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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…

And a simple framework that anyone can use, even if you’re not a nurse

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I am a nurse turned freelance writer.

But to tell you the truth, I actually believe I’ve always had the writer in me, long before I ever became a nurse.

If you’re not a nurse, you may be wondering why this is relevant to you. So before I go on…

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“We can handle small surges and clusters; it’s not a big deal. But when you get this continuous surge ongoing hour after hour — you see these patients, and they are all coming in with the same symptoms huffing and puffing, some of them are gasping for air, and some…

It will easily be the scariest, and most rewarding move you’ll ever make

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Every travel nurse started as a staff nurse or received their first year of experience in some facility.

And then they made the leap into the travel nurse life.

Now that you’ve got the necessary experience, it’s time to start the search for your first travel assignment. It’s an exciting…

It takes a whole different type of travel nurse to work the night shift

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I know because I am one. I’ve been one for years and years now, and I must say that I love it. I’m born and bred for working nights.

It just means something different to be a night shift nurse. …

It’s one of those things you might always wonder, “what if?”

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One of the most appealing aspects of our career is the opportunity to be a travel nurse. I can’t think of anything else that offers you the chance to try living in a new location, develop essential professional abilities, and make good money all at the same time. …

Not if, but when the COVID nursing bubble pops

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Just the other day, I heard someone from a major travel nurse company talk about the “COVID nursing bubble,” and it got me thinking.

Is there really a COVID nursing bubble?

Or will this be the way things are for the foreseeable and distant future?

While it’s hard to make…

“Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” — Aristotle

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I love that quote for several reasons. The main one is that I feel it’s a large part of why many of us became nurses. Whether you’re a staff nurse, school nurse, administrator, or PRN provider, we all likely resonate with that quote.

But look, let’s be honest here for…

As travel nurses, we have a bunch of options, and frankly speaking, the sky’s the limit.

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While that’s a good thing to have choices, it doesn’t mean we get to “let ourselves go,” so to speak. What I mean is, just because we’re now the center of attention doesn’t give us carte blanche to lose our edge.

Quite the contrary.

And in fact, the best of…

Rick Martinez

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