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!

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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

Inexpensive and Fun Holiday Gifts RNs Love to Give and Receive

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! Many R.N.s are logging extra working hours this winter season, while looking forward to holiday parties, and exchanging gifts—withholiday gifts ideas for nurses more than a few co-workers on the list, you’ll want to stick to a budget. Here are a few ideas that your hardworking friends in nursing jobs can always appreciate, love and use. Each idea comes with a “spruce it up” tip.

  • Soothing Moisturizing Creams & Remedies: Tired hands and feet are a fact of life for nurses on the go. Travel sized bottles of moisturizer don’t just make sense for travel nurses—but for anyone waging a war on dry skin this winter. Spruce up your gift by making a holiday goody bag with a moisturizing theme: nothing says “me time” to fellow R.N.s than a few spa items, like plush socks or flavored lip balm—no more than a dollar each at discount stores.
  • Special Goodies for the R.N.: This idea is a fun one to put together! In a cute box from the dollar store, you can add a few more indispensable items for healthcare professionals, like mini flashlights (some double as pens), bandage scissors, cushioned socks, tins of mints, lanyards for ID cards, small notepads and more. Spruce up your gift by using a holiday themed coffee mug as the vessel for presentation.
  • Energy Giving Snacks and Drink Mixes:  Crystal Light is just one of many companies that sell canisters of individual drink packets; these make ideal inserts for goody bags full of trail mix, fresh peanuts, energy bars and more.  Spruce up your gift by assembling treats in a mason jar, and decorate it with a fun holiday tag and label.
  • A Pretty Pot with Seed Packets, etc. Inside:  Registered nurses make great gardeners—just check out these indoor gardening tips.   Spruce up your small terracotta pot with a little bag of soil, tied off with holiday ribbon and seed packet(s).
  • Healthy, Ready to Eat Soups, Pastas and Bread Mixes: Mason jars are a great idea for delicious healthy oatmeal recipes, and also make an ideal container when you want to give the gift of hearty (non-perishable) food. Find recipes online for lentil and potato soups, cake and brownie mixes, pasta dishes and more.  Dry spices and other ingredients look artful, layered on top of each other.  Spruce up your gift by attaching a recipe card with cooking instructions.   

Give As Good as You Get This Holiday Season

This is the most wonderful time of the year for showing patients and colleagues how important they are to you.  Travel nurses accumulate so many loved ones and cherished memories, not just in everyday life, but on the nursing career path as well—making a difference in nursing jobs in all 50 U.S. states.  By giving gifts that are simple, creature comforts, you just can’t lose! Happy holidays everyone!

Even the Best R.N.s Grow Weary of the Daily Grind. Here’s How to feel Brand New

Have you experienced a cap in pay or reductions  in benefits? Are you a mid-level nurse looking to redefine your career on your own terms—in ways that involve seeing new things and meeting new people? Then travel nurse careers may be just what the doctor ordered. Because they take place in all 50 U.S. states, near some of the most coveted tourist destinations, travel nurse careers offer new beginnings in both your professional and personal life; that’s only natural considering that “NEW” is the operative word here!

When you move to a new city and new healthcare facility, new experiences and friends naturally follow suit.  Healthcare professionals of every age and from all walks of life are perfect for travel health careers and will find, at 50 States Staffing, that our competitive nursing jobs can give you the kind of fresh outlook you’ve been waiting for.

Here’s a pun worth pondering: if your career as permanent staff has “flat-lined” in recent years, and you’re looking for a surge in salary that can arc into the six figures after a half dozen years of experience, then travel nursing jobs may be the way to go. 50 States Staffing offers a reprieve from stagnant healthcare jobs, in that you’ll advance more quickly when you sign on with us, add more to your clinical skill set by working with prestigious healthcare employers, and enjoy a kind of flexibility you’ve never known in the daily grind. This travel nursing advice column provides an incredibly useful FAQ on what to expect on the road to success.

Who Should Travel?

Registered nurse and allied therapy jobs are perfect for married and single professionals alike; our married team clients  say that the travel nurse lifestyle lets them enjoy more time with spouses, enables them to get out and vacation more, and live life to the fullest.  Traveling R.N.s often work a 3-day work week—think of all the extra time that gives them to cross every item off their bucket lists.

50 States Staffing Offers Breathtakingly Good Jobs! Apply Today for a Fresh Outlook on Life!

For any registered nurse or allied health professional, a case of the blahs can be remedied by seeking out a new backdrop on which to forge your healthcare career. 50 States Staffing offers generous 401(k) and retirement benefits, free private housing and so many other perks that’ll take your breath away. Call 1-800-996-2206 or apply online, and one of our consultants will contact you immediately, and give you the VIP customer care you deserve! You’ll never feel overworked, underpaid, or underappreciated again. You’ll meet permanent staff and nurse managers that will value your presence on the team and make friends for life. What are you waiting for?

Super Spots for Fall Travel Nursing

It’s a crisp Fall day. The sunlight is clear, and you’re driving along a country road lined with farms and apple orchards. Where are you? Well, perhaps you’re enjoying a travel nursing assignment in one of the country’s most enticing locations for “leaf peeping.” New England may be best-known for its spectacular displays of fall foliage, but you can also spy some great Autumn scenery in the Midwest and beyond.

Here’s just three of our favorite locations for enjoying some of the best Fall foliage … and when the leaves are gone, you’ve got more great options: skiing (cross-country or downhill), cozy firesides, and — hopefully ;) — lots of cute sweaters.

Massachusetts

autumn leavesNew Englanders are rightfully proud of the show that Mother Nature puts on every Fall. Driving, walking or biking through a glorious display of yellow, red and orange foliage is something that every traveler should try at least once.

Lots of travelers recommend a Fall trip along the Old King’s Highway in Massachusetts; it’s full of historical sites, antique stores and art galleries. You may catch a little of the cranberry harvest, and if you find yourself in a town with a restaurant that stays open after the summer season, you must sample some of the local seafood. Nom!

Try travel nursing in Massachusetts

New York

finger lakesLeaf peeping in New York State peaks in October and lasts into early November; don’t miss NY’s beautiful Hudson River Valley and Finger Lakes regions. They’ll knock your socks off! Travel a little further south as the season progresses, and you’ll find that Long Island has some beautiful scenery, too. And if you want to enjoy Autumn in New York (just like the song says), a leisurely stroll through Central Park is mandatory.

See some of our top assignments in New York

Ohio

maplesFall foliage in Ohio is at it’s most “peep-worthy” in mid to late October. The season can last until early November in the southern part of the state, depending on the whims of Mother Nature. You’ll want to keep a special watch for the state’s signature tree, the Buckeye.

Travelers in Ohio recommend hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the Fall … and driving through Dublin or Ohio’s Amish country will also treat you to some unforgettable views.

View a few of our travel nursing assignments in Ohio »

For R.N.s and Therapists during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

5 Healthy Lifestyle Tips that Lower Your Risk

Health professionals across the USA are wearing pink ribbons right now, and seeing tremendous support throughout their communities for breast cancer awareness month this October.  Both travel nurses and those working in permanent healthcare jobs are among the fray, running 5Ks sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise money for prevention and a cure.  R.N.s and therapists in hot jobs that require a lot of interaction with patients and their families are given an excellent platform for educating patients on preventative habits that lower cancer risk, i.e. having regular screenings and mammography, as well as understanding your baseline and what is normal for you. It is also strongly recommended that you lead a healthy lifestyle.Breast Cancer Ribbon

Here are a few tips to lower your risk of breast cancer.

  • Keep a healthy BMI:  Research shows that gaining weight after menopause increases your risk; so does a weight gain of 20 pounds or more after age 18. But it’s a two-way street—losing weight if you’ve gained it, lowers your risk.
  • Add exercise to your routine: 30 minutes or more a day of moderate activity lowers estrogen and insulin levels, and boosts function of immune system cells that attack tumors.  A brisk 30 minute walk every day is ideal for women; click the Walking Tips link to learn more at Healthy Careers.
  • Limit alcohol! The most ideal thing to do is not drink at all, but a minimum of one drink a day is not harmful. Research shows that women can lower breast cancer risk from alcohol consumption by taking a folic acid supplement or getting it in a healthy diet.
  • Avoid hormones that combine estrogen, plus progestin: This is mainly a caveat for post-menopausal women.
  • Breast feed if you can: This is a suggestion for premenopausal women who have recently given birth or plan to; studies show breastfeeding your baby lowers your risk for breast cancer.

50 States Staffing Supports Healthy Lifestyles and Good Prevention Tips!   

If you are age 40 or older, you should have a mammogram every year. You should also be aware of your family’s history, if any, of breast cancer and be preemptive by having a clinical breast exam at least once every 3 years, beginning at age 20 if this cancer runs in the family. You can register for screening reminders at Komen.org, and download a self-awareness card.  If you already do all of this and more, good for you. We hope you keep up the good work! Call 1-800-996-2206 or apply online today to bring hope and healing to patients in all 50 U.S. States!

**These tips came from the Susan G. Komen website.  

The National Nursing League Names the Best Nursing Schools in the U.S.A.

What R.N.s Should Know About These Picks

For faculty nurses and leaders in education, the NLN (National League for Nursing) is the preferred membership organization. Right now R.N.s in every specialty have noticed why the NLN is headlining news in healthcare—it’s because they’ve just announced their pick for this year’s top nursing schools, known also as Centers of Excellence.

The list is exciting, not just to the new graduates who finished nursing programs there, but for the R.N.s who work in teaching hospitals affiliated with these campuses. Travel nurses who have the opportunity to live and work in cities like Baltimore and Chicago, will cross paths with teachers and future mentors who are products of Centers of Excellence (COE); these institutions have earned the COE designation by outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas: (1) Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development (2) Creating Environments that Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty and (3) Creating Environments that Advance the Science of Nursing Education.

9 Universities Named by the NLN

These universities turn out rock stars in the nursing field, here’s a little bit of inspiring information about the great travel nursing cities they are a part of.top US nursing schools

  • Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana is close to travel nurses and therapists living in the central part of the state. While the school turns out great R.N.s, it’s also well known for the David Owsley Museum of Art. Stop by to view it’s collections of over 1,000 works!
  • Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland has received continuing designations for creating environments that enhance student learning in professional development. Johns Hopkins Hospital is rated among America’s best hospitals; much of the talent recruited by 50 States Staffing works for healthcare employers on this list!
  • Northeastern University in Boston is one of the shining gems of Bean Town, where R.N.s will find dozens of hot jobs in healthcare. Be sure to visit this Boston city page filled with opportunities in this great American city.
  • Saint Xavier in Chicago is no stranger to the best nursing schools list. Travel nurses in the Windy City will enjoy dropping by the campus in the scenic area of Mt. Greenwood for a tour!
  • University of Kansas has its main campus in the city of Lawrence. Just 25 miles east of Topeka, Kansas nurses should honk when they drive past.
  • Duke University in Durham, North Carolina is something all travel nurses enjoying the southern charm of the Old North State can direct you to immediately.
  • Kent State University in Kent Ohio features more than just a great nursing program; it’s also got a fantastic theatre and live music scene!
  • Villanova University in Villanova Pennsylvania espouses the ideals of St. Augustine. For gorgeous photos and services, Pennsylvania travel nurses can stop by St. Thomas of Villanova Church.
  • Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania is just 20 minutes outside of Philly—an amazing town for healthcare professionals looking to work in award winning hospitals, known as the best in dozens of specialties.

What Will Your Next Nursing Accolade Be?

If you’re a successful R.N., you already know how competitive the nursing field is, from selection processes by the NLN to other accolades worth competing for along the nursing career path. Align your talents today with a healthcare staffing agency that places value in keeping up with medical headlines and trends in the industry. It’ll help you achieve your personal best! Call 1-800-996-2206 or apply online today for nursing jobs in all 50 U.S. states!

Footnote: Information for this blog was taken from the Healthcare Traveler’s article “Which nursing schools are the best?”

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