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: Maurice Tillmon

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Ask a Traveler: Maurice Tillmon

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

San Diego, California: specifically, Rady Children’s Hospital!

Q: What is your favorite memory on assignment?

I loved the cruise tours of the city and whale watching! I literally could not resist being in the water!

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

Having the opportunity to choose your own housing is awesome. However, always be prepared to pay the security deposit and first month’s rent out of pocket. No worries though, you’ll be reimbursed via housing stipend.

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

I chose PPR Travel Nursing because I literally read all positive reviews from various websites based on other travelers’ experiences concerning PPR. The PPR website itself was intriguing and proposed all the components I was looking for in a travel company. traveler posts (6)

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

There is an awesome go-to app called Nurses Grid Mobile that allows nurses to upload their monthly work schedule, job location, swap shifts, and allows you to connect with other nurse colleagues to view their schedules and chat. This saved the hassle of constantly asking your favorite nurse buddies their off days to find time to spend together.

Top Locations for Newbie Travel Nurses

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Top 10 Locations for New Travel Nurses

Are you considering the adventuring life of a travel nurse but not sure what locale might fit your fancy? Whether it’s glittering lights, surf swell or towering terrain, there’s a point on the map with your name on it.

Portland, OR

Who doesn’t love roses? Or 8,000 of them! The International Rose Garden is a must see in Portland along with the Saturday Market, the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Many adore Portland for its accessibility to the great outdoors. Whether it’s biking, hiking, camping or paddling, Portland is home to more than 275 parks and 14,000 acres of wide-open spaces.

More on Portland? Read our post on 9 Reasons to Place in Portland.

Denver, CO

If powder is your jam, the Mile-High City puts you right in the mix with easy access to several world-renowned ski resorts. The heart of Denver has something for everyone including the Denver Botanic Gardens or The Source, a 19th-century warehouse that’s the city’s hottest destination for foodies with local brewers, bakers, specialty grocers and craftsmen all under one roof.

Boston, MA

Known for a famous tea party, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. Learn all about its important role in the American Revolution on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of 16 historic sites. Climb the 294 steps up the Bunker Hill Monument for one of the city’s best views. Public art, theatre and museums crisscross Boston for a cultural destination to fit any taste.

Monterey/San Diego, CA

This part of Southern California has some bragging rights as one of the top-ten best climates in the Farmers Almanac. San Diego is home to a large naval fleet, and the public is welcome to tour the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum.The renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens make San Diego one of “America’s Coolest Cities” as ranked by Forbes. Not to be outdone, Monterey is a popular strip of seafood restaurants, shops and bars in converted factories.The city is well known for its diverse marine life, which includes sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, dolphins and several species of whales.

 Albuquerque, NM

Take a hot-air balloon flight over the scenic Rio Grande Valley, hike among dormant volcanoes or stroll through the Old Town filled with historic abode buildings paying homage to the area’s tribal history. Albuquerque also makes the “Best Weather” list for its abundant sunshine, low humidity, and wide, yet mild, seasonal range of temperatures.

 Brattleboro, VT

The Smithsonian declared Brattleboro Number 11 of the “20 Best Small Towns in America.” This urban arts oasis is where the West River meets the Connecticut River right in Downtown offering a stunning venue for the swimmer, fisherman, kayaker and even the bicyclist with nine different self-guided biking tours all starting from Brattleboro.

 Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas has a full plate of vibrant nightlife, centered around 24-hour casinos and nearly any entertainment option one might dream up. And while an Egyptian pyramid, Venetian Grand Canal, and the Eiffel Tower are all spectacles in their own right, there’s also wonder found rock climbing at Red Rock National Conservation Area or retreating to cooler temperatures at Mt. Charleston, Nevada’s fifth tallest peak.

Rapid City, SD

Rapid City is called the gateway to Mt. Rushmore, the massive iconic sculpture of four U.S. Presidents. It’s also a hop, skip and jump from Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial and the Black Hills – perfect for cruising by car or motorcycle. Grab dinner Downtown and be greeted by the City of Presidents, a series of life-size bronze statues of our past presidents.

 Austin, TX

This Live Music Capital of the World lets you create a soundtrack all your own. Explore Austin like you’re on an episode of Amazing Race with a guided scavenger hunt from Austin Detours. See for yourself why the city’s stunning lakes are popular for hiking, biking and boating and then be sure and fill up on some famous Tex-Mex.

Seattle, WA

You cannot miss (even if you wanted to) the futuristic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy, which autographs the Seattle skyline. Sample a little of everything at Pike Place Market and then explore the area’s natural wonderland that surrounds the city with water, mountains and evergreen forests. Whale watch while hiking through Discovery Park or from the deck of the Washington State Ferry.

Picking your location is part of the journey, and the luxury of being a travel nurse is you can go someplace different next time depending on where the wind takes you! If you’re interested in learning about our current travel nursing opportunities, contact your recruiter or visit us at www.pprtravelnursing.com. We’d love to help you off to your next adventure.

Helpful Hacks for Travel Nurses on the Road

Helpful Hacks

For travel nursing professionals, long hours on the road, come with the territory. In case you are traveling to a new assignment and have quite some time to drive, here are something helpful road trip hacks for you to try!

1. Stack Your Playlist

From throwback sounds to Top 20 tunes, music is a great way to ease your mind while stuck on the road. Grab your smartphone and stack your playlist with iTunes, YouTube or Spotify, before you hit the road. It’s important to pick songs you enjoy! If you’re traveling with a friend, be sure to include music they like too.

2. Stop & Stretch

There is nothing like the relaxing release of a good stretch after hours on the road. Make it a habit and stretch EVERY TIME you stop, whether you feel like it or not! If you are a Yogi, look for cool locations to do yoga on your route.

3. Don’t Hit the Road without Roadside Assistance

From flat tires to bad batteries, roadside assistance is a must-have for when the unplanned occurs. For $50 – 125 a year, you can get AAA no matter where you are nationwide! Another option is adding it on to your auto insurance for an additional monthly fee.

4. Pack Snacks

Make sure you have enough snacks and drinks to keep you going. Snacking is not only a good way to curve your appetite, but also a great way to help you budget for meals! If you don’t have a cooler, pack snacks that don’t require refrigeration including:

  • Bottles Water
  • Gatorade
  • Nuts and Trail Mix
  • Chips and Cookies
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Apples and Bananas
  • Bread

5. Set Aside Time for Sleep

Driving when you’re sleep deprived is dangerous. Plan out your overnight stops or how many hours you’ll drive before calling it a night. It’s also wise not to sleep at rest stops unless you are traveling in a group. If money is on your mind, you can still catch some sleep and stay somewhere affordable by looking on Airbnb or pitching a tent at campgrounds along your route.

6. Keep Your Phone Charged

Always bring an extra charger in your car, so you can keep your phone charged at all times. There is nothing worse than a dead phone when you don’t know where you are going or run into an emergency on the road.

Leave a comment below and let us know what you do to keep from going crazy while on the road!

Have questions about an upcoming travel assignment? Contact a recruiter today at www.pprtravelnursing.com/contact-ppr