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KPG Healthcare had a phenomenal 2019, including getting on the list for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies, Staffing Industry Analysts’ Fastest Growing US Firms, Inc. 5000’s Most Successful Companies in America, and our first expansion office in Las Vegas for our Locum Tenens division.
With that being said, we kicked off 2020 by sending three of our Travel Nursing family members to the beautiful state of Arizona to open our latest office expansion.
That’s right! You heard it correctly, KPG Healthcare is now operating out of Scottsdale, Arizona!
When we decided to open the Scottsdale office, we had to ask which of our Travel Nursing family members would dare take on this responsibility. Luckily, three of our finest recruiters said they would take on this opportunity and those three members are Tiko, Elaina, and Omar!
Tiko is the Recruitment Manager for the Travel Nursing division and has been with KPG Healthcare for more than four years. As one of the few members to be with the Travel Nursing division for that amount of time, he has been able to see both the team and the company grow during his time here.
“I am most excited about the endless potential for growth,” Tiko exclaimed, “The possibilities are endless!” Arizona is a new frontier for KPG Healthcare and this will allow the team, plus any future members, to focus their efforts on different parts of the US.
As the recruitment manager, Tiko is determined to show “that through the years of hard work in our Los Angeles office, we have created a successful, positive, and progressive business model that we can replicate just about anywhere in the US.”
Tiko’s Arizona Bucket List: Hike and explore the surrounding trails and amazing viewpoints Arizona has to offer.
Elaina is one of our Travel Nursing Recruiters and has been with KPG Healthcare for more than half a year. As one of our “newer” recruiters, Elaina has made herself a force to be reckoned with as a recruiter – we couldn’t be happier to have her on the team.
During her time in Arizona, Elaina hopes to “continue growing as a recruiter, helping out new team members start their journey with KPG Healthcare, and find more great opportunities for our nurses.”
Elaina has faith that the new office will help the team with a greater depth of knowledge for Arizona and allow them the opportunity to focus on increasing the company brand exposure throughout the US.
Elaina’s Arizona Bucket List: All the great restaurants, amazing hikes and exploring all the adventures Arizona has to offer.
Omar is one of our Senior Recruiters and started his KPG Healthcare journey 2 years ago. Omar has grown to become one of our finest Travel Nursing recruiters and we are lucky to have him be part of the Arizona team.
Omar has been with the KPG Healthcare family for a couple of years with the opportunity to see and assist in the growth of the Travel Nursing team and the company as a whole during this time.
During his time in Arizona, Omar is looking to expand his role in the company and continue to progress forward in his career. “I want to be able to help grow the company even more than I did last year.”
Omar’s Arizona Bucket List: Food, national parks, hikes, and sporting events.
We look forward to hearing about all of your accomplishments in Arizona! We are thankful to have such an awesome team to open our Arizona office, keep up the great work!
Sending all of the love from California. ❤️
You finally have the chance to take an assignment out-of-state but you have a pet…what should you do? Have no fear, KPG Healthcare is here to give you some helpful advice if you’re planning to travel with your pets!
Check out this helpful page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that outlines what YOU should do before traveling with your pet via airlines.
Research is the most important step in anything we do. It’s incredibly important when deciding on whether you should bring your pet with you on an assignment.
The biggest question and determining factor when traveling with a pet is whether to use an airline or to drive.
Different airlines will have different rules about how a pet should travel. Your pet can either be checked-in and placed in a safe room within the cargo hold or placed in the cabin with you. One of the determining factors in whether your pet will be with you or in the cargo hold is the breed and size.
For example, American Airlines does not accept snub-nosed dogs of any mix (Shih Tzu, Pugs, Boston Terrier, etc). Southwest Airlines will allow a pet into the cabin if the pet fits within a Pet Carrier with maximum dimensions of 18.5’ long x 8.5’ high x 13.5’ high. Check the airline’s pet policy before booking flights: Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airlines, Delta Airlines.
Your pet will cost anywhere between $95-125 to be placed in the cabin. Some airlines may not allow more than one animal per person, but other airlines may accept two animals in one pet carrier. Regardless, you will need to make sure you indicate to the airline company that you will be bringing a pet on-board/check-in.
Also, airlines may require documentation from your vet verifying your pet is safe to fly.
Driving is the other option and, arguably, the easier solution. The majority of the travel nurses who take assignments with their pets will travel the country by car or RV. Traveling by car or RV allows travel nurses the opportunity to take assignments with their pets anywhere in the country.
There may be some restrictions on crossing state lines with your pet, but make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations. Each state will have its own rules and regulations about bringing pets into the state.
For example, Hawaii has strict rules on bringing any animal into the state. Check out California’s regulations.
You should double-check your car is prepared for a long journey with your pets. There should be space for your pet to sit and lay down, enough food and water to get to your destination and make sure there are frequent stops for the potty, to run/walk, and to eat/drink.
It’s important to remember to ask your vet if your pet is well enough to travel via airlines or on a long road trip before departure. Vaccinations and health checks are important to consider when thinking about taking your pet on a flight.
If you plan on taking your pet on a plane, you CANNOT travel within 30 days of your pets’ rabies vaccination. Some airlines require you to microchip your pet before the flight.
If your pet has all their vaccinations and is good to fly, research a vet in your assignment city. It’s good to know where you can safely take your pet while on assignment in case of an emergency. It’s always a good idea to reach out to that vet in your assignment location to verify if your pet is accepted there for treatments.
Housing is another factor you should research before taking an assignment.
Not all housing, even Airbnb’s, will allow pets! It’s important to double-check with the host or leasing company to verify if pets are allowed OR if there is a pet deposit you would need to pay. If you’re not sure about pets, always ask questions!
Now that you’ve done your research and have decided to bring your pet along for the assignment, it’s time to plan!
With the prior research, you should have an idea of whether or not you will be driving or flying, where you’ll be staying, and located a vet nearby.
If you plan on driving to your assignment, it’s best to pack and plan with your pet in mind. A cleaning kit will come in handy for any accidents that might appear throughout the trip. A goodie bag with treats, toys, potty bags, and leashes should be kept together for easy access during any rest stop.
If you plan on flying, make sure you have completed any requirements brought forth by the airline company, received a clean bill of health for your pet, and are up to date on vaccinations. Additionally, make sure you have indicated you will be bringing a pet on board the flight and the carry-on bag fits the dimensions.
Cost-of-living will be different everywhere you go. It is wise to budget and calculate how much of your income will be going toward your pet(s). Creating a budget is a great way to see where your costs go and where you need to make cuts to save. Check out this website to compare the cost of living between where you live and where you’ll go!
By this stage, you’re about ready to head to your next assignment location with your pet! You’ve done the research and you’ve done the planning, all that’s left is to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
If you’re flying, try to remain calm and remember to keep your pet in mind. Make sure you aren’t feeding your pet right before a flight, but allow plenty of time for them to eat and drink. Go to any pet relieving areas before your flight to avoid any accidents.
If you’re driving, make sure to enjoy every moment of the journey! Stop and smell the roses, literally. Take your pet to a field of flowers and let them run wild. Just make sure you are taking plenty of breaks and resting when you can.
The only thing left to do is to enjoy the journey to your next assignment.
Happy new year! To kick off 2020, we wanted to showcase another one of our amazing employees, but this time we are focusing on someone from the Provider Services team. Please welcome to the page, Stephanie!
Stephanie hails from El Segundo and has been a consultant with KPG Healthcare since 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from San Jose State University with the notion of pursuing a career in the medical field.
During her studies, she developed an interest in becoming a Physician Assistant and once she graduated she started working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to gain the required clinical experience. “I ended up realizing it wasn’t for me,” said Stephanie, “but I still had a strong interest in medical topics.”
Once she decided to move on with something different, she began working as a recruiter for industrial/office positions before she stumbled upon KPG Healthcare. “I wasn’t passionate about the jobs I was recruiting for, but I did enjoy being a recruiter,” Stephanie explained. Combining her passion for recruiting and her strong interest in the medical field, KPG Healthcare seemed like a perfect for her.
Skip a year and a half later, Stephanie is enjoying her time working in a supportive environment with co-workers who come from various backgrounds with different experiences and perspectives.
As a consultant for the Provider Services team, Stephanie works with practitioners from all walks of life with different backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and practices. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a consultant to these practitioners is when she places “a provider in a position that is a great fit for them.”
“The process to find the perfect fit for a provider can be a long one, but it is worth it to see the positive effect my work has had on them.”Stephanie
The challenge with being a consultant or finding the perfect fit is the lack of communication on the practitioner’s part, which impacts Stephanie or any recruiter’s ability to find the “best match”.
“I’ve found the best way to work through this is to build a strong foundation with the providers, so they are comfortable with being honest with you, Stephanie explained.
Through the challenges, Stephanie hopes to make a positive difference in her providers’ careers, “whether it’s a new graduate starting out or a provider with years of experience looking for a change.” She also wishes that her providers not only enjoy their jobs but also feel fulfilled and successful in what they do.
When Stephanie isn’t talking to her providers or finding placements, you can find her unwinding at home with a nice glass of wine surrounded by friends and family. She’s also fond of being outdoors, binge-watching television shows, putting together puzzles and hitting a pilates class! Her New Year Resolutions include reading a book a month, being more active and spending more time outdoors.