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KPG Healthcare’s December Nurse Spotlight goes to…Cara! Cara is going to be our final nurse spotlight for 2019 and of the decade – woo! Without further ado, here is Cara!
Hailing from Bakersfield, California – Cara’s been a nurse for more than a decade and a travel nurse for four years. She’s a nurse that projects confidence, a depth of knowledge, humility, and kindness. From being an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse to Labor & Delivery (L&D), Cara has had the opportunity to grow and strengthen her skill set as a nurse through the years.
“There are so many avenues to change and better yourself as a person and as a nurse,” Cara explained, “I wanted to be in a field that could make a difference.”Cara
Her nursing career began when she witnessed her grandfather pass into the next life and it sparked something within her – the promise to always help people. She initially started in housekeeping and eventually moved up during her nursing school studies. After graduating, she began specializing in ICU, Tele and then L&D; however, the burn out from L&D led to her pursuing a travel nursing career.
Cara has experienced her fair share of challenges throughout her career. As a travel nurse, Cara typically accepts assignments that are within a four-hour drive from her home. The challenge with this requirement is the physically exhausting and long drive to and from the hospital after a long shift. However, the long drives allow her the call and catch up with family members who might be out-of-state.
Some of the challenges she faces at work vary between helping new nurses and playing a supportive role from patients to nurses to doctors. “There’s a huge opportunity to teach new nurses” who may need the extra guidance or who may be unfamiliar with certain procedures. There’s an opportunity to teach in every situation and Cara has taken the initiative to help her fellow nurses whenever they may need it.
Every day is a learning opportunity and every day we learn something new that can refine our own skillset. For Cara, patience and keeping a neutral, non-judgmental mindset are some of the skills she picked up and refined through her career. “There are specialties that get different situations,” Cara said, “a lot of it is being understanding and being there for them. You don’t know their story.”
With nursing, it’s not just the skillsets that improve but the mindset and outlook on life. Nursing and travel nursing have allowed Cara to become more compassionate and understanding of people and their situations. She is a firm believer everything isn’t the patient’s fault and “something happened to them and this is the result of that experience – to coop or not to coop.” With that, situations don’t phase her at work anymore, which is the result of the sympathetic and compassion she has for her patients.
However, her sympathy and compassion aren’t solely rooted in her nursing career. At home, Cara is an avid gardener with an army of fur babies – four horses, three cats, eight dogs, and 18 chickens. Gardening and tending to her fur family provides a moment of relaxation and a chance to practice self-care, which is equally important as sleep for nurses. Practicing horticulture therapy improves moods and provides many benefits Cara practices in her daily life on the ranch.
With her fur family in mind, Cara hopes to relocate to Oregon soon where the property is not only cheaper but larger than what California can provide. Somewhere in the mix of moving and working Cara wishes to travel to the East Coast for an assignment in the future with her eyes on Maine, Rhode Island or New York!
Cara, from all of us here at KPG Healthcare, we want to thank you for your continued support, dedication and outstanding work. We are thankful and grateful to have you part of our KPG Family. Keep up the fantastic work and give your eight dogs a good head scratch for us!
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.