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National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day

KPG Healthcare has a team of amazing healthcare recruiters that help find healthcare professionals the opportunities of their dreams. These driven men and women work hard to make sure that these professionals find the perfect fit for their needs – and there are many things to consider! Today we celebrate our hard-working team and applaud them for the extraordinary service and commitment they have made to KPG and Healthcare professionals across the West Coast!

In honor of Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day, we asked our recruiters to answer questions about themselves so you could learn a bit more about our amazing team:

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare recruiter?

Tiko:  I love being a recruiter because I am naturally a very social person! I love to meet new friends on a daily basis, so being a recruiter comes natural to me as I become friends with all of my nurses.

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare recruiter?

Kristi: My favorite part about being a recruiter is meeting and talking to so many new people every day.  It’s exciting to learn about their individual specialty and why they love it so much.  The best part of all though, is calling my candidates with an offer 🙂

 

What differentiates KPG?

Becca: KPG provides an unparalleled personalized service. Our recruiters do our best to get to know the providers and match them with jobs that are the right fit for their circumstance. Being locals ourselves helps us guide them in the right direction and provide some insight that might not be available elsewhere!

 

Tell us about a nurse that made a difference in your life?

Kylie: My sister Kevel! She is an RN at USC Keck and impacts my life daily by being the most compassionate, caring and selfless person I know.  She’s the only person who knows everything about me and still loves me unconditionally.  

 

What, in your opinion, can an applicant do to stand out?

Mark: Don’t write a cliche’ cover letter. Put in the effort to make a cover letter personal and informative!

Where’s your favorite place to travel?

Sean: It’s hard to narrow it down to one place because I have been to 33 countries but everywhere in Asia I have loved. Went to Bali last year and it was an amazing experience for culture and beauty, including seeing the baby elephants and amazing islands!

 

Let’s talk food. What’s your favorite cuisine?

Chris: Anything Italian. I love Pasta, Pizza, and anything covered in Marinara sauce. So much so that my roommates called me “The Modern Marvel” because I would eat a whole box of pasta in one sitting. (Yes I realize it’s not great for you and I had to work out furiously to get rid of the massive carb load. lol!) 

 

Matt: So I recently moved to LA from Miami to join the KPG team and in a search for the best cuban coffee in Los Angeles. A good cafecito and croqueta for breakfast is like a shot of rocket fuel paired with a bite sized ham and cheese melt; the best! That and also the snacks stash at the KPG home office. Amazing.

How did you get into the recruiting industry?

Peter: I got into recruiting because I love to help people achieve their goals! I was specifically drawn to the world of recruiting nurses as my mom is a nurse and in past professional jobs, I have met and worked alongside some amazing nurses.  Being a recruiter gives me the ability to help give back to the nursing community, one job at a time!

How did you get into the Healthcare Recruiting Industry?

Hana: I got into the recruiting industry over 13 years ago working in Event Staffing and now, proudly, with KPG Healthcare. I love speaking and meeting people from all walks of life. I’m always impressed and humbled by the compassionate stories I hear from Healthcare Professionals about their experiences on the job and why they love working in the field, whether it be a seasoned Surgical Tech or a driven Social Worker looking to achieve higher ground in helping others. In turn, this type of recruiting experience motivates me to be a better recruiter.

Where’s your favorite place to travel?

Patrick: It is hard to decide, but I am pretty outdoorsy so anywhere where i get to sleep under the stars is awesome. Lately, that has been Joshua Tree. The place is filled with adventures like rock climbing and trail running.

Have you ever had a hospital visit make a difference in your life?

Wealthy: Ha! That’s funny because I don’t think anyone has had a hospital visit NOT make a difference in their life. However, as a recruiter I would like to think that helping nurses is like me helping patients in a roundabout way.  So yes, hospitals are making a difference in my life every day.   =)

 

What’s your favorite part about working with nurses, PA’s, doctors, allied professionals, etc.?

Mike: Doctors, nurses, advanced practitioners and other healthcare professionals….they’re just people too.  Once you look past the lab coat and the scrubs, you often times find an individual that is looking to better themselves, advance their career or education, and make a difference in the world.  I get to help them do that!    

 

How did you end up in the Healthcare Recruiting Industry?

Pablo: I got into the Healthcare Recruiting Industry because both of my brothers are in this industry. They told me I would be great at it and after many years in Telecommunications/Sales I decided to take a chance. I can confirm today that I absolutely love it and this is where I want to end my career!

What’s your favorite sports team and why?

Jan: Angels Baseball – Center Fielder Mike Trout has brought out the love of baseball in my 3 boys and it has been an amazing bonding experience going to the games together!

KPG Healthcare is lucky to have such a passionate and driven team of recruiters to help Healthcare Professionals all across the West Coast! No matter your speciality, KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. 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 Healthy Snack Ideas for Busy Healthcare Professionals

Best Healthy Snacks for Busy Healthcare Professionals

During those long 12-hour hospital shifts, snacks can be a doctor’s best friend. Whether you’re a nurse, an allied professional, a doctor or any professional in the healthcare sector – you know that breaks do not come often enough! It is often that these professionals do not get the chance to take meal breaks, and even if they do, it’s usually not long enough to consume an entire balanced meal. The lingering question is – what is one supposed to snack on to boost energy levels while providing enough calories to sustain them through that draining shift?

Stop searching for super snacks in vending machines or the hospital cafeteria – eat healthy with these quick and easy on-the-go bites that will keep a nurse’s engine running for hours!

Crackers With Chocolate-Hazelnut and Banana

With just 214 calories and 4 grams of protein, power up your energy levels while feasting on this easy, delicious banana treat! Just spread 2 crisp bread crackers with 1 tablespoon of your favorite Nutella spread and top with as much sliced banana as you wish. Get the full recipe here.  

String Cheese

One of the easiest and most portable high-protein snacks, string cheese is the perfect bite to eat for busy nurses. Not only are there string cheeses consisting of part-skim mozzarella, which is low in calories and high in protein – it comes in a single size portion, which helps to deter nurses from overeating.

Nuts

Go crazy with nuts to satisfy that crunch! Simply grab a handful and keep moving. Packed with good fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re craving a homemade trail mix with some raisins, cranberries, almonds and even peanuts or you’re more of a roasted pistachio addict, you can munch on this healthy snack all day long.

 

Turkey Roll-Ups

An excellent source of lean protein, turkey is the answer to an on-the-go snack for nurses. With around 18 grams of protein in just one serving, you can increase the nutritional power of this healthy snack by adding a few baby carrots or slices of red bell pepper!

Banana, Kale, and Almond Milk Smoothie

Hydrate with a purpose – drink your nourishment. Bring your favorite smoothie from home or a refreshing slurp anytime. Whether it’s a fruit or veggie blend, rejuvenate your energy levels on-the-go! Get the full recipe for this tasty smoothie here.

No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls

Searching for a simple, healthy no-bake treat? You’re in luck! Discover this perfect, on-the-go recipe for oatmeal protein energy balls! With rolled oats, protein powder, peanut butter, and a touch of honey, these energy balls will keep you on the move and satisfied for hours. Tasty and extremely convenient, whip up these bad boys for those grueling night shifts. Check out how to make oatmeal bites here.

Staying energized and keeping your brain and body fed and hydrated during long shifts is crucial to your performance and health as a nurse. Plan ahead, shop for groceries with your work in mind, and use super snacks as fuel that gets you through even the most intensive days!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. 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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How to get your RN License in California

The Golden State has a lot to offer nurses besides its sandy beaches and abundance of sunshine. More and more people are going into the nursing field these days, but what’s the actual process for getting your RN license in the state of California?

Make obtaining your California nursing license hassle-free with these steps to guide and assist you each step of the way!

  • First of all, Apply online or obtain an application packet and detailed instructions from the BRN website. To qualify for licensure by endorsement, you must hold a current and active RN license in another state, U.S. territory, or Canada, have completed an educational program meeting all CA requirements, and passed the NCLEX-RN. Find out more information on this process here.

  • Be prepared. Send your application to the BRN at least 6-8 weeks before graduation. In addition, have your school send your transcripts to the BRN. Remember to send in your application early, or else you may end up waiting for your approval for much longer!

  • Put your best fingers forward. Complete a fingerprint background check.

  • Nail the NCLEX. Take and pass the National Council Licensing Examination, or NCLEX. The exam itself is computerized and given continuously 6 days a week. Tip for new graduates! Take the test sooner rather than later, research has shown that there’s a higher success rate for early test takers compared with those who wait several months. Need help studying? Check out this website on how to navigate the NCLEX!

Apply for an Interim Permit. If you want to work in a supervised nursing capacity while awaiting the results of your test, applying for this permit is essential.

Have a passion to practice as an RN in California? Start checking these steps off and you’ll be on you way! Want even more info? Browse this helpful site for information on the different nursing license requirements you’ll need to get going. Once you’re ready to get your dream California position, KPG Healthcare is here to help!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. 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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