Finding the Perfect Travel Nursing Staffing Agency

A chief concern for travel nurses is having the ability to bring their skills and expertise to many geographical places. As a result, there are many options to choose from when it comes to staffing firms. Not only are they looking to be properly and fairly compensated, but they need to be sure they work with a legitimate business. Going to a new place can be intimidating, but it can be even worse if they are working with an untrustworthy company.

 

In order to help those with travel nursing aspirations, there are many agencies worldwide that specialize in health care staffing. But how is someone supposed to know which one is right? If this describes you, keep reading. Here are some things to think about when interviewing staffing firms.

 

Check the Reputation

First and foremost, you have to check the credibility and reputation of the agency. Review feedback from past nurses who have worked under that agency. Inquire about the pay, payment method, amenities, and anything else that may be important to you.

 

Agency Accessibility

Most of the time, you will be going to a new place. Perhaps you will even be going to a foreign country. The inherent risk in going to a foreign country is that since you are not a native, you might not have the same rights as natural citizens. Your agency should be accessible enough for you to receive support and feedback whenever you need something, or in case of an emergency.

 

Benefits

A good travel nursing agency should give their nurses several benefits such as medical insurance, as well as liability insurance. Some can even give travel reimbursements and retirement plans. As an added bonus, check to see if there are any performance bonuses or other incentives given.

Preferred Compensation

Agencies use a wide variety of pay structures designed to attract nurses. Some prioritize housing over monetary compensation, while others are structured differently. You should take into consideration what matters the most to you. After all,  you will be the one receiving the compensation. You have to make sure it works for you.

   

If you have any suggestions as to how a nurse can pick the agency that’s right for them, let us know so we can share it with other nurses around the world. Contact us today!

5 Things You Should Put on Your Travel Bucket List

Traveling health care providers are professionals who have the most flexible workplace and schedule. Their workload is not necessarily light or easy, but they have the ability to see many different places all year round because of the work they do.

It’s important to have fun where you are and there should be a balance of work and fun, so here are 5 things that you might want to include in your travel bucket list while working as a traveling health care provider.

Nature Tour

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There is much beauty to behold in nature, so try to check out areas that have landscapes you like. Woods, mountains, or beaches…there is no limit to what you can see. If you’ve ever thought, “I would love to go [here] someday,” make it happen! You will be more relaxed and more excited about the work you are doing that way.

 

Play “Darts”

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If you are the kind of person who is willing to practice spontaneity, play darts on the map and see where the dart lands. This will help you see places you’ve never seen before and meet new people!

 

 

Local Museum Tour

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Many places have a rich history, much of which may not be obvious just by being there, so be sure to seek out opportunities to learn Having respect and appreciation for a culture will help you be better at your job, as well as a better citizen. It will help you understand your place in this world, and more about who you are.  Most cities have historical societies, so finding resources to guide you should be simple. Look into tours of local museums, landmarks, or even restaurants. Many cultures are centered not just on history, but delicious food as well.

 

Star-gazing and Camping

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Chilling out under the night sky covered by stars can be a great way to relax from the stresses of work. You can plan this with your best buddies to make the night even more amazing. You could also try doing this in resorts and campgrounds with \cabins if you prefer not to stay in a tent.

 

Attend an Art Exhibit

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How about a change of mood and ambiance? You may find this type of change by going to art exhibits and museums. The exquisite elegance of art has the ability to bring you closer to the place’s culture, raising your awareness and ultimately, your appreciation.

What’s on your travel bucket list? Let us know by messaging us!

How to be Successful in your Travel Nurse Interview

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Are you currently looking for a nursing job or preparing for an interview? Or maybe you are already a nurse wanting to improve your interview skills? Well, there are a couple of things that you need to learn so you can crush that interview and get your dream job.

Preparation for the interview

Travel nurses are different since they are only hired to work for a limited amount of time. Thus, employers are looking for certain qualifications for the job, commonly including:

  • Clinical skills and competency,
  • Work experience,
  • Team player,
  • On-call availability,
  • Strong work ethic, and
  • Good recommendation from previous work.

You need to prepare to market yourself to your interviewer, ensuring that you have these positive qualities, at the very least. To do this, you may need to do a little bit of research about the institution that you want to get into. You may also want to research the field itself, so you can be prepared in case your interviewer asks you something clinical. More importantly, practice your speaking skills.

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During the interview

Be relaxed and present yourself with confidence in your skills, experience, and credentials. It’s important to remember that you should build a good rapport with your interviewer, whether for the opportunity at hand or another one in the future.

Be sure to mention some of your past work accomplishments and relate them to how you can bring success to this company. Furthermore, ask your employer relevant questions regarding the company and the work you’re applying for. It will show that you take an interest and want to have a good relationship with the employer, as opposed to getting just  another job.

   If you are ready to get that interview for your next travel nursing job, contact us so we can help you get there!

New Year, New Job? Hot to Tell if you are Ready to Take the Leap

 

Everybody has some thinking to do and some variables to consider before they can truly say that they are ready to take the next big step toward their career. Some of us are pretty nervous to take that step. Sometimes it can be hard to determine if we are actually ready or if we are just feeling pressured because it’s the practical thing to do or if friends and family are pushing us. Listed below are some pointers that will help you evaluate where you are to take the next big leap in life.  

Take a stand. Be sure first that you are willing to pursue an opportunity you’re passionate about. In our fast-paced world, distractions and trends tend to make us rethink which path we should take. When you come across situations where you have to make such a decision, be clear on how you want to run your daily life. Take a firm stand on what you want… and believe in yourself!

Always be ready. Doors open and doors close. That’s just life. Be flexible and ready to adapt to take on  whatever is in front of you. Life happens, as we all know. It’s just like the old saying says, “He who hesitates is lost.” Don’t be that someone be you. Take chances and face new challenges to become a better version of yourself!

Believe in yourself. We tend to be afraid when we leave our comfort zone and routine, but you never know what might happen next! Fearing the unknown will only make things harder and more challenging for you. Remember that nothing worth having comes easy. Keep a positive attitude in spite of fear!

Be Confident. Just like a positive attitude, confidence is a key to surviving whatever path you are planning to take. If you are timid or shy, try to increase your confidence little by little, by trying things that are slightly uncomfortable. The more you get out of the comfort zone you have now, the larger that zone becomes. Before you know it, you’ll be doing things you never thought possible!

Put your best foot forward. Believe in yourself and have no regrets. There’s no undo button in life, so make a commitment to be better next time and to be ready no matter what life throws at you.
We want to help you take your career to the next step. Let us help you get there!

5 Things Recruiters Look for in a Nursing Candidate

Aside from getting ready physically and mentally, it’s beneficial to first know what a recruiter looks for. Research and learn more about the details, so you will be able to save yourself some time and energy and not have to go back and forth to the recruiter’s office. Just like any other profession, a nursing candidate must fit the requirements before getting hired.
You might have heard about a nursing shortage sometime in the past. Surely you are wondering if there are even enough qualified nursing graduates around. Below are some key points to take note of so you can know what recruiters look for in a nursing candidate.

Special skills. The special skills you must consider developing are a fluency of other languages, the ability to use specialized equipment, leadership, critical thinking, computer skills, and knowledge of quality assurance practices. Your internships and related experiences are a bonus!
Open-mindedness. No candidate can top someone who is open-minded and flexible when it comes to having a willingness to learn and understand the in’s and out’s of the industry.
Certifications. Experience and certifications help you stand out in the pool of applicants. They will help you be recognized by recruiters and be hired as soon as possible! When you’re a strong candidate, you may not have to be on the market very long!

Unbeatable professionalism. Aside from the skills and flexibility you must possess, another key point is to maintain professionalism before, during, and after the process. Be on time, answer calls, reply to messages, and show your eagerness to be hired.
Urge and desire. Be open and honest about your intentions. If you want to pursue more certification for your specialty or just want to use what you have now, let the recruiter know that. Stay positive and open to the possibility of pursuing more education.

We hope these tips will help you keep the right perspective on beginning your dream career. If you’re ready to take the next step, contact us today! Your position is our mission!

5 Letters of Gratitude Written to Nurses

It’s a given that professionals are able to do a good job at whatever their profession may be. It’s even better when they are very passionate about what they do. We found some inspiring letters to nurses whose professionalism and passion drove their patients to take out the time to express their gratitude.

“It was a difficult time for us all, but it put my mind at rest knowing that she was in such capable and professional hands. Mum even said that being in the hospital was like being at home!” There are nurses who really treat their patients as if they’re a member of their own family. When they do so, it gives their patients a sense of strength and resolve that they may not have had otherwise.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks for all the care and attention you gave our baby boy while he was in the intensive care unit. I am sure you understand how stressful it can be for parents in such a difficult situation. However, your calm and helpful manner put us at ease and we were able to go home at night knowing that he was in safe hands. As a token of our appreciation please accept this small donation for Ward 2B. I am sure you will be able to put it to good use. Thank you once again for all the loving care you gave to him. What a special place and what a special person you are.” True mothers love their children more than they love themselves. It’s easier to trust the person caring for your child when you know your they are in good hands. Letting a stranger take good care and help you through a hard time is a challenge, but it can restore one’s faith in humanity.

“Suffering a heart attack and falling ill so suddenly was a huge shock. Thank goodness you always found the time to reassure me with your words of encouragement and explained what all the medical jargon actually meant.” Going through a hard time can test your limits, but conquering each day with the help of a genuinely caring nurse works wonders. Nurses who share positivity and encouragement help their patients gain more strength to face their challenges.

“I am writing to tell you how grateful I am that you were the doctor assigned to me when I suffered my ‘cardiac event’ last month. The competency of you and your team was awe-inspiring, and I couldn’t have been more lucky that you were the physician on duty when I came into the hospital that day. The fact that I am still here is a miracle. I know that you probably save a lot of lives in a given year, but I want to let you know that this life is forever grateful.” Living a long life is a blessing in and of itself, but being in good and capable hands should anything arise, is a gift that keeps on giving.

“This has been a very difficult time for our family, but it could have been much worse were [we] without your dedication and expertise. My family and I are truly grateful for the level of care you were able to administer to my husband. But we’re also grateful for the time you took to talk with us to help us better understand our options.” Handling such occurrences with grace is challenging, but truly professional doctors and nurses are able to handle whatever situation arises. Making the family feel secure, positive, and important during the hardest time of their lives is what they truly need. Hospital staff needs to feel these things too, however. The feeling of importance encourages others to give their best to help patients conquer whatever they face.

From all of us at Alto Staffing, we want to give thanks to all the nurses that care for our family in some of our most trying times. You are angels that walk this Earth. THANK YOU!

Staffing Issues Spike During the Holiday

When the holidays are approaching, it’s natural to have a limited number of employees available because of holiday preparations, time with family, traveling, and more. Regardless of an employee’s reasons for having a limited schedule, it can be very challenging for the employer to meet their staffing needs during this time.

Plan ahead. Holidays happen at the same time every year, so be sure to figure out a plan of action for when the same holidays roll around the next year.

Make preparations. Make your staff aware of needs months ahead of time so that when the time comes, the team is ready to fill in as needed. This is especially applicable to new hire employees so they know what to expect every year.
Real and challenging work. Make your staff understand that the pressures and challenges are double during the holidays. Give them a taste of the workflow and possible issues they will be experiencing through training and/or orientations.

Hire extra staff. It’s always best to go to battle when you have the most troops. Hire several staff members to make sure you can serve all your patients effectively.

Ask your staff. Hiring additional employees or contractors might be the perfect solution if there is a large amount of work to be done; but asking your present staff if they can do extra work is also an option. Some employees might even appreciate the opportunity to pick up more work on top of their normal schedule.

Regardless of all the preparation, you still might find that you need to rely on us to carry the weight. We’re here and ready to help you get fully staffed for the holidays. Call us today 888-881-7009.

Join Alto in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

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The big C word has taken many beautiful lives and left many loved ones shattered by its wrath. Despite major advancements in cancer treatment, one in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lives; eighty-five percent of those women will have had no prior family history with the disease. As tragic as a cancer diagnoses can be, it is only half the battle. According to a survey conducted by ACS and the Kaiser Family Foundation, 20 percent of people with health insurance could not afford the cancer treatment necessary to save their lives.

The good news is, 93 percent of women with early breast cancer diagnosis survive beyond 5 years. Early detection is critical in saving the lives of the mothers, daughter and wives of our society.

This is why Alto Health Care Staffing is proud to be a sponsor of the Walk for Women’s Wellness, founded by Kettering Medical Center since 1995. The Wellness Fund provides breast imaging services to women within our community, to ensure cost is no obstacle for any women battling cancer. Over 15,000 women in the greater Dayton area have benefited from this special event, and you can be a part of it too!

As a sponsor, Alto is proud to give back to the community and invites all clients, employees and their families to join us in this amazing cause. Participation is free, but individuals are welcomed to organize individual fundraising.

To Join us at the Walk for Women’s Wellness:
– Please email the first and last name, and shirt size of anyone joining you to jmartinez@altostaffing.com

When: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Registration: 1:00pm • Walk/Run Begins at 2pm
Location: The Walk will start at the Kettering Cancer Center at the corner Blossom Heath Road. The timed 5K Run, managed by Speedy Feet, will start at Kettering College located at 3737 Southern Boulevard, Kettering.
Food Trucks: 11-3pm.
On-site bouncy house for the kids: 11-4pm.

View the flyer Here

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Our Cincinnati Office Has Moved!

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We have a new location for our Cincinnati Office. If you have any questions, please call at 937-228-7007.

Directions:

  • Coming off of Reed Hartman turn left onto Creek, then at the stop sign turn left onto McKinney, 2nd driveway on right, and were at 4356.
  • Coming off of Glendale-Milford, turn right onto McKinney (right across from Summit Park) 3rd driveway on the left, and were on the right