We’re just days away from finally shutting the door on 2020, a year that most of us are only happy to be done with. It’s been a difficult year, and an unforgettable one, too. And the only thing keeping the nation up and running at all is the dedication of the nurses, therapists, technicians and other essential people working behind the scenes of patient care.
So, once again, we want to say thank you to those workers, and wish you all a Happy New Year, too! Here’s also reminding everyone that we can help you take your career to better places in the year to come. Until then, let’s close out 2020 with a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the CareerStaff Blog.
Revisiting 2020 at the CareerStaff Blog
As the new year got underway, the biggest topics focused on career advice for travel workers—as shown by the popularity of “The Most Important Questions to Ask a Travel Nurse Recruiter.” Published at the end of January, the article went on to become one of the most popular in the history of the CareerStaff Blog.
In February, our most popular article was an overview of the career path of a pharmaceutical professional, called “From Pharmacy Tech to Pharmacist: Charting a Career Path in Pharmacology.” We also offered a helpful look at the top reasons why nurses shouldn’t overlook the benefits of working in correctional facilities.
As Covid-19 surged across the United States, we boosted our recruitment efforts to help connect nurses and other critical clinicians with the facilities that needed their help. To that end, our most-read blog in March was a call for nurses to work assignments in Washington State, an early epicenter of the novel coronavirus.
As the pandemic intensified, demand for travel nurses surged as local resources ran thin, as we reported here in April. At the same time, many companies began offering free goodies to essential workers as a token of thanks. Our guide to those freebies was one of our most popular articles of all time.
May brought with it Nurses Day 2020 as well as National Hospital Week, two big events that took on new meaning in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. And as the pandemic ground on, many people seemed to take comfort from one of our most popular articles, “Finding Inspiration during a Pandemic: 8 Motivational Quotes for Nurses.”
As a welcome break from wall-to-wall Covid-19 coverage, our ongoing mission to provide pharmacists with a complete career guide continued in June. Our look at common pharmacists interview questions attracted more than a few eyeballs. Meanwhile, we also celebrated CNA Day and Week, too.
Meet the CareerStaff Clinicians of the Month!
This summer, we kicked off a new series honoring the CareerStaff Clinicians of the Month. Introducing CareerStaff Clinicians of the Month! Each team nominates 1 clinician per month and then the nominees are entered into a randomized drawing. Three are chosen for that month and recognized as Clinicians of the Month! Recipients get a shout-out in our newsletter, a $100 gift card and the chance to win $1,000 in our Quarterly Raffle!
- June 2020: Eleschia. Ellen and Jenessa
- July 2020: Alexandra, Josephine, Kacie and Marchela
- August 2020: Cheyenne, Faye and Princie
- September 2020: Bethany, Bryan and Daveena
- October 2020: Megan, Nanette, Rachel and Rosie
- November 2020: Dawn, Rosa and Saconda
- December 2020: Brandee, Eliza and Felicia
As the coronavirus spread to different parts of the U.S.A. during the summer, we stepped up our efforts to recruit nurses for ICU positions across the country. Our most widely read and shared articles in July were our blog posts calling for respiratory therapists in Texas and travel clinicians in New Hampshire.
This summer, CareerStaff Unlimited was named an official ‘Great Place to Work’ for the third year in a row — and here’s why that news mattered to our amazing network of nurses and clinicians. In August, we also provided a rundown of how healthcare workers can deal with compassion fatigue, which has become even more widespread during the pandemic.
September was a busy month at CareerStaff. Not only did we celebrate Women in Medicine Month 2020, but we also offered an update on the list of nursing compact states, and how the number of participating states was likely to grow as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The explosion of demand for nurses and clinicians during the pandemic also led to an increase in fake job offers designed to steal personal info from unsuspecting job seekers. We published a quick guide to spotting scams and fake jobs in October, and closed out Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a memorable visit with CareerStaff team member Jean Leonetti, a three-time cancer survivor.
In November we introduced our first-ever Job Pulse, a periodic rundown of our most in-demand jobs across the United States. We also took a brief break from Covid-19 coverage to focus again on career tips, with a helpful primer of essential tips for first-time travel nurses.
2020 Highlights: Covid Insights from the Experts
Throughout the year, we’ve offered up a consistent supply of helpful articles to help nurses and clinicians cope with the challenges of Covid-19. If you haven’t seen them yet, don’t miss:
- How Nurses & Caregivers Can Help Reduce Risk of Infection
- Why Treating COVID-19 Means Developing New Clinical Skills
- Coronavirus Travel Nursing FAQs
- Stress Management Tips for Healthcare Workers during COVID-19
- 11 COVID-19 Tips for Travel Nurses
- 9 Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes for Tired Nurses & Caregivers
As December comes to an end, taking 2020 along with it, the CareerStaff Blog focused on holiday wishes as well as a new push to recruit travel nurses for LTAC jobs across the United States. And don’t forget to check out our 2020 Year-in-Review video for a final look at an unforgettable year!