The Nursing Nomad

Camille T. has a long bucket list, but after traveling with RTG Medical, it’s getting a lot shorter.

She’s been an OR Nurse for 14 years, and right now, she’s on assignment in California.

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For four years, she’s traveled with RTG Medical, and she’s “very thankful” for travel nursing as it gives her “the freedom to be in three bucket list destinations in three days!”

Just this week, she’s been in San Diego and New Orleans!

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As most traveling healthcare professionals, Camille’s day can always change. But she says, typically she has a morning meeting, works on a case schedule and is responsible for patients’ medications, charts and post-op.

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Camille has been traveling to each assignment in her mini home — her RV. She’s able to eat, sleep and — of course — travel to her next bucket list destination and assignment.

“We wouldn’t be able to do all we do without travel nursing,” she said.

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RTG Medical Welcomes Second Class of Interns

Our first RTG intern class has graduated! Now, we’re welcoming two Midland University students to our internship program. These two are busy competing, studying, and enjoying the adventures of college. We are excited to finally introduce the smiling faces who greet our team every day. Join us in welcoming Lexie and Ty!

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Grand Island, NE

Major: Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in coaching
Sport: Cheerleading
Why did you choose to intern at RTG? All of the positive things I heard about the company and the people that work here.
How would you spend one million dollars? Pay off my student loans and then buy lots of golden-doodle puppies.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? Definitely read minds.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Hopefully happy with lots of golden-doodles.
If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
For sure Ryan Reynolds (because he’s hot).
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Anywhere near family and friends!

Ty Hecker
David City, NE
Major:
Business
Sport:
Dance
Why did you choose to intern at RTG? Because of all of the good things I’ve heard from past interns and current employees.
How would you spend one million dollars?
Pay off my schooling/house. I would probably buy a new car and save the rest.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The ability to fly.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Hopefully have bought a new house, have children, and practicing law.
If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
Probably Melissa McCarthy because she is really funny.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Switzerland!

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our growing team, click here to apply!

KICKING OFF 2019 WITH SIX NEW TEAM MEMBERS

RTG is kicking off 2019 with a bang! Six more employees have been added to our recruiting team! Help us welcome Andrew, Alex, Kati, Marc, Nathel, and Travis to RTG Medical!

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Andrew Miszuk
Omaha, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Local concert at Lake Dillon in Colorado. It was family friendly, not overly loud, and the musicians were just regular people.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? I am excited to work in a team environment with a caring group of people and the freedom to grow within the company.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? Go to Alaska to see the sights and hopefully the Northern Lights.
Favorite hobbies or activities to do outside of work? I enjoy reading.

Alex Noecker
Council Bluffs, IA
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? My most memorable experience was when Nelly “hot in here” came out. I was like 10 or 12 years old and it was one of the last performances.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? The experience working with each individual person and developing long lasting relationships.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? Staying out in the middle of the ocean in one of those little huts that are also half under water.
Favorite hobbies or activities to do outside of work? I like to play baseball when I can. I spend a lot of free time is dedicated to my children and other related activities.

Kati Fletcher
Fremont, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Maroon 5 because I had amazing seats to see my boyfriend, Adam Levine. (Don’t tell my husband)
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? Meeting new people and working with great nurses. Super excited!
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? My dream is to go to Bora Bora! I search this place a few times a year hoping prices might go down!
Favorite hobbies or activities to do outside of work? I love golfing, kid activities, family time, and walking our two golden retrievers.

Marc Roode
Fairbury, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? I’m not a concert person, I prefer smaller more intimate venues.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? To have a job/career that constantly challenges me, enables me to take pride in my career and especially the positive, productive atmosphere of RTG Medical.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? I want to go big game hunting in the back country of Alaska. The experience of survival and sustenance that provides.
Favorite hobbies or activities to do outside of work? Golf, golf, and then play some more golf. Winter months I am an avid upland (ground dwelling) bird hunter.

Nathel Newby Jr.
Suffolk, VA
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? DJ Karnage
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? The opportunity to work for a veteran owned company and to manage my own work load.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? Sky diving because I love adrenaline and risk taking.
Favorite hobbies or activities to do outside of work? Playing basketball, cooking, and traveling.

Travis Sasse
Gordon, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? I am a concert junkie, so I have a top five: Metallica, Eagles, Rob Zombie, Slayer, and Korn.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? It is a great work place, great people, and great pay.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? My small bucket list would be to make it to all of the Big 10 football stadiums. My big bucket list is to make it to all the legendary college football stadiums.
Favorite hobbies or activities to do outside of work? I enjoy woodworking, bourbon collecting, drone flying, photography, and going to concerts.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our growing team, click here to apply!

A Glimpse into Giving: RTG Medical’s 2019 Community Partnership Program

Community service and partnerships play an integral role at RTG Medical. Employees team up to volunteer, serve and make a difference in the Greater Omaha Area. Take a peek into events from 2018 and what’s in store for 2019!

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Wreaths Across America

RTG has partnered with this nonprofit to ensure at least 500 wreaths are laid on a veteran’s grave. Our team volunteers at the Memorial Cemetery in Fremont and the Omaha National Cemetery. Two RTG employees and veterans of U.S. military, Scott Steffensmeier (Navy) and Zach Crosby (Marines), will participate in Omaha on Saturday, December 15th.

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Fremont Family YMCA

The Fremont Family YMCA and RTG Medical launched SwimMates in January. The program teaches swimming lessons to first graders in the Fremont area. More than 450 first graders have graduated from the program from seven Fremont area elementary schools. Here’s an inside look at one of the swim lessons!

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Special Olympics: Nebraska and Fremont teams

RTG Medical has become the first corporate sponsor for Nebraska’s Special Olympics Team. Nearly 70 athletes and coaches traveled to Seattle for the National Games. Five athletes at that competition were from the Special Olympics Fremont Team. RTG’s sponsorship helped cover travel costs, uniforms, and incidentals for all athletes. Fremont athlete Wyatt Spalding spoke on behalf of both the Special Olympics Nebraska and Fremont teams on how the organization helped make an impact on his life.

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Nebraska & Dodge County Humane Society

Tens of thousands of animals have come through our local humane society’s doors. RTG partners with both the Nebraska and Dodge County Humane Society. This incredible organization provides each animal with dental exams, necessary surgeries and any needed medication in hopes the animals get a second chance and become adopted. RTG’s partnership with NHS included donations of two large, washable dog or cat houses filled with medical supplies along with a donation check from RTG employees. In Fremont, the Dodge County Humane Society helps thousands of stray animals from the Fremont and surrounding area throughout the year.

Folds of Honor 2018

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RTG Medical’s newest community partner, Folds of Honor, provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled service-members. RTG is driven to support their mission: “Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.” In 2019, RTG employees will provide more than $14,000 in scholarships.

All of these organizations truly care about the communities they serve and RTG Medical is proud to play a part in the difference these nonprofits make. Stay tuned for updates throughout 2019 on how RTG is making a difference in the Omaha and Fremont communities!

Closing Out 2018 With Six New Hires

RTG is wrapping up 2018 with six new employees being added to our administrative, marketing, and recruiting team. Help us welcome Cassandra, Miranda, Katy, Carrie, Anna, and Lianna to RTG Medical!

December 2018 New Hires

Cassandra Martin, Marketing Intern
Le Mars, IA
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why?
There’s been a lot of great ones, but LANCO in Okoboji, IA was amazing!! I was in the front row and caught a drumstick from the drummer.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? The amazing culture and environment. I am excited to learn more about the marketing side of RTG.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? Travel through Europe because it looks incredible.
Favorite hobbies or activities outside of work? I love to spend time with my Fiance and dogs. I enjoy being active outdoors, traveling, and working out.

Miranda Barrett, Senior Recruiter
Fremont, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Too many to name, can’t pick just one!
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? I’m excited to work for a company that has a great culture and am excited to build new relationships with my co-workers and travelers.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? Skydiving
Favorite hobbies or activities outside of work? Spending time with my two children and husband, DIY projects, shopping, cooking, anything outdoors.

Katy Haneline, Administrative Assistant
Arlington, NE
Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Omaha, NE and grew up in Arlington, NE.
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Going to see Josh Groban because he is my favorite singer.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? The opportunity to learn.
Favorite hobbies or activities to do outside of work? I enjoy gardening and spending time with my dogs.

Carrie Steffensmeier, Administrative Assistant
Fremont, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Probably, hands down Garth Brooks.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? New direction and team environment.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? Disney World with my family, as I have never been.
Favorite hobbies or activities outside of work? Working out, being creative artistically, and spending time with my family.

Anna Moles, Administrative Assistant
Bloomfield, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? The best concert I’ve been to is Colt Ford and Florida Georgia Line. But I’m super excited to see the Back Street Boys next year!
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? I love the atmosphere and really enjoy the people I work with.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? The number one thing on my bucket list is to go to Greece. It looks so beautiful and I love the culture. 
Favorite hobbies or activities to do outside of work? 
Play with my dogs: Rigz, Zues, and Maverick. I enjoy riding my horse, Johnny, and spending time with my family.

Lianna Prill, Content Marketing Specialist
Holdrege, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Looking forward to Michael Bublé and Carrie Underwood at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2019!
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? Work/life balance.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? Getting married in the Rocky Mountains!
Favorite hobbies or activities outside of work? Singing, playing the piano, and painting.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our growing team, click here to apply!

Meet RTG Medical’s Latest Fab Five

Here at RTG Medical we have many things we are thankful for this Thanksgiving, but our new hires top off the list. We are pleased to announce the newest employees of the RTG team Laurie, Mikenah, Eric, Justin, and Chuck.

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Laurie Belak
Fremont, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Bruce Springsteen because I had backstage passes! The tickets were free and the band gave me the drumsticks the drummer used that night. I met the band on a plan ride home from London.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? The possibility to advance to different roles with the company as the company grows.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? I would like to go to Hawaii to enjoy the scenery and weather. I also want to go to the Balloon Glow in Arizona!
Favorite hobbies or activities outside of work? I enjoy reading, watching sports since I used to participate in them. Also, I enjoy doing anything with my children and grandchildren.

Mikenah Rieken
Grand Island, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Seeing Luke Bryan in the front row in Vegas on Fremont Street hands down. I also got to meet him back stage at his tour bus after the concert!
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? I am most excited about being part of such a successful growing company and the amazing culture it has! I hope to stay with this company and continue to grow right along with it.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? I would say sky diving, but I have already crossed that off the list. I definitely want to go again! Somewhere prettier than Nebraska though. Another thing on my list (that’s not very realistic) is that I would love to go into outer space!
Favorite hobbies or activities outside of work? I love to dance! It’s gotten a lot more difficult to find time and a place to dance with a full time job, but I like to stay involved with the Midland Dance Team as much as I can. Most of the time I just like to hang out with friends or my boyfriend and find fun things to do together.

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Eric Guerrero
Omaha, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Grassroots Music Festival where I worked as a photographer for the event, so I got to be backstage. I met Lupe Fiasco, Mac Miller, Logic, and more.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? I’m looking forward to experiencing the culture and income potential.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? I’d love to travel out of the country on a vacation with my fiancé because she’s never traveled international before.
Favorite hobbies or activities outside of work? Photography and videography.

Justin Jorgensen
Omaha, NE
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Hank Williams Jr. with Eric Church as an opener in Kansas City. Got to go backstage and meet them.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? Maximizing my personal potential and I’m a very competitive individual.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? Moose and bear hunting trip.
Favorite hobbies or activities outside of work? Golfing, fishing, hunting… Anything outdoors.

Chuck Utesch
Sioux City, IA
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Guns & Roses at the Tacoma Dome.
What are you most excited about in working at RTG Medical? I’m most excited about the potential to earn commission and having to make the commute to Omaha every day.
Name something on your “bucket list” and why? Traveling to Israel. I’ve never traveled outside of North America.
Favorite hobbies or activities outside of work? I enjoy golfing, skiing, and anything sports-related.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our growing team, click here to apply!

Travel Therapists Tell Us Why They Chose to Travel

We could sit here and tell you all day why traveling as a medical professional is an incredible way to gain experience, but we thought we’d let some of our PT travelers tell you for themselves. Learn why they began traveling in the first place and what they’ve learned from their experiences!

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Michelle Seck – Creighton University Graduate
I’m a Creighton Graduate and have been traveling since I took my boards (with the exception of a one year residency).  My family did not travel much when I was growing up, so after graduation I wanted to move somewhere fun for a short time before moving back home to settle down.  I had not decided where I wanted to go and two weeks before graduation RTG Medical came to Creighton over lunch and discussed the life of a traveler. I was sold! I’ve enjoyed exploring the country during the weekends of my assignments while experiencing different OP ortho settings during the week, so when I do head home I’ll know exactly what type of clinic I would like to work in.  My recruiter has been great about finding solely OP Ortho clinics in different locations since I know that is the area I enjoy working in the most.  At RTG I talk to one person about everything (housing, desired location, clinic setting, etc) and all the arrangements are made.  I arrive to the address provided by my recruiter and whether it is a hotel or a furnished apartment I am expected and everything promised is waiting there.  I’ve enjoyed traveling and experiencing different places over the years.  Plus, my parents visit me at least once during each assignment, so they have been able to enjoy some traveling as well.

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Jaclyn DiGiacomo – Creighton University Graduate
During my clinicals, I had worked at facilities that had traveling therapists there so I knew the opportunity existed.  I had plans to move to Chicago but knew I needed an income before I was able to make the move.  I had contacted several agencies and then got introduced to RTG Medical through a Recruiter that visited the campus.  I liked the way they operated and how they offered me a more personable experience.  I have to admit that I was apprehensive at first.  I didn’t know how facility employees would act towards temporary employees, but when I started on my first assignment I didn’t notice any difference at all in how I was viewed.  They treated me as if I had taken the job as a permanent therapist.

I had a contract for my first assignment about a week after graduation and started the week after.  I worked there for 4 months and am now working through RTG Medical in Chicago.  My experience with RTG Medical has been all I’ve expected it to be!

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Maryrose Puglia – 2008 Marquette University Graduate
I never thought I would be the type of person to travel.  The thought of working away from my family scared me.  However, after completing 2 clinical experiences away from my hometown Chicago, I realized traveling is something I wanted to give a shot.  I decided to take a permanent position in Florida for a year first to gain some experience, then quit my job and started looking for travel positions with a fellow PT friend of mine.  We worked with a few different travel agencies to start, with poor outcomes.  After driving half-way across the country for a job, only to be told that we were no longer needed, I knew I had to find a travel company I could trust.  I contacted an old co-worker/friend of mine that I knew had been traveling and asked for his advice.  He guided me to work with Keli Koepke at RTG Medical and have been very pleased.  Keli took the time to listen to my current situation and ensured that he would try to help in any way possible!

If you are interested in learning more about the world of travel therapy, reach out to us at marketing@rtgmedical.com.

Where RTG Medical Will Be This Fall Career Fair Season

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Are you an aspiring nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or studying to be a different kind of medical professional? Do you have a strong desire to explore new places across the country like the nurse in the photo above? Are you a student attending one of the schools listed below? If you answered yes to any of these Qs, RTG Medical wants to meet you! RTG is looking to speak with medical professionals in training that have a strong desire to make a difference in other people’s lives and experience new places while they’re at it. Check out where we’re going to be!

October 5th, 2018: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Visit RTG at the 2018 Physical Therapy Education Networking & Career Fair. The fair will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Truhlsen Event Center on UNMC’s campus.

October 10th, 2018: Midland University

Catch us at the Midland University Health and Fitness Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, October 11th. Stop by the MU Olson Student Center in Fremont, NE from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

October 24th, 2018: College of Saint Mary

CSM health students, we’re coming back to your career fair! Stop by the fair between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Mercy Hall.

November 9th, 2018: Creighton University

Come down between 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to the Skutt Student Center at the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and College of Nursing Career Fair to meet us!

We can’t wait to see everyone. We’ll make sure to have enough “prescription” M&Ms to give out and tell you more about what the world of travel nursing is like! To learn more about RTG Medical or to see what current travel positions we have open, visit our job board.

(Photo credit: Elizabeth W., LPN, Estes Park, Colorado)

Live Like A Local While Traveling in Colorado

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The next destination in our “Live like a Local” blog series is taking us to Breckenridge, Colorado. RTG Medical wants to ensure if you’re heading to Colorado for an assignment, we assist you with a couple of fun to-dos if you’re near Breckenridge! With an elevation of 9,600 ft. above sea level, the town of Breckenridge is nestled in the mountains. Breckenridge is nationally recognized for its historic scenery and the wide variety of dining and nightlife hotspots. First stop… Cajun food.

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The Lost Cajun

Our first stop in Breckenridge is The Lost Cajun featuring seafood, Cajun and Creole, soup, and American food. Instead of chips and salsa, the restaurant serves a variety of delicious gumbo and jambalaya samples to start. Don’t forget an order of alligator bites as an appetizer; you won’t regret it. Served on the left is a house favorite, The Po Boys, and the right features a Seafood Platter. Both dishes were seasoned exceptionally, just as you’d find them in New Orleans. The owner, Raymond Griffin moved from Barataria, Louisiana to the Rockies to accomplish his and his wife’s dream of living in the mountains and opening a little gumbo shop.

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Crepes a la Cart

The second stop in Breckenridge is Crepes a La Cart featuring sweet and savory filled crepes. While traveling through downtown stop by the hut for breakfast, lunch, or dessert with the variety of options of toppings. Stopping is a must-do while in town because of the delicious crepes, the friendly atmosphere, and the great view. The hut also offers an ultimate hot chocolate and it is to die for. The hot chocolate comes with whip crème, chocolates, and caramel drizzled to top it off.

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BreckConnect Gondola

The third stop in Breckenridge is the BreckConnect Gondola. The gondola and other transportation services are a completely free service for anyone who lives or visits the town. The gondola makes it easy to travel from downtown to the bases of Peak 7 and 8. The length of the gondola system is 7,592 feet long and takes an average of 20 minutes to take a round trip. The gondola runs from June-Mid September and then opens again during ski seasons. Plus, the views are picture perfect!

If you have ever taken an assignment in Colorado and visited Breckenridge, let us know your favorite hot spots by tweeting us. If Colorado sounds like an area you’re interested in traveling to, check out our job board to see what positions we have open, then give us a call!

Fly Fishing, Collaborating, & Managing Adrenaline: Life as a Traveling Surgical Technologist

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Surgical Technologists Week is celebrated the third week in September each year. Surg Techs ensure the operating room runs efficiently and puts the safety of their patients first. They’ve even been referred to as the backbone of the OR. Surgical Technologist is just one of the many specialties RTG Medical staffs all across the country and we’re celebrating them this entire week.

To learn more about what draws someone to this profession, we recently spoke with a surgical technologist who began traveling this year. Celeste C. is currently on assignment in Midland, Texas, and shared what she enjoys most about her career.

“I always hear people say, ‘to help other people’ to this question. Although it is true for me too, it’s more of the physiology and adrenaline behind healthcare that drew me in. I like being in a chaotic situation, having to stay calm and to think and act swiftly to provide the best possible care and seeing what the body is capable of doing.”

There is a social side to the job that has appealed to Celeste as well of which has helped her grow professionally.

“It’s been awesome to go to an unfamiliar place not knowing a single soul and coming out with some of the best friends I’ve ever had. I also enjoy getting exposed to different techniques and processes within each operating room,” she shared.

It was earlier this year when Celeste began traveling with RTG Medical and senior recruiter Zach Crosby. As a traveling medical professional, open communication with your recruiter is vital for both parties to find success.

“I can’t stress enough how awesome it is to know I have someone that has my back. I genuinely feel like Zach is straight up with me and wants the best for me at all times. One of my most favorite things about Zach is he is always on top of things. He’s thorough and super communicable. I know if I ever need something, he’s right there whether by phone, text, or email. He said it best one day, ‘we are a team.’”

Of course, as a traveling surgical technologist, Celeste’s schedule isn’t all work and no play. In her free time, she enjoys fly fishing, competes in fitness competitions, and explores new places with friends she’s met while on assignment.

“My favorite part about the job initially was getting to explore a new city, but it quickly turned into making new friends. I traveled to Florida with two of the best friends I’ve ever had that I met here.”

To learn more about traveling as a surgical technologist with RTG Medical, visit our website.

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