Premier is a Future 50 Company

Premier Medical Staffing Services, LLC has been named a 2023 Future 50 company by BizTimes Media, in partnership with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC). The Future 50 program recognizes the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in the Milwaukee region. The honored companies have been in business for at least three years and have demonstrated significant revenue and employment growth. Those with the highest levels of growth in recent years are the ones that make the list. 

“Premier is honored to be a Future 50 awardee. We are proud to offer medical professionals the opportunity to gain diverse experiences to better their careers,” says owner Mark Hanoski. “We are a team of passionate professionals that work, learn, and celebrate together. We strive every day to make a positive difference in those we serve.”

The Premier team is thrilled to be recognized for the organization’s continuous growth and is motivated to continue on an upward trajectory in the years to come.

The Future 50 companies will be honored at an awards luncheon on Friday, Sept. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. The luncheon will be hosted by BizTimes Media. To register to attend, visit 

Switching Specialties in Nursing

One great thing about a career in nursing is that you do not have to be stuck in the same role. Many RNs with long careers in nursing have changed their specialties at least once. Switching specialties in nursing sounds complicated and depending on the type of change you plan on making, it might not be simple. However, the important part of your journey is that you are able to move to a position where you feel the most fulfilled. If you’re feeling ready for a change, look no further. Here is our comprehensive guide to switching specialties in nursing.

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How to Know You Should Switch Specialties

It can be difficult to know when to change your specialty. Some reasons you might be unhappy with your current position may have nothing to do with the specialty and everything to do with the facility or company culture where you currently work. Therefore, it is important to think long and hard about your motivation to switch specialties. Ask yourself whether you are unhappy due to scheduling, colleagues, work climate, or other issues. If your dissatisfaction has nothing to do with patients and the type of care you provide, you might not want to switch specialties, but rather consider a career change.

Here are a few common reasons RNs cite for switching specialties in nursing:

No Longer Feeling Challenged

If you have been in the field for a while and you do not feel like you are being challenged, you may want to explore a different specialty. Switching specialties in nursing gives you the opportunity to educate yourself in a new area, take on new responsibilities, and care for a different pool of patients. A change in specialty may be just what you need to stay satisfied in your nursing career.

Work Feels Monotonous

If you’re happy with your current role, each day should bring you excitement on some level. If you are feeling bored, uninterested, or like every day is the same, switching your specialty may be something you should consider. A new work environment could bring you a renewed passion for the patients you serve and the job you do.

Dreading Going to Work

Anyone who dreads going into work should consider a career change on some level. If you have already ruled out that the staff or organization are not the source of your unhappiness, you might consider a specialty change. Some specialties are just not a good fit for every nurse, and that is totally ok! In addition, working with the same types of trauma or cases over an extended period of time can take its toll, which is why switching specialties is a good option for nurses feeling burnt out in their role.

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Tips for Switching Specialties in Nursing

Any career-related transition can seem daunting. If you’ve been in your specialty for a long time, it might be difficult to think about moving to a completely new field. Here are some tips to help you transition smoothly and to make sure that you choose the best fit for your new career path.


Networking with other nurses in your new specialty can be exceptionally helpful. They can give you information on the type of work they do, what they like about their position, and some of the things they find challenging. Networking is a great way to find new positions, but it can also be a great way to build a professional support system.

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Research Specialty Options & Find a Good Match

Research is key before switching specialties in nursing. Depending on what specialties interest you, you may need to read up on what your new responsibilities will be, what kind of specialized knowledge is required, and what additional training you will need to complete. Thorough research will help you prepare before taking the leap into a new career trajectory.

When transitioning from one specialty to another, you want to look for a good match for your passions, lifestyle, and schedule. These are all things to consider when you are switching specialties in nursing. Once you have your top specialties narrowed down, you will want to make sure that the available facilities are right for your needs as well.

Additional Education

Medicine is an ever-evolving field, which is why continued education is very important for nurses, especially those who are in a new specialty. Additional education and training can help you pivot seamlessly to a dream role or help you prepare for a specialty change. Consider researching advanced nursing education as a way to explore possible future positions.

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Joint Commission Recertification 2023

We are proud to announce that Premier has once again earned the recertification of The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Health Care Staffing Services in May of 2023. This accreditation demonstrates Premier’s continued commitment to employing qualified healthcare professionals in the field.

Joint Commission experts evaluated Premier’s compliance with national standards that assess how healthcare staffing firms determine the competency of clinicians, placement of staff, and how they monitor performance. We are proud to have earned a perfect score, like we have each time the on-site audit takes place. “Our continued accreditation is something we can be proud of, as it speaks to our core values as a company and to our teamwork,” says Interim Compliance Lead, Tim Schulz.

Thank you for your dedication, Joint Commission, and congratulations to the Premier Team!

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Tips for Communicating with a Travel Nurse Recruiter

Whether you are new to the contract nursing world or a veteran travel RN, communicating with recruiters is an inevitable part of the journey. Sometimes, it can seem tricky to keep in touch with a recruiter while working tough shifts as a nurse, but it doesn’t have to be a barrier between you and your dream contract. We asked our Premier team, and they delivered some top tips for communicating with a travel nurse recruiter.

Employ Smart and Effective Communication Strategies That Work for Both Parties 

When communicating with a travel nurse recruiter, it is important to establish your contact preferences right off the bat. It’s super important that you and your recruiter are on the same page when it comes to getting in touch with one another. Recruiter Brianna advises, “let the recruiter know how you like to be communicated with, if you prefer texts or calls, tell them. We want to know the fastest way to get a hold of you.” Recruiter Lauren P. adds, “give a heads up on the current shift you’re working so we know when to expect to hear back from you and we can respect your sleep schedule.” Getting things done quickly is a top priority for recruiters at staffing agencies– they want to get you employed as soon as possible! Keep your phone handy when you’re in contact with your recruiter, and don’t leave them hanging. “Respond promptly – I try to get back to my clinicians as soon as I can and appreciate prompt communication in return,” says recruiter Hannah, “it makes it so much easier on my end – having to continuously follow up takes a lot of time away from other tasks, like searching for their next great position!” Another pro tip comes from recruiter Cailey: “Save our number – we know you get bombarded by many recruiters. Help us both by saving our name and number so you can easily pick out our messages.” 

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Be Upfront & Transparent 

Another top tip for communicating with a travel nurse recruiter is to not leave them in the dark about your goals and preferences for your assignment. Director of Recruitment, Russ, says, “in any partnership it’s important to be straightforward. Don’t assume that your recruiter knows what you want in your next role, whether it is location, setting, shift or hours. Be direct so that wrong assumptions are avoided.” Honesty is the best policy when working with a travel nurse recruiter. Brianna advises, “be honest if you’re working with other recruiters or already submitted places. We know it’s not personal and you’re looking for the best position, we just want to be kept in the loop.” When in doubt, overcommunicate. “We need to understand your wants and needs! We can’t read minds,” says recruiter Cailey. 

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Ask All the Questions 

 There is no such thing as asking too many questions when it comes to communicating with a travel nurse recruiter! “Ask what regions are the focus/most successful for their company so you know what jobs you would be seeing the most from that recruiter specifically,” advises recruiter Nicole. It is also a great idea to ask your recruiter about trends in rates and job availability, so you know what to expect going into the process, especially if it is your first time using a staffing agency. Personal attention is one of the top qualities of any great recruiter, so answering your questions is a priority for them. Brianna says, “if you are unsure about anything in the process or the job, let us know. Our job is to make sure you are fully prepared to take the offer and that it’s a good fit.” 

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Be Understanding 

In order for your relationship with your recruiter to be the most successful, it is important to be understanding, open-minded, and patient. Director of Recruitment, Russ, says:  

“The market is always changing- be it pay rates, volume of openings, hard-to-fill openings, demanding clients, etc. They are people too and they want understanding from those that they partner with to find mutual wins. This includes both the clients/facilities they work with but also and, more importantly, their candidates. Recruiters are not job vending machines. It takes a lot of work to find, match, and onboard new staff. Be patient and understanding that we are all in it together to get the best possible care to those who need it most.” 

Knowing that your recruiter cannot change the volume of job openings or pay rates, it is important to be receptive to what is going on in the market at any given moment. You and your recruiter are riding the wave together, and ultimately, you are a team- both working toward a great outcome. 

Ready to start communicating with travel nurse recruiter? Get in touch here! 

Benefits of Taking Time Off Between Travel Nursing Contracts

Nursing is an inherently stressful profession, and for travel nurses, changing scenery every 13 weeks can compound stress. Travel nursing comes with so many amazing benefits, but it is not without its challenges. Even if you’re a self-described “rolling stone” and have no trouble moving from location to location, there are mental and physical tolls that come along with constant relocation. Many nurses find themselves compartmentalizing the stress of work and moving, and it eventually weighs on them, resulting in burnout. Taking a break between assignments isn’t a sign of weakness or admission of failure. It’s an opportunity to recharge and indulge in self-care, so you can approach your next assignment fresh and ready to succeed. If you are considering taking time off between travel nursing contracts, here are some of the benefits that come along with it. 

Stress Relief & Self Care 

One of the many benefits of taking time off between travel nursing contracts is, unsurprisingly, stress relief. A well-deserved break when you feel like pressure is building can interrupt the cycle of stress that causes burnout. When you break this cycle of stress, you can recuperate and get yourself to a healthier place both physically and mentally. Often, nurses use time off between contracts as a way to reconnect with self-care practices and simply rest and recharge. Some ways to decompress between travel nursing contracts are: 

  • Reading some of those books on your TBR list
  • Splurging on a spa day 
  • Hiking, biking, boating, or simply reconnecting with nature 
  • Journaling about your nursing experiences and setting career goals 
  • Enjoying the arts: going to the museum, the theatre, or listening to live music

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When taking time off between travel nursing contracts, you may consider indulging in a much-needed vacation. Whether you’ve been wanting to explore that national park on your list, go out in the big city, or relax on the beach, you can use your time off between contracts as an escape from the ordinary. Many travel nurses use budgeting strategies to save up for a vacation and use some time off between contracts to get away. This is a fantastic way to spend some time before jumping into your next assignment. 

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Reconnect with Family and Friends 

One of the side-effects of travel nursing is being away from your circle of family and friends. When considering taking time off between travel nursing contracts, you may want to use the opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones.  

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Refocus on Goals 

One of the best ways to refocus on your career and personal goals is taking time off between travel nursing contracts. Feeling like you need a mental and physical reset to outline your next move? Take a couple weeks before your next contract to focus on what you’re looking to accomplish in the next year. Chronic stress can lead to decreased creativity and memory problems, which is why a break from nursing is a great way to clear your mind and focus on what your goals are. 

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Indulge in Passion Projects 

Do you have a personal endeavor you’ve been dying to start but work keeps getting in the way? Take a break between travel nursing contracts and start making headway on that passion project! Whether you want to start a side-hustle, master a cooking technique, plant your dream garden, or learn how to crochet, taking some time off between travel nursing contracts will afford you the time to do so.  

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Ready to start your travel nursing journey with Premier? Apply today!

Travel Nursing with a Significant Other

Travel nursing with a significant other can be one of the greatest adventures in your relationship and career. However, like most things in nursing (and life), it does not come without its unique challenges. To get all the best advice on travel nursing with a partner, we chatted with Premier RN Tess Stecker, who has been traveling with her husband and fellow RN, Kyle, for the past three years. Check out our conversation and follow Tess and Kyle’s adventures on Instagram.

How did you and Kyle decide to start travel nursing together?

All through college, we both knew we wanted to travel nurse before settling down and starting a family. When we got married and graduated college, we both started working in hospitals to gain experience. After about 2 years we were starting to get burnt out, so we decided to take the jump and start traveling!

What is the key to making your relationship work while travel nursing with a significant other?

Kyle and I both do different specialties in nursing, so that has made it slightly more difficult while travel nursing. We always look for contracts in the same city. Typically, Kyle works 5 8-hour shifts while I work 3 or 4 12-hour shifts. This can make it difficult for our schedules to align. Thankfully, I have always had great managers who let me have my days off when Kyle has off.

How do you and your partner bond/spend quality time together while on the road?

We love using our days off to explore the new city we are in. We are usually only in a new city for 13 weeks and that time flies by because of work! We always plan one night a week to go out and try a new restaurant which is a great way for us to experience new places. We also love hiking, going to museums or exploring downtown at whatever city we are in.

Where is your favorite place you have been on assignment?

Our favorite place we have been on assignment is San Diego, CA. It is such a unique city, it has the ocean, mountains, and great weather. It is a great city to live in while you’re young!

What advice would you give to clinicians who are thinking about travel nursing with a significant other?

Be patient with each other and value this time in our lives. When you’re travel nursing with a significant other, you are away from the familiar and comfortable and you really have to lean on each other. It is not always easy, and it can be lonely at times, but your significant other can provide a lot of support during the hard times. Also, really take the time to go out and have date nights. It is easy to waste your days off by sitting at home, but go explore, it’s worth it!


Ready to start travel nursing? Apply with Premier to get your adventure started!

Premier Nurses: Beyond the Scrubs

This Nurses Month, we want to acknowledge the incredible work our clinicians do both inside and outside of healthcare settings. Our nurses are so much more than just nurses: they are parents, small business owners, volunteers, and essential members of their communities. Here are a few Premier RNs who shared with us glimpses into their lives beyond the scrubs.

Steven K., Med/Surg RN

Job outside of nursing: Owner of Bottle Theory, a craft beer taproom.

What gave you the idea to open your own business?

I worked doubles at a restaurant to pay for nursing school. I’d been talking with one of my best friends about doing our own thing someday. It didn’t seem like it would ever actually happen, since conversations and daydreaming about a project often are satisfying enough to never actually go through the process of doing it. As I started nursing, my friend stayed in the restaurant industry forming relationships along the way; these would prove to be critical pieces down the road. A few years later, right in in the middle of COVID, he circled back with me about taking our service experience into the craft beer world. It was blowing up and Chicago had just been crowned craft beer capital of the U.S.

So, why craft beer? There aren’t many things that offer an unreal, world-class experience for $7. Craft beer does. It’s a low barrier to entry and high invitation, which is the magical combination many businesses strive toward. The flavors that brewers can pull out of simple ingredients, the constant innovation and the intoxicating artwork on the cans make it a full sensory experience. The beers are so good these days that very little needs to be spent on marketing, which makes the financials much less complicated. And, besides, who doesn’t want to hang out with friends in an exciting place with cool stuff to try? We built exactly the place we’d want to spend time at.

How do you balance your career as a nurse with running your small business?

I used to work nights, but since the business was opening very soon, I switched to days so that I could give the other 4 days a week my full attention to the shop. If I’d stayed on nights, it would’ve dragged the opening out even further, as the global supply chain issues were still a daily challenge at the time; we couldn’t afford any avoidable delays. No days off is a real thing, but to have what you want, you have to do what you haven’t been willing to do.

Having an encouraging wife is crucial. She understood the vision, its importance, and the projections. She would’ve trusted me to invest anyways, but those pieces made it much easier for her to come alongside and have an abiding interest in the business.

What advice would you give to a nurse who is looking to invest more time into their passions outside of healthcare?

You just have to do it. The only secret sauce is you have to be disturbed. Totally irritated by the space between where you are and where you wish you were. That will provide you with an unshakeable, confident answer to “what’s your ‘why?’ If you figure that out, the how and when will follow. Think about all of the people who’ve immigrated over the last couple centuries to the U.S. and turned determination and effort into family-sustaining income. Often with little to no money, little to no relationships, little to no understanding of the culture or the language. And likely a ton of resistance to push through. There’s no reason why someone like me, a formally educated person with established relationships in a country where I speak the primary language, maintains excuses for why I can’t start a business. Obviously, building relationships both organically and strategically matters. The saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is largely true. Sure, you need to know something to inform your plan, but you can’t know everything, so bringing people along who have experiences, skills, and knowledge that you don’t is not just more efficient, it’s a realistic aspect of getting a business off the ground. If nothing else, it makes the faults and mistakes along the way much softer individually and much richer interpersonally. This whole project from inception to opening and what sustains every day forward has been fueled by the desire to be in community, have a fun experience and celebrate relationships.

Jennifer N., LTAC RN

Job outside of nursing: Doula.

What inspired you to become a doula?

That’s really multifactorial. I’ve transitioned to a much more holistic mindset during my 15 plus years in nursing, and I have always been very passionate about patient advocacy, I actually became a board-certified patient advocate and built a business of which the foundation is firmly planted on advocacy and patient rights. As a mom of six and more recently, a grandmother, I have had the experience of being a patient on the maternity side of medicine and witnessed many other women in their childbirth journeys as well, and I recognized patterns and mindsets that I felt were a disservice to birthing mothers. The perception that pregnancy and childbirth are a medical diagnosis and not a life process bothers me. I recognized the increased use of interventions to suit schedules and made-up guidelines, all too often leading to further interventions and even complications. Lack of informed consent was another biggie. Being aware of the need for support, I decided to obtain Doula certification. I feel that as a nurse and a doula, I can be an informed, compassionate companion to support women in making decisions. Studies show that having a doula present during labor helps to promote patient autonomy and decreases the chances of medical interventions, which I find incredibly important. Doulas provide support, information, and emotional care throughout the entire process and empower women in their birthing journey.

How do you balance your career as an RN with working as a doula?

I think that most RNs are great multitaskers!  I only take a maximum of two women at the time that have a due date in the same month, this keeps me available for deliveries and to offer adequate prenatal and postpartum support while maintaining a bedside presence as an RN. I also offer virtual holistic prenatal support which can be scheduled around everything else going on. Funny enough, I actually connected with a doula client while working a contract, one of the physicians I was working with hired me to support him and his wife during their delivery! You just never know!

What advice would you give to a nurse who is looking to invest more time into their passions?

Give your passions priority! Especially if that passion is centered around service… there is no greater fulfillment, in my opinion, than enriching and being a blessing in another’s life.

Thomas P., Med/Surg RN

Hobby outside of nursing: Building a “Lego City” with his daughter.

What inspired you to start this hobby with your daughter? 

It began years ago as a Father’s Day gift but didn’t really take off until my daughter started to show interest because she saw a Lego city at a local toy store. Since, we go to Lego stores everywhere we go. She really enjoys the mini figures. She likes to trade, which works on her interpersonal communication and negotiating skills.

What is the most rewarding part about the process of building the Lego city?

The most rewarding part is the quality time I get to spend with my daughter. No electronics while we build except for music. It keeps her off of her phone, iPad, and TV. In addition, seeing her mind work as we plan the city layout and details of it all.

What advice would you give to a nurse who is looking to invest more time into their passions or families?

Just like your career: Do what you love. Take the time to spend it how you want with family, friends, or a great hobby.  Have fun with it.

You Make a Difference: Stories From the Field

The ANA Nurses Month theme in 2023 is “You Make a Difference,” and we can’t think of a better phrase to describe healthcare workers. We asked some of our Premier nurses about a time they felt they really made a difference, and the stories are incredible. To all nurses: thank you for making a difference in the lives of those you serve. We are so grateful to work with you!

Transplant Warriors

“I used to be a transplant coordinator for kidneys. Making that phone call to the recipient to let them know and meeting them at the hospital before their life changing surgery, seeing them thrive after their transplant and essentially go back to a normal life have certainly been some of the most amazing and rewarding moments in my life.” – Andrea C.L., Tele-Med/Surg RN

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Starting a Cycle of Kindness

“I remember a time I was working in an environment with people that did not work together to help one another. One morning I realized the nurses I would be reporting to did not have a tech to help them that day. I knew it was going to be a rough day. I rallied my fellow co-workers, and we began completing tasks that would help the next shift’s day start a little smoother. When the day shift nurses arrived instead of being overwhelmed and frustrated, they were moved by our thoughtfulness and kindness for them. When I returned to work that night, I was greeted with the same fate as the previous shift. The tech scheduled for that night had called in and there wasn’t anyone to replace them. Surprisingly, the day shift crew had followed our example and completed the same act of kindness for us. Uniting together as a body for the common purpose of meeting patient needs and not viewing tasks as shift specific became the new normal. I realized being kind and compassionate towards your co-workers can have as big of an impact on patient care as any one act you do as an individual.” – Jackie S., LTC RN

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Connection During COVID

“The time in my career when I felt I made the most difference was the 1st year of the Covid pandemic. I was working on a trach unit and the facility was on lockdown. Absolutely no visitors, which meant that my patients who couldn’t speak were unable to see the people who loved them. I had 3 patients whose families visited all the time before Covid who couldn’t see them now, and that bothered me. I used my personal cellphone and FaceTimed with those families every shift I worked. That made me, my patients, and their families a little more comfortable with not being able to physically see their loved ones. For me, that was the most difficult time because while I was doing everything I could to keep them alive, patients on the other units were dying. My patients’ families were so grateful and thankful to me. I am the voice for the voiceless.” – Shirley W., Respiratory Care

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Bonding Over Breakfast

“At this hospital I worked at a few years ago we had a patient who was considered a ‘frequent flyer.’ He was a 97-year-old man who was set in his ways, he was always setting off the bed alarms and didn’t care for the staff to help him. He was in and out of the hospital from the nursing home he resided in. After a very long night shift of chasing this patient, before day shift arrived, I sat the patient up in his chair next to the window and opened the blinds so the sun was shining on him. He started to tear up and said that he has lost everyone in his life: his wife died a few years ago, his parents were gone, friends were gone, and this was his life now. I asked him what his favorite memory of him and his wife was. He said they would always go get breakfast throughout the week at Cracker Barrel. He thanked me for actually sitting down and letting him talk to someone for a change. I went to Cracker Barrel that morning and got this patient his favorite meal and brought it back to him. He was so happy, he cried happy tears. Just because some patients can be hard to work with doesn’t mean it’s because they just want to be difficult, it can be so much deeper than that.” – Blake O., Tele-Med/Surg RN

The Christmas Gift of Care

“Even though I have only been a nurse for a short time, I have learned that the smallest actions make the biggest impact. Being in the hospital is always a challenge for people, but being hospitalized during a Holiday can make things even worse. Christmas day of this past year, I spent the holiday working, but my patients spent their day being sick and away from their families. I had completed my morning work and was finishing up some charting when my charge nurse asked if I could pass some meds in one of her rooms so she could go help another nurse. This particular room was a man whose family just made the very difficult decision to place him on hospice cares and he was waiting to be transferred to a hospice facility. When I went into the room, I was chatting with the patient while scanning in his meds and asked if I could get him anything to drink to take them with. He started telling me about how he wished we had Coke because it was his favorite drink. Being a religious Diet Coke drinker myself, I knew the struggle of being in a Pepsi based hospital, but I also knew of the few vending machines that carried Coke. I told the man that I would be right back and quickly went to go buy him a Coke. When I came back with his soda, he was so happy. We chatted a bit more and he stated how he didn’t feel like himself having not have shaved in a few days. So of course, I said I would shave him! I spent the next half hour shaving his face and chatting with him. This was a man who no longer could remember the day of the week or what year it was, but he knew himself and his habits. For Christmas, the least I could do was to give a dying man the gift of familiarity and care. I think about that patient a lot, knowing that he is probably no longer on this earth. He taught me a great lesson on how it’s ok to take a little time to go the extra mile. And I hope he is well, wherever his spirit may be.” – Lauren K., Med/Surg RN

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Nurses Month Discounts 2023

It’s May, which means it’s officially Nurses Month! It goes without saying, but here at Premier, we are big fans of our nurses. To kick off Nurses Month 2023, we’ve rounded up the best deals and discounts for healthcare workers to use in May. Whether you’re in the market for a new pair of nursing shoes for a steal, a free Cinnabon, or a super-discounted new mattress, we’ve got all the best Nurses Month deals to share with you. Treat yourself and enjoy!

Footwear Discounts

25% off – New Balance

20% Off Orders $49+ for Nurses – Chaco

20% off – Keds

20% off – HEYDUDE

40% off – Asics

20% off – Merrell

50% off – Reebok

20% off – Rothy’s

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Apparel & Accessories Discounts

20% off – Calvin Klein

25% off – Dockers

15% off- Lululemon

15% off – Ray-Ban

20% off – Under Armour

30% off – Adidas

25% off – Carhartt

15% off – Madewell

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Food & Grocery Discounts

10% off entire check – Outback Steakhouse

15% Off and Free Shipping – KIND

Free Membership – Thrive Market

Free Classic Cinnamon Roll, Minibon, or 4-count Bonbites – Cinnabon

50% off your first box and 10% off ongoing boxes – Home Chef

55% off your first box – Hello Fresh

$110 off and first box ships free – Blue Apron

Free 6-pack of Classic Cookies with a $5 in-store purchase – Insomnia Cookies

Free cookie or drink with entrée during Nurses’ Week (May 6-12) – Potbelly’s

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Home Essentials Discounts

40% off mattress discount – Nectar

30% off mattress discount – Dreamcloud

25% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping – Brooklyn Bedding

Extra 10-20% Off – Mattress Firm

20% off – Corkcicle

20% off – Stanley

20% off – Yeti

15% off – Tuft & Needle

15% off – Gravity Blankets

20% off – Ring

25% off – Huffy Bikes

15% off – BullyStick

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Electronics Discounts

25% off unlimited plans – AT&T

Welcome Unlimited for $20/line per month for 4 lines – Verizon

Fios Internet for as Low as $34.99/Month – Verizon Fios

Save 60% on 6 months of language lessons – Babbel

Savings Up to 40% Off + Free Shipping – HP

Special Discount on orders $199+ – Bose

30% off – Samsung

25% off – Phillips

15% off – Sonos

5% off – Lenovo

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Travel Nurse Interview Advice from Premier Recruiters

Job interviews are always a source of stress among applicants, and as a travel nurse, you’ll have more than your fair share of them. If you struggle getting through those tough intro calls or meetings with recruiters, don’t worry! We’ve got your back. Here is some of the best travel nurse interview advice straight from our very own Premier recruiters.

Be Well-Prepared

The travel nurse interview advice that popped up most often when we asked the Premier recruiters was be prepared. Recruiter Dominick says: “Have questions prepared ahead of time that you would like the facility or recruiter to answer. Be prepared to take them through a brief description of your work experience and cater it to what the job responsibilities are in the job posting.” Furthermore,  Leigh advises: “Have a list of questions ready to go on a file in your phone so you are always ready. Make sure to take a look at them from time to time to edit them.” It can’t be stressed enough that the more prepared you show up for an interview, the smoother it will go. Always research the staffing agency beforehand so you know all about the company and their core values- it will demonstrate your genuine interest in landing a contract.

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Ask Questions!

One of the most important pieces of travel nurse interview advice we’ve all heard before is to have questions prepared for your interviews. Some great options of questions to ask your recruiter during your interview are:

  • What would my housing situation look like on this travel assignment?
  • How long have you been staffing at this facility?
  • What’s different about working with your agency than other staffing firms?
  • Is there anything I can clarify for you about my qualifications or experience?
  • What are the next steps in the hiring process?
  • What is your favorite thing about working at this staffing agency?

Asking questions during an interview is a great way to start building a rapport with your recruiter. Your queries will often turn an interview into a conversation rather than a bland Q&A session.

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Be Honest and Direct

Being honest is great advice for life in general, but it is especially good travel nurse interview advice. Premier recruiter Lauren K. says: “Be honest and transparent to save everyone’s time.  Let the recruiter know what the top three things you are looking for in an assignment.” Director of Recruitment, Russ, says: “If you want something, ask for it. Looking for a specific shift, setting, location, or pay package? The more direct you can be in your communication; the better chance your recruiter can help you find a great job match.” When hiring, recruiters want to make sure that the candidates they choose are honest and straightforward in their work ethic, and they expect to see that come through in interviews as well. So don’t hold back on what you’re looking for and be upfront about your preferences in order to land a placement that fits exactly what you’re looking for.

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Confidence is Key

Going into an interview with confidence can feel tough at times, especially when you’re nervous. Keep in mind that mustering up confidence, even if you have to fake it, is a piece of travel nurse interview advice that should not be skipped over. Premier recruiter Lauren P. says: “Be yourself. Have confidence!” Letting your true personality show during an interview will help put you at ease and appear more confident. Make sure to talk about your past nursing experiences with the same passion you’ll bring to your future travel nurse contract. This will help you open up and start building a positive relationship with your recruiter. Premier’s Director of Recruitment, Russ, advises: “Having a great relationship with your recruiter is vital. It will play a huge role in your enjoyment of both the job search process and ultimately your travel healthcare assignment.”

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Be Flexible and Open Minded

While it is super important to be direct and upfront about your preferences, Premier recruiter Lauren K. says it is equally important “to be open minded and flexible when considering options for an assignment.” Don’t get discouraged if during your interview, your recruiter mentions that they currently don’t have a job open that fits your exact criteria perfectly. Be curious and inquisitive about the opportunities they do have available because you never know if it could be a great fit for your needs after all. Life as a travel nurse is full of adventure, and you should always be open to opportunities that could enrich your career.

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