What Trump’s (Latest) Executive Order Means for Immigration

What Trump’s (Latest) Executive Order Means for Immigration

Immigration updates

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immigration updates

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.

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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The Year of the Healthy Nurse, in March

The Year of the Healthy Nurse, in March

Healthy Nurse

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.

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Tips for Nurses Using Social Media

Tips for Nurses Using Social Media

 

Nurses Using Social Media

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.

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5 Reasons Every Nurse Should Take Up Meditating

5 Reasons Every Nurse Should Take Up Meditating

 

Every Nurse Should Take Up Meditating

 

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

A Successful Week Here At CareerKnacks!

 

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industry-leading hospitals

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

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

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

Nurses Working in Rural Areas

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

Are You An International Registered Nurse? CareerKnacks Needs You!

Are You An International Registered Nurse? CareerKnacks Needs You!

 

international nurses from around the world

 

The increase in demand for nurses in America means that here at CareerKnacks our needs are also growing. We work closely with our American clients to find them the best international nurses we can to fill their growing need for quality Registered Nurses. As we head into 2017, we need you more than ever. If you are an international nurse that is looking for a bit of adventure and an incredible opportunity to further your career in America, we can help! And the best part is, we are a no placement fee agency! That means that you pay us nothing for your placement with one of our American clients. We have worked with nurses in dozens of countries, and have plenty of experience to walk you through the entire hiring process. Read more

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

10 New Year’s Resolutions for CareerKnacks Nurses

 

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

CareerKnacks Nurses Set to Arrive Early 2017

CareerKnacks Nurses Set to Arrive Early 2017

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

RN Wages Soar in California According to Federal Data

RN Wages Soar in California According to Federal Data

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via U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
via U.S. Department of Labor Statistics

While California is one of the most expensive states to live in, we are always thrilled when we see RN wages on the rise and that is exactly what is happening in California. While the national average salary for RNs is $71,000, those in California can expect nearer to $100,000 (depending on experience and specialty). This is good news for nurses across the country, as the knock on effect of higher wages in one state can ultimately effect salaries in other states as well.

At CareerKnacks, we love promoting the interests of all nurses and seeing their industry recognize their work is always rewarding. As we continue to grow the CareerKnacks Family, this news is very promising for what’s to come for the nursing industry in America.

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.

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.

CareerKnacks Brings You the H-1B Visa Timeline

CareerKnacks Brings You the H-1B Visa Timeline

Congratulations! You have landed a job as an RN in America. Now one big question remains: how long will it take to get my visa? While the H-1B visa process can get a bit complicated, we like to keep things simple for you. Here is an approximate idea of what you can expect from your own visa experience. 

 

CareerKnacks Brings You the NCLEX-RN®  Exam Timeline

CareerKnacks Brings You the NCLEX-RN® Exam Timeline

Here at CareerKnacks, we understand that the thought of moving to America can be overwhelming, let alone everything you need to do in order to get there. So we happily walk our clients through this process to make it as easy as possible. If you have been wondering how long the process will take to prepare for the NCLEX-RN®  Exam, check out our easy timeline for a more detailed look at the required steps. And if you have any questions, let us know! We are always happy to help.

 

Meet The Best International Recruitment Specialist We’ve Got!

Meet The Best International Recruitment Specialist We’ve Got!

Sara is very hands on with all of the nurses and is incredibly passionate about helping them find the perfect position in America. As you go through the process with StatesideRN, you will undoubtedly work with Sara, who will handle all the details of your transition with ease. Having made the big move from the UK to the US herself, she knows exactly what questions you will have about life in America and is happy to help with any questions you might have. Ladies and gentleman, meet Sara…

CareerKnacks Will Meet You At the Airport When You Arrive

CareerKnacks Will Meet You At the Airport When You Arrive

We know how intimidating it can be moving to a new country, so we do our very best to help get you settled into your new city with ease. In addition to meeting you at the airport upon your arrival, we also provide you with a complete guide to getting settled into your new home before you even arrive. This allows you to do plenty of research in advance so that you feel comfortable with your big move. And the best part is, we are just a phone call away if you have any questions along the way!

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The CareerKnacks Orientation Includes:

  • picking you up at the airport

  • assistance with obtaining a social security number

  • assistance setting up a US bank account

  • help locating permanent housing near your new job

  • resources for obtaining household goods and furniture

  • school and daycare information (if necessary)

  • information for obtaining a driver’s license in the US

  • assistance with getting a US cell phone

  • connecting you with your new employer

  • information and resources on your new city

  • connecting you with our Meetup group of international nurses

  • and so much more!

We can’t wait to help make your American dream come true!

Our Complete New Orleans Arts and Culture Guide

Our Complete New Orleans Arts and Culture Guide

When it comes to New Orleans arts and culture, you will not be disappointed. With such a rich and diverse history, there really is something for everyone here. From festivals and museums, to theaters and one-of-a-kind music offerings, you will want to see and do it all. Each and every neighborhood stands alone and is worthy of your time. We recommend picking one at a time and truly enjoying and exploring all that it has to offer before you move onto the next. 

New Orleans Arts and Culture
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Museums

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The Historic New Orleans Collection
National World War II Museum
New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture & History
Madame John’s Legacy
The Cabildo
New Orleans Museum of Art
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Contemporary Arts Center
Newcomb Art Museum

Festivals

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Mardi Gras
Soul Fest
French Quarter Festival
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo
Cajun & Zydeco Festival
Essence Music Festival
Satchmo Summer Festival
Crescent City Blues & BBQ
Voodoo Music Experience
Congo Square Rhythms Festival
Buku Music and Art Project
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
Oyster Festival
French Market Creole Tomato Festival
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls)
Tales of the Cocktail
COOLinary New Orleans
Louisiana Seafood Festival
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
New Orleans Film Festival
New Orleans Literary Festival
Words and Music
Shakespeare Festival
Whitney White Linen Night
Dirty Linen Night
Art for Arts’ Sake

Performance Art

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The New Orleans Opera Association
New Orleans Ballet Association
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Southern Repertory Theater

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Nursing Visa Bulletin – July 2016

U.S. Nursing Visa Bulletin – July 2016

The U.S. State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for July 2016. For your convenience you can download by clicking HERE. Please let us know if you have any questions about the Visa process, we are happy to help make your dream of moving to America come true.

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