5 Reasons Staff Nurses Should Stop Bullying Travel Nurses

Okay, sorry for the drama, we know that it is a small percentage of staff nurses who bully travel nurses. We also understand that nurse bullying happens between all variations of nurses in all health care settings, there is not one victim. Thankfully, our travelers rave about our fantastic hospitals and their nurses, but I…

“Dear Jimmy Kimmel’s Nurse” from Nurse Kelley Johnson

It was a nurse at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles that saved Jimmy Kimmel’s newborn son. This nurse saved this little boy’s life by detecting his murmur, recognizing that he was blue, and ensuring he was brought to the NICU for life saving measures. Here’s the part that I find most surprising: most people find this…

18 Reasons Why You Should Never Travel to California

The food is too fresh There are only 840 miles of coastline and beaches It is always sunny out There are too many In-n-Out Burger joints around Taco Tuesday must happen every Tuesday The desert, a snowy mountain, and the beach shouldn’t be close enough to each other to visit all three in one day Celebrities…

Things That Annoy Travel Nurses

1.   When a recruiter doesn’t know details about a job they are offering me: USSI Recruiter Arnold’s response: “I don’t even pick up the phone to pitch the nurse if I don’t have all of the info about the hospital or pay. Sadly, a lot of Recruiters work backwards and the Nurse (especially an…

Things That Annoy Nurses

1. When someone asks why you didn’t become a Doctor: 2. When a patient asks “what took you so long?”: 3. When a patient is allergic to Tylenol but not Percocet: 4. When you ask the coherent patient for their pain level and the family member answers from across the room: 5. When the patient spent…

VEGAS BABY!

The USSI marketing team headed to Las Vegas, Nevada to meet some of our favorite people, travel nurses! We are always looking to improve the travel nurse experience here at USSI, and we figured there was no better way to do that than ask travel nurses themselves what they still need from this industry. We…

Travel Nursing Language: what does yours say about your staffing?

Travel nursing advertisements on social media are at the forefront of strategy when it comes to recruiting travel nurses. Hundreds of nurses see various agencies post assignments, locations, and company information every single day. I am not a recruiter, my job at United Staffing Solutions is to make sure that every nurse I encounter knows…

Nurse Kelley’s Response to “Nurses Eat Their Young”

We have all heard the phrase, “nurses eat their young”. This phrase ignites another level of furiousness for me. Let’s decipher all there is surrounding this nursing blemish. The phrase literally means that experienced nurses are bullying, hazing, and/or inappropriately initiating new and/or student nurses. Let’s start with this: experienced nurses deserve extraordinary respect. New…

IT IS OCTOBER! My favorite month. Here is what we have planned.

I am OBSESSED with October! Halloween is coming! It is my Birthday Month, I love costume parties and candy, I love Fall decorations, and most importantly—this month represents Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness which are two things very close to my heart. Please know that this month also stands for many other worthy causes,…

You’re just the nurse. How important could you be?

I spent an entire year of my life defending the intelligence of the nursing profession. The number of people that actually believe we are the sexual, skirt-wearing, coffee-getting, space-takers you see in the media and at Halloween parties is saddening. During my year as Miss Colorado 2015, I met hundreds of incredible nurses. But I…

Why USSI?

My role at USSI and my responsibilities as a nurse advocate.