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    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Tafford Uniforms Launches New Line of Affordable, Ultra-Comfortable Nursing Scrubs with Unique Stretch Material

    Introducing Tafford Essentials Stretch Collection

    Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) March 24, 2014:  Since 1986, Tafford has strived to change the way medical professionals think about nursing uniforms and scrubs. The right mix of function and fashion results in professional grade scrubs with modern styling, comfortable fabrics and stunning designs and colors. This month, Tafford continues the tradition of high quality nursing scrubs by introducing their new Tafford Essentials Stretch Collection. These scrubs are constructed with an amazing stretch fabric (57% Cotton/ 41% Polyester/ 2% Spandex) that allows medical professionals the freedom to move with ease, while giving them the comfort they deserve.

    Medical professionals have trusted Tafford quality for years, and their new Essentials Stretch collection is an update to the classic scrub – The difference is in the fit. They are made from an ultra soft, brushed twill fabric that is a durable medium weight. Why twill? Twill is a more durable weave and has a better drape than traditional plain weaves. It has a subtle texture on the face side of the fabric making it more interesting and attractive. The scrub pants offer more pockets and fashionable seam details, while the scrub tops have a variety of necklines with both feminine and sporty styling. This stretch fabric provides a more flattering shape while still maintaining the same level of comfort professionals have come to expect with the Tafford Essentials collection.

    The Essentials Stretch collection will be introduced with eight colors: black, white, royal, indigo, greystone, ceil, posh pink, and coastal surf. Scarlet and purple will follow shortly. They are washer and dryer-safe and cover sizes X-Small to 4X.

    Tafford Uniforms is a web-based retailer headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, selling nursing uniforms and accessories directly to healthcare professionals at http://www.tafford.com. Tafford specializes in carrying a unique blend of Tafford branded scrub products along with other popular medical uniform brands including Cherokee, Dickies, Landau, Peaches, Barco, Koi, White Swan and WonderWink. Tafford Uniforms is committed to providing thousands of medical professionals with a wide selection, style, quality, value, fast shipping, and dedication to customer service.

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

    Supplemental Health Care's Travel Nursing Division and Local Nursing Office Named "Best Place to Work" by Buffalo Business First

    Healthcare Staffing Agency Joins Acclaimed List of Top Local Companies

    Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) March 21, 2014:  Supplemental Health Care, a leading healthcare workforce solutions company, today announced its Travel Nursing division and local nursing office based in Buffalo, N.Y. was named the “Best Place to Work” in the medium-sized company category by Buffalo Business First, a leading business publication in the region. The prestigious honor was presented to Supplemental Health Care during the newspaper’s 10th annual Best Places to Work 2014 luncheon earlier this week.

    The “Best Places to Work” competition was facilitated by Quantum Workplace utilizing employee engagement surveys that assess workplace dynamics across multiple categories including job satisfaction, corporate culture and professional development. More than 96 percent of Supplemental Health Care’s Buffalo-based office employees participated in the voluntary survey.

    With an overall Employee Opinion Survey score of 94.31, the responses exceeded the average score of 86.18 for other competitors, helping Supplemental Health Care land the top spot in the medium-sized company category.

    “This is a rewarding accomplishment for the Travel Nursing Division, our local Buffalo Nursing office and the entire Supplemental Health Care family,” said Cheryl Wilhelm, president of Travel Nursing. “Our workplace culture, as exemplified in our company-wide core values, motivates our office employees to achieve excellence in our daily operations with inspiring energy and enthusiasm. We are delighted to secure this recognition due to our dedicated associates that proudly champion quality patient care and positive healthcare outcomes every day.”

    Supplemental Health Care’s Travel Nursing and local Buffalo Nursing teams include 96 office employees and 650 nursing professionals. In 2013, the team successfully placed 5,000 field talent throughout Buffalo and the entire United States.

    Founded in 1984, Supplemental Health Care provides healthcare organizations better access to skilled healthcare professionals including nurses, physical and occupational therapists, physicians and physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and speech language pathologists, among others. Currently, the company maintains an extensive geographic footprint as it operates more than 55 local offices in major U.S. markets and four national divisions – Travel Nursing, Travel Allied, Supplemental Physicians and Advanced Practice.

    Through its portfolio of business solutions such Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Managed Service Provider, and Contingent Staffing, Supplemental Health Care develops custom workforce strategies that support a variety of medical organizations such as hospitals, outpatient and rehab facilities, adult day centers, government facilities, schools and home health.

    The “Best Places to Work” honorees will be showcased in the Buffalo Business First in the publication’s March 21 edition. For more information about Supplemental Health Care, visit http://www.SupplementalHealthCare.com.

    About Supplemental Health Care:  Since its inception in 1984, Supplemental Health Care has served as a comprehensive workforce solutions provider that delivers customized strategies to address staffing challenges faced by healthcare organizations nationwide. Leveraging a selection of business solutions such as Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Managed Services, PRN Pool Management and Contingent Staffing, Supplemental Health Care utilizes its deep staffing expertise to deliver wide ranging and creative workforce strategies that afford organizations better access to skilled clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals.

    Headquartered in Park City, Utah, Supplemental Health Care’s maintains an extensive local office network of more than 58 offices in major U.S. markets and four fully-integrated national divisions: Travel Nursing, Travel Therapy, Supplemental Physicians and Advanced Practice. Visit http://www.SupplementalHealthCare.com to learn more.

    Sunday, February 09, 2014

    Vicki Augustiniak Releases Memoirs of Her Days as a Roaming RN


    New book hold stories on nursing beyond borders.

    Detroit, MI (PRWEB) February 09, 2014:  Traveling the world to provide medical care to the citizens of foreign countries was a longtime dream come true for registered nurse Vicki Augustiniak.

    Her latest book, “Really, God Bangladesh?,” is an evolved memoir created from her subjective daily diary entries that highlight the major milestones of a nurse who chose to leave her comfort zone in an effort to touch the lives of those in need through her faith, work and travels.

    With more than 41 years of extensive experience in her profession, Augustiniak was given several opportunities to further her career by traveling internationally as a nurse. After her initial trip to Bangladesh, Augustiniak traveled to the Philippians and South Africa.

    “I was totally changed by the first trip and kept writing my diaries. I felt a need to continue writing about my experiences with each trip,” Augustiniak said.

    Travel along-side Augustiniak as she shares her journey from her troubled childhood into her defining adulthood, ending with reflections on her travels to new countries to offer her talents and care.

    Unforeseeable events during one of her trips lead Augustiniak to experience firsthand the overwhelming lack of medical care available in a foreign country. It is through Augustiniak’s struggles that she is able to gain nursing experience that simply cannot be taught. With these exceptionally unique trips, Augustiniak’s deep passion for nursing inspires her to actively work to build a hospital in Bangladesh were improved medical assistance can be offered.

    By: Vicki Augustiniak 
    ISBN: 978-1-4624-0510-7 
    Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and InspiringVoices online bookstores.

    About the author:  Vicki Augustiniak continues to further her experience as a registered nurse in Troy, Mich., where she resides with her husband. Augustiniak is actively involved with her community and aims to put profits from “Really, God- Bangladesh?” directly to support a project to build a hospital in Bangladesh.

    Thursday, February 06, 2014

    Nurse Your Wallet Ebook

    Finding More Ways To Get Paid With Your Degree by Janine Kelbach, RNC-OB.

    Cleveland, OH – Janine is a nurse, wife and mother of two boys.  Her book, Nurse Your Wallet: Finding More Ways to Get Paid With Your Degree, is now available on Amazon.com. Nurses can use their degree in many ways, Janine gives them some tips on how to start using an RN degree to its advantage. Opening nurses minds and letting her ideas inspire them. Janine helps nurses see what they can do with their RN degree without becoming the overtime, over exhausted nurse. 

    "Have you dreamed to be your own boss instead of the charge nurse of everyone else? Have you been scraping extra shifts during busy times to pay for Christmas gifts or special occasions? You are not alone.” - Janine K., RN since 2006

    This book will help you dig into new exciting career options in and outside the nursing world, without leaving your full time job.

    "After graduating and getting my first job I still need a second job to pay off loans and my husband's school bills and future loans. But he and I agree picking up a second job at the hospital would be very stressful for me. This is helpful in giving some good secondary ideas!!” - Amazon Review

    This is Janine’s first self published ebook, of many she hopes. She has been in the healthcare work since 2002, and she is not hit the age of 30 yet. Most of the ideas in the book she ha done, or is doing. Janine has been a freelance writer for multiple organizations for web content and medical writing.

    on Amazon for $2.99.

    Give it a shot, you have nothing to lose and many ideas to gain!

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    TravelTax News January 2014

    We hope your Christmas and Holidays were pleasant and relaxing. January 2014 is not as eventful as last year; nevertheless there is plenty to share.



    ****Filing and Firm Notes****

    **Ready to Receive Returns:  Feel free to download the workbooks and get started on your returns. Some downloads may include workbooks that are titled for the 2012 tax year, but since little has changed, go ahead and use those. We will have an update posted by the end of January.

    **New Offices and New Faces:  At the end of December, we moved into new offices with faster internet, a new phone system and extra space to spread that is already helping our workflow. We have also added some new staff who are anticipating your calls and messages.
    • Latrice Stark, Office Manager: Latrice brings a combined healthcare and business background to our firm which fits nicely into our niche. She has taken over for Kristina Osborne who now works for a local accounting firm.
    • Lisa Borders, Receptionist: Lisa is finishing up an associate’s degree at our local community college and will be working as a seasonal receptionist/rover. Her work will double as part of her required internship for her degree. Lisa has a wealth of customer service experience in banking.

    **New App!!:  We now have an app that contains a mileage and expense tracker. To get the app, download “Tax Pocket” on your smartphone or tablet. Once it is downloaded, you can find our profile by using the search function. Search either “by name” using Joseph Smith, by zip using 68701, or by Tax Professional ID using 48796. The Company search function is not available yet but will be shortly. As this app matures, we will be able to send push notifications for events or an alert to any recent news. The app will also link you to our Facebook and Twitter sites.

    **Lots of New Travelers:  With the rebound in the healthcare staffing industry, new travelers are joining the ranks and many of them find the tax laws bewildering. Take advantage of our biweekly teleconferences that are posted on our home page. These one hour live audio sessions will help answer the basic and common tax questions.  Also, feel free to send others to our FAQ page if they have tax questions about traveling. They do not have to be clients to reference our website.

    **Recruiter Training:  Feel like your recruiter could use a primer on the tax laws affecting travelers? We regularly conduct in-house training sessions for staffing agencies. The details are on our website.


    ****News for Travelers****

    **Travelers Conference:  The 2013 edition of the annual Travelers Conference was an astounding success. Over 320 travelers and 30 exhibitors were on hand for the two day event. The 7th Annual Travelers Conference will be held in Las Vegas on September 23-24, 2014. Look at the website for the latest www.travelersconference.com.

    **Updates on Audits:  Most are aware that there are a number of staffing agencies under audit and we are seeing some changes in the way staffing agencies construct their pay. Some of these changes are requiring restatements of old W2’s which has many travelers concerned. Some of the changes that we are aware of include:
    •   W2 Restatements for Previously Non-Taxed Health Insurance Subsidies
    •  W2 Restatements for Reimbursements Where the Traveler Had no Tax Home
    •  Submitting Proof of Mortgage or Rent Payments for the Principal Tax Residence
    • Submitting Proof of Rent Payments for the Assignment Lodging
    • More Involved Tax Home Statements
    • Random Audits of Information Contained in Tax Residence Forms
    • More Return Home Requirements


    Some of the agencies that are restating W2’s are also providing reimbursements for fees related to amending affected tax returns. If you need an old return amended, please call us.  While some of these changes are unsettling, in the long run, we applaud the overdue effort at compliance in the industry.

    **Industry Strength:  The Travel Healthcare Staffing Industry is very strong and there are many assignment opportunities. It’s a great time to be a traveler.


    **** Federal News****

    **Last Minute Congressional Heroics:  Last year, Congress convened in the middle of January and passed a number of retroactive tax laws which made the 2012 filing season (tax returns filed in 2013) one of the worst on record. Many taxpayers received updated forms from banks and the IRS was not able to fully implement the changes into the electronic filing system until March. This year is better, but the government shutdown has delayed the electronic filing system two weeks and returns cannot be electronically filed until the first of February.

    **Tax Provisions that Have Expired: 
    • For 2014, a number of tax breaks have expired, some of which are significant for Individuals:
    • Deduction for Elementary and Secondary School Teachers
    • Principal Residence Debt Forgiveness for Foreclosures and Short Sales
    • Mortgage Insurance Premiums
    • Deduction for State and Local Sales Tax
    • Employer Provided Mass Transit and Parking Allowances
    • Retirement Plan Distributions for Charity

    **Federal Offsets:  Want to know if there is possibility that your refund will be garnished? Call the Treasury Offset Hotline at 800.304.3107. After providing some information on your identity including your Social Security number, you will receive a list of items that the IRS has on your account that could affect your refund.

    **ACA/Obamacare:  Be aware that if you decline your agency provided health insurance that you cannot receive subsidies to shop for a policy on the exchange. Also, if you are receiving subsidies, remember that the amount is calculated prospectively and you may be subject to claw-back tax penalties if income increases in the subsequent year. Call us for more details.

    Look forward to hearing from each of you!

    Tuesday, January 07, 2014

    Medical Staffing Solutions, LLC Exceeds The Joint Commission Certification Requirements

    Medical Staffing Solutions, LLC a leader in Healthcare Staffing passed The Joint Commission Certification. In addition, as a result of the certification review conducted on 11/25/2013, there are no requirements for improvement identified.

    Evansville, IN (PRWEB) January 02, 2014:  Medical Staffing Solutions, LLC, a leader in medical staffing, celebrates a deficiency-free certification for all the services reviewed under the applicable manual for Health Care Staffing Certifications. This certification cycle is effective beginning November 26, 2013. The Joint Commission reserves the rights to shorten or lengthen the duration of the cycle; the certificate and cycle are customarily valid for up to 24 months.

    The Joint Commission standards go beyond just the 'basics' of state and federal regulations, and set consistently high expectations for quality and safety. The Commission recognizes that successfully meeting these standards is not an easy task, and doing so reserves special recognition.

    According to Medical Staffing Solutions CEO, Melanie Theriac, “The Joint Commission Certification is a tool that healthcare facilities can use to identify a higher standard in staffing companies. The Joint Commission Gold Seal stands for excellence in the Medical Staffing Industry. We are proud that MSS has had three consecutive deficiency free surveys."

    MSS is proud to receive this passed certification and will continue to strive for excellence. MSS is extremely excited with this review and will continue to bring great service to the medical staffing industry.

    MSS has recently revised the Mission Statement to Patient's First; with their primary focus being service excellence. MSS believes in these Core Values: Integrity, Reliability, Commitment, Clinical Excellence, Customer Focus, Team Work, and Diversity. Whether working with employees or client facilities, the objective is to develop long-lasting partnerships. MSS takes time to listen to your needs and then deliver solutions that work. MSS remains elevated above the competitors by the higher standards that are set for all employees and the exceptional care they provide.

    About Medical Staffing Solutions, LLC:  Established in 2001, Medical Staffing Solutions, LLC provides health care facilities with exceptional staff for short placements and travel assignments nationwide. MSS staffs’ Nurses, CNA’s, Therapist, Pharmacist and other medical personnel. MSS is proud to be a Nurse owned and Nationally Certified woman owned and operated business. For more information, visit http://www.mssmedicalstaffing.com and stay connected on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MedStaffSolutions.

    Friday, December 20, 2013

    New Invention Will Enable a Patient to Order Meals and TV/Phone Services More Conveniently

    Pittsburgh-based InventHelp is attempting to submit the idea, the Patient Menu Board, to applicable companies for their review.

    Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) December 19, 2013:  An inventor from Clementon, N.J. wants to make meal-ordering and TV-/phone-service requests easier for both patients and caregivers. "I decided that there needed to be a more timely, convenient and accurate way for patients to order meals and TV/phone services," she said.

    The Patient Menu Board enables a patient to order meals or TV/phone service in a quicker, easier and more ergonomic manner. Not only does it minimize caregiver footwork and menu usage, but it saves time, effort and money.

    It also promotes accuracy, dignity, convenience and a less stressful environment, as well as more jobs, more space and better performance. Easy to use and producible in different sizes, the invention includes different languages, Braille and Up/Down scrolling. It's suitable for both medical facilities and restaurants.

    The original design was submitted to the Philadelphia office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 12-PND-4265, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp's Invention Submission Services at http://www.InventHelp.com/.