5 Easy Halloween Costumes for Nurses

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Make Halloween more entertaining this year by dressing up at work. Masks and full costumes may be out of the question to wear when clocked in,  so here are 5 easy Halloween costumes any nurses can wear on the job. 

 

What are they?

1. Operation Game- this costume is extremely easy to make. All you need to wear is a red ball on your nose and tape pictures of an apple, wishbone, pencil, horse, heart, wrench, butterfly, ect. to your clothing. 

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2. Rosie the Riveter- to pull off this costume, all that is needed is a red bandanna, blue button up shirt (blue scrubs should work if your dress code at work is strict) and some bright red lipstick. 

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3. Smarty Pants- buy a bag of smarties and tape them onto your pants (scrubs work fine). It is highly recommended to avoid sitting on them.

Note: If you can't wear candy to work, write "smarty" on duct tape. 

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4. Spelling Bee-wear a yellow scrub top and create stripes with black duct tape. Wear an antenna headband (store bought or handmade from pipe cleaners). Stick words all over your shirt. 

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5. Party Animal-Paint your nose and whiskers to look like a certain animal, wear animal print scrubs (if possible) and add a party hat. 

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3 Travel Nurse Bloggers That You Should Follow

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If you love reading about travel nursing and what other's experiences have been, you should try reading these three travel nursing blogs. They each are unique and have a different story to tell. 

What are they? 

1. Gypsy Nurse

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"Active in the Travel Nursing industry for the past 14 years; I am dedicated to providing a place for nurses interested in travel nursing to come to find all the answers and information needed to begin a successful career as a Travel Nurse. Dedicated to providing the next generation of nurses a base of information on the career choice of Travel Nursing by providing Career Services speaking engagements to Nursing Colleges and Student Nursing Associations."-Candy Treft; founder of Gypsy Nurse

2. Mighty Nurse

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"Mighty Nurse is a team of nurse superheroes. The mission: To support and empower nurses in a world that takes advantage of their unrelenting support for humanity, kindness and skills. With a dash of self-motivation, a pinch of compassion, a hint of education and a whole lot of desire to be the mightiest nurse you can be, you’ll fit right in around here. Whether it’s through our educational partnerships, free skills testing, nurse to nurse advice, or weekly doses of inspiration, Mighty Nurse has the resources for you to not only improve your own career but enable others to take steps forward in theirs as well." -The Mighty Nurse

3. The Nerdy Nurse

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"Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, the nurse behind The Nerdy Nurse, is an award-winning author and blogger, international keynote speaker, and an influential social media personality in the nursing, technology, and healthcare IT communities. Brittney’s goal is to help others gain confidence in the digital world through her unique vision of technology empowerment. Her passion for informatics and innovation in healthcare is unmatched. She is a devoted patient, nurse, and technology advocate. She is also the author of The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology and co-author of The Nurse’s Guide to Blogging. She blogs about nursing, technology, health IT, and other healthcare topics at thenerdynurse.com."-The Nerdy Nurse

 

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Employee Spotlight of the Month-Meet Moni

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It's time for Spotlight: Employee of the Month- and we are shining the spotlight squarely on the very reason we exist- the wonderful, hard-working employees that we place each and every day.  You'll meet folks from all walks of life, many who have never used a recruiting firm like SquadBuilders before.

You might even read about someone that sounds just like you!  #JoinTheSquad

Name: Moni

Profession: Registered Nurse

How many years in the industry? 5 years

 

1.What drew you to SquadBuilders?

I didn't know SquadBuilders existed. The director, David, kept reaching out to me for almost 8 months trying to recruit me, and so I learned about SquadBuilders real quick! 

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2. What do you like most about working with SquadBuilders?

SquadBuilders is extremely personable, persistent, available, and professional! David, Tara, and Tabitha are my homies. They've been supportive through my journey and it's been a blessing for me.

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3. What do you like to do outside of work?

Kickboxing, working out/lifting weights, shooting pool, playing darts, video games, riding my bike, reading, Royals games, spending time with family and friends, and purposely annoying people. I'm really good at poking the bear. :)

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4.What is your favorite part about being a Registered Nurse?

Being able to provide comfort and support to both patient and families.

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5. What is your favorite quote?

Does scripture count? Read them!

Philippians 4:13

James 1:2-4

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GIVEAWAY WINNER- Who is it?

First off, we want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in this month's giveaway and helped make it a success.

And a special congratulations to Amy Gebken, the winner of this month's giveaway, the two tickets to Worlds of Fun Haunt

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Name: Amy Gebken

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Specialty: Cardiology

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The winning Halloween joke: 

What does a vegetarian zombie say?

"GRAAAAAINs!"

 

Have you ever been to Worlds of Fun Haunt Night before?

"I lived in Kansas City for a few years but did not get an opportunity to go to Worlds of Fun. (I hope its something like Six Flags Fright Nights!!) The closest I got to it was watching the Ferris Wheel while driving on Highway 70!"

Last year at Halloween, Amy was Rosie the Riveter. 

Last year at Halloween, Amy was Rosie the Riveter. 

Who do you plan to go to Worlds of Fun with?

"I'm looking forward to going with my friend."

 

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5 Kansas City Activities You Should Do This Fall

The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are changing color. What does this mean? Fall is here! It came up on us very quickly this year. 

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There are so many highlights of fall including pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters and boots. While all of those are for sure some of the many highlights of fall, Kansas City has many reasons to enjoy fall as well. 

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Here are 5 Kansas City activities you should do this fall

1. Attend a fall festival such as: the Renaissance Festival, Octoberfest, Glow: A Jack-O-Lantern Festival or Weston Applefest.

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 the Renaissance Festival

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Octoberfest,

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Glow: A Jack-O-Lantern Festival

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Weston Applefest

2. Try some fantastic bbq at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue 

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3. Go to Worlds of Fun for a Haunt experience

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5. Attend a KC sporting event such as: to the Kansas Speedway or the Kansas City Chiefs 

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Kansas Speedway

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Kansas City Chiefs 

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10 Books Every Nurse Will Want to Read

 

It's nice to slow life down every once in a while and grab a cup of coffee and read a good book. If you love stories that revolve around nursing, here are 10 great reads that you should start with. 

1.The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

By: Anne Fadiman

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down "explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and the Salon Book Award, Anne Fadiman's compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest. The current edition, published for the book's fifteenth anniversary, includes a new afterword by the author that provides updates on the major characters along with reflections on how they have changed Fadiman's life and attitudes." -Amazon

2. Bed Number Ten

By: Sue Baier 

 

Bed Number Ten is about "a patient's personal view of long term care.
Seen through the eyes of a patient totally paralyzed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, this moving book takes you through the psychological and physical pain of an eleven month hospital stay. BED NUMBER TEN reads like a compelling novel, but is entirely factual." -Amazon

3. Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghese

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Cutting for Stone is about "Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles--and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined."-Amazon

 

4.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By: Rebecca Skloot

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is about a woman whose "name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew."-Amazon

5. Notes on Nursing

By: Florence Nightingale

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Notes on Nursing is "from the best known work of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the originator and founder of modern nursing, comes a collection of notes that played an important part in the much needed revolution in the field of nursing. For the first time it was brought to the attention of those caring for the sick that their responsibilities covered not only the administration of medicines and the application of poultices, but the proper use of fresh air, light, warmth, cleanliness, quiet, and the proper selection and administration of diet. Miss Nightingale is outspoken on these subjects as well as on other factors that she considers essential to good nursing. But, whatever her topic, her main concern and attention is always on the patient and his needs." -Amazon

6. The Hospital at the End of the World

By: Joe Niemczura

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The Hospital at the End of the World "is a narrative nonfiction semi-autobiographical description of a summer the author spent teaching nursing in rural Nepal at a hospital run by Christian Missionaries."

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7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

By: Jean-Dominique Bauby

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a story that begins in 1995 when "Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem.  After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book. By turns wistful, mischievous, angry, and witty, Bauby bears witness to his determination to live as fully in his mind as he had been able to do in his body. He explains the joy, and deep sadness, of seeing his children and of hearing his aged father's voice on the phone. In magical sequences, he imagines traveling to other places and times and of lying next to the woman he loves. Fed only intravenously, he imagines preparing and tasting the full flavor of delectable dishes. Again and again he returns to an "inexhaustible reservoir of sensations," keeping in touch with himself and the life around him." -Amazon

8. Final Gifts

By: Maggie Callanan

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Final Gifts is about how "hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years’ experience tending the terminally ill. Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts—of wisdom, faith, and love—that the dying leave for the living to share. Filled with practical advice on responding to the requests of the dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death, Final Gifts shows how we can help the dying person live fully to the very end." -Amazon

9Nursing Against the Odds

By: Suzanne Gordon

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Nursing Against the Odds is about how "just as the population of older and sicker patients is about to explode, we have a major shortage of nurses. Why are so many RNs dropping out of health care's largest profession? How will the lack of skilled, experienced caregivers affect patients? These are some of the questions addressed by Suzanne Gordon's definitive account of the world's nursing crisis. In Nursing against the Odds, one of North America's leading health care journalists draws on in-depth interviews, research studies, and extensive firsthand reporting to help readers better understand the myriad causes of and possible solutions to the current crisis. Gordon examines how health care cost cutting and hospital restructuring undermine the working conditions necessary for quality care. She shows how the historically troubled workplace relationships between RNs and physicians become even more dysfunctional in modern hospitals. In Gordon's view, the public image of nurses continues to suffer from negative media stereotyping in medical shows on television and from shoddy press coverage of the important role RNs play in the delivery of health care."    -Amazon

10Critical Care

By: Theresa Brown

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Critical Care is about "the powerful and absorbing memoir of Theresa Brown—a regular contributor to the New York Timesblog “Well”—about her experiences during the first year on the job as an oncology nurse; in the process, Brown sheds brilliant light on issues of mortality and meaning in our lives.-Amazon

 

 

What do you think? Any of these going to be the next book on your list to read? 

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Employee Spotlight of the Month-Meet Bridgette!

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It's time for Spotlight: Employee of the Month- and we are shining the spotlight squarely on the very reason we exist- the wonderful, hard-working employees that we place each and every day.  You'll meet folks from all walks of life, many who have never used a recruiting firm like SquadBuilders before.

You might even read about someone that sounds just like you!  #JoinTheSquad

Name: Bridgette

Profession: Registered Nurse

How many years in the industry? 3 1/2 years

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1.What drew you to SquadBuilders?

Well, to be honest I had never heard of SquadBuilders until David called me! I had uploaded my resume onto a job finding website and that same day I received a call from David.  This is where my journey with Squadbuilders began.

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2. What do you like most about working with SquadBuilders?

I like that the staff are always available to answer questions, give advice and their professionalism.  They are great mentors and get answers to problems really quickly!

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3. What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to spend time outdoors with my family, we go camping, rowing and generally spending quality time together.  I also like to sew and bake.

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4.What is your favorite part of being a Registered Nurse?

My favorite part of being an RN is that I am passionate about taking care of people who are in need of help or cannot take care of themselves.  I love to care!

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5. What is your favorite quote?

""Cure sometimes, treat often, always comfort."   Hippocrates

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GIVEAWAY WINNER- Who is it?

First off, we want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in this month's giveaway and helped make it a success.

And a special congratulations to Renee Weeks, the winner of this month's giveaway, the tailgater's bundle.   

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Learn more about this month's winner

Name: Renee Weeks

Occupation: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Specialty: Long Term Care

How Do you plan to use your tailgater's bundle?

"Kstate =family tradition. Chiefs= family tradition. Our family have been season ticket holders for 25 plus years. Its always a great weekend when both teams are home."

What do you love about being a nurse? 

"Making people's lives better."

 

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