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August Nurse Spotlight: Erin!

Come one, come all! Meet KPG Healthcare’s newest Nurse Spotlight for August – Erin!

Erin is a Southern California native who is also a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Cardiac Intense Care Unit nurse. Erin has been a nurse for seven years and a travel nurse for three years! However, she’s putting travel nursing on hold because she recently got married last October! KPG Healthcare wants to wish you a BIG congratulations! 

Anyway.

Like many people, Erin originally didn’t plan to pursue nursing as a career. Her inspiration to become a nurse began when her nephew was placed in the NICU for three months at 28 weeks-years-old. 

At the time, Erin wanted to become a veterinarian, but going through that experience with her nephew, it gave her a new direction. By talking to the nurses who assisted with her nephew and her family, she realized there was an opportunity to pursue travel nursing as a career. She made every intention to become one. 

Today, Erin has been fortunate enough to take assignments in the Virgin Islands, Washington, Oregon, and California. “I’ve been fortunate enough to live my dream as a traveling nurse,” Erin said. Having graduated from the University of San Francisco, her first assignment at the University of California San Francisco hospital was her most memorable assignment. 

Working in the NICU is not for the faint-hearted. Managing the children but also figuring out how to assist the parents, who can’t help but feel helpless, is one of the biggest challenges Erin faces at work. Although the most challenging, “it is also the most rewarding,” Erin mentioned. 

Besides navigating through the emotional baggage that comes with NICU, “relationship building, nurturing the parents, reassuring them, and building those emotional connections” are just some other skills Erin has learned on the job. 

Another big thing Erin learned while being a travel nurse was self-care. “I didn’t prioritize that and travel taught me to take a step back.” Some of the ways Erin likes to unwind or indulge in a self-care day are taking baths, hitting the spa once every other month, hanging out with her core tribe, and be active during days off.

Erin wanted to give a shoutout to the compliance team for “being awesome” and to the whole team for always making her feel like a priority!

From all of us here at KPG Healthcare, we want to thank you for everything you do for us! Congratulations and we wish you nothing but happiness for you and your husband! 

Erin’s advice for new travel nurses:

  1. Exude confidence in everything you do
    1. Non-travel nurses and parents will give the same respect 
    2. How it will change the assignment
    3. Have a positive attitude
    4. You will get the respect you deserve in time
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July’s Nurse Spotlight: Kyle!
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Kyle is KPG Healthcare's Nurse Spotlight for the month of July!

Everyone, please say “Heyyyyy Kyle!” 

Kyle is a Southern California native who calls the South Bay home. He’s currently on assignment in the Pediatrics Operating Room department at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and seems to be enjoying his time since he’s extended multiple times! 

Coming from a Filipino background and having been raised in a Filipino household, pursuing a nursing career came as second nature. He jokingly mentioned that it was almost expected of him as a Filipino to pursue nursing, there was no other option. Kyle loves working at CHLA and enjoys what he does, but it comes with a heavy toll. 

Having to work in the PEDS OR department, Kyle is responsible for caring for sick children and their emotionally taxed families. “Sometimes those challenges don’t just come around once but for consecutive days,” Kyle said, “You have to learn to watch and take care of yourself and your mental health.” 

Being a nurse is no easy task, it can be a demanding job that requires you to stay on your feet for 10+ hours, you have to deal with difficult patients, families, and doctors, and you perform tasks that many can’t even do. Taking time to breathe, relax, have some self-care, and reconnect with yourself is important. 

Kyle overcomes the challenges he faces by checking in with himself. Debriefing with his coworkers, going out to dinner, or even having a drink can help reduce the level of stress a nurse can face. “You’re not alone feeling the emotional weight that the job brings,” Kyle said. One of the many ways Kyle likes to unwind after a shift or during his day off is exercising, being a socialite, and going out to eat (even though he is trying not to). 

Kyle loves KPG Healthcare and it’s predominately due to the recruiters. Kyle’s recruiter was – yet again – Tiko! However, another reason why Kyle loves working with KPG Healthcare was that the prior two companies he worked with for travel nursing weren’t up to par. KPG Healthcare is a small-medium sized company and Kyle had direct access to his recruiter for whatever, whenever. 

Kyle has been a travel nurse for some time now and his all-time favorite assignment was in San Francisco. Although the cost-of-living was so high he felt it wasn’t worth it for him in the long run. Additionally, being a dog dad and raising a Pug and a French Bulldog requires a lot of time and it can limit his ability to travel as freely. Dog vs travel, that’s a tough choice. 

If given the opportunity, Kyle would love to have an assignment in Bali. He has a desire to see what the healthcare system is like abroad, specifically Bali since the United States “apparently” has the best healthcare in the world. 

Kyle, from everyone here at KPG Healthcare, we want to thank you for your continued support, love, and for being part of the KPG Family. Continue striving for success and we can’t see where your career takes you!

Advice for new nurses:

•    Traveling can be scary – you are not alone but it is rewarding when you can have that freedom to fly. You also make the best of friends when traveling. You also learn about resources quickly and how to utilize them. 

•    It can be expensive living in California, but the nurse ratio is well-balanced. 

•    Los Angeles is dense with people, so it can get very crowded. 

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June’s Nurse Spotlight: Aimee!
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KPG Healthcare's Nurse Spotlight of the month for June goes to Aimee!

Allow me to introduce, Aimee! 

Aimee is KPG Healthcare’s Nurse Spotlight of the Month for June. She is currently on assignment and living her California dreams in beautiful Los Angeles, but calls Louisville, Kentucky home

Before Aimee became a nurse, she was an assistant or an aide but saw more opportunity in nursing. “Working three days a week and having an abundance of specialties – there’s no reason for a nurse to be sad,” said Aimee. With more than a decade in healthcare, Aimee specializes in Medical-Surgical, Step Down, ICU, and others. She’s a jack-of-all-trades. 

Although her career spans more than a decade, she still faces challenges in her practice. The biggest challenge she faces at work is handling the different perspectives, options, and attitude of patients, patient families, and doctors. 

“You have to be assertive, be able to stand your ground,” said Aimee, “…and be nonchalant when going through the motions of a nurse.” Another challenge she faces is time management. She mentioned it is challenging to manage your time well enough to provide the same level of care for each patient. This shows that no matter the years of service you provide in your craft, you continue to face challenges.

With great challenges comes great relaxation. For Aimee, taking a long bath, heading to the beach, or having a nice glass of wine are just some ways she likes to unwind after a long shift. Since Aimee is originally from Kentucky, having access to the beach has been one of the many things she loved about LA. 

Her transition to LA wouldn’t have been so smooth if it wasn’t for her recruiter, Tiko. Aimee says, “Tiko has been an extremely helpful recruiter to me and I am thankful to have such a supportive team watching my back!” Guaranteed, Tiko is equally as grateful to Aimee. 

Aimee has been in love with LA so much that she has extended her current contract twice. Although, if she had a choice, she would love an assignment in either Bali or Dubai. “California is already a dream,” said Aimee, and we can’t argue with that!

From all of us here at KPG Healthcare, thank you for your continued dedication and hard work! Keep on hustlin’!

Aimee’s advice for new travel nurses:

  1. Get with a good company by doing research!
  2. No roommates! Unless you want to save $$$
  3. When you first arrive, Airbnb or use a hotel before finding an apartment or screening roommates. 
  4. Review your pay package!! “Don’t make sense? GET OUT! Or you can DO THE MATH!”
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