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It’s the first of the month, which means its Nurse Spotlight time!
In light of all the things happening in the world surrounding COVID-19, KPG Healthcare felt a change of pace would do some good even if it’s just for a moment. Without further ado, allow us to introduce one of our travel nurses currently on assignment in Los Angeles, Bailey!
Bailey has been a Step-Down travel nurse for about two years and has been a nurse for a total of 13 years this upcoming May. His nursing career began when he was required to do a project with a healthcare professional as a high school student in Portland, Oregon.
“I originally wanted to pursue a doctor’s career,” Bailey said, “but I was offered to interview a nurse instead.” Bailey was fortunate enough to meet with the assistant deans at the University of Portland for his project, which helped pave his way into a nursing career. The University of Portland is also where he attended nursing school.
“The rest is history.”
As a travel nurse, Bailey has found the best way to navigate through the trials and tribulations that come with the job is being able to adapt. You “must learn how to work with their [work] culture and organization even it may not align with your morals or beliefs,” Bailey explained. A travel nurse has the potential to hop from state-to-state or city-to-city and it can be taxing having to adjust and adapt to so many hospitals within a year.
When entering a new work environment, Bailey recommends being Ms./Mr. Congeniality with an “I know how to do this, but how do you do it here?” perspective. This will tell the other nurses you know how to do the particular task but you want to make sure you are doing to the facility’s standard. Bailey also recommends you make friends on the unit so they can vouch for you in certain situations.
Bailey has learned many skills and life lessons on and off the job throughout his nursing career. Besides learning how to travel light, respecting a work culture but still keeping in mind what is “safe” within your practice is one of the biggest lessons he’s learned, so far. Bailey mentioned, “Once you start travel nursing you see healthcare is even bigger than you realize, then you move to a completely different state and realize things are done so differently.”
Facilities vary from state-to-state, it can even vary from facility-to-facility, but in the end, a travel nurse must be able to switch gears and adjust to the different work environment at the drop of a dime. It’s a skill most travel nurses have developed and refined through their nursing careers.
One aspect of Bailey’s job that many people don’t realize is “nursing is a bizarre job.” “There is protocol in [nurses] brains that makes them tune into autopilot mode,” Bailey explained, “Most people aren’t dealing with life or death situations, but people need to realize we have a very special and unique job most people don’t realize is pretty traumatic.”
Nursing, but specifically travel nursing, can be a taxing job to have and like Bailey said most people don’t realize nursing is pretty traumatic. It’s important to practice self-care and to find time to unwind after long and stressful days. Some of the ways Bailey unwinds after a long shift is to make friends in the area or befriend his coworkers to go grab drinks or food with, solo hikes and to plan mini four- to five-day trips to Hawaii or the Grand Canyon.
Bailey is also a graduate student at Western Governors University where he’s getting his Master’s in Nursing. He’s got a lot on his plate from working 12-hour shifts, finishing up school work, finding time to unwind and planning trips.
KPG Healthcare wants to thank Bailey for his continued service in the healthcare field during this pandemic. Like all healthcare professionals on the frontlines, we see the sacrifice and dedication you have toward your craft and we commend you for that. We also want to congratulate you on your nursing career (so far) and for furthering your education, we continue to be impressed by your work ethic and we are blessed to have someone like you to be part of the KPG Family. Be safe out there!
March is Nutrition Month! It’s important to remember to eat a well-balanced diet that includes the major food groups: vegetables, fruits, grains, and protein. Our bodies are our temple and we should treat them right – we only get one!
KPG Healthcare knows the power of snacks – we love them. However, snacking can be dangerous when you have chips, salty foods or even fatty foods laying around the office. We decided to break down some healthy snack options by Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, and Alternatives.
Fresh fruit is a great choice to have in-between meals or having some dried fruit can be a great substitution. If you choose to bring dried fruit, make sure that it’s not covered in a layer of sugar!
If eating fruit alone is not your vibe, you can also get creative with how you serve your fruit for lunch.
Apple Cookies are a great example of changing things up from normal whole fruit. Cut your apples into thin slices, layer it up with some peanut butter to keep you full until your next meal, and you have the choice of sprinkling some healthy toppings like coconut flakes, dark chocolate bits, nuts, and/or cinnamon!
If apples aren’t your taste, you can substitute it with bananas too! Bananas are a wonderful addition in oatmeal, with peanut butter, in smoothies, or with more nuts! Bananas contain potassium and while it doesn’t contain as much potassium as leafy greens, its sure beats eating spinach by itself.
Vegetables are another great snack choice for those who like to cut their sugar intake. Vegetables should be eaten every day for your daily nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, protein, and potassium.
We know vegetables may not be everyone’s favorite snack, but it can help with anyone looking to work on that summer body!
Celery Sticks with Peanut Butter is always a go-to snack that keeps you full and keeps your calorie intake low. Eating celery is close to eating zero calories plus with the added peanut butter, you’ll stay content until your next meal. Again, you can always spice up your celery sticks and peanut butter by adding some nuts, dried fruit, or spices on top.
Celery may not be everyone’s #1 pick, so we also recommend Carrot Sticks with Hummus! Another easy snack that is both healthy and easy to prepare the night before. Hummus is great to ease your way into plant-based foods with chickpeas being the main ingredient. Chickpeas are another great source of protein packing in 10g of protein per cup AND 10g of dietary fiber. That’s a winner in our book!
Nuts are a fantastic option for healthy snacks. Nuts come in all shapes in sizes from walnuts to peanuts, cashews to almonds. Nuts can provide a variety of nutrients like healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Nuts may also reduce the risk factors for metabolic syndromes, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Homemade Trail Mix is a great way of combining a variety of nuts with some added dried fruits and/or chocolate bits. Trail mix can be combined with a variety of other dried fruits, nuts, vegetable chips, and granola – to name a few.
Nuts such as almonds, pecans, cashews, and pistachios can also be used with some other foods like salads, yogurt, smoothies, or you can eat them alone! Just make sure there isn’t too much salt because that would defeat the purpose of healthy snacking.
When we say alternative snacks we actually mean snacks such as protein bars/shakes, yogurt, oatmeal, and anything else which isn’t listed above.
Alternative snacks are great for quick and on-the-go situations, but these types of snacks can also be very dangerous. It’s important to look at the nutrition labels when purchasing alternative/quick snacks.
For example, Protein Shakes from Odwalla or something similar contains an enormous amount of sugar and sodium. One of those Odwalla Protein Shakes contains 2 servings instead of one, and that can hurt you more than help.
Some great alternative snacks are Quest Nutrition Bars, Kind Bars, Nature’s Path Qi’a Bars, or you can even make your granola bars!
KPG Healthcare cares about your nutrition but we also care about what you put into your body. With these helpful snack ideas for your daily activities or workplace, you’ll be eating a balanced diet in no time!
If you’re interested in finding more delicious snack ideas, check out this link from SnackNation!
KPG Healthcare had a phenomenal 2019, including getting on the list for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies, Staffing Industry Analysts’ Fastest Growing US Firms, Inc. 5000’s Most Successful Companies in America, and our first expansion office in Las Vegas for our Locum Tenens division.
With that being said, we kicked off 2020 by sending three of our Travel Nursing family members to the beautiful state of Arizona to open our latest office expansion.
That’s right! You heard it correctly, KPG Healthcare is now operating out of Scottsdale, Arizona!
When we decided to open the Scottsdale office, we had to ask which of our Travel Nursing family members would dare take on this responsibility. Luckily, three of our finest recruiters said they would take on this opportunity and those three members are Tiko, Elaina, and Omar!
Tiko is the Recruitment Manager for the Travel Nursing division and has been with KPG Healthcare for more than four years. As one of the few members to be with the Travel Nursing division for that amount of time, he has been able to see both the team and the company grow during his time here.
“I am most excited about the endless potential for growth,” Tiko exclaimed, “The possibilities are endless!” Arizona is a new frontier for KPG Healthcare and this will allow the team, plus any future members, to focus their efforts on different parts of the US.
As the recruitment manager, Tiko is determined to show “that through the years of hard work in our Los Angeles office, we have created a successful, positive, and progressive business model that we can replicate just about anywhere in the US.”
Tiko’s Arizona Bucket List: Hike and explore the surrounding trails and amazing viewpoints Arizona has to offer.
Elaina is one of our Travel Nursing Recruiters and has been with KPG Healthcare for more than half a year. As one of our “newer” recruiters, Elaina has made herself a force to be reckoned with as a recruiter – we couldn’t be happier to have her on the team.
During her time in Arizona, Elaina hopes to “continue growing as a recruiter, helping out new team members start their journey with KPG Healthcare, and find more great opportunities for our nurses.”
Elaina has faith that the new office will help the team with a greater depth of knowledge for Arizona and allow them the opportunity to focus on increasing the company brand exposure throughout the US.
Elaina’s Arizona Bucket List: All the great restaurants, amazing hikes and exploring all the adventures Arizona has to offer.
Omar is one of our Senior Recruiters and started his KPG Healthcare journey 2 years ago. Omar has grown to become one of our finest Travel Nursing recruiters and we are lucky to have him be part of the Arizona team.
Omar has been with the KPG Healthcare family for a couple of years with the opportunity to see and assist in the growth of the Travel Nursing team and the company as a whole during this time.
During his time in Arizona, Omar is looking to expand his role in the company and continue to progress forward in his career. “I want to be able to help grow the company even more than I did last year.”
Omar’s Arizona Bucket List: Food, national parks, hikes, and sporting events.
We look forward to hearing about all of your accomplishments in Arizona! We are thankful to have such an awesome team to open our Arizona office, keep up the great work!
Sending all of the love from California. ❤️