First day of School Tips for School Therapists

Fall can be such an exhilarating time for students as they rush back to friends, favorite activities, and sports. However, it can also be full of nerves, fear and so much of the unknown. The same rings true for adults, too. For school therapists, you might be experiencing a new classroom for the first time, as well as, all of the things that go along with it. New colleagues, students, parents, and surroundings.  Starting the year off on the right foot can get ensure you see success the entire year through.

Mark your calendars

Every school has certain wide-impacting events such as standardized testing weeks that seem to send the entire building into an organized frenzy. Or perhaps it’s a school Christmas play that you wouldn’t want to schedule over. You want those dates on your calendar at the beginning of the year so there are fewer surprises as the months roll by.


Don’t skip Open House

You’d be hard-pressed for a better time and place to meet so many parents as on Back-to-School Night. Why not set up a display and hand out information to interested moms and dads? It’s a great time to share what types of services you provide and how they can get in touch with you. The truth is no one never knows what the future will bring, and if caregivers already have a connection with you as the school therapist, they may feel more comfortable calling you in the beginning should they need support.


Hopefully you feel refreshed after summer break and ready to make the school year rock. If exploring new places while having adventures of a lifetime are as important to you as helping students and making a difference in the world, then we’d love the chance to talk with you more. Give us a call today.


Neonatal Nurse Day: Caring for the Tiniest Lives

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At PPR Travel Nursing, we are honored to have a neonatal nurse on staff. Nicole Lanier was activated during the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey as part of her work with the KidsKare Transport Team at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in our home town Jacksonville, FL. When she returned from her trip, we took some time to sit down and talk about why she chose neonatal nursing and to hear about her experiences in Houston.

Q: In your own words, what is a Neonatal nurse?

A neonatal nurse is a special nurse.  Neonatal nurses are blessed with the opportunity to take care of and help save the tiniest of lives.  Their assessment skills have to be accurate as the babies cannot talk to you, so we must monitor their vital signs closely, observe, and respond appropriately to their needs.

Q: How did you get involved with the field of Neonatal nursing?

I went to Florida State University for my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  During my last semester, I was assigned to the NICU at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for my internship.  During my internship, I met the manager and she told me to contact her once I passed my boards – she saw potential in my skills and said she would offer me a job.  Once I passed my boards, she was true to her word, and I was hired directly into the NICU.

Q: Is there a specific experience that drew you to want to work specifically with babies?

There was no specific thing that drew me to working with babies.  I enjoyed the challenge of the job.  No one neonate is the same.  Every child presents with different challenges and their status can change within minutes.  I do enjoy working with the families.  You are taking care of their most precious possessions.  It is a great feeling to be able to help the neonates, but also be a source of support for the families.

Q: How long have you been a Neonatal nurse?

I have been a NICU Nurse for 15 years.

Q: Recently you went to Houston to assist with the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey, can you explain what you were doing there?

In Houston, we took our equipment and we helped support the hospitals there by providing our resources and our expertise as neonates needed to be moved from hospitals.

Q: You went to Houston through your work with Wolfson Children’s Hospital – can you explain that program?

I am on the KidsKare Transport Team at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.  We are a Neo/Pediatric Critical Care Team that services a 250-mile radius of Northeast Florida.  We have a partnership with Air Methods. It was that partnership that provided us the invite to go out to Houston to help with relief efforts.

Q: Is there a specific story or experience from Houston that you can share with us?

It is one thing to see devastation through stories on TV, it is another to see it firsthand.  When we would fly into areas, just seeing the water up to the roofs of houses was chilling.  At certain hubs, we saw recoveries/families and our hearts just were broken for them.  There were a lot of resources that were sent to that area and we all worked together to get things done.  It was wonderful to see all of the Teamwork from our staff, Air Methods, the Coast Guard, Navy, etc, that were there working together to help the people on the ground as well as hospital staff.

Q: If you could give a piece of advice to a nursing student who is considering specializing in neonatal, what would you say?

I would say be ready for a challenge, but know that it is one of the most fulfilling jobs you will ever have. You will develop some of the best assessment skills you will ever need as a nurse.  You will always look back on neonatal nursing with a happy heart.

Q: Is there something you wish you had known early on in your nursing career?

Nothing specific. If I had my career to do over again – I would not change a thing.  I am proud to be a Neonatal nurse and it prepared me well to go on to train for caring for the pediatric critical care population as well. Nursing has made me a better human.  It is a selfless and sometimes thankless job, but you know you are providing a need, service, and care for the smallest little lives.  It is a personal calling for me since I was very young.  I am proud to be a Nurse and extra proud to be a Neonatal Nurse.


And we are extra proud to have Nicole Lanier as part of our PPR Family!

Happy Neonatal Nurse Day to all of our NICU Travelers! We appreciate you caring for the tiniest of lives, not just today but every day.

How to Show Off Personality and Style with Your Scrubs!

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They serve a functional purpose and must do the “wash and repeat” game like a pro. But scrubs do not have to be as utilitarian as the rubber gloves you are restocking. As a nurse, you have a buffet of options when it comes to scrubs, so don’t be shy to show off your style and personality.

Lighthearted & whimsical

Tinker Bell isn’t just for pediatrics. There’s a kid in all of us, so show off your favorite Disney or comic star with your scrubs selection. People will know you like to have fun and make others smile even under what might not be the happiest of circumstances. Patterns with flowers, hearts or baby farm animals let people know you see the importance of being soft and comforting in addition to your job as a health care provider.


Donning initials on anything fabric isn’t just for southern belles anymore. Personalization knows no bounds from Yeti tumblers to cell phone cases. And with a plethora of fonts, stitches and thread colors, you can make your scrubs all your own so there’s no confusion on which are yours.

You might want to think about skipping the monochrome and livening things up for your next set of scrubs. You never know – your unique pair could be the ideal conversation starter when you’re the new nurse in town.

Ready to meet some new people and find a reason to buy a shiny new scrubs wardrobe? Give us a call and let us find your dream location.

An MSP Solution’s Insight on Workplace Culture

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Workplace hiring needs are diverse and constantly changing. An MSP is able to help you meet your contract labor needs every time in the acute and post-acute healthcare space. One area of contract labor that is far too important but often forgotten is workplace culture. 


“Workplace culture is the heartbeat of an organization, and either yields energy and motivates people to pursue greatness or sucks the inspiration out of employees and slowly brings a business to a grinding halt,” said Kevin Phillips, author of Employee Leaps.

An MSP can provide an outsider viewpoint to your specific organization’s idiosyncrasies while leveraging an insider knowledge base and wealth of experience. They can see opportunities from a 10,000-foot level that you might be missing from the trenches. With a centralized hiring process and extensive pools of candidates, an MSP will make recommendations based on qualifications and culture fit. Thus, a handpicked team can set the stage for incremental culture shifts that can compound for years to come.

Bottom Line

Your workforce is fluid, and an MSP can be the engine that affords your organization the agility it needs to be successful in the changing healthcare climate. MSPs save time and resources through efficient sourcing, business intelligence, and labor cost stabilization – all with your bottom line in constant focus. In addition, MSPs should have vendor insurance policies and procedures that can eliminate exposure for client health care organizations. It’s important to partner with an expert team who provides custom solutions and are willing to fill orders on your terms.

We welcome the opportunity to make your business our priority. Contact us today and learn how our MSP services remain unmatched.

An MSP Knows What Keeps You Up at Night…and Can Help.

With towering “To Do” lists reaching new heights, it can be a challenge to differentiate between the true priorities and those irksome tasks that pop up at inopportune moments. Sometimes it can feel like we’ve made one step up to take two steps down.

If this is the course you’re up against, then it might be time to hire an MSP provider as your guide. That’s because a qualified Managed Service Provider can play a fundamental role in identifying the actual priorities and creating an action plan to meet your company’s broader organizational goals, which often define success on a larger scale.

Did you know that an MSP can have welcomed effects on key areas – you know the ones that may or may not keep you up at night?

If you are ready to discuss how a Managed Service Provider can address your needs, we are here for you.