New Year, Try These Tips

Start 2020 off the right way

The beginning of a new year is hopeful and we start it with excitement and a renewed sense of our ability and what we might be able to accomplish. It’s important to figure out the best way to start the year off right and give yourself the best possible chance to make it what you want it to be.


Hopefully you worked on your 2020 goals (not resolutions) and have worked out your plan to achieve them.


What else can you do to make sure 2020 exceeds your expectations?


Review – Learn from the past by reviewing 2019 and even 2018 – what worked, what didn’t. What are you carrying over to get done in this new year?  How can you learn from your past mistakes and successes? Be honest and take a hard look.


Goals – Review your goals making sure they are specific and what you want to accomplish. Your goals should focus on what you truly want. Not what someone wants for you. And remember it’s important that your goals be: S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive).  If you haven’t created your goals for 2020, take time last weeks post on setting goals. Review our January 3rd post on goal setting.


Money – so many of our goals have to do with money – buying a home, investment, retirement, etc.

So what things can you do to boost your financials? Do you have a budget including a plan to save? Review your personal debt situation and if it’s required – set up a payment plans to rid yourself of debt, school loan debt can be difficult but you should look into loan repayment locations to speed that along and some organizations have their own programs.  If you haven’t, make this the year that you start your retirement account and if you have one, consider increasing your contributions.


Health – it’s easy to ignore our health until something is wrong. A few tweaks can make a huge difference: Get more sleep; try mediation for relieve stress, exercise 4-5 days week and eat 5+ fruits and veggies daily. Just these few things can help you be healthier.



Fun – all work and no play makes a very unhappy person. Take time for yourself this year. Plan a vacation or some long weekends and get away. Time away re-energizes you and makes you better.

Start your new year right with a visit to our career center.


Set Goals Not Resolutions

Goals versus resolutions.


We are a few days into a new year and a new decade. The tradition of making resolutions is upon us. You might have already started or even finished your list.  Do not fall into the resolutions trap. Why? The problem with resolutions is that they fade, usually pretty fast. ‘I’m going to lose weight’ is a popular resolution. But the results can be a couple of weeks at the gym and then nothing. Want a better way?


Set goals instead.


Aristotle said:    “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”




Setting goals require a result, something you can achieve realistically. It’s specific, measured and targeted. And if you do it right it will include an actionable plan to get there.



Try these easy goal setting steps:

Less is better – Focus on just a few goals

Instead of creating a list of 10 or more goals, choose 2 or 3 goals that are the most important to you and that you want to accomplish. Focusing on a smaller number makes you more successful.  This keeps you focused and less distracted. And remember  goals require steps along the way to achieve. It could be a job you have always wanted, climbing a mountain or buying a house.


Set a timeline.

Set specific markers that you need to meet in order to achieve the goal. What needs to happen before this goal is accomplished? Do you need additional continuing education? Do you need to find a higher salary to save for a house? Figure out what steps need to be met in order to accomplish your goal.


Write it down.

This is a very important step. It is great to have an idea or a dream, but until you write it down it is less tangible. Once it is written down it tends to become more real and you are more adept to reach the small steps to get you to your big goal. Write down the steps, make commitments to help you along the way, sign up for classes or contact a realtor. Make those steps into actionable items.



Don’t give up.

If you are training for a marathon, you don’t just run for a month and you’re ready. No, you train for months while you keep increasing your running time and stamina. You continue to work at it.  More often than not, people set a goal and begin with amazing strides but after time they lose momentum. The little steps and goals along the way are vital to keep you engaged.



Research has shown visualization can be a powerful mind exercise. Olympic athletes have been using the technique of visualization for many years and so can you. Take a few minutes every day seeing your goal accomplished. Create a mental picture as if it was occurring right then. How does it feel? What changes because of your success? The strength of the mind-body connection can be vital to achieving your goals.


Action is required.

On a daily basis, do your best to do something that is aimed at your goal, and keep track. This is a daily reminder of your end game and it is also a tangible thing that you can touch daily to keep you on task and stop you from giving up.


Most importantly, don’t ever give up on yourself or your goals.  No matter how crazy or outrageous they may seem. You could the person who changes the world!



Is a new job one of your goals? Visit our website for current job listings.


Tips To Start 2020 With the Right Attitude.

Happy New Year!

A new year offers a new start. Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous 2020.



For the New Year, be the positive force. Being positive and optimistic can bring you a lot of success, both professionally and personally.  It’s so much easier to work with a upbeat person then working with someone who is full of negativity. Rise above the drama.  Be someone who stays positive.


Think, do, be positive



1. Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make it a good day

2. Positive people let go of the past and look forward to creating new memories.

3. Positive people look at all the possibilities and not look at what could’ve been.

4. Positive people have fears, but they don’t let them interfere with their lives.

5. Positive people have contagious smiles.

6. Positive people are great to work with.

7. Positive people feel secure within their own soul and body.

8. Positive people don’t quit, they may let something go, but its for their own good reasons.



“When you change your thoughts, you change your world.”

— Norman Vincent Peale

Happy New Year!


If finding a new job in the new year is your goal, take a moment and visit our Career Center.




“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

Charles Dickens


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.”
— Helen Keller

AVA Search Group wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas!


Advanced Practice Provider Jobs List – December 2019

Take a look at our December 2019 Nurse Practitioner and

Physician Assistant job opportunities:

Visit http://avasearchgroup.com/Jobs/  for job details and experience requirements.


CaliforniaPA or PMHNP – Psychiatric  – Northern, near Redding – private practice


Florida – ACNP or PA – CVICU  – 14 shifts monthly – days/nights  – 1+ years of CVICU or CT surgery exp. no surgery, all inpatient

FloridaPA or NP– Orthopedic Surgery – Medical device company – training physicians –  SW coast, near Fort Myers


Hawaii – Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) – mix of deliveries, trauma/surgical patients and psych consults


Illinois– Physician Assistant – Orthopedics – non surgical –handle 100% musculoskeletal injuries– Lincoln/Springfield


Maine – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) – 3 /12s – ICU, CVICU, or CVOR exp., Portland/coastal city 2 hrs to Boston

Maine – Physician Assistant – CVICU – 3 / 12s – inpatient and/or CT surgery experience – Portland, coastal, 2 hrs from Boston


Maryland – Nurse Practitioner – Diabetes  – 1 year of primary care exp. – Days   – inpatient

Maryland – FNP or PA – Primary Care – 1+ years of experience needed -Frederick area


Massachusetts – NP or PA – Home visits/Internal Medicine – 2+ years experience, seeing adults/geriatrics – Springfield area

Massachusetts – Psych NP – PMHNP – 1 year experience working as a Psych NP – Crisis Stabilization Unit – Boston/Brighton area


New Mexico – Nurse Practitioner – Endocrinology – outpatient – south of Santa Fe

New Mexico- NP or PA – Gastroenterology – inpatient and outpatient duties – south of Santa Fe

New Mexico– PA or NP Cardiothoracic Surgery, EVH exp. required – south of Santa Fe


North Carolina – FNP or PA – Eastern, NC – 1+ years exp. in Family practice/primary care needed Loan repayment


Oregon – Nurse Practitioner – Cardiology – outpatient, Southern Coast


Pennsylvania – Physician Assistant – Orthopedics – Northern, 70 miles south of Buffalo, NY –– 2 general ortho surgeons, 1 sports medicine


South Carolina – Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner – requires trauma surgery exp. – Trauma Surgery – near Charlotte


Vermont – FNP – Family practice – Southern, VT Bennington; 1 hour NE of Albany – Will consider new grads!

Vermont – PA or NP – Hospitalist – 25 bed critical access – Night Shift – 5 on / 9 off – 2 years exp.  near Burlington, VT.


Everyone at AVA Search Group wish you, your family and friends a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


“An Attitude of Gratitude Brings Great Things” — Yogi Bhajan




“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Successful Job Searching Tips for the Holidays

Despite November and December being hectic holiday months, do not put your job search on hold. Don’t fall for the – it’s a bad time of year to interview myth. It can actually be a great to time find your next job. There are challenges but job hunting during the holidays can be successful because employers are hiring.


So, get your resume in front of employers. Recruiters and hiring managers want to be fully staffed in January.


Let your competition put their search on hold that means fewer candidates in the mix and gives you a better chance. While they’re not looking, you should push your search harder and take advantage of the candidate lull of November and December.

So what can you do be find a new job during the holidays? Try these tips:


Use the holiday mood to your advantage and network – Connect (or reconnect) with associates and friends on LinkedIn and Facebook and see how they’re doing and let them let know you’re searching for a new opportunity.


Stay Focused – it’s easy to get distracted but stay organized and focused. Be sure to track your resume submits, interviews, follow-up and thank you notes. And remember people tend to be in a better mood so use that when you contact them.


Be flexible – you might have to accommodate hiring managers and recruiters busy schedules because of holiday vacations, parties and meetings. So be flexible and prepared to interview when they ask.


Holiday events and parties – are fun and excellent for networking. They are great times to meet new people and network. The holiday is a good ice breaker. However, be careful not to make your job search all that you talk about. Connect with people on a personal level that makes all the difference.



Reach out to Recruiters – maybe you contacted a recruiter back in the fall or late summer but haven’t been in contact recently, drop them an email or send a holiday card. Remind them about you and what you’re looking for. This contact might result in a phone call and information about a new position.


The Basics – not matter what time of the year – a well written resume is always vital to standing out and moving forward in the hiring process. If you choose to send a cover letter, be sure it’s sells your skills and why you’re a good choice. And be sure you social media footprint is professional.


The holiday season is excellent time to job hunt. Stay positive and upbeat and enjoy the advantage.


Check out our current openings here














Ready, Set – Holiday Season is Here!

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away – the holiday season is upon us.


The next 40 days will be a mix of getting ready for Thanksgiving and then eating ourselves into a coma and the crazy busy rush to Hanukkah (12/22- 12/30) and Christmas (12/25). There are parties, so many parties and cookies. Lots of cookies. I’m tired just writing about it.


And in-between all this merriment you have to work and work hard. Buckling down isn’t easy but we have work to do. Patients and our colleagues need us to be focused. You have to fight your instinct to search online for that item on sale, finding a new recipe or checking to see if your favorite holiday flick is coming on.


So how do you enjoy  these next 40 days days of festivities while keeping your mind focused on your work?


Here are 5 ideas to enjoy your holiday season:


Plan – having a plan can make a world of difference. It’s easier to balance it all when you know what’s coming. So create a list with everything you’ll need to do – work schedule, parties (office and personal), cooking, shopping, finding new recipes, cleaning, all of it!  Then get out your calendar update it with all that will need to be done.



Time off – put in your request early for time off. Bosses want to give people the time off they need, so be sure you ask for in advance and don’t want until the last minute. Use your time off to decompress and relax, even if it’s only for a few hours. Use your plan to get as much done so you have some time for yourself.


np santa hatBe Flexible

You might need to work extra shifts to cover holidays. And people seem to get sick during the holidays, so you might see more patients in a day. Be flexible. Remember your work day and your holidays won’t be perfect. Another way to help you get over these extra hours is to view them as helping someone make their holiday season better. If you have to work Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can rearrange your holiday with your family or make your family dinner a brunch or the following day.


Take care of yourself – it’s a hectic time and eating well and taking care of ourselves gets forgotten. It’s easy to overeat, not exercise and stay up too late. You’re going to cheat but mix it with some clean healthy eating. Something that works for me is to have a piece of fruit or a small salad before a party which helps me eat a little less and be less guilty when I enjoy that piece of cake. And stay on schedule and get at least seven hours of sleep. Sleep keeps your energized and better able to handle the stress. And don’t forget to exercise. Try and do something at least five days a week – a short walk or twenty pushups, doing a few minutes is better than nothing at all.


Be Grateful

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes. Being grateful makes your outlook better and you happier. As Providers you see that for some people it isn’t. Your kindness, empathy and knowledge can make a difference to your patients and you benefit as well. Be grateful that as a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant to you get to make a difference.


Check out our current Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant openings here


National Nurse Practitioner Week 2019


National Nurse Practitioner Week  – November 10-16

Each year Nurse Practitioner celebrates the amazing health care providers who make a difference every day. In addition, it’s a reminder to lawmakers of how important they are and to review and get rid of the many outdated laws so that they can practice fully.


Join us in thanking and celebrating these respected, caring and exceptional professionals.



Veterans Day 2019 – Free Meals and Other Deals

Veterans Day is Monday November 11th.

Many businesses are offering veterans and active duty military members freebies and deals to salute their service.

We recommend that you call or go online to confirm offers and check if your nearby location is participating.  Most will require you to show proof of your service (military ID, driver’s license or state-issued identification card with a veteran seal, Veterans Affairs Health ID, etc.).


Here are just some of the freebies and deals being offered to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members:


Restaurants / Food

  • Another Broken Egg Café – Free Patriot’s French Toast and coffee at participating locations
  • Applebee’s – offering free entrees from a special menu to vets and active military personnel
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Free Meal with purchase of equal or greater value up to $10
  • Bob Evans – offering a selection of free entrees
  • Bonefish Grill – complimentary appetizer, such as Mussels Josephine, Calamari, Imperial Dip, or Bang Bang Shrimp
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – will receive 20% off meals and retail purchase
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – offering a free order of small boneless or traditional wings and a side of french fries as part of their annual Veterans Day deal
  • California Pizza Kitchen –  A special Veterans Day menu for in-house diners offers a free entree to veterans and active U.S. military members
  • Chili’s – Free entrée
  • Chipotle – Appreciation BOGO deal which is valid on burritos, bowls, salads, and taco orders. It’s available for all active-duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses, and retired military
  • The Chop House  – for veterans and military with valid ID or in uniform 50 percent off of their meals
  • Carrabba’s – Starting Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11, offering a free order of calamari with any purchase to all veterans, active military, police officers and firefighters with a valid military ID. All restaurants also offer 10% off to all active and retired service members anytime they visit
  • Cici’s Pizza – free adult buffet on Veterans Day
  • Cracker Barrel – complimentary slices of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or Pumpkin Pie Lattes
  • Denny’s – free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating Denny’s locations nationwide from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Free donut on the 11th
  • Famous Dave’s – free meal at participating locations
  • Farmer Boys – Free Big Cheese cheeseburgers
  • Firebird’s Wood Fire Grill – free lunch or dinner entrée
  • 54th Street Grill – Veterans and active-duty military personnel can eat for free up to $12 when they dine-in
  • Friendly’s – free Veterans Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner when they dine-in
  • Golden Corral –  From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Veterans Day, Golden Corral will be offering free meals (dine-in only) for any active or former military members
  • Hooters –  free entree from a special Hooters Veterans Day menu with a purchase of a beverage
  • Houlihan’s – offers 15 percent off of meals for active duty and veteran military personnel with valid ID
  • Huddle House – Free order of Sweet Cakes
  • IHOP – complimentary red, white & blue buttermilk pancakes or breakfast combos to active military members and veterans on Veterans Day
  • IKEA –free entrée
  • Joe’s Crab Shack – offering 20% off for veterans and active military
  • Krispy Kreme – free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active military personnel (no ID required).
  • Krystal – receive a complimentary sausage biscuit (6am – 11am)
  • Little Caesars Pizza – Veterans and active military members are eligible to receive Little Caesars’ $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Veteran’s Day. The deal includes four slices of Little Caesars Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza, plus a 20 oz. Pepsi product
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – free appetizer or dessert and 10 percent off of the bill
  • Macaroni Grill – free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti
  • Medieval Times – offering discounted tickets and free Royalty Upgrades to veterans and active duty military and their family members with ID for the month of November
  • Metro Diner – 50% off to active and retired military members
  • Olive Garden –  will offer veterans and active service members a free entree.
  • Outback Steakhouse – has partnered with Operation Homefront to give all military members, police officers, firefighters, and first responders 10% off their entire check all day every day.
  • Panera Bread – free You-Pick-Two meal
  • Perkins – Free Magnificent Seven meal
  • Ponderosa Steakhouses –enjoy a free buffet (beverage not included) at participating Ponderosa locations.
  • Red Lobster – offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active duty military and reservists. Available in-restaurant or on To Go orders picked up in-restaurant
  • Red Robin – free Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries
  • 7-Eleven – offering free coffee of any size for Veterans Advantage members from November 8 through November 11
  • Shoney’s – free “All You Care to Eat, Freshly Prepared Breakfast Bar” from opening until 11 a.m.
  • Sizzler Restaurant – free meal to veterans and active duty military until 4:00 p.m at participating locations
  • Smoothie King – one free 20-ounce smoothie of your choice
  • Starbucks –Free cup of coffee
  • Subway – Veterans with a valid ID can get a free six-inch sub at select locations
  • TCBY – Get 6 ounces of frozen yogurt for free on Nov. 11
  • TGI Fridays – free lunch to veterans and active duty military with ID up to $12 in value
  • Texas Roadhouse –Free lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • TooJay’s Deli – free entree from a special menu
  • Village Inn – free INN-credible Village Inn Breakfast at participating restaurants. The company offers a 10 percent discount year round.
  • Wawa – Free coffee, any size, all day (includes family members)
  • White Castle –free breakfast combo or castle combo meal #1-6


Other Veterans Day Discounts:

Target: Get a 10% discount on one purchase in stores and online now through Nov. 11.

Lowe’s – Get a 10% discount year-round

Home Depot – Get a 10% discount on in-store purchases on Veterans Day

Kohl’s – Get a 30% percent discount on purchases from Nov. 7 through Nov. 11. Those eligible are military, veterans and their families.

AMC Theatres – Free large popcorn Nov. 8 – Nov. 11 for AMC Stubs members who are veterans or active duty service members with valid military ID. Military discount on tickets available at all times with ID.

Great Clips – Veterans and active duty military personnel can receive a free haircut or pick up a free haircut card to use on another day.

Ancestry.com – is allowing everyone to search their archive of US military records for free from November 8 at 7:00PM EST through November 17 at 11:59PM EST.

Amazon Prime – Get $40 off the regular price, through Nov. 11. That’s $79, compared with the regular price of $119. Current military and veterans are eligible.

SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place – One free admission per year for military personnel and as many as three dependents, as part of the longstanding Waves of Honor program

La Quinta by Wyndham – Get a 15% discount off the best available rate per night, through Dec. 5. Those eligible are current military, retired military, veterans and their families


All of us at AVA Search Group want to thank you for your service.