July’s Clinician of the Month – Surgical Tech Dana Scott!

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Please join me in congratulating July’s clinician of the month – Dana Scott – who we are EXTREMELY fortunate to have as part of the team at CMS! Dana started her healthcare career as a GNA back in 1996 and worked as a PCT at University of MD before transitioning into her current role as a Surgical Technologist. After a couple years at University of MD, Franklin Square, and St Joseph Medical Center, Dana joined the CMS team in December of 2016. She has worked several assignments with CMS (Union Elkton, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and Frederick Memorial) and is a joy for the administrative team. Her recruiters as well … Continued

Top 5 Podcasts for Travel Nurses

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Check out some info below from a seasoned travel RN over at Gypsy Nurses on her top 5 Podcasts to listen to: I don’t know if you’ve hopped on the podcast bandwagon yet, but I am definitely a fan. For me, my favorite time to listen to a podcast is when I am in the car for an extended amount of time, and as a travel nurse there may be a few times you find yourself in that situation. Whether you need a quick laugh from someone who understand the in’s and out’s of your profession, or you’re wanting to keep in the know with current technology and advancements in medicine, … Continued

CMS Ranked Best Agency in 2018!

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BluePipes, a leader in professional networking for travel nurses and healthcare professionals, just published their annual study on the top travel agencies of 2018. And guess what – CMS made the cut! The best travel nursing agencies are highly sought after. That’s no surprise given that travel nursing companies provide services that can make or break a travel nurse’s experience. However, a litany of unique circumstances make it really difficult to determine the best travel nursing companies. So, we researched travel nursing company ratings and reviews from across the web. Then, we compiled all the data to bring you this list of the best travel nursing companies of 2018. With … Continued

Tax Reform Updates for Travel Nurses

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Curious how the new tax reforms affect you as a travel RN? Check out some more information below. No need to fear. For most travelers, the news is OK. It doesn’t impact a decision to be a traveler versus staff. Current compensation schemes by CMS (and most likely other agencies) have not changed. So no one’s take-home pay will drop. Single travelers who don’t itemize will see a net gain of $1,650 not subject to federal income tax because of the net changes to the standard deduction and personal exemption total. That is around a $400 annual increase in take-home pay. That might be a bit of shrug for most … Continued

Travel Nurse Resume Tips

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The travel nursing industry offers the best salaries in the nursing industry, but getting an offer can be competitive!  Having a great resume can separate you from the field when it comes to getting your dream travel assignment.  The travel nurse resume represents the most important piece of information in your quest for a great travel assignment. Let’s dig into what we have found is the best method in putting together your storied career into a quick and easy-to-read travel nurse resume. The resume must be clear, concise and tell a great story about your career in a very short period of time.  If there is one thing we have … Continued

Props to June’s Clinician of the Month – William Thatcher!

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Please join me in congratulating our June agency clinician of the month – William Thatcher! Bill got his start in healthcare as an army Medic / EMT and has held a wide variety of nursing positions before joining Chesapeake Medical Staffing. He has been with us for over a year and continues to extend on repeatedly at Lehigh Valley (the Poconos location). He floats to a number of units on his assignment and always receives fantastic feedback. Check out some of the great comments from his previous and current supervisors: He is extremely personable and easy to work with. Williams has great communication skills! – Charge RN Bill is an … Continued

A Big Woo Hoo for Coleen Vecellio – May’s Clinician of the Month!

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Please join me in giving a big woo hoo to Coleen Vecellio who is May’s agency clinician of the month! Coleen has over 15 years experience as an RN and more than 8 as a traveler. She has worked on and off with CMS since 2015 (completing assignments at University of MD St Joseph Medical Center and University of MD Baltimore Washington Medical Center). She was extended several times at both positions, and has worked in a number of other facilities both as a traveler and staff. She has worked in NY, TX, CA, MD, PA, AZ, and DE and has been very successful in all of her positions. The … Continued

Understanding Your Travel RN Schedule

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Many travelers find the most exciting thing about starting a new travel assignment is getting your schedule and planning your activities. It is not uncommon for the nurse manager on your floor to have your schedule done for your first few weeks by the time you hit hospital orientation; after all, you are there to fill a need. In fact, you can often start working on the schedule over the phone once they make an offer! Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want Most people are generally good about scheduling travelers fairly; meaning not every weekend or spreading your days out (especially on night shift) but this doesn’t … Continued

Round of Applause To CMS’ Superb CNA – Lashae Winchester

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Round of applause to our superb CNA – Lashae Winchester – who did a fantastic job while working at Brinton Woods. A patient’s significant other complimented Lashae saying what a caring, attentive and overall excellent caregiver she was. Way to go Lashae! We’re so glad to have you as a part of the CMS team and appreciate all your hard work.

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5 Ways Travel Nurses Cope with Homesickness

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Travel nursing is an exciting and rewarding career, especially for those who want a sense of freedom and adventure. However, travel nurses can also deal with omesickness from time to time. There is nothing wrong with feeling homesick, especially when you are a new travel nurse or have not traveled in some time. It’s an adjustment, but with some timing and some great coping mechanisms, you’ll soon fall in love with your newfound sense of flexibility and opportunity. Here are five great ways you can deal with homesickness: 1. Bring a piece of home with you One of the best ways to combat homesickness is by bringing something that you … Continued