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

Thank you Jeff!

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Huge thank you to Jeff Branch for representing us so well at a newer client, Carroll County Public Schools! We got great feedback from their nurse: On Monday, May 15, Nurse Jeffrey Branch filled in for me on a very last minute call. He did a fabulous job filling in for me. The students said he was very nice and professional. The office staff also commented how thorough he was, asking the location of the AED, extra emergency bag, etc. He left very good notes and communicated with me before and after the job. It is a relief to know when needed, the school and students are left in good … Continued

Props to May’s Clinician of the Month – Jacquelyn Caulk

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Join me in congratulating Jacquelyn Caulk as May’s agency clinician of them month! Jac has worked in the ER through CMS at Union Memorial, Johns Hopkins and GBMC. She was extended twice at Union, twice at Hopkins, and now 5 times at GBMC – wow! GBMC has enjoyed having Jac so much that she will be joining their ASAP float pool at the end of this month – awesome work! Jacquelyn constantly receives amazing feedback – see below for just a few comments from clinical managers and supervisors: Jacquelyn would be an asset to any hospital or team. She displays excellent teamwork, compassionate care, and is very reliable – Charge RN … Continued

Way to go Cherise!!

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We are so lucky at CMS to have so many great clinicians working for us.  We got the below feedback recently for Cherise Brown:  “I’d like to recognize one of your staff members. I feel her accountability and teamwork should not go un-celebrated. On two occasions, most recently during last nights code blue, I have had the pleasure of responding to Cherise Brown’s calls to Rapid Response Team for help.  Cherise demonstrates an astute ability to recognize changes in her patients’ conditions, activates RRT appropriately and promptly. She is ever present and most helpful during resuscitation efforts, demonstrating effective teamwork.  Rapid Response Team appreciates her service to our patient’s and our … Continued

You rock Linda!

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We received great feedback recently for Linda Wallace:  “I’ve had multiple 1:1 meetings with night shift staff who state that Linda Wallace is fantastic.  With the upcoming May needs, please offer her first priority to any shifts. Also please express to her our thanks for her outstanding care to patients in [our facility].”  Great work Linda, thank you for all that you do!

Thank you Mary!

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Thank you to Mary Lewis for doing a great job. A client where she recently worked let us know that she was fantastic and looked forward to working with her again. Way to go Mary! Thank you for representing us in such fashion.

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

Kudos to Kara!

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Kudos to Kara Keene for being recognized by a patient recently while working at BWMC.  Kara’s patient said that Kara took extra good care of her.  Thank you for all of your great work Kara!

Carlos is Crushing It!

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More great feedback about Carlos Castro.  Keep up the great work!  “I would like to share what a wonderful nurse Carlos Castron is to his patients. He is very personable to everyone he encounters and a great patient advocate. He assures that his patients and families are well informed about the plan of care and disease processes. Carlos has been personally recognized by a grateful patient.”