The State of Salary Transparency in Healthcare

With pay secrecy slowly becoming a thing of the past across many industries, there seems to be an appetite for greater salary transparency among many Americans. In the last 30 days (as of April 11, 2023), the hashtag #salarytransparency has had 31 million U.S. views on the video platform TikTok and a staggering 437 million views over the last year. An analysis of Google search data shows that U.S. searches for “salary transparency” are up 309% in the last year as market dynamics continue to feed the nation’s appetite for progressive measures in recruitment. (*Content by Vivian Health*)

Horse Vaccinations 101

Horse owners often find it challenging to keep up with the latest vaccination recommendations, and some may not grasp their importance in keeping horses healthy and strong. Your horse needs certain “core” vaccines, and may also need non-core vaccines based on his usual activities, geographic location, and other considerations. One of the best measures to protect your horse’s health is a vaccination program. Originally appeared in print in the March 2022 issue of Horse Illustrated.

Healthcare Education Loan Forgiveness: A State-by-State Guide

Healthcare is a lucrative field with many in-demand specialties, but completing the necessary schooling to achieve licensure in nursing and other medical careers often comes with hefty student loans that eat away at your paychecks for years. All 50 states either provide some type of state-level student loan forgiveness program or act as a liaison for national programs. Loan forgiveness programs help nurses and other medical workers combat the debt they took on to enter the healthcare field and help ease the national shortage of nurses and healthcare professionals.

1 Million Clinicians Choose Vivian

Vivian Health’s goal of empowering healthcare professionals to find their perfect jobs faster and easier than ever before has just hit a milestone. We’re proud to announce that we’ve now supported over one MILLION clinicians in their job searches! At Vivian, healthcare workers come first, and we’re honored that more than one million clinicians trust us to help them with their job choices and career advancement. (*Graphics created by Design Team)

Microchipping Your Horse

Having your horse stolen right out of his paddock, get lost during a natural disaster or wander out through a broken fence are some of a horse owner’s worst nightmares. Making a bad situation even worse is locating your missing horse and not being able to prove he’s yours. Learn everything you need to know about microchipping your horse. Originally appeared in print in the November/December 2021 issue of Horse Illustrated.

Understanding 2022 Travel Nursing Tax Rules

Deciphering travel nursing pay and tax rules is one of the most complicated aspects of being a travel nurse or any travel healthcare provider (HCP). Tax homes, tax-free stipends, hourly wages, bonuses, benefits, housing and per diem reimbursements are all vital in understanding your travel nursing pay package and your taxes. With 2022 coming to a close and tax season right around the corner, many travelers have questions that Vivian hopes to answer with some help from a couple of tax professionals.

Ultimate Gift Guide for Rockhounds

The holiday gift-giving season is officially here. If you’re scrambling to find the perfect gift for that friend or family member who lives to hunt rocks, you’re not alone. Knowing what to get a rockhound can be challenging when you have no interest in the hobby. Luckily, gifts related to rockhounding are plentiful, available at various price points and suitable for rock and gem enthusiasts of all ages. Here are several ideas if you haven’t found something special for the rock lover(s) in your life.

Travel Nurse Careers: Is Travel Nursing Right for You?

If you’re passionate about the work you do as a nurse, but your daily routine has become stale, it might be time to consider whether a travel nurse career is right for you. Travel nurses fill in temporarily when hospitals and other healthcare facilities experience staffing shortages for various reasons. They may work in one community for an extended period or move around to different cities or states every few weeks. Travel nursing can be highly lucrative and professionally rewarding, not to mention you get to travel essentially for free, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. We’ll help you answer this question and other frequently asked questions about travel nursing with a little help from an experienced traveler.

Don’t Get Fooled While Gold Panning

When you’re panning for gold, a primary concern for newbies is whether the glitter in their pan is genuine gold or fool’s gold. Although fool’s gold mimics gold, it’s not really gold. However, it can sometimes be a precursor to finding real gold and it’s pretty, so it’s not necessarily bad to see pyrite even if it’s not very valuable monetarily. If you’ve ever dreamed of striking the mother lode but you’re not 100% sure what gold looks like in its natural state, this guide is for you.

12 Tips for Improving Communication with Elderly Patients

Hearing loss, cognitive decline and other issues related to the aging process sometimes make it challenging to communicate with elderly patients effectively. Communicating is essential in building a good relationship with your patients, no matter their age. However, it’s imperative to learn suitable techniques to overcome communication challenges if you regularly work with elderly patients. Improve how you communicate and help ensure your elderly patients hear and understand what you’re saying with these 12 tips.

What the Student Loan Debt Relief Plan Could Mean for Nurses

UPDATED 10/5/2022 – After months of deliberation in the White House, nurses may have a new option for seeking debt relief on their student loans. This week, current and former students around the nation celebrated following the announcement that the Biden Administration was going forward with its Student Loan Debt Relief Plan. Although it was a slimmed-down version, the Plan could potentially help millions of student loan borrowers.

How to Successfully Travel Nurse with Family

Travel nursing offers an excellent opportunity for nurses seeking diverse career opportunities and a bigger paycheck while also exploring new places around the country. If you travel nurse with family members, it also provides a chance for everyone to go on an amazing adventure. Whether you’re traveling with a spouse and/or children, or just some four-legged family members, use these tips to make the most of the experience.

2022 State by State Scope of Practice: Physician Assistant

Physician assistants (PAs) are nationally certified, state-licensed advanced practice allied health professionals. As licensed clinicians, they must obtain a license in their state of practice before seeing patients. Before they can earn licensure, PAs undergo rigorous education and training as medical professionals. Once licensed, they may practice in every healthcare setting and specialty. Each state has a PA licensing board and specific laws outlined in its Physician Assistant Practice Act. Because a physician assistant’s scope of practice varies by state, it’s essential that they know and understand the laws governing them in their state(s) of practice.

2022 State by State Scope of Practice: Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners are one type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Each state’s Nurse Practice Act usually defines NP/APRN practice, but its Board of Nursing (BON) governs this practice. Other laws and regulations may also impact NP practice. The scope of practice (SOP) of nurse practitioners can significantly vary by state, making it challenging for NPs who work in more than one or move from one to another. NPs who inadvertently practice outside their scope of practice risk disciplinary action by their state BON, endanger their nursing licenses and could face a malpractice suit. To ensure you don’t do anything that might put you in a bad spot, you must know and understand the scope of practice in the state(s) in which they practice.

Horse Illustrated - August 2022

Saddling up and going for a ride typically means riding across open fields or along designated horse trails. Nowadays, it's much less common to see horses and their riders on a leisurely ride along a busy highway. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still occur, and it’s not illegal to do so. It’s essential to know the laws in your area and the general etiquette to safely share the road with motorized vehicles.
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