Resolution Ideas for 2021

As we move toward 2021, we know that the typical thing is to do our “New Year’s Resolutions.” After 2020, we have a whole new list:

Stop doom scrolling on Twitter.

Live my best life and only buy pants with no buttons or zippers.

Sign up for a marathon but don’t actually run.

Remember to make overnight oats the night before even though I know I won’t want to eat them in the morning.

Go on a vitamin and supplement shopping spree and finish at least one bottle before giving up.

Make a viral reel making fun of TikTok.

Unfriend every person who shares their unsolicited diet or exercise regimen.

Do so much yoga that it actually justifies wearing yoga pants 24/7.

Read more (or at least turn the subtitles on while binge-watching TV).

Don’t text that toxic person back. You know the one. We all have one.

Eat more tacos.

Stay in the bathroom while brushing my teeth.

Stop drinking orange juice after I’ve brushed my teeth.

Stop daring people to lick frozen flagpoles.

Floss every day — and not just with wild abandon in the week leading up to a cleaning.

Stop lying to myself about following New Year’s resolutions.

Stop making resolutions.

And last but not least – find all the left over 2020 calendars and burn them!

Travel Nurse Stories: Group Insurance

“I need a new company to work for. I was told I have group insurance, but I really don’t.”

When we grew up our parents always said, “You need to be a person of your word. If you say it, you do it!” I think everyone probably grew up hearing that same message; however, it doesn’t always carry through to adulthood.

We have had many travel nurses call us to say they were told they had group health insurance coverage only to discover that their coverage was supplemental insurance.

We recently received a call from a travel nurse looking for a new company to work for. She had been told she had group insurance. Since she hadn’t received her insurance card and needed to use it, she called her company.

At that point, she was told by her recruiter that she did NOT have any insurance coverage. Personally, we have no idea why anyone would mislead an employee.

It certainly doesn’t make for a long-term relationship. However, once again, that recruiter – charged with a certain quota – filled a position.

But, there are companies that do offer group insurance and Fidelity On Call certainly does. It is solid coverage and is available to not only our travel nurses but their families as well. Ours also includes prescription cards.

We encourage you to always thoroughly check out the company you plan to travel for and make sure they are people who “say it and do it!”

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The Elite Team Takes On COVID-19

When the COVID-19 crisis swept across our country, our company was greatly affected. The first thing that gripped our customers was the fear of not having enough nurses to handle the crisis. They were, of course, being told that all their hospital beds would be filled with patients who were deathly ill. And, they needed more nurses to handle the load. We immediately began filling orders.

The next “wave” of fear hit our nurses. Many called to ask what would happen to them and their families if they were to contract COVID-19. They were, rightfully so, worried about losing their income. Our company addressed this by letting them know, if they contracted the virus while on duty, they would continue to be paid.

As our nurses cared for patients, there was a profound sense of the unknown. We had many nurses who were assigned to hospitals that were overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. However, not one of them contracted the virus. Thankfully, as this is written, we have returned to some semblance of normal. Throughout it, our team stayed strong.

Nursing is a calling. And, the right nurse makes all the difference. As we corresponded back and forth with our nurses, we had a note come from one of them that impacted us in a way that will stay with us forever. It read:

I know what I signed up for. I took an oath. We do not choose some of the battles that are thrust upon us in this life. We only choose how we respond. This moment will not belong to this virus. Nurses will master this crisis and prevail in this fight. This moment belongs to us.

Fidelity On Call always works hard to hire the right people. We repeatedly talk about how we are the “elite team.” Our customer comments show that our nurses are top notch. But, when you see what drives this team, you know you can trust your life to them. We truly love and appreciate our Elite Team!

Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

Welcome to Fidelity On Call’s series where we discuss all things related to travel nursing. We’ll answer frequently asked questions and share tips on how to make the most of your travel nursing career.

Our series is co-hosted by: Kellie Short, Sr Recruiting Specialist and General Sales Manager; and Carla Edwards, Recruiting Specialist.

Segment 1: Attitude | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about the importance of having a good attitude, and share why it’s a big factor for the members of our elite team of travel nurses.

Segment 2: Holidays | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

The holidays are coming, will you be working or not? Kellie and Carla discuss what a travel nurse can expect.

Segment 3: Allowances | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about tax-free allowances. Some agencies offer packages with big tax free-allowances, but don’t mention you’ll have to pay it back to the IRS!

Segment 4: The Love of the Patient | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about our mission and some of the traits we are looking for when considering a travel nurse to be on our elite team. Plus, Carla tells a touching story about how one of our nurses went the extra mile with a patient’s family.

Stay tuned for more episodes of our series on travel nursing…

Can Social Media Destroy Your Nursing Career?

At Fidelity On Call we have a social media policy. And, it seems logical. If you need to vent about the hospital you are assigned to or about Fidelity On Call, you should do so in a proper manner and not on social media.

There have been many examples of nurses who were disciplined because of not following their company policies. We recently read an article where a registered nurse posted comments on her Facebook and Twitter pages criticizing the end-of-life care her grandfather received at a healthcare facility. She went on to say that she felt the staff was incompetent, questioned their compassion and whether they even cared about their residents/patient. She then went a step further and identified the facility.

She said, “As an RN and avid healthcare advocate myself, I just HAVE to speak up!” She then linked her post and comments to other pages and, of course, all of the discussion became public.

Needless to say, the facility filed a complaint against the nurse. After a very thorough investigation, it was determined that she:

  • Identified herself as a registered nurse in order to give credibility and legitimacy to her comments
  • Criticized the care given by other nurses
  • Knowingly made her comments widely available to the public
  • Did not get all the relevant facts regarding her grandfather’s care before posting her criticisms
  • Did not follow the appropriate organizational channels to express her concerns

The investigation revealed that the nurse had only been in the facility a few times and she received her communication from family members who reported to her.

She never discussed any concerns she had about her grandfather’s care directly with the facility. Additionally, prior to her post, she had only made one minor complaint about the facility and it related to a hand sanitizer.

After determining that the comments harmed the reputation of the nursing staff at the facility and undermined the public confidence in them, this nurse was disciplined.

In addition to a self-reflective essay, on-line education on ethics, a fine of $1,000 she had to pay $25,000 toward the costs of the proceedings (the actual costs were six times this much). Although the nurse appealed the decision, the ultimate finding was upheld.

This is just one example. We could, truthfully, go on and on about employee posts and the lack of restraint when hitting the internet.

With Social Media, it is always best to err on the side of caution

Never post about a facility you are assigned to or the patients you are caring for. You don’t even have to identify the facility or state that you are a nurse. Most of those who follow or have friended you, know you are a nurse and, chances are, someone at the facility you are assigned to is also a friend or follower.

Additionally, if a facilities’ staff member is upset over something and makes a post on social media, never comment on their post. It puts you directly in the line of fire.

Even social media posts that promise to “go away” in a matter of minutes or hours can hang around forever. What keeps someone from seeing it and snapping an image?

We think being aware of the pitfalls, using good common sense, and following a Social Media policy make your professional career much more enjoyable and certainly more drama free. It could even save you thousands of dollars!