Category: Summer Travel Nursing

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Let’s Get Festival!

One advantage to being a travel nurse is being in new, fun locations and being able to enjoy festivals and celebrations different from those you’re used to back home. Wherever in the world you are this August, we thought we’d share some fun festivals for you to enjoy nationwide before summer draws to a close:

Iowa State Fair, August 8-18, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa

They say “nothing compares” to the Iowa State Fair! This famous fest attracts more than a million folks every year with its music and comedy offerings, agriculture and industry expos, great eats (with 600+ concessionaires including 50+ foods on a stick!), art, demolition derby, parade, thriving midway, displays, exhibitions, and more. Whether participating or spectating, you’ll love the competitions galore, in areas like arm-wrestling, whistling, yodeling, yo-yoing, duck calling, beard growing, and many more — including the “best mullet” contest! And who could forget, the world-famous butter cow sculpture!

Elvis Week 2013, August 10-17, at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee

Over the week surrounding Elvis’ death fans of The King gather at Graceland to enjoy loads of Elvis impersonators and tribute artists, an Elvis trivia treasure hunt, screenings of films like “Aloha From Hawaii” and “Viva Las Vegas,” and even day-trips to Tupelo, Mississippi, where the man himself was born and reared. Enjoy all that Graceland offers year-round, plus all the extra festivities and a 100-vendor memorabilia fair nearby at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Outside Lands, Aug. 9-11, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

This fest celebrates music, food, wine, beer, and art. But in addition to that super fun spread, Outside Lands is known for being very eco-friendly in example and also through education. There is an entire “greening” section on the fest’s website featuring the Panhandle Solar Stage (completely powered by solar and alternative energy), a refillable water program, waste diversion, a farmers market by Full Belly Farm, urban gardening workshops, and more.

Burning Man, August 26-Sept. 2, near Gerlach in Black Rock Desert, Nevada

The idea of this festival is constructing a temporary city (dubbed Black Rock City) of tens of thousands of people all gathered together for a spontaneous celebration of “community, art self-expression, and self-reliance.” After one week everyone departs the desert leaving absolutely no physical trace. This year’s art theme for the atypical festival is “Cargo Cult.”

For more August festival fun across the U.S. consider some of these fun, festive affairs:

National Hot Air Balloon Classic, July 26-Aug. 3, Indianola, IA

Harlem Week, July 28-Aug. 24, Harlem, NY

North Carolina Watermelon Festival, July 30-Aug. 3, Murfreesboro, NC

Lollapalooza, Aug. 2-4, Chicago, IL

Virginia Highlands Festival, Aug. 2-11, Abingdon, VA

Rhode Island International Film Festival, Aug. 6-11, Newport, Rhode Island

Steamboat Wine Festival, Aug. 7-11, Steamboat Springs, CO

Tombstone Vigilante Days, Aug 9-10, Tombstone, AZ

Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 9-11, Toledo, Washington

DC Beer Week, Aug. 11-18, Washington, D.C.

Classic City BBQ Festival, Aug. 16-17, Athens, GA

Made in Hawaii Festival, Aug. 16-18, Honolulu, HI

Maha Music Festival, Aug. 17, Omaha, NE

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, Aug. 18, Kaneohe, HI

Washington State International Kite Festival, Aug. 19-25, Long Beach, WA

Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2, St. Paul, MN

New York State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2, Syracuse, NY

Alaska State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2, Palmer, AK

American Folk Festival, Aug. 23-25, Bangor, ME

Colorado State Fair, Aug. 23-Sept. 2, Pueblo, CO

Mason Dixon Frontier Festival, Aug. 24-25, Morris, PA

Ukrainian Festival, Aug. 28-31, McKees Rocks, PA

Southern Decadence Festival, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, New Orleans, LA

Electric Zoo Electronic Music Fest, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, New York, NY

North Carolina Apple Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Hendersonville, NC

Bumbershoot Music & Art Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Seattle, WA

 

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Fourth of July Safety Guide for Travel Nurses

The Fourth of July is almost here, but the spirit is already upon us with smokebombs billowing from backyards and black cats cracking on street corners. If you’re working on and around the Fourth — especially in the ER — you’ll probably see increased traffic and some common injury trends. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s summer 2012 study of firework injuries, there were more than 5000 firework injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth (June 22-July 22) with an average of 200 people daily visiting the ER because of them. Check out CPSC’s great infograph here. Fingers and hands are the most vulnerable, accounting for 41% of firework injuries. Next are heads, faces and ears; torsos; legs; and eyes. More than half of 2012 firework injuries were burns. Men were three times as likely as women to be injured by fireworks and almost a quarter of injuries were in the 25-44 age range.

Whether you’ll be working or playing this upcoming 4th of July holiday we wish you all a safe, happy holiday. Here are some Fourth of July survival tips for you to share with friends, family, and patients — to help them keep all their digits and stay out of your unit!

Grill Safety

Appoint one person “The Grillmaster.” (Very often they will self-appoint!) That way someone is specifically responsible for minding the grill at all times and paying attention to avoid danger.

Use good common sense when positioning your grill and keep it away from other objects. A deck, garage, shed, or house aflame makes for a lousy firework! Consult your manual if you’re unsure.

Have a fire extinguisher on hand juuuust in case.

Firework Safety

Try to leave fireworks displays to the pros. Even the seemingly mild sparkler burns at more than 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause third-degree burns. But if you must do them yourself …

Just say “no” to illegal or homemade fireworks. All 6 reported firework-related deaths in 2012 involved them. DIY is great for many projects, but it’s not a good approach when it comes to explosive materials.

Never pick up a firework after it’s been lit and never try to relight or even pick up a “dud,” it could still be active. Instead, wait 20 minutes and soak in water. Keep a few pails of water around.

Sun & Hydration

Always wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy, and make sure it’s full- or broad-spectrum so it protects from UVA and UVB light. Reapply often, especially if you are sweating a lot or swimming.

Be shady: Umbrellas, trees, hats, sunglasses, and other such shade-providers are your friends and keep you free from the awful possibility of sunstroke.

Hit the H2O hard! You’re out in the sun, you may be drinking alcohol; staying hydrated is super important to your health and you’ll feel better and have more fun when you drink plenty of water.

Remember, the red-white-&-blue celebration may be held on the fourth, but it’s important that safety comes first. Have a great holiday, everyone!

 

 

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Best Spots for Summer Travel Nurse Assignments

Ah, those lazy, hazy days of summer. Well, maybe not quite lazy for hardworking Travel Nurses on summer contracts. You may have to work, but you want to enjoy the fairer season too. Luckily, populations in need of healthcare tend to flock to great summer states creating a need for Travel Nurses to follow. So what are some of the best spots for a summer Travel Nurse assignment?

North Carolina

The Tar Heel State has it all. From mountain-nestled, arts-centric Asheville in the west all the way east to Cape Hatteras and NC’s beautiful beach scene. Hop on the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, known as one of the U.S.’s most scenic drives — 469 miles through the Appalachian Mountains, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Shenandoah Skyline Drive. Along whatever portion of the drive you take there are great stop-off points, from Mount Mitchell (the eastern U.S.’s highest peak) to scattered quaint towns with excellent Carolina BBQ. Beat the summer heat at Linville Caverns where you can explore the inside of a mountain and the temp is a cool 52 degrees year-round. Thirsty for more? Visit New Bern, NC, the birthplace of Pepsi. Click here to view North Carolina jobs.

 

Arizona

Summer in the desert can be a sweaty affair, but Arizona has so much going it for it that with the modern wonder of A/C, the classic wonder of cold iced tea, and all the fun in store you won’t mind the heat. There’s actually a lot of aquatic fun to be had here in the desert, from Lake Havasu (known as “Arizona’s playground”) to Salt River (famous for its tubing trips) to fishing hub Lake Pleasant. A summer here practically requires you visit the Grand Canyon, one of America’s most amazing natural wonders. On the city side, visit the many museums, shops, sporting events and other attractions of Phoenix’s metropolitan hub. Arizona is also world-famous for its spas so you can relax there in style. And, Arizona’s brilliant sunsets are at their prettiest in summer months. Kick back after a hard day’s work and gaze at the orange-purple-pink sky splendor. Click here to view Arizona jobs.

 

Washington

If you prefer a slightly cooler climate, Washington State is a great bet for a summer contract. The Evergreen State boasts that iconic Pacific Northwest outdoor beauty, from Mount Rainier to Olympic National Park, and beyond. Use the ferry system to visit the various island communities off the coast, enjoying the journey across the magnificent Puget Sound. Seattle has it all when it comes to culture, concerts, sports, shops, restaurants. Spend a lazy day perusing the famous Pike Street Market and feast on some of the country’s best seafood. Don’t forget the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Gasworks Park, and various botanical gardens, arboretums and museums like the hip Experience Music Project and the Museum of Flight. Click here to view Washington jobs.

 

Georgia

The South is so much fun in the summer and there’s a reason why folks have Georgia on their minds. Atlanta offers big city excitement and a host of metropolitan attractions as well as being home to great athletics like the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Thrashers, and, for racing fans, the Atlanta Motor Speedway, host to NASCAR, Friday Night Drags, car shows, and other races. As for the outdoors, Stone Mountain is the most popular destination with camping, amusement park rides, golf, a Swiss-style cable car skyride, historic tours, museums, a scenic railroad and more. Georgia’s landscape is also great for growing grapes and the state is dotted with wineries. Don’t forget to savor the simple pleasure of a perfectly ripe Georgia summer peach. . Click here to view Georgia jobs.