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6 Practical Gifts for the Healthcare Professional on your list

While you’re sippin’ eggnog or decorating the tree, the nurse or healthcare professional you know and love is getting ready for their next shift. Get him or her a gift they’ll actually use this holiday season with some practical presents below!

Compression Socks

Take a break from the foot rubs this season and get the nurse in your life a perfectly practical pair of Lily Trotters compression socks! With long hours standing on their feet, the pain and soreness that comes with a career in nursing is at times unbearable. Help celebrate the spirit of the holiday season while sitting, standing, or traveling in this festive flair that’s a great addition to any winter wardrobe.

Scrubs

A gift guide for nurses and healthcare professionals wouldn’t be complete without scrubs. These pros deserve the best – get the highest of quality with Jaanuu! Crafted with extra cotton and polyester to ensure a soft handfeel, yet professional look to reduce the need for ironing, Jaanuu is the perfect present for under the tree. Trendy, yet unique, steer the nurse on your list away from the boring, unattractive print designs and keep it stylish this season with Jaanuu.

Pens

While a pen isn’t exactly a romantic or exciting gift, it goes a long way. Keeping pens handy at all times is Nursing 101, and they won’t mind carrying a few extra – especially if they are custom engraved! A unique touch to slip into any stocking, this multipurpose pen serves as a stylus for tablets or smartphones and a penlight for assessments. It even has a “#1 Nurse” engravement!

Stethoscope

Holding it close to their heart, the stethoscope is an essential piece of equipment for a nurse, physician or allied professional. Whether they’re obtaining a blood pressure or listening to the chest of a patient, it’s vital nurse gear – hands down. Named as a bestseller on Amazon, the Littmann Lightweight II is the choice for entry-level nurses – it gets the job done with a solid design and lightweight grip.

Nursing Bag

Fashionable and functional, there’s no better gift than a really great nurse bag. The ultimate carryall, The Nurse Mates lives up to it’s name with a variety of colors and patterns. There’s even multiple compartments and storage pockets to stay organized and keep everything in one place!

Shoes

It can be such a drag for your feet to stand all day. Soothe the hard working healthcare pro on your list’s aching feet and legs with the perfect pair of shoes! Whether they have a demanding shift or just want to spoil your favorite healthcare professional with some extra comfort, check out our blog post on the best shoes for nurses.

Show the nurse, physician or healthcare pro in your life just how much you love and appreciate them with thoughtful, practical gifts that keep on giving – they’ll thank you for it!

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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6 Tips For Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season

While the best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, good habits can help stop germs. Whether it’s taking time to cover your cough or wash your hands, take action to protect yourself and others from influenza this season.

Since it’s National Influenza Vaccination Week this December 3-9, now’s the time to get your annual flu vaccine and practice these simple steps to make a big impact in your health!

 

Practice Daily Healthy Habits

Keeping up with a routine can be helpful for staying healthy! Whether you work in the healthcare sector, as a teacher surrounded by children, as a caregiver, or just want to fight against cold and flu, make sure you get plenty of sleep, exercise, fluids, and nutritious food. Determined to kill those germs? Don’t forget to disinfect surfaces in your home and at work!

 

Get A Flu Vaccine

Flu season peaks between December and February – don’t wait to get that shot! The sooner you get vaccinated, the more secure you’ll be against the flu when it picks up in your local area.

Taking time to get your vaccine can not only reduce the risk of flu, but also doctors’ visits, and missed work or school due to sickness – as well as any flu-related hospitalizations.

 

Take Preventive Action

Whether it’s washing your hands using soap and warm water – make sure to rub your hands under the water for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice – avoiding contact with shared surfaces such as door knobs or tables, or staying at home to rest when you’re sick, all of these small habits can help to slow the spread of illnesses like the flu.

 

Arm Yourself With Antivirals

If you do get the flu, don’t skip those antiviral drugs. Different from over-the-counter antibiotics, they are prescription medicines that make the flu milder and shorten the time you are sick. You need to get healthy so you can get back on the floor!

 

Find Out If You’re High Risk

Are you at risk? Catching the flu can trigger a number of serious complications including pneumonia, inflammation of the heart (myocarditis), brain (encephalitis), sepsis, or even multi-organ failure. Influenza can also make chronic medical problems such as asthma or heart disease worse, so it’s essential to identify if you, or a loved one, are high risk during this season.

 

Other people at risk include:

  • Children younger than 5 years old, especially younger than 2
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People who have specific medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and asthma
  • Healthcare professionals

 

Whether you’re in the healthcare sector or just serious about your own health, do your part this season and be a flu fighter by practicing these germ busting habits and getting your annual flu vaccine today!

*Disclaimer: KPG Healthcare is not responsible for any experiences, reactions or health concerns associated with the flu shot and/or your health. You should always ask your licensed physician before seeking additional care. This article is for informational purposes only, for additional information on influenza please refer to the Center of Disease Control website.*

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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LA Business Journal Honors KPG Healthcare

El Segundo, CA, November 30, 2017 — KPG Healthcare today announced it has been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Greater Los Angeles area.  KPG Healthcare ranked 16th on the 2017 list up 21 spots from number 37th on the 2016 list.  The List ranks the top privately held businesses from a variety of industries based on revenue growth and is the Journal’s most widely read feature.

“We are delighted to be recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the Los Angeles area for the second year in a row” said Joe Gossman, president of KPG Healthcare. “Our business success continues to be enabled and driven by our amazing people who consistently deliver outstanding staffing experiences and by the exceptional work of our healthcare professionals who represent KPG Healthcare every day in client facilities.” 

About KPG Healthcare 

KPG Healthcare, based in El Segundo, CA, is a full-service healthcare staffing company that recruits and places registered nurses, allied professionals, and physician providers in temporary and permanent assignments throughout the country.  Intently focused on offering the best jobs and delivering exceptional service in every placement and over the long term, KPG has built the finest relationships in the industry. Since its founding in 2011, KPG Healthcare has been certified continually by the Joint Commission for maintaining the highest level of placement standards, and in 2016 and 2017 was named among Inc Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. To learn more about KPG Healthcare, visit our website at kpghealthcare.com.

About the Los Angeles Business Journal

Each week, the award-winning Los Angeles Business Journal examines the many ways that the LA economy operates. First-rate editorial and research teams provide in-depth analyses of the community’s dynamic business and economic scene. Regular departments include Up Front, highlighting stories of importance featuring LA’s entrepreneurs and the business they’re creating, News & Analysis, examining local business’ actions and decisions, and Investment & Finance, where LA’s many public companies are profiled and analyzed.

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