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!


Anyone working in the healthcare industry is in healthcare because they truly have a passion for taking care of people and ensuring their wellbeing. Whether you are working directly with the patient or behind the scenes of it all, every moving part of a hospital is a major contribution in doing so. In the plentiful amount of medical specializations, roles and departments out there you will find a very crucial component in ensuring and promoting safety in every hospital, specifically in surgical procedures. These awesome members of the healthcare world are called Sterile Processing Technicians. Sterile Processing Technicians may wear scrubs, but they should be wearing superhero capes because they are superheroes to patients and medical professionals alike!

What Does a Sterile Processing Technician Do?

So, what exactly is a Sterile Processing Technician? Sterile Processing Technicians work behind the scenes in achieving one main goal: Ensuring that all doctors and patients are safe when medical instruments are in-play. Sterile techs carry out this important function by running the intensive process of sanitizing and sterilizing the medical instruments for all medical professionals to use in patient-care. You can imagine how important this process is in the avoidance of infections and transferable diseases.

“Working in a hospital, things can change very quickly and the smooth running of my department is crucial to keeping operations running on time. Communication is key and there’s no room for mistakes – sometimes it really can be a case of life and death!” – Sterile Processing Technician, Gemma Gatchaliam

What Is the Process?

A sterile processing tech begins the sterilization process by manually deep cleaning instruments prior to moving the instruments into professional sterilizer machines, such as autoclaves. These sterilizing machines then blast high-pressure steam that destroy any and all present germs and microbes. After the machine has done its job and finished a set, the sterile tech then stores the tools away for cooling, which takes longer than one would think! Once cooled, the instruments are then ready for assembly and packaging, so that the equipment remains sanitized and ready-for-use. Sterile Processing Technicians also deliver and arrange the sanitized tools needed for a procedure, so that when the time comes, medical professionals are equipped to get started.

Alongside this extensive process, sterile techs also take inventory of medical equipment to ensure everything is accounted for, examine all equipment for defects and/or damage and run testing on autoclaves.

How to Become a Certified Sterile Processing Technician

Becoming a Certified Sterile Processing Technician sounds pretty awesome, right? The requirements of becoming a sterile tech require that you have earned a Highschool Diploma or equivalent, as well as completed certification courses that can be taken at a local community college or trade school. You will then want to earn certification through either the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) or the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). The meat of the requirements for the sterile tech role is hands-on experience in a hospital. Typically, certification programs give you that hands-on experience in addition to your studying, so that you can more easily find a sterile tech job after certification. Otherwise, having a few years under your belt will greatly benefit you in future opportunities.


Here at KPG Healthcare, we have access to many Sterile Processing Technician opportunities and can help you easily find employment in no time! If you have recently finished the requirements of becoming a sterile processing tech or are already one and are looking for a new opportunity, head to our job board and reach out to a KPG recruiter who can answer all of your questions!

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The KPG Healthcare Team

KPG Healthcare, a leading recruitment and staffing firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Irma Park as Vice President of Strategic Accounts. 

Park brings over 20 years of healthcare staffing industry experience in business development and enterprise account management focusing extensively on the healthcare VMS/MSP sector.

As Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Irma will lead new initiatives to strengthen and expand KPG Healthcare’s relationships and business opportunities with strategic partners. “Irma is a seasoned leader whose expertise and strong relationships in the healthcare industry will further enhance KPG’s visibility and growth,” said Joe Gossman, President. “We are delighted to welcome Irma to our outstanding team.”

About KPG Healthcare,

KPG Healthcare, based in El Segundo, CA, is a full-service healthcare staffing company that recruits and places registered nurses, allied professionals, and physician providers in temporary and permanent assignments throughout the country. Intently focused on delivering exceptional service in every placement and over the long term, KPG has built the best relationships in the industry.  Since its founding in 2011, KPG Healthcare continually has been certified by the Joint Commission, and in 2016 and 2017 was on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies. To learn more about KPG Healthcare, visit our website at