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January is Blood Donation Awareness Month



It is the beginning of the New Year, and what better way to start off on a positive note then to save a life in your community! Since 1970, January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month. While many are still recovering from their holiday coma and/or in many places around the country the weather isn’t permitting, January has seen a lower percentage of donations. It only takes 1% of a nation’s population to hit the required blood needed of the area. To keep the motivation alive, let’s all do our part in helping save lives by donating or even just spreading the word so that others may donate!

Why it’s important to donate blood, how you could save a life

In order for hospitals to keep up with growing demands for cancer care, surgeries, traumas and other treatments about 44,000 donations are needed every day. When donating, only a pint can be taken from a healthy donor, and at most twenty-four donations a year are allowed per individual so not to harm the body. When appropriate tests are done to ensure blood is safe for transfer the blood can simply be stored for 42 days. These limitations make it difficult to mass produce and store for populations in need. The most required blood type is the one that is not on the shelf of the hospital deprived.  

Differences in blood types and what that means for you

There are four different types of blood cells: A, B, AB, and O. Our blood contains different antigens and antibodies that make up our blood cells, and each one needs the correct amount to be healthy and used appropriately in each form “In addition to the A and B antigens, there is a third antigen called the Rh factor, which can be either present (+) or absent (-). In general, Rh negative blood is given to Rh-negative patients, and Rh positive blood or Rh negative blood may be given to Rh positive patients.”

Blood type is inherited based on what our parents have given us. The AB blood types are the universal recipient and O blood types are the universal donor for all blood types. When combining the wrong blood types together it can be very harmful to the body. People with O blood types are more sought after because they are able to be used to help anyone! No matter your blood type, yours could help save a life – get started today!

A few hospitals in LA that you could visit to donate today!

Whether it be via a community run blood drive, local police department or mobile van, there are many places in the city of Los Angeles where anyone can volunteer or donate. Follow the link below to find blood donation locations that are most convenient for you today!

Blood Donation in LA

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 in the nursing division? 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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The Essential Packing Guide For Travel Nurses

Heading off on your next assignment? We know you’re eager to head off to your new destination, but after all the paperwork and interviews are finished – all that stands between you and your new adventure is the challenge of packing up the essentials!

While it sounds simple enough, it can be a challenge determining the most important items to take with you. Make the journey a little easier with this helpful packing guide!

A dependable watch

Taking a pulse with a watch that has a second hand is a huge part of the job. Make sure you have a watch that’s high quality, meaning it’s easy to read and holds up to the demands of the job like frequent hand washing.

Comfy shoes

Make those 12-hour shifts a little bit easier with supportive shoes. With good arch support, a dependable pair of shoes that you can spend all day on goes a long way. You’ll end up so happy that you invested in great footwear – you’ll be spending hours and hours on your feet, after all!

Lap top or computer

Whether you’re doing research on the job, keeping in touch with loved ones or just want to stream Netflix for some entertainment in your off hours – a computer can be a valuable tool. It can also double as a DVD player or to rent movies!

A sturdy stethoscope

An essential item to pack on your travels, a stethoscope is an important tool for any nurse! Have your own, high quality stethoscope handy for whatever the situation calls for. It might even be a good idea to have a few – working in a new hospital could cause you to forget a thing or two the first few times you’re running out the door!

An electronic reader

If you’re sick of streaming movies or can’t find a new show to marathon, take up reading! Whether it’s a Kindle or Nook, having one of these readers handy allows you to keep up on your reading without carrying the clutter of new books.

Bedding

Even if you’ll be staying in a furnished apartment, having your own bedding – even just a thick mattress pad – can make catching those ZZZ’s much easier. Research any household items you might need to bring to your housing unit like cookware or linens as well!

Life on the road is daunting, but with these must-haves you can make your trip a breeze – and a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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 in the nursing division? 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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4 Things to Look For in the Perfect Pair of Scrubs

Finding medical scrubs that combine function and fashion into an outfit that’s comfortable, yet durable can feel like a daunting task. Snag scrubs that fit your work needs and keep you looking good while you do your job! Whether you work in a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home, or dental office, show off your own unique style while including comfort and functionality into your wardrobe.

For both men and women in the field, here are some tips to ensure you find your favorite scrubs:

Practicality 

It is important to consider how functional and useful your scrubs are going to be while you’re on duty. When shopping for scrubs, put into consideration the activities you do on a daily basis and what things you are going to need from your outfit. Do you usually need to put things in your chest pocket? Does carrying extra things add stress to your neck and shoulders and you don’t need any pockets altogether? Typically, male scrubs will have a chest pocket while women scrubs have two pockets on each side to lighten the load.

Comfort

The medical field can be a stressful environment where you are constantly on your feet for hours at a time, and for that reason, it is important to be at physical ease and free of any pain or constraint. When selecting your scrubs, you want to make sure they are a good, comfortable fit. Make sure you’re choosing the right size and able to freely move around. Pants should never slide down your hips or display your undergarments when you bend. Some scrubs will have bands that run across the waist and a tie in the back. Others will have a drawstring or a button. Your scrubs should never be so baggy that it is difficult to move in, but never so tight that they’ll restrict you.

Style

Style says it all – but it may depend on the rules of the hospital or office you currently work for. Whatever the rules are that you work for, there is no reason you can’t add your own personal style on your scrubs. Once you find out the rules and regulations of your employer, there are a lot of ways to dress up your uniform!

Whether you want to wear darker colors to make it easier to remove stains, bright, bold colors to bring life to the atmosphere, or prints and colors that are in theme with the season and holidays, stock up on your favorite hues!  Another way to make your scrub unique to you is to consider what type of pants and shirt you are looking for. Do you want longer pants or looking for shorter pants? Do you want a round collar or V-neck? Are longer sleeves more comfortable for you or do the shorter sleeves fit you better? All of these things should be considered unless of course, your choices are limited and where you are working has a specific dress code. Nevertheless, experiment with the wiggle room you have and find your unique scrub trends!

Quality

Even if it means you have to spend more, purchasing scrubs from a high-quality manufacturer is essential. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your scrubs – invest in a reliable retailer. This doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive ones, just make sure you focus on the material quality and warranty – some brands even have special discounts or sales!  

Check out this list of a few of our favorite brands for scrubs among healthcare professionals:

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 in the nursing division? 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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