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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

see the world

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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9 Best Shoes For Being On Your Feet All Day

Let’s face it, standing all day is a real drag for your feet. You probably know very well that if you work in a hospital or doctor’s office you can be in some serious pain by the end of the day. Supporting the weight of your body can be quite a task to demand of your feet and legs – find some much needed relief and prevent the longer term effects with a comprehensive list of the best shoes for being on your feet all day!

Skechers Women’s Premium-Premix Slip-On Sneaker

One of the most highly rated sneakers among the Skechers brand, this sturdy shoe offers a laceless design with a cushioned tongue and collar that provide you with both comfort and all day support. Feel cute and comfortable walking around without having to worry about the embarrassment of tripping over your shoelaces – it’s a win-win!

Men's orthopedic shoes

Dansko Men’s Wayne Slip-On

A comfort staple for healthcare professionals across the board, Dansko is a go-to industry favorite. The men’s Dansko Wayne is a casual slip-on that provides Dansko comfort around the clock! With full grain leather and dual side goring, this shoe provides increased flexibility and strength. While clogs are the pricier option in Men’s shoes, they do tend to last longer and we feel they are absolutely worth the extra spend!


Sanita Women’s Original Pro-Shade Mule

Keep cozy the Danish way with these comfy clogs! Featuring a rocker bottom, a leather anatomically-shaped footbed with excellent support, and a stabilizing PVC frame that helps these clogs last way longer than the competition, they bad boys are made for a day on your feet. Why sacrifice style? Pick from the countless, cool colors and patterns to show off your fun personality.

Alegria Women’s Donna Clog

Known for being one of the most comfortable nursing shoe brands on the market, Alegria brings style along for the ride. Although they are a tad more expensive, it’s well worth the price. The Donna Clog is a leather upper with manmade sole, removable latex, memory foam and cork footbed, and don’t forget an array of colors and patterns to suit your every mood including Friends White, Froggie Sue Black, Navy Sew Hope and just black and white for the more classic folks.


Roadrunner Custom Insoles

If you’re on the hunt for personalized comfort while you’re on the floor, Roadrunner might be the perfect answer for you! Roadrunner is a shoe-fit analysis that takes your personal foot shape to create an insole that is perfectly designed for your comfort. Perfect to use with your favorite pair of shoes or a great compliment for a new pair, Roadrunner insoles are a great way to reward yourself with some extra comfort.


Timberland Pro Women’s Renova Pewter Clog

Designed for all day comfort, these stylish soles have anti-fatigue technology, which not only sounds super cool but also absorbs shock and returns energy at key zones of the foot for ultimate comfort. The safegrip slip-resistant sole helps minimize slippage in the workplace while the heel-to-toe rocker design maintains the foot’s neutral position.

Brooks Addiction Walker

Get ready for maximum comfort when you slip on a pair of these fresh sneaks. Recommended by several doctors and physical therapists, they’re the perfect option for people with foot conditions or chronic discomfort. Do you struggle through long shifts? Find relief for your feet with the top choice for stability shoes!


Skecher’s Performance Men’s Go Walk 3

Are you a savvy shopper looking for the perfect affordable non-slips? Skecher’s Performance Men’s Go Walk features innovative footwear technology and has a resilient insole, with footbeds made of memory foam! Perfect for those long hours standing, this shoe has everything you need to stomp that 12 hour shift!


Klogs USA Women’s NAPLES Mule

Combine extremely comfortable cushioning with anti-slip outsoles and what do you get? The perfect pair of shoes. Work on wet or oily conditions without the worry of falling flat on your face while the insoles and outsoles provide lasting, durable support. Having nightmares of bunions? Save your toes the agony with these magnificent mules.


These shoes are made for walking – fall head over heels for the pair that work best for your daily routine. You spend all day taking care of other people, take some time to find support for yourself with comfortable shoes that give all around protection for long hours on your feet. A quality pair of sturdy shoes will get you through that long shift, and have you ready to do it all over again the next day!
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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