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5 Things To Do in San Francisco on Assignment with KPG Healthcare

5 Things To Do in San Francisco on Assignment with KPG Healthcare

A hotspot for healthcare professionals, San Francisco is an amazing location to work and play. Whether you’re a medical assistant, registered nurse, physician, surgical technician or certified nursing assistant, there’s a strong chance you might find yourself in the Golden State.

While San Fran might seem big, it’s geographically small – making it much easier to explore and experience all of the amenities this wonderful city has to offer. Check out this list of five things you must do while living in San Francisco:

Walk Over The Golden Gate Bridge

The most famous bridge in the world, The Golden Gate Bridge can impress even the most experienced of travelers with a 1.7 mile span. With close to 120,000 cars driving across it each day, there is a pedestrian walkway that lets you cross over the bridge on foot – or even bike across!

Ride A Cable Car (Or Take the BART)

Getting people around Frisco since the late 19th century, cable cars are a staple in this city. A one-way ride provides fantastic views of the city’s infamous hills as well as a fun way to explore. Not a fan of the outside transportation? Take a ride on the BART! One of the easiest ways to get around the Bay Area, this subway system is used to travel from the eastern part of San Fran and the suburbs into Downtown SF.

Shop In Union Square

A place for all serious shoppers, Union Square has some of the largest major department stores and exclusive boutiques. Lining the well-known streets of Post, Sutter, Stockton and Powell, the Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre has the biggest Bloomingdale’s outside of New York and the second largest Nordstrom in the U.S. – think of the sales!

Make Your Way To A Museum

Visiting this beautiful city wouldn’t be complete with a cultural experience. Home to internationally recognized symphony, ballet and opera companies as well as several avant-garde theatre and dance venues, San Francisco is enriched by the arts.

Did we mention the museums? To name a few, you can meander the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum, the Legion of Honor and even the California Academy of Sciences – the only place on the planet with a planetarium, a natural history museum, an aquarium, and a four-story rainforest all under the same roof!

Escape To Alcatraz

The notorious former prison, Alcatraz is located on an island of the same name in the center of the San Francisco Bay. With some of the U.S.’ most infamous criminals incarcerated there at one time, it’s a popular attraction in NorCal. A fascinating visit, the stories of this prison are legendary! Take a recorded cell-house tour and learn about the attraction as you explore the buildings and grounds.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a new professional opportunity or just a fun way to spend your hard earned money, let KPG help you thrive while you’re in San Francisco! 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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Interview with an Allied Healthcare Recruiter

 

At KPG Healthcare, our recruiters work hard to help healthcare professionals find the job of their dreams! Not only are these professionals helping people transition into the next stage of their life, but they’re also working with dozens of different specialties to help them find the perfect career opportunity. Our Allied Healthcare recruiting division works closely with professionals from many different backgrounds, including sterile technicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, lab techs and dozens of other allied professions! Learn a bit more about Hana and her experience with KPG Healthcare below:

How did you become an Allied Healthcare Recruiter?

I joined the KPG Team in November 2016, in the Per Diem division and was excited to transition to the Allied Department in January 2017. I had heard great things about KPG and was excited to work alongside some familiar faces!

What’s your favorite thing about being an Allied Healthcare recruiter?

Really–just one thing? Aside from working with an awesome, fun and hard-working team every day, I love learning about all the nuances of the position. I wasn’t aware of the impressive range of healthcare professionals that were a part of the Allied network!

Tell us about your most rewarding recruiting experience?

It’s always a great feeling finding a matched opportunity for a healthcare professional. Yet, the most rewarding experience came after I was able to place a very passionate and patient candidate in her “dream job!” We had been working together for nearly four months before she was cleared and began working with L.A. County — she was the first in the nation! Every time we speak, she is excited to tell me about her role and how happy she is.

 

What types of things stand out to you when you meet a professional looking for their next opportunity?

Other than the experience, skill set, and credentials, I feel it’s important to know what is driving them towards their next job. What stands out most are certain things like their character, passion, patience, and wanting to grow and strive to achieve more in their career.  

 

How do you determine how best to find the perfect job for a candidate?

We have a lot of opportunities that a candidate may be fit for, but it’s important to understand and determine how to serve their best interest in aligning them with the a job that satisfies their needs and skillset.

What’s your best tip for a candidate going into the interview process with a potential company?

Be positive and confident. When first speaking with someone I encourage them to have a mindset that we are going to get them an interview. It’s key to keep that momentum going to result in that job offer!

 

What’s the best advice you could give to an Allied professional that is comparing multiple opportunities?

Although money is always going to be a huge driving force, I always advise a professional to consider things such as location, details about the position, the facility and if this is an opportunity that is going to further their career. Our goal is to put them in a position where they can make money, enjoy doing it, and gain a fruitful experience.

  
What do you feel sets KPG Healthcare apart from other companies?

Well, I haven’t worked for any other healthcare staffing companies, but I know I work with a great team here! From Compliance and HR, to payroll and all of the recruiters here, everyone is always willing to help and has fun doing it! From birthday cake time to bean bag break time and all the candy in the drawers, a lot of fun is had.

 

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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Tips on Staying Safe in The Sun

 

6 Tips on Staying Safe in the Sun for the Holiday

Enjoy the benefits of summer weather this 4th of July without putting yourself at a higher risk for sun exposure repercussions. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays cause dehydration and heatstroke, but beyond heat-related incidents, its rays increase the risk for sunburn and peeling, skin aging, and skin cancer.


All of these sun related conditions are often seen and treated by healthcare professionals and providers, and this time of year with 4th of July fun rolling in, they are extra busy handling these cases. As you’re enjoying your festivities this year, keep in mind that these rays reflect off water, sand, pool and deck concrete surfaces, making sun protection especially important.

Learn how you can protect yourself while still enjoying the sunny weather this holiday:

Apply Sunscreen

Make sure you are applying sunscreen generously and frequently – every 2 hours anytime you are outdoors. The recommended type of sunscreen to use is a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Wherever your skin is or may be exposed, be sure to apply! This is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

Whip Out Your Sunglasses

Now is the time to bring out your stylish studs. Although a fashion accessory, their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most lenses offer adequate UV protection, but if you are in doubt or want a stronger protection, check in with an optometrist.

 

Limit Time Spent in the Sun

It’s important to limit your time spent in the sun, especially when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are the strongest, between 10 am and 4 pm. Whether you’re hanging by the pool area or at the beach this summer holiday, make sure you’re seeking shade and circulating over to an indoor area.


Be safe – plan ahead. If you’re anticipating to be out in the hot weather, be sure to check the National Weather Service. They post the UV index daily by zip code and if it’s real high, an alert will be issued to keep the time spent in the sun to a minimum.

 

Check Your Medication

There are certain types of medicine that can cause sensitivity to the sun. Depending on the medication, it can contain ingredients that will cause a chemically induced change to the skin – photosensitivity. This can cause sunburn-like symptoms, rash, and possibly other unwanted side effects.

Make sure to reduce these risks ahead of time. If you are taking any medications and have concerns about having a reaction, check in with your healthcare professional or pharmacist before stepping out in the sun. Enjoy fun in the sun at a safe cost!

 

Examine Your Skin

It’s important to examine your skin head to toe at least once a month, especially if you know you will be spending extra long hours in the sun due to summer festivities and activities. If you perform regularly, examining your skin can alert you to changes and assist in early detection of skin cancer. Self-examination should take no more than 10 minutes – a small investment to protecting your health!

The recommended full-body self exam is once a month, but it is always important to check in with your doctor to determine whether you need more frequent checks. You may also find it helpful to schedule an appointment at least once a year through your healthcare provider to assure you any existing spots, freckles, moles or changes in your skin are normal.

Be a role model for safer sun actions. Your skin, eyes, and immune system will thank you!

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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