Happy Birthday Matt!

Wishing our very own Matt a very happy birthday! Thanks for all your hard work and for all your amazing daily facts.


1989 Events and Facts:

Average cost of a new house $120,000

Gallon of Gas $0.97

The Mirage Hotel and Casino opens in Las Vegas as the first huge resort hotel

Nintendo releases the Game Boy in Japan and North America

Oakland Athletics win the World Series

San Francisco 49ers Win the Super Bowl

TOP MOVIES: Batman | Back to the Future II | Honey I Shrunk the Kids | The Little Mermaid

Number 1 Hit on the Billboard this week: “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” by Milli Vanilli

Taylor Swift was BORN

Disney opened it’s Hollywood Studios park at Disney World

New York, New York

Working for The First String Healthcare as an interim healthcare leader allows you to experience some of the most amazing places in our country when taking on an assignment outside of your hometown. That’s one of the many reasons that people love working interim is to be able to travel and experience adventure across the United States while making a difference in the healthcare industry as an interim leader. We always welcome and love when our interims send us updates and photos while they are on assignment. Our latest one involves the amazing state of New York and Yankee Stadium. Michael was nice enough to send us some pictures of his experience while exploring the new stadium and around the town.

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Welcome to the Family, Emily!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome our newest member of the team, Emily Lucas. Emily joins our Interim Division to assist with the on-boarding and candidate relations. Emily graduated with Honors from the University of California San Diego with a BA in Sociology of Science, Medicine, and Technology. She is thrilled to join The First String team in helping with the on-boarding process for interim candidates.


Emily Lucas The First String


I LOVE: My family and friends. Star Wars. The Packers & Chargers. The Holiday season. You will find me at my desk wearing a Christmas sweater in July.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: Spice Girls Dance Parties, binge watching The Bachelor or Grey’s Anatomy, and Pinot Noir

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”

IN MY SPARE TIME: I’ll be with friends or family, at Disneyland, by the beach, helping at the family winery, or at a dance class.

The Influencers: How will nurses change the landscape of healthcare?

Here is a short excerpt from a conversation I had recently with Patricia Bondurant, DNP, RN. She has served in numerous executive and front line nursing leadership roles and is particularly passionate about the increasingly important role that nurses play in changing the landscape of healthcare.

Chrissy: You will be the closing speaker at the Perinatal leadership Forum in November and I know that you are particularly intrigued that nurse leader responsibilities seem to be shifting dramatically from day to day management of the patient care areas to now building systems of care. Perinatal nurse leaders are becoming the primary architect in creating a safe environment. This is a great time to be in healthcare, right?

Pattie: Yes, these are really exciting times. Healthcare is facing unprecedented challenges, and nurses must play a major role in meeting them. We hear so much negative – to quote Gandhi “let’s be a part of the change we want to see.”

Chrissy: How do you propose we seize this opportunity, Pattie?

Pattie: It’s time for us to be accountable and influence healthcare in a meaningful way, tapping in to nurses’ innovation and the unique skills that nurses have to transform care. We have made such great strides by working with our physician colleagues and executive teams together locally, what does our work look like at a regional and national level? We need to keep going and continue to inspire these advances on a larger scale.

Chrissy: So you are talking about personal influence?

Pattie: Influence is the most nuanced – but highest level – leadership skill that we can learn. Kenneth Blanchard, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world says, “The Key to Successful Leadership today is Influence, not Authority.” Nurses are well respected, and we need to develop our influencing skills to be successful in healthcare now. How we connect, lead, and set imperatives as leaders is critical. I see so many talented front line nurses take all different types of initiatives – large, small, challenging, essential – and move them forward to improve outcomes. Let’s also not forget about how this ultimately affects the experience of our patients and families. The ability to influence this work is both critical and extraordinary.

Chrissy: If I was a nurse director or manager interested in attending this conference, tell me what I will come away with after your closing keynote?

Pattie: Nurse Managers and Directors are on the front line – so the question comes to us: What can we do as nurse leaders to influence changes that are taking place in healthcare? This is really about changing relationships. It’s about understanding that our old ways won’t open new doors for our profession. It’s about raising the bar for accountability for ourselves and within our teams. It is about partnering with our physician colleagues. It’s about understanding measurement of data and how it is threaded through our everyday lives in the hospital so we can make informed decisions. Many of us are doing it now on many different levels. I want to hear about these advances and see the results evolving to bigger things for nurse leaders.

Chrissy: What’s the call to action for perinatal leaders everywhere?

Pattie: We have an opportunity to create and leave a legacy in a very unique way in caring for mothers and babies. Who do we want to be? How can we continue building on our current contributions locally and paint a larger swath of responsibility? As health care incrementally transforms, there will certainly be increased opportunities to place nurses at the center of the conversations, development, and implementation of new roles and new models of care.

Chrissy: What can I do as a leader to make my contribution to the healthcare landscape?

Pattie: This shouldn’t be an added burden to our current roles. We should be doing this instead of what we have always done. This is a positive message that will continue to move nursing and nurse leaders forward. We are moving away from fee-for-service systems and toward paying for improved outcomes, which create opportunities for nurses. Payment changes, based in part on improved patient outcomes—such as with shared savings in accountable care organizations and bundled payments—will allow nursing contributions in the area of wellness, telehealth, and care coordination for patients with chronic conditions. Nursing is asked to architect these systems, across care boundaries and then lead these multi-directional teams. How we can work with our leadership teams to continue to be in belief and alignment with these forward thinking goals to improve the health of our patients and communities? Imagine the future for mothers and babies; healthier communities, healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, all leading to better outcomes. We are stronger together when we look across the continuum of care. It’s like Kid President says, “This is your time. This is my time. This is our time! Create something that will make the world awesome!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o

Happy Birthday Dustin

Sending out a very happy birthday to Dustin!


1990 Events and Facts:

  1. Vision of Love by Mariah Carey was the #1 song on the billboard list
  2. Cincinnati Reds won the World Series
  3. George H. W. Bush was the president
  4. Best Selling Cars: Honda Accord, Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Cavalier
  5. Academy Award for Best Picture: Dances With Wolves
  6. Winner of the Super Bowl was San Francisco 49ers
  7. Gas was $1.12 per gallon
  8. A dozen eggs cost $1.00
  9. Cost of a new home averaged $149,800.00
  10. Number 1 TV Show was CHEERS
  11. Infiniti, Lexus and Saturn were born
  12. Rollerblading was the thing to do
  13. The Simpsons first airs on TV
  14. First in-car satellite

Somewhere in Arkansas

Working with healthcare systems all over the United States allows for our healthcare leaders to relocate temporarily to beautiful places all over the country. Most of these places are being experienced for the first time by our candidates and so they very often go out and experience everything they can while on assignment. Our very own April is on assignment in Kansas and she took time to get to know her surrounding areas and famous landmarks in the state. The photos are beautiful:

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July Gift of Appreciation

July is here and time to have some fun in the sun with this months gift!

We hope you all enjoy this bright and fun beach bag and goodies.

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With So Much Thanks

Because we believe in building lifelong relationships we strive to go above and beyond to make sure our candidates are taken care of and appreciated. It’s often that we too are shown so much appreciation for the things we do to make our interim’s lives easier, make their assignments successful and help to make them feel as comfortable as possible in their home away from home. We received this amazing edible arrangement the other day from one of our happy interims:


Somewhere in Washington

As a company specializing in permanent and interim placement in the healthcare realm we relocate many of our healthcare leaders. We work with healthcare systems all over the United States which allow for our healthcare leaders to relocate temporarily to beautiful places like Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Texas, and many many more (too many to list). While on their assignments, our interim employees will send emails and photos to us letting us know how things are going. We sometimes get photos of the beautiful areas they explore on hikes or while camping or traveling from point a to point b. Our very own Vivenne is on assignment in Washington and she took time to get to know her surrounding areas and hiked at a local state park. The photos are breathtaking:







Welcome Dustin to our Interim Division!


Please join us in welcoming our newest member of The First String Healthcare, Dustin! Dustin joins us as a Recruitment Specialist for our Interim Recruitment Division.

Dustin graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Communications. As a member of The First String Healthcare’s team, Dustin enjoys developing trust and relationships with clients and candidates. Dustin has a passion and thrives in assisting gifted and qualified candidates find new opportunities in the Healthcare Industry.

I LOVE: Spending time with my family and friends. Beach days, playing sports, snowboarding, surfing, Oregon Ducks Football, San Diego Chargers and Padres.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: California Burritos!

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there”

IN MY SPARE TIME: You can find me at the beach, exercising, or with my friends.