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

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

Congratulations CMS on a Successful Joint Commission Re-certification!

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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

Above and Beyond . . . Recognition from One CMS Nurse to Another!

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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

CMS Celebrates 15 Years of Business!

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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!

Wanna Get Away? CMS Fall Trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico!

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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

Celebrating National Nurses Week – May 6 -12, 2016

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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

Welcome Gavin Joseph Watley!

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  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!

Happy Dashain!

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Today marks a holiday that not many of us here at CMS were aware of before.