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
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
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
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
We are very pleased to announce that we have been re-certified with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Health Care Staffing Services Certification. The certification demonstrates our commitment to providing qualified and competent health care professionals. Yesterday, Chesapeake Medical Staffing underwent a un-announced rigorous onsite visit. The Joint Commission Reviewer evaluated compliance with national standards that assess how we determine the qualifications and competency of staff, how we assign staff, and how we monitor performance. All certified health care staffing organizations are required to collect data on their own performance. Health care staffing firms place temporary staff in organizations that direct or provide patient care. Established in October … Continued
It is not everyday that we receive an email from one of our CMS nurses telling us about another CMS nurse. Thank you, Morgan, for taking the time to send us this email & to recognize John Beland for his outstanding performance clinically. All of us at CMS applaud the amazing clinical skills Josh displayed in this life/death experience. We truly have amazing clinicians who have helped us earn the quality reputation as the #1 agency in the area. Thank you from the whole team! Hi Terri and Jeff, While working in Endoscopy today, we experienced a scenario different from any other day. A family member of a patient … Continued
A special thank you to Deb Kennedy for remembering our 15th anniversary! Deb arrived with gourmet cupcake and the perfect matching card to help us celebrate! Jeff and Terri have partnered over the last 15 years to create one of the largest and most respected health care staffing agencies in Maryland. Much of our success is due to the amazing team of administrative professionals who work diligently every day (and night) to find employment opportunities for our health care providers. We are sincerely appreciative to every one who has helped CMS over these past years. Here’s to continued success in the next 15!
GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER AGAIN!!! CMS Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary Tropical Fall Trip to the Riviera Maya, Mexico, http://valentinmaya.com The Valentin Imperial Maya, Playa Del Carmen, Full week – November 8-15, 2016 Long weekend – November 11-14, 2016 You and a guest are warmly invited to join us. The Hotel Valentin Imperial Maya is the new definition of paradise on the Yucatan Peninsula. This fabulous 5 Star, all-inclusive resort is located just 25 minutes from Cancun International Airport. Ground transportation is included. Set amid lavish gardens on a half-mile-long stretch of white sand beach named Playa Del Secreto (The Secret Beach), this magnificent award-winning resort boasts one of the … Continued
National Nurses Week recognizes the millions of nurses who make up the backbone of the American healthcare system. We celebrate the role you play in delivering the highest level of quality care to your patients. The 2016 theme “Culture of Safety – it starts with YOU” recognizes the importance of safety in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession. Use the hashtag #SafeNursesRock to share your picture and videos on Instagram, facebook and Twitter to show how safely your practice. This year’s theme encourage everyone to learn more about the culture of safety, and is meant to honor nurses contribution to safety … Continued
Our very own Diane Kowal recently became a grandmother to Gavin Joseph Watley! While she already has two other grandchildren, this is her first grandson and she is very excited about it!