Pros and Cons of RNs Wearing Color Coded Scrubs

RNs wearing color coded scrubs at hospital

Scrubs are the official “uniform” of nurses and other hospital staff—and if everyone is wearing something different, it can be difficult for the patients to identify the steady stream of hospital staff entering their room each day. Patient satisfaction surveys in healthcare systems throughout the U.S. have determined that color coding scrubs according to title, helps alleviate the confusion. Some RNs report more convenience with healthcare issued scrubs; others dislike the policy and prefer the freedom to wear whatever they want to work.

What about your healthcare employer?  Have you, as an RN, witnessed patients mixing up staff roles and reporting the wrong information—thinking, for example, that the staff member who brings the food is an RN or vice-verse? Would you prefer to wear scrubs of your choosing to the hospital, or are you in favor of color coding? Share your opinion by leaving a comment on 50 States Staffing Facebook or Twitter pages, where hot jobs in healthcare are advertised daily!

7 Questions That Pertain to Lovin’ Your Scrubs!

  1. What is your color of choice?
  2. Do you find it’s less expensive to wear color coded scrubs?
  3. Does your healthcare employer supply and launder your scrubs as part of its color coding uniform system?
  4. What do you do to personalize your scrubs?
  5. Do you accessorize with an undershirt to show a contrast in color, above the V-neck of your scrubs?
  6. Do you wear fashionable shoes, i.e. clogs?
  7. Do you think color coded scrubs help patients identify the roles of their caregivers?

So, What Are the Pros of Color Coding…?

The pros of color coding scrubs are:

  • It can be helpful to stand out. Patients can easily discern the PCAs from the RNs—and it doesn’t hurt that nurses don’t have to worry over what to wear.
  • It can take the guesswork out of dressing for your nursing job! However some RNs feel color coding is pointless unless patients have charts in their rooms, illustrating the differences between uniforms. With this in mind, more hospitals are developing these charts, with the intent of including them in the admission packets placed in patients’ rooms.

**The Cleveland Clinic implemented color coding in 2005, and has since issued more than 2,600 healthcare workers color-coded uniforms. RNs at the Cleveland Clinic, one of America’s best hospitals, are issued six uniform pieces; these range from scrub pants and tops to button-up polo shirts, jackets and A-line dresses. The hospital pays the full cost of the wardrobe, and has seen patient satisfaction levels rise because of it.

At 50 States Staffing, We’re here to Help You Dress for Success!

Well, not literally—but you get the idea! RNs and therapists on our travel nurse team are building their clinical skill set in diverse healthcare settings across the USA. Best of all, our recruiting team eliminates any guesswork by working closely with every job candidate. Here, there is no such thing as a silly question! Our recruiters are standing by 24/7 to align your talents with high paying RN jobs and free private housing in some of the most coveted tourist destinations spots on the map! Call 1-800-996-2206 or apply online today to connect with a recruiter and start your dream job today!

**Information about Cleveland Clinics color coding policy was taken from Scrubs Magazine.

More Hospitals Demanding a BSN Degree for Travel Nurses

Studies prove it, and hospital executives are beginning to take notice. In the largest, most graduate nurse with BSN degreedetailed study of its kind, it was once again concluded that advanced nurse degrees result in better patient health outcomes. The study, published in The Lancet, examined data from 422,730 patients in 300 hospitals across nine European countries.

“Our study is the first to examine nursing workforce data across multiple European nations and analyze them in relation to objective clinical outcomes, rather than patient or nurse reports. Our findings complement studies in the U.S. linking improved hospital nurse staffing and higher education levels with decreased mortality” said study author, Professor Linda H. Aiken PhD – University of Pennsylvania.

The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice

The studies to which Dr. Aiken is referring is a rapidly growing body of evidence that suggests that patient health outcomes improve when treated by RNs with advanced education, specifically a baccalaureate or master’s degree. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) summarizes a number of these studies titled “The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice” and is available in PDF.

President Jane Kirschling of the AACN said, “These findings significantly augment the growing body of research, which shows that quality patient care hinges on having a well-educated nursing workforce.

What this Means for “The Future of Nursing”

In a landmark study, the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recommended that 80 percent of U.S. nurses have a bachelor’s degree by 2020. The report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommended advanced education for nurses to prepare for “the demands of an evolving health care system and meet the changing needs of patients.”

Hospitals have responded to this recommendation and the compelling study results by hiring only bachelor’s degree-trained nurses.

50 States Staffing VP of Recruitment Mary Kay Hull agrees, “It is very much on track with what we are seeing. More and more hospitals will only consider RNs with BSN or higher for travel nurse positions.

Hospital executives are starting to pay attention to the growing body of evidence that nurses with advanced degrees facilitate better patient outcomes. The competition for patients and employees in the healthcare industry can be intense especially in major cities. While there is a moral case for advanced nursing education in saving and improving lives, there is also a solid business case for management to reform their hiring process.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is one of those hospitals that have reformed their hiring practices. They are only hiring nurses with a BSN or higher to reach their goal of having 100 percent of their nursing workforce with advanced degrees.

Paid Education as a Travel Nurse

At Fifty States Staffing, we know that juggling a nursing career and family leaves little time and money for continuing education. For that reason we include education reimbursement as part of a generous benefits package along with free private housing and higher than average wages. We have several high-paying listings for nurses with their BSN and offer continuing education credits to those looking to advance their education.

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Registered Nurses May See Google Glass Become Common Place in Hospitals

For those who don’t already know, Google glass is a lightweight, wearable technology that is being tried out by clinicians in hospitals around the world. Many are discovering that Google glassesGoogle Glass improves quality, safety, and efficiency in ways a keyboard can’t. When used in a healthcare setting, this assistive technology can display video, document meetings with patients, and keep data flowing with alerts, reminders and filtered information that help RNs and doctors make evidenced based decisions.

One of the scenarios Google Glass makes possible for RNs is using the temple-touch interface to show the patient, list his or her medications and interactions, and then suggest a proper dosage along with pictures of what the medicine looks like; this method could replace unit dose barcodes that have been on medications for years.

In this video from Ohio State’s Wexner’s Medical Center, clinicians are using Google glass as a teaching tool by broadcasting a routine surgery.

This amazing technology lets surgeons collaborate with other specialists across the country in real-time, as well as call up scans, EKGs, MRIs, blood work—obviously, this serves as more than a teaching tool; Google Glass can also be used to improve clinical outcomes for patients undergoing surgery.

Google Glass Benefits Go beyond the Territory of Med Surge Nurses and into the ED

RNs working in emergency departments and other healthcare settings wherein the team treats cardiac arrests, will have ACLS codes at their immediate disposal. Rather than memorizing clinical knowledge that helps the patient, Google Glass can retrieve the most relevant information, and help the ED nurse deliver superior emergency care.

Several healthcare professionals trying this technology (through the Google Glass Explorer program) have remarked that **they can see this becoming a commonplace technology in hospitals—that it can overcome the misgivings some may have over HIPPA and privacy and become something every patient comes to expect from their RN. And why not? Vital signs, triage details, and nursing documentation are offered by Google Glass; lab and radiology results—an entire ED dashboard is at the wearer’s disposal. Interested RNS can click the Google Glass Explorers link and shop around; the glasses are advertised at $1500.

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If you have witnessed this technology at work in your hospital, please leave us a comment on where you see this technology down the road. Could you see Google Glass integrated into the call-light system, so that you no longer need to remove your gloves in the hospital, reaching for your phone? Technologies like this seen in healthcare aren’t just changing hospitals. They’re changing the world! Call 1-800-996-2206 or apply online today to join a healthcare workforce forging new paths in patient care! An experienced healthcare staffing agency finds you high paying nursing and therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. states!

**Information from this hospital was taken from the article 5 Ways Google Glass Can Be Used in a Hospital and The Nerdy Nurse: Google Glass for Nurses.

What Registered Nurses Need to Know About MERS

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) is a respiratory illness caused by a type of coronavirus. It starts off mimicking the common cold, progresses into symptoms similar to nurse with possible MERS symptonsthe flu, and can result in shortness of breath, pneumonia and death. **Infectious disease experts have tracked the origin of MERS to Saudi Arabia; the first case presented in 2012.

MERS has been found in camels and bats in the Middle East; however, **The World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC are uncertain of these animals’ role in transmission of the virus to humans. Worldwide, 500 cases have been reported with a 30% mortality rate. Of the 18 countries with known cases, the United States has seen two, one in Indiana and one in Florida; the two patients affected are doctors from the Middle East, who made transcontinental flights and fell ill at airports that included stops in London, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando.

6 Important Facts about this New Respiratory Illness 

Hospital based Registered nurses should be on the lookout for patients who present in the ED with MERS symptoms. Emergency Room RNs are advised to question patients with flu-like symptoms about where they have traveled in the last few weeks. All health professionals can benefit from this shortlist of important facts about MERS.

  • #1: MERS spreads when a person comes in close contact with someone who has the virus.
  • #2: Twenty healthcare workers in Orlando, Florida may have been exposed to the virus while treating the hospitalized MERS patient. So far, two of the healthcare workers who fell ill have tested negative for the virus.
  • #3: The **CDC reports potential for MERS-CoV to spread further and cause more cases globally and in the US.
  • #4: The **CDC is monitoring MERS globally, and will continue to work with health departments and hospital employers nationwide to prepare for any new cases.
  • #5: The **WHO reports that MERS has not yet met the criteria to be considered a global health emergency.
  • #6: The TSA will post advisories at 22 major international airports across the US to warn travelers about the virus’ spread; but CDC does not recommend that travelers change their plans because the overall risk for infection is low.

Good News for RNs in Florida and all 50 U.S. States

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed that all health care workers exposed to the virus (here in the U.S.) have tested negative, adding that there is no broad risk of MERS infection for the general public; however, since the second MERS case shows hospitals are ground zero for the virus, health professionals should be on high alert about what to look for and how to protect themselves from infection. Nursing career resources assist in this, as they touch on trending healthcare topics that raise awareness for those working in RN and therapy jobs across the USA. Check in with 50 States Staffing for high paying nursing jobs in all fifty U.S. states!

** Facts cited in this blog were taken from What You Need to Know About the Deadly MERS VIRUS; the CDC’s page entitled: “MERS Reported in the US”, as well as the World Health Organization’s “Coronavirus Infections” page.  

This National Nurses Week, May 6-12th, Be the Change You Want to See in the World!

“Nurses Leading the Way” is the perfect theme for 2014’s National Nurses Week. Successful healthcare reform in the United States and changes to Medicare mean that RNs are poised to take on an even bigger role in medicine. Changing demographics confirmed by the Institute of Medicine’s report on registered nurses’ future give RNs every reason to remain the determined, confident, innovative thinkers that the healthcare industry has come to rely on—a precedent set when Florence Nightingale modernized nursing jobs for today’s empowered RN.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) pays tribute to Nightingale by beginning Nurses Week on May th and ending it on her birthday, May 12. To ensure things go off with a bang, ANA offers a free webinar, and National Nurses Week toolkit, available for all RNs online. The week features highlights for RNs on just about every nursing career trajectory, from National Student Nurses Day on May 8th to a world celebration of international nurses on May 12th.

Pay-It-Forward Ideas that Celebrate You and Your Fellow RNs!

While this week of important events will feature lots of T-shirts, pins, flowers and cards, it’s important to take nursing awareness to the next level by paying it forward in your hospital or clinic. These are just a few thoughtful ideas to keep Florence Nightingale’s legacy strong:

  • Buy or lend a copy of your favorite nursing book for a new graduate on your unit.
  • Bring the unit secretary a token of your appreciation for helping nurses shine—like a hot cup of coffee or fresh flowers.
  • Surprise your fellow nurses with homemade cookies, attaching a card that explains how much you enjoy working with them. Healthy Careers has brilliant, easy dessert recipes you can whip up in a flash!
  • Organize a special brunch, just for you and your RN buddies.
  • Volunteer to help out a colleague if he or she has a difficult patient or project
  • Answer a call light for another nurse.
  • Make a donation to a worthy nursing organization in a coworker’s name.
  • Host a “movie night”, with this fascinating 1 hour Nightingale biopic as the main event!

Have You Done a Good Deed During Nurses Week?

So, what about you? How will you celebrate this important event? Will the efforts you make, the smiles you give and receive, and the excellent healthcare you provide throughout the year speak to the whole point of National Nurses Week—to transform healthcare through leadership? Please leave us a comment and let us know. In the meantime, 50 States Staffing wishes its nursing team, with RNs in all fifty U.S. states, success in remaining as they are: active contributors to healthcare. May they continue to be, as the great Gandhi said, “the change they want to see in the world.”

 

More Medical Surgical Nurses are Learning about 3D Bio Printing, Soon to Be Commonplace in Regenerative Medicine

RNs regularly treat patients who are waiting for organ transplants—unfortunately, the waiting game proves fatal for **an estimated 18 patients a day. This is why regenerative medicine is critical and researchers at the Methuselah Foundation are actively funding projects like the world’s first 3D printed liver. Methuselah, located near Virginia travel nursing jobs, is offering a new organ prize of $1 million to the medical scientist(s) who can design the first viable human liver—a more challenging task for bio printing, since organs with their own vascular system are harder to create than, say, a human **bionic ear—already created by bio printers. The first bio printed liver is anticipated sometime this year!

As high tech as they sound, 3D printers are nothing new; the first working prototype was invented in 1984, and they have only been getting better since. 3D printers can generate working copies of everything from military supplies to auto parts, and what they are doing now for healthcare is even more amazing, as they make strides toward a world without an organ donor shortage; or, better yet, a world where donors are not necessary at all.  The company “Organovo” explains these strides in this fascinating company profile video:

Watch an Organ Being Printed!

Imprint Your Indelible Mark on the Healthcare Landscape by Applying at 50 States Staffing Today!

It’s the stuff of science fiction to witness the creation of functional, 3-dimensional tissues that can be implanted or delivered into the human body to repair or replace what is damaged; better still, patients receiving printed organs will have little chance of rejecting that new heart, kidney or lung—because it will come from cells in their own bodies!  One day, med/surg nurses will assist in harnessing nature’s ability to form organs and build our own, cell by cell with the “bio ink” regenerative medicine is based on.  It turns out that cells survive the printing process so well, that 3D bio printing is likened to the ink jet printers RNs use in their nursing careers today.

In 50 years, RNs in cardiac nursing jobs will be trained to imprint sheets of cardiac tissue that attach to a patient’s damaged heart.  Will healthcare teams be able to replace a liver that succumbed to alcoholism, lungs that failed because of too much smoking? Scientists studying regenerative medicine say that one day, yes, they will; but of course the best advice of all is to prescribe to a life of health and wellness, and strive to study these feats rather than rely on them.  For more information on nursing careers in a blossoming, intellectually stimulating and forever evolving healthcare landscape, call or apply online at 50 States Staffing today!

**Information for this article was gleaned from Forbes Magazine article:  The First 3D Printer Organ, a Liver, Is Expected in 2014

The Nurse’s Guide to Safe Plastics: 5 Ways to Avoid BPA and Other Harmful Chemicals

Labor and delivery registered nurses know this better than anyone: if new Moms need to use a bottle, the best choice is to avoid plastics and opt for glass bottles or containers that are free of BPA, marketed as “BPA-free”. Bisphenol-A (BPA) imitates the sex hormone estrogen and is found in more than just baby bottles and sippy cups. Many plastic food BPA-free bottlesstorage containers, even the lining of soda cans contain trace amounts.

The health concerns surrounding BPA include early onset of puberty, cardiovascular problems, hyperactivity and other illnesses that make us think twice about what we’re drinking and eating from. While some exposure to BPA is inevitable, it can be greatly reduced by taking precautions. See the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) fact sheet to learn everything there is to know about BPA.

50 States Staffing offers 5 tips for reducing exposure that our health professionals can also share with their patients:

  • Tip 1: Be aware of more than just BPA. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC or vinyl), Polystyrene (PS), Polycarbonate (or “other” resins) should also be avoided. These chemicals are found in cling wrap as well as plastic containers. Limit use of cling wrap, and DO NOT use it in the microwave. Foods packaged in cling-wrap (i.e. cheeses and meats) should, ideally, be trimmed of their outermost layers before eating.
  • Tip 2: Look at the recycling #s on the bottoms of your plastic containers. Those marked with label No. 7 may contain BPA. In their “Smart Plastics Guide”, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy recommends using food and drink containers that bare the recycling numbers of 4, 5, 1 and 2.
  • Tip 3: Don’t drink hot beverages from plastic cups! Microwaving plastic containers or pouring hot liquids into them increases the amount of BPA 55 times faster than when used cold. Swap out that plastic coffee mug and replace it with a glass or ceramic one; the same goes for all your plastic dishes and cups—it’s best to replace them with glass varieties.
  • Tip 4: If you own plastic cutlery, cups and dishes, skip the dishwasher and harsh detergents. Opt for hand washing your dishes in warm water, with non-toxic cleaning products such as “Seventh Generation”.
  • Tip 5: Go BPA-free at the grocery store: This means limiting canned foods and drinks, as the lining may contain BPA. Cut back on bottled water and filter your own using a reverse osmosis filter, like the Brita Pitcher. This handy link on Where to find BPA-free products can help the next time you shop.

Has Your Healthcare Employer Joined the Conversation on Safe Plastics?  

Plenty of renowned hospitals have conducted studies on BPA safety levels, and have joined a fray of medical experts that believe these should be reviewed after a number of recent studies on the subject were published. Share your knowledge on this subject by leaving a comment, or joining the conversation on 50 States Staffing’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Footnote: Health professionals with an interest in going BPA-free can click here for a Safe Plastics Numbers Guide

More Hospitals Require R.N.s to Obtain Stroke Certification

Important information about the American Heart Association’s Online Course  

Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the nation, and costs billions in lost productivity for the American workforce. Many hospitals now mandate stroke certification for registered nurses on staff, a requirement that can be met online in approximately 2 hours, via theonline stroke certification for nurses American Heart Association. If they have not done so already, R.N.s are highly encouraged to become a member at AHA and enroll in the educational webinars and stroke scale group tests that are offered. To get a good idea of the course catalogue for stroke certification, visit AHA today.

Consultants at 50 States staffing recommend and value advanced certifications, including stroke certification; an experienced staffing agency that is Joint Commission approved, and affiliated with America’s best hospitals expects no less of job candidates and qualified team members spread out in nursing and therapy jobs from coast to coast. Our nursing staff work with cutting edge technologies in healthcare facilities that include joint commission approved stroke centers, and show advanced clinical skill in both preliminary and comprehensive stroke care. Healthcare careers at 50 States Staffing are a chance to perfect clinical skills in complex interventions, new technologies in brain and blood vessel imaging and more.

Advanced certifications among nursing staff have become “the norm” in the healthcare industry, which is one of many reasons that 50 States Staffing prioritizes continued learning, and offers free and unlimited CEUs as part of a generous benefits package. Before starting a new assignment, registered nurses should complete the NIH stroke scale, and get certified; this leaves no question for the healthcare employer on their competency to treat one of the most serious and inevitable medical emergencies in the patient population. Additional certifications that also come highly recommended are TNCC (Trauma Nursing core course) and advanced fetal monitoring for R.N.s specializing in neonatal care.

Apply Today to Receive VIP Customer Care!

Suggesting methods to remain competitive in your healthcare career is just a small part of the VIP customer care R.N.s and therapists can expect when they align talents with 50 States Staffing. Your consultant will work closely with you, to find ideal private housing close to the job site, and to the many perks your new travel nursing city affords; permanent nursing jobs are also available. Apply online or call 1-800-996-2206 now to jumpstart your healthcare career in 2014!

**Stroke statistics cited in this blog were taken from The National Stroke Association website.

Poised to Land the Ultimate Nursing Career within Months of Graduation?

The Answer is “Yes” for BSN Graduates!

BSN prepared nurses are in high demand! This should come as no surprise to registered nurses who have achieved “BSN” in their professional titles; for them this translates to no shortage in jobs, with employment statistics not only favoring them, but helping achieve a healthcare initiative of 80% RN-BSNs by the year 2020—not an overreaching goal considering that an evolving healthcare system is placing new demands on nurses that require higher competencies and broader scope of knowledge in both inpatient and outpatient settings, case management jobs, nurse education and more.

Current job statistics coming out of the AACN show that nurses who graduate from 4-year-baccalaureate programs are being rewarded for their tenacity. 6 in 10 BSN graduates have a job offer in hand upon graduation—that’s twice the national average for all other professions!

While there are multiple paths to a nursing career, the preferred way is to graduate from a BSN program, as the degree is now required by 44% of healthcare employers in the U.S.—a 5 percent increase since 2012 that puts this nursing career trend into sharp focus. Nurses with BSN degrees will be excited to learn that at four to six months post-graduation, the average job offer rate climbs to about 89 percent.

Advance in Your Nursing Career Seamlessly with the Help of 50 States Staffing

We offer opportunities in every pocket of the U.S., in hundreds of coveted tourist spots from coast to coast! If you’re a recent graduate, with a minimum of 1 year experience, and seeking employment with a provider that values your distinct set of competencies, then joining an experienced staffing agency is one of the wisest things you can do for your career—especially for experienced RNs looking to break into travel nursing. Because job availability varies by region, travel nurses are poised to go where the jobs are, and right now the Southern part of the U.S. seems to have the most job openings, followed by the Midwest, Northeast and West. Explore hot jobs and follow the flames of opportunity!

Click here to learn about what recent nurse graduates should do before becoming a travel nurse.

Call 1-800-996-2206 or apply online to begin a journey that honors a commitment to continued education by providing unlimited CEUs, free private housing and other perks as part of a generous benefits package. At 50 States Staffing, we understand that nurses never stop improving—and that’s why we offer round the clock customer care to members of our nursing and allied healthcare team as they go on to land jobs with top healthcare employers in the industry. Talk to a consultant today to confirm you have what it takes, and start earning a high nursing salary STAT!

**Employment statistics quoted in this article were sourced from: Healthcare Traveler magazine via healthcaretraveler.modernmedicine.com.

2013 Recruiter of the Year Award by Healthcare Traveler Magazine

We want to Congratulate Joyce Goldman, Senior Consultant, who was nominated 2013 Consultant of the Year by Healthcare Traveler Magazine. Amongst hundreds of submissions, Joyce made it to the final and received the so deserved and prestigious award. Below are the comments from the Traveler who nominated Joyce.

Joyce worked tirelessly to get me the exact position I wanted. I had worked with other recruiters in other companies that tried to twist my arm to work night shift repeatedly after I told them I needed to be home with my family at night. Joyce was always happy, kind, and upbeat. I loved having her as a recruiter, and if I travel again, she will be the first person I call.

Joyce Goldman, recruiter of year 2013

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