The most important thing for us here at CareerKnacks is our CK family, and we love to make sure they are settling in and enjoying their new lives here in America. So our fearless leader, Lisa headed off this week to visit some of our Philippine Nurses in New Orleans, and show them a great time. The Cajun restaurant (complete with original Cajun music!) was a big hit with everyone. The bread pudding was a crowd favorite and Lisa had a really great time chatting with everyone and getting to know everyone even better.
We look forward to spending more time together soon and to growing this CareerKnacks family of ours! Will you be the next member of our family?
For the last 25 years, CareerKnacks has placed our share of nurses from Saudi Arabia in their dream jobs here in America. So for April we thought we would share a popular dish from the country to inspire you to try it out this weekend. Kabsa is often touted as a favorite of the locals in Saudi and we have to admit, we are really interested in trying it out ourselves! [Recipe adapted from All Recipes.]
With stress at least partially credited with dozens of illnesses, it is no surprise that the American Nurses Association has made this a point of focus with their Year of the Healthy Nurse campaign. Stress is one of the most difficult issues nurses face in the workplace and can be difficult to leave at work when you head home every day. Finding ways to relieve, if not avoid unnecessary stress is critical to maintaining optimal health and is the focus for our April health post.
To help get you started we are sharing five ways to put this into action for a healthier YOU!
The April 2017 Visa Bulletin shows some movement forward for the employment-based categories. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the “Final Action Dates” chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status applications. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses) moved forward by six months (from March 15, 2012 to September 15, 2012), so that anyone in that category with a September 15, 2012 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS received an individual’s I-140 Petition.
With the passing of the Brexit referendum, the number of EU nurses registering in the UK has dropped by a whopping 92% since last June. This news is made even worse by the release of data showing that 68% of currently employed EU nurses in the UK have also left the health service. While this leaves the UK with a huge gap in available nursing positions, it also means that a record number of nurses from the EU are now facing an uncertain future.
.Since we are always looking out for our CareerKnacks family of nurses, we wanted to share a really great graphic from Asian Journal on knowing your rights when it comes to immigration. Since it can be intimidating to be questioned in any way about your status, having a resource like this to refer to can really help to feel prepared if you find yourself in a difficult situation. For more information, had to their website to read the full article (and don’t forget to bookmark this graphic!). Although something like this is unlikely to happen, it is better to be safe and know in advance what your rights are.
Fueled by passion for helping our nurses and a healthy dose of coffee and chocolate biscuits, our recruiters are the best in the business. They spend their days staying on top of every last detail, deadline, and paperwork needed to ensure our nurses flow through the process as seamlessly as possible. Their dedication is what helps set CareerKnacks apart from the competition and one of the biggest reasons we are proud to be a NO FEE AGENCY! We wanted to share a little sneak peek behind the scenes of what a typical day looks like for our (rock star) recruiters! Read more →
If there is one thing we are passionate about here at CareerKnacks, it’s this. That our CareerKnacks family or nurses has the best of everything and a chance to thrive in their careers. That is why we work so hard to partner with hospitals that want the same for their employees. Career development is a big part of continued success in any job and we like to share tips and tricks that we come across whenever possible. Whether you are new to the field of nursing or have been practicing for decades, it is always a good idea to continue to improve your skills and the network you surround yourself with. Read more →
After the last one one was shot down in court, President Trump has issued yet another Executive Order this week regarding immigration. Six countries are affected by the latest order, including Iran, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Syria. It states that individuals from these countries that do not currently have a valid visa are not eligible to travel to the U.S. for a period of 90 days.
It is important to note that the Executive Order does not apply to green card holders, dual nationals, any visas valid on or before the date of the order, diplomatic visas, and those who have been granted asylum or refugee status before the order goes into effect.
The Executive Order will go into effect on March 16, 2017 pending any further litigation.
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.
For the last 25 years, CareerKnacks has placed our share of Filipino nurses in their dream jobs here in America. So for March we thought we would share a popular dish from the Philippines to inspire you to try it out this weekend. While Spanish in origin, Ilocos empanadas are frequently found in street markets across the country. (side note: the atsuete oil gives them the vibrant orange color!)
With the importance of health and wellness being such a critical part of a nurses treatment outcomes with patients, it’s no surprise that they often forget about their own health. The American Nurses Association has declared 2017 the Year of the Healthy Nurse, and we are jumping on board to help promote it. As you know, we value our CareerKnacks family of nurses above all else and want to see you all thrive in 2017. So each month we will be sharing specific ways to put your health first, keeping the health topic in mind that the ANA has laid out for each month.
Since March is Nutrition, we are sharing five ways to put this into action right now.
The ANCC Magnet Recognition is viewed worldwide as the ‘ultimate seal of quality and confidence,’ that equates to superior nursing processes, quality patient care, and the highest levels of safety, quality, and patient satisfaction. The journey to receiving this designation is a detailed and lengthy process that allows for opportunities for organizational advancement, team building, and enhancement of individual professional self esteem. CareerKnacks is thrilled to work with hospitals of this caliber, placing our family of nurses in the best possible hands for advancing their careers. Read more →
The March 2017 Visa Bulletin shows some movement forward for the employment-based categories. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the “Final Action Dates” chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status applications. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Read more →
For 2017, there is a big emphasis on keeping our nurses healthy and we couldn’t be happier to get on board. The American Nurses Association is championing this effort in more ways than one, and their Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation initiative is the perfect way to do just that. They offer numerous resources for nurses to stay healthy and fit, regardless of what needs they may have. Here are a few words straight from the ANA:
“ANA defines a healthy nurse as one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal and professional well-being. A healthy nurse lives life to the fullest capacity, across the wellness/illness continuum, as they become stronger role models, advocates, and educators, personally, for their families, their communities and work environments, and ultimately for their patients.Read more →
With social media use on the rise, and no signs of it letting up any time soon, it is important for us all to think of it in terms of our professional needs. For nurses, the use of social media can be used in so many capacities beyond the usual photo sharing with family and friends. Whether they are interested in writing/posting themselves, as subject matter experts, or whether they are more interested in learning from others social media can be a valuable tool. It is always recommended to ensure that information is gathered from reputable sources and those with the knowledge you are seeking before trusting the information.
The American Nurses Association came up with 6 principles for nurses using social media, as well as 6 mistakes to avoid and we wanted to make sure and share their suggestions with all of you.
We all know that stress is high for the majority of nurses, who often work long hours, a variety of shifts, and are giving everything they have to look after their patients. But like with any job, nurses have their own worries and struggles which can lead to feeling overwhelmed when tending to patients and their unique needs. Staying relaxed, calm and happy are all keys to being successful at work, and since we are always looking out for our nurses this is a priority for us, too. Along with eating well and getting regular exercise, meditating can be a great way to unwind and reset when you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Read more →
If there is one thing we pride ourselves on here at CareerKnacks it’s finding the right partners in the hospitals we serve. As an international nurse recruiter, when we work with international nurses we want to make sure that their American dream comes true in every way possible. The first priority is finding them positions with hospitals we know and trust. This past week CareerKnacks was at the 30th Annual Rural Healthcare Leadership Conference in Arizona, meeting with some really great hospital administrators on behalf of our great network on nurses. Read more →
Today, we are sharing an update on the Trump travel ban, straight from our go-to immigration experts at Green and Spiegel. Head to their website to read the complete update.
Last week we reported that President Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” that ceased visa issuance and admissions to nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for at least 90 days. Since that time, several important court actions have taken place, most notably that the states of Washington and Minnesota filed suit to challenge the Executive Order. Suits filed against the government appear to be initially successful, although the applicability of the order remains fluid given pending appellate review.Read more →
Also commonly referred to as a “fry-up,” this popular morning meal rose in popularity during the Victorian era throughout the British Isles. While not the type of breakfast one would indulge in every single morning, a full English breakfast is one of those meals that reminds us of England. It is also one of the most popular and recognizable British dishes abroad.
To create your own full English, here are the details:Read more →