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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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4 Best LA Staycations For Your Next Weekend Getaway

Are you on temporary assignment in Southern California? Southern California boasts many different climates and adventures – whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach, cruise through the desert or toast in wine country, you can drive to it from anywhere in the Los Angeles region! If you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway outside of the city, check out these LA Staycations!

Santa Barbara

Just 90 minutes from LA, Santa Barbara is famous for its beautiful beaches and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. Whether you want to go wine tasting, biking, kayaking, hit an art museum or relax on the beach, there’s plenty to see and do. Since it’s easy to get around on foot or by bike, leave the car at home and add some extra romance by taking the Pacific Surfliner train instead.

Joshua Tree

A little over 2 hours by car from LA, Joshua Tree offers visitors an array of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. At night, you can even admire the incredible night sky over the desert. Spanning nearly 800,000 acres with two deserts: the Colorado Desert and the wetter Mojave Desert, which is home to the infamous Joshua tree. Get away from the bright lights of the city and take a much-needed jaunt in the majestic Joshua Tree.

Temecula Wine Country

Nestled in the rolling hills of California’s wine country, Temecula Creek Inn is a beautiful Southern Californian golf resort that offers luxurious accommodations, fine wine country cuisine, indulgent spa services and a 27-hole championship golf course – for par lovers. Ideal for a romantic getaway, Temecula promises to be an unforgettable stay. Home to more than 30 award-winning wineries, get your wine taste on in the trendy Temecula!

San Diego

Interested in exploring another big city while you’re in Southern California? San Diego is the perfect vacay for you! Known for their glorious weather, great surf and beer culture, you may think that San Diego is just an extension of LA – but it’s not in the least. Only a couple hours from Los Angeles, San Diego’s laid back vibe is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of LA.

 

Check out these hidden treasures without having to go very far on your next staycation! Whether you’re planning a road trip or the ultimate weekend of luxury and pampering, Southern California is the place to be. From amazing scenery along the coast to five star celebrity resorts, there is a perfect weekend trip for everyone!

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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Ways to Thank a Nurse Today!

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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