Happy Birthday Brad!

Wishing the most amazing bossman a very Happy Birthday!


We Grew By Two!

We recently added two team members to our team. Meet Kira and Justin!

KIRA BALAEFF | Healthcare Recruitment Specialist

Kira graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. She is the newest member to The First String, having been hired in June 2015, but is looking forward to being an important part of the Interim/Operations team.

I LOVE: Music (mostly all varieties), my family, friends, coffee, reading, SPAM, Harry Potter, crime shows, beer (especially IPAs), and my husky/pit bull mix Riley.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Sour Patch Kids and anything fried

IN MY SPARE TIME: You can find me spending time with friends and family, hanging out at the beach, going to concerts, traveling, or binge watching television shows/movies.


JUSTIN LYNN | Healthcare Recruitment Specialist

After completing his Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Behavioral Science and Psychology from The University of Kansas, Justin moved to California to obtain his Master’s in Research Psychology from Cal State Fullerton. He is extremely driven to help quality candidates and companies continue to push the limits of what’s possible for both interim and permanent positions at The First String.

I LOVE: Recruiting, research, science, technology, camping, fishing, grilling and anything space-related.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

IN MY SPARE TIME: You can find me hanging out with friends by the beach, reading good books/articles, tinkering with computers, stargazing, or entertaining my cat.


We are just 4 months away from our next Nurse Leadership CNO Academy in Dallas, Texas. Why should you attend you ask? We figured you would ask that question and so we’ve come up with the top 10 reasons:

Leverage others’ experience

Excellent value for the level of intensive education

Achieve and sustain successful outcomes

Deliver more with less

Enhance your effectiveness as a new leader

Relationship building with your colleagues

Solidify your motivation and get inspired

Harness the true leader within yourself

Interact with key industry leaders

Professional growth opportunity

REGISTER TODAY at the early bird special price!

We Are Unique!

The First String Healthcare fully understands the healthcare industry and is whole-heartedly committed to a uniquely innovative and personalized approach to Interim and Permanent Healthcare Management & Executive Recruitment, as well as, providing Nurse Leadership Development through mentoring and CNO Academy Training programs. We truly are unique and here’s why:

Welcome to the Family Theresa!

Our sister company has just grown positively stronger with the addition of Theresa Gianfortune to our CNO Solutions advisory board.

Theresa Gianfortune

Theresa graduated with a BS degree in Organizational Management from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire.  Her career expands over thirty years of diverse leadership experience within Healthcare, Manufacturing, Training and Development and Legal environments.  A highly recognized and effective executive, who recently retired as the Chief Human  Resources Officer of Marin General Hospital, Theresa brings her strengths to CNO Solutions strategic planning and execution.

She is the recipient of the Passionate Service Excellence award from the National Human Resources Association of Southern California. Theresa resides in Travelers Rest, South Carolina with her husband Paul. They enjoy golfing, hiking, bicycling and cooking together.  She is living the dream!

We are so happy to have you on board :o)


It takes a special kind of person….

This week begins the start of Nurses Week. There is no job like that of a nurse, and perhaps it shouldn’t be labeled a job, but more a lifestyle. A lifestyle that requires patience, selflessness, and above all: compassion. It takes a special kind of person to have the ability to care for people on a daily basis as if they are your own family, when in reality they are complete strangers. They carry with them the healing and comfort that patients and families need during times of confusion, pain, distress and sadness…and while they may not hear “Thank You” very often, if at all, it never seems to harden their hearts or make them care any less, or work any less harder at their job. It takes a special kind of person…….it takes a Nurse.


Working Interim for The First String Healthcare

The Benefits of Working Interim for The First String

We appreciate our Interims and work hard to provide them with everything they could ever need while they are out on assignment. As an Interim, you have the freedom to choose the length of time you wish to work, take as little or as much vacation as you prefer and the healthcare company you work for is your client, not employer, which allows for an amazing relationship. You have the opportunity to develop your career so that it suits your personal circumstances and you are able to widen your experience by working in a variety of environments.

Working as an Interim provides you with the ability to gain insight into different cultures, processes, operations and structures, which allows for you to be a successful and diverse leadership professional.

See what one of our recent Interims had to say about her experience working Interim for The First String Healthcare:

“I graciously want to thank you for this exciting and challenging opportunity. I appreciate you and your entire staff. 

The First String Healthcare is not one of ……..it is THE best company to work for.  The follow words I attribute The First String Healthcare is as follows: Excellence, prompt and effective communication, appreciation (monthly thank you gifts). I mean gifts of high quality for example I received a Micheal Kors watch (I love my watch), fruit baskets, gift cards, I can go on and on…….

May you continue to be blessed abundantly, running over.  Let your barns be filled and overpouring.  I am thankful that Rose Krantz referred me to this company.  I will be forever grateful for all that you have provided and financially poured into my life during this 8 month journey.  

If I can be of service to you please do not hesitate to contact me.”

Jeanette Williams RN | Interim Director of Cancer Center

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Why Nurses Are Easy to Love!

This nurse displays happiness and love for one of her patients in a way that tugs at your heart strings!

Girl Walks After Being Paralyzed – See Her Nurses Reaction

Growing Phenomenal Leaders One Academy at a Time!

After months of working hard together, we have successfully completed our 2nd session of the CNO Academy. The CNO Academy is presented by our sister company, CNO Solutions, to help develop the skills and knowledge of today’s Nurse Leaders to have successful outcomes. The CNO Academy is designed to help facilitate a smooth integration and transition into a senior nurse executive role. Our nationally renowned faculty provides intimate sessions of their front line experience to a class of 25-30 participants to allow for a more intimate learning experience.

We couldn’t be more proud of the CNO Academy faculty, staff and attendees!

ACNL Conference 2015

This year’s ACNL was held at the Disneyland Resort and Hotel. We were so excited to see all the attendees, some were familiar faces that we always look forward to seeing and others were new faces we hope to partner with in the future. Congratulations to our winners, we hope you enjoy your Amazon Gift Cards and thank you to everyone who joined us for our Cocktail Party. See you all real soon!