culture.

It boosts retention and recruitment efforts:

When your nurses are engaged at work, they’re less likely to leave, and that means higher retention rates. Likewise, these happy nurses are much more likely to encourage those in their professional network to apply for your facility’s open positions. This word-of-mouth can be a powerful recruitment tool and help you quickly find the experienced clinicians you need.

Acknowledging your top nurses’ work will make them feel valued and appreciated. In turn, this recognition can lead to other positive workplace outcomes.

What do you do to show your staff you appreciate them? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nurses Week is just around the corner! At 360 Healthcare Staffing, we wanted to help you celebrate your week. So, we’ve gathered a collection of Nurses Week discounts, offers, and freebies for you below.

Cinnabon: Cinnabon knows a thing or two about nurse appreciation. After all, the company is the proud sponsor of the DAISY Foundation. With that in mind, you’ll want to show your medical ID badge to any participating Cinnabon store during Nurses Week. When you do, you’ll receive a free, deliciously gooey treat!

Dunkin Donuts: Now, you might be thinking, “What’s a cinnamon roll without coffee?” Well, we’re glad you asked because certain Dunkin Donuts locations are offering a free 16 0z. Dunkin’ Dark Roast iced coffee May 6-12th, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Just remember to show them your healthcare ID. 

Disney World: Nurses have one more reason to think Disney World is the happiest place on Earth. That’s because this beloved theme park offers a discount to nurses at their Swan and Dolphin Hotels. To receive the discount, use the code DREAMS when booking your room(s). You must show your medical ID badge at check-in. For more information, click here.

Amazon: Amazon loves nurses too. This year, they’re offering a variety of free kindle nursing books. You can browse the list here. Happy reading!  

American Nurses Association: If you’re looking for a chance to grow in your nursing profession, you should tune in to ANA’s free webinar, “Nurses4Us: Elevating the Profession.” Viewers can earn a free CE credit and learn more about Nursing Now, a three-year global effort to improve human health by raising the status of nurses everywhere. The webinar will air live on May 8th at 1 p.m. ET. You can register for it here.

Medical Solutions: This healthcare staffing company thinks nurses are magic! And who can blame them? Over at WeLoveOurNurses.com nurses everywhere are invited to enter contests or take quizzes for a chance to win one of 19 magical prizes.

No matter how you plan to celebrate Nurses Week, 360 Healthcare Staffing wishes you a happy Nurses Week!

Did we miss any other Nurses Week deals? Let us know in the comments below!

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This month’s Location Limelight takes us to lively Nevada! While glitzy Las Vegas instantly springs to mind, there’s also more to Nevada than gambling and casinos. Traveling LPNs who take an assignment here can also discover the other side of Nevada — the one that’s filled with awe-inspiring mountain views, larger-than-life historical sites, and a vibrant cultural scene. Read on to learn more about the incredible mix of fun experiences waiting for you in Nevada!

Traveling LPNs in Nevada

There are plenty of job opportunities in the Silver State for traveling LPNs. And the amazing clinical experience you gain here won’t just stay in Vegas. You can put it on your resume and take it with you wherever you go! However, you should know that Nevada is not a walk through or compact state. It is, however, a NURSYS state. A temporary license here is valid for 6 months.

Things to See and Do in Nevada

No trip to Nevada is complete without experiencing Las Vegas. Famous for its nightlife, the Las Vegas Strip is full of themed hotels, 24-hour casinos, and performances by legendary entertainers like Britney Spears and Celine Dion. With so much to see and do in Las Vegas, one thing’s for sure, you won’t be bored!

However, if bright city lights and late nights aren’t your thing, there are still lots of other adventures to be had in Nevada. Just a few miles west of Las Vegas, you’ll find the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, where sandstone peaks and other natural geological wonders abound. Visitors are encouraged to hike through one (or more) of the numerous trails, take a scenic drive, or go rock climbing here. Close by in Henderson, Nevada, animal lovers can also enjoy the Lion Habitat Ranch. This popular lion sanctuary allows visitors to see lions and other exotic animals up close.

For those who like a fun weekend trip, there’s also Lake Tahoe. This picturesque town, located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, is known for its ski resorts and beautiful beaches. The southwest shore consists of Emerald Bay State Park, which is home to the impressive 1929 Nordic-style mansion Vikingsholm.

Another must-see Nevada attraction is the Hoover Dam. Built during the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam is one of the tallest dams in the United States at 726 feet tall. The Bureau of Reclamation hosts daily tours, so history buffs can appreciate the concrete dam’s storied past in person.

Quick Facts About Nevada

The state’s nickname is “The Silver State,” which dates back to Nevada’s silver boom in the mid-1800s.

Nevada’s state motto is “All for our country.”

The state’s capital is Carson City.

Las Vegas is the state’s largest city.

Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864. The state is also sometimes referred to as the Battle Born State since it achieved statehood during the Civil War.

The name Nevada comes from the Spanish word meaning “snow-covered,” after the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Ready for your Nevada adventure? Check out the job opportunities here!

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Thanks to the nationwide nursing shortage, it takes substantial time and effort to find, recruit, and hire the ideal clinician, especially in the post-acute care sector. With that in mind, our team at 360 Healthcare Staffing would like to offer the following advice for hiring in this special niche.

  1. Interview with cultural fit in mind: It’s no secret that providing long-term care requires a certain temperament and skill set. These clinicians mostly care for an elderly population, so that means the job calls for individuals who are familiar with end of life care, have the ability to handle grief and loss, and can manage the job’s often demanding physical needs. To address this, you should have an extensive behavioral interview process that goes through certain scenarios. Additionally, it’s a good idea to ask the same questions multiple times throughout the interview to gauge how well they can handle repetition. Clearly, if the interviewee becomes easily frustrated answering the same questions, he or she might not be the right fit. After all, the individual may easily have to repeat instructions to an Alzheimer’s patient.
  1. Set up a recruitment pipeline: Partner with a university or nursing school that can help you find and educate students and new grads on the benefits of working in the senior care space. If a local nursing school partnership isn’t an option, you can also enlist the services of a staffing agency. For example, 360 Healthcare Staffing has recruiting experts on board who can help you quickly find the post-acute clinicians you need.
  1. Don’t forget about employer branding and the candidate experience: In today’s digital world, it’s no longer enough to simply post a job and let the applications roll in. You need to find out what sets your healthcare organization apart and advertise that in the right spaces. For example, social media ads are one such way to attract and direct job-seekers to your healthcare organization’s website. In addition, make sure these candidates can easily and quickly apply for your open positions. If your online application process is too difficult, they’ll stop half-way through and leave your site.

Did we miss any other pro tips for hiring in long-term care? Let us know what works for you and your healthcare organization in the comments below!

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Did you know that 2 million Americans become infected with some type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year? Even more troubling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 23,000 die from these infections.

However, according to a recent NRP article, several hospitals and nursing homes in Illinois and California may be one step closer to stopping these superbugs, and the surprising answer lies in using a special soap. That’s all thanks to an ongoing CDC-funded project taking place across 50 healthcare facilities in these two states.

It’s no secret that patients and staff in hospitals and nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to superbugs. A recent study found up to 65 percent of nursing home residents and up to 15 percent of hospital patients can be carriers of drug-resistant organisms. Statistics like these show that superbugs can quickly move within a community, according to Dr. John Jernigan, director of the CDC’s office on healthcare-acquired infection research.

“No health care facility is an island,” Dr. Jernigan said in an interview with NPR. “We all are in this complicated network.”

Accordingly, the CDC enlisted both nursing homes and hospitals to test a simple strategy in the war against drug-resistant infections. As part of this effort, the NPR article states that healthcare workers in Chicago and Southern California are using the antimicrobial soap chlorhexidine, which has been shown to reduce infections when patient bathe in it. Chlorhexidine is commonly used to prevent infections in hospital settings, like the ICU, but it is less frequently used in nursing homes.

So far, the results of the project are positive — In the Southern California group, researchers saw a 25 percent decline in drug-resistant organisms in nursing home residents, 34 percent in patients of long-term acute care hospitals, and 9 percent in traditional hospital patients. Meanwhile, results from the Chicago group are still pending, according to the article.

You can read the full report by NPR here.

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As any nurse will tell you, being an RN or an LPN is more than just a career — it’s a calling. At 360 Healthcare Staffing, we are constantly inspired by the dedication of our amazing travel nurses who make a difference in the lives of their patients every day. That’s why we’ve gathered the following collection of 12 inspirational quotes for nurse leaders everywhere:

“Use your life to serve the world, and you will find that it also serves you.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” ~ Malala Yousafzai

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”~ Sam Walton

 

“Don’t find a fault, find a remedy.” ~ Henry Ford

“Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.” ~ Margaret Wheatley

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” ~ Michelle Obama

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill

 

360 Healthcare Staffing provides interim leadership and travel nurse services within the post-acute care setting. Contact us today to learn more about our inspiring customer service and staffing solutions!

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