Emergency Room Registered Nurse – Baytown

Pulse Staffing has exciting career opportunities for Emergency Room Registered Nurses. Pulse Staffing is the premium provider of the highest quality health care professionals to many top rated hospitals and healthcare networks. We have both day and night – per-diem shifts available.

We are looking for a hardworking, energetic, compassionate and experienced Emergency Room RNs to work in the Baytown area.

General Responsibilities:

  • Provide professional nursing care to patients in the clinic setting in compliance with professional practice standards
  • Promote a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach towards patients, families and all members of the health care team
  •  Assist physicians with exams and patient care
  • Responsible for the daily care of patents
  • Delivers advanced professional and technical nursing care to patients of all ages presenting to the Emergency Room with real or potential emergency care needs
  • Utilizes the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation when delivering nursing care

Requirements:

  • Must have 2+ years of experience
  • ACLS / PALS / BLS required
  • Must meet Pulse’s hiring criteria

Job: ER Registered Nurse / ER RN / Emergency Room Registered Nurse / Registered – ER

Primary Location: Texas – Houston – Baytown

Shift: Per-Diem – Both day and night shifts available

Pay: $38-$41 an hour


Receptionist Needed

Pulse Staffing has an exciting career opportunity for a receptionist. This position supports a property management located near the Woodlands.

We are looking for hardworking, energetic and experienced front office coordinator who can work well under pressure.

Duties:

  • Answer and manage multi-line phones as well as making cold calls to potential customers
  • Prepare and distribute invoices
  • Greet and assist customers
  • Manage and maintain office equipment
  • Manage and observe surveillance cameras
  • Manage documents and scan cards
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience and Requirements:

  • Must be friendly and outgoing
  • Must be organized
  • Must work well under pressure
  • Real Estate experience is preferred
  • 1+ years as a receptionist
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel

Job: Receptionist / Administrative Assistant / Real Estate / Property Management / Front Office / Clerical

Location: Texas – Houston – Woodlands


Family Nurse Practitioner / Physician’s Assistant

Pulse Staffing has exciting career opportunities for a Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant with Family experience. Pulse staffing is the premium provider of the highest quality health care professionals to many of the Houston’s top rated hospitals and healthcare networks. This is a Full time – Permanent position.
We are looking for a hardworking, energetic, compassionate and experienced Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s assistant to work in a growing psychiatry office located in Kingwood, TX

Duties:

    • Medication management
    • Assist psychiatrists
    • Counsel with mental health patients
    • Develop patient treatment plans
    • Diagnose patients with mental illnesses
    • File medical reports
    • Prescribe medications for treatment

Requirements:

  • Texas License as PA or NP required
  • Certification as PA or family psychiatric NP required.
  • Two years of experience in Psych
  • Must meet Pulse’s hiring criteria

Job: Nurse Practitioner / Physician’s Assistant / Family

 

Primary Location: TX – Houston – Kingwood

 

Shift: Days

 

Rate: Salary depending on experience


How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Are you looking to brush off your resume and get it shining and attractive? Here are some tips to help your resume stand apart from the next.

1.       Include resume keywords

This is a big one! Your resume should include keywords that appear in the job description. That way, you will increase your chances of your resume matching available positions – and being selected for an interview. The keywords should include specific job requirements, including your skills, software and technology competencies, relevant credentials, and previous employers.

 

2.       Write a custom resume

Write a costume resume that specifically highlights the experience you have that is relevant to the job you are applying for. It does take more time, but, it is worth the effort especially when the job aligns with your skills and experience.

 

3.       Stick to a standardized font

For most positions, future employers want a resume they can read and a resume that captures the skill sets they are looking for. Fonts like Times New Roman and Georgia are a safe bet when it comes to being readable. Make sure your font is around a 12; having a font that is to big or to small can turn away a potential employer.

 

4.       Double, triple, quadruple check your resume

The last think you want is a resume full of misspellings and grammatical errors. Having these types of errors can guarantee that your resume will go directly to the recycle bin. Also, make sure your resume is up to date. If your current job incorporates a new software in your office, add it to your resume.

 

5.       Make it Digital-Friendly

Nothing is more frustrating than spending a large amount of time trying to open a file. Create your resume in Word – or something similar – and save it as a word document. This is also why it is important to create a custom resume. Using a template might not transfer successful and could make your resume look sloppy.

 

6.       Add Social Media Profiles

If you use LinkedIn or Twitter in a professional manner, add these profile links to your contact information. This will encourage potential employers to see how you showcase your expertise online and gives them another way to get in touch. Depending on the position you are applying for, managers might be impressed if you’ve grown large networks.

 

7.       Include a Cover Letter

Writing a dedicated cover letter has become a lost art. A cover letter allows you to be creative and let your personality shine through. Each cover letter should be altered to the position in which you are applying for. If the job description asks for a creative individual; what better way to stand out. Make sure you are remembered because of your cover letter.

 

8.       Include 6 main points

Recruiters spend 80% of their time looking at these six points on a resume

  • Name
  • Current title and company
  • Previous title and company
  • Current start and end dates
  • Previous start and end dates
  • Education

Make sure you have the above 6 points throughout your resume.

9.        Experience

Include all relevant experience. If you are applying for a nursing position, you don’t need to include a summer job you had working at an ice cream shop. It is irrelevant and is also known as page fillers. If you don’t have a lot of experience, list relevant course work from college or internship.

 

10.   Add Accomplishments

Your resume is the perfect opportunity to pat yourself on the back- just a little. If you graduated with honors or received employee of the month at a previous job- list it! Not only does it show that you were noticed and were well accomplished. Being on the Dean’s list or graduating with honors shows that you were able to dedicate yourself for at least four years of college- which isn’t easy and is not accomplished by many.

With these tips, we are confident that you will get your resume to stand out and make it professional. Job hunting is hard and stressful; stick to it! Your hard work will pay off eventually.


Happy 4th of July!

Independence Day… 4th of July… Whatever you call it, today is the day we celebrate our freedom. What a great day, huh? Commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and carnivals, this federal holiday is the birthday of the United States.

Are you sticking around Houston for the 4th? If so, check out these events around Houston to celebrate the 4th of July.

1. Freedom Over Texas

  • Eleanor Tinsley Park
  • $8 a person; Under 5 free
  • With the Houston skyline as the backdrop, bring lawn chairs to catch this one-of-a-kind patriotic event. Sponsored by Southwest Airlines, this firework extravaganza is set to a perfectly timed bed of patriot and current musical selections. Featuring Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride, this July 4th celebration is not one to miss!

 

2. 4th of July Celebration at Bayou Bend

  • Runs from 1pm-5pm on Memorial Drive
  • Free
  • Celebrate Independence Day at Houston’s home for American decorative arts and paintings
  • Performers, crafts, activities, refreshments and more!
  • A reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by birthday cake, starts at 3 p.m. on the Diana Terrace (north side) of the house.

 

3. Fourth of July Music and Fireworks

  • Located at CityCentre starting at 6:30pm
  • Free Admission
  • Enjoy live music and fireworks starting at 6:30pm with fireworks starting at 9:30. Come early and enjoy dining on the patio at one of the many restaurants!

 

4. Red Hot and Blue Festival

  • Located in The Woodlands, Texas at Town Green Park and Waterway Square
  • 6pm-10pm with Fireworks beginning at dusk
  • Free Admission
  • The festival will feature live music, face painting, strolling performers, games, hot dog and watermelon eating contests, vendor booths, concessions, fireworks and much more!

 

5. Independence Day Parade and Firework Show

  • Located on Galveston Island
  • Parade starts at 7:30pm (Along Seawall Boulevard from 28th Street to 53rd Street)
  • The firework show will start at about 9:15 over the waters of the Gulf

For more 4th of July events, check out this website http://www.visithoustontexas.com/things-to-do/july_fourth_houston/. Lots of great ideas for you and your family! Here at Pulse Staffing, we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Top Vacation Spots around the World

Anyone need a complete get away? How about a vacation of a lifetime? We have put together a list of destinations that should be on your list. Let us know what you think! And if you are racing to book your ticket, book an extra ticket for me!

Bora Bora

You see this resort every time you log into Pinterest or flipping through travel magazines. This place is absolutely stunning and breathtaking in every way. Living corridors extenBorads out over turquoise waters and nestled amongst palm trees and bright tropical flowers.

Activities:

Breakfast by Canoe- start each day with an unforgettable breakfast brought to the private balcony of your overwater bungalow or villa by an outrigger canoe. Often bedecked in flowers, the canoe carries the staff who serve fresh fruits, pastries, and juices while the surrounding waters begin welcoming the rising South Pacific sun.

Sailing- Bora Bora’s lagoon is a very popular anchorage for both round-the-world and avid vacation sailors. If chartering your own sailboat in Raiatea, Tahiti, or Moorea, the deep, wide pass and calming lagoon is a natural stop. You can also rent a Hobie Cat in Bora Boar or take a half-day or sunset cruse around the lagoon on a giant catamaran, complete with music.

Diving- because of the abundance of large marine life, diving within the waters of the most beautiful lagoon in the world is on many divers “must do” list. During the dives, it is common to be joined by legions of gigantic manta rays gliding gracefully within arm’s reach while schools of reef sharks parade by.

 

U.S. Virgin Islands

Made up of three islands; St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands is a paradise with so much more to offer than a traditional beach vacation. VI

Activities:

Boat Rental- rent a boat, power or sail, and plan your own itinerary; stop at a few snorkeling spots, have a nice picnic on a deserted beach or a fun family trop to a neighboring island. Boats come provided with coolers and food and drinks. Most rental companies require that you have navigation experience. However, you can hire a captain for an extra fee.

Snorkeling-

From the new, never snorkeled before to seasoned snorkelers there is something for everyone. Rock coast lines, near shore reefs, off shore cays and sunken items like ships and planes provide beautiful and varied snorkeling opportunities. View gorgeous underwater gardens of coral and visit with the resident; turtles, rays, octopuses, moray eels and an abundance of fish large and small.

Watersports- parasailing, wave runners and dinghy rentals are available for rental use. Go parasailing and experience the thrill of flying high above the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean. Enjoy breathtaking views the Virgin Islands have to offer. Set course and see secluded beaches and pristine bays on your own schedule.

Copper Mountain

Let’s make a quick change from our bathing suits to snow suites! On slope, Copper Mountain’s terrain is naturally divided for all abilities and includes fantastic bowl skiing. Off slope, this mount features three villages with accommodations such as restaurants, bars, shops, and a kids-only lodge. With an annual snow fall average around 280 inches, this ski resort attracts ski and snowboard enthusiasts each winter. Copper Mountain is one of the largest and least crowded resorts in Summit Country- a place know throughout the world for premier skiing and riding.Colorado

Activities:

Skiing / Snowboarding- the main reason families flock to Copper Mountain is to hit the slopes. With 300 days of sunshine in Colorado, this resort is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family. You don’t have to be a professional to enjoy the mountain; beginner classes are available all season long. You can purchase four day packs which include four days of skiing and riding at Copper Mountain and pass holder deals and discounts all season long.

Summer Activity Pass- passes offer unlimited access to bungee, mini golf, bike haul, Diggler, scenic chair rides, lake activities and climbing wall, PLUS one zip line and Go Kart ride for each day the pass is purchased for.

  • Bungee Jump- flip, spin, and fling yourself into the blue, Copper Mountain summer sky.
  • Bike Haul- enjoy downhill biking – they will haul you and your mountain bike up the chair lift, then enjoy your ride down the mountain
  • Diggler- cruise between villages on a fun, rugged scooter.
  • Scenic Chair- during the summer vacation at Copper, take a ride on the American Eagle lift to 11,375 feet for mountain exploration, amazing views and lunch at our Solitude BBQ.
  • Bumper Boat and Paddle Boat Rentals- explore the West Lake side of Copper on a paddleboat or bumper boat.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Santorini is located in the South Aegean Sea and part of the Cyclades Islands. With intriguing history, volcanic landscape, breathtaking sunsets and deep blue sea – these are just some of the reasons to escape to this immaculate destination. Grece

Activities:

Ancient Thira- Separating Kamari from Perissa is Ancient Thira. This archaeological site is home to ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine ears. Stroll down Ancient Thira’s main street and you’ll pass Roman baths, old mosaic houses and even an old agora (marketplace). And not to mention the spectacular views from the Terrace of the Festivals, where ceremonies were help in honor of the Greek god Apollo, son of Zeus and the god of light.

Boat Tours- the boat tours in Santorini take place aboard traditional boats or luxury catamarans depending on what you select. The tours give you a chance to see the soul-stirring volcano from up close or swim in the hot springs. During the boat tour, you will be given the chance to admire the majestic sunset over a glass of wine and snacks or buffet dinner.

Santorini Festival- Every Friday from May to October, Volcan Wines organize parties on their property. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the winery, where you will visit the museum and taste three of their best wines. You will also be able to taste local delicacies in their light buffet. You can drink wine and then dance with their dance troupe who will be dressed in traditional local costumes. The whole celebration comes to a head with a breaking of plates, and the charter will take you back to the door of your hotel at the end of the night.

Dominica Republic

All-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic are popular lodging options where one upfront rate covers your accommodations, means, snacks, beverages and many activities.  Bridging the gap DRbetween the Old and New Worlds, the DR was originally inhabited by Taino Indians and in 1492 was discovered by Christopher Columbus, who name the islands Hispaniola.

Activities:

Samana Zipline Tour- with 13 stations, 12 ziplines available for all ages, Samana Zipline tour is the best ranked excursion attraction in the Dominican Republic. After enjoying the Samana Zip Line you will swim in the Lulu waterfall. It is located at the bottom of the 13th station. This is an excellent excursion to do with friends, family and children. It combines the contact of nature, flying into the forest, swimming in cascade and having lunch in the great “El Valle” beach, with the best Dominican food, such as fresh fish, lobsters, and fruits of the place.

Hoyo Azul – Cape Cana- experience the beauty of Cap Cana’s landscape from behind the wheel of your own buggie in this unique Cap Cana Buggie Adventure. After being picked up from your hotel, you will receive brief safety instructions from the guide you get into your buggie and get ready to start your adventure. You will be driving through Cap Cana’s unforgettable landscape, surrounded by tropical forests, beautiful beaches and more. After exploring beautiful beaches, you pass through dry forest, then humid forest, and finally arriving at a beautiful Cave named Hoyo Azula. This is a natural pool, with crystal clear blue water, formed at the base of a giant cliff. The crystal clear water is so tempting it is impossible not to jump in.

Horseback-riding tour- ride a horse along tropical white-sand beaches on this day trip from Punta Cana. Enjoy gorgeous scenery, amazing horses and friendly guides on this family friendly outing. After a pickup at your hotel, you travel by open-top jeep about 45 minutes to Rancho Caribeno where you’ll meet the horses and your experienced guide, who will select the right horse for your skill level. You will then follow your guide along a local road to the beach as you take in the scenes of local Dominican life.

Don’t all of these destinations sound amazing!? Have you been to any of these destinations? If so, what did you think?

 


Summer Movie Releases – 2013

With the heat index on the rise, escaping the heat might be your main priority this summer. This is going to be a summer of excellent movie releases and what better way getting out of the heat then by stepping into a nice cool movie theater and enjoying your favorite refreshments. I have compiled a list of “must see” summer movies. Let me know what you think! What movies are you most excited to see this summer?

Monsters University

Even though this movie came out last weekend, it is still toping the ticket sales charts- and a note worth mention. Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Check out the hilarious movie website created to mimic a real college website: http://monstersuniversity.com/edu/

Rated: G

IMDB Score: 7.8/10

 

The Heat

This movie releases today (Friday, June 28, 2013) and it claims to be a laugh out loud summer hit. Uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down the ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner – or a friend for that matter.

Rated: R

                IMDB Score: 6.4/10

White House Down

Also releasing today, Friday June 28, 2013, this action-packed thriller is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. From the director of Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow, Roland Emmerich has not let his audience down with this new release. Capitol Policeman, John Cane, has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Rated: PG-13

IMDB Score: 6.2/10

The Conjuring

I have to admit, I can’t even watch the trailer without covering my eyes and screaming- and I can’t wait to watch it! And yes, I am that girl in the theater that will scream really loud. This movie is coming to theaters on July 19th and does not skimp out on the fear. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

Rated: R

IMDB Score: 7.6/10

Grown Ups 2

A sequel to Grown Ups, this July 12th release is a hilarious summer comedy. After having the greatest time of his life three summers ago, Lenny (Adam Sandler), decides he wants to move his family back to his hometown and have them grow up with his gang of childhood friends and their kids. But between old bullies, new bullies, schizophrenic bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, psycho grade school girlfriends and 400 costumed party crashers, he finds out that sometimes crazy follows you.

Rated: PG-13

IMDB Score: No score released yet

Despicable Me 2

“Resilient in its daftness, reliable in its silliness, Despicable Me is on the threshold of franchise status with this likeable sequel.” A pair of Gru’s bumbling, pidgin-tongued minions tuck in the kids, attempt whacky hijinks, get scared by a wayward alley cat, and are abducted by a mysterious force. In the trailer, someone – or something—snatches Gru’s underlings. Who is this faceless villain, and what does he/she/it intend to accomplish by kidnapping those closest to Gru? This is a must see family film releasing on July 3rd.

Rated: PG

IMDB Score: 8.1/10

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2:

With this late summer (okay, officially Fall- but I just had to mention this one!) release, this is a heartwarming follow up to the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. After the disastrous food storm in the first film, Flint and his friends are forced to leave the town. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. When Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food bests like living pickles, hungry tocodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-things, he and his friends must return to save the world.

Rated: No rating yet- but the original was rated PG

IMDB Score: No score released yet

The Lone Ranger

Starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, this July 3rd movie release is jammed packed with suspense and adventure. A masked hero (Armie Hammer) and his Native American companion, Tonto (Johnny Depp), fight injustice in the Old American West. This time, the threat comes from industrialist Latham Cole (Tom Wilkinson) – who utilizes the recent invention of railroad technology to carve a path of malevolence on his way to money and power.

Turbo

Theo, aka Turbo (Ryan Reynolds), is a garden snail who dreams of being the greatest race in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagne (Bill Hader). His obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an oddity and an outsider in the slow and cautious snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his careful older brother, Chet (Paul Giamatti). Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living. After a freak accident, Turbo’s dream is finally coming true. He gets sucked into the turbocharger of a drag racer, fusing his DNA with nitrous oxide and finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed, accuracy, as well as some of the characteristics of a car. Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey and is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations get in the way of his dreams.

Rated: PG

                IMDB Score: No score released yet

We’re the Millers (If anyone asks)

This last one is a comedy for the adults. David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids- after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his money, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Hems).

In order to wipe the slate clean – and maintain a clean bill of health – David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by brining Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. With his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the boarder for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.


Family Fun in Houston

Now that summer is in full swing, keeping the kids busy and entertained could be a challenge and laying by the pool every day can get old! We have put together a list of fun activities to keep you and your kids busy all summer long!

Discovery Green:

There are so many events going on at Discovery Green all year long. Check out the flea market or splash in the Gateway Fountains. Admission to Discovery Green is free, and most of the events in the park are also free. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and even your dogs. Plan a picnic here at discover green; but leave the glass containers, tables and pop up tents at home. There are concessions available for purchase at The Lake House Café. Check out their website for upcoming events happening all summer long!

http://www.discoverygreen.com/visit

Houston Zoo:

The Houston Zoo has tons of fun activities for all ages. From tigers to jellyfish, this 55 acres of animals and exhibits is sure to keep the entire family engaged! Children under 2 are free, ages 2-11 are $10 and Adults 12-64 are $14.

http://www.houstonzoo.org/

Children’s Museum of Houston:

Located in the Museum District, the Children’s Museum is full of fun and adventure. This museum is jammed packed of fun activities for children all summer long. Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m. are free for the family. Plan your next family outing or even birthday party at the Children’s Museum of Houston!

http://www.cmhouston.org/

Public Splash Pads:

It is no secret that Houston is hot! Keep cool all summer long at one of 20 different (free!) splash pads or “spraygrounds.” These splash pads offer fun interactive activities for children. Bring a picnic and lounge in the shade while the kids splash and play. Check out the link below for a location near you!

http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/aquatics/waterspraygrounds.html

Downtown Aquarium:

With more than 200 species of aquatic life in 500,000 gallons of water, there is no doubt that your kids will be entertained and educated! You can make this an all-day family affair with an underwater adventure restaurant, tons of exhibits and rides! You can get an all-day adventure pass, which includes unlimited rides and all-day access to exhibits and Stingray Reef for just under $17.

http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston/default.asp

Port of Houston Tour:

Sightseers aboard the M/V Sam Houston can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels and operations at the port’s Turning Basin Terminal. The 95-ft. vessel holds up to 90 passengers and features air-conditioned lounge seating as well as standing room outside on the boat’s deck. This is a free tour and reservations on a first come, first-serve basis care required at least 24 hours in advance. This is a spectacular waterborne tour of one of the busiest ports in the world!

http://www.portofhouston.com/community-outreach/sam-houston-boat-tour/

Miller Outdoor Theatre:

This remarkable facility offers free high-quality programs that are unique in the US. It is the only proscenium theatre in the country that offers an artistically excellent, culturally diverse eight month season of performances totally free of charge to the public. This summer you can enjoy performances like Disney’s High School Musical JR and the Amazing Spiderman. Check out their website to plan your next family outing.

http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/

Moody Gardens:

Enjoy a rare, up-close experience with free-roaming Saki Monkeys, beautiful macaws and other endangered animals and plants at the all new Rainforest Pyramid. Celebrate the mysteries of science at the Discovery museum. Feel the white sand between your toes at Palm Beach where a summer adventure and a lazy river await. Embark on a Colonel Paddlewheel Boat cruse or a challenge at the Moody Gardens Golf Course. This family adventure surrounds you in this little piece of paradise. You can purchase a full access – 2 day pass for just over $60 a person.

http://www.moodygardens.com/

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft:

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is a nonprofit arts organization founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft. At Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, you will see the full range of the creative process, from how an object is made to why the artist decided to create something “just that way.” Houston Center for Contemporary Craft showcases the best in contemporary craft in a welcoming environment that invites you to stay for a while or drop in often. Admission is free. Enjoy Hands-On Houston; a free, craft activity open house on the first Saturday of every month. Each month, a teaching artist will teach participants a new craft activity related to the current exhibition. Families and children of all ages are welcome.

http://www.crafthouston.org/

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center:

Have you checked out their full list of summer activities? This place is sure to keep the kiddos busy all summer long. From Tai Chi to Summer Art Camp and Exploring Nature workshops, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is the place for you kids to learn and explore nature. Check out their website for the full list of summer activities for your family!

http://www.houstonarboretum.org/


8 “Must Reads” for Healthcare Professionals

As stated in a previous blog, posted here, a great way to relax after a long day is to escape your world and enter another. We have compiled a list of must reads for any healthcare professionals (or anyone, really!) Have you read any of these books? If so, let us know what you thought! Or if you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them!

1.   Bed Number 10 – Sue Baier

Seen through the eyes of a patient totally paralyzed with Guillain-Barre 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.

You will meet:

The ICU staff who learned to communicate with the paralyzed woman- and those who did not bother.

The physicians whose visits left her baffled about her own case

The staff and physicians who spoke to her and others who did not recognize her presence.

The nurse who tucked Sue tightly under the covers, unaware that she was soaking with perspiration

The nurse who took the time to feed her drop by drop, as she slowly learned how to swallow again.

The physical therapist who could read her eyes and spurred her on the move again as if the battle were his own.

In these pages, which reveal the caring, the heroism, and the insensitivity sometimes found in the health care fields, you may even meet people you know.

 

2.   The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells- taken without her knowledge- became one of the most important tools for medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually known, buried in an unmarked grave.

Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1050s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia – a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo – to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.

Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family—especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah, who was devastated to learn about her mother’s cells. She was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Did it hurt her when researchers infected her cells with viruses and shot them into space? What happened to her sister, Elsie, who died in a mental institution at the age of fifteen? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance?

Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.

3.   Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir – Carol Karels, RN

In May 1971, Look magazine feature an article entitled “Chicago’s cook county Hospital: A Terrible Place.” The article provided an in-depth look at the largest public hospital in the country, one located on Chicago’s dangerous gang-controlled and drug-infested West Side. Months later, the author, then a naïve suburban teen, and one hundred other nursing students began their training there, despite newspaper articles that warned that the hospital might close any day. At “the Country,” where nurses’ duties included swatting flies in the OR and delousing patients, both nurses and doctors were expected to prove care under the most desperate of circumstances. “Cooked provides an inside look at the 2,000-bed hospital, often referred to as a ‘19th century sick house,’ that provided health care to millions of Chicago’s poor.

4.   My Name is Marry Sutter – Robin Oliveira

Marry Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming the prejudices against women in medicine-and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak- Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend to legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens- two surgeons who fall unwittingly in love with Mary’s courage, will, and stubbornness in the face of suffering-and resisting her mother’s pleas to return home to help with the birth of her twin sister’s baby, Mary peruse her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital. A great read for those with ambitious career goals.

5.   Strength for the Moment- Lori Hogan

The role of the family caregiver is very rewarding, but being a caregiver can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. Caregivers often feel overwhelmed by their work and the demands of those receiving their care, and these demands touch every aspect of their lives. Still, despite the challenges, millions of family caregivers provide care to many of the 36 million seniors living in the United States. AARP counts 65.7 million caregivers in America today- almost one-third of the adult U.S. population.

Strength for the Moment responds to the needs of these special people who give of themselves to help others maintain quality of life in the home. Combining inspiring stores, prayer and scripture, and practical advice, this book provides much needed encouragement, emotional nourishment, and affirmation.

Home care is a challenge, but it can ultimately be a deeply rewarding experience. Strength for the Moment promises to inspire caregivers and helps them face each day refreshed in their thinking and prepared to provide the best care for those they love the most.

6.   The Hedge People: How I kept My Sanity and Sense of Humor as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver – Louise Carey

Our large front yard is surrounded by a tall cypress hedge. At least it’s a hedge to everyone except my father-in-law. To Art, a retired pastor with dementia and failing eyesight, it’s a potential congregation. To him, the trunks of the hedge look like legs, and in his mind, there’s a large group of people just outside the front door who need to hear the gospel.

I call them the hedge people.

The first time Art spotted the hedge people, he whispered in awe, “There’s a small part of a million people out there. Do you think any of them play the piano?”

“Not a one,” I answered, quite sure I was being truthful.

Sometimes Art stands on the front steps and preaches to the hedge people. Sometimes, he asks me to join him. Art and me, in the middle of the front yard, waving our arms and beckoning the hedge people to come and take refuge from the cold.”

In the Hedge People, author Louise Carey helps you find humor in the unpredictable journey of caring for the elderly. Written from her experience as a caregiver, Carey offers you solace in the stories and joy in the journey as you face the daily challenges of care giving with God’s help.

7.   Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Second Dose: More Stories to Honor and Inspire Nurses – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, LeAnn Thieman, L.P.N. LeAnn

Most people don’t become nurses because of the pay, working conditions, or the convenient hours. Men and women become nurses because they want to make a difference in the lives of others through the use of their compassionate skills and hard work. Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Second Dose, underscores why nurses enter the profession – and why they stay.

This collection of true stores encourages, uplifts, and honors nurses; reenergizing them with hope, health, and healing during challenging times. Through laughter and teams, nurses share their memories and tales, inspiring and honoring one another as they continue their journey. You will be moved by the heartwarming revelations of nurses who have just started out in the field, as well as by veteran nurses who share their experiences of making a difference in the lives of their patients.

8.   Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts US all at Risk – Sandy Summers, Harry Jacobs Summers

Popular television shows like Grey’s Anatomy and House lead people to think that nurses simply push gurneys and drive romantic plots. Not so for the 12 million dedicated women and men working in the very real, very demanding field of nursing. Written by the leaders of The Truth About Nursing, Saving Lives highlights the essential role nurses play in health care and offers concrete steps to help nurses educate the public about their important profession. “Saving Lives has a serious point, that the devaluation of nursing… discourages students from the field and contributes to a critical nursing shortage.” – Newsweek “A stunning expose of the media’s inaccurate portrayals. It should be mandatory reading for media creators, physicians, policy makers, and the public.” – Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing.

(Book overviews are from barnesandnoble.com)


Pharmacy Technician

Pulse Staffing has an exciting career opportunity for a Pharmacy Technician. Pulse Staffing is the premium provider of the highest quality health care professionals to many of the Houston’s top rated hospitals and healthcare networks.

We are looking for a hardworking, energetic, compassionate and experienced Pharmacy Technician to work in a hospital setting located in Katy, TX. This is a contract position with rotating day/night/every other weekend shifts. The candidate will be required to rotate from 3pm-11:30pm or 11pm-7:30am.

General Responsibilities:

  • Maintains pharmacy inventory by checking pharmaceutical stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed medications and supplies; placing and expediting orders; verifying receipts; removing outdated drugs
  • Maintains a safe and clean pharmacy by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Maintains records by recording and filing physicians’ orders and prescriptions
  • Prepares reports by collecting and summarizing information

Essential Duties:

  • Ensure the accuracy of daily charges and credits to the Pharmacy computer system and Hospital billing system
  • Ensure accurate and timely revenue capture and ensure data transfer between pharmacy and business services
  • Maintain tools to help scrutinize transactions for pharmaceutical services
  • Monitor pharmacy transactions and reports
  • Assist in billing, database management, auditing, and documentation of medications within the pharmacy system

Requirements for the Registered Nurse position:

  • Knowledge of current hospital and department standards for the handling of pharmaceuticals, literacy with computers, understanding of interfaces, healthcare billing and third party payers
  • Good verbal and written communication skill, time management, troubleshooting, and customer service skills
  • Texas Pharmacy Technician (TPT) Certification
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Verification
  • Healthcare billing experience
  • IV certification
  • 2+ years of Pharmacy Tech Experience

Job: Pharm Tech / Pharmacy Technician / Pharmacy Assistant

Primary Location: TX – Houston – Katy

Shift: Rotate Day/Night/Every other weekend – 3pm-11:30pm or 11pm-7:30am with over time opportunities

Pay: $20 an hour


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