Why I’m Travel Nursing

By Kelsey Van Fleet Hi, my name is Kelsey and I have been a nurse for nearly 3 years. I have worked the last 2.5 years in a tele/ICU unit dealing with a lot of heart and lung ICU patients. In that time, I grew from a new RN to a resourceful staff nurse who…

My Travel Nursing Story

By Hannah Netherton I took a last minute trip to Zion National Park before my assignment in Utah came to an end. One night at the local bar I met an older man who had had all of his toes and both of his heels amputated due to frostbite in Canada, and he was still…

Flu Season

Can you believe it’s almost flu season again?  Neither can we!  We here at USSI are taking a proactive approach to ensure that our employees are well protected against the flu.  We highly encourage our employees to receive the flu vaccine. There are several options to obtain the flu vaccine: Check with facility where you…

Not Your Average (Nurse) Focker…

Believe it or not becoming a male nurse was never a childhood dream of mine. In fact, I’m 99% positive that if I could go back in time and ask my teenage self about a possible career in nursing my younger self would laugh. So how and why? I have always been a relatively high energy individual. Growing up I…

Your Posterior Chain: Your New Sexy

In the athletic world, the posterior chain is considered the most influential muscle groups in the body and are the prime movers of forward propulsion. You may be asking yourself right now, “why should I care? I am a nurse not an athlete”. As a nurse, a lot of the movements you perform are also…

The Fitness Mindset – A Nurse’s Perspective

Nursing is one of the most trusted occupations and since there are approximately 2.9 million working nurses in the United States alone, we can truly have a major influence on our patients. Imagine the impact we could make on the lives of our patients if we were all dedicated to caring for ourselves as well…

Drink This Not That!!!

If you are anything like me you have tried one of the many “popular” energy drinks out there like Monster, Red Bull, etc. Truth be told, I used to drink 1-2 energy drinks a day for an extended period. Well, a visit to a cardiologist and subsequent diagnosis of tachycardia put the kibosh on that…

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…

Must know National Nurses Week Deals!

Cinnabon       From May 6-12, 2017, participating Cinnabon Bakeries will offer a choice for a FREE Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Roll, MiniBon®, or a four-count of the newest treat, BonBites™, to nurses presenting their medical ID badge. Einstein Bros Bagels                               …

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…