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October is the time for pumpkin-spiced everything, fall foliage, and Halloween! Halloween is an opportunity to show your creative side while creating memories that will last a lifetime with friends and family.
Here at KPG Healthcare, we wanted to share some of our favorite Halloween memories throughout the years. Let’s get spooky!
This is Samantha – well Samantha’s dog, Bender! Bender is a Golden retriever, and the goodest boy, dressed as a hot dog for Halloween in 2017. Decked with everything – ketchup, mustard, some relish and, of course, some big fluffy buns!
This is Veronica! Veronica is one of our Account Specialists Managers for our Travel Nursing Division. This is her first. Costume. Ever. She went as Little Bo Peep but had to skip the Shepard’s Cane because it wasn’t allowed at school! She also had to stand all day in order for her dress not to pop upward…on the plus side, she can’t wait to dress her daughter this Halloween!
This is last year’s Halloween for Anjelica’s family! Anjelica is part of our Las Vegas team! Her husband, top left, is dressed as Billie the character from the viral Youtube dance video called “Billie Bounce,” her daughter was Vamparina, her son was a pumpkin, Anjelica was a scarecrow, and their dogs were Winnie the Pooh and a Redskins player. They love dressing up for Halloween and making sure they include the entire family – even the fur babies!. This year they will be various scary movie villains. Spook on Anjelica!
This is Peter! Peter is a Junior Recruiter for our travel Nursig Division and this was taken at the LA Times parking lot in 2014. The top of the parking lot was empty, and he was dressed up on his way to work and thought, “Seriously.. how about that view?” It would have been wrong not to take a pic.
This is Marc – young Batman Marc. Marc is part of our Allied Health Professionals team. Here is what he had to say about his favorite Halloween memory. “Halloween is my favorite holiday and aside from celebrating horror movies my favorite part is putting a makeshift costume together. Growing up my mom would help me put together a Batman costume out of a T-shirt, ski mask, black towel, and plastic mask. I was Batman almost every time I went trick or treating, with the exception of one year when I was a tiny Freddy Krueger. To this day every costume is DIY and I refuse to use store-bought costumes.”
Tiko is part of our Travel Nursing Divison as the Recruitment Manager. Here is what he had to say about his Halloween memory. “I was a little karate kid, martial arts was my favorite sport until I hung up my hat with a black belt and switched to wrestling. I always wanted to be a ninja when I grew up & I loved Mortal Kombat so it was only natural that I dress as a little warrior!” Fight on little Teeks.
May I have your attention, please? Let’s give a warm hello to KPG Healthcare’s Nurse Spotlight for October, Julie! Let’s learn more about her nursing career!
Julie’s nursing career spans more than a decade specializing as an Emergency Room Nurse with four years as a Travel Nurse. However, her nursing journey started when she was a child. Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, she witnessed and experienced her father’s love for nursing.
“My father was a nurse for 30 years,” Julie explains, “he was also a paramedic before then too.” Julie continued to explain witnessing the passion her father had for the nursing field and how he is the sole reason why she pursued nursing as a career. She jokingly said they are a family of nurses.
Being a nurse for more than a decade, Julie has faced her fair share of challenges. She mentioned how healthcare was changing with examples like universal healthcare and medicine innovation, as well as the emergency rooms becoming overcrowded.
It doesn’t help there is a shortage of nurses in the United States, and many states like Louisiana are experiencing that shortage first-hand. This poses an enormous challenge for the nurses on staff. “We’ve also had experienced a shortage in supplies,” said Julie, but luckily she was able to find supplies in other departments within the hospital.
The challenges Julie face are not easy, but as she progressed through her nursing journey she learned and refined her personal and professional skillset. One of the skills Julie has refined is the ability to put herself into the patient or the patient’s family into perspective.
“[I] meet so many types of people…there’s always a patient in the worst condition,” Julie mentioned, “it puts you into perspective.” Her ability to read people and understand the other person’s perspective through body language is just one of the skills she has refined during her career.
When Julie isn’t refining her skillset, you can usually catch her researching her next big trip while soaking in the tub. As an avid road tripper, Julie has hit some of the United States’ major national parks like Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Zion, to name a few. Although, her all-time favorite national park is between Yellowstone and the Badlands.
With Portland being her favorite travel destination, San Diego a close second, it’s no wonder Julie has fallen in love with the West Coast. Besides the lack of humidity then she’s used to back in Louisiana, she says the West Coast offers a beach, desert and a mountain all within proximity. She called the West Coast “magical.”
The West Coast wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for her awesome recruiter, James! James was always accessible whenever Julie had questions and provided a helping hand when he could. Fun fact: James and Julie both started with KPG Healthcare around the same time! #cutesies
When Julie started her travel nursing career, she set out a goal to go from coast-to-coast. She has been able to travel the West Coast via road trip, but she still has a couple of places left in mind. The two destinations she is dying to reach for an assignment is either Boston or Alaska during the summer. A good friend and fellow travel nurse have been in Alaska for two summers now!
Julie, from all of us here at KPG Healthcare, we want to thank you for your continued dedication to our Travel Nursing team. We wish you nothing but the best in all your future endeavors, wherever life may take you. Keep up the great work!
For some Californians, Modesto is just another town you pass-through on your way to Los Angeles or San Francisco. To Modestans, it’s a place of opportunity, growth and good produce.
KPG Healthcare wants to dispel the rumor that Modesto, and the rest of Central California, is more than just a pass-through town. There is more to offer than meets the eye and KPG Healthcare is here to guide you through a handful of wonderful things Modesto has to offer.
First, just a quick history lesson about Modesto.
Modesto was originally founded as a railroad town in the San Joaquin Valley, but the track didn’t reach the town until October 11, 1870. Once the track reached Modesto, the town became the commercial and transportation center during California’s wheat boom. By 1891, electric lights illuminated the streets of Modesto.
By 1910, the population of Modesto nearly doubled after the boom in irrigation farming, which kickstarted the growth in agriculture within Central California. Between World War I to World War II, Modesto went through drastic changes due to the wars, the abolishment of Prohibition, The Great Depression, development of schools, social organizations, and more.
After WWII, Modesto’s population recovered from the losses during the wars and by 1970, Modesto was home to nearly 62,000 people. This was a period for investments in new facilities; however, the developments being made were spreading further away from downtown. This presented challenges for the community and with the Vintage Mall being built, local businesses began to relocate.
In 1978, Mayor Peggy Mensinger began to refocus on the development of downtown. Since then, Downtown Modesto recovered and has become a destination for nightlife. All the while, the Arts community was thriving and with the new Gallo Center for the Arts being completed in 2007 brought forth a new opportunity for the performing arts community.
Modesto, like many of the surrounding Central California towns, supplies majority of the country’s produce ranging from apricots to almonds, citrus fruits to melons. It only makes sense to head down to the Modesto Farmer’s Market to get some of the freshest produce California has to offer.
The Farmer’s Market in Modesto has been around for more than 30 years providing Modestans with the freshest produce. Depending on the season, you can also find a selection of jams/jellies, dried fruits, olive oils, and delicious food from local eateries using seasonal ingredients.
Come check out their Instagram to see what to expect! You won’t regret it.
If you haven’t been to Modesto, you’ll find Central California to be very dry with not much to look at. However, the wonderful thing about Modesto is that you are two hours from Yosemite, Monterey Bay, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Talk about being centrally located!
Yosemite is just one of California’s natural parks and it’s one of the most well-known. Yosemite attracts millions of visitors each year, whether you’re just passing through or camping for the weekend, Yosemite is a must-do. It is best to plan and prepare for Yosemite with some research because it can get a little crowded there.
If Yosemite is not an option, Modesto offers 75 city parks for you to choose from. If that isn’t enough, the city recently built the Virginia Corridor Trailway that stretches for 4.2 miles and provides the Modestans with picnic areas, barbecues, workout stations and more.
I know we just covered Modesto history very briefly, but did you know George Lucas and Jeremy Renner are both from Modesto? George Lucas created a movie called “American Graffiti,” which he drew inspiration from his own experiences in Modesto. This movie left such a huge impact on the Modesto community there is the official “Graffiti Cruise Route” and a week-long celebration called “Graffiti Week.” It’s a great time if you’re into cars and 50’s themed nights.
For those who aren’t familiar with Jeremy Renner, you might know him Hawkeye from the superhero phenomenon, The Avengers. Renner has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Hurt Locker and has brought pride to the city of Modesto.
If 50’s music and muscle cars aren’t your taste, you can stop by the McHenry Mansion or the McHenry Museum to learn more about Modesto. The McHenry Mansion is a historical building in Modesto and is one of the last remaining Victorian-era homes within the city limits. Whereas, the McHenry Museum is in an old library building where you can see Modesto transform through the years.
If outdoor murals, art galleries or the performing arts sound more like your cup of tea, Modesto has a handful of options to choose from. Every third Thursday of the month, the city hosts a self-guided Art Walk tour taking you to multiple venues of your choosing. Check out this list of galleries in Modesto!
If you’re looking for the performing arts, the Gallo Center of the Arts and the Modesto Performing Arts have a variety of shows to choose from. Gallo is more upscale and typically hosts more well-known artists, companies or shows. The Modesto Performing Arts company has a more intimate feeling with the stage being only steps away. The catalog of performances is limited compared to Gallo, but here you will find more amateur stars looking for the break out roles.
Meanwhile, the outdoor murals in Modesto are absolutely incredible. Like many other great cities in California, Modesto is embracing their local artists and allowing them to design beautiful murals alongside buildings, parking structures, and businesses. The murals tell the story of Modesto and what it really means to be a Modestan.
Modesto is a hidden gem in California with an abundance of fresh produce, an up and coming art community and plenty of opportunity for growth. It’s not San Francisco or Los Angeles, but there is an opportunity to experience living another lifestyle, culture, and region of California.
Make sure to check out the Infographic we created for Modesto! We have plenty of Travel Nursing opportunities in Central California!