Last year, Cynthia was a perm nurse who was dissatisfied with her daily routine. She came across an interesting Facebook post by Andy Millete, a Soliant Nursing Recruiter, regarding an exciting opportunity. “I wanted to work at a hospital that would teach me how to be a nurse in Interventional Radiology,” Cynthia explained. She decided to take a chance and go for it. Andy told Cynthia about an available position in Kansas City, which raised some concern for the beach lover. “I wasn’t sure about going to the region, but once I got there it was so pretty,” Cynthia said.

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Travel Spotlight: Locum Tenens Physician Dr. Justin

by Paige Johnsen on January 7, 2016

physician travel jobsSoliant travel healthcare professionals have the flexibility and freedom to experience places they have never seen before all while receiving excellent benefits, great pay and job security.

One of our locum tenens physicians, Dr. Justin, had the opportunity to explore North Central Montana during his locum tenens travel assignment at Indian Health Service in Fort Belknap, Montana. Dr. Justin worked in the outpatient clinic and dealt with chronic and acute health issues. With so many types of healthcare environments and sizes available to travel healthcare professionals, it can be hard to decide the next ideal career move. With Soliant, you will have the opportunity to work in different settings, which may help you decide your field focus and build your career. For Dr. Justin, becoming a locum tenens physician was an appealing option to figure out the type of medicine he wanted to practice. [click to continue…]

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In our ‘Nursing Blog of the Month’ feature, every month we introduce a new blog that we enjoy reading and know you will too. This month we feature Brock Anderson from Mightynurse.com. 

Mighty Nurse is a support website which empowers nurses in a world that takes advantage of their unrelenting support for humanity, kindness and skills.

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Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse? I’ve always enjoyed helping people and what better way to help people than pursuing a career in Nursing?! I’ve been in the nursing industry for close to 10 years now.

What inspired you to start blogging?

The healthcare industry is always evolving and over the years I’ve witnessed a lot of changes in the technology space. I think that the healthcare industry was behind on modern technology for so many years, and it’s just now starting to play catch up. I first started blogging when I was in nursing school and realized that there were hardly any sites that empowered Nurses online. So I started blogging about anything and everything related to Nursing.

What can our readers expect to find on your blog? And is there anything they can get involved with?

Mightynurse.com is full of resources for Nurses and Nursing students. We even have stuff for retired Nurses! We have everything from personal nursing stories, to forums, to NCLEX prep material, to nurse cartoons and much more! Our website is a place for the entire nursing community so there‘s a lot for any Nurse to do to get involved on our site.  We encourage nurses to send us their personal stories (http://www.mightynurse.com/contribute-to-mighty-nurse/) and invite people to browse around our forum boards (http://www.mightynurse.com/ask-a-nurse-forums/)

How do you think the public perception of what nurses do compares to the reality of the job?

The view the media portrays of Nurses cracks me up. A majority of the time TV shows and movies are almost the exact opposite of what being a Nurse is actually like. Being a Nurse is tough work! It takes a lot of schooling and knowledge to obtain that Nursing license and I think the media often overlooks that.

Finally, is there one piece of advice you would give to a nurse at the start of their nursing career?

Just like anything in life, the start is always the hardest. There will be days when you second guess yourself and consider giving up. Every Nurse goes through that and you’re not alone. Just keep in the mind the end reward and make time to take care of yourself. I think Dory from Finding Nemo said it best “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

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In our ‘Nursing Blog of the Month’ feature, every month we introduce a new blog that we enjoy reading and know you will too.

This month we are pleased to feature Dr. Renee Thompson from RTConnections. After more than 20 years as a nurse, Renee took a leap of faith, quit her secure job as a nurse executive and started RTConnections.

Renee has since become one of the country’s leading authorities on nurse bullying, new nurse onboarding, effective communication and nursing culture.  Renee has been speaking in front of audiences at conferences and educational seminars for many years.

More information can be found at: https://rtconnections.com/

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Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?

I’ve been a nurse for more than 25 years. I originally wanted to be a physician but then life got in the way. I got married young, had 2 beautiful daughters right away and realized that going to med school was not an option. So, I became a nurse and never looked back! I’ve worked as a clinical nurse, a nurse manager, educator, homecare nurse, nurse executive and now I own my own education company, RTConnections. In demand as a consultant and keynote speaker, I now help healthcare organizations eliminate workplace bullying, develop effective communication among teams, improve clinical competence through certification, and build positive and healthy workplaces. I speak internationally to healthcare organizations and academic institutions, teaching and motivating my audiences at conferences, training events, and seminars.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I started my blog as a way to help nurses who were dealing with bullying situations in the workplace.  60% of new nurses quit their first job within the first year due to the bad behaviour of their co-workers. 48% of newly graduating nurses are afraid that they will become the target of workplace bullying. And, almost every day of my life, a nurse reaches out to me for help. I just couldn’t sit back and say, “Well, that’s just the way it is in nursing.” I had to do something. Blogging gave me a forum to help the masses of nurses who are struggling.

What can our readers expect to find on your blog? And is there anything they can get involved with?

Readers can expect to find blog posts about nurse bullying and professional development. I share stories from my current experiences and examples that other nurses share with me. My goal is to offer nurses solutions to common professional issues we face; issues such as nurse bullying, conflict in the workplace, and other issues related to professional development.

They can get involved by commenting and sharing their favorite posts with their colleagues.

How do you think the public perception of what nurses do compares to the reality of the job?

The public has mixed perceptions of what nurses do. According to Grey’s Anatomy, we just put patients on bedpans or sleep around with doctors. According to Nurse Jackie, we are all drug users. Or, the public thinks that to be a nurse, you have to work in a hospital or doctor’s office. The reality is that nurses own businesses; are attorneys, manage large software companies, operate clinics and outpatient centers, etc. The beautiful benefit of being a nurse is the many, many opportunities available.

Finally, is there one piece of advice you would give to a nurse at the start of their nursing career?

Yes! Seek out the wisdom and knowledge from experienced nurses who are passionate about supporting newer nurses. We are out there – find us!

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Andy’s #21EarlyDays: Mission Accomplished

by Soliant Health on November 3, 2015

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And that’s a wrap! Andy has officially completed the#21EarlyDays challenge! So what did 21 days of waking up at 4:30 AM do to and for Andy? He shares his final thoughts below:

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Nursing Blog of The Month: Nursing From Within

by Tera Tuten on October 21, 2015

In our ‘Nursing Blog of the Month’ feature, every month we introduce a new blog that we enjoy reading and know you will too.

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This month we’re really pleased to introduce Elizabeth Scala. As a keynote speaker, bestselling author and virtual conference host, Elizabeth partners with hospitals, organizations, associations, and nursing groups to help transform the field of nursing from the inside out. In her bestselling book, ‘Nursing from Within’ Elizabeth guides nurses and nursing students to a change in perspective, helping them make the inner shift needed to better maneuver the sometimes challenging realities of being a caregiver. You can find out more and gain access to Elizabeth’s free three-part video series, ‘I’m a Nurse but I’m not sure I love nursing anymore… can you help me?’ at www.elizabethscala.com.

Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?
Funny story – which I talk about in my book, ‘Nursing from Within’ – I never actually wanted to be a nurse. It was college roommates, a nursing professor and my mother who put their heads together to come up with the master plan. So during my senior year of college, I started taking pre-requisite classes so that I could enter the accelerated nursing program upon graduation. At the time I wasn’t thrilled as I felt other people were creating my life course for me. Now a nurse of ten years, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I absolutely loved my five year psychiatric nursing career. I learned so much working in the community, running a physician referral exercise program. And now – to have the freedom and fun of being a nurse entrepreneur – that’s the great thing about nursing. You can do anything you set your mind to as there are options and opportunities everywhere!

What inspired you to start blogging?

Well, I started my own business in 2011. And what better way is there to get ‘found’ these days online than by starting a blog? I do truly love to write (says the girl who’s four books in and working on another as we speak). And a blog is a great way to connect with my audience; I love when the readers out there following place comments and ask questions.

What can our readers expect to find on your blog? And is there anything they can get involved with?

Great question! My blog is all about shifting one’s focus. We can find ourselves in our nursing careers exhausted, beat down and stressed out. Yet, how we show up and interact as nurses really is on us. So my articles inspire, teach and provide valuable content about mind-set shifts and career enjoyment. I write about using entrepreneurial skill sets in our nursing careers. I share information on complementary modalities and energy theory. I provide videos, audios and pretty much anything for folks to have a good time and enjoy themselves. Readers can certainly get involved by sharing their comments and questions on the posts. I always love to hear what other nurses are up to!

How do you think the public perception of what nurses do compares to the reality of the job?

I think it varies. In my opinion, we cannot clump ‘the public’ all into one category. Sure, there may be people out there that don’t exactly understand what nurses do – but my dad has worked as a computer programmer for over 35 years and, quite frankly, I have no clue what he does all day. And even when he tries to explain it (which he has several times over), I still don’t quite ‘get’ it. Now that’s one example. On the other hand, I know people in the ‘public’ who have spent a great deal of time in the hospital, as patients themselves or with family members. They often report back, at holiday functions, about just how wonderful the nurses were taking care of them. I bet if you asked them – they could tell you what a nurse does! So sure, we can continue to educate people and role model what we do… but let’s be careful to say that the public overall doesn’t understand what nursing is all about. Most often there’s someone in their lives who has experienced the loving care of a really great nurse.

Finally, is there one piece of advice you would give to a nurse at the start of their nursing career?

Stay true to yourself. In a world of nursing with close to three million strong (just in the United States alone) it can feel like you ‘have’ to do what others have done. You may see your colleague go back to school for another degree and think you ‘should’ too. You may read in the news that you need this other form of training, but do you? The very best way to show up in your professional career is to show up as yourself. It will make your decisions easier, your work less stressful and your life much more fun. Commit to staying clear in your values and be sure to articulate them with confidence in yourself and your work.

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