With California being the most populated state in the U.S, over 38 million residents, the state is in a constant need of nurses. If you’re interested in travel nursing, you’ll probably find yourself in California at some point. I mean, what’s there not to love about living in California? There are so many pretty aspects of the geological side ie: mountains, cool weather, clean beaches, and the overall “aesthetic”.
California has 3 major hospital organizations located in different places of the state! In other states, there is typically only one or two major hospital organizations, in which can limit a traveling nurse’ earning potential. This would not allow them to go to new organizations because of a strict contract they sign within that main organization. However, in the state of California, there are three main organizations. Kaiser Permanente is the largest with over 38 hospitals throughout the state. Dignity Health operates at least 32 hospitals, and Sutter Medical Foundation operates at least 19 hospitals. The opportunities are endless. Of course there are other smaller hospital organizations, in which have their own benefits. Smaller Organizations can sometimes offer more pay, which is always a major factor when searching for jobs.
You may have heard that California is very expensive and the cost of living is through the roof. While the cost of living may be slightly higher than other places, minimum wage starts at $11.50 an hour! If you compare annual salaries from Florida travel nurses to California travel nurses, the annual salary is dramatically different. In Florida the average annual salary for travel nursing is $56,600 a year, whereas in California its $85,600! That’s a $29,600 difference in annual pay (before taxes). As you can see, not only is there endless opportunities in California for travel nursing, but the pay is 40.78% higher. This pay difference will help even out the cost of living making it more attractive to live in a very desirable location.
When looking at lists of the most popular U.S. states to visit, California is always at the top of the list. Why? Well, California is known for it’s diversity in people, landscapes and communities! You can travel an hour east and see the desert, an hour north and play in the snow (during winter), and an hour west to tan at the beach all in one day! Not to mention, there’s no humidity! California truly has something to offer for everyone, no matter the demographic.
So, the next time you hear that the “west coast is the best coast”, you’ll have a tad bit more insight to understand why. The annual pay is above the national average, the location is versatile and beautiful and the opportunities are endless! So, what are you waiting for? Sign up with KPG Healthcare today!
Today we’re celebrating World Mental Health Day! Mental health is so important and it is something we often don’t prioritize in our busy lives. So, to celebrate this special day, we will discuss the history of this day, the importance of mental health, and 5 tips for improving your own mental health!
World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first observed in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in many countries.
Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. So, without a healthy mental state, it’s hard to live one’s life to their fullest.
Mediation is the practice of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time. While there are many forms of meditation, the ultimate goal is a feeling of relaxation and inner peace, which can improve mental health. Mediation guides can be found online and apps for your phone are available as well!
Staying active is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health as well. This does not always mean intense workouts either. A simple walk in the park is just as beneficial. Just find activities that you truly enjoy and can do for about 30 minutes 5 times a week!
Talking about your feelings with others isn’t always easy, but it’s a great way to cope with any problems you’ve been dealing with internally. If you don’t quite feel comfortable talking about your feelings with friends or family, seeing a therapist is especially helpful.
Lack of sleep has the potential to affect our bodies and mind in so many ways, including affecting our mental health. It is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Even going to bed 30 minutes earlier each night can greatly improve your mood and mental health.
Let’s be honest, working in the healthcare field takes a lot out of you. As much as we love our jobs, it’s important to take a break every now and then. Taking a vacation or even just a quick weekend getaway helps you clear your mind and boost your mental health.
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It is year 2018 and technology has come a long way in making our lives easier and honestly, a bit more entertaining. Amongst the face-scanning iPhones, self-driving vehicles and 3-D printed houses, technology has also entered various industries on a global level to increase precision and effectiveness as needed. We see this tech evolution making a huge impact in the healthcare industry, where nurses are able to give patients a higher chance at a longer life in parts of patient care that weren’t an option before. Here are some different angles of how tech and nursing are getting along:
Karen Higgins, nurse of 28 years and past President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association chimes in on technology being an essential advancement for ICU patients:
“People ask me what is the biggest change in nursing over the years, and my answer is advancements in both technology and medications and also the patients themselves. Many of the patients I care for in the ICU would not be alive 10 or 20 years ago. New technology and medications are wonderful in that they give more patients a chance to survive and live longer[…]” –
Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse expresses that while technology advances in healthcare are a given, nurse education needs to catch up:
“Technology improves the practices of medicine, and nursing. It will continue to advance year after year. In order to prepare students to handle such changes, nursing education needs to evolve accordingly. Embracing these new technologies enables us to become nursing professionals who are prepared to provide the best possible patient care.”
USA TODAY in an article called, Career Advice: 4 Ways the Nursing Profession is Changing talks about the benefits of Electronic health records(EHR):
“Electronic health records (EHR) systems have become the norm, making updated patient data accessible instantly. And non-invasive diagnostic tools have started taking hold as well, changing how nurses interact with patients. Nurses need to be tech-savvy, from the latest medical technology to mobile phone apps that can help them organize their schedules and coordinate patient care.”
To reiterate the benefits of taking health records into the digital space, Elika Salimi, 3rd Year Health Scholar at HOAG Hospital states,
“I’ve seen the positive impact that having an electronic medical record system has had at HOAG hospital and the healthcare industry overall. Sharing information about patients amongst providers is easier and more efficient than ever, which directly results in optimum patient care.”
An article on The Gypsy Nurse called The Latest Trends and Technology in Nursing 2018 talks about hospitals implementing technological command centers to serve as a second set of eyes for nurses:
“Inspired by NASA, many hospitals are implementing command centers that serve as a ‘mission control’ for all of the services and functions related to patient care. Today’s nurses are finding themselves able to interact with a second set of eyes and also have help in managing daily bottlenecks.
It’s fascinating to see how technology being implemented into our industry can impact so many different levels of our industry besides directly with the patient. However, the truth we can all agree on is that despite all of the tech upgrades to the industry, tech will never come before the compassion and instinct that serves as the lifeline of the healthcare industry.
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