What to Look for in a Nurse Staffing Agency

Nurses and other medical professionals across the nation are choosing staffing agencies over more traditional roles. The right nurse staffing agency can provide flexibility, unique opportunities, and a great schedule. However, the wrong agency can give you a bad experience.

So how is a nurse supposed to decide on the right staffing agency? Here are a few things to look for.

Nationwide Support

Even if you only plan to work in a small area, it’s wonderful to have a network of nurses nationwide behind you. Look for agency headquarters that support their staff and know what they’re doing. At NurseCore, our talented and understanding support staff cares about the lives of our nurses and our patients.

Word of Mouth

The best way to learn about a nurse staffing agency is to ask the people who work there. Reviews from past and current employees may tell you everything you need to know about your potential employer. It’s also important to hear from employees at the branch you are considering.

We’re proud to have incredible reviews from around the country. Check out what our nurses have to say about NurseCore here. Flexibility

For many nurses, the main point of going to a staffing agency is to get flexible hours. After all, who doesn’t want to make their own schedule? A great nurse staffing agency understands this and allows you the flexibility you need. We’re proud to offer that kind schedule.

Career Development

In the medical field, you can never stop learning or you might fall behind. At NurseCore, we value your career development. By placing our nurses in a variety of situations, we give them the opportunities they need to grow as nurses. You will become a better caregiver and more fulfilled in your chosen career.

How Nurses Found Their Calling

It takes a unique person to become a nurse. After all, it’s not one of those things that you just fall into doing. It takes passion and drive to get through nursing school and thrive in a nursing career.

The reasons for getting into nursing are as varied and diverse as nurses themselves. What motivates people to become nurses has been a popular topic on Reddit. Here are just a few great reasons nurses gave Reddit:

Making a Difference

If you want to make the world a better place, nursing might just be the right career for you. Many nurses found that they wanted to spend their working days making a difference in the lives of everyday people. Perhaps it is cliche, but it’s one of the best reasons to be a nurse.

Reddit user half-great-adventure simply wanted a career that made a difference and that viewed a little playfulness as a good thing. “I wanted to be useful, and nursing made me feel useful,” half-great-adventure wrote. “As for why I went into peds, I wanted to work at a place where my silliness would be an asset and not a liability. And it’s also a part of my secret plan to never grow up.”

Reddit user californiapdsnurse put it simply when he or she wrote, “I wanted to have a fulfilling job and to make a difference.”

Inspired By Great Nurses

Many nurses find their calling by coming face-to-face with kind, caring nurses. Reddit user gangybluth had one such story. “My grandpa was sick and dying in the hospital. He was so sick and always felt so bad. He had great nurses though, and one of them always got [a] smile out of him no matter what,” the nurse wrote. “That is when I decided I wanted to be a nurse. I was ten and I never once thought about being anything else.”

Another user called “TorchIt,” had an inspiring story to tell about the nurse that changed her life. “Before he died, my husband was a very sick individual. Lots of hospital stays, transplant patient, the whole nine. During one of our all too common ER visits, there was a nurse with a shock of curly blonde hair wearing cranberry scrubs. She exuded confidence, intelligence, and perhaps most importantly, optimism. She knew what she was doing, and she knew exactly how to diffuse that tough situation for us. I started pursuing nursing for a number of reasons, but she’s my nursing idol.”

The Practical Reasons

Aside from the nobel reasons of wanting to become a nurse, there are many practical reasons. For example, a nursing student with the username tea_and_cats said, “I chose nursing because it’s everywhere. I can travel. I can live in a small town. I can work hours that allow me both the time and money to do the things I am passionate about.”

Others chose nursing for the flexibility and variety the career offers. Ultimately, there are many reasons people are called to become nurses. But they all have one thing in common: they are the heart of healthcare.

What It’s REALLY Like to be a Home Health Nurse

When you picture a nurse at work, what do you see around the nurse? Do you imagine fluorescent lights, hurried hospital staff, and noisy call buttons? What about hospital gowns, cups of Jell-O, and awful tiles floors?

While many nurses do amazing work in hospitals like this, it’s not the only environment for a nurse. If you’re tired of the hospital life, it might be time to make the change to home health nursing. Here’s what it’s REALLY like to be a home health nurse:

You See Patients in a New Light

Being a nurse is an incredible experience. You see people in every stage of life experiencing a wide range of emotions. Being a home health nurse takes this part of the job to a whole new level.

By being in the patient’s home, you get a better understanding of the whole person. As you know, treating the whole person is more effective than treating one symptom at a time.

You Work Independently

Although NurseCore’s home health nurses have a team of professionals to rely on, their everyday work is done largely independently. If you like to treat patients in this way, home health might be right for you.

One-on-One Care

Let’s face it: caring for too many patients at once is exhausting and unfulfilling for some nurses. In home health care, you benefit from caring for one patient at a time. Many nurses find that this type of care makes them better at their jobs and leaves them feeling more effective.

It Is Challenging

Home health nursing is no cake walk. Being the only medical professional in the room takes confidence and skill. Great clinical abilities are a must when you care for patients in their homes. However, many nurses find this unique challenge to be rewarding in its own right.

Does home health nursing sound like a good fit for you? If so, apply for NurseCore today!

You Know You’re a Nurse If…

Have you ever noticed that nurses all do things a bit differently? Do your non-medical friends look at you weird when you talk about work? Have you ever triaged your laundry?

If so, this list is for you. Nurses are the heart of healthcare, it’s true. They also see the world completely differently than anyone else. So, you know you’re a nurse if…

…you can read any doctor’s handwriting.

Nurses know that the joke about doctors having illegible handwriting is based in reality. They also are sometimes the only people around who can read what a doctor wrote. Consider it a specialized superpower.

…you hear call bells in your sleep.

Bonus points if you respond to patients in your dreams! Seriously, does that noise ever get out of your head?

…discussing body functions over dinner doesn’t make you lose your lunch.

It’s just a body, what’s the big deal, right? You can talk about a code brown while eating chocolate ice cream like it’s nothing.

…you guard your pens like your life depends on it.

You’ve learned from your past mistakes. This new pen will NOT go missing. Right?

…you’ve complimented a strangers veins.

And you didn’t think it was weird at all. Thinking back, you realize, “Nice veins!” is an awful pickup line.

…you celebrate holidays on a different schedule.

It’s not the specific date but the memory that counts.

…you only wish doctors did as much in real life as they did on TV.

You watch Grey’s Anatomy and laugh. There’s no way a doctor would be doing half of that. You know where the nurses should be.

…you have criticized the medicine in TV, too.

While we’re at it, why aren’t any TV doctors competent? You can barely watch medical shows without screaming at your television.

…your non-medical friends and family call you to see how serious their ailment is.

It’s like working for free. But seriously, do not go to the doctor for those sniffles.

…your job is as rewarding as it is tough.

You may be exhausted and covered in bodily fluids, but you wouldn’t trade your job for anything. You are the heart of healthcare.

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4 Reasons Male Nurses Rock

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While the exact percentage is unknown, it’s no secret that the nursing profession is dominated by women. It has been this way for so long that male nurses often face harsh stereotypes. At NurseCore, we appreciate our nurses from all walks of life; men and women of all kinds are welcome.

To show our appreciation for the skills and perspective that men can bring to nursing, here are four reasons that male nurses rock:

1. They Buck Stereotypes at Every Turn

Nursing is one of the few professions that is dominated by women. While the number of men in nursing is rising, men still face negative public criticism when entering this incredible field. Men often have their gender identity and sexuality called into question when they decide to become nurses.

The truth is that the choice to be a nurse has nothing to do with gender or orientation. People become nurses to make a difference and save lives. When you have a caring male nurse, you get it!

2. They Teach About Nursing

While the stereotypes about men in nursing slowly crumble, the truth about why people choose this profession becomes clear. Robert Fraser, RN explained that the common myths about men in nursing provide opportunities to teach.

“I enjoy it though, you get the chance to explain the profession and what nurses actually do,” Fraser said. Now that’s an attitude we can get behind!

3. They are More Than the Muscle

Some people believe that men are just hired to do the heavy lifting. That’s couldn’t be further from the truth. All nurses do the heavy lifting and all nurses care for patients. Male and female nurses are equally valued in the workplace.

4. They are Nurses

Male nurses rock because they are nurses. NurseCore believes that all nurses rock! They are superheroes who save lives and dispense much-needed care.

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4 Healthcare Breakthroughs to Look Forward to in 2017

New year. New beginnings. New medicine!

Like 2016, we expect 2017 to be filled with advancements in cures, research, treatments, and technology in healthcare. NurseCore hopes that these developments in healthcare can make nurses and patients happier and healthier. Here are just a few of the medical developments we are most looking forward to in the coming year:

1. “Tricorders”

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Straight from sci-fi, the Tricorder once only lived in the imagination of Star Trek fans across the galaxy. On the classic sci-fi show, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy would scan the patient with the handheld device and instantly receive a diagnosis. It’s the dream of healthcare workers everywhere.

This dream may become a reality sooner than you think – well, sort of. About 5 years ago, Qualcomm announced a $10 million prize to anyone who could design such a device. The winner will be announced early this year. Live long and prosper!

2. Fake Blood

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We’re not talking about the kind of fake blood people use on Halloween costumes. In 2017, we might just see the emergence of synthetic blood to treat patients. This year, 20 volunteers will take part in a trial conducted by England’s National Health Service. Each subject will receive small amounts of synthetic blood. This blood has come from stem cell research with the intention of treating diseases like sickle cell anemia.

3. Advances in Augmented/Virtual Reality

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In 2016, Virtual Reality (VR) technology seemed to take over the gaming world. How better to enjoy a game than to be in it completely? It’s time for VR and Augmented Reality (AR) to take over the healthcare world as well.

Some healthcare professionals already have tools like AccuVein that uses AR to help phlebotomists and nurses find patients’ veins. In 2017, we expect VR and AR to become ever more widespread. This could help patients get a visual understanding of their procedures, medical students learn, and surgeons be more precise.

4. FHIR

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The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources is set to launch this year, which is exciting news for anyone interested in interoperability. If you’re tired of different departments having difficulty communicating, you’re going to love this new tool.

It allows healthcare workers to receive the health information they need about a patient without having to sort through extra information. FHIR intends to save time, money, and lives. We’re excited to see it in action.

What advancements are you looking forward to this year? Let us know! For more news and tips, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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