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Why California is the Best State for Travel Nursing

With California being the most populated state in the U.S, over 38 million residents, the state is in a constant need of nurses. If you’re interested in travel nursing, you’ll probably find yourself in California at some point. I mean, what’s there not to love about living in California? There are so many pretty aspects of the geological side ie: mountains, cool weather, clean beaches, and the overall “aesthetic”.

 

Opportunities

California has 3 major hospital organizations located in different places of the state! In other states, there is typically only one or two major hospital organizations, in which can limit a traveling nurse’ earning potential. This would not allow them to go to new organizations because of a strict contract they sign within that main organization. However, in the state of California, there are three main organizations. Kaiser Permanente is the largest with over 38 hospitals throughout the state. Dignity Health operates at least 32 hospitals, and Sutter Medical Foundation operates at least 19 hospitals. The opportunities are endless. Of course there are other smaller hospital organizations, in which have their own benefits. Smaller Organizations can sometimes offer more pay, which is always a major factor when searching for jobs.

Pay

You may have heard that California is very expensive and the cost of living is through the roof. While the cost of living may be slightly higher than other places, minimum wage starts at $11.50 an hour! If you compare annual salaries from Florida travel nurses to California travel nurses, the annual salary is dramatically different. In Florida the average annual salary for travel nursing is $56,600 a year, whereas in California its $85,600! That’s a $29,600 difference in annual pay (before taxes). As you can see, not only is there endless opportunities in California for travel nursing, but the pay is 40.78% higher. This pay difference will help even out the cost of living making it more attractive to live in a very desirable location.

Location

When looking at lists of the most popular U.S. states to visit, California is always at the top of the list. Why? Well, California is known for it’s diversity in people, landscapes and communities! You can travel an hour east and see the desert, an hour north and play in the snow (during winter), and an hour west to tan at the beach all in one day! Not to mention, there’s no humidity! California truly has something to offer for everyone, no matter the demographic.

 

So, the next time you hear that the “west coast is the best coast”, you’ll have a tad bit more insight to understand why. The annual pay is above the national average, the location is versatile and beautiful and the opportunities are endless! So, what are you waiting for? Sign up with KPG Healthcare today!
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Be Kind to Your Mind | #WorldMentalHealthDay

Today we’re celebrating World Mental Health Day! Mental health is so important and it is something we often don’t prioritize in our busy lives. So, to celebrate this special day, we will discuss the history of this day, the importance of mental health, and 5 tips for improving your own mental health!

 

History Behind World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first observed in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in many countries.

 

Why Mental Health Is Important

Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. So, without a healthy mental state, it’s hard to live one’s life to their fullest.  

 

Tips for Improving Your Mental Health

  • Meditate

Mediation is the practice of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time. While there are many forms of meditation, the ultimate goal is a feeling of relaxation and inner peace, which can improve mental health. Mediation guides can be found online and apps for your phone are available as well!

 

  • Stay active

Staying active is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health as well. This does not always mean intense workouts either. A simple walk in the park is just as beneficial. Just find activities that you truly enjoy and can do for about 30 minutes 5 times a week!

 

  • Talk about your feelings

Talking about your feelings with others isn’t always easy, but it’s a great way to cope with any problems you’ve been dealing with internally. If you don’t quite feel comfortable talking about your feelings with friends or family, seeing a therapist is especially helpful.

 

  • Sleep

Lack of sleep has the potential to affect our bodies and mind in so many ways, including affecting our mental health. It is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Even going to bed 30 minutes earlier each night can greatly improve your mood and mental health.

 

  • Take a vacation

Let’s be honest, working in the healthcare field takes a lot out of you. As much as we love our jobs, it’s important to take a break every now and then. Taking a vacation or even just a quick weekend getaway helps you clear your mind and boost your mental health.


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Flu Season is Upon Us

As the temperatures begin to slowly drop and the wind starts rustling the colorful leaves of the trees, Autumn comes with a not-so-fun gift: The Flu. Kids are back in school and are bringing home all types of germs, while office environments can be a fun place for the Flu to make it’s rounds. That said, we’ve put together a guide on how to approach Flu Season like a pro!

 

Prevention

One of the most common pieces of advice that doctors have for preventing the flu is getting a flu shot. While the flu shot doesn’t 100% guarantee that you won’t get the flu, Dr. Brandies in an article from the NY Times states that “the vaccine’s [also] been shown to reduce the severity of influenza, [while] it also reduces colds and other illnesses in young, healthy working adults”.
Shots don’t feel good, but neither does the flu!

Other precautions you’ll want to take in avoidance of the flu are to:

  • Wash your hands frequently. We use our hands for everything and our hands carry a ton of germs. You’ll definitely want to use antibacterial soap to make sure you’re getting rid of any signs of the flu.
  • Keep disinfectant wipes at home and on-the-go. Wipe your commonly used hard surfaces at home often and pack some wipes to go to wipe down the inside of your car, desk at work or the cart at the grocery store.
  • Get adequate sleep! The more fatigued your body is, the less effective your immune system is going to be in attacking any viruses.

I Tried Fighting Off the Flu, but I’ve Been Defeated. Now What?

Although you have done everything in your power to try and prevent the flu, you were no match to defeat it. Now, you’re (hopefully) at home and looking for a speedy recovery. Here are some things that will help speed things up:

  • Fluids. Water, fruit juice and tea are highly recommended!
  • Rest. Hey busy-bodies, this means you, too!
  • Humidity. A humidifier will be your best friend if you’re having any trouble breathing through dryness and mucuc.
  • Fever-Reducers. Whether you take OTC medication to reduce your inner temp or you simply put a cold, wet rag over your forehead, make sure to try and get your temperature down when it rises to fight off the virus.
  • Lozenges. Sucking on lozenges helps coat an itchy and sore throat. You can also consume a spoonful of honey by itself or in a cup of tea to soothe your throat.
  • Salt & Water. Gargling salt and water helps ease inflammation in your throat and loosens mucus, as well.
  • Ginger. Put it into your tea or soup. This helps you sweat out the toxins in your body, which is helpful when you have the flu. Ginger is also helpful for settling upset stomachs, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweats.
  • Essential Oils. Put essential oils in your bath or put a few drops on a hot/cold compress to rest on your forehead or chest.

The After-Math

After you’ve fought long and hard to get rid of it, you finally overcame the flu and are finally starting to feel like a functioning human being again.
You’ll want to get rid of the flu once and for all and to do that, you’ll want to do a power clean around the house.

Here’s what you’ll want to make sure to disinfect, throw in the wash or even throw out after the virus is out of your system.

  • Your bedding and sick clothes
  • Your toothbrush
  • Towels
  • Commonly Touched Surfaces ( Counters, door knobs, railings, light switches, etc.)
  • Electronic devices
  • Your steering wheel
  • Anything else you came into contact when you were under the weather.

We sincerely hope you and your loved ones don’t come into contact with the flu at all this holiday season.
Remember to make your way to the doctor’s office if your flu begins to escalate. The KPG Healthcare team wishes you a fantastic and safe weekend ahead!

Until next time!


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