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5 Ways To Thank a Nurse for National Nurses Week


Nurses are some of the most hardworking men and women out there. Not only do these amazing individuals work hard to protect people’s safety, sanity and well being, but they dedicate their entire lives to taking care of our loved ones. In honor of National Nurses Week, here are a few ways you can show the love:


Say it with a letter. Handwritten thank-you notes are still a great way to share your feelings and boost a nurse’s day! Don’t be afraid to name names on a thank you note. Notes from patients are valuable mementos that often get posted on bulletin boards, break rooms, and nurses stations. This heartfelt gesture is easy, genuine and will absolutely make a hard-working nurses day!

Say thank you. Start with the fundamentals. Nurses never tire of hearing those two words! Whether it comes from the patients, other nurses, or the other healthcare staff, a sincere thank you is the easiest way to really make their day. A true, raw thank you so much for everything that you do really goes a long way. You’d be amazed how often they don’t hear it!

Shout it out. Have you seen a nurse or fellow nurse do something awesome? Or just really appreciate the constant work they do? Help them out! Ask around the unit and find out who is the supervisor.. Go straight for the head honcho and speak your words! Letting a nurse’s’ boss know just how much they made your day is not only great for them, but helps them in their daily life as well.


Share some food. Nothing beats treats! Surprise that special nurse with some comfort food, whether it’s donuts, bagels or something else equally as tasty. Sometimes, nurses are so busy that they don’t really have time to sit down and eat a proper meal. Brining a tasty bite for them is thoughtful and extremely helpful for a man or woman on the run! They grab and go, so bringing a quick snack is one of the best things you can do to help out!

Be thoughtful. Whether it’s complementing their new haircut or asking them about their weekend plans, make an effort to be extra thoughtful. Nurses appreciate people who listen and make an effort to be part of their lives – it goes a long way! Whether that’s asking them about their day or their life, actually caring about how they’re doing is a thoughtful way to brighten their day.

Essential to the health of so many people, nurses are always committed to excellence. Celebrate the nurses in your life and the wonderful work they do each and every day with these thoughtful, fun tips! We are thankful for nurses each and every day, but this week is a special week dedicated to these amazing individuals. We appreciate you today and everyday, nurses!

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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5 Reasons Being a Travel Nurse is the Best


If you hadn’t heard, nurses are in high demand. Not only in the United States, but throughout the world. For the nurse that has a passion for travel and wants to earn a great salary, signing on to become a travel nurse is the way to go. An adventure, great pay, flexibility and new friends – what more could you ask for? Check out a few of the reason we think that being a travel nurse rocks!

1. See the World

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Whether it’s helping out in Hawaii or lending a hand in Los Angeles, one of the best benefits is the ability to pick your assignments all over the country. After all, it is called travel nursing. If you’re an avid backpacker or hiker, you could choose an assignment in Northern California, a part of the country famous for its trails! American River, anyone? Maybe you’re on the hunt for delicious foods and off time spend relaxing on the beach – sounds like LA may be for you!

2. Great Pay & Benefits

Hey, we didn’t go through countless years of school for just nothin’, right? Travel nurses make considerably more money than their full time counterparts. The hourly wages tend to be higher for a traveling nurse, and when combined with overtime and bonuses, you’ll be cashing in the bucks. Worried about the trouble of moving over and over? Don’t fret – KPG Healthcare will not only find assignments for you, but also cover some travel costs and on occasion housing is included. The possibilities are endless!

3. Flexible Schedule

Traveling from one place to another can be exciting, but it’s also draining. The average travel nursing contract is 13 weeks. Work 13 weeks, take a month off…or not. That’s the beauty of this gig – you decide when you work. We also offer per diem nursing, so you can fill in the gaps between assignments, or pick up extra shifts to make some extra money. Want more time to hit the trails and see your favorite concerts? That’s perfect! Flexible scheduling allows you to take a break when you need to or arrange to be near your family for important events.

4. Make Friends For Life


What’s better than having friends all across the country… well, we’re going to go with almost nothing! Tension between coworkers is common in high-stress jobs like nursing, but when your assignments typically range from 8 to 12 weeks, it’s much easier to avoid all the hostility. You’ll likely be at the hospital so much that you’ll become family with the people that you work with. What brings people closer than saving lives side by side, am I right?

5. Make An Impact

Nursing is one of the few professions where you’ll directly make a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. While it’s not an easy career, your influence as a travel nurse will bring joy to you day in and day out. Long days, hours and hours on your feet and demanding patients can make the job difficult at times – but would you trade it for the world? Nope!

What are you waiting for? It’s not often you have the opportunity to experience both spontaneity and security, and being a travel nurse gives you just that. Take your career to new heights – and destinations – by becoming a travel nurse with KPG Healthcare today!

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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5 Most Beautiful Hospitals in Southern California

The 5 Most Beautiful Hospitals in Southern California

The sight of a hospital is different for every person that encounters it – whether you’re there to save lives or comfort your loved ones, this experience means a different thing for every person that walks through the doors. While walking into a hospital is not a comfortable experience for everybody, a new generation of medical facilities is changing the face of hospitals to lift the spirits for patients and families as well as doctors and staff. Soak in the gorgeous views of these five architecturally advanced structures in Southern California!

Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Fontana, CA

The first Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Fontana, California opened its doors back in 1943, and around every ten years since then, it has undergone major facelifts to keep up with increasing demand. The latest upgrade was a brand new facility built on the compound, overseen by international architects. Not only does this facility offer a sleek, polished environment and cutting-edge medical care, but it also meets California’s much-needed earthquake safety standards. On top of all that, efforts were made towards making the hospital more eco-friendly, with attention paid to energy efficiency, water reclamation, and recyclable materials used during construction.

Children’s Hospital – Orange County, CA

You won’t be able to miss this brightly colored, eight-level Bill Holmes tower at the Children’s Hospital in Orange County (CHOC). This 279-bed state-of-the-art facility houses four Centers of Excellence- The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. The striking design of the compound aimed to express a “vibrant spirit, progressive vision and a world-class sense of place.” The flair for fun continues inside the facility, as each level has its own nature-based theme, beginning with “fossils” in the basement and ending with “space” on the top floor.

South Tower Expansion for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center – Mission Hills, CA

In 2011, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, CA created its South Tower Expansion. Tasked to head up this $180 million project, HMC Architects truly delivered. An effortlessly elegant facility, the hospital features a calming white and blue color scheme, four stories of crisp, angular structure and magnificent mosaics of ocean-colored glass. Beyond aesthetic beauty, the compound reflected its commitment to sustainability with a Silver LEED certificate – one of the first inpatient hospitals in the state of California to have that credential.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital – Santa Barbara, CA

With an innovative healing arts collection and ‘River of Life’ fountain that flows through the gardens of the hospital’s new Spanish Colonial inpatient wing, this Santa Barbara landmark accomplishes one of the great triumphs of hospital architecture: Letting you forget that you’re in a hospital.

Opened in February 2012, the hospital’s design features natural light, increased green space and environmentally sensitive elements that are both patient – and family – friendly. In addition to being named among the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in U.S. by Soliant Health, this compound has been honored for clinical excellence. With earned verification as a Level 2 trauma center and a Level 2 pediatric trauma center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons, this hospital truly combines beauty and benefit.

Palomar Medical Center – Escondido, CA

Once the largest hospital construction project in America, this 740,000-square-foot, 11-story complex was built as a functional and flexible “garden hospital.” Conceptualized with advice from some of the nation’s leading health-care futurists, Palomar Medical Center is the highest ranked hospital in California.


While hospitals aren’t always the cheeriest places, a beautifully designed space can make even an extended stay feel more peaceful and comforting. Although patient care is always the top priority, many of these compounds have put almost equal care into their surroundings. Diverse in style and structure, these hospitals stand united in the care and forethought with which they were built.

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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