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August 2013 Travel Nurse Newsletter


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!

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Recruiter Greg Allen in Healthcare Traveler Magazine

Our very own Senior Career Consultant, Greg Allen, was an expert source for an article in the July 2013 issue of Healthcare Traveler magazine. Yay, Greg!

The piece was called “Choosing the Right Staffing Firm, ” with a subhead reading “When travelers are scouting assignments, the best recruiting firm relationships begin with communication. ” Greg was a fantastic source for the piece, as communication and relationship building are two areas that he is truly an expert in. In fact, these are two areas that all of our Career Consultants work to excel at.

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Medical Solutions Staffing EMR Conversions in San Francisco Bay Area

Medical Solutions will be staffing two large EMR conversions in the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding cities starting in late summer and continuing throughout the rest of the year. More than 400 nurses will be needed. EPIC experience is preferred, but not required.These are 13 week assignments. Preferred specialties are NICU, PICU, PEDS and PEDS ER.

If you are interested in this opportunity, click here to apply or contact your Career Consultant today! 866.633.3548


Clinical Corner: HIPAA in a Nutshell

by Joe Bryowsky RN, CCRN Clinical Manager

What is HIPAA?

In 1996 the U.S. government enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act. This law is meant to keep a patient's medical information private.

What constitutes a HIPAA violation?

  • Showing or sharing the information to an unauthorized person: If any health-care provider shares medical information about a patient without the patient's consent, that is a HIPAA violation. This includes telling people about the patient's condition, discussing the patient's condition in public, or using the patient's information in a medical brief without the patient's consent. This would also apply to today's technology which includes cell phones that take pictures, Facebook, texting, etc.
  • Excessive Views: Too many looks at a medical record or more often than needed, can constitute a violation of the law. Sometimes this happens when a patient with an abnormal condition comes into the hospital or because people are simply curious.

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Pet of the month

Let's hear it for August's Pet of the Month, Daisy! Daisy is a 40 lb Boxer owned by our Traveler, Ami. Her favorite treat is chicken…lucky dog! If you'd like to nominate your pet for Traveling Pet of the Month, fill out a pet application.

“Our Cocoa is a great traveler. She has visited Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Memorial. She is going to be one well-traveled dog.”
-kelly t

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