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National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day

KPG Healthcare has a team of amazing healthcare recruiters that help find healthcare professionals the opportunities of their dreams. These driven men and women work hard to make sure that these professionals find the perfect fit for their needs – and there are many things to consider! Today we celebrate our hard-working team and applaud them for the extraordinary service and commitment they have made to KPG and Healthcare professionals across the West Coast!

In honor of Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day, we asked our recruiters to answer questions about themselves so you could learn a bit more about our amazing team:

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare recruiter?

Tiko:  I love being a recruiter because I am naturally a very social person! I love to meet new friends on a daily basis, so being a recruiter comes natural to me as I become friends with all of my nurses.

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare recruiter?

Kristi: My favorite part about being a recruiter is meeting and talking to so many new people every day.  It’s exciting to learn about their individual specialty and why they love it so much.  The best part of all though, is calling my candidates with an offer 🙂

 

What differentiates KPG?

Becca: KPG provides an unparalleled personalized service. Our recruiters do our best to get to know the providers and match them with jobs that are the right fit for their circumstance. Being locals ourselves helps us guide them in the right direction and provide some insight that might not be available elsewhere!

 

Tell us about a nurse that made a difference in your life?

Kylie: My sister Kevel! She is an RN at USC Keck and impacts my life daily by being the most compassionate, caring and selfless person I know.  She’s the only person who knows everything about me and still loves me unconditionally.  

 

What, in your opinion, can an applicant do to stand out?

Mark: Don’t write a cliche’ cover letter. Put in the effort to make a cover letter personal and informative!

Where’s your favorite place to travel?

Sean: It’s hard to narrow it down to one place because I have been to 33 countries but everywhere in Asia I have loved. Went to Bali last year and it was an amazing experience for culture and beauty, including seeing the baby elephants and amazing islands!

 

Let’s talk food. What’s your favorite cuisine?

Chris: Anything Italian. I love Pasta, Pizza, and anything covered in Marinara sauce. So much so that my roommates called me “The Modern Marvel” because I would eat a whole box of pasta in one sitting. (Yes I realize it’s not great for you and I had to work out furiously to get rid of the massive carb load. lol!) 

 

Matt: So I recently moved to LA from Miami to join the KPG team and in a search for the best cuban coffee in Los Angeles. A good cafecito and croqueta for breakfast is like a shot of rocket fuel paired with a bite sized ham and cheese melt; the best! That and also the snacks stash at the KPG home office. Amazing.

How did you get into the recruiting industry?

Peter: I got into recruiting because I love to help people achieve their goals! I was specifically drawn to the world of recruiting nurses as my mom is a nurse and in past professional jobs, I have met and worked alongside some amazing nurses.  Being a recruiter gives me the ability to help give back to the nursing community, one job at a time!

How did you get into the Healthcare Recruiting Industry?

Hana: I got into the recruiting industry over 13 years ago working in Event Staffing and now, proudly, with KPG Healthcare. I love speaking and meeting people from all walks of life. I’m always impressed and humbled by the compassionate stories I hear from Healthcare Professionals about their experiences on the job and why they love working in the field, whether it be a seasoned Surgical Tech or a driven Social Worker looking to achieve higher ground in helping others. In turn, this type of recruiting experience motivates me to be a better recruiter.

Where’s your favorite place to travel?

Patrick: It is hard to decide, but I am pretty outdoorsy so anywhere where i get to sleep under the stars is awesome. Lately, that has been Joshua Tree. The place is filled with adventures like rock climbing and trail running.

Have you ever had a hospital visit make a difference in your life?

Wealthy: Ha! That’s funny because I don’t think anyone has had a hospital visit NOT make a difference in their life. However, as a recruiter I would like to think that helping nurses is like me helping patients in a roundabout way.  So yes, hospitals are making a difference in my life every day.   =)

 

What’s your favorite part about working with nurses, PA’s, doctors, allied professionals, etc.?

Mike: Doctors, nurses, advanced practitioners and other healthcare professionals….they’re just people too.  Once you look past the lab coat and the scrubs, you often times find an individual that is looking to better themselves, advance their career or education, and make a difference in the world.  I get to help them do that!    

 

How did you end up in the Healthcare Recruiting Industry?

Pablo: I got into the Healthcare Recruiting Industry because both of my brothers are in this industry. They told me I would be great at it and after many years in Telecommunications/Sales I decided to take a chance. I can confirm today that I absolutely love it and this is where I want to end my career!

What’s your favorite sports team and why?

Jan: Angels Baseball – Center Fielder Mike Trout has brought out the love of baseball in my 3 boys and it has been an amazing bonding experience going to the games together!

KPG Healthcare is lucky to have such a passionate and driven team of recruiters to help Healthcare Professionals all across the West Coast! No matter your speciality, KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. 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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6 Healthy Snack Ideas for Busy Healthcare Professionals

Best Healthy Snacks for Busy Healthcare Professionals

During those long 12-hour hospital shifts, snacks can be a doctor’s best friend. Whether you’re a nurse, an allied professional, a doctor or any professional in the healthcare sector – you know that breaks do not come often enough! It is often that these professionals do not get the chance to take meal breaks, and even if they do, it’s usually not long enough to consume an entire balanced meal. The lingering question is – what is one supposed to snack on to boost energy levels while providing enough calories to sustain them through that draining shift?

Stop searching for super snacks in vending machines or the hospital cafeteria – eat healthy with these quick and easy on-the-go bites that will keep a nurse’s engine running for hours!

Crackers With Chocolate-Hazelnut and Banana

With just 214 calories and 4 grams of protein, power up your energy levels while feasting on this easy, delicious banana treat! Just spread 2 crisp bread crackers with 1 tablespoon of your favorite Nutella spread and top with as much sliced banana as you wish. Get the full recipe here.  

String Cheese

One of the easiest and most portable high-protein snacks, string cheese is the perfect bite to eat for busy nurses. Not only are there string cheeses consisting of part-skim mozzarella, which is low in calories and high in protein – it comes in a single size portion, which helps to deter nurses from overeating.

Nuts

Go crazy with nuts to satisfy that crunch! Simply grab a handful and keep moving. Packed with good fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re craving a homemade trail mix with some raisins, cranberries, almonds and even peanuts or you’re more of a roasted pistachio addict, you can munch on this healthy snack all day long.

 

Turkey Roll-Ups

An excellent source of lean protein, turkey is the answer to an on-the-go snack for nurses. With around 18 grams of protein in just one serving, you can increase the nutritional power of this healthy snack by adding a few baby carrots or slices of red bell pepper!

Banana, Kale, and Almond Milk Smoothie

Hydrate with a purpose – drink your nourishment. Bring your favorite smoothie from home or a refreshing slurp anytime. Whether it’s a fruit or veggie blend, rejuvenate your energy levels on-the-go! Get the full recipe for this tasty smoothie here.

No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls

Searching for a simple, healthy no-bake treat? You’re in luck! Discover this perfect, on-the-go recipe for oatmeal protein energy balls! With rolled oats, protein powder, peanut butter, and a touch of honey, these energy balls will keep you on the move and satisfied for hours. Tasty and extremely convenient, whip up these bad boys for those grueling night shifts. Check out how to make oatmeal bites here.

Staying energized and keeping your brain and body fed and hydrated during long shifts is crucial to your performance and health as a nurse. Plan ahead, shop for groceries with your work in mind, and use super snacks as fuel that gets you through even the most intensive days!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. 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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5 Reasons Being a Travel Nurse is the Best

 

If you hadn’t heard, nurses are in high demand. Not only in the United States, but throughout the world. For the nurse that has a passion for travel and wants to earn a great salary, signing on to become a travel nurse is the way to go. An adventure, great pay, flexibility and new friends – what more could you ask for? Check out a few of the reason we think that being a travel nurse rocks!

1. See the World

see the world

Whether it’s helping out in Hawaii or lending a hand in Los Angeles, one of the best benefits is the ability to pick your assignments all over the country. After all, it is called travel nursing. If you’re an avid backpacker or hiker, you could choose an assignment in Northern California, a part of the country famous for its trails! American River, anyone? Maybe you’re on the hunt for delicious foods and off time spend relaxing on the beach – sounds like LA may be for you!

2. Great Pay & Benefits

Hey, we didn’t go through countless years of school for just nothin’, right? Travel nurses make considerably more money than their full time counterparts. The hourly wages tend to be higher for a traveling nurse, and when combined with overtime and bonuses, you’ll be cashing in the bucks. Worried about the trouble of moving over and over? Don’t fret – KPG Healthcare will not only find assignments for you, but also cover some travel costs and on occasion housing is included. The possibilities are endless!

3. Flexible Schedule

Traveling from one place to another can be exciting, but it’s also draining. The average travel nursing contract is 13 weeks. Work 13 weeks, take a month off…or not. That’s the beauty of this gig – you decide when you work. We also offer per diem nursing, so you can fill in the gaps between assignments, or pick up extra shifts to make some extra money. Want more time to hit the trails and see your favorite concerts? That’s perfect! Flexible scheduling allows you to take a break when you need to or arrange to be near your family for important events.

4. Make Friends For Life

friends

What’s better than having friends all across the country… well, we’re going to go with almost nothing! Tension between coworkers is common in high-stress jobs like nursing, but when your assignments typically range from 8 to 12 weeks, it’s much easier to avoid all the hostility. You’ll likely be at the hospital so much that you’ll become family with the people that you work with. What brings people closer than saving lives side by side, am I right?

5. Make An Impact

Nursing is one of the few professions where you’ll directly make a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. While it’s not an easy career, your influence as a travel nurse will bring joy to you day in and day out. Long days, hours and hours on your feet and demanding patients can make the job difficult at times – but would you trade it for the world? Nope!

What are you waiting for? It’s not often you have the opportunity to experience both spontaneity and security, and being a travel nurse gives you just that. Take your career to new heights – and destinations – by becoming a travel nurse with KPG Healthcare today!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. 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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