3 Reasons to Consider a Contract Healthcare Assignment this Summer

3 Reasons to Consider a Contract Healthcare Assignment this Summer

We’ve never seen a healthcare job market like this. The demand for clinical and even administrative candidates has been outrageously high. Even with a low unemployment rate this year, we still will fall far short of filling the jobs that are currently open. There’s never been a better time to work in the healthcare field.

But what about healthcare contracting? One of the most notable developments over the past few years has been the rise of more contracting positions; from per diem and locum tenens to travel nursing, there is a new level of flexibility in the kinds of jobs you’ll find in healthcare today. Contract jobs have some unique benefits. What are they? Why would you consider a contract healthcare role this summer? We have answers that will help inform your decision-making this year.

Benefits of Considering a Healthcare Contract

If you’re on the job hunt and have healthcare skills right now, it’s time to stop and consider your options. Joining a full-time role this summer may interfere with your vacation plans. But have you considered contracting your skills? Healthcare organizations are desperately looking for talent during the months when their workforce is desperately seeking time off—and they’re paying top dollar and signing bonuses for your expertise and willingness to help. Why would you consider taking on a temporary position when there are so many open full-time roles this summer?

  • First, contract roles are incredibly flexible. You can take on short-term assignments that allow you to get the time off you need this summer with your family. That schedule flexibility is incredibly valuable and a huge perk of contracting. For example, in addition to scheduling your contract job around an already-scheduled family vacation, maybe you want a job in a cooler climate to get out of the summer heat this year. There are all kinds of perks and bonuses found in the general flexibility that a healthcare contract brings.
  • We mentioned compensation, but it’s so lucrative now to contract that it’s worth mentioning again. Some specialty areas in healthcare make even more money; for example, traveling nurses have fantastic salaries, signing bonuses, and the employer will put you up somewhere and pay for your travel. Generally, if you have certain specialties, you stand a better shot of making a very high income as a healthcare contractor.
  • You’ll also be able to try out a brand-new healthcare environment. New working environments are risky if you’re going in full-time. A contract job this summer gives you the opportunity to try out a workplace before committing to a full-time role. It may even allow you to try out different teams within a larger employer to see where you might fit. Because there are so many jobs right now, you should have no problems targeting a specific employer to come back to in a full-time position.

 

Today’s healthcare job market is much different than in the past. There are dozens of lucrative contract roles that offer you flexibility during the summer months or even beyond that time. Our team works hard to pin down these roles and then make sure you find the one that fits your goals. If you’re ready for your next summer contract assignment, get in touch with the AG Globe team today!

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Career Spotlight: Certified Nursing Assistants

Career Spotlight: Certified Nursing Assistants

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs), also known as nursing aides, are in-demand. That’s because healthcare doesn’t happen without a CNA somewhere in the mix. CNAs provide direct care to patients, whether they are in their homes, in a skilled nursing facility, or in other in-patient settings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts these jobs will grow at a rate of 8% annually through 2030. As the baby boomer population continues to age and needs skilled nursing care, CNAs will play an important role in meeting these needs. In this blog, we’ll share important information on the CNA/nursing aid role. What education do you need to become a CNA? What skills will you need to take on this work? We have answers that can help you decide if a CNA position is right for you.

What is a CNA?

Certified nursing assistants take care of patients directly under the supervision of a professional nursing team. This is an entry-level role perfect for anyone seeking to break into steady work in the healthcare industry. On a typical day, a CNA will:

  • Help multiple patients with a variety of health concerns.
  • Aid patients with mobility issues with basic life skills such as eating, bathing, dressing, and even movement and exercise.
  • Monitor and record the patient’s food and beverage intake.
  • Update the nursing team on any changes in the condition of the patient.

In a hospital, the CNA may do all of these things, but also, they may:

  • Deliver patient meals.
  • Answer phones at the nursing stations or assist patients in making calls.
  • Clean patient rooms by wiping down surfaces, sweeping, and taking out the trash.
  • Provide emotional support to patients who are feeling sad or discouraged by simply listening to them.
  • Helping push equipment from one room to another or even transporting a patient to a testing location.

What Skills Will You Need To Be a CNA?

A CNA job is physical. You’ll be on your feet and moving around. You may be required to lift or move patients. During this you will also need to exhibit caring and compassion for the patient. You’ll need to notice small patient details and report on them in the charting. Communication is critical in these positions. You will also need:

  • Patience, optimism, and a sense of humor will help with stress.
  • Some knowledge of medical phrases and terminology
  • Flexibility; each day will be as different as the patients you serve.

Interestingly, you can jump right into these positions. There are some great programs out there that are low cost (but high return). Completing one will set you up to break right into healthcare—fast. What kind of training and education will you need to land your first CNA job?

What Education and Training Will You Need?

CNA certifications can be obtained in as little as 90-days. This usually includes about 75 hours of classroom work plus on-the-ground training in the clinical skills you’ll need. There is a CNA examination required in the state where you’re working. You don’t need a college degree, either. That means there is a low barrier to entry for CNA positions and the certifications themselves are quite affordable. For about $1,300, you can have the certifications you need to take on this role.

 

If you’re ready to explore a career as a nursing aide, browse our open roles today!

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Struggling to Find the Right Fit? Why Partnering with AG Globe Services Can Help You Find Positions You May Not Find on Your Own

Struggling to Find the Right Fit? Why Partnering with AG Globe Services Can Help You Find Positions You May Not Find on Your Own

Searching for the right position isn’t always easy! There are hundreds of thousands of open healthcare positions online right now, and it can be difficult to try to figure out what would be best for you and your skills. Consider working with a staffing agency, like AG Globe Services, where our recruiters will work closely with you to help place you in a position perfect for you. How can a staffing agency help you find the right fit?

Benefits of Working with a Recruiting Firm

If you are in healthcare, particularly if you have experience, your email is probably filled with recruiters interested in working with you. It’s a great position for you to be in. The trick is to find the right recruiter that not only understands your profession but takes the time to get to know you and the healthcare client they represent.

Partnering with a firm like AG Globe Services makes sense because of our insider knowledge of the clients we serve. It gives you the edge over every other candidate that applies online. There are no fees for us to represent you; the employer pays for our good work. This allows you access to great jobs that may not even be listed on a job board yet. It also helps you with professional advice on tailoring your resume as well as tips for making your interviews go more smoothly. How can AG Globe Services help you in your healthcare job search?

We Save You Time and Money

Who has time to search through hundreds of job openings, research the healthcare facility, and apply? We know applying to healthcare jobs is a full-time job. Now compare this to working with an AG Globe Services recruiter. Your job is to send us a resume. That’s it. Once we’ve spoken with you and understand exactly what you’re looking for, we do the rest. Our job is to represent candidates to top healthcare employers and get you to the interview process. If you don’t think that healthcare facility is the perfect match, we have plenty of other jobs available and can save you the legwork by sharing them with you. There are zero costs involved with us doing this work on your behalf and we are committed to finding what you’re searching for!

We Provide You with Valuable Career Advice

Your AG Globe Services recruiter can coach you to help you do better in the interview process. We’re trained to spot resume flaws—we’ve seen hundreds of CVs—and help you refine your credentials. Our team can also talk knowledgeably about what it’s like to work in the organization you’re considering. We can help you understand the tricky nuances of culture fit, which is something that isn’t described in most job descriptions. Then, throughout your career, we stay in touch so that, if something changes in your situation, you can call us for advice or even for your next job.

Having an AG Globe Services recruiter in your back pocket is like a secret weapon in your job search! If you’re ready for the next step in your career, check out our jobs and get in touch with our team.

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Recent Nursing School Grad? Careers to Consider

Recent Nursing School Grad? Careers to Consider

Congratulations on your recent graduation from nursing school. You’ve probably been thinking about life after graduation and wondering which type of position and what kind of work environment is right for you. If you’re not quite sure where to go next, here are some career paths to consider.

Med-Surg Nursing

We’ll start with one of the more traditional nursing jobs. Medical-surgical nursing is probably the go-to nursing specialty and if you choose this profession, your skills will be highly in demand. The work is primarily with adult patients with a ranging caseload of illnesses. It’s a great intro to the world of practical nursing because of that variety. Typically, in these roles, you operate outside of an OR, whether it’s an ambulatory surgery hospital or another type of facility. Your job is often to monitor patient care after a procedure. It’s a good place to practice bedside manners as well as basic clinical skills that serve as the underlying backbone of your skills. You’ll find that, out of all the career paths we’ve listed, the med-surg nursing role most closely aligns with what you learned in school.

Hospital Nursing

Hospitals have big budgets, so not only can new nurses employ higher salaries and better benefits, but the innovations in technology, research, and clinical workflows can be higher than in a smaller independent medical practice or another type of organization in healthcare. New nurses are exposed to the best training and the best tools as well as experiencing hands-on clinical tasks from maintaining IVs to wound care, and much more. Hospitals also offer nurses a variety of patient care scenarios from COVID to congestive heart failure, infants to the elderly. It’s a great foundational job that can lead you just about anywhere later in your career.

Mental Health Nursing

There has been much written about the mental and behavioral health crisis caused by COVID and the opioid epidemic, as well as other factors affecting this area of healthcare. Psych nursing jobs are demanding but rewarding. They are also hugely in demand for qualified nursing staff. You can handle a variety of mental and behavioral health cases, forming strong therapeutic relationships with patients and their families. It’s a demanding field but pays well and is highly rewarding.

Eldercare Nursing

The demand for nurses to work in eldercare facilities is rising in direct proportion to the baby boomer population. One healthcare provider describes the work in this way, “Choosing to work with the elderly is compassion on a whole different level.” Working in a senior living facility allows you to use all of your clinical expertise but also requires the desire to know that you’re making a big difference in someone’s life beyond dispensing medications. Long-term care and senior living facilities are filled with people who have lived their lives and seen some amazing things. As an eldercare nurse, your work will go beyond caregiving to include learning about the lives of your patients and the amazing things they’ve lived through and seen.

No matter which type of nursing path you start on, AG Glove Services has a job for you. If you’re ready to make the leap from school to nursing practice, check out our jobs to get your career started.

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Social Media Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals

Social Media Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals

Staying connected, particularly now when social functions are still stymied by the pandemic, is important. Social media gives us a way to vent, to share stories, and to connect with others in a way that can make us feel better. But of course, clinical and administrative professionals in the healthcare profession should be careful to follow an online code of ethics when using these tools.

Follow HIPAA Regulations

The first, and probably most obvious responsibility is to follow HIPAA regulations when posting online. There were a few publicized snafus a few years ago when some nurses shared some inappropriate pictures online. Organizations like the American Nurses Association (ANA) now have guidelines for clinical professionals to follow. The guidelines are fairly practical in scope; generally, you shouldn’t share any information on social media that would compromise patient health information (PHI) or that would create a negative impression of your organization and the care they offer.

Keep Profiles Private

Second, you should always keep your profiles private and accessible only by your online followers. We suggest caution in “friending” your coworkers until you know them and are comfortable with the content that they post. You don’t want any blowback from a coworker who is less-than judicious about what they share. It’s fine to set up two separate profiles, a professional and personal account on your favorite social channels. That way the line between life and work remains distinct.

Check with your Employer

Third, check with your hospital or healthcare employer to see what rules they recommend around social media. You can use these tools to attract more patients to your practice, but just make sure you’re not violating any rules of conduct set by your employer.

Stay Positive

Finally, stay positive on social. It may be tempting to blow off steam after a bad day, but truly, we recommend finding another outlet. Even if your profile is private, the information you share on social media is out there for your friends to reshare. So, say a social follower reposts what you’ve said, but their account isn’t private and your employer picks up on a complaint about a bad work experience you posted. Generally, it’s better to be cautious instead of letting it rip on a social venue.

Healthcare professionals carry the additional weight of representing their clinical profession to the public. As such, there are professional responsibilities that must be considered every time you go into the very public form of online social media platforms. Stay aware of these responsibilities and set up boundaries to protect your professional career.

For healthcare professionals seeking new opportunities, AG Globe Services is standing by to represent you to top employers. Browse our open positions today to get started!

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Keeping Medical Professionals Healthy all Winter Long

Keeping Medical Professionals Healthy all Winter Long

With the COVID variants making the rounds as we enter cold and flu season, there’s possibly never been a better time to work harder on staying healthy. Medical professionals have been burning the candle at both ends for nearly two years now, so finding the time to take care of their own health can be difficult. Yet even though COVID-19 has created some additional stressors and threats to our health, there are some ways healthcare professionals can take better care of themselves this winter.

 

Tip 1: Don’t Let Up on Hygiene Protocols

Healthcare professionals must maintain rigor this winter around hygiene. This is perhaps stating the obvious, but it’s worth repeating because COVID cleanliness protocols have normalized. When a task becomes routine, drawing upon muscle memory, it’s easy to forget important details. So, let’s double down on these steps this winter and stay mindful of their importance:

  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer after touching doors and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Cover sneezes and coughs.
  • Wear a mask, of course.
  • Follow healthcare protocols by staying home if you feel sick.
  • Continuously clean surfaces—including those at home.

 

#2 Get Vaccinated

As healthcare professionals, most of us fall under vaccine mandates. However, the CDC recommends both the flu and COVID shots this year, as well as the booster. The latest influenza shots are quadrivalent, or four component shots protecting against four flu variants. The latest COVID data shows these inoculations are highly effective in protecting you against the worst health outcomes caused by the disease. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests vulnerability to breakthrough infections occurs over time as the COVID shot wanes, however, “vaccines maintained protection from hospitalization and death nine months after getting the first shot.”

 

#3 Use Your Preventative Benefits

We tease nurses and doctors because “they make the worst patients,” but it’s true. Healthcare professionals are the world’s caretakers, but many times they forget themselves in the process. If you are a healthcare professional and haven’t used your annual preventative checkups, now is the time. Most insurance carriers cover annual exams, mammograms, vision exams, dental checkups, and other types of wellness checkups. Use these benefits.

 

#4 New Year, New You

Working in healthcare is hard. For family caretakers, the rigorous demands of the job, family commitments, perhaps even school, can take a toll. The new year naturally brings us the idea of change and that often exhibits itself in goals related to personal hygiene and health. Eating right and exercising boosts mental and physical health. Building good habits right now can help keep healthcare professionals just a little safer during cold and flu season. Now is the time to make big changes in your health and in your life.

 

If you are a healthcare professional considering a change of scenery at work, you will find no better partner than AG Globe. We are an RPO and MSP handling outsourced recruiting for some of the best healthcare organizations in the country. Get in touch with our team and let us handle all of your staffing and employment needs.


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