Onward Healthcare

Posted by Travel Nurse Aim on April 21, 2012 in Travel Nursing Companies

Travel Nursing Company

Onward Healthcare provides travel healthcare jobs for positions in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and professionals working in advanced practice.  The following information comes from my friend, Jacques Bouchard, at Onward Healthcare.

Onward Healthcare provides travel nursing jobs throughout the continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Who We Work With:
Onward Healthcare works with thousands of facilities nationwide, including acute-care hospitals, outpatient centers, rehab centers, skilled nursing facilities, and most of the top hospitals.

Travel Nurse Salary:
Salary varies on location, region, and specialty.  Increased rates are available for crisis-need positions. We offer our travelers tax-free per diem pay rates.

Healthcare professionals receive their choice of free private housing, extended stay, or a housing stipend.  There is also a housing concierge department that is able to help in the housing search for those taking a stipend.

Travel Reimbursement:
Available both to and from assignments. State licensure is also reimbursed.

Medical, Dental, Life, 401K Retirement Plan, Liability, Worker’s Compensation.

Referral Bonuses: Up to $750

Loyalty Bonuses: Up to $3000

Sign-On Bonuses: Apply for select assignments

Onward Healthcare has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

Onward Healthcare is certified by the Joint Commission for Healthcare Staffing Services


For Travel Nursing, OT, & PT



Travel Nursing: Always Be on Your Guard!

Posted by Travel Nurse Aim on November 16, 2011 in Aim at Work, Travel Nursing

If not for the Hippocratic Oath, an incredible amount of self-restraint and the somewhat Schadenfreude thought that bad people will get what is coming to them someday I would have KILLED one of my patients last week.

Picture an 80 year old man in renal failure sitting quietly in a rocking chair next to his hospital bed. The night before my shift he had gotten out of bed several times by himself and fallen so it was no surprise to walk into the room and see him in wrist restraints.

Now picture an 85 pound wet-behind-the-ears nursing student who is 6 months pregnant.

About halfway through our morning rounds we went into the patient’s room. At first he seemed really agitated, but calmed down shortly after we entered. In an attempt to further calm the patient, my pregnant student nurse approached him on his right side very closely to introduce herself. As she was standing next to his chair, he calmly bent forward so that his head was between his knees seemingly trying to ignore her. She started to move closer to him and just as she did he thrust his head into her pregnant belly as hard as he could. Her knees buckled and she collapsed to the floor. I thought she was going to pass. I helped her back to her feet and took her to the Emergency Room.

As it turns out she and the baby are fine, but what a way to learn that you have to always maintain your guard against patients you have just met. If that had happened to me while I was a student nurse I would probably have ended up as an accountant.


Nursing Under the Influence

Posted by Travel Nurse Aim on November 10, 2011 in Travel Nursing

One of the nurses I’ve been working with suddenly stopped showing up for her shift at work. I found out today that she has been stealing Morphine from patients and was shooting-up in the bathroom. Reminds me of an episode of the Mentalist I watched a few months ago. Wow! I was totally shocked. And saddened. It’s scary to think that there are nurses out there taking care of patients while they are “high.”

This incident reminded me of a time when I was working in a Progressive Care Unit on twelve hour days shifts a number of years ago. One morning when I arrived I sat down to receive report from the night shift nurse. She started out talking about her patients, but after a few minutes she was mumbling something about living in a tent, smoking marijuana, and bizarre dreams she had been having. She nearly fell asleep right there during report!

I had no choice but to report the incident to our head nurse. She was soon thereafter fired. Of all people, nurses should be the healthiest. If these nurses remind you of yourself, get help now before you seriously harm yourself, or worse, someone else.