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Happy National Boss Day – You rock Joe and Kris!

It’s National Boss Day, and we feel like it’s safe to say… the KPG Healthcare family has the best bosses out there! We wanted to take some time to tell you both just how much we appreciate everything you do. The KPG team has voted, and it’s official we’re lucky to be able to call Kris and Joe our fearless leaders!


Mayra: I love how comfortable they make you feel even though they are the big scary CEO’s . I really appreciate the friendliness that they provide and lead by example.  I love them

PabloJoe and Kris have always been extremely supportive in all aspects and I really appreciate their “open door” policy when needing to talk about day to day business operations, challenges, strategies, etc. Happy National Boss’s Day!

Matt: Kris and Joe always say Hi in the morning, they ask what you’re up to outside of work and what’s going on this weekend etc. Always relatable on a person – to – person level. Their door is open for anything. They are far from disconnected. Good dudes all around!

Liberty: “Don’t pick a job. Pick a Boss. Your first boss is the biggest factor in your career success. A boss who doesn’t trust you won’t give you opportunities to grow.” – William Raduchel

 

Emerson: Love their positive energy!

Mike: I love working for two Rock Stars.  They lead us down ‘Thunder Road’ and thru the ‘Badlands’… ‘Racing in the Street’ to the ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’. Whether we’re ‘Dancing in the Dark’ or on a ‘Long Walk Home’ – Joe & Kris remind of us of our ‘Hungry Heart’, our ‘Human Touch’, and that we’re ‘Tougher Than the Rest’.

Wealthy: I love working for Joe because he is so clean and organized.  And I love working for Kris because he always wants to know what’s going on for the upcoming weekend! =)

Natasha: Always upbeat attitude. Always encouraging and interested in what EVERYONE has going on… just great people/energy overall love them!

Leti: One thing I love about working for Kris and Joe is that they go above and beyond to create an atmosphere where everyone feels safe to ask for help and make work fun! I really do feel lucky to work for great people like Kris and Joe!

Kristi Parrales: I love the fist pumps from Kris every morning and the warm smile from Joe when he comes to our cubicles to check in. Joe is really great at team meetings. I’m always excited to hear what news he has to share.

Hanna: They are open and available to help everyone! Their door is literally always open and they have an approachable vibe where they aren’t an “intimidating boss”. I appreciate that!

Kristi Palombo: They always put the team first!

Jan: I love the youth and humor they bring to the office. I love that the drive and determination at a young age is a good story to tell my boys.

Sean: They are always in a good mood and are approachable in the office. Plus they always take time to talk to us and crack jokes!

Becca: They create a positive work environment that promotes communication, recognition, success and a good work life balance.

Bern: Their approachability, positive energy, upbeat attitudes and passion for employees to succeed makes them amazing bosses!

Tiko: I love the fact that Kris and Joe are very approachable and always have their office open/have time to give some great advice or even chat regarding just about anything.

Patrick: The best part about working with Kris and Joe is the great workplace environment they have created. They have done an awesome job keeping the office fun and motivated. Also, the snacks are pretty sweet too!

Gladis: I like working with Joe & Kris because of their upbeat, positive & fun personalities. It sets the atmosphere for the entire company and at least for me makes coming to work a little less work. They encourage hard work without forgetting to make it fun & enjoyable to be here.

Zach – Both Joe and Kris have done an excellent jump creating a phenomenal work culture.  I’ve always appreciated how they’ve included everyone within the company their vision, motivating everyone to work as hard as possible to be successful.

Cassie: I love working with Kris and Joe because they make it comfortable. We still have fun in a relaxed environment, while still working our bootys off.

Veronica: They have an open door policy – come in with concerns, requests, jokes, the latest sports news, etc.! They are genuine all around guys!

Mark: The main reason I love Joe and Kris is as follows: when we were all at the beach a few months ago and my dad went too far out (he cannot swim) he was in danger of drowning. Not even the lifeguards were willing to swim out to his rescue since there were several sharks surrounding him and I was sure that this was the end for my aquatically challenged father. Just as I was about to call the Los Angeles court house to put myself up for adoption, I noticed my two bosses Joe and Kris already halfway to his location. The speed they were swimming at was uncanny, it was if they had found a way to use their arms as clean energy/ non-smog inducing motors. After what felt like hours, they emerged on to the shoreline, Joe carrying my dad and Kris clearing the crowd of bystanders who weren’t righteous enough to accomplish what they just had. I’ll never forget the look in Joe’s eyes when he was checking my dad’s pulse. Focused and without fear. And I’ll never forget the emotion in Kris’ voice as he pounded his fists on my dad’s chest screaming, “Not today you bastard… you aren’t dying today… not while Joe and I are here!”/ I almost collapsed in relief when my dad finally took a deep revived breath. He was saved. I was helpless that day- But Joe and Kris were there to show the courage I couldn’t. I offered to buy them ice cream but by the time I returned with it, they were already riding jet skis into the coastline sunset (The jet skis had really cool custom paintjobs that looked like fire). They are great bosses to work for.

Lisa: I would say one thing I enjoy about Joe and Kris as a boss is the incredible generosity they show all of us. Before my first day Joe invited me to a Kings game because he had a suite and the whole crew was going and he wanted me to feel like part of the family. I found that to be special considering I hadn’t even started yet. Whether it’s a raffle to win Dodger tickets or a room for us to not drive home after an awesome Christmas party or Joe’s delicious salsa we always feel taken care of.  Thanks Kris and Joe!!! Happy bosses appreciation day.

Chris: I love that when I have questions, concerns, or life interactions I can go to them and know they’ll give me realistic conversations/interactions they have had to help make me a better recruiter/person.

Meghan: The only way to do great at work is to have great people to work with.  Kris and Joe have created a work environment that together we achieve more. There is teamwork, respect, motivation, honesty, laughter, friendship and more.  Kris and Joe make a point to be involved everyday with everyone and that speaks volumes, whether it is a high five, fist bump or a smile.

Ruthie: I Love working with Joe and Kris because they’re young and hip which makes them fun and down to earth. I Love how understanding they can be with everyone and how for holiday weekends they allow us to leave early the Friday before, which shows me they really care about us and value our time with our family. They’re considerate

Kimmy: I really enjoy the atmosphere here at KPG, we are like a family that has their ups and downs but always finds a way to get ahead. Joe and Kris have a busy schedule but always have time to pick up their head to say hi or go around to see how everyone’s weekend was. I feel really privileged to be part of KPG and want to thank our amazing bosses for letting me be a part of their success. May God Bless you and the team! KPG Rocks

Belen: I truly appreciate that Joe and Kris are always approachable and friendly.  They take time to always say hi and check to see how everyone is doing. Not only with regards to work but on a personal level showing that they care about their Team.

Mark: Joe and Kris make it a point to encourage your individuality. You don’t go in working for them and come out a robot- You come out as your best self, motivated and confident. It’s great knowing they have my back.

Peter: Having a boss that loves the Lions as much as I do!

Hana: The one thing I love about working with Kris and Joe is how charismatic they both are! Their upbeat, fun and passionate personalities are contagious and truly inspire me to strive for success.

Liza: The reason why I like working with Kris and Joe is because they are great Bosses. They treat everyone the same and they listen and get to know the people they are managing, they value their time and employee time. They let their employees know where they stand, they become personal mentors by listening and maintaining a positive attitude.

Chad – Joe: His optimistic, caring, loyal and trusting personality. Kris: His uncanny ability to let things roll off his shoulders, his knack at building relationships, and his strong attention to detail.

Clarissa I love their generosity and their understanding of the work/life balance.

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.” – Robin Sharma

 

 

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The Life of a Travel Nurse – Jeremy & Alina

Behind The Benefits of Being A Travel Nurse: Jeremy & Alina

Imagine if you could go around the country, exploring different destinations and meeting new people, while getting paid and making a real impact. Welcome to the world of being a travel nurse! It’s safe to say that travel nurses get to live the dream – and they’re in high demand. With great pay and bonuses, accommodated housing, and more freedom, this career has been giving nurses the opportunity to experience top facilities for the past four decades!

We had the chance to sit down and chat with two KPG nurses on what brought them down the path of becoming travel nurses and how they fell in love with the work, and each other! Read Jeremy and Alina’s beautiful story below!

What initially drew you to travel nursing?

Alina: We knew that we wanted to move to the West Coast, but wanted to explore different areas. Since we are both nurses, travel nursing was an optimal choice for us. We could still travel, investigate various areas of California, have fun, and still have a great income.

Jeremy: Working as a traveler allows for a good introduction to both a city/area and the potential hospital/unit. If it isn’t a right fit, one can simply finish the contract and relocate.    

How did the two of you meet?

Jeremy: We met while working as staff nurses in the Emergency Dept at INOVA Fairfax Medical Campus. She worked in the Pediatric ED and I worked in the Adult ED. It took me a while to ask her out, but thanks to free movie tickets courtesy of Nurse’s Week, I took the chance and did it.

What was your biggest stressor throughout the travel assignment process? How did you overcome it?

Alina: As a female, I love having my ducks in a row. I always plan way ahead of time. Thus, travel assignments were stressful for me, when it came to arranging them, as everything is done last minute. This doesn’t happen because our amazing recruiter wasn’t doing her job properly – it happens because of the hospital. They don’t know if they’re gonna need nurses in three months, they only know if they are in need now. It was definitely challenging finding lodging promptly and in a desirable area. It was hard moving states on such short notice. Finding kitty cat daycare isn’t easy either! Fortunately, our recruiter Janice (and the rest of KPG team) did everything possible to help us out. They took great care of us and made the process as smooth as possible! All in all, I learned that things eventually work out. This experience made me change my attitude towards planning our lives and travel assignments.

Jeremy:  I would say learning the culture of the unit, coworker’s names/personalities and remembering all the new passwords. All this with two days of “training.”

How many more assignments did you complete?

Alina: Our first assignment was in Los Angeles. I was at CHLA and Jeremy was at Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City. We both liked our hospitals and medical teams that we started working with. We both fell in love with the area where we were living (Silver Lake) and we decided to extend one month into our first assignment. We ended up staying in LA for six months total. After LA, we left for Russia to visit my motherland and to see my little sister get married.

Upon returning, we decided to go down to San Diego – the land of perpetually great weather, Mexican food, picturesque hiking, and a cornucopia of artisan breweries! I started at Rady Children’s Hospital, while Jeremy ended up at Rancho Springs Medical Center. We both liked it and extended. We did six months total. Again!

What were some of your favorite assignments?

Alina: We both, surprisingly, loved LA. Besides working with friendly nurses in good hospitals, we got to explore so much! We lived in Silver Lake, a little bubbly pocket of life in LA. Even Jeremy’s beard started growing faster to blend in better with other hipsters’ beards. We hiked the Hollywood sign on New Year’s Eve, visited Griffith observatory and even scored free tickets to Jimmy Kimmel’s show! My hospital, CHLA, was only five minutes away from our cute basement apartment. Jeremy and I decided to invest into bikes to cruise around the neighborhood, while I also decided to ride my bicycle to work.

My favorite musician, Moby, had just opened a restaurant in Silver Lake – I was so excited to go. I ran around Silver Lake reservoir all the time. I’m sure I might have several appearances in upcoming movies or series, as there were movies filming everyday! Luckily, I never had to experience real LA traffic on an everyday basis and was excruciatingly happy in Silver Lake.

What’s your favorite part of working in the healthcare industry?

Alina: I like that the healthcare industry offers secure jobs. There will always be hospitals that need nurses to take care of patients. I like that healthcare is not uniform. When we moved from the east coast to the west, I realized that not only did we change our geographical location, but also the way we practice as nurses. Medicine is so different across the country. Different hospitals have different rules, regulations, and protocols. I’m happy that KPG allowed me to see and experience it with my own eyes. It made me a better nurse.

Jeremy: I like taking care of people. Being a patient is a very vulnerable and scary situation. It feels good to make people feel better about the situation and less afraid.  

Is it difficult that you both work in the healthcare industry? Why or why not?

Alina: I like that we share the same industry. Jeremy doesn’t have to explain to me that he needs sleep after a night shift. We can juggle our weird schedules easily and still find plenty of time to spend with each other. I feel like I learn so much from Jeremy, from his nursing practice to his medical knowledge. I’ve never worked with adults; I’m a pediatric emergency room nurse. I know nothing else, and Jeremy is definitely expanding my horizons of adult medicine. At times, nursing and medicine takes over our lives, so we decided to institute certain rules. For example, we’re not allowed to talk about work during dinner time.

Jeremy:  It can be challenging to be in a relationship with someone who works in the same field, but it also has its benefits. We both have a passion for learning and enjoy the dynamic field of medicine, however it’s very easy to take work home with us. This can result in a steady stream of nurse talk, but we are happy – I wouldn’t change a thing.

What makes working with KPG different?

Alina: I’ve never worked with another travel company, so I don’t have much to compare it to. However, nurses talk and I’ve heard lots of horror stories from fellow travelers. My housing is awful… I didn’t get the shift that I was promised… my scheduled start date has changed… my paycheck is missing… I never got paid that bonus shift that I worked.  We’ve never experienced these things. We were always taken care of. Janice, our recruiter, always made me feel that we were enveloped in the softest and warmest safety blanket. She always responded to my emails promptly and returned my texts on time. She and the rest of the KPG team were always able to arrange for necessary health screenings in a timely fashion. We also are proud to say that Janice not only became the best recruiter in our area – she’s our friend. We can’t thank this company enough. To all the nurses eager to travel and have fun, we recommend KPG!

Travel nursing makes a difference in countless lives, including the nurse doing all the traveling! A great way to explore with friends, colleagues – or even significant others like Jeremy and Alina – go on the perfect adventure with help from KPG!

 

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7 California Hospitals Honored by the U.S. News & World Report

Wondering if your hospital made the list this year? According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest ranking hospitals reside in California in 2017-18! With 420 health centers in the Golden State, 53 meet the exceptional U.S. News guidelines and are ranked in state. Hospitals in Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Los Angeles and more made the cut out of more than 5,000 medical centers across the nation.

Check out where each hospital excelled in specific ranking and specialities in the list below!

UCSF Medical Center #1 in California

Ranked nationally in 15 adult and 9 pediatric specialities, UCSF Medical Center is a 745-bed medical and surgical facility with nearly 30,000 admissions in the most recent year reported. Achieving the most impressive rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions, UCSF Medical Center has had outstanding performance in specialities including Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology.


UCLA Medical Center #2 in California

Performing over 9,000 annual inpatient and nearly 17,000 outpatient surgeries, UCLA Medical Center is nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialities and 15 adult specialities including Geriatrics, Ophthalmology, and Pediatric Nephrology. High performing in certain procedures like aortic valve surgery and conditions such as heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), this Los Angeles located medical center exceeds expectations in serving the most medically complicated patients.

 

Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital  #3 in California

Based in Palo Alto, California, Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital has close to 500 beds with over 25,000 admissions in the latest year reported. Nationally ranked in 13 adult specialities and #1 in the San Jose metro area, this NorCal medical center has been recognized as high performing in 8 different procedures and conditions such as COPD, knee replacement, and heart failure.

 

Cedars Sinai Medical Center #4 in California

Cedars Sinai Medical Center is an LA based Medical Center that specializes in General Medical and Surgical Practice. With 885 beds and and more than 88,000 Emergency Room visits, Cedars Sinai is large and world renowned medical institution. Rated 4th in the Nation for both Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Cedars Sinai is both regionally and nationally recognized. Boasting a top 20 rating in 8 specialties, Cedars Sinai is extremely well rounded and continues to be considered one of the best hospitals in the state.

Scripps La Jolla Hospitals #6 in California

A 203-bed surgical and medical facility with over 37,000 emergency room visits, Scripps La Jolla Hospitals is nationally ranked in 8 adult specialities. With top performance ratings in Gynecology and Diabetes & Endocrinology, Scripps is also a powerhouse hospital in heart bypass surgery, lung cancer surgery, and hip replacement.

UC San Diego Health – UC San Diego Medical Center #7 in California

Regionally ranked as #2 in the San Diego metro area, UC San Diego Health – UC San Diego Medical Center outshines in 8 adult specialities, and 8 adult procedures and conditions. Transcending the rest with their high quality performance, this San Diego native medical center ranks in Pulmonology, colon cancer surgery, and aortic valve surgery.

Keck Hospital of USC #10 in California

Helping patients make the difficult decision on where to receive care, U.S. News evaluates close to 5,000 medical centers in 16 adult specialities, 9 adult conditions and procedures and 10 children’s specialities. Ranked across the country in 5 adult specialities, Keck Hospital of USC is proficient in cancer specialities, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass surgery, as well as several more procedures and conditions.

Going above and beyond in the healthcare industry, it’s safe to say these California hospitals are some of the best in the West – and across the country!

KPG Healthcare is proud to staff some of the best hospitals in the Nation. Looking for your next career move and interested in contributing to one of California’s most renowned hospitals? 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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