Outstanding School Psychologist Spotlight: Keshia Porter

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While we are often impressed by many of the educators we employ, it is extraordinarily special to have them recognized by the school district in which we place them. We get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside knowing that we are able to match individuals to their dream jobs, and that their talent is being utilized and appreciated. Take Keshia Porter, for instance. She is a school psychologist working in the Aurora Public School District and was given the Sharp Staff Award for her exemplary work ethic and dedication towards her 7th grade students. This is what Jessica Rodriguez Bracy, the AWCPA Assistant Principal, had to say about her.

“Often times, I see students reaching out to Keshia for support, which tells me, they feel comfortable and safe around her. She has a great balance of supporting students with that they need while holding them accountable to high expectations so that they are successful inside and outside of the classroom. I appreciate her and we’re glad she’s part of our AWCPA family!”

Keshia received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Kentucky University, but she didn’t stop there. She continued furthering her education, receiving her specialty degree in School Psychology. Keshia’s career objective is to “provide a variety of psycho-educational services to students in a collaborative and creative environment.” The passion that Keshia has for her profession was obvious to us the second we met her. Soliant is grateful to be working with such an exceptional person. We congratulate Keshia on her accomplishment and look forward seeing her work as a school psychologist being recognized more and more in the future!

Did you or someone you know receive an award or other special recognition that is deserving of a pat on the back?  We want to know about it! Reach out to your account executive with the good news. You could be the next feature on the Soliant blog!

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Travel Nursing With Pets

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travel nursing with petsLife as a travel nurse comes with a built-in set of logistical challenges. Even when you’re relatively unencumbered in your personal affairs, it can be stressful enough having to spend time every couple of months finding a new assignment, securing a place to stay, and dealing with your mom calling you every three hours to harass you as you try to explain to her yet again that no, you’re not moving home this time just because she needs help unloading her groceries from the car. When you add a beloved pet into the equation, things can get even more complicated.

We know you care more about your furbabies than life itself, and that, when it comes to selecting new assignments, making sure they are comfortable and well taken care of is as much of a consideration as your own access to indoor plumbing (hey, your pets seems to do okay without it). That being the case, here are a few things to keep in mind if you want your furry friends to remain a part of your travel nursing lifestyle. Continue reading “Travel Nursing With Pets”

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses and Medical Staff

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holiday gift ideas medical staffWith gift-giving holidays around the corner, it’s time to start making your holiday shopping lists, especially for the staff that simplifies your life and the nurses who are your right hand. It can be difficult to personalize each and every gift, but you don’t want to pass out fruitcakes and call it a day.  Here are some thoughtful gift ideas that can help you acknowledge and appreciate everyone that you work with throughout the holiday season. Continue reading “10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses and Medical Staff”

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Managing Patient Expectations

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patient expectationsWhen a patient initially comes in for care, their end-goal is to be free from whatever illness or injury is plaguing them. Though this can be the case after a period of treatment, sometimes even the simplest illnesses require more intervention than expected. Patients can become frustrated when they aren’t seeing progress in their treatment, and they may begin to question doctor’s orders and treatments. Communication can help to manage these expectations and create an environment that allows for discussion and change of direction, as well as a better understanding of possible outcomes. Continue reading “Managing Patient Expectations”

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Preparing Your Practice for the Holidays

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holidays in facilityThe holiday season is here, which means celebration, travel, and showing appreciation to all of the important people in your life. It’s time to deck the halls of your practice and get ready for all of the merry-making of the season. There is more to consider when preparing your practice for the holidays than just how much tinsel is too much or which meat to serve at the holiday staff luncheon. Here are a few tips that can help you get ready for the season while keeping your staff and patient morale high. Continue reading “Preparing Your Practice for the Holidays”

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Creating a Healthier Practice Environment

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happy work environmentYour life’s work is creating a healthier life for your patients, but have you taken the time to develop an environment for your nurses, assistants, and office staff that supports that mission? Happy, healthy people are more efficient and productive, so it only stands to reason that considering how your work environment affects the health of your employees should be a priority. Not sure where to get started to create a healthier practice environment? Here are a few simple tips. Continue reading “Creating a Healthier Practice Environment”

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