Nursing Blog of the Month: Nurse Eye Roll

by Tera Tuten on August 14, 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.

Blog of the Month nurse eye roll

This month we’re delighted to introduce Kati Kleber, the nurse behind Nurse Eye Roll. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kati writes about nursing from the frontline and shares her experiences with a good dose of humor and an ever greater dose of honesty.

Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse? Kati Kleber, Nurse Eye Roll

I have been a nurse for 5 years.  I am currently a nurse in a neuro ICU and have been for the past 3 years.  Prior to that, I spent my first two years as a nurse on a cardiothoracic and vascular surgical stepdown unit.  I have my BSN and am thinking about getting an MSN or PhD.  I am highly involved in Shared Governance at my hospital and just obtained my CCRN certification!  I went into nursing because I liked medicine and I liked teaching, so nursing made sense to me.  I started taking classes and hoped for the best!  Thankfully it worked out.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I was frustrated with the lack of support for the newbie nurse and nursing students online from currently practicing bedside nurses.  I created what I wish I had when I started out as a nurse.

Has anything surprised you about starting a blog?

There have been a lot of things that I’ve had to teach myself how to do.. a lot of technical things, things related to business and taxes that I was not prepared for! I’ve had to learn along to way and talk to others that have done similar things in different fields.   It’s definitely been a challenge!

What can our readers expect to find on your blog?

I like to have a mix of informational, inspirational, and humorous posts on my blog.  I occasionally host giveaways and contests on the blog that readers can become involved with and comments are always welcome!

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

Be honest about what you don’t know, communicate with your preceptor and support staff, and try to be as independent as possible while on orientation so that you’ll be ready to rock when you’re done!

Connect with Kati on her social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

Do you have a favorite nursing blog or run a nursing blog yourself? Nominate them or yourself to be featured in the comments below!



sia-largest-healthcare-staffing-firmsWe’re back from an enriching 2015 Soliant Leadership Summit in Orlando, FL and we couldn’t wait to announce that Soliant Health has earned a spot in Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2015 10 Largest Healthcare Staffing Firms in the U.S.!

Soliant has made its mark on every SIA report thus far, but we are entering the Top 10 Largest Healthcare Staffing Firms rankings for the first time. In addition, we achieved the rankings for 13th largest travel nursing firm in the U.S. and the third largest allied healthcare staffing firm in the U.S.

The growth of Soliant Health has made an impact on more than the services we provide and the areas we service. Personal growth has been one of the greatest results of growing bigger as a company. Our success is owed to Soliant colleagues who have made it their mission to make lives better for those who make lives better.

We’d also like to thank every person who has entrusted Soliant Health with their staffing and career needs. We look forward to continuing to provide for you in the best way we can!




Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – Award Presentation & Tour

by Carmela Nazareno on July 14, 2015

It’s an exciting week for Soliant! On Monday, July 13, 2015, we made our way to Americus, GA to present an award to Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S. for 2015, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.

phoebe-sumter-medical-centerWe were warmly greeted by Marcus Johnson, Marketing Director at PSMC, who has been our main point of contact for the duration of this year’s contest. The award ceremony began with an opening message by PSMC CEO Brandi Lunneborg, followed by a message from Americus’ Mayor Barry Blount. Tera Tuten, Soliant Vice President of Marketing and Operations, spoke about the impact that Phoebe Sumter’s participation has made on Soliant’s annual contest before officially presenting the award to PSMC. The award presentation concluded  with a message from Phoebe Putney Health System CEO Joel Wernick. [click to continue…]



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

Blog of the MonthOur first featured blogger is Shelly Lopez Gray, the registered nurse behind the blog Adventures of a Labor Nurse: the Highs and Lows of Labor and Delivery. She writes about

Shelly Lopez Gray - Adventures of a Labor Nurse the secret (good) work of nurses and provides information for women before, during and after their pregnancy as well as resources for nurses for professional growth and development.

Shelly works at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and at Houston Methodist San Jacinto. She volunteers teaching prenatal classes to women at a pregnancy crisis center and provides breastfeeding information to mothers at a teen clinic. Shelly is dedicated to the health of moms and babies and genuinely believes that every nurse has the potential for greatness.

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

I always thought I wanted to be a nurse. There are so many nurses in my family, including my mom and my sister. When I was 25 I found myself pregnant and very nervous. I wanted to make sure I’d be able to financially support myself and my daughter if anything ever happened to my husband. So I decided to go to nursing school. I graduated in 2009 with my ADN, 2011 with my BSN, and 2015 with my MSN. I’m currently in a DNP program.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I realized very quickly that there’s a gap between our patients and their healthcare providers. I worked at a hospital that served a lot of young mothers, and I wanted to find a way to provide patient education prior to hospital admission. I also wanted to inspire nurses. My first year as a nurse, I went to an AWHONN national convention and realized that nurses are the same everywhere! We’re all experiencing the same emotions, and we’re basically all taking care of the same patient.  It was very reassuring to know that I was not alone.

Has anything surprised you about starting a blog?

I never realized it would take off the way it has. It’s been a truly incredible experience, and I’m so very grateful that I’ve been given an opportunity. I just want to do something good with it.

What can our readers expect to find on Adventures of a Labor Nurse?

You can find information geared towards women and their partners on anything pregnancy-related….from breastfeeding to grief support to what to expect during labor and delivery. Nurses can find inspiration and education. I’m constantly adding new stuff.

I actually just started a non-profit organization called NursesWomenBabies. I plan on highlighting the creative talents of nurses and women to help raise money for charities that support the population and profession that I’m so passionate about.

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

Join your professional organization, get certified, and get involved. We have the ability to impact so many things, we have to collectively raise our voices to make a difference.

Connect with Shelly on Twitter and Facebook. Shelly also blogs over at the Huffington Post.


Do you have a favorite nursing blog or run a nursing blog yourself? Nominate them or yourself to be featured in the comments below!


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2015 MBH Winner Spotlight – Phoebe Sumter Medical Center

by Carmela Nazareno on June 16, 2015

2015-most-beautiful-hospitalsThis year’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. contest has been momentous, humbling, and astounding all at the same time. Year after year, we see hospitals ramp up their engagement efforts in hopes of making our Top 20 list in the last few weeks of our contest. This year was a little different in that we received a record-breaking (almost) 400,000 votes, a quarter of which were for one hospital alone. [click to continue…]


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2015-most-beautiful-hospitalsAfter a record-breaking 388,505 votes (more than one and a half times the votes from last year) the results are in for Soliant Health’s 7th annual list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America. [click to continue…]