One Step at a Time to Travel Nursing

Meet Kim! She’s an LPN from Tennessee whose life has changed in every way — by, you guessed it — one step at a time.

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Let’s learn how she did it!

Step 1: Learn About Travel Nursing

Kim first worked in a pediatric clinic where she learned a lot! But, she said she felt like she could learn more. So, she started working in a family clinic. She loved it — but same story. With another routine down cold, she craved a constant learning environment!

That’s when travel nursing popped in her head. Before she knew it, a RTG Medical post appeared on her Facebook feed.

“I was at the point that my son graduated high school… I could do it!”

Kim said she initially wanted to go to Hawaii but opted out.

“I would never get back home,” she laughed.

It wasn’t until she was offered a travel assignment in Nebraska from RTG that she finally decided to take… the next step!

Step 2: Become a Travel Nurse

“I loved it.”

Kim had never worked 12 house before, but she said “it started to have positive effects on her.”

“Instead of eating, I started walking everywhere I went.”

Step 3: Become Healthier

She walked to work (which was a mile and a half) and would walk constantly. Then, she would take her patients in wheelchairs outside and walk up and down the road. She pushed up to five people a day, going on walks, and losing weight.

“It added up!”

It was a snowball effect, and before she knew it, Kim had dropped 75 pounds!

Step 4: Find Love

A month later, she answered a personal ad on a whim.

“I knew it was something special,” she said.

Kim said her new relationship was just another reason to continue on her weight loss journey.

“I have a boyfriend… and now I’m engaged!”

Step 4: Find New Roads

Because of the transformative journey while traveling, she’s going back to school! She found a program in Arkansas, and Kim is planning to become an RN.

“I have learned so much about travel nursing. It has been the best thing ever! RTG Medical is definitely the best travel agency to be with.”

Ready to take the next step? Find travel jobs across the country here: rtgmedical.com/jobsearch

RTG Medical Travel Nurse Loses 100 Pounds On Assignment

“It’s the best thing I ever did in my life.”

Meet Steve Stang! He’s an EP Nurse from Omaha, Nebraska.

RTG Medical recently got to interview him about his inspirational travel journey!

Last year, Steve celebrated 32 years working at his home hospital. After building a strong foundation of critical care experience, he decided to take a leap of faith and become a travel nurse.

“I wanted to focus on myself.”

And he did just that.

In December of 2019, Steve landed in Atlanta for his first assignment.

“It was amazing,” he said, “I was the new guy for the first time — the new kid on the block.”

He said it was fun to prove himself and learn new approaches to procedures. He said loved it so much, he accepted a second assignment at the same facility.

During his two contracts in Atlanta, Steve found a passion for the outdoors and photography.

When he wasn’t working, he was hiking…

Climbing…

Snapping photos of everything that caught his eye…

And eating well.

With his new found lifestyle, he dropped more than 100 pounds!

“It turned my world around,” he said, “[traveling] was a great vehicle [for me] to focus on myself.”

Steve was so motivating that one of his coworkers in Atlanta followed suit and lost 75 pounds, too!

So what’s next?

After completing his first two contracts, Steve is back home in Nebraska woodworking in his garage…

spending time with family…

and gearing up for his third assignment with RTG!

His advice to future travelers?

“It’s definitely worth the risk, and I’m all for it,” he said, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Don’t be afraid! It was the biggest blessing in my life.”

Want to start traveling? Your new adventure starts here!

RTG Medical Is Gifting Free Nike Shoes To New Travelers

It’s the shoe shaking the nation. It’s the nurse’s clog… Reinvented.

Meet the Nike Air Zoom Pulse — a shoe-in success for any shift at the hospital.

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The lace-free, water-resistant alternative is making waves throughout the healthcare industry — and for good reason. Some say the lightweight and practical sneaker feels like a “snug hug,” even after miles on the job.

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Nike says the shoe was created for healthcare professionals who tirelessly work to care for others.

Our mission at RTG Medical? Care for those “everyday heroes.”

Free Nike With RTG

Starting December 19, 2019, RTG Medical is gifting a new (and free) pair of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse to traveling healthcare professionals who sign a new or extend an existing contract, and start before February 29, 2020.  Click for details.

If you’re ready to kick off the new year with a new adventure and new shoes, call us now at (866) 784-2329 or click here for more!

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6 Steps To Becoming A Travel Nurse

Caught the travel bug?

You’re in the right place.

You may be graduating next year, experiencing a life change, or just wanting to find your new #adventureswithRTG.

At RTG Medical, we’re here to help you go there — and we’ll be there every step of the way, as your personal travel guide.

If you’re excited and inspired by travel nursing, read on! One of our senior recruiters will tell you everything you need to know in taking the leap.

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1. Commit

This is the hardest step! Once you decide to travel, your recruiter can get the ball rolling. You will have the most preparation before your first assignment; so, it’s good for you and your recruiter to know that you are 100 percent ready for your #adventureswithRTG.

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2. Keep Your Current Position

You’ve decided to travel. Awesome! Now, don’t get too ahead of yourself and quit your current position. Take a breath. Your recruiter will give you the green light when you’re ready to be submitted for traveling positions.

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3. Brush Up On That Resume!

Make sure your experience is on paper. Also, explain any gaps of employment; this may be a chunk of paid time off or a gap where you took time to raise a family. Whatever that may be, elaborate! Also, gather all of your immunization records.

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4. Find Your “Why”

Why are you traveling? Is it for more compensation or for more adventure? Whatever it may be, communicate your “why” with your recruiter. Then, they can tailor assignments just for you!

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5. Apply For Licenses

If you know you want to travel to specific states, go ahead and apply. Sometimes, this can take a while. That’s why it’s best to start the process now, so when your assignment is ready for you, you’re off to the races!

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6. Ask Questions!

At RTG Medical, we want what’s best for you. It’s YOUR career! Ask us anything, because we’re happy to help and guide you on your #adventureswithRTG.

Ready to start traveling? Click here for more information.

Five Reasons Why You Should Become a Travel Nurse

Over the last two years, Maggy H. has traveled with RTG Medical. She’s a skilled nursing/long-term care nurse who has learned a lot from her #AdventureswithRTG.

Read Maggy’s travel nursing checklist!

1. You love to travel.

It’s exciting! Every assignment gives you a new adventure. Maggy says she spent a year working in Australia, and after she got back to the United States, she knew she couldn’t settle down in one place. She says she hopes to find her permanent home one day — but for now — she’s loving the flexibility of traveling.

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2. You love exploring.

Exploring can mean many things — from checking out a new coffee shop on your day off, to snorkeling at a nearby beach. For Maggy, exploring means hiking, climbing and camping on her days off. She says she loves experiencing new landscapes across the U.S. between her shifts.

3. You love meeting new people.

It’s a package deal: new assignments, new people. Maggy says one of the joys of traveling the country is meeting new people and building new friendships. During Maggy’s first contract, she spent time with Heather — her friend and Maggy’s gateway into travel nursing.

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4. You love learning from different opportunities.

Each travel assignment will be new, and if you love embracing change, travel nursing is the gig for you! Maggy says each contract and facility offers different staffing ratios, state survey results, policies and procedures. Embracing these opportunities makes you a better and more well-rounded nurse.

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5. You want to make a difference.

Maggy says she loves using her diverse travel experiences to become an even better nurse. In the long run, she’s planning on improving long-term and geriatric care legislature. She also says this is important to note: Even though a travel assignment can be short, you have the power to change and save a life.

Sound like you? Start your #AdventureswithRTG today at https://rtgmedical.com/JobSearch.

From La La Land to Disneyland: Jonathan’s #AdventuresWithRTG

Last February, Jonathan and his wife were watching one of their favorites — La La Land. He said he enjoyed the soundtrack, but it was the story’s setting that struck a chord.

“I’m sure my wife loved the movie for [Ryan] Gosling, but I was falling in love with Los Angeles.”

That’s when he asked, “What do you think about going there?”

After talking about the possible move, Jonathan called his RTG Medical recruiter about getting the ball rolling in Southern California. Jonathan was currently in North Carolina working as an ER Nurse, but he had worked in emergency departments across the country.

Shortly after, he matched with an ER nursing position — and that was it! Jonathan, his wife Patricia, and their three-year-old son packed up their 4Runner and hit the road — headed west.

That cross-country road trip launched their year of travel throughout the Golden State. When Jonathan wasn’t in the emergency department, he and his family traveled to the Golden Gate Bridge…

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the set of “FRIENDS”…

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the 17-mile Road on Pebble Beach…

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the Grand Canyon…

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and Disneyland.

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He said they enjoyed “seeing the sights of Hollywood and recognizing a lot of familiar locations that we would see on TV. Even better, frequently meeting some of our favorite celebrities.”

Here’s Jonathan with Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow) from The Hangover.

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They had the flexibility of going snowboarding in the mountains or going surfing at the beach. The work-life balance injected new life into Jonathan’s nursing assignment; he even worked as a nurse at Coachella!

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“My favorite aspect of travel nursing is the people I meet while working,” he said, “when you get to know people while traveling, they start to invite you to do things that you never thought would be possible.”

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Jonathan’s been traveling with RTG Medical for four and half years. He still loves watching La La Land and where it’s set, but he says he loves living there even more.

 

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.

3 Things You Should Do When Dealing With Unruly Patients

3 Things You Should Do When Dealing With Unruly PatientsAs a nurse, there are many different kinds of people who walk through your doors daily. And, while most patients are more than willing to let you do your job (i.e. care for them), some might put up a little resistance, requiring a little more effort on your end.

On Monday, we gave a few tips on what not to do when dealing with an unruly patient. To round off our series, today, we’re going to talk about what you should do when dealing with unruly patients. Take a look below: Continue Reading

Dealing with Unruly Patients: What Not to Do

Dealing with Unruly Patients What Not to Do (Part I)During your nursing career, you’ll take care of a wide variety of patients. You’ll find over time that some patients are easy—but others can be difficult to handle. This can depend on a number of factors, from pain, to past experiences in hospitals, and everything in between. 

Regardless, as a nurse, dealing with an unruly patient can sometimes get in the way of your job—which is mainly to care for your patient and to make them better!

Throughout this week, we’re going to show you a few things that will help you if you ever happen across a less than perfect patient. For today, we’re going to focus on what not to do when dealing with unruly patients. Take a look below: Continue Reading

Our Favorite Nursing Blogs: The Advice Givers

Our Favorite Nursing Blogs- The Advice GiversOn Monday, we gave a small sampling of some of the great nursing blogs that are out there on the web, focusing specifically on what we’d like to call “the storytellers.”

As we mentioned then, the nursing profession brings together a wide variety of people, and those who have something special to say about the profession do so with one common passion: caring for others.

So, without further adieu, here are the rest of our of nursing blogs we enjoy. We hope that nurses or anyone thinking about entering the profession would enjoy them, as well.

Take a look:  Continue Reading

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