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So powerful you’ll want your children to someday read this too

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I couldn’t even think about cooking, let alone eating, until I wiped those gross boogers off his face.

Of course, I’m talking about my little brother.

We were pretty young and home alone after school. In today’s climate, we’d probably be scooped up by some governmental body and placed in…

And the 8 takeaways that might change how you think about writing forever

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“What are you doing?”

“I’m writing.”

“Every day for a month?”

“Yup. 30 days, 30 posts.”

That’s the mini conversation I had with myself when I started this 30-day writing challenge.

“What the heck did I think I was signing up for? You cray-cray or something?!”

Yeah, still talking to…

They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what I really want to do is just exercise

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It’s easy to forgo exercise when working 12-hours at a time, especially when you’re in a new environment. As a travel nurse, it’s sometimes difficult enough just to get through the shift, return to your hotel or apartment, collapse in exhaustion, get up and do it all over again. …

Not all housing and not all travel companies are the same

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Currently, I’m on a travel contract, and the place I’m working has several different agencies represented. As you likely know, nurses talk. While we don’t have “water cooler” chats, we certainly talk it up between rounds or at the nurse’s station.

So what do travel companies, housing, and chatty nurses…

The short answer is yes, and here’s why…

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There are numerous negotiating points in nursing contracts these days.

Everything from a nurse’s hourly rate to housing, location, and even the duration of the assignment. But something many nurses might overlook is their schedule. Specifically the ability to exert some control and say so in it.

Of course, I’m…

Rick Martinez

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