Thank You to the Super Nurses Working Over the Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, many people are planning family parties, big meals, and merry gift-giving. While most workplaces close on and around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, it’s important to remember that hospitals and other healthcare facilities cannot. Patients still need to be cared for and medical emergencies managed every single day. This holiday season, the team at Tailored Healthcare Staffing encourages all to thank an RN who is spending their holiday(s) taking care of patients.

Registered nurses working the holidays will tell you it’s all part of the job, but in reality they are making an incredible sacrifice for those in their care. These RNs dedicate themselves to their profession and often work long hours on the floor. Spending the holidays at work can be difficult, but by showing a nurse some appreciation, you can make working a holiday shift even more rewarding. The nurse that is taking care of a grandmother after back surgery will make the whole experience of spending Thanksgiving in the hospital one she will look back on fondly, knowing she received the same loving care she would have at home. The triage nurse is there to answer any questions a new parent may have about a teething baby who is running a fever.

This holiday season, please give thanks that RNs across the country possess incredible hearts and give up time with their own families and friends to care for patients; they deserve appreciation and recognition now and every day of the year.

From the entire team at Tailored Healthcare Staffing, thank you to the nurses working over the holidays. Your sacrifice means the world to us and the patients you’re helping!

Travel Nurse Jobs in 2019

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Celebrating Tiffany Williams, RN: DAISY Award Winner and THS Super Nurse!

“I attribute my success to this; I never gave nor took any excuse.”

This quote from Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, rings incredibly true in today’s healthcare field. As CNO at Tailored Healthcare Staffing, I sometimes get the opportunity to meet nurses whose dedication to their patients and co-workers goes well beyond what’s necessary to just “get the job done.” For these nurses, their passion coincides with their career in a truly incredible way.

It’s with great pride that recruiter Richard Fullarton and the rest of our team at Tailored Healthcare Staffing celebrate one such travel nurse, Tiffany Williams, a recent recipient of The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. Please join us in thanking Tiffany for her dedication to her patients, their families, and her assigned facility!

Tiffany is currently on an assignment in North Carolina.

Here’s what her THS recruiter had to say following the recent strike of Hurricane Florence:

During Hurricane Florence, Tiffany remained at her assigned facility, continuing to give the best care possible to all her patients as many of the permanent staff called in or headed further inland. Tiffany, however, stayed while not knowing what effect the storm was having on her home.

Tiffany was caring for a blind patient a few days ago who had suffered a heart attack. Tiffany was greeted by the man’s wife when she entered the room and immediately noticed the wife’s distress. The room was in disarray, remnants from the man’s procedure were scattered around the room, a tray of tools had been on knocked on the ground, and the patient himself had visible bleeding on his gown. Tiffany took care of the patient first, being sure to describe everything she was doing and what feelings to expect as she began to clean him up. Tiffany then cleaned the entire room, all while easing the concerns of the patient and his wife, and by the time she was finished, everyone was laughing and joking. Tiffany’s kindness helped put a smile on the patient’s face during a very stressful time. The wife not only pulled Tiffany aside and thanked her for the care that Tiffany gave her husband, but she also went on to write a letter describing the events which she sent to the facility.

When I spoke with Tiffany yesterday, she informed me that she was on her way home, since she was off for the next couple of days, and that her home had been devastated by Hurricane Florence. Portions of her roof are gone, which allowed the 26 inches of rain to seep into the walls and ceiling. Drywall, electrical, carpeting and most likely an entirely new roof will be needed. Tiffany has always, and will always, put every patient ahead of herself, her home, and even her own safety. She is honest, professional, faithful, and in my opinion a true DAISY nurse.

Please join the entire THS team in thanking Tiffany for her remarkable dedication to her patients, their families, and her peers on assignment!

Earl Dalton, MHA, MSL, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Tailored Healthcare Staffing
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About The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses

The DAISY Award honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. The award was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a patient who passed away in late 1993 after being diagnosed with the auto-immune disease ITP. Patrick’s family brainstormed about what they could do in his memory, and vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. To say thank you to nurses everywhere, they established a recognition program known today as The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses.

To learn more about The DAISY Award, visit the The DAISY Foundation™ website.


Work With an Agency That Values Super Nurses

If you are a travel nurse that takes pride in going the extra mile for patients, reach out to the experienced team of recruiters at Tailored Healthcare Staffing today. We can help you find the travel assignment that best fits your needs and skill-set. Get started by viewing our available travel RN positions.

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DAISY Award Winner: Hong Megan Nguyen, RN, BSN

“Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.”

This quote from author Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN, MSN, rings incredibly true in the nursing world. As CNO at Tailored Healthcare Staffing, I sometimes get the opportunity to meet nurses whose dedication to their patients and co-workers goes well beyond what’s necessary to just “get the job done.” For these nurses, their passion coincides with their career in a truly remarkable way.

It’s with great pride that recruiter Taylor Huffine and the rest of our team at Tailored Healthcare Staffing celebrate one such travel nurse, Hong Megan Nguyen, a recent recipient of The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. Please join us in thanking Megan for her dedication to her patients, their families, and her assigned facility!

Megan is currently on an assignment in Chicago.

Here’s what her manager on a recent assignment had to say:

Hong Megan Nguyen is a rock star. She collaborates and is willing to help.

Megan is outstanding. She works well with others and is compassionate and understanding of the issues our unique population has. She exemplifies a DAISY nurse.

She always has a smile on her face and is polite and pleasant to patients and staff. I wish I could hire her full-time. She is such an asset. 

I have just completed chart audits today. I found a chart where Megan did the best documentation on medication reconciliation that I have seen to date. She documented how she involved the patient and family to ensure that the list was accurate. She has handled stroke patients that are transferred out to a higher level of care better that any of the other contract nurses and some of our regular staff. Again, she involved family in the process and kept them informed of the transition of care.

Please join the entire THS team in thanking Megan for her incredible dedication to her patients, their families, and her peers on assignment!

Earl Dalton, MHA, MSL, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Tailored Healthcare Staffing
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About The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses

The DAISY Award honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. The award was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a patient who passed away in late 1993 after being diagnosed with the auto-immune disease ITP. Patrick’s family brainstormed about what they could do in his memory, and vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. To say thank you to nurses everywhere, they established a recognition program known today as The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses.

To learn more about The DAISY Award, visit the The DAISY Foundation™ website.


Work With an Agency That Values Super Nurses

If you are a travel nurse that takes pride in going the extra mile for patients, reach out to the experienced team of recruiters at Tailored Healthcare Staffing today. We can help you find the travel assignment that best fits your needs and skill-set. Get started by viewing our available travel RN positions.

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Celebrating Rhonda Brown, RN: DAISY Award Winner and THS Super Nurse!

At Tailored Healthcare Staffing, we know our nurses are superheroes when it comes to patient care. That’s why we get so excited when their hard work is recognized by a prestigious organization like The DAISY Foundation!

For her incredible dedication to her patients and peers, THS travel nurse Rhonda Brown was recently honored as a DAISY Award winner while on assignment in eastern Missouri!

Here’s what one patient had to say about Rhonda:

“She is one of the best nurses I have encountered; so personable, so friendly, so compassionate. She had explained a few things to me that no one else had and it made a total difference in how I had understood before. Can’t say enough about her!”

And here’s what THS recruiter Megan Finn had to say about working with Rhonda:

“Rhonda truly is an amazing nurse. She loves the staff and patients at her current assignment and enjoys coming to work each day. Rhonda is a very positive person and reflects her positive attitude onto everyone she meets! Tailored Healthcare Staffing is so lucky to have her.”

Please join the entire THS staff in thanking Rhonda for all she does a travel nurse, and in congratulating her on this recent honor! Learn more about Rhonda’s nomination by viewing the official announcement on the organization’s website here.

About The Daisy Award

The DAISY Award honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. The award was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a patient who passed away in late 1993 after being diagnosed with the auto-immune disease ITP. Patrick’s family brainstormed about what they could do in his memory, and vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. To say thank you to nurses everywhere, they established a recognition program known today as The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses.

To learn more about The DAISY Award, visit the The DAISY Foundation™ website.

Travel Nursing with Tailored Healthcare Staffing

If you are a travel nurse that takes pride in going the extra mile for patients, reach out to the experienced team of Super Nurse sidekicks at Tailored Healthcare Staffing. We can help you find the travel assignment that best fits your needs and skillset in your ideal location. Get started by viewing our available travel RN positions.

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DAISY Award Winner: Morgan Olerich, BSN, RN

At Tailored Healthcare Staffing, our team of recruiters takes pride in working with top-notch Super Nurses. From time to time, though, one nurse stands above the rest by going well beyond his or her normal duties and putting patient needs before their own.

Please join THS in celebrating one such travel nurse who recently received a DAISY Award for her incredible work: Morgan Olerich, BSN, RN!

Here’s what Morgan’s recruiter had to say about her:

“Morgan is all-around an amazing human. She loves her job as a pediatric nurse and you rarely hear her complain. She is always willing to go the extra mile and do what needs to be done for her patients. She’s currently a float nurse in Connecticut, so everyday she’s on a different unit. This is a tough job for travelers because they usually have not been oriented on every floor. On one of her first shifts at the facility, she was floated to the emergency room, which was new for her. Some would have been unwilling to be on a unit they’ve never worked, but she was up for the challenge. She told me that if she felt like she could provide the care needed to the patients, she would do it. I could not ask for a better nurse.”

Morgan Olerich THS DAISY Award

And here is what one of Morgan’s patients said about her in a recent survey:

“Morgan was an excellent nurse. According to my son, she was the best nurse he ever had. She spoke to him directly and made him feel important and taken care of. She said she is a traveling nurse, which is bad for [the facility] because she is an asset! Please tell her both my son and I said thank you for making a bad situation in the middle of the night that much better.”

From all of us at THS, we extend our thank you to Morgan for her exceptional attitude and unwavering dedication to patient care no matter the challenge.


About The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses

The DAISY Award honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. The award was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a patient who passed away in late 1993 after being diagnosed with the auto-immune disease ITP. Patrick’s family brainstormed about what they could do in his memory, and vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. To say thank you to nurses everywhere, they established a recognition program known today as The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses.

To learn more about The DAISY Award, visit the The DAISY Foundation™ website.


Work With an Agency That Values Super Nurses

If you are a travel nurse that takes pride in going the extra mile for patients, reach out to the experienced team of recruiters at Tailored Healthcare Staffing today. We can help you find the travel assignment that best fits your needs and skillset. Get started by viewing our available travel RN positions.

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DAISY Award Winner: Kelli Jo Bruce, RN

The DAISY Award celebrates Extraordinary Nurses, and Tailored Healthcare Staffing is proud to take part in this recognition. Our nursing staff headed to Cox South in Springfield, Missouri to surprise Kelli Jo Bruce, RN with this prestigious honor in nursing.

Image of Kelli Jo Bruce, DAISY award recipient for Tailored Healthcare Staffing.

Kelli Jo Bruce, DAISY Award recipient from THS.

PRAISE FOR KELLI JO

Kelli Jo was selected because of these amazing words shared from the family of a patient: There are no words that seem adequate to describe the amount of gratitude our family has to you and the care you provided mom during her short journey with cancer. We are so grateful for your continuous positive attitude and determination you showed mom during her scary situation. You could easily see the gratitude and sense of safety and security on mom’s face each time she saw you. Your listening ear, comforting words and multiple hugs made the awful situation more bearable. You went above and beyond the typical health care provider to give us strength, comfort and support. Thank you for your caring and professional manner of service.

And it’s not just the family that thinks Kelli Jo is deserving of this award. Her manager says, “Kelli you rock!! Thank you for coming and helping our team. You have a heart of gold. You are a wonderful nurse and teammate!” While Kelli’s recruiter gives a glowing review saying Kelli is ‘by far one of the hardest working and most caring nurses I have ever worked with’.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Kelli Jo on being one of our very first The DAISY Award recipients here at THS. She will be featured on The DAISY Foundation’s website. Head on over to their site and make sure Kelli Jo knows how proud we are! We thank you for everything you do and are glad you’re one of our SUPER nurses.

Image o fKelli Jo Bruce, DAISY award recipient with her team.

Kelli Jo and her team at Cox South.

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Super Nurse of the Month for January 2018: Tiara!

It’s a new year, and to help kick things off right, we’re celebrating 2018’s first Super Nurse of the Month: Tiara!

Tiara received the Above and Beyond Award at her assigned facility in Kentucky last November, a recognition of her incredible dedication to her patients and unit. In fact, one patient said, “[Tiara] smiled every day and treated everyone like they were her sister, mother, or father. She needs to be employee of the month!”

Here’s what Tiara’s recruiter, Shelbie Summers, had to say about the January 2018 Super Nurse:

“Tiara is such a joy to work with. She constantly goes above and beyond at her facility and is always cheery on the phone. We have been through a lot together and I would have to say she is always positive, through and through. She is one of the sweetest, most caring nurses I have had the pleasure of working with. I am so grateful that she is on my team and has continued to stay with myself and THS!”

Tiara has been with Tailored Healthcare Staffing for over a year, and has been a constant joy to work with. Her positive attitude is simply contagious!

2018 Super Travel Nurse Tiara

Please join Shelbie and our entire team in celebrating this incredible nurse for all she does. Tiara’s excellent work and willingness to go far beyond what is simply asked for is inspiring, and we’re extremely proud to call her a THS Super Nurse!

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Introducing our Super Nurse of the Month for November 2017: Katelyn!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… our November 2017 Super Nurse of the Month, Katelyn!

Each month, the Tailored Healthcare Staffing recruitment team takes a pause to celebrate the achievements of a travel nurse who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, serving both patients and peers with the utmost skill and dedication.

Travel Nurse of the Month

Katelyn is currently working on her third assignment with THS, and has plans to pick up another in early February. She has received nothing but glowing remarks from each facility she has worked at, and is well-versed in the areas of med-surg and telemetry. Her willingness to be flexible—an important trait for every travel nurse to have—is outstanding, as she has even done rotating shifts.

On her most recent assignment in South Dakota, Katelyn received the following feedback from two of her patients:

“My nurse named Katelyn was a traveler who took good care of me. She was awesome. She was very friendly, very helpful. Just a wonderful, wonderful nurse. Thank you!”

“Katelyn was extremely knowledgeable, I was very impressed by her. She really stuck out as an extraordinary nursing staff member.”

Here’s what her THS recruiter, Katelyn Dornbach, had to say:

Super Travel Nurse of the Month

At THS, we are overwhelmingly proud to work with such exceptional Super Nurses like Katelyn. From Katelyn Dornbach (her THS recruiter) and the entire THS crew, please join us in thanking Katelyn for all she does for her patients and colleagues to make healthcare work better!

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Super Travel Nurse of the Month for October 2017: Connie!

At Tailored Healthcare Staffing, we know our nurses rock! Our Super Nurse of the Month for October 2017 is no exception, as she recently received a “ROC Star” award at her facility for her quick response and managing of almost a full code blue event.

Please join us in celebrating Connie in California!

Travel Nurse of the Month Connie

Here’s what Connie had to say about her Super Nurse motivation:

“I love being a nurse and wanted to be one ever since I can remember. Being the oldest of five siblings, I cared for them like I was their mother when I was just a young one myself! That provided me with a lot of experience with children before I had my own two girls later after I married.

I have done many different specialties in nursing throughout the years as an RN, and that’s what I love most about the field. My background was ICU right out of nursing school, and that provided the education, knowledge, and experience to try my hand in other departments. As I like change, I’m always yearning to learn new things and keep it moving. That’s another reason why I enjoy travel nursing.

Travel nursing has opened up a while new world for me since I started in 2005. I’ve seen the USA because of travel nursing, as there is not vacation time in any job—that I know of—to see and do as much as I have. I’m very thankful for this opportunity.

My children are grown now and have begun their adult lives, so it’s just me, my wonderful and supportive husband, Mike (who is now retired and travels full-time with me), and our sweet dog, Angel.”

And here’s what THS recruiter Megan Barger had to say about Connie:

Travel Nurse recruiter Megan Barger quote

From Megan and the entire THS crew, we’re incredibly thankful to get to work with travel nurses like Connie on a regular basis who help healthcare work better; please join us in thanking her for all she does for her patients, colleagues, and travel nursing recruiter!

For this honor, Connie has received a personalized “Adventures with a THS Super Nurse!” comic strip and some great gifts! Keep on rocking, Connie!

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Why You Should Thank a Pediatric Nurse This Week (and Every Week)

To celebrate Pediatric Nurses Week (Oct. 2-6), the team at Tailored Healthcare Staffing turned to one of our current Super Nurses, Brittany Hamstra, for help! Brittany has experience as a both a pediatric oncology/hematology nurse and pediatric epilepsy/neurology nurse. Below she shares what it takes to specialize in pediatric nursing.


Pediatric nurses are a breed of their own. Although your first thought of a peds nurse may be of someone enjoying a fun shift full of playing games and holding babies, there is a serious skill-set that takes nurses years to master. Treating precious children and babies is immensely rewarding, but here are some skills you can’t quite describe on a résumé.

Incredible patience.

Patience is truly key when working with the pediatric population. Kids operate on their own clock. Whether it’s bathing, eating, toileting, bedtime, or the even more difficult daily events like getting a weight, ambulating in the halls, taking unpleasant medicine, or getting painful injections, pediatric patients do not and will not align their days with a nurse’s task list. And that’s okay. Children need as much independence and freedom as they can get while confined to hospital walls. Pediatric nurses realize this and embrace it. We ask our patients how they would like to schedule their day with us. It’s a conversation, not a demand.

Eye for detail.

As a peds nurse, your senses are always on high alert. Most children won’t tell you if they are feeling unwell, won’t necessarily stop playtime just because they are short of breath or dizzy, won’t show the obvious symptoms of decompensation like adults will, and the ones who are too young to even speak will just cry and leave it up to you to interpret their distress. Pediatric nurses heavily rely on their “nurse instincts.” Incredibly observant and constantly thinking critically, pediatric nurses intercept dangerous situations before they transpire.

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Multilingual.

With children, that is. Having a conversation with a 3-year-old as opposed to a 10-year-old as opposed to a 17-year-old is like switching from English to Japanese to Portuguese in a matter of minutes. There is such a steep learning curve for children between infancy and adolescence. Each year, children transition between milestones with communication, behavior, cognition, and motor skills. Compound those variations with the emotional influence of a hospital setting and the additional population of learning-disabled children that frequent the hospital, and the spectrum of pediatric patients becomes extensively wide-ranging. Pediatric nurses learn to master caring for all ages and the challenges that come with that.

Masterful negotiations.

Pediatric nurses need to convince children that getting better and going home means participating in the not-so-fun procedures that come with that. There are numerous approaches that nurses learn over the years, but the more creative you get, the better the results. Trying to convince children to endure a painful procedure or take a potent medication is an incredible challenge. They are often too young to reason with, and their lives are in your hands. It is up to pediatric nurses to strategically and successfully negotiate with patients for their ultimate well-being.

Family balance.

Every pediatric nurse knows that your patients’ families are often more than you bargained for—moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, brothers, sisters, great aunt’s twice-removed cousins. Don’t get us wrong, we love how involved families can be in the care of their loved ones. Pediatric nurses know that the outcome of a diagnosis is just as dependent on emotional well-being as it is physical, and family presence is key. But pediatric nurses do have to deal with a lot of family pressures. An event as distressing as a sick child brings out all sorts of coping responses in families, whether it is anger, sadness, or denial. As the most frequent person in and out of that hospital room, pediatric nurses bear the brunt of all of those feelings. They are the punching bag, the sounding board, and the shoulder to cry on. Pediatric nurses care for the entire family, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Although there are endless inside secrets I could share, I hope these few examples shed light on the complexity and gratification of pediatric nursing. Happy Pediatric Nurses Week!


Special thanks to Brittany from the entire THS team for her insight into the world of pediatric nursing!

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