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May 2013 Travel Nurse Newsletter


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.

Read more about the Best Spots for Summer Travel Nurse Assignments on our blog!


Thanks for participating in Nurses Week!

We had SO much fun during this year's Nurses Week and we hope you did too.Thanks for spending it with us!

We appreciate any opportunity to honor and celebrate hardworking nurses. From Elvii to poker faces to cats playing poker, we had a blast looking through your many witty Facebook contest submissions. Congrats to all of our winners and thanks to all who participated.

There are still a few days for undergraduate nursing students to submit to our Nurses of Tomorrow scholarship contest — the deadline for entries is June 6, 2013. Three $1000 scholarships will be awarded. Click here for details and to apply.


Clinical Corner: CRE's (Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae)

by Joe Bryowsky RN, CCRN - Clinical Manager

There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about CRE's. This was precipitated when Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, made the statements that “CRE are nightmare bacteria ” and “Our strongest antibiotics don't work and our patients are left with potentially untreatable infections ”.

But what are CRE's and what precautions should healthcare workers take in reducing the spread of CRE's?

CRE, which stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, are a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics. Enterobacteriaceae are a family of more than 70 bacteria which share the characteristic of being gut-dwelling (entero). They include Klebsiella, Salmonella, Shigella and E. coli. Carbapenems are a “last-resort ” family of antibiotics (imipenem, meropenem, doripenem and ertapenemen.) which are used against these bacteria when they have become resistant to other drugs.

Healthy people usually don't get CRE infections. Infections caused by CRE most commonly occur in people who have:

  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Recent prolonged stays in healthcare settings
  • Invasive devices such as ventilators, IV catheters, urinary catheters
  • History of taking certain antibiotics for long periods of time

Read more of this article on our blog.


Traveling Pet of the Month

A big meow to Miss Mia for being crowned Pet of the Month - May. Miss Mia is a striking Himalayan feline owned by our Traveler, 
Donna. She loves licking ice cream from her momma's spoon. If you'd like to nominate your pet for Traveling Pet of the Month, 
fill out a pet application.
 

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“I have seen so many amazing places as a Travel Nurse for Medical Solutions! I get to see beautiful places I never would have seen had it not been for my job — from Florida to Washington state and a few in between. Plus, I finally visited the Dallas Cowboys stadium — it was on my bucket list!”
-carrie j

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