Practicing in the US has been specifically developed by Conexus Medstaff to provide you with an introduction to the U.S. healthcare industry and the expectations of the role of an RN in America.
Practicing in the US has been specifically developed by Conexus Medstaff to provide you with an introduction to the U.S. healthcare industry and the expectations of the role of an RN in America.
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The results of this year’s Gallup poll show that nurses are the most honest and trusted profession in the U.S., marking the 18th year in a row that the nursing profession has topped this list. To many, this comes as no surprise. Nursing in the U.S is not only one of the most trusted professions, but it is now also one of the most celebrated professions too. What we’ve seen during the COVID-19 pandemic is that the nursing profession in the U.S. is being celebrated and respected more than ever. From neighborhoods around the U.S clapping at doorsteps to show their gratitude and appreciation for nurses to U.S. companies offering free PPE and a variety of discounts to health care workers; U.S. nurses are recognized as safety-critical, highly-qualified and compassionate practitioners at the forefront of healthcare in the U.S. At Conexus MedStaff we know nurses are frequently the first and highest-level providers for primary care. The reality is that nurses have always been our heroes; our expert professionals who provide skilled, compassionate care. As the pandemic moves through the different phases of a crisis and eventually ends, we will continue to support and celebrate our international nurses and graduate nurses, by focusing on their well-being and fueling their career growth in the U.S. In times like these, when an estimated 1 in 10 U.S. nurses is from overseas, we recognize the many contributions international nurses have made in filling the workplace shortages in the U.S. and improving the nation’s health. If you are looking for a life-changing nursing career opportunity in the U.S., fill in the form below: Form ID:2713
This fight against COVID-19 hits closer to the heart for us as medical professionals. My friend in the Philippines has been in the hospital for 3 months now. He is an ICU nurse and followed all protocols to ensure his safety, including using PPE and frequent handwashing. He got so sick that at one point, he was almost intubated, but he fought back because he still wanted to see his family. He is better now but still confined, having tested positive on two different tests. This fight against COVID-19 hits a lot closer to the heart for us at Conexus, because we have nurses in different countries. We cheered with them when they were told about their employment abroad, happy that we can give them opportunities to help their families in the Philippines or even bring their family to their new home abroad. While we all knew nursing is hard work, we were all surprised by the intensity of COVID 19 and the grIt it requires from us. A friend abroad shares her story of 12-hour work shifts wearing hot and uncomfortable PPE, missing meals, and even foregoing restroom breaks. For us, those numbers on how many have tested positive, how many fatalities, how many recoveries are not only statistics. For some of us, these numbers had faces of people we have worked with, went to school with, or even faces of our family. Such is the sad story behind those numbers. Sadly still, the battle is not just physical. COVID-19 brings mental and emotional challenges, too. The work environment is stressful and tiring. Seeing the severity of the disease and death on a daily basis creates fear, especially when these deaths are people we work alongside. A friend abroad developed mild symptoms and was put on home quarantine. After 14 days, with no more symptoms, she went back to work. But on that first day of work, she could only stay for an hour. She developed a numbing fear that she did not want to touch anything, did not want to talk with any patients or even with other nurses. Then again, there is the social battle when our frontliners are being discriminated against. I have heard stories where they were asked to leave their dormitories, another was told to find a different apartment. Some are not allowed on buses or public transportation because they say these nurses have the virus. Others still are not allowed inside restaurants – this was before the lockdown disallowed dine-ins. What can we do to help these frontliners? They are nurses like us, working hard to provide for their families, working hard to stay true to their oath. We can be their support system; we can be the second-liners who have their back. We pray for them, keep in touch with them to monitor their health and well-being. Where there is a lack of PPE, we help the campaign to get sponsors and suppliers. COVID-19 has brought out both the bad and the good. While some discriminate, there are also the brave at heart who generously give. In the Philippines, communities rose to the challenge and rallied behind the frontliners. Many donated PPE, gave free meals, free rides, and some, even offered their hotels, pensions houses, and apartments for free lodging. If we cannot be on the frontline, let us do our best to be the backbone behind those who are fighting the battle with their heart and soul, risking their lives for us. In showing our concern, our appreciation, our prayers, we empower them to fight on with all the hope that together, we can win this battle. To all our Conexus nurses, we truly appreciate your hard work and we have got your back! We are currently hiring international RN's to join our team of talented nurses in the U.S. To register with us, fill in the form below: Form ID:2713
This year, the American Nurse Association-designated recognition week will begin with National Nurses Day on May 6 and conclude May 12, on the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Each year, companies around the country offer nurses all kinds of free or discounted meals and treats through the end of Nurses Week on May 12. We take a look at some of the best discounts and freebies for Nurses Week 2020 and National Nurses Day 2020. Free Dunkin’: On May 6, Dunkin’ is offering a free medium hot or iced coffee and donut to nurses and other healthcare professionals, no ID required. Free Chipotle: Chipotle is providing free burritos to health care workers beginning on Nurses Day May 6 following their 4HEROES campaign. The burritos are provided if workers signup here for a chance to receive them. Sheetz: The eatery is offering a free coffee to nurses, hospital workers, and paramedics through June 1. Free nursing eBooks: Amazon is offering a selection of free Kindle books for nurses. Free Cinnabon: Cinnabon has traditionally offered free cinnamon rolls for nurses during National Nurses Week (Offers may vary by location) The North Face: Earn a 50% discount on non-clearance items for healthcare workersuntil the end of 2020. Plus a 10% discount at North Face outlet stores. To receive the discount, healthcare workers will need to verify their status. Outback Steakhouse: Get 10% off your meal with a valid ID. Discounted gas: BP is offering one-time codes to nurses and other healthcare responders for a 50 cent per gallon discount at their next fill up at BP and Amoco stations. Free Crocs: Crocs is donating free pairs of Crocs to healthcare workers on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic. Free Starbucks: Nurses and other frontline workers can get a free tall brewed coffee, hot or iced, from Starbucks through the month of May. Free Krispy Kreme donuts: Krispy Kreme is offering free dozens of donuts to nurses and other healthcare workers. Get your free donuts by showing your badge. Discount stethoscope: There is $20 off an EKO core digital stethoscope. If someone else is gifting you a stethoscope in honor of National Nurses Week, make sure they know about this deal. Adidas discount: Nurses and other medical professionals can get a 40% discount on adidas.com. HSN discount: Nurses can get $10 off $20 when they make their first HSN purchase. Skechers discount: Skechers is offering a 30% discount on shoes for nurses and other essential workers through May 31, 2020. Yogurtland discount: Some Yogurtland locations are offering discounts on batches of individually packaged cups that can be sent directly to a hospital or medical office. Ike’s Love & Sandwiches discount: Healthcare workers who show an ID will get 50% off an in-store takeout order on May 6.
This week sees the start of Nurses Week 2020. From Wednesday 6th May through Tuesday 12th May, people all over the U.S. will be celebrating the amazing work that nurses perform on a daily basis. Nurses Week is an annual celebration, but this year it seems more fitting than ever. While no celebration seems quite large enough this year to honor nurses, given this global pandemic when nurses are literally risking their own lives to protect ours, 2020 is after all the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The World Health Organization said that the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife would be a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce. This pandemic has most certainly achieved all of these three aims. Many media outlets are documenting the almost war-like efforts and challenging conditions that nurses and other healthcare workers face. Nurses are taking to social media to show the physical scars left by suffocating PPE, and the mental scars of seeing so many patients die in isolation. From this, many more people seem to have a greater appreciation for the work that nurses do, from understanding a little more about the physical stresses of nursing to the emotional toll a nurse can carry. People are clapping in the streets, honking their horns, banging pots and pans, and raising millions of dollars to show their appreciation for nurses and their healthcare colleagues. Hospitals and governments world-wide are also investing in their nursing workforce – something that will hopefully continue after the pandemic is over. To help celebrate the unfathomable work nurses are doing, many companies are offering free gifts and discounts on purchases during Nurses Week. From McDonalds to Krispy Kreme, Adidas to Crocs, Hilton Hotels to Airbnb – many companies are giving that bit extra to show their thanks and recognition to nurses. Have a look online and see what might be waiting for you! Take a look at what's on offer here. We as a company also wanted to give a little shout out to our Conexus nurses. Everyone at Conexus MedStaff respects and applauds the dedication that all of our Conexus nurses give in caring for their patients and representing our company at their different facilities. Each Conexus nurse will be given a gift and a personal message of gratitude from our CEO Andrew Moreton, our Vice President of Operations Cathy Vollmer, and the nurse’s Operations Manager. How appropriate that 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife? We can’t see a more fitting time to honor and celebrate all that our nurses do.
Conexus MedStaff's Vice President of Operations, Cathy Vollmer, RN, shares an honest account of how it feels to be a Registered Nurse not working on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic, and how she is helping fight the virus in other ways... I am a Registered Nurse. And in the midst of the healthcare crisis the globe is facing right now, I am frustrated with myself. There is a feeling of helplessness. I am witnessing the dedication that healthcare workers are pouring into their field and passion for caring for others. I have always loved my career and find fulfillment in promoting nursing and keeping nurses in nursing! And yet…as I sit on the sideline, I feel, like many others, helpless. Though I am a Registered Nurse, I have not worked bedside in more years then I care to remember, yet I have always felt myself a nurse at heart. I am not able to be on the frontline with all the nurses I am seeing in the news and social media. I feel helpless. Earlier this week, I heard on the news of a clinic in our area offering antibody testing for IgG by fingerstick and providing results in 10 minutes. After hearing people in our community talk about this throughout the week, my husband and I decided to go early, arriving at 7:45 for a 9:00 am office opening. WOW, were we surprised? The streets were lined with vehicles that obviously got an earlier start than us! They started handing out numbers at 8:20 am and we were lucky to be number 78 (myself) and number 79 (my husband). They gave us one page - front and back paper to complete open areas. Thank goodness we did not stick with the idea of going about 10:00 am, that we brought coffee with us and that there was a bathroom at a nearby gas station. We were not aware at the time that only 100 tests were being done at the facility that day. We saw several hundred cars try to be added to the testing. So, there we were 5 hours later. The staff was extremely pleasant while wearing their PPE. Candidates who were being COVID-19 screened went to one area of the parking area and the antibody takers stayed in line. We then paid our fee and with a small finger prick that took only a couple of seconds, we were screened while remaining in our car. About ten minutes later, our results were in: Number 78 was negative for the antibody, and number 79 was positive. They did mention, though, that most likely number 78 would be positive also. Please note, antibody testing has 12% false-negative and less than 1% false positive. They gave us the papers and told us that the Department of Health would be reaching out to us and that we could contact the American Red Cross regarding plasma donation. And so, we wait to see what the next steps are. Can my husband donate, and is there a chance I am also positive? My husband had not been sick at all, while I had a bad "flu-like" cold at the beginning of January after being in Seattle and out of the country. Both of us were in Colorado in early February. Apart from the amazing work I get to do for Conexus helping place and support international nurses in the U.S., I am seeking and finding other meaningful ways that I can contribute to this pandemic. I am in healthcare and I find navigating this current situation difficult. I cannot imagine how others in healthcare are finding it. I am sure “regular” practices and processes are out the door. We are navigating unknown waters at this time for sure. I understand we need to be flexible. We need to appreciate all the hard-working front-line healthcare workers that are working tirelessly. I want to be the person to support you in any way I can so we can get through this. I want to have your back and be there to help. We appreciate each and every one of you, yesterday, today and tomorrow too! More information about Plasma Donations from Recovered COVID-19 Patients
We employ registered nurses from all over the globe to continue their nursing career in the U.S. If you are a registered nurse from abroad or a recent nursing graduate from the U.S., you can apply with us at any time on our website, however, to be eligible to join us in your nursing journey in the U.S. you will need the following: Educational Qualifications A BSN or a Nursing Diploma equivalent to an Associate Degree in the U.S. Nursing Experience 1 - 5 years of experience working in a hospital in an acute care setting. The number of years experience you will need is dependent on a variety of factors such as, but not limited to: Your qualification. If you have a BSN we will only require you to have 3 years of experience. Whereas if you have a Diploma you will need at least 5 years of experience. If you have recently graduated from the U.S. or Canada you will be able to apply with us straight from University. Find out more. You will need to currently be working in an acute care role in a healthcare setting. Other Requirements You will need to have passed the NCLEX-RN before we can offer you an interview. We often get asked if you will need your IELTS before applying with us. The simple answer is no! You will need to pass the IELTS later on in our application process, but there is no reason to wait until you score the perfect score before starting your application with us. Get started Are you ready to start your application with the best in healthcare? Apply here or fill in the form below to begin your adventure in the U.S. Form ID:2713
April is Stress Awareness Month. There is no set definition for the term stress. There is even debate as to whether stress is the cause of a problem or the result of one. Look at the following definitions: At the most basic level, stress is our body’s response to pressures from a situation or life event. (Mental Health Foundation, 2020) In a medical or biological context, is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. (MedicineNet, 2020) The first definition sees stress as the result of pressure, while the second sees stress as being the cause of a problem. Neither is more right than the other. We all know what it's like to feel stressed, but it's not easy to pin down exactly what stress means. When we say things like "this is stressful" or "I'm stressed", we might be talking about: Situations or events that put pressure on us – for example, times where we have lots to do and think about, or don't have much control over what happens. Our reaction to being placed under pressure – the feelings we get when we have demands placed on us that we find difficult to cope with. At present, with the global COVID-19 pandemic being at its height in many countries, many people are experiencing stress levels that they may not have experienced before. There is huge uncertainty about people’s health and that of the economy, and much of what is happening is out of the control of the individual. People are concerned about their health and that of their loved ones; people’s relatives are dying; people are experiencing changes to their employment status and businesses; financial strain is at levels many have never had to endure, and those in financial hardship already may be being pushed even further into poverty; people already living in abusive environments might see an increase in domestic abuse incidents while living under lockdown conditions; and people are being expected to home-school their children as schools close, many of whom may be expected to work from home at the same time. Nurses and other frontline medical and support staff also face the additional stress of tackling the virus head on, sometimes without adequate staffing numbers, appropriate training, or the correct personal protective equipment. However the COVID-19 pandemic is additional stress that was not in our lives just a few months ago. Alongside the additional stress COVID-19 is causing, people will still be experiencing stress from areas of their life where they felt it before. When we feel stressed, the hypothalamus communicates to the adrenal glands which then emit the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. These are the hormones that control our “fight or flight” response. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol increases glucose in the bloodstream and enhances your brain's use of glucose. Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a “fight or flight” situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system and the reproductive system. Short-term stress can sometimes be beneficial. It can help you to deal with dangerous situations, and makes some people more productive and creative. However when stress is experienced for a long period of time, long term effects of adrenaline and cortisol can have significant detrimental effects on a person’s physical and mental health. The figure below from the American Institute of Stress (https://www.stress.org/how-stress-affects-your-body) shows how long term stress impacts health. It is important that if you feel that stress is becoming a problem, consciously try to take measures to address the cause and effect of your stress. If there is something you can do to change the source of the problem (whether It be a family feud, debt problems, or workload) then take these steps. It may be difficult to do at first, but ultimately it should alleviate some of the stress that you feel. If you are unable to change the source of your stress, try to take measures to change your exposure to the source, and to strengthen your resilience and response by increasing your positive coping mechanisms. Stress management techniques: Eat a healthy, varied diet, take dietary supplements if required Stay hydrated, and limit alcohol intake Exercise several times per week Practice relaxation techniques – meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises Get a good nights sleep Limit exposure to social media or media coverage that makes you feel negative or stressed Make time for yourself and your hobbies – read a book, listen to music, Maintain strong relationships with family and friends - discuss your feelings with them Seek medical help if you feel your mental or physical health is suffering Always remember that other people may be experiencing stressful situations that we may or may not be aware of. Even during the time of COVID-19, if you suspect someone might be struggling with stress, you can still reach out to them in a meaningful way. Make a phone call instead of sending a text, have a real conversation, suggest doing some exercise together over Skype, signpost them to organizations that may be able to help – for example financial or legal advice. It may help that person more than you could imagine, and is likely to improve your wellbeing too. Further Reading and References The American Institute of Stress: www.stress.org The American Institute of Stress is a non-profit organization established in 1978, designed to serve as a clearing house for information on all stress related topics. The American Heart Association: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management The American Heart Association has information on ways that stress affects the body, as well as tips on managing stress. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America: www.adaa.org The Mental Health Foundation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress MedicineNet: https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20104