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


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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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Healthcare Staffing Agencies: Five Reasons to Consider Contract Work Opportunities

nurses from a healthcare staffing agencyFor healthcare professionals in the modern medical environment, finding the right position can be a challenging undertaking. Traditional healthcare jobs tend to offer little upward mobility and are often accompanied by excessive workloads, easily damaging employee morale and limiting earning potential. However, for a growing number of medical professionals, the opportunities available through a healthcare staffing agency are providing the chance to earn a competitive income in their chosen field while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. If you have ever wondered why some medical professionals choose to work exclusively for  healthcare staffing agencies, keep reading to learn about the five key benefits those clinicians are experiencing.

The Benefits of Healthcare Staffing Agencies

1. Reliable Pay for Work Performed

Companies that specialize in healthcare staffing depend on a pool of dedicated and skilled professionals to fill available positions and to build a positive reputation among their clients. As a result, the compensation offered for staff members who take on these assignments is usually highly competitive with comparable salaries in the area. In addition, exceptional performance is often rewarded to ensure greater retention of key employees. By taking on these assignments, clinicians can enjoy solid pay for superior work. Continue reading

6 Benefits of a Travel Nursing Career

travel nursing careerA travel nursing career offer unique challenges and real advantages for professionals interested in pursuing this type of work. As the name suggests, travel nurses take on temporary nursing assignments in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities across the country. They go where the jobs are and can enjoy exceptional benefits and salaries while doing the most good for patients in need.

Here are six of the most important benefits of partnering with a healthcare staffing agency to advance your travel nursing career.

Travel Nursing Career Benefits

1. Top-Notch Compensation Packages

Salaries and benefits may vary depending on the level of experience and education of the nurse. Highly qualified travel nurses can attract significantly higher compensation rates and may be eligible for benefits that include access to healthcare and retirement benefits. Liability and malpractice insurance is typically covered by the healthcare staffing agency offering placements to travel nurses. Continue reading