Kudos to Bethany DeMarco – December’s Agency Clinician of the Month

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Put your hands together and make some noise for December’s agency clinician of the month – Bethany DeMarco! After time spent in research and trauma in Denver, CO, Bethany began traveling the west coast (Oakland and Seattle to specific) with some of the nation’s largest travel companies. When she was relocating to MD to continue her education, she wanted to continue the travel lifestyle but opted for a local company – and boy are we at CMS and GBMC (where she has worked 8 consecutive contracts for almost 2 years) lucky! She has worked in the PACU, Endoscopy, and IR, and she receives rave review from the administrative and clinical … Continued

Travel vs. Staff – The Hospital Dilemma

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A recent study from KPMG determined that using Travel Nurses can be a cost-effective strategy for hospitals nationwide. According to the KPMG’s 2017 U.S. Hospital Nursing Labor Costs Study, “when all costs are considered, traveling nurses appear to cost less than permanent nurses.” The survey found that the cost for a permanent nurse is roughly $10/hour more expensive when compared to the cost for a Travel Nurse. KPMG’s findings took into account the hidden costs associated with hiring full-time, perm nurses, such as overtime pay, paid time off, insurance, retirement, and recruiting costs. Additional costs included in the study were non-productive labor hours, orientation hours, as well as attrition and … Continued

Shout out to Niesha Broadway – November’s Clinician of the Month

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Please join me in congratulating Niesha Broadway as November’s agency clinician of the month at CMS! After 3 years in the OR at UM Shock Trauma, Niesha joined the CMS team in 2015 at Hopkins in their Outpatient Surgical Center. Just over 2 years later and Hopkins has extended Niesha’s contract over 9 times!!! Clearly they love having Niesha as part of their team – just check out some of their feedback: Niehsa is a conscientious, organized, respected member of the OR team. She demonstrates proficiency in all services that operate in our OR, and willingly assists with orientating new staff. – Nurse Manager Niehsa is a very caring and … Continued

Afraid of Travel Nursing?

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Here is why you shouldn’t be! Read below from Crystal Gustafson over at travelnursing.org. Crystal is an ICU RN who has spent time traveling all across the country, including Arizona, Texas, Florida, and California. You may have encountered a travel nurse at work, or if you are like me, have wanted to be a travel nurse since before you even entered nursing school. You have also probably heard some horror stories and common misconceptions that go along with the travel nursing profession that have made you think twice about whether or not you are up for the task. Many of these fears and misconceptions are mostly rooted in hearsay and … Continued

Congrats to Kara Keene-Worobetz – October’s Clinician of the Month!

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Join me in congratulating Kara Keene-Worobetz as October’s clinician of the Month for CMS! Kara joined the team in March of 2016 and has been extended at BWMC for over a year and a half at this point in the ICU. They love her so much at BWMC that she is even going to be joining them as a full time staff member after her next contract – congrats, Kara! In August of this year, Kara was even recognized by the hospital as their Daisy Award winner. This is a nationwide honor for outstanding nurses, and while it may not be typical for an agency nurse to win this award, they … Continued

Shout out to Amanda Kelso – September’s Clinician of the Month!

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Please join me in congratulating Amanda Kelso for being named September’s clinician of the month! Amanda is a top-notch healthcare clinician and a favorite of the administrative team for her flexibility and hard work. She has completed several ICU contract assignments at both Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) and University of MD Harford Memorial Hospital. She has also helped out the PRN team by picking up time at the following locations: Medstar Union Memorial Hospital, Greenspring Surgery Center, and Sports and Spine Pain Management. Amanda receives amazing feedback everywhere she goes – just check out some of this evaluations: Amanda is both compassionate and skilled as a critical care RN. … Continued

Props to Veronica Neef-Cook – August’s Clinician of the Month!

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Please join me in warmly congratulating Veronica Neef-Cook for being named August’s clinician of the month! Veronica joined the CMS team at the beginning of 2017 after completing a few travel assignments with a large, national agency. She heard about CMS from some positive review on the Gypsy Nurse facebook page and has been extending 3x at her current assignment. She is professional, independent, adventurous, and extremely well-regarded by the administrative and clinical teams alike! Check out some feedback from her supervisors: Excellent team player. Reliable Skillset. As a charge nurse I am confident Veronica is capable for caring for patients with high acuity and diverse (Neuro, Cardiac, Surigcal, Medical) … Continued

Shout out to Candice Roberts – July’s Clinician of the Month!

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Join me in congratulating Candice Roberts on being named July’s clinician of the month!  We are all so excited to honor someone who is so deserving of this recognition. Candice took a long, winding road to CMS and has been with us since the end of 2015. She has completed several full time assignments at Hopkins, Bon Secours, and GBMC and receives fantastic review wherever she goes. Just check out some of the kind works from her clinical supervisors: *Candice exemplifies professionalism and has a great rapport with staff and patients – Charge RN *Candice has been a HUGE asset to our team. She always takes initiative and is a true … Continued

Congrats to Doreen Jones – June’s Clinician of the Month!

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Props to Doreen Jones who has been named June’s clinician of the month – please join me in congratulating her! The PRN team in particular is so grateful to have Doreen as part of the team. Her flexibility and willingness to pick up last minute shifts is appreciated all over town. Doreen has been with CMS for almost a year and has already worked at the following locations (all of which absolutely loved having her): Bel Air Health and Rehab Seasons Hospice (multiple locations) Home Care Cases National Spine and Pain Center Cecil Co Public Schools Maximum Day Services White Marsh Surgery Center Concentra Clinics and hopefully even more to … Continued

Happy Nurses Week & Photo Gallery!

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This year the ANA has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” Join us during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as we explore this year’s theme, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” It’s all about celebrating nurses like you who lead the charge for health and wellness. The CMS team was able to visit over 100 nurses this week (a new record, and we hope to visit even more next year) in hopes of recognizing everyone for their efforts and hard work. Thank you so much for all that you do, the care you provide, and the way you represent CMS! Check out our Photo Gallery … Continued