A Day in the Life of a Correctional Nurse

Interview with Chris McMahon, RN, BSN

Misguided assumptions about the correctional healthcare environment prevents many clinicians from pursuing the job opportunities that are there. While not the right work environment for every clinician, the correctional healthcare setting can provide a rich and rewarding career for those nurses that are willing to put their preconceived notions to the test. To help combat some of the natural biases that surround the correctional healthcare vocation, we interviewed Chris McMahon, RN, BSN. As an experienced correctional nurse, Chris provides insight into what a typical day looks like in correctional healthcare, the type of care that correctional nurses are generally responsible for and what it takes to succeed in this non-traditional healthcare field.

1. What initially attracted you to a career in nursing?

Correctional Nurse Chris McMahonWhile I was pursuing my bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, I knew that I wanted to end up in a career where I would have the opportunity to help and care for other people. At the time, I didn’t know that nursing would be the place where I would land. As I was trying to decide on a major that was right for me, I took a very general class about nursing. From there, I was hooked. I had so many amazing teachers along the way that encouraged me. Their enthusiasm for the profession was contagious. I’ve never regretted my choice to become a nurse.

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Travel Nurse Resume Tips

How to Set Yourself Apart


Interested in a FREE travel nurse resume evaluation by an experienced industry professional? Fill out the contact form at the bottom of this post to find out how your resume compares!


Travel nursing is one of the most competitive niches within the healthcare industry. Within a matter of hours (sometimes even minutes), a new travel contract is posted, filled and then closed. Blink and you’ll miss the opportunity. So, how can nurses make themselves a top contender for these highly coveted travel contracts? The answer is simple: create a travel nurse resume that conveys the right information in an easily digestible format.

In consultation with Premier Medical Staffing Services’ experienced travel nurse recruiters, we have outlined below a step-by-step process for creating the “perfect” travel nurse resume, one that succinctly captures all the pertinent details. We have also highlighted some “do’s” and “don’ts” to help ensure that your resume ends up on top of the “must contact” pile. As a bonus, you can click here to download our free travel nurse resume template, guaranteed to capture all the information recruiters and hiring managers are looking for.

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How to Deal with an Angry Patient

Regardless of their specialty, nurses encounter a spectrum of patient emotions every day. While their reassuring presence and medical capabilities are welcomed by most, there are times when nurses are called upon to be both healer and mediator. One of the most valuable skills that a nurse can develop is the ability to effectively interact with an angry patient. The following seven tips outlined below, when repeatedly and consistently implemented, can help a nurse defuse potential conflicts with patients.

1. Don’t Take It Personally

Many within the mental health profession consider anger to be a secondary emotion, meaning it is used to protect oneself from other feelings of vulnerability (i.e. humiliation, rejection, sadness, fear, etc.). While it may seem like a patient is lashing out at you personally, the reality is that they are most likely having an emotional response to a situation that does not even involve you. You just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Therefore, the golden rule when dealing with an angry patient is to not take anything they say or do personally. By reminding yourself that the patient’s emotions are misplaced, you can circumvent feelings of being attacked and needing to respond aggressively. Continue reading

Interview with Nurse Coffee Talk

Jamie Baker and Sarah Matthews, hosts of the Nurse Coffee Talk podcast

Are you interested in honest conversations about the challenges currently facing the nursing profession? Jamie Baker and Sarah Matthews, hosts of the Nurse Coffee Talk podcast, are highly experienced nurses that have seen and done it all. They are committed to using their platform to help other nurses successfully navigate the bureaucratic red tape that is commonplace in today’s healthcare systems. Their ability to discuss complex issues with humor and to discover practical solutions will re-energize your passion for one of the greatest professions.

Listen as Jamie and Sarah tackle some of the hottest topics in nursing today and discuss how these challenges can be resolved. 


1. Jamie and Sara, tell us a little bit about yourselves. What are your backgrounds and education? What initially attracted both of you to a career in nursing?

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Interview with Burnt Out to Lit Up

Erika and Mike del Pozo, Burnt Out to Lit Up podcasters & bloggers at Joy Energy Time

In a recent blog post, Premier Medical Staffing Services examined what healthcare worker burnout is and how it can be treated/prevented. To that end, we are honored present our interview with Erika and Mike del Pozo, hosts of the Burnt Out to Lit Up podcast and owners of the Joy Energy Time blog.  

As experienced healthcare professionals, Erika and Mike have seen firsthand the devastating consequences that healthcare worker burnout can have on clinicians, patients and healthcare facilities. Keep reading to learn more about this occupational phenomenon and how Erika and Mike are changing the way healthcare workers address their stress and burnout.


1. What are your backgrounds and education within the healthcare field?

I (Erika) am an occupational therapist and my husband, Mike, is a physical therapist. We met while we were both in grad school in South Florida. I have a Master’s in Occupational Therapy (MOT), and Mike has his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT).

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Interview with Goings Places

As a proud supporter of our non-profit partner, Heroes for Healthcare, Premier Medical Staffing Services is always excited to share stories of the amazing things that happen when the military and nursing intersect. Our recent interview with David and Rebecca Goings, a dynamic husband and wife team, is a prime example of the ingenuity and hard work that results from a combination of these forces. Keep reading to find out how David’s military career and Rebecca’s nursing career launched a successful business, Goings Places LLC,  that is now helping military families, travel nurses and so many others.


 1. Tell us a little bit about yourselves. What are your professional backgrounds? When and how did you meet? How long have you been married?

Rebecca: David and I met 10 years ago through mutual friends, the stereotypical “eyes meeting from across a crowded room” type scene! We lost touch for a few years while David deployed overseas, and I began my journey through nursing school. Now, we’ve been married for three wonderfully exciting years. David has encouraged me my whole career, since I became a brand-new nurse to transitioning to critical care and then to travel nursing. David served seven years in the Army Infantry, eventually earning the rank of Captain, before he joined the world of real estate investing.

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Premier Moves to New Office Space

Premier Medical Staffing Services, LLC
Announces Move to Larger Office Space

Move Reinforces Company’s Commitment to Continued Growth and Expansion

Milwaukee, WI – Premier Medical Staffing Services, LLC, a leading national healthcare staffing firm for healthcare professionals and companies, is pleased to announce that they have moved to a larger office space to accommodate the company’s continued growth and success. Previously located at 10150 W. National Avenue, Suite 150 in Milwaukee, WI, the company moved to its new location at 2514 S. 102nd Street, Suite 340 in Milwaukee, WI on Monday, May 4th after completing a series of upgrades and renovations to the new premises.

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2020 Nurses Month Discounts & Freebies

In honor of National Nurses Week and the American Nurses Association’s Nurses Month, some of our favorite vendors are giving away free and/or discounted merchandise to nurses, doctors, first responders and other front line workers. Keep scrolling to see if your favorite vendor is on the list!


Academy Sports + Outdoors Discount: Through May 25, Academy Sports + Outdoors is offering a 10% discount to nurses, military veterans and other first responders and healthcare professionals, both in stores and online. 

Adidas Discount: Nurses and other medical professionals can get a 40% discount on adidas.com.  

Amazon Nursing ebooks: Amazon offers a selection of free Kindle books for nurses. 
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Interview with Nurses on Fire

Naseema McElroy, Nurses on Fire podcaster and blogger at Financially Intentional

Premier Medical Staffing Services’ mission is to “make a positive difference in those we serve.” To help transform this mission into a reality, Premier is dedicated to providing our clinicians with a variety of high-quality resources that they can use to succeed both professionally and personally. We recently had the opportunity to interview Naseema McElroy, host of the Nurses on Fire podcast and founder of Financially Intentional (a blog about personal finance and living life intentionally) to discuss how clinicians can become empowered about their finances.

Come along with us as Naseema explains the tips and tricks she used to free herself from almost $1 million dollars of debt and why she thinks financial freedom is within every nurse’s grasp.
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Interview with Marie Purvis

Marie Purvis, Global Master Trainer at Nike

Clinicians across the nation are facing an increasing amount of stress and pressure as our healthcare system attempts to do more with less. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that our country’s healthcare workers are armed with the resources they need to stay mentally, emotionally and physically healthy. Premier Medical Staffing Services recently had the opportunity to interview Marie Purvis, Global Master Trainer at Nike, to discuss realistic ways for busy clinicians to incorporate fitness into their daily lives.

Marie Purvis is an international trainer and fitness professional with an innovative and creative approach to training. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology. She has also received her Personal Trainer Certification through the American Council on Exercise.

With over 16 years of professional and personal training experience, Marie Purvis’ programs focus on functional training. She has worked with professional athletes and celebrities, including Serena Williams, Nick Symmonds, Shawn Johnson, Lea Michele and Gabby Douglas (to name only a few). Her unique expertise and background serve her well as she creates content for the Nike Training Club app which gives consumers access to personal training anytime, anywhere.

Marie Purvis can be found on Instagram where she frequently posts live workouts and other fitness information.
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