Spotlight: Duval County School District in Jacksonville, Florida

Have you considered Florida’s First Coast for your next assignment?

Jacksonville is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River about 25 miles from the Georgia state line. Home to just under 1 million people, several military bases and miles of beautiful beaches, Jacksonville is the largest city in land area in the contiguous United States.

If you enjoy sporting events, then you’ll have plenty of options from the Icemen, Jaguars, THE PLAYERS and Jumbo Shrimp. It does get hot and humid in the summer, but the city enjoys mild weather during the rest of the year, and there’s always plenty of ways to cool off whether by boat, surf board or poolside.

Duval County School District is the 20th largest school district in the nation and the sixth largest in Florida. PPR has several pediatric, school-based positions currently available including:

An Occupational Therapist (OT)helps students live life to its fullest by promoting health, and preventing—or living better with—injury, illness, or disability. According to AOTA, an OT’s role can reach all students, including those without disabilities, by serving as an active participant in developing school curriculums, addressing health and safety by creating violence prevention and anti-bullying programs.

Two Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) openings involve working to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in students. An SLP’s impact cascades beyond any given school year by building confidence and communication skills that carry a student into life.

Both roles afford the opportunity to work with a diverse cross section of children with exceptional needs, and previous school-based experience is not required. Bonus: you can take your summers off to be a kid again, too!

In addition, PPR Education Services offers competitive compensation, an industry-leading health insurance plan, paid private housing or housing stipends, license and travel reimbursements, 401k and a generous referral bonus.

This great city known well for its bridges may just lead you to your next adventure. Contact us or apply online today.

We Honor SLPs for Better Hearing and Speech Month

At PPR we like to give shout outs to our Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) all year long but with May being Better Hearing and Speech Month, we want to salute you for all you do. After all, without you, any improvement in hearing and speech would be hard to come by.

There aren’t words to describe your unwavering commitment to your patients while working cohesively with physicians, psychologists, parents and teachers. Your impact each year cascades for decades in the lives of so many.

Many SLPs feel called to this special work and are happily surprised by some of the perks that come with the job.

Stability in a high-growth field

It’s lovely to be needed especially when that translates to a nice paycheck, competitive benefits and a flexible work environment. SLPs who work in schools know the benefits of a consistent work environment and students who make coming to work each day incredibly gratifying.

Variety of specialties and practice settings

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AHSA), about 56 percent of all SLPs are employed in educational settings, including K-12 schools, preschools, early intervention programs, and colleges and universities. Another 39 percent of SLPs work in health care settings, which can include hospitals and residential health care facilities.

Nothing is as rewarding as seeing someone use their own voice

As an SLP, you know firsthand the challenges associated with stuttering, articulation and dysphagia. You empathize in a unique way with children who experience trouble connecting and socializing with others. While the job isn’t always rose-colored, you make a tremendous contribution to your patients’ lives and those breakthrough moments can carry you through the hardest days.

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month by browsing some of our current SLP openings. We have positions from Huntington Beach, California, to Hartford, Connecticut, and places in between. We’d love the chance to put you in your next dream job.

 

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Vendor Management Company

Finding the right vendor management company for your business is no easy feat. You want a vendor manager with a reputable track record that you can trust.

You should begin your search for a new vendor manager by dissecting each vendor manager’s proven success. You should ask your potential vendor managers for proof of improved:

  • Start Management
  • Time to Fill
  • Candidate Sourcing
  • Candidate Quality
  • Premium Labor Spend
  • Total Amount of Open Positions
  • Process Improvement

Ifa vendor manager has no evidence of improvements, then that is not the right partnership for you.Want to know more about what the right VM can do for you? Contact us today for more information about our vendor management solutions, customized for you!

Travel Nurse Specialties in High Demand

The travel nurse specialties that are currently in highest demand are:

1)    Medical-Surgical (Med-surg)

2)    Telemetry

3)    Emergency Room (ER)

4)    Operating Room (OR)

5)    Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Med-surg positions in Fort Wayne, IN, Philadelphia and multiple locations in PA

The single largest nurse specialty in the U.S., medical-surgical nursing, is a little bit like orchestra conducting. They juggle care for several patients, which can mean admitting and discharging, administering medications, and keeping everyone on the entire patient care team on the same page.

If Med-surg is your specialty, consider contracting for a position in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a three time All-America City Award recipient proud of its cultural scene and breadth of green space. Another city rich in American history is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where you can visit Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. Find your nurse family in the great city of brotherly love or other stellar locations throughout Pennsylvania.

Telemetry positions in Charleston, WV; Sayre, PA; Portsmouth, VA; Hazard, KY and Detroit, MI

A telemetry nurse monitors patient’s vital signs in hospitals or other clinical facilities and usually provides care to people with gastrointestinal diseases, heart failure, diabetes, and other acute diagnoses.

Telemetry positions are now open in the Northeast and Midwest depending on what fits your fancy. If you’re looking for a walkable city with a small town yet progressive nature, check out Charleston, West VirginiaPortsmouth, Virginia, is directly opposite Norfolk and is actually home to Norfolk Navy Yard, a historic and active U.S. Navy facility and enjoys miles of waterfront land on the Elizabeth River.

And don’t let the name make you leery – Hazard, Kentucky, is a great place for your next telemetry contract and also known as Queen City of the Mountains. Sayre, Pennsylvania, and Detroit, Michigan, are also great spots with telemetry openings.

ER positions in Detroit, MI

The Motor City needs emergency room nurses who are responsible for assessing the level of care required and stabilizing patients until they are seen by a doctor. Going beyond the auto industry with a personality and style all its own, Detroit is known for its music scene, architecturally significant buildings – many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and of course the sports teams that call Detroit home.

OR positions in Brighton, MA and Wenatchee, WA

Scrub nurses prepare the operating room for the patient ensuring a sterile environment and assist the surgical team by passing instruments during surgery. There are two main spots looking for operating nurses, and they happen to be on opposite ends of the country. Brighton is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, with never a shortage of sights to take in and good music and eats to guarantee a good time. Wenatchee is in Washington and perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Known as a mountain gateway, the city boasts lovely riverfront parks along the picturesque Columbia River.

ICU positions in Boston, MA

Critical care nursing focuses on the highest level of care of the critically ill or unstable patients following extensive injury, surgery or life-threatening diseases. One of America’s oldest cities needs ICU nurses. Public art, theatre and museums crisscross Boston for a cultural destination to fit any taste. If you have yet to experience the exuberance that is Boston, this might be the perfect time.

Curious about shifting from permanent to travel nursing, or what states are most financially lucrative? We have an amazing team who know the ins and outs while having a deep understanding of what a career in nursing means.

Contact us today for your next adventure.

 

5 Travel Nurse Sites to Keep You in the Know

At PPR we do our best to provide you with relevant content to put this amazing world of travel nursing in the spotlight. Our blog is chock full of helpful (and fun!) articles, but we want to share a few other sites worth checking out.

The top five websites for travel nursing are:

1. The Gypsy Nurse
2. Travel Nursing Central
3. Highway Hypodermics
4. Indeed
5. Facebook

The Gypsy Nurse

The largest and most active online community just for travel nurses has a lively name that suits it well: The Gypsy Nurse. Here you’ll find hundreds of helpful articles ranging from contract negotiations to a detailed step-by step guide to launching and building your travel nursing career. Read about fellow travel nurses’ journeys from their perspective with interviews and guest contributor content. There is also a robust education component with courses to further your skillset. The site keeps its foundation of collaboration, community and camaraderie at the forefront and is a terrific place to connect to other fellow travel nurses – no plane tickets or U-Haul required.

Travel Nursing Central

The next site doesn’t feel quite as fun as the Gypsy Nurse but still has a wealth of information worth exploring. Travel Nursing Central focuses on those who are curious about a career in travel nursing by providing thorough information on finding the right recruiter, agency, housing, hospital, and other elements that contribute to a successful career. The site allows nurses to rank both their agency and hospital, so you can see how your prospects stack up and read fellow nurses’ comments. Another helpful list is the Nursing Board websites and phone numbers for every state. That has to be worth at least a couple Google searches.

Highway Hypodermics

Highway Hypodermics was created by a travel nurse with the goal of bridging the gap between traveling nurses and travel nurse companies, those considering taking the leap can give their email address in exchange for a “Free Newbies Workbook.” Another resource that’s great for all ranges of experience is an extensive questionnaire list, which includes detailed questions to help you understand things like what makes quality benefits and hospital evaluations.

Indeed

Indeed is the giant job search site that will take a bit of time navigating to get to the goods in terms of travel nursing. Driven by keywords, you’ll add your title descriptions and then search by city, state or zip code to see what openings might be available in your wish list locations. Multiple locations means more search time, but the results may prove fruitful. You can read reviews about the company posting the position and sign up to be alerted as soon as jobs that match your search are posted.

Facebook

Facebook is noticeably blurring the lines between our personal and professional lives. We are using the online tool more and more as replacements for texting, event invites and even group meetings. It’s also a helpful tool when researching potential agencies or hospitals. You can get a good sense for a company’s culture by spending a little time on their Facebook page and checking out the comments. Plus, there’s a Travel Nurse Facebook group to fit any need or location, so find a few to join and then start reading, connecting and maybe even meeting for coffee – offline!

We are the experts when it comes to travel nursing, and our level of care and commitment to our nurses is unmatched. Contact us today to find out about our exciting opportunities and why PPR is different.