Aug
30
2019

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day celebrates and honors the achievements of American Workers. Originally celebrated May 1, it is now celebrated on the First Monday in September.

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein

Happy Labor Day from AVA Search Group!

Aug
23
2019

The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude

John Quincy Adams said:

Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.

 

Anytime is a great time to remember about being grateful. When you have a hard day at work with everything seeming to go wrong or when things are not going exactly like you want, being grateful is a good idea.

Why? It can lead you to a different outlook and that can make you happier. The feelings say something about your connection to the people around you. Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistants help people daily by offering guidance, information and care.

 

How Gratitude helps:

Reminds you – Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life – it’s easy to forget them but by taking a minute to focus on feeling good can do so much for you.

 

Focus  – Gratitude turns your focus from the negative things and thoughts to the good stuff, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It still helps.

 

It can make you happier – focusing on the positive, changes your thinking and your outlook – that’s a good thing. Doing something nice for someone is another way to show gratitude.

 

Keep track – take a minute everyday to note something you’re thankful and grateful for – no matter how small.

 

 

 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

 

Gratitude goes a long way and can make a difference in your personal and professional life.

Aug
16
2019

Advanced Practice Provider Jobs List – August 2019

Advanced Practice Provider Open Jobs List – August 2019

Take a look at our latest Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant job opportunities:

 

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

These are full time Advanced Practice Provider positions:

Cardiology / Cardiovascular

  • Hawaii – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)  – 2 positions
  • Maine – Physician Assistant – CVICU – 3 / 12s – inpatient and/or CT surgery experience – coastal, 2 hrs from Boston
  • Oregon – Southern Coast – Nurse Practitioner – outpatient


Endocrinology

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


Gastroenterology

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

 

Hospitalist / Inpatient

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

 

Neonatal (NNP) 

  • Texas  – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner  – 32 bed unit – near Corpus Christi -Shift: Part- Time (24 hrs), Mixed (rotating weekends)

 

Neurosurgery

  • Maryland – Physician Assistant – Neurosurgery – New grads considered  – near Hancock and Hagerstown

 

Orthopedics

  • Florida – SW coast, near Fort Myers – PA or NP – Medical device company – training physicians
  • Illinois – Lincoln/Springfield – Physician Assistant – non surgical –handle 100% musculoskeletal injuries
  • Pennsylvania – Northern, 70 miles south of Buffalo, NY – Physician Assistant – 2 general ortho surgeons, 1 sports medicine

 

Pain Management  

  • Massachusetts – NP or PA – 1+ year of pain mgmt exp. needed – near Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill

 

Palliative Care

  • Indiana – Palliative care program caring for patients in their homes; will consider New Grads – Marion/Kokomo area

 

Pediatrics

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

 

Primary Care / Family / Internal Medicine

  • Massachusetts – Home visits/Internal Medicine – 2+ years of NP or PA exp. – Springfield area
  • New York – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – near Jamestown
  • Pennsylvania – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – Northern, PA
  • Vermont – Primary Care – Adult Medicine, will consider FNP or ANP – New Grads considered – Southeastern, near NH

 

Psychiatric

  • California – Psychiatric NP or PA – Private practice, northern, CA near Redding

 

Surgery

  • Florida – Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – Orlando area
  • New Mexico– Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – south of Santa Fe
  • South Carolina – Physician Assistant – Trauma – near Charlotte

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Urology

  • New York – Nurse Practitioner – near Jamestown

 

Review details of our current Advanced Practice Provider Jobs

Aug
09
2019

How Daily Exercise Fuels Your Productivity

How Daily Exercise fuels your productivity

The benefits of regular exercise include weight loss and being in better shape, but it can also increase your productivity at work. Exercise increases blood flow to your brain. It releases feel-good endorphins which improves your mood and makes you more alert. Several studies of employees, who exercise versus those who didn’t, showed that their concentration was better and it improved their work performance.

 

Here are 4 reasons that exercise improves your productivity.

  • Energy – feeling more alert and ready to go can make a real difference in the amount and quality of your work.
  • Mood – exercise improves your mood, making tasks, even the ones you don’t like easier to do.  A better mood gives you a better outlook on your day.
  • Stress Reliever –  regular exercise can reduce the level of stress hormones while the serotonin your brain releases make you feel happier, more content.
  • Mental Health – exercise can reduce negative thoughts, anxiety and depression. It’s an effective way improve your mental health.

And exercise doesn’t have to mean a long workout; it can be walking for 20 minutes, a yoga class or a bike ride. Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a difference. So get moving and get more done and feel better doing it.

 

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Jul
26
2019

What To Do When Your New Job Becomes a Nightmare

You had terrific interviews, onboarding and orientation was a breeze and you liked everyone you’ve met. Perfect job, right? Wrong! After a few months you realize this isn’t the job they said it would be – more patients, changed shifts and the people, not as easy going as you thought. Your great job is now a nightmare job that you want to escape.

 

What should you do? Create a plan of action, a way to get out but still keeping  your career intact.

 

Steps to escape a nightmare job:

  1. Write down what’s bothering you about the job and then talk to a friend about your concerns to be sure you’re not overacting to being the ‘new person’
  2. Try having a little patience – it can take several months to feel comfortable at a new job so be sure that’s not what your problem is.
  3. Decide if you have to leave right away or if you can last for a year (it always looks better if you’re there for at least a year). If you don’t stay a year or more, be prepared to explain why.
  4. Restart your search – when you’re ready, begin a job search. Start updating your network of contacts that you’re on the market again and view assorted job boards for the latest openings.
  5. Prepare – update your resume, interview prep including a good answer to why you’re leaving, without being too negative.
  6. Don’t lose your confidence – it’s not your fault, you thought it was a great job, it wasn’t. Move forward and find your next position.

 

Let what you learned from this experience assist you while you interview for your next job. Ask more questions, speak with current and former employees about their experiences, see if you can visit for a half a day and shadow so you can get a true picture about the day to day of the job.

 

When done right, a nightmare can became a dream, just take the time to think the process out.

 

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Jul
19
2019

Volunteering Can Help Your Career

Why volunteer? Giving your time, knowledge and energy helping others can make a difference.

 

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. And you benefit too. It can improve your health, increase your passion and make you feel good. It makes you feel happier and increases your self-confidence.

 

Studies have proven this happiness effect. The London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and found the more people volunteered, the happier they were.

 

And the interesting thing is that volunteering can help you at work!

Volunteering benefits for your career:

  • Learn new skills
  • Master skills you already have and use them in the real world – can help you be a better team player too!
  • You never know who you might met – volunteering can help you make new professional contacts
  • You just might find a new job opportunity
  • Volunteering looks good on your resume

Additional benefit – you might make some new friends or find a passion you didn’t know you had. You just never know what can happen from giving a few hours of your time each month.

How do you decide where to volunteer?

For me it was easy, I had a beautiful sweet golden retriever and she became the perfect therapy dog.

myla and penny reading 2

Pictured: Penny our office mascot is a regular volunteer. Here’s she’s participating in a reading program at one of the Clearwater libraries. We also visit an assisted living community every Friday at lunchtime.

 

The choices for you are endless – find something that interest you: free health clinic, schools, senior centers, community centers, museums, theaters, libraries, animal shelters and rescue organizations, service organizations, places of worship, veteran and military organizations just to name a few.

 

Volunteer Match is one site that can help you find opportunities in your area. There are other online sources to help as well. And with the holidays approaching there always opportunities to help.

 

If you love it, you will keep going back! So get out there and volunteer and see how you can help in your community. Enjoy.

Jul
05
2019

Advanced Practice Provider Open Jobs List – July 2019

Advanced Practice Provider Open Jobs List – July 2019

Take a look at our latest Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant opportunities:

 

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

These are full time Advanced Practice Provider positions:

Cardiology / Cardiovascular

  • Hawaii – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)  – 2 positions
  • Maine – Physician Assistant – CVICU – 3 / 12s – inpatient and/or CT surgery experience – coastal, 2 hrs from Boston
  • Oregon – Southern Coast – Nurse Practitioner – outpatient


Endocrinology

  • Arizona – Physician Assistant – outpatient – southern, near Tucson 
  • New Mexico – Nurse Practitioner – outpatient – south of Santa Fe


Gastroenterology

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

 

Hospitalist / Inpatient

  • Maine – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) – 3 /12s – ICU, CVICU, or CVOR exp., coastal city 2 hrs to Boston
  • North Carolina – Hospitalist – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – 7on/7off – Nocturnist position

 

Neonatal (NNP) 

  • Texas  – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner  – 32 bed unit – near Corpus Christi -Shift: Part- Time (24 hrs), Mixed (rotating weekends)

 

Neurosurgery

  • Maryland – Physician Assistant – Neurosurgery – New grads considered  – near Hancock and Hagerstown

 

Orthopedics

  • Florida – SW coast, near Fort Myers – PA or NP – Medical device company – training physicians
  • Illinois – Lincoln/Springfield – Physician Assistant – non surgical –handle 100% musculoskeletal injuries
  • Pennsylvania – Northern, 70 miles south of Buffalo, NY – Physician Assistant – 2 general ortho surgeons, 1 sports medicine

 

Pain Management  

  • Massachusetts – NP or PA – 1+ year of pain mgmt exp. needed – near Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill

 

Pediatrics

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

 

Primary Care / Family / Internal Medicine

  • Massachusetts – Home visits/Internal Medicine – 2+ years of NP or PA exp. – Springfield area
  • New York – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – near Jamestown
  • North Carolina – Family Practice – Eastern, NC  2 openings, 1 near Tarboro and the other near Roanoke Rapids 1+ years exp.
  • Pennsylvania – Outpatient primary care practice – FNP – solo position – Northern, PA

 

Psychiatric

  • North Carolina – Psychiatric NP or PA – Raleigh area – outpatient
  • South Carolina – Psychiatric NP – inpatient adults/geriatrics – coastal near Hilton Head

 

Surgery

  • Florida – Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – Orlando area
  • New Mexico– Cardiothoracic surgery, EVH exp. required – south of Santa Fe
  • South Carolina – Physician Assistant – Bariatric surgery – Mt. Pleasant area
  • South Carolina – Physician Assistant- Vascular Surgery – near Charlotte

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Urology

  • New York – Nurse Practitioner – near Jamestown

 

Review our current Advanced Practice Provider jobs

Jul
03
2019

Happy 4th of July!

INDEPENDENCE DAY – July 4th.

On July 4, 1776, after voting for independence on July 2nd, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.

 

The most famous and well known sentence reads:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

 

July 4th, has been a federal holiday since 1870 and in 1941, it became a paid federal holiday for federal employees.

 

It’s a day to celebrate at parades, concerts and fireworks. Many  Americans will celebrate the holiday at picnics or barbecues with family and friends. If you’re hitting the road you won’t be alone. According to AAA over 34 million people will travel  50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend.

 

Whatever you decide – Enjoy.

 

We wish you a Happy July 4th!

Jun
21
2019

Get Rid of Red Flags on Your Resume

Your resume is the first thing a potential employer sees before meeting you. It needs to highlight your experience, background and strengths. Resumes with red flags can stop the process.

 

 How to avoid red flags on your resume:

Gaps – Employment gaps can be a big red flag as an employer reviews your resume. I knew one hiring manager who used a red marker and circle gaps and if there too many, the person was toast. Sometimes the gap can be explained; you took care of sick parent or went back to school, etc. Cover letters can be helpful to explain some gaps but be careful not to be too wordy. For an interview; it’s important to be prepared and be honest when you explain the gaps. Have a short detailed answer (no rambling please).

 

Sloppy resume – Resumes with formatting errors, typos, spelling and grammar errors, different fonts show a lack of attention to detail and is a big red flag.  Not taking the time to prepare a good resume makes an employer wonder what else you might not prepare for.

 

Words with no substance – I recently spoke to a candidate who had great experience but you’d never know it from his resume. The words he used were vague and didn’t highlight what he could do. Hiring managers care about substance – How have you impacted the company/practice? Numbers, specifics are what they are looking for. Saw patients vs. Saw 15 patients daily. Performed surgery vs. performed  ‘x’ number of ‘type’ of surgery. Flowery words are a red flag that you might not have the experience they need. Be specific.

 

Not Customizing – Tailoring your resume for a specific job is vital. It shows the employer you read the description, researched the company and made the connection with your experience. Use keywords to highlight your background.

 

No achievements – Detail your accomplishments. Potential employers like results, so show them.

 

To fix the issue, you should review your resume, look for the red flags then rewrite and revise. It’s worth the time to have a resume that stands out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
14
2019

Time Off Increases Productivity

Summer is here. Time to get away. 

 

Taking time off has been linked to better health. Ignore that inner voice telling you that you have too much work to do and plan that much needed vacation. Your health depends on it.

 

Research over the past few years has been quite clear – vacations help people be more productive and are good for your health!

 

The long hours, endless meetings and paperwork, constantly staring at your computer screen, eating lunch at your desk is overwhelming and can lead to burnout. It’s easy to overdo it. Everyone does. Consider taking a few days off to benefit from the stress reducing effects a vacation gives you. It helps you refuel – physically and mentally.

 

 

Studies have shown that even taking a micro break can make a difference. Can you imagine what five full days out of the office could do for you? Recent surveys conducted by Forbes and Glassdoor showed that only 25% of Americans take all their vacation time and another survey showed over 40% don’t take vacations at all! And be honest when you do take time off, you bring work along to do or find yourself checking your email constantly. That is not a vacation.

 

The Framingham Heart Study showed not taking vacations can actually be bad for your heart health. Not taking a vacation for one year might increase the risk of a heart attack or fatal heart condition.

 

Time off can be what you need to recharge and get back on track. They are vital for continued success.

 

Being dedicated and giving your all is great, but when you work all the time – you suffer and so does your health. Put yourself first and take care of your physical and mental health. Vacations reduce stress, improve productivity, increase our happiness and improve how we deal with each other. Sounds like a win-win!

 

Imagine being at work feeling rested and happier. Days off replenish job performance and your brain responds quicker. You are better able to conquer any challenges.

 

With summer here, instead of thinking of reasons why you can’t go, remember why you need to go. Visit your favorite travel site, talk to your family or friends and find someplace fun to go.

 

Everyone needs a break. Go ahead and reap the benefits a vacation offers.

Enjoy!