5 Qualities That Make A Great Nurse

5 Qualities That Make A Great Nurse

What makes a Great Nurse?

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There are so many requirements put on our nurses, with long shifts, additional responsibilities, and being short-staffed it’s surprising to us mortals that they can handle it all. Nurses need to have a special combination of skills to excel at their jobs, and it’s what makes us admire them that much more. On the one hand they need to be quick on their feet (figuratively and literally!), have a high level of professionalism and excellent communication skills. And on the other, they need to have empathy for their patients, stamina, and a solid sense of humor. That’s why we love the recent post from Minority Nurse about the skills that set the great nurses apart from the rest. We are sharing five great qualities, but head to Minority Nurse to continue reading.

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5 Qualities That Make Great Nurses

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How Nurses Are Working in Rural Areas to Improve Care for Veterans

How Nurses Are Working in Rural Areas to Improve Care for Veterans

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Veteran healthcare seems to regularly be shrouded in controversy, but an often overshadowed related topic is veteran care in more rural areas. With nearly one quarter of all veterans residing in rural locations, it is more critical than ever to establish ways in which our healthcare systems can meet their unique needs.

With an aging number of veterans in need of medical care, and many that live a great distance from VA facilities these are very pressing topics for our healthcare industry. It is estimated that roughly half of all veterans who live in these more rural areas are not enrolled in the VA healthcare system. Read more

The Benefits to Urban Nursing Opportunities

The Benefits to Urban Nursing Opportunities

The Urban Nursing Shortage in the US

It’s no surprise that the nursing shortage in America is growing at a rapid pace, and determining which is the best fit for you is one of the most important factors to consider when starting the recruitment process. CareerKnacks specializes in both urban and rural RN opportunities with our American clients and we are happy to help you determine which is the best fit for you and your career. There are some great benefits to both urban and rural nursing opportunities, here we will share the benefits to urban nursing but if you are interested in a rural opportunity we’ve got you covered.

As our nurses are coming from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, your needs and expectations will differ. If you have any questions for us as to what is the better option for you, let us know. We are happy to help guide you. In the meantime, check out 5 benefits to urban nursing opportunities below.

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Have You Scheduled Your Interview With CareerKnacks, Yet?

Have You Scheduled Your Interview With CareerKnacks, Yet?

Schedule Your Interview With CareerKnacks

Now Hiring RNs

2017 is going to be a big year for CareerKnacks, as we expect to welcome a lot of new nurses to America. Will you be one of them? We are working hard to connect as many qualified nurses with our U.S. clients as we can, all in an effort to do our part to alleviate the nursing shortage crisis. If you think your experience and skill-set might be enough to establish a career in the U.S. feel free to get in touch. We are happy to review your qualifications and experience to determine if you would be a good fit for one of our open positions. Or you can apply directly here.

The need for registered nurses spans a variety of specialties, so there are plenty of available opportunities.

 

For more information on preparing for your international interview, check out our top interview tips and the CareerKnacks interview process.

 

The Benefits to Rural Nursing Opportunities

The Benefits to Rural Nursing Opportunities

 

It’s no surprise that the nursing shortage in America is growing at a rapid pace, but it seems to be the rural facilities that are suffering the most. CareerKnacks specializes in both urban and rural RN opportunities and we are happy to help you determine which is the best fit for you and your career. While the urban opportunities may sound like the better career move, there are some incredible benefits to working in a rural setting.

As our nurses are coming from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, your needs and expectations will differ. If you have any questions for us as to what is the better option for you, let us know. We are happy to help guide you. In the meantime, check out 10 benefits to rural nursing opportunities below. Read more

Income for Advanced Practice Nurses is on the Rise

Income for Advanced Practice Nurses is on the Rise

According to the 2016 Medscape APRN Salary Report, wages for advanced practice registered nurses rose an average of 2.8% to $109,000. That’s $31,000 more than the average for registered nurses in 2015. Among the highest earners were certified registered nurse anesthetists, who took home an average of $176,000, while clinical nurse specialists were on the lower end at $95,000. Read more

The CareerKnacks Interview Process, Explained

The CareerKnacks Interview Process, Explained

 

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One of the most commonly asked questions of us here at CareerKnacks, is what the interview process will be like for nurses wishing to further their career in America. Will it be a quick process? How many interviews will there be? How long will it take to get a job offer? We decided to pull back the curtain on what our process really looks like. This will help you know what to expect when trusting CareerKnacks with the honor of guiding you through this process and into a job that you love here in the U.S.

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What the Rising Nurse Shortage Means for International Nurses

What the Rising Nurse Shortage Means for International Nurses

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The nursing shortage in America continues to cause concerns for healthcare facilities and it looks like the shortage is set to worsen in the coming years. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of RNs will grow 16% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for other occupations. Since the education system for nurses is unable to keep up with the pace of the growing demand, the opportunities for international nurses continues to rise. Our hope is that the visa process gets easier, more abundant and further streamlined to accommodate this growing need. Read more

RN Salary Report 2016

RN Salary Report 2016

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The latest 2016 RN Salary Report breaks down average salaries by region of the United States. And while it may seem more appealing to live in the areas with higher salaries, it is good to be aware of the cost of living in those regions. California offers the highest wages, but the cost of living is also considerably higher than the north central or southeastern states. CareerKnacks is well versed in this area, so don’t panic if you aren’t sure of the costs that will come with living in different areas of the U.S. We will walk you through the entire process.

FAQ – What You Need to Score on the IELTS

FAQ – What You Need to Score on the IELTS


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If you are interested in moving abroad to further your nursing career in America, one of the most important factors is your proficiency of the English language. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the way to fulfill the language requirement of working in the United States as a nurse. The test involves four different sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.  The IELTS website offers some great suggestions on how to prepare for the test.
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All nurses wishing to work in America will need to take the Academic module and will need to score 6.5 overall, and 7 in the speaking section. This score is necessary in order to be issued your Visascreen certificate, which is necessary for immigration purposes. The IELTS exam is also required by some of the U.S. nursing boards before international nurses can be licensed in that state.

If you have any additional questions not covered here about the IELTS, Visascreen Certificate or anything having to do with furthering your nursing career in America, please let us know. We are always here to help guide you through this process.

ALL Nursing Specialties In Demand in America

ALL Nursing Specialties In Demand in America

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With nursing being one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country, our role in international recruitment has never been more important. With more than 1 million nurses needed over the next ten years, the fact is that nurses in all specialties are invaluable in America right now.
CareerKnacks has a variety of opportunities for furthering your nursing career in the U.S., but it really depends on the needs of the hospital/facility you are interested in, but in general all nursing specialties are equally in demand in the U.S.
If you think your experience and skill-set might be enough to establish a career in the U.S. feel free to get in touch. We are happy to review your qualifications and experience to determine if you would be a good fit for one of our open positions. Or you can apply directly here.
Minorities in the Nursing Industry are on the Rise

Minorities in the Nursing Industry are on the Rise

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.Over the last decade, the number of minorities employed in the nursing industry has been on the rise. While not quite the representation matching minorities that make up the U.S. population, it is still promising to see these numbers on the rise.

From 2000 to 2015 the total number of minorities in the nursing industry has risen more than 16 percent. At the student level, minorities make up nearly 30 percent of students in all program levels. Read more

Our Best Tips for Starting A New Nursing Job

Our Best Tips for Starting A New Nursing Job

 

Leaving familiar surroundings and people to enter unknown territory can be scary, especially when it comes to your career. Leaving a job where you know the facilities, the norms and the other employees to go to a place where you have to learn these things all over again can make a job transition seem unappealing. However in many situations a job change has more benefits than it does downfalls. In most instances a job transition is the result of pursuing a promising career opportunity. Here at CareerKnacks we are offering the nurses we recruit a new and exciting path for their career, but if you’re nervous don’t worry — here is a list of tips that will help make the transition into your new job as smooth and easy as possible.

Take advantage of your orientation — Ask every question that pops into your head and write everything down in a notepad. Being actively engaged at your orientation will not only help you get to know your new job, but it will help you appear excited and ambitious.

Rely on your mentor — Go to your mentor or other nurses with any uncertainties you might have. It is their job to show you the ropes and help get you feeling comfortable.

Get to know your coworkers — As a nurse, your coworkers are your teammates. It’s important to get to know them so that even the most difficult situations run as smoothly as possible. They are the only other people who know exactly what you’re experiencing at work, so use that connection for support.

Be teachable — Don’t be afraid to ask questions and always be open to constructive criticism and advice.

Stay positive and be confident — Being in a new place can make you feel like you suddenly don’t know anything, but remind yourself of what you’ve accomplished so far and give yourself the credit you deserve. Your new coworkers might even learn a new thing or two from you.

Recharge your batteries — Always make time to relax. Being a nurse is a stressful job, there is no doubt about it. Taking some “you” time will make you a better nurse overall.

Give your new job a fair chance — Before you get too frustrated or scared that you made a poor decision, remind yourself that it will take some time to get accustomed to this new position. Think back to your old job that you were so comfortable in and remember that you were once the new kid there too.

Check out these tips at NurseTogether.com for more advice on transitioning into your new nursing job.

How to Reduce Stress At Work For Better Performance

How to Reduce Stress At Work For Better Performance

 

Nurses tend to have jam-packed, and often stressful, schedules consisting of late nights, early mornings and 12-hour shifts. Getting accustomed to a new country, a new job and a new time zone all while working around a crazy schedule are contributing factors to the stress you might be feeling. Balancing your home life, work life, and social life may seem impossible. At CareerKnacks we want you to enjoy this new adventure in a stress-free way. Below are some stress-reduction tips to help ease your hectic schedule.

Make a list — Creating a prioritized “to do” list will make you feel tremendously more organized. Write down a list of all the things you have to do, work-related and not, then put them in order of importance. Check off one item at a time. Don’t do the following item until the one before it is complete. Focusing on one task at a time instead of the mountain of tasks as a whole will make things feel less overwhelming.

Take a breather — Nursing jobs can be very intense work. It might seem like everything needs to be done quickly, but if you begin feeling too pressured it can result in sloppy work. The shifts are long and the work can require you to be very focused, because of this five minute breaks can be crucial. Take a lap around the building or step into the break room and take a moment to breathe.

Use your team for emotional support — Your coworkers are the only people who truly understand what it’s like to have the stress that you do. Use your teammates as an emotional support system. Whether you need to vent to someone or you just need to share a laugh remember that you have people who are in the same place you are.

Maintain a healthy personal life — As much focus as you put on your patient’s health, put the same amount on yours. It’s incredibly important to remember to exercise, eat well, sleep plenty, stay social and maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of work. Your work life will only be successful if your personal life remains in check also.

Cut yourself some slack — You’re going to make mistakes. In the nursing industry, where the work is so intense, it’s really easy to hold yourself to extremely high standards. Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and, most importantly, that you’re only human.

To read about some other stress-reduction techniques for nursing professionals check out the list courtesy of HealthLeadersMedia.com and NursingWorld.org.

Changes to the Texas Board of Nursing Endorsement License Process

Changes to the Texas Board of Nursing Endorsement License Process

 

You may have noticed some news the past few weeks with regard to the Texas Board of Nursing endorsement license process. The notable changes include the following:

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Up until June 16th, 2016 the Texas Board of Nursing has permitted nurses without an active license in another US state to endorse into their state.  This was a great licensing solution for nurses who possessed a California NCLEX pass letter, but who could not obtain a physical license without a social security number.  The Texas Board of Nursing will honor the applications they received before June 6th, 2016, but if your application for endorsement expires you will not be permitted to continue.

CareerKnacks is always seeking solutions to these problems, so if you are stuck in the process or need some advice please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you in any way that we can.

Tips to Rock Your International Interviews

Tips to Rock Your International Interviews

We understand that looking for a job overseas can be both exciting and intimidating, especially when it comes to the interviewing process, which often times is over the phone and/or Skype. Here at CareerKnacks we want help this exciting journey go as smoothly as possible, including helping you to feel confident and comfortable during an international interview. Below we have researched and compiled a list of tips that will help your interview be a success.

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Tips for an overseas interview:

  • Although you are interviewing internationally, it’s important to remember basic interview guidelines such as; dress appropriately and professionally, research the company’s history, prepare conversation-provoking questions, and arrive ahead of schedule.
  • It is also wise to research the country’s cultural etiquette. Basic mannerisms and social cues typically differ with each country. From attire to greetings and salutations, your attempt to understand and embrace the culture of the company you’re applying to work for will show that you are willing and prepared to acclimate to a new environment.  
  • Breaking the language barrier is fundamental in an international interview. You must be able to proficiently speak the language of the country to which you will be moving to.

It is not uncommon that an international interview be conducted via a Skype video call or a phone call and there are a couple of really important things to remember when having a professional conversation that isn’t face-to-face.  

Tips for a video call (Skye or WebEx) interview:

  • Make sure you’re dressed professionally and appropriately despite not meeting in person. In a video interview, the interviewer is still likely to see you from the chest up and you want to look presentable.
  • Make sure the background of your video call is clean and quiet. The interviewer will be able to see the room you’re in and you don’t want any noises that might disrupt the conversation or make it difficult to hear.
  • Make sure there is nothing in the room that might distract you during the interview. Keep your eyes on the screen and stay aware of your body language. Because you’re lacking the in-person connection, it’s important to emphasize that you are engaged with your body.
  • Speaking over video chat can sometimes feel awkward and unnatural. Practice with a friend before the actual interview so you can become more comfortable with the camera. This also gives you a chance to mess with your equipment as to avoid technical glitches during the actual interview.

Tips for a phone interview: 

  • It’s important to remember that a phone interview is to be taken just as seriously as a face-to-face meeting. Just because you have the advantage of being behind a phone, doesn’t mean that there is any less preparation involved. Get up early, get out of your pajamas and do some last minute preparation.
  • It’s best to find a desk or a table to sit down at while you talk. Pacing may make you sound like you’re doing something other than paying attention to the interview and also runs the risk of something distracting you.
  • It’s very important to speak slowly and enunciate. It can sometimes be difficult to understand people over the phone, so just make sure you’re giving the interviewer the best possible communication from your end.
  • When speaking on the phone make sure you give verbal signs that you’re still there and actively listening. A gentle “mhm” in appropriate places of the conversation typically works well to show that you are paying close attention.
  • Just as in a video call, it’s important to make sure there are no distractions in your environment that will take your attention away from the interview.

For other resources on how to rock an international interview check out the following links:

Expats Moving and Relocation Guide

Live Career — International Job Interview

Forbes — 7 Tips to Nail a Skype Interview

The Interview Guys — 8 Phone Interview Tips

What is a Magnet Hospital?

What is a Magnet Hospital?

 

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At CareerKnacks we are excited to place a number of the nurses that we bring to the United States in a Magnet Hospital. What is a Magnet Hospital? A hospital that has achieved Magnet Designation is a hospital that has been recognized and awarded for outstanding quality of care for its patients. The Magnet Designation is the highest ranking award that a hospital can receive. The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, with only 6% of hospitals in the nation have been awarded Magnet Designation. The status of “Magnet Hospital” can be used as a benchmark for potential patients and employees alike. Patients checking into a Magnet hospital can rest assured that they will receive the best quality of care, and nurses taking jobs at a Magnet Hospital are entering into a work environment where they will be encouraged to flourish and sharpen their skills as professionals. Nurses working at Magnet Hospitals have reported higher rates of job satisfaction. 

According to the UC Davis Medical Center, here are some of the benefits that come with being a nurse at a Magnet Hospital:  

Benefits for Nurses Working at a Magnet Hospital:

  • A culture that focuses on improving patient outcomes
  • Professional growth and development by educational opportunities and support
  • A structure that encourages decision making at the bedside over clinical issues
  • High job satisfaction
  • An environment that recognizes and rewards competence
  • Low turnover and vacancy rates
  • Focus on professional autonomy
  • Enhances interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Professional growth opportunities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Opportunity to practice professional nursing with strong interdisciplinary teamwork that supports autonomous practice of nursing
  • A culture that supports you to be the best nurse you can be

For more information on the Magnet Designation and what it means to be a Magnet Hospital check out this FAQ page on the UC Davis Medical Center’s website.

Facebook Group for CareerKnacks Nurses – invite only

Facebook Group for CareerKnacks Nurses – invite only

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With any international move, comes plenty of questions. So when it comes time to consider your move to the United States, we do our very best to ensure that you are prepared. What is the language like? Is it easy to transition to American customs? Will I be able to drive there? The ability to connect with others who have done the move before you is the best way to settle your nerves and arrive in your new home town as prepared as possible.

We decided to set up an exclusive CareerKnacks Nurses Facebook Group where all of our nurses can connect and share information, give advice, and just build a community. You may even find other nurses that are located in the same town, at the same hospital that you will be going to. Built-in friends!

We will also be adding frequently-asked-question guides, area information, resources, and more to support you with your big move to America. And, as always we are always here to answer any questions that you might have. So don’t hesitate to contact us directly!

 

The CareerKnacks Guide to the Algiers Neighborhood in New Orleans

The CareerKnacks Guide to the Algiers Neighborhood in New Orleans

New Orleans Neighborhood Guide
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When it comes to neighborhoods in New Orleans, it just makes sense to start with one of the city’s oldest and most charming: Algiers. A short ferry ride will give you the kind of escape that can rarely be found in a city as vibrant as New Orleans. Community parks, Victorian cottages, the Jazz Walk of Fame, glass-blowing studios, a variety of bed and breakfasts, and more than three miles of riverfront for all of your outdoor adventures. This is just a sampling of what you will find in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood. 

Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in all of New Orleans, you would have once found six ferries running back and forth to New Orleans, with some capable of carrying railroad cars and livestock. The transition from industrial to an area so well-known as the place to go for dancing and music may seem impossible but that is just what happened here. In the early 1900s there were more than 35 dance and music halls here, playing host to some of the city’s most legendary musicians.

So what draws residents to this charming neighborhood? Well, for starters we like to think the bohemian vibe and the stark contrast to the often busy streets that New Orleans is so well known for. While the bustle may be what draws you for a visit to New Orleans, living amongst it can prove to be a nuisance for some, and Algiers is the perfect getaway just across the river. The English pubs, historic bars, and riverside cafes certainly don’t hurt either. 

Overall this great neighborhood is worth a few hours of your time spent exploring and stepping back in time to the beginning of the great city of New Orleans. We hope you will visit and can’t wait to hear what you think of the area.

Our London Hiring Event Was A Huge Success!

Our London Hiring Event Was A Huge Success!

We really enjoyed meeting everyone that came out to our hiring event in London last week! We had three jam-packed days meeting really great candidates, and we can’t wait to help so many of you realize your American dream with StatesideRN! If you weren’t able to make it to our event, but are still interested in pursuing your nursing career in the U.S., submit your resume HERE and we will be in touch very soon!

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