Top Nursing Apps for Travel Nurses

 

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Smartphone Apps for nurses including Nursegrid and MediBabble Translator are making it easier for nurses to care for their patients. To help you with all of your nursing challenges, here are a few of our favorite iPhone and Android apps for you to try on the job!

Nursegrid

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re always working hard! Stay on schedule with Nursegrid – the “first calendar built for nurses, by nurses.” Nurse grid allows you to organize your schedule and view who you will be working with from shift-to-shift.  This scheduling app also features group and/or private user messaging, making it easier than ever to discuss and/or swap shifts.

Download for iOS or Android

Medscape

If you need a reliable resource for looking up clinical information, Medscape is your App! It features tools for nurses such as medical news across 30+ specialties, drug info and tools, medical calculators, disease and condition info, drug formulary info, and even CME/CE courses across 30+ specialties.

Download for Android or iOS

MediBabble Translator

Many patients are in need of care who speak little-to-no English at all! In fact, this is becoming a less uncommon trend across facilities nationwide. To be better prepared for patients who are fluent in other languages, try using MediBabble Translator. Although Spanish is the Apps default language, You can also use the app to translate language spoken in Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Haitian-Creole and Russian.

Download for iOS only                                               

Nursing Central

Nursing Central is an “all-in-one clinical solution for nurses,” containing dosing calculators, IV, clinical, and conversion tools. It also contains drug information for a wide database of over 5,000 medications, a dictionary of more than 65,000 medical nursing terms, information to help nurses interpret laboratory and diagnostics tests, disease-related news, search of the MEDLINE/PubMed database, access to journals, etc. The Nursing Central App is free to download, but an annual subscription of $169.95/year is required to access.

Download for Android or iOS

For more information about travel resources or to browse available assignment, contact us today at www.pprtravelnursing.com/contact-ppr!

Ask a Traveler: Rachel Owens

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BEING A TRAVEL NURSE

Yesterday a doctor sat down and questioned my reasons for being a Travel Nurse. He was genuinely curious as to why hospitals need them and my reasons for going where I am needed. The questions were ones I’ve answered over the years, yet as I’ve gotten further into it, they have become stronger & more evidence based.

Things I know about my job and why I do it:

First and foremost, I get to see this lovely country we live in! Three months is such a great amount of time to explore the area on days off, experience the culture there, the food, see if I like the hospital enough to want to stay, and my friends/family can come visit there if they’d like.

Second, it challenges me to be secure in me. I move at times/most times by myself to a new city where I know no one. I learn the area, meet people, adapt to a new hospital, and explore. I get to be comfortable handling situations myself. Yes, I still need help opening some jars and wish I had someone there, (girly fails) but I figure it out! It is hard at times but I’ve never felt more complete in me & it has helped me learn what that means I’d need in a counterpart. Also, those drives are really good for reflecting, praying, and lots of loud singing.

Third, I get to explore all while getting paid to do a job I love! I say that acknowledging that some days are harder than others, but it comes with the job. However, I can go home at the end of the day knowing I helped.

Fourth,  speaking of helping others, I get to do this in different states! That involves me growing to show grace and empathy to many different ethnicities, religions, and who knows what other crazy curveballs I’ve been thrown. It makes me grow as a person to learn about them & their traditions while trying to incorporate them.

Fifth, I learn new medical techniques, equipment, and get to see how other nurses handle situations. I may keep some ways I do things, but I am always growing and am not ashamed to use techniques I prefer better when I see them. I get to see new genetic issues, diseases, and learn new ways to treat my patients. I’ve grown as a nurse in my knowledge and hope to continue always.

Sixth, I have met people whom I adore. We share an amazing experience of helping save lives together and then they are kind enough to show me their home in their free time. I cherish every single one of them and wish so badly that I could drag them all together to make one AMAZING unit to work in.

And lastly…some of you may not grasp this but it’s something I’ve come to appreciate…God. I do it because I am being patient waiting on his plan for me. Heck, it may be right where I am! I love that no matter where I apply to for work that not every one of them needs me right then. Everything is in his hands and timing. I had to wait over a year to get to work in Charleston, & while there I got to help parents during a hurricane, I helped save lives, and could educate a few newer people on errors I’d noticed.

My assignment in Hawaii. I had wanted to be in Alaska for that assignment, but I got to grow closer to an amazing friend of mine and share the journey. In Phoenix, I met some of my favorite people, saved a toddler who had run away, and aided an elderly man who had cancer that everyone else passed by. In San Diego, I found another lost child who everyone walked by (apparently stranger danger doesn’t count with me) and reassessed an infant they’d advised the family to withdraw support on and now she is thriving at home with her family. I could keep going with little things that have impacted me, but all in all, I do this to see where I am needed & put my best into being there for those I can.

It’s hard leaving family and friends behind. I try my darnedest to make sure they all know I’m there if needed even if not in person. However, I have got to live this life to my fullest. I am trying to make the most out of all these amazing chapters I’ve been given. As for now…. being a travel nurse has impacted my life in amazing ways and I love it.

Ask a Traveler: Chantal Martel

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Ask a Traveler: Chantal Martel

 

Q: What has been your top Travel Nursing assignment location?

I’m on my third contract at my first assignment location, so I don’t have a top location…yet.  I’ve had a great experience working at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, TX  though.  Very traveler friendly.

Q: What is your favorite memory on assignment?

One of my favorite memories from this assignment is a funny one.  I had a patient who was in his mid-nineties who told me he liked my name because it was “spicy.”

Q: Do you have any advice for first-time travelers?

When I first thought of traveling, I downloaded the Travel Nurse’s Bible.  I highly recommend it.  Travel is a whole new world of nursing, and this book offers valuable insight and advice.  The one thing I will absolutely do to prepare for my next contract is to keep my list of interview questions with me at all times.  You never know when a Unit Manager will call to interview you.  I was in the clearance aisle at TJ Maxx for my first interview, and couldn’t remember most of my questions.  Thankfully, it all worked out, and I ended up at a great hospital, but it would’ve been nice to know what color uniform I needed!

Q: Why did you choose to work with PPR Travel Nursing?

The number of travel companies out there can be quite overwhelming.  For me, choosing PPR was an easy decision.  Once I spoke with my amazing recruiter, Beth Ann Carlson, I knew this was the company for me.  Everyone I’ve worked with at PPR has been very professional and responsive.  The whole onboarding process went smoothly and was well-organized. And I know PPR has my best interest at heart.

Q: This month, we are talking Tech Tips for Travel Nurses. Do you have any go-to apps you use while working as a Travel Nurse?

App I can’t live without: Google maps.  Housing apps: Trulia Rentals, Zillow Rentals, Realtor.com.  I need to get some work-related reference apps, so I look forward to reading that post.

Ask a Traveler: Kayla Mason

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Ask a Traveler: Kayla Mason

 

travel nurse, travel nursing, ppr travel nursingQ: What has been your top Travel Nursing assignment location?

I am wrapping up my second assignment at this time.  Brattleboro, Vermont was my first assignment.  It was my first time in New England and it was beautiful.  I hiked on the Appalachian Trail, which had been a dream for years.  Boston and Salem, MA were 2 hours away and New York City was 3 hours away.  These were places I didn’t think I’d be able to visit in a permanent position where vacation time is limited to a few weeks per year.

Q: What is your favorite memory on assignment?

I loved New York City and I want to go back on assignment one day.  We drove into the city and I listened to Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” as the skyline came into view.  And I cried.  Everything is out of a movie. My family and I explored Central Park and played with the boats.  We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.  We ate cheap pizza and had Chinese delivered to our apartment. It was everything I thought it would be.

Q: Do you have any advice for first-time travelers?

I have two big tips.  First, save money before you go.  Although your agency will reimburse you, it is good to have money aside, especially if you are moving across the country.  You may need money upfront for housing, new insurance, licensing, gas/hotels, etc.  Second, when you start working at your location, know how to look up policies/procedures and do so often. Every facility has their own way of doing things.

Q: Why did you choose to work with PPR Travel Nursing?

They have an excellent reputation. I contacted them about 6 months before I wanted to start just to talk about what I should be doing to prepare.  I never felt pressured into starting travel before I was ready.

Q: This month, we are talking Tech Tips for Travel Nurses. Do you have any go-to apps you use while working as a Travel Nurse?

AAA membership and app — it gives me peace of mind on the road.  Airbnb, Trulia, and HomeAway for looking for housing.  TripAdvisor for finding activities and AllTrails to find hiking trails.

Ask a PPR Nurse: Nicole Lanier

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Ask a PPR Nurse: Nicole Lanier

 

Q: Why did you become a Nurse?

I actually knew when I was a little girl that I wanted to be a nurse. Since I was I was in grade school, I knew that I wanted to help people.

Q: Where did you go to college?

I obtained my undergrad at Florida State University and my Master’s Degree at UCF.

Q: Why did you choose to work with PPR Travel Nursing?

A good friend of mine, Jamie Miller, introduced me to PPR while I was working at a hospital. I began working with PPR on and off for about 12 years. Dwight Cooper and I also became close friends – but ultimately, I stayed at PPR for the amazing culture here.

Q: Do you have any advice for first-time travelers?

Yes! Be flexible. Be open to new experiences. Learn from what you don’t like during a travel experience and use it to create a better one during your next assignment. Set realistic expectations that your first assignment will not be perfect and you won’t be disappointed.

Q: This year’s theme for Nurse’s Week, is the year of the Healthy Nurse. Mind, Body, and Soul. Do you have any self-care tips for travel nurses while they are on the road?

Maintain a balance among all things. Even just taking an hour to yourself to read or collect your thoughts, can help you stay healthy. Also, let PPR help you where we can. That’s really where my role comes into play – I am available to listen and help whenever possible. I am here to problem solve and really serve as a counselor when I can, I want to help our nurses as much as possible.

Q: This month, we are talking Tech Tips for Travel Nurses. Do you have any go-to apps you use while working as a Travel Nurse?

PALM PEDi ; Headspace – Meditation app; Whitenoise – helps with sleeping if you work night shifts!