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4 Ways To Celebrate Medical-Surgical Nurses Week

Trusted and remembered by their patients for their compassionate care, medical-surgical nurses are consistently valued for their knowledge of all body systems. With the utmost skill, they manage care for a range of of conditions and diseases they encounter on a daily basis.

From the week of November 1-7, we encourage facilities, hospitals, and nurses to recognize their specialty and commitment to excellence with heartfelt events that connect, celebrate, and help to develop medical-surgical nurses both personally and professionally.

How can you show your support for medical-surgical nurses? Check out these different ideas for celebrating at your facility!

Share On Social Media

Whether it’s sharing your photos and events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, show your support through social media! Create a fun, meaningful hashtag for the week of events and when posting remind others the difference medical-surgical nurses make each day.

Need a few pointers? Medical-surgical nurses improve patient care through evidence-based practice, mentor other nurses, advocate for patients and families at local or national levels, and even serve their communities through care and education.

Say It With A Sign

Make it a real celebration by hanging up special signs in the medical-surgical unit for any and all events your facility puts on. Whether you want it to proudly display your celebration, point people in the right direction, or let them know the fun is this way – download, print out and hang these colorful decorations at your hospital!

 

Make Certificates of Appreciation

Food is fun, but there’s nothing like appreciation from your fellow colleagues. Whether you write a few up yourself and hand them out to the medical-surgical nurses in your unit, or download Certificates of Appreciation thanking them for all they do to save lives and support families, this small gesture of gratitude will go a long way.

 

Invite Others To Take A Tour

Spread the word beyond just your hospital or facility by inviting local or state legislators take a tour during the week! While a big gesture, it’s crucial for all levels to gain a better understanding of the compassionate role of medical-surgical nurses.

Want to make even more of an impact? Submit an article about medical-surgical nursing to your facility newsletter or connect with your local newspaper to get a story out on all that these extensive nurses do to save lives!

With a focus on caring for patients and families every day, medical-surgical nurses are the unfaltering lifeblood of the medical industry. This week, let’s shift the focus onto them and all they do to inspire, educate others, and serve their communities!

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 Ways To Be Proactive & Get Involved With Breast Cancer Awareness

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – this month is about turning awareness into action, getting involved in the education of this disease, and living a healthy, positive lifestyle to reduce the risks of developing breast cancer!

Nearly everybody knows someone touched by this disease. The good news is that treatments keep getting more advanced, and now we know more than ever how to best prevent breast cancer. Want to improve your health and make an impact? Check out these six ways to get more involved during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Volunteer Your Time

While money is a crucial part of funding research for finding a cure, it’s also important to donate your time. There are several different charities seeking an extra hand in making a difference in the lives of those dealing with breast cancer. You can go the distance in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer with American Cancer Society! Be part of your local 3-to-5 mile event by signing up to be a walker or volunteer. Not a big fan of running? Become an Advocate For Hope with National Breast Cancer Foundation! Spread the message of early detection and encourage others to do so as well.

 

Say It On Social Media

Social Media is a great way to spread awareness! Send your female – and male – friends and family an e-card, tweet, or Facebook message from the Department of Health and Human Services as a caring reminder to ask their doctor about mammograms.

It might sound silly, but simply sharing articles, pictures or even hashtagging the trending #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth on your social media channels can help to alert others to learn more on prevention and stats surrounding breast cancer. You never know who you might help!

 

Find Out Your Family History

I know, you’ve been telling yourself you’re going to look into your family history… next year. This month is the perfect time to take special steps to protect your health! You may have a high risk of breast cancer if you have a sister or mother who developed breast or ovarian cancer – especially at an early age – or if you have multiple family members who developed breast, prostate, or ovarian cancer. Ask your doctor or genetic counselor so you can better understand your family history of breast cancer!

 

Make Time For A Mammogram

Studies have shown that a breast cancer screening with mammography saves lives. While it doesn’t help to prevent cancer, it can detect it early or when it’s most treatable. On average, a regular mammogram for women can begin at age 40, but it varies by age and risk. Make sure to get regular mammograms, whether or not breast cancer runs in your family!

 

Shop For Your Skin

We all love to shop – make it for a good cause! Skincare brands such as Clinique promotes a donation with purchase of specific products. Eos also has products where a portion of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer research! Help your skin look its best and raise awareness.

 

Get Informed

This year, around 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. Read up on your research, stay informed for you – and your loved ones – health.

Did you know men are also at risk? All people, regardless of male or female, are born with some breast cells and tissue. A man’s breast cells can still develop cancer and while it is rare, it still presents a risk. Awareness among men is spread much less, so they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.

Whatever you decide to do this month surrounding breast cancer awareness, your efforts make a difference. So many people have been affected by breast cancer, whether it’s personally or watching loved ones suffer. Let’s increase awareness about early detection, research and support this National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everyday! Together we can be the change!

This week take a minute to thank the people who put children at ease while healing their bodies – pediatric nurses! 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 in the nursing division? 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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Emergency Nurses Week: Honoring our ER Nurses

Nursing is a difficult career, and becoming an Emergency Room Nurse requires an incredible amount of strength, compassion and resilience. For ER Nurses Week from October 8th through the 14th, we are dedicated to recognizing the talented individuals who see it all. From splinters to trauma, ER nurses never know what will come through their doors. Whether it’s a young boy with an impacted splinter, or the devastation of a gunshot wound, these nurses step up to the plate no matter the situation!

We’ve decided to showcase a few KPG Emergency Room Nurses in Honor of ER Nurses Week! These amazing individuals truly embody the spirit and compassion of a nurse and we are so proud to say THANKS to them today!

Clare C. – ER RN

Why did you choose ER as your specialty?

One of the reasons I enjoy emergency medicine is because I like change. The variety and complexity of cases in the department is a continuum of change in the study of health and human science.  Most emergency departments appear unorganized. However, there is an underlying structure in all units. Being a methodic, organized individual helps to keep me calm when situations seem chaotic.

What was your favorite moment on the floor? 

Memorable moments on the floor are when I can make a difference in an older adult’s care. This vulnerable population requires extra time, patience, and education each time they come into contact with healthcare providers. For them, it is often the little things such as sitting with them to talk or speaking with a concerned out of state relative on the phone.

Why do you enjoy working for KPG?

Janice is one of the reasons I am with KPG. We stumbled upon each other, and it has worked out perfectly. Janice is responsive, attentive, and she knows and wants to continue to learn the travel business. She is an asset in my current travel nurse life!

Amanda V. – ER RN

 

   

 

Why did you choose ER as your specialty?

I chose ER as my specialty because I enjoy the fast paced and unpredictable environment. Also, people of the ER are a different breed, which I feel I fit in well and work the best with. Everyone works as a team and makes every day the best day!

What was your favorite moment on the floor?

My favorite moment on the floor was when we had a pediatric resuscitation and everyone came together and worked so well together. The circumstances were horrific but each person displayed so much emotion yet able to do their job proficiently – the rawness of the nurses, doctors, and entire team made it my favorite experience.

Why do you enjoy working for KPG?  

I enjoy KPG because of my recruiter, Janice! She’s the best!

This week take a minute to thank the people who save countless lives every shift – ER Nurses! KPG Healthcare is proud to staff some of the best Emergency Rooms in the Nation. Looking for your next career move and interested in contributing to one of California’s most renowned hospitals in the ER? 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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