CareerKnacks: International Recipe Party

CareerKnacks: International Recipe Party

Philippine Ilocos Empanadas

 philippine Ilocos empanadas

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!)

RECIPE:

For the Dough:

  • 1/2 + 1/4 cup mochiko rice flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp atsuete oil
  • salt

For the Filling: Read more

The Year of the Healthy Nurse, in March

The Year of the Healthy Nurse, in March

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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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Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™

Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™

 

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Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation

 

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

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.

6 Principles for Nurses Social Networking: Read more

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

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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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

The Power of the Gratitude On Nurses With the Honor-A-Nurse Program

The Power of the Gratitude On Nurses With the Honor-A-Nurse Program

 

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

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

CareerKnacks Breaks Down All of Your Questions on the VisaScreen Certificate

CareerKnacks Breaks Down All of Your Questions on the VisaScreen Certificate

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For any nurses wishing to move to America, there is a requirement to go through a specific screening process in order to get an occupational visa. This includes an assessment of the nurse’s education, validation or healthcare licenses and degrees, an English language proficiency exam, and verification that the nurse has passed the CGFNS Qualifying Exam® or the NCLEX-RN®.

Registered Nurses must have completed a secondary school education, separate from their nursing degree, graduated from a government-approved, two-year general nursing program at least two years in length, and received a minimum number of theoretical instruction hours and clinical practice hours in each of the following – nursing care of the adult (which includes both medical and surgical nursing) – maternal/infant nursing (excluding gynecology) – nursing care of children (pediatrics) – psychiatric/mental health nursing (excluding neurology).

CareerKnacks has plenty of experience in this area and we walk all of our nurses through each step of the process. For more information, head right this way. Or get in touch and we can help answer all of your questions.

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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.

The Latest Visa Bulletin Brings More Good News

The Latest Visa Bulletin Brings More Good News


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If you find yourself confused the all of the legal jargon surrounding U.S. Visas, you are not alone. That is why staying current on the latest visa news is our job. And with more than 25 years of experience, you can rest assured that we are looking out for you. The November 2016 update came out today and it looks like the priority dates have jumped forward again. We love seeing this as it just means you could be arriving in the U.S. even sooner than you thought to begin your brand new career in America.

We are currently in the process of bringing TEN nurses over for placement with a really great hospital and knowing the visa process inside and out has proved invaluable to both the hospital and the nurses. If you find yourself with questions about U.S. Visas, feel free to let us know. We are always happy to answer your questions.

4 Ways CareerKnacks Can Provide You With Licensing Assistance

4 Ways CareerKnacks Can Provide You With Licensing Assistance

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We get a lot of questions surrounding licensing requirements to becoming a nurse in the U.S. and have used our 25 years of experience to create four programs to suit your individual needs: the NCLEX-RN® Assistance Program, NCLEX-RN® Endorsement Program, Transfer of Exam Results Program, and the Supplemental Program.

The best part of all of the CareerKnack programs is that you are not tied to us when it comes time to job placement. We work hard to ensure you have the best possible experience working with us, so when the time comes to choosing an agency you will want to work with us. And we are here to answer any questions you might have along the way, so contact us if you aren’t sure where to get started.

Visit our Licensing page to have more information sent to you on whatever program suits your needs. In the meantime, here is a Licensing FAQ to get you started.

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Most Frequently Asked Questions About H-1B Visas

Most Frequently Asked Questions About H-1B Visas

What is an H-1B visa?
An H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign nationals in specialty occupations such as engineering, architecture, mathematics, Science and medicine.  

How long is an H-1B visa?
The H-1B visa is normally granted for 3 years and can be extended for up to 6 years.

How long does it take to obtain an H-1B visa?
The H-1B visa can generally be obtained within 4-6 weeks if premium processing is utilized.

Is there a cap on the number of H-1B visas that can be issued per year?
We are fortunate that our US hospital clients are not subject to any numerical cap.  As they are magnet facilities and teaching hospitals they can apply for H-1B visas year round with no numerical limit attached to them. Read more

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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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…