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Medical Solutions Traveler Becomes a Published Author

Never underestimate the power of the pen and yourself. At least, that’s what Medical Solutions Traveler and author Rachel F. would tell you.

That’s because Rachel just recently published her first book. Part memoir and part self-help book, “The Power of Yourself” inspires others to live life to the fullest.

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Rachel’s book “The Power of Yourself” is now available online.

“I want others to know the great power that lies within themselves,” says Rachel.

Rachel, who is a traveling respiratory therapist by day, has always wanted to help people. Then, during a difficult time in her life, she began writing as a way to cope. Ultimately, this journey of self-discovery and faith led Rachel to write her book. 

“When I decided to let go of all that pain and hurt that I went through, with God, I became stronger and stronger every day,” recalls Rachel. “[I realized] I wanted to help encourage and motivate people to never give up no matter what.”

With 12 years of clinical experience under her belt, Rachel also knows first-hand how valuable each life is.

“Every day is a gift,” says Rachel. “In this profession, God allows me to see the beauty of things as well as the difficulty of things.”

And while “The Power of Yourself” is now available online, Rachel doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. She is currently on assignment with Medical Solutions in California, works with Career Consultant Jennifer Stewart, and plans to write another book soon.

Congratulations, Rachel on this amazing achievement! We are so excited to see where your career — both as a writer and traveling healthcare professional — will take you!

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ACNL 2020 is Almost Here!

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Invest in yourself and your nursing career at the 42nd annual ACNL conference in Rancho Mirage, California.

2020 is officially the “Year of the Nurse.” As a nurse, there’s really no better way to jumpstart your year and your career than attending the Association of California Nurse Leaders 42nd annual conference! This year’s event — February 9th-12th — will take place in Rancho Mirage, California. Even better, Medical Solutions will be there, and we think you should join us. So, without further ado, here are three reasons why you should come to the ACNL conference:

Learn something new: From burnout prevention to succession planning, ACNL speakers will offer insight into today’s issues and challenges impacting nurse leaders. Who knows? You just might learn a few takeaways you can use at your own facility.

Network: The ACNL is also a great opportunity to connect with your peers, meet new contacts, and catch up with old friends. This year, on Saturday, February 8th, you can even participate in the ACNL’s golf tournament at the spectacular Pete Dye Course at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa.

Meet the experts: There will be several healthcare vendors at ACNL so you can learn about new healthcare staffing products or solutions. Don’t forget to stop by Booth 112/114 and visit with Medical Solutions! We’ll be offering fun giveaways and great conversation.

It’s not too late to register! Learn more here.

Are you going to ACNL 2020? What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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Congrats to October 2019’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to October 2019 Traveler of the Month Laura L., pictured here, getting ready to feast on a Maryland delicacy, crab.

Many thanks and congrats to the October 2019 Traveler of the Month, Laura L., and also our Rising Star winner, Justice O.!

Traveler of the Month Laura is an ER RN, BSN. Fun fact: Laura is no stranger to this award — she won Traveler of the Month for the first time in 2018. She has continued to provide outstanding patient care wherever she goes! Laura is currently on assignment in Nebraska, and she works with Career Consultant Jennifer Seay

Since we last checked in with Laura roughly two years ago, she’s been on a life-changing assignment in Maryland.

“I loved the East Coast and Maryland so much,” says Laura. “I ended up extending my contract to stay there for 8 months. I met a group of amazing people. They are my nearest and dearest friends, and I cannot wait to go back to Maryland for another assignment!”

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Laura travels with Oakley, her 9-year-old Collie/Shepard mix.

In the meantime, Laura continues to travel with Oakley, her furry partner-in-crime, a 9-year-old Collie/Shepard mix. And she’s looking forward to what the future has in store for her.

“I am so grateful that my life allows me to travel and gather all these new experiences!” says Laura. “I cannot wait to see where I go from here.”

Laura also shared this great advice for new travel nurses:

“Always remember: You’re there to help out because their current staffing is not ideal,” says Laura. “Be flexible, be positive, and willing to learn. Also, get to know the staff you work with. A lot of times, they are very willing to help travelers out by renting a room, and they get some extra cash in their pockets too!”

Laura, thank you for your dedication to your patients, and thanks also for the awesome advice and housing tip!

Rising Star Justice is a CRCST certified sterile processing tech currently on assignment in White Plains, New York. He works with Career Consultant Jake Zoucha.

Jake has been working with Justice for roughly a year now, and he says Justice deserves this incredible recognition and more.

“He’s a very hard worker, according to his on-site manager,” says Jake. “He’s someone you can count on and has taken on leadership responsibilities right off the bat!”

Thanks for being such a great traveler, Justice!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions October 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. Laura and Justice, we are so thankful to each of you for your incredible work!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Try setting goals instead of resolutions this year.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution this year? If so, you aren’t alone. Research shows that roughly 60 percent of us do, but only 8 percent of us will accomplish them. In 2020, a year that just screams perfect vision, try setting SMART goals instead of resolutions. SMART goals can be used for either personal or professional objectives. Simply ask yourself the following questions to make a SMART goal: 

Is it Specific? Let’s say, your goal this year is “to grow in your career.” While it’s a nice sentiment, it’s too vague. Instead, you should flesh that sentence out to give it more meaning. For example, “I want to grow in my career by attending the AONL conference,” is a step in the right direction.

Is it Measurable? Now, while that above example is specific, it still doesn’t meet the requirements of a SMART goal yet. That’s because it isn’t measurable. Adding a metric to your goal will help you stay focused and motivated. Keeping in line with our example, you could write down, “I want to attend the AONL conference and participate in two nursing thought leader sessions this year.”

Is it Attainable? Whatever your goal is, it should be challenging, but not impossible to achieve. If your goal is too big, it’s easy to give up. Likewise, if it is too easy, you won’t necessarily be motivated to do it.

Is it Relevant? If your goal is important to you, you’ll be much more likely to make sure you achieve it.

Is it Timely? Remember to give yourself a timeline. If you don’t, the likelihood of you accomplishing your goal is slim. Deadlines make a goal seem more real and can give you the kick you need to start your project.

Ready, set, go achieve your SMART goals! And have a happy New Year!

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Top 7 Winter Locations for Healthcare Travel Jobs

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Where are you headed next, healthcare traveler? Consider one of these top 7 winter locations for healthcare travel jobs!

As winter’s chill settles in and we count down to 2020, now is a great time to pick your next destination for a fantastic healthcare travel job. Do you want to flee to somewhere warmer or travel to a place where you can truly enjoy the season of frosty festivities? However you choose to experience the season, we hope these top 7 winter locations for healthcare travel jobs get you excited for and brainstorming about your next gig!

Connecticut

Connecticut is a great choice if you’re seeking a picturesque New England winter. There’s a reason Christmas in Connecticut is an iconic, classic film — and that’s because this beautiful state looks so fine draped in snow and winter magic. There are plenty of places here for great skiing and snowboarding, for those who like to get out in the powder. For those who prefer to stay indoors, this state’s rich arts and history scenes mean tons of great museums to explore.  

Learn more about charming Connecticut in our Connecticut State Spotlight.

Click here to find a great healthcare travel job in Connecticut!

Florida

There’s no better place to beat the winter blues than The Sunshine State! For those who’d prefer to skip winter, you’ll love Florida’s warm temps, sunshine, and total lack of snow. In fact, Florida has the sunniest winter climate in the eastern U.S. and the highest average January temps in the whole nation! As you completely ignore the fact that winter is even a thing, treat yourself to experiences at famous literal hotspots like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Everglades National Park, Kennedy Space Center, Dry Tortugas National Park, the Florida Keys, Miami Beach, and more!

Learn more about fabulous Florida in our Florida State Spotlight.

Click here to check out healthcare travel job opportunities in Florida!

California

An assignment in The Golden State is on many a healthcare traveler’s to-do list. Kick off 2020 right in this gorgeous state with diverse landscapes including beaches, forests, prairies, deserts, and mountains. In Cali, you really can have it all, from theme parks to wine country, Hollywood to the redwoods, beaches to ski slopes, and so much more.  

Learn more about The Golden State in our California State Spotlight.

Click here to check out travel healthcare jobs in California!

Arizona

The Copper State is dreamy for a winter assignment whether you’re in it for mild weather or for the skiing. That’s right, Arizona is known not just for its year-round warm temps, brilliant deserts, national parks, and exciting cities. It also boasts great skiing for winter lovers at resorts in Flagstaff and Alpine. There’s also nothing like seeing the Grand Canyon dusted with snow — not to mention avoiding the hectic crowds of tourists seen in the peak summer season!

Learn more about amazing Arizona in our Arizona State Spotlight.

Click here to find a great healthcare travel job in Arizona!

Texas

If you prefer to fly south for winter, you might just want to mess with Texas! The Lone Star state stays comfortably warm throughout winter and has tons for travelers to see and do in both rural and urban spaces. There’s the Alamo, wonderfully weird Austin, the San Antonio boardwalk, Houston Space Center, Padre Island, and tons more. Texas is known for great shopping, dining, pro sports, museums, history, and so much more!

Learn more about The Lone Star State in our Texas State Spotlight.

Click here to explore jobs in Texas!

New York

From quaint upstate New York to The Big Apple, The Empire State is truly an. All-season wonderland. You can ski the Catskills, shop the after-Christmas sales, go ice skating in Bryant Park or Central Park, explore the state’s many museums and tourist attractions, take in a Broadway show, warm up with world-class cuisine, try cross-country skiing or snow-kiting, visit Winter Olympics venues in Lake Placid, and so much more in this gorgeous, versatile state.   

Learn more about The Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

Click here to explore healthcare travel jobs in New York!

Washington

The Evergreen State is a great place to winter for those who don’t like extreme temps and who love to see greenery year-round. Even in winter, Washington is an outdoorsy person’s dream, with ample opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, whale watching, and just plain ol’ gawking at the splendor of nature in famous places like Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Colombia River Gorge, and so many more. Places like Seattle are also wonderful for lovers of great coffee, craft beer, art, culture, food, shopping, and more.

Learn more about wonderful Washington in our Washington State Spotlight.

Click here to explore healthcare travel jobs in Washington!

Got your heart set on another location for your winter assignment? Click here to explore all of our travel nurse, allied health, and other healthcare travel jobs!

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Clinical Corner: Workplace Violence in Healthcare Facilities

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Workplace violence is all too common for healthcare workers, with the ANA citing the statistic that one in four nurses are assaulted on the job. Find out how to protect yourself and what to do if you are assaulted.

By Melissa Nguyen, Clinical Nurse Manager at Medical Solutions

Elise Wilson was 65 years old when she cheated death. She had been a nurse for 47 years and spent 36 of those years in the emergency room. The night of June 14, 2017, started like any other night in the ER. Elise took her patient’s vitals and the patient showed no obvious signs of being upset when she turned to enter the results in the computer. But when Elise looked over, she saw that the chair her patient had been sitting was now empty. She turned to look where he’d gone and he punched her in the head while also exposing a knife. Elise was stabbed in the neck and arm a total of 11 times, severing her brachial arterial and causing her to nearly bleed to death. The patient was briefly distracted by a security guard who was walking by and Elise was able to run out to the trauma room where she collapsed.  

In 2019, Lynne Truxillo was working at a behavioral health center in Louisiana when a patient began attacking another nurse. Truxillo intervened and the patient attacked her too, causing an injury to her right leg and a head injury from having her head struck against a desk. One week after the incident, Ms. Truxillo died from blood clots in her leg and both lungs, which coroners ruled had resulted from the previous week’s altercation.  

These are just a couple of upsetting stories, because unfortunately violence in the workplace is not an uncommon thing for healthcare workers to face. According to the American Nurses Association, one out of four nurses* are assaulted on the job. There is zero tolerance for violent behavior and under no circumstances should violence of any type be acceptable or considered just a part of working in nursing. 

Here are a few suggestions to protect yourself if you feel threatened in any way on the job:

Attempt to Escape

The first thing you should do is try to remove yourself from a dangerous situation. If you are unable to escape, make enough noise to gain attention to get help.

Find a Barrier

If you are unable to run far enough to get away, then find something that creates a barrier between you and the person assaulting you — a tray, computer, or piece of furniture could be used as barriers.  

Defend Yourself

If someone is threatening or attacking you, defend yourself with as much force as you can in order to get them to stop. At this point, you are acting in self-defense so fight back like your life depends on it. Continue to make as much noise as possible to gain attention to the situation.

Report the Assault

Report the incident immediately in accordance with your facility’s chain of command. 

Get Support

Experiencing workplace violence is not just a physical issue. It can also cause emotional and mental trauma. Seek help from your EAP (employee assistance program) or trauma counseling as needed.. 

If you are a survivor of workplace violence, you are not alone and it is not your fault. Please reach out to your supervisor, recruiter and/or Medical Solutions Clinical Team members to help and support you.

*Source: American Nurses Association (ANA). (2018). Workplace Violence.

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2019’s Best Healthcare Staffing Blog Posts

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Here’s the collection of blog posts that hit gold with our clients this year!

From a global measles outbreak to mental health awareness, 2019 turned out to be quite the year for the healthcare industry. As we take a moment to reflect, here are the top 2019 healthcare staffing blog posts we think deserve another look.

How Clinicians Can Combat the Measles Outbreak and the Anti-Vaccine Movement: In early 2019, a measles outbreak swept across parts of the nation—in fact, the epidemic in New York state became the largest and longest-lasting since measles elimination in 2000. In response, we put together a few tips on how all healthcare providers could talk to their vaccine-hesitant patients about the preventable disease.

Five Signs Your Hiring Process is Broken and How to Fix It: The war for the best clinical talent is here. If your facility wants to secure today’s top healthcare professionals, you might need to reexamine your hiring process. Read on to discover if your hiring process is the reason why you aren’t getting the candidates you want.

Building a Resilient Clinical Workforce: Mental health awareness continued to be a hot topic among healthcare professionals in 2019, and for good reason. Depression and burnout occur much more frequently in the medical profession than in other industries. Learn how you can protect yourself and your nursing staff by learning to build resiliency in this timely blog post.

How to Attract and Retain Quality Candidates: Great patient care begins and ends with the best healthcare professionals. That means your facility needs a strong acquisition strategy. Read on to learn how you can recruit and retain the best and brightest healthcare professionals in this blog post.

Tips on Choosing a Staffing Partner: Choosing the right healthcare staffing partner can be a daunting task. To help you find the ideal fit for your facility’s needs, we’ve compiled the following helpful tips!

How a Healthcare Staffing MSP Partner Can Help Boost Efficiency: With contingent labor programs on the rise, healthcare HR reps are turning to managed service providers to handle all temporary staffing chores. Read on to learn how an MSP can help your HR team reclaim hours of time.

How to Cultivate a Strong MSP Hospital Partnership: You’ve chosen an MSP to manage your contingent labor program. Now what? Learn what steps your facility’s team can take to create a strong partnership with your managed service provider.

Are you ready for 2020? Tell us in the comments below what you’d like to read about in the upcoming year!

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Congrats to September 2019’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to September 2019 Traveler of the Month, Michelle R., pictured here with her husband, Tom, open water diving with blacktip reef sharks in Freeport, Bahamas!

Many thanks and congrats to the September 2019 Traveler of the Month, Michelle R., and also our Rising Star winner, Christopher M.!

Traveler of the Month Michelle is a critical access BSN/RN who loves to float between OB, MS, and ER. She’s been in nursing for 10 years and working in travel healthcare for nearly four years.

Michelle works with Career Consultant Ashley Klein and is currently on assignment in Libby, Montana.

“Libby has an amazing hospital with a wonderful staff,” she says. “They all work well together and welcome travelers with open arms. The bonus is the area is so beautiful.”

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Michelle on a Fall 2019 adventure during her contract in Libby, Montana.

Michelle is all about getting out and adventuring. (See the end of this post for more of her amazing photos!)

“I have a 2015 Harley Freewheeler Trike,” she says. “I open water dive with my husband, Tom, and our favorite place to dive is Freeport, Bahamas, but we’ve also dived in Roatan and Cancun.”

Michelle travels with her 3-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, Floki — yes, from the TV show “Vikings,” she says — and hubby Tom loves to come visit her on contract, especially if there’s fly fishing involved.  

“My husband has five years and then he will retire from law enforcement and start traveling with me full time,” says Michelle.  

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Michelle’s canine travel companion, Floki, on the Clearwater River in Idaho.

When it comes to her favorite things about travel nursing, Michelle is all about variety and learning.

“I love the variety of places I can travel and learning new things at each travel assignment,” she says. “It has made me a better and more confident nurse.”

Michelle offered up some fabulous tips for new and aspiring travel healthcare professionals:

“Don’t start traveling too soon. Give yourself a chance to develop your skills. We don’t get orientation as a traveler so you must be confident in your skills. You worked too hard to get your RN, why risk it?

“Reach out to travelers who have been doing it a long time and ask many, many questions before you decide to start traveling. We are an ‘at will’ employee. Things change with a blink of an eye.” 

“Go to TravCon in Vegas. It’s in September and it is worth the money. They have re-certification courses, CEUs, and many, many wonderful lectures. You will learn a lot. You will also be able to talk to many companies and recruiters to see who fits you best as a traveler. All of our needs are different so one company doesn’t fit all.”  

Thank you for your awesome work, wise advice, and zest for life, Michelle!

Rising Star Christopher is a sterile processing tech who was most recently on assignment at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He’s been working with Career Consultant Branden Thomas since July 2019, and Branden had really great things to say about Christopher’s talent, skill, and work ethic. 

“Christopher works extremely hard and has received positive feedback from the facility,” says Branden. “In fact, they brought him on perm because of his stellar performance.”

Thanks for being such a great traveler and we wish you the best in your new adventure, Christopher!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions September 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. Michelle and Christopher, thank you both so much for your incredible work!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Michelle explored wonderful Washington Pass while on contract in Brewster, Washington.
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Michelle’s Harley trike, out for a ride in Idaho.
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Michelle stops for a photo op alongside the Kootenai River near Libby, Montana.
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A picturesque image from Yellowstone Falls, which Michele explored while she was on contract for a year in Rawlins, Wyoming.
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State Spotlight: Connecticut

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Get connected with an amazing travel nursing or other healthcare travel job in charming Connecticut!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to charming Connecticut! The Constitution State is known for its quaint seaside villages and rural areas, rich history, easy access to NYC and other east coast hotspots, overall New England charm, and so much more. There are also tons of great travel nurse, allied, and other travel healthcare jobs in this cool state. Read on to learn more about why you should get connected with a great travel healthcare gig in Connecticut!  

Travel Nursing in Connecticut

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Connecticut is a lovely place for a travel nursing or other travel healthcare assignment. In The Constitution State you’ll have plenty to do and see on your days off while you simultaneously build your skills and resume at work.

Connecticut is home to about 42 hospitals — according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019/2020 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Connecticut hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, which is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and nine pediatric specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one additional adult specialty and nine procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top three overall best hospitals in Connecticut are Hartford Hospital in Hartford and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best States” ranked Connecticut #21 overall, as well as #3 for health care and #6 for natural environment. According to Livability.com, some of the best places to live in Connecticut include Stamford, Weston, Westport, Bridgeport, New Haven, and Greenwich.

As for licensing, Connecticut is not currently a walk-through state or a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state. Click here for more, up to date info on licensing in Connecticut.

Connecticut Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Constitution State (or sometimes, The Nutmeg State)

Capital: Hartford

Largest City: Bridgeport

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 54

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 68

State Motto: “Qui Transtulit Sustinet,” which means “He Who Transplanted Still Sustains”

State Flower: Mountain Laurel

State Tree: The Charter Oak

State Animal: Sperm Whale

State Song: Yankee Doodle

State Cantata: The Nutmeg: Homeland of Liberty

Connecticut was the fifth state and one of the original 13 colonies.

Famed businessman and circus visionary P.T. Barnum is one of the state’s most famous residents. Today you can visit the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport to learn his story.     

Native Americans who lived in what is now Connecticut were largely of the Algonquian Indian family.

The global sandwich shop chain Subway started humbly as Pete’s Subway in Bridgeport in 1965.

The first telephone book — which featured a scant 50 listings — was created in New Haven in 1878.

Connecticut’s Hartford Courant launched in 1764 and is the country’s oldest continuously published newspaper. For perspective on this, George Washington once placed ads in the paper to rent out part of Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson once sued them for libel! (Jefferson lost that suit, by the way.)

Connecticut was one of two states (the other being Rhode Island) that never ratified the 18th Amendment which outlined Prohibition. Party on, CT!

In 1809, South Killingly, Connecticut’s Mary Kies was the first woman to receive a U.S. patent.  

The nation’s first automobile law was passed at the state level in Connecticut in 1901 — it set the speed limit at 12 miles per hour.

The frisbee, cotton gin, Colt .45, can opener, portable typewriter, submarine, vulcanized rubber, ESPN, hamburger, Polaroid cameras, helicopter, lollipops, vacuum cleaner, anesthesia, speed limit laws, and color television were all invented in Connecticut.

The World Wrestling Federation is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

Connecticut was the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars in 1937. 

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Connecticut include Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Lloyd, George W. Bush, Michael Bolton, Suzanne Collins, Justin Long, Annie Leibovitz, Meg Ryan, Glenn Close, John Mayer, Karen Carpenter, Ernest Borgnine, Ralph Nader, Paul Giamatti, Seth MacFarlane, P.T. Barnum, Mark McGrath, and Betsey Johnson.     

Noah Webster, author of the first American dictionary published in 1807, was born in West Hartford, Connecticut.

PEZ Candy is manufactured in Orange, Connecticut.

Yale University is ranked as one of the world’s greatest and wealthiest universities.

Cattle branding actually started in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark their pigs.

Famous traitor Benedict Arnold was born in Norwich, Connecticut.

To Do & See in Connecticut

The Constitution State may be small in size, but it offers travel nurses and other travel healthcare professionals a bounty of great places to live, work, and play! Connecticut offers seaside splendor, cool city centers, and beautiful countryside spaces, as well as historical attractions, outdoorsy opportunities, great cuisine, and cool culture — making it a lovely place to for your next travel healthcare adventure. 

For city lovers, The Constitution State’s largest cities include Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, and Stamford. But even as the state’s largest city, Bridgeport’s population hovers just under 150k, so it’s a great state for those who prefer small towns and humbly sized cities. (But don’t worry city mice — when you’re in Connecticut you’re never too far from a grand metropolis like NYC and Boston.)

Bridgeport is a historic seaport city where you can explore Seaside Park, Beardsley Zoo, The Barnum Museum, The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, and tons more. New Haven is another fun coastal city to explore and it’s famously the home of Ivy League Yale University. Yale, which was founded in 1701, is a really cool, historic campus to explore, and you’ll also want to check out the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Speaking of history, as the fifth state and one of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut has a ton of interesting historical sites to explore. There’s the Goodspeed Opera House, Mark Twain House and Museum, Gillette Castle State Park, Fort Trumbull State Park, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Olde Mistick Village, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Stonington Lighthouse Center, Castle Craig, and tons more throughout Connecticut’s urban and rural areas.

Connecticut was also heavily featured in two very seminal cultural artifacts: the movie Mystic Pizza and the TV show “Gilmore Girls.” Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Matt Damon, Annabeth Gish, and Vincent D’Onofrio, was shot largely in Mystic, Stonington, and Groton Connecticut. While the movie came out in 1988, tourists continue to flock to Mystic, Connecticut and the real-life Mystic Pizza restaurant that inspired the movie for their very own “slice of heaven.” And for “Gilmore Girls” fans, while the idyllic Stars Hollow is sadly a fictional town, it was also heavily inspired by real-life Connecticut charm. Showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino was staying at the Mayflower Grace Inn in Washington, Connecticut when she was inspired to create Stars Hollow in its image. Of course, Lorelai and Rory could also often be found downing coffee and chatting feverishly in Hartford and New Haven.         

Hungry from all this history and pop culture? Connecticut’s cuisine will have you licking your chops. From tiny cafes and diners to fine dining foodie hotspots, Connecticut offers a little bit of everything. With its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Connecticut is definitely known for its seafood, including its iconic white clam pizza.While on assignment in Connecticut you can enjoy other iconic faves like steamed cheeseburgers, homemade ice cream and donuts, hot dogs, apple cider, hot lobster rolls, New Haven-style pizza, grinders and sub sandwiches, shad (the state fish) and shad bake, kettle chips, steamer clams, cod and clambakes, historic Yankee fare, and more.Wash it all down with a Foxon Park Soda and you’ll be living like a true Connecticuter!

Ready for your adventure to charming Connecticut?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Connecticut! Or, search all jobs here.

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Top Five Workforce Challenges Facing Healthcare Leaders

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Feeling frazzled? Overloaded by administrative paperwork? You’re not alone. In this era of clinician shortages and healthcare reform, healthcare leaders across the nation are all trying to do more with less. Here’s an overview of the top workforce challenges facing healthcare leaders in today’s ever-evolving landscape:

Rising costs:

Labor costs account for more than half of all hospital expenses, and they are expected to grow. In fact, 78% of healthcare executives predict their labor costs will increase in the next 12 months, according to a 2018 Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and Navigant survey. Consequently, healthcare leaders must determine how to control labor costs while also continuing to maintain or improve the quality of patient care.

Shortage of qualified candidates:

Experienced clinicians can be hard to find. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will need 2.3 million new healthcare workers to help care for a rapidly aging population by 2025. However, due to a persistent shortage of skilled clinicians, hundreds of thousands of these positions will remain unfilled. The shortage is particularly acute in the nursing workforce. The American Nursing Association predicts that 700,000 nurses will leave or retire from the workforce by 2024. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough new nurse graduates to replenish the workforce. A recent American Association of Colleges of Nursing report discovered that more than 56,000 qualified applicants were turned away in 2017 due to a limited supply of nurse educators.

Retention:

Even when healthcare leaders find and hire the right person for the job, it can be difficult to keep them. Nurse turnover is on the rise, and research shows that staffing challenges are partially to blame. The turnover issue comes with a hefty price tag for hospitals already facing financial pressure. A recent study in the Journal of Nursing Administration found that it may cost anywhere from $97,216 to $104,440 to replace a nurse.

Regulatory requirements:

Managing strict guidelines for compliance can be a bit of a juggling act for many healthcare leaders. That’s because there’s a mountain of paperwork needed to ensure each contingent clinician is properly credentialed and has a clean background. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in poor patient care outcomes, fines, or even lawsuits.

Efficiency:

Meanwhile, most healthcare organizations rely on several staffing agencies to fill their open positions. However, this arrangement can become problematic if each agency has different protocols, bill rates, and procedures for invoicing, payroll, and credentialing. When that happens, healthcare leaders can turn to a managed service provider or MSP to help streamline various contingent workforce processes.