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.]
.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
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
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
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
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.
- Limit the amount of added sugar in your diet.
- Wear a health tracker and aim to get at least 10,000 steps per day.
- If you smoke, start a program that will help you quit.
- Get adequate (and quality!) sleep.
- Start tracking the amount of sodium in your diet. Follow your doctor’s recommendation for how much you should have.
Follow along with us throughout 2017 for more tips on how to make this the Year of the Healthy Nurse! Read more
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 February 2017 Visa Bulletin shows slight movement forward for the employment-based categories. As in January, USCIS has indicated that the “Final Action Dates” chart (shown below) must be used this month for filing applications for adjustment of status. This means that anyone who was eligible to submit an adjustment application in January will remain eligible to do so in February. The Final Action Dates (which indicate visa number availability) for the employment-based categories mostly moved forward by a few weeks or months. For instance, the 2nd preference Philippines category moved forward three months (from July 22, 2011 to October 15, 2011), so that anyone in that category with an October 15, 2011 priority date* or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status application with USCIS. *For employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS received an individual’s I-140 Petition.
“Final Action Dates” Chart for Employment-Based Applicants Read more
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
With the new year right around the corner, many of us will find ourselves filling our journals with good intentions for 2017. And while many of those will be repeated resolutions from years past, mostly personal, it is important to also set a few goals for your professional life. It is important to set yourself up for success by following a few basic rules when setting any intentions, to avoid giving up after just a few short weeks.
Be sure to set small, attainable goals that you can easily track, and be specific! For instance, rather than say that you want to get promoted, perhaps add a few specific goals that are required for the next career level you seek. If you are stuck with where to even start with your professional resolutions for 2017, we have created a short list to get you started. Read more
For the past several months, CareerKnacks has been working hard behind the scenes to get everything squared away for the first nurses of 2017 to arrive in America to begin their new jobs. And we are delighted to have their arrival dates set for late January. In addition to planning every detail for our nurses, we are also planning our own travel to greet everyone when they arrive at the airport in the U.S. This is one of our favorite parts of the entire recruitment process. We get to finally meet our CareerKnacks nurses face to face, after many shared emails and phone calls, and welcome them to their new home and the CareerKnacks family with a warm hug. Read more
We have all heard about the benefits that come from being more grateful: boosted immune system, lower blood pressure, and increased happiness. And as a new year is dawning, many will be looking for positive ways to make a difference in 2017. But what does the power of gratitude mean for our nurses and other caregivers? Well, a simple little thing like gratitude has been shown to impact the quality of patient care as well as the caregiver’s own well being. The thought that gratitude can have a dramatic impact on patient outcomes is astounding and is the reason for a powerful program that works hard to honor our nurses. Read more
Following the general election last month, the American Nurses Association has sent an open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump. In it, members of the nation’s most trusted profession make a plea to keep several components of the Affordable Care Act intact, including access to a standard package of essential health care services.
This standard package should include access to comprehensive services, including mental health services, ability for children to remain on their parents insurance until the age of 26, the expansion of medicaid, and protection from the denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. Read more
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
When moving to a new country it is nearly impossible to prepare yourself for every change you will encounter in your new home, no matter how much research you do. But when you type coffee culture into Google, there is a good reason why there are full websites dedicated to the topic. Americans are serious about their coffee. And we aren’t just talking about a hot cup of jo here. Coffee fanatics consider the roast, the body, and the preparation in order to concoct their perfect cup. Many have even taken to roasting their own coffee beans to get the flavor just right. Read more
Since we are always on the lookout for any information that might make the transition to the United States easier for our CareerKnacks nurses, we wanted to share a great guide that the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services department has put together. With over 100 pages, it really covers the bases for educating immigrants who are new to the country and we wanted to share a few sections that really stood out to us. Click here for the full Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants brochure. Read more
It is no surprise to learn that social media is becoming a larger component of our lives these days. With businesses relying more and more on forward-thinking business practices, it is more important than ever to think about the career possibilities that come along with social media. Whether you are fresh out of nursing school or are a seasoned professional, there are some best practices to keep in mind when with social media when it comes to your career. We are sharing five best practices for all of our nursing family today. Read more
At CareerKnacks, we value our clients and want what is best for them. This is why we come to work each and every day. For the past 25 years we have been creating the CareerKnacks family and we are grateful for their kind words. Because if our clients are happy, that means we did our job.
Today is World AIDS Day, so in honor of all the great work being done by organizations all across the globe, we are sharing a few ways that you can help support this great cause. We know that so many wonderful nurses around the world care for those suffering from this awful disease and we are so grateful for each and every one of you. #HIVprevention #WorldAIDSday
- Elton John AIDS Foundation
- The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation