How to be a Travel RN Close to Home

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One of the most common myths about travel nursing is that you have to travel across the country, or even work out of state. You may have heard that your assignment has to be at least 50 miles away from your permanent residence in order to collect the tax-free benefits of a travel nurse. Well this is simply not true. The IRS does not have a specific ‘50-mile rule’ describing a certain distance you have to work away from home. This 50-mile or 100-mile radius is used by many hospital facilities as a general rule of thumb, to prevent their own full-time workers from picking up the contracts themselves. So … Continued

Congrats to April’s Clinician of the Month – Jeanne Wehage!

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Join me in congratulating Jeanne Wehage for being named Aprils’ clinician of the month – woo hoo! Jeanne has worked with CMS since 2014 in a variety of roles and locations. She started with CMS at St Joe on a pain management unit, and has since worked in the following settings: Baltimore Washington Medical Center – outpatient infusion setting Johns Hopkins Hospital – sickle cell infusion center Greenspring Surgery Center – outpatient surgery setting National Spine and Pain Center – pain management setting St Joes – oncology unit GBMC – emergency room Jeanne has demonstrated some major flexibility and wide array or skills to be able to adapt to so … Continued

Tax Time: Travel Filing 101

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In addition to patient care skills, a good bedside manner, and medical knowledge, travel nurses also need to be well-versed in financial matters if they want to maximize their earnings and survive tax season. Because of the “blended” rate that many travel nurses earn – which combines taxable and non-taxable income – it can be tricky to know which deductions are and are not allowed when it comes time to file your return. The fact is, even though some agencies offer what seems to be a substantial amount of tax-free compensation, you may still qualify for further tax deductions. Below, we break down some of the key tax deductions that … Continued

Shout out to Lacey Sahuque – March’s Clinician of the Month!

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We are all so excited to honor Lacey Sahuque with the clinician of the month award for March. Lacey has been with CMS since the beginning of 2015 and has been extended 8 times (yes you read that correct – 8 times!) at Greater Baltimore Medical center in the ER. Lacey has been a pleasure to work with for the administrative team in the office and the feedback is equally fantastic from her clinical squad in the ER. We recently received this lovely feedback from a patient in the ER: ‘I could not be more appreciative of the great care I received during my recent ER visit. Everyone I encountered … Continued

Congrats Jorge Flores – February’s Clinician of the Month!

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Please join me in congratulating Jorge Flores who has been named agency clinician of the month for February! Jorge joined the CMS team in February of 2015 and has been extended on the same assignment 7 times. Yes your read that correct – 7 times! That is a CMS record and a testament to the amazing work Jorge does in both the ER and Pediatric ER at Bayview. The office team has wonderful feedback on Jorge’s attitude, communication, organization, and general working relationship with the team. Clinically, the feedback is much the same – see below for some kind words from his managers: *Jorge is confident in his skills. He … Continued

Props to Mark Carr – January’s Clinician of the Month!

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I am so excited to present Mark with the clinician of the month award for January of 2017! Mark has been with CMS since 2011, is an absolutely pleasure to work with, and receives amazing clinical feedback from all those who work with him. He has been an absolute all-star, balancing a full time, demanding staff load working in the PICU at Children’s Medical Center all while picking up full time agency ER contracts at the following hospitals: Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Howard County General, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Franklin Square Hospital, Sibley Memorial, and Anne Arundel Medical Center. Mark has often been extended for excellent performance and even made his … Continued

Congrats to December’s Clinician of the Month – Lisa Himmel

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It is with great honor that we get to celebrate Lisa Himmel as our clinician of the month for December! Lisa has been part of the CMS family since they very beginning and has held a wide variety of positions. She has excelled in all areas and most recently has even been the case manager of a team of clinicians for a challenging home care case. Our very own clinical director and owner had this to say about Lisa’s recent performance: We wish to extend a special thank you to Lisa Himmel RN for her most recent assignment with CMS. She has accepted responsibilities above and beyond the professional expectation … Continued

Big Ups to Steve Benko – Novemeber’s Agency Clinician of the Month!

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Big Ups to Steve Benko – Congrats on being named CMS’ agency clinician of the month for November! I have had the privilege of working directly with Steve for the last 5 years and it has been a wonderful experience. He is a talented RN and a true gentleman (his comment below about being personable is spot on)! Here are a just a few of the wonderful comments from Steve’s clinical evaluations: *Steve is very cal under pressure, very dependable, knowledgeable and a true team players. We love working with Steve! *Steve has been with our ED intermittently for several years. He has strong clinical judgement and is a true team players. He is … Continued

Debunking Common Contract/Travel Myths

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Many RNs are worried about giving local contract or travel nursing a go at first due to the scary rumors they hear swirling around out there in the healthcare world. As a recruiter of more than 10 years let me fill you in on some insider info – all those rumors? NOT TRUE! Myth #1: Travelers Always Float I am happy to report that travelers don’t really float any more often than they would as a staff nurse. Do they float first? Typically. Do they float every shift? No. In what situation would a traveler float? The same situation in which a staff nurse would float – when the census … Continued

Two Thumbs Up – Josh Beland is October’s Clinician of the Month!

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Who as two thumbs and is October’s clinician of the month – THIS GUY (aka Josh Beland)! The team has nothing but the best to say about Josh – he is truly a pleasure to work with. His clinical evaluations note that he is ‘knowledgeable, well organized, and dependable. He even participates with the triage / fast track team for process improvement’ going above and beyond for agency staff! To learn a  bit more about Josh’s story and career read on: Where did you grow up? I was born at GBMC in Towson, lived in Baltimore county for a few years and then my family moved to New Freedom, PA. … Continued