Pharmacy school vs pharmacy in the real world

by Tera Tuten on December 9, 2014

pharmacy-school-tipsThere seems to be a growing divide between the expectations of students in U.S. pharmacy schools and the realities of being a pharmacist. [click to continue…]


Nurse-StoriesIt can seem like a thankless job at times. Then something comes along to remind you why you get up in the morning and do it in the first place.

Here are 8 inspiring stories about being a nurse that might just have such an effect on you:

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first-time-travel-assignment-nursing-tipsWhen you start your first travel assignment, you may be thinking of all the places you want to see in your new city. In addition, you are probably excited to work somewhere new and make new friends. But along with all the excitement of a travel assignment comes a few practical things to consider. Here are a few things to consider before you hit the road. [click to continue…]

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4 Reasons you should take a locum tenens job in Florida

by Tera Tuten on November 26, 2014

FL-locumsWorking as a locum tenens physician is a job that’s especially attractive if you want absolute control over where and when you work.

Here are 4 reasons why my may want to consider combining this medical career lifestyle in the 27th state:

1. They’re not kidding about the sun…
Florida has an amazing average sunshine duration rating: between 60 and 76 percent throughout the year, depending on where you live. That means clear skies and that glorious Florida sun shines down on its residents most of the year, with average January temperatures in the mid 40s to above 60 F and July temperatures in the low 90s F.

Looking for a fun fact to prove your sunshine trivia prowess? Drop this one at work: St. Petersburg, Florida holds a world record for having the most sunny days in a row – 768 consecutive days between February 9, 1967 and March 17, 1969.

2. No personal income tax or state tax

One of the perks of living in Florida is that there is no personal income tax and the state’s constitution prohibits state income tax.

Although you still have to pay federal income tax, for more than 30 years, Florida has held its ranking among the nation’s lowest state and local tax burden.

3. Lots of Baby Boomers retiring there
We’ve all heard the cliché about retiring to Florida, but it’s a cliché based in fact: As of 2013, people over the age of 65 years old made up 18.7 per cent of the state’s population.

That’s much higher than the national average of 14 per cent, and that number is only going to keep growing as the baby boomers enact their retirement plans. Age related illness translates directly into increased medical care, which means there’s likely going to be an increased demand for healthcare and more patients in a concentrated area as the boomers enter their golden years.

4. It’s a coastal playground
In addition to being nice and warm, the Panhandle State is a playground for, well, playground-lovers: From beaches to theme parks to space exploration, you can’t swing a palm tree without hitting something awesome to do and see – and that’s just the mainstream fare…

Book a weekend cruise at the last minute and enjoy those sweet Florida resident discounts, pick your own citrus right from the tree, enjoy a cultural event, or take in the fascinating ecological biodiversity at places such as Everglades National Park, Ocala National Forest or the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.

Working as a locum tenens nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, or physician assistant is a rapidly growing healthcare career option. Doing so in the Sunshine State may quite possibly be the best of numerous worlds.

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social-media-school-cyberbullyingSocial media has changed the world, for better or worse. The fact is that social media is virtually available to anyone, including students that attend middle schools and high schools. Many children have their own smart phones that allow them to stay connected at all times. These devices let them to connect with other students at school and beyond. This also means that fallout from positive and negative interactions on those platforms can trickle down into the school day. [click to continue…]


Pros and Cons of Going Freelance as a Nurse

by Tera Tuten on November 10, 2014

soliant_freelance_nursingIn recent blogs, we’ve looked at the nursing shortage and – paradoxically – why it’s still hard to find a job as a newly-graduated nurse.

One solution to this could be to start working as a freelance nurse.

Whether it’s a way to break into the healthcare industry or a change of pace after years of full-time wok at a hospital or clinic, freelancing might be just the ticket for you.

Here are some of the plusses and minuses to a few aspects of freelance nursing:

Independent Contracting: Pros

An independent contractor, formerly known as a private duty nurse, can diagnose and treat a patient in the client’s home and is paid directly by the patient or a representative of the patient.

Nursing care must follow the nurse practice act of whichever state you’re working in, just like that provided by a staff nurse. (In some states, physician collaboration or supervision is required.)

The advantage here of being in business for yourself is that you set your own hours, charge a rate slightly above the amount a staff nurse would make, and your earnings are only limited by the number of hours you work in a day.  [click to continue…]