Travel nurses and hospital culture – Make sure they fit

One continual challenge of using travel nurses to meet staffing needs in your hospital is the culture fit of the nurse into your unit. This is understandable considering how short of a time they are in your hospital and how little information you have about them before they get there and vice-versa. Compare this to what you …

Are healthcare staffing companies a haven for bad nurses? Follow-up.

In my last post I talked about an article in The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, Dec. 6th called, Temp Firms a Magnet for Unfit Nurses, that discussed the quality, or lack of it, of nurses working through staffing firms. My point in my last post was that the article placed a lot of the blame on the staffing agencies and not the nurses themselves or hospitals that don’t check on the agencies they work with. I also talked about research that showed that temporary nurses are as, if not more, qualified than permanent nurses. But one area I did not fully address was what could be done about it.

Refreshing nursing skills?

A post and comment thread on a great blog over at the HCA West Florida Recruitment Blog  brought up the point about nurses returning to the profession due to the economic recession after time away and their need to take part in “Back to Nursing” type programs to refresh their skills.  Here are some other nursing …

How do you orient travel nurses?

One of the big concerns of nurse managers and hospital staffing managers is the length of time it takes to truly orient a new travel nurse into their hospital and unit. This is an understandable concern, if you consider you only have a temporary nurse for basically three months at your unit and if they are …