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It’s the beginning of November, which means KPG Healthcare has #another Recruiter Spotlight! This month, we are switching gears and spotlighting a team member from our Allied Professionals division, Patrick!
Without further ado…
Patrick has been with KPG Healthcare for three years and is part of the Allied Professional team as a recruiter. Patrick knew the work he was going to do would make a difference or have an impact and “recruiting has lived up to that.”
“Recruiting is all about building relationships with candidates,” Patrick explained, “[…] supporting them throughout their contracts and I find that extremely rewarding.”
As a recruiter, there is an opportunity to witness the growth of a client and experience the evolution in their perspective, language, and personality. Patrick reiterated how fortunate he was to be a part of such an experience with his clients.
However, Patrick faces challenges and obstacles as a recruiter and mentioned: “recruiting is never static.” One of the challenges Patrick faces is the ability to keep all clients informed on any changes with the facilities, contracts or anything related to the client proved difficult but a vital part of his role.
Recruiting is no easy task – nor is it an easy job – but Patrick is willing to fight for his clients. “Everybody wants something different and finding the best match is always my goal,” Patrick explained, “[…] I hope to help all the clinicians I am working with to get the perfect contract.”
As an outdoor enthusiast, Patrick can be found rock climbing at Joshua Tree or trail running through the Santa Monica Mountains on the weekends. “Nothing helps me unwind more than fresh air and a bit of sweat,” Patrick said. His current dream travel destination is to go to Niseko, Japan because the snow has been on his mind lately and the “snow out there is legendary.”
Patrick, keep up all the fantastic work you continue to do for the Allied Professional team! We thank you for everything you do.
October is the time for pumpkin-spiced everything, fall foliage, and Halloween! Halloween is an opportunity to show your creative side while creating memories that will last a lifetime with friends and family.
Here at KPG Healthcare, we wanted to share some of our favorite Halloween memories throughout the years. Let’s get spooky!
This is Samantha – well Samantha’s dog, Bender! Bender is a Golden retriever, and the goodest boy, dressed as a hot dog for Halloween in 2017. Decked with everything – ketchup, mustard, some relish and, of course, some big fluffy buns!
This is Veronica! Veronica is one of our Account Specialists Managers for our Travel Nursing Division. This is her first. Costume. Ever. She went as Little Bo Peep but had to skip the Shepard’s Cane because it wasn’t allowed at school! She also had to stand all day in order for her dress not to pop upward…on the plus side, she can’t wait to dress her daughter this Halloween!
This is last year’s Halloween for Anjelica’s family! Anjelica is part of our Las Vegas team! Her husband, top left, is dressed as Billie the character from the viral Youtube dance video called “Billie Bounce,” her daughter was Vamparina, her son was a pumpkin, Anjelica was a scarecrow, and their dogs were Winnie the Pooh and a Redskins player. They love dressing up for Halloween and making sure they include the entire family – even the fur babies!. This year they will be various scary movie villains. Spook on Anjelica!
This is Peter! Peter is a Junior Recruiter for our travel Nursig Division and this was taken at the LA Times parking lot in 2014. The top of the parking lot was empty, and he was dressed up on his way to work and thought, “Seriously.. how about that view?” It would have been wrong not to take a pic.
This is Marc – young Batman Marc. Marc is part of our Allied Health Professionals team. Here is what he had to say about his favorite Halloween memory. “Halloween is my favorite holiday and aside from celebrating horror movies my favorite part is putting a makeshift costume together. Growing up my mom would help me put together a Batman costume out of a T-shirt, ski mask, black towel, and plastic mask. I was Batman almost every time I went trick or treating, with the exception of one year when I was a tiny Freddy Krueger. To this day every costume is DIY and I refuse to use store-bought costumes.”
Tiko is part of our Travel Nursing Divison as the Recruitment Manager. Here is what he had to say about his Halloween memory. “I was a little karate kid, martial arts was my favorite sport until I hung up my hat with a black belt and switched to wrestling. I always wanted to be a ninja when I grew up & I loved Mortal Kombat so it was only natural that I dress as a little warrior!” Fight on little Teeks.
May I have your attention, please? Let’s give a warm hello to KPG Healthcare’s Nurse Spotlight for October, Julie! Let’s learn more about her nursing career!
Julie’s nursing career spans more than a decade specializing as an Emergency Room Nurse with four years as a Travel Nurse. However, her nursing journey started when she was a child. Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, she witnessed and experienced her father’s love for nursing.
“My father was a nurse for 30 years,” Julie explains, “he was also a paramedic before then too.” Julie continued to explain witnessing the passion her father had for the nursing field and how he is the sole reason why she pursued nursing as a career. She jokingly said they are a family of nurses.
Being a nurse for more than a decade, Julie has faced her fair share of challenges. She mentioned how healthcare was changing with examples like universal healthcare and medicine innovation, as well as the emergency rooms becoming overcrowded.
It doesn’t help there is a shortage of nurses in the United States, and many states like Louisiana are experiencing that shortage first-hand. This poses an enormous challenge for the nurses on staff. “We’ve also had experienced a shortage in supplies,” said Julie, but luckily she was able to find supplies in other departments within the hospital.
The challenges Julie face are not easy, but as she progressed through her nursing journey she learned and refined her personal and professional skillset. One of the skills Julie has refined is the ability to put herself into the patient or the patient’s family into perspective.
“[I] meet so many types of people…there’s always a patient in the worst condition,” Julie mentioned, “it puts you into perspective.” Her ability to read people and understand the other person’s perspective through body language is just one of the skills she has refined during her career.
When Julie isn’t refining her skillset, you can usually catch her researching her next big trip while soaking in the tub. As an avid road tripper, Julie has hit some of the United States’ major national parks like Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Zion, to name a few. Although, her all-time favorite national park is between Yellowstone and the Badlands.
With Portland being her favorite travel destination, San Diego a close second, it’s no wonder Julie has fallen in love with the West Coast. Besides the lack of humidity then she’s used to back in Louisiana, she says the West Coast offers a beach, desert and a mountain all within proximity. She called the West Coast “magical.”
The West Coast wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for her awesome recruiter, James! James was always accessible whenever Julie had questions and provided a helping hand when he could. Fun fact: James and Julie both started with KPG Healthcare around the same time! #cutesies
When Julie started her travel nursing career, she set out a goal to go from coast-to-coast. She has been able to travel the West Coast via road trip, but she still has a couple of places left in mind. The two destinations she is dying to reach for an assignment is either Boston or Alaska during the summer. A good friend and fellow travel nurse have been in Alaska for two summers now!
Julie, from all of us here at KPG Healthcare, we want to thank you for your continued dedication to our Travel Nursing team. We wish you nothing but the best in all your future endeavors, wherever life may take you. Keep up the great work!