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

Nice Save Angela!

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Awesome work by Angela Land, who was commended recently about her attention to detail during a surgical procedure.  Angela noticed that a retractor listed as having 4 screws actually had 6.  At the end of the procedure one of the screws was not accounted for, and Angela’s earlier correction of how many screws there should have been helped make sure the team knew a screw had to be found.  The team followed standard work for incorrect counts and the missing screw was located. The case concluded with a proper final count of supplies/equipment.  Great work Angela, who was an example of several safe behaviors: paying attention to detail, having a … 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

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

Marquita – Home Care Nurse Extraordinaire!

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Marquita got a resounding compliment from another nurse on the care team for her regular home care client.  Thank you so much Marquita for exemplifying what home care is all about.  See below for the feedback we received from another nurse, and thank you again! I visited with the home care client last Friday for a morning routine share day with Marquita. She is absolutely wonderful. Our time together with the client was such a great experience. Her and the client have a touching bond. She was professional, knowledgeable, and took passion in her care. Marquita knew the routine inside and out. She went above and beyond helping to clean, do … Continued

Kudos to Tim Hartung!

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Great work recently picking up at one of our spine center locations, Tim.  The manager let us know how great of a job you did with your thorough documentation and would love to have you back.  Thanks for the hard work!