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Interview with an Allied Healthcare Recruiter

 

At KPG Healthcare, our recruiters work hard to help healthcare professionals find the job of their dreams! Not only are these professionals helping people transition into the next stage of their life, but they’re also working with dozens of different specialties to help them find the perfect career opportunity. Our Allied Healthcare recruiting division works closely with professionals from many different backgrounds, including sterile technicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, lab techs and dozens of other allied professions! Learn a bit more about Hana and her experience with KPG Healthcare below:

How did you become an Allied Healthcare Recruiter?

I joined the KPG Team in November 2016, in the Per Diem division and was excited to transition to the Allied Department in January 2017. I had heard great things about KPG and was excited to work alongside some familiar faces!

What’s your favorite thing about being an Allied Healthcare recruiter?

Really–just one thing? Aside from working with an awesome, fun and hard-working team every day, I love learning about all the nuances of the position. I wasn’t aware of the impressive range of healthcare professionals that were a part of the Allied network!

Tell us about your most rewarding recruiting experience?

It’s always a great feeling finding a matched opportunity for a healthcare professional. Yet, the most rewarding experience came after I was able to place a very passionate and patient candidate in her “dream job!” We had been working together for nearly four months before she was cleared and began working with L.A. County — she was the first in the nation! Every time we speak, she is excited to tell me about her role and how happy she is.

 

What types of things stand out to you when you meet a professional looking for their next opportunity?

Other than the experience, skill set, and credentials, I feel it’s important to know what is driving them towards their next job. What stands out most are certain things like their character, passion, patience, and wanting to grow and strive to achieve more in their career.  

 

How do you determine how best to find the perfect job for a candidate?

We have a lot of opportunities that a candidate may be fit for, but it’s important to understand and determine how to serve their best interest in aligning them with the a job that satisfies their needs and skillset.

What’s your best tip for a candidate going into the interview process with a potential company?

Be positive and confident. When first speaking with someone I encourage them to have a mindset that we are going to get them an interview. It’s key to keep that momentum going to result in that job offer!

 

What’s the best advice you could give to an Allied professional that is comparing multiple opportunities?

Although money is always going to be a huge driving force, I always advise a professional to consider things such as location, details about the position, the facility and if this is an opportunity that is going to further their career. Our goal is to put them in a position where they can make money, enjoy doing it, and gain a fruitful experience.

  
What do you feel sets KPG Healthcare apart from other companies?

Well, I haven’t worked for any other healthcare staffing companies, but I know I work with a great team here! From Compliance and HR, to payroll and all of the recruiters here, everyone is always willing to help and has fun doing it! From birthday cake time to bean bag break time and all the candy in the drawers, a lot of fun is had.

 

KPG Healthcare is proud to staff some of the best hospitals in the Nation. Looking for your next career move and interested in contributing to one of California’s most renowned hospitals? Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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Tips on Staying Safe in The Sun

 

6 Tips on Staying Safe in the Sun for the Holiday

Enjoy the benefits of summer weather this 4th of July without putting yourself at a higher risk for sun exposure repercussions. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays cause dehydration and heatstroke, but beyond heat-related incidents, its rays increase the risk for sunburn and peeling, skin aging, and skin cancer.


All of these sun related conditions are often seen and treated by healthcare professionals and providers, and this time of year with 4th of July fun rolling in, they are extra busy handling these cases. As you’re enjoying your festivities this year, keep in mind that these rays reflect off water, sand, pool and deck concrete surfaces, making sun protection especially important.

Learn how you can protect yourself while still enjoying the sunny weather this holiday:

Apply Sunscreen

Make sure you are applying sunscreen generously and frequently – every 2 hours anytime you are outdoors. The recommended type of sunscreen to use is a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Wherever your skin is or may be exposed, be sure to apply! This is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

Whip Out Your Sunglasses

Now is the time to bring out your stylish studs. Although a fashion accessory, their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most lenses offer adequate UV protection, but if you are in doubt or want a stronger protection, check in with an optometrist.

 

Limit Time Spent in the Sun

It’s important to limit your time spent in the sun, especially when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are the strongest, between 10 am and 4 pm. Whether you’re hanging by the pool area or at the beach this summer holiday, make sure you’re seeking shade and circulating over to an indoor area.


Be safe – plan ahead. If you’re anticipating to be out in the hot weather, be sure to check the National Weather Service. They post the UV index daily by zip code and if it’s real high, an alert will be issued to keep the time spent in the sun to a minimum.

 

Check Your Medication

There are certain types of medicine that can cause sensitivity to the sun. Depending on the medication, it can contain ingredients that will cause a chemically induced change to the skin – photosensitivity. This can cause sunburn-like symptoms, rash, and possibly other unwanted side effects.

Make sure to reduce these risks ahead of time. If you are taking any medications and have concerns about having a reaction, check in with your healthcare professional or pharmacist before stepping out in the sun. Enjoy fun in the sun at a safe cost!

 

Examine Your Skin

It’s important to examine your skin head to toe at least once a month, especially if you know you will be spending extra long hours in the sun due to summer festivities and activities. If you perform regularly, examining your skin can alert you to changes and assist in early detection of skin cancer. Self-examination should take no more than 10 minutes – a small investment to protecting your health!

The recommended full-body self exam is once a month, but it is always important to check in with your doctor to determine whether you need more frequent checks. You may also find it helpful to schedule an appointment at least once a year through your healthcare provider to assure you any existing spots, freckles, moles or changes in your skin are normal.

Be a role model for safer sun actions. Your skin, eyes, and immune system will thank you!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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How to get your RN License in California

The Golden State has a lot to offer nurses besides its sandy beaches and abundance of sunshine. More and more people are going into the nursing field these days, but what’s the actual process for getting your RN license in the state of California?

Make obtaining your California nursing license hassle-free with these steps to guide and assist you each step of the way!

  • First of all, Apply online or obtain an application packet and detailed instructions from the BRN website. To qualify for licensure by endorsement, you must hold a current and active RN license in another state, U.S. territory, or Canada, have completed an educational program meeting all CA requirements, and passed the NCLEX-RN. Find out more information on this process here.

  • Be prepared. Send your application to the BRN at least 6-8 weeks before graduation. In addition, have your school send your transcripts to the BRN. Remember to send in your application early, or else you may end up waiting for your approval for much longer!

  • Put your best fingers forward. Complete a fingerprint background check.

  • Nail the NCLEX. Take and pass the National Council Licensing Examination, or NCLEX. The exam itself is computerized and given continuously 6 days a week. Tip for new graduates! Take the test sooner rather than later, research has shown that there’s a higher success rate for early test takers compared with those who wait several months. Need help studying? Check out this website on how to navigate the NCLEX!

Apply for an Interim Permit. If you want to work in a supervised nursing capacity while awaiting the results of your test, applying for this permit is essential.

Have a passion to practice as an RN in California? Start checking these steps off and you’ll be on you way! Want even more info? Browse this helpful site for information on the different nursing license requirements you’ll need to get going. Once you’re ready to get your dream California position, KPG Healthcare is here to help!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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