CMS Merges with American Surgical Professionals

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Evergreen Advisors Capital, a middle-market investment bank, is pleased to announce that Chesapeake Medical Staffing, LLC has been acquired by American Surgical Professionals.  Evergreen Advisors Capital acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Chesapeake. Chesapeake Medical Staffing is one of the largest and most respected health care staffing agencies in the mid-Atlantic region. CMS has focused on sourcing the highest quality health care professionals from nurses to administrative personnel to physicians to complete management of the agency process.  The Company is Joint Commission certified and their client list includes hospitals, institutional care providers, management services organizations (MSO), home care and individual patients “CMS explored numerous options to enhance our future,” said Jeff McClure … Continued

Props to Parker Barrett – January’s Clinician of the Month!

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Please join me in giving some props and celebrating January’s clinician of the month – Parker Barrett! After extensive schooling, clinical rotations, and a stint with University of MD, Parker joined the CMS team back in June of 2017 and has been on assignment (multiple very successful assignments I might add) with Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The office team enjoys working with Parker and was excited to nominate him for this award. And check out some of the feedback from his current and recent supervisors: *Parker is very well-rounded surgically. He goes into any case with a positive attitude and the ability to assist the surgeon. He is truly a great … Continued

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

Afraid of Travel Nursing?

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Here is why you shouldn’t be! Read below from Crystal Gustafson over at 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