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Does Working the Night Shift Leave You Exhausted?

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If you’ve never worked the night shift, you really have no idea the physical and mental toll that it takes on your body.  Many travel nurses prefer to work the night shift or don’t have an option when it is a highly desired destination.  If you are new to working the night shift or are having trouble adjusting, let’s talk about some of the things you can do to help your body adjust.

Five Ways to Recognize the Child of an OT

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Occupational Therapists spend their days helping patients improve and engage in quality of life activities.  OTs typically don’t just focus on a specific problem for a patient. Instead, they are trained to consider a patient’s entire environment as part of a holistic approach to help them participate in daily living.  OTs are highly educated but also have certain traits that allow them to be successful in their job.  Let’s see if we can recognize the child of an OT based on some of their personality traits.

Get Involved with Immunization Week

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Beginning in 1994 during the last week of April, a nation-wide effort has taken place to raise awareness about the critical role vaccinations play in protecting children and public health from preventable diseases.  Supplemental to the efforts here in the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World Immunization Week, this year running from April 24 – April 30th.  This year’s Immunization Week campaign is themed #VaccinesWork.

5 Conditions You May Not Know That Can be Treated by Occupational Therapy

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We continue our observation of Occupational Therapy Month by bringing to your attention conditions you may not know that can be treated by Occupational Therapy.  Some of the most common conditions that require OT interventions are obvious.  Individuals with ailments such as Osteoporosis, Stroke, Developmental Delays and other such conditions all benefit from treatments planned by an Occupational Therapist.

5 Tips for Dealing with a Really Bad Day at Work

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We have all had them.  They are sneaky and persistent like those dark clouds that show up right before the nice backyard barbecue you had planned.  That is right; I am talking about the really bad day at work that crops up out of nowhere and zaps your positivity for a few days.

Top Eight Apps Every Occupational Therapist Should Have

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Today, one of the most important tools any OT or OTA should have at their disposal is an iPad or another tablet.  With the prevalence of apps made specifically for healthcare professionals providing therapy to patients, it makes sense that a handheld device is one of the first things out of your OT toolbox.

Updating Your Occupational Therapist Resume

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In the spirit of spring when nature is awakening after a long winter, many healthcare professionals are evaluating their careers and deciding if they are on the right path or if, like the season, it is time for a change.  When you’re ready to explore new opportunities for your Occupational Therapy career, then updating your resume is job number one.

April is National and World Autism Awareness Month

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For almost 50 years, April has been designated as the month to promote awareness and acceptance of the tens of thousands of individuals facing an autism diagnosis each year.  Autism month is recognized both nationally here in the United States and around the globe.

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Combating Stress

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The fourth month of the American Nursing Association (ANA) Year of the Healthy Nurse deals with a subject nurses, therapists, aides, physicians, administrators, and everyone else in healthcare can relate to, Combatting Stress.  Stress for nurses is often something that stays beneath the surface and builds over time.  Because nurses are dealing with so many physical and mental challenges every day, it is extremely important to recognize when it is getting the better of you and taking the time to do something about it.  Ignoring stress is inviting it to impact your health, your work and family life, and even the health of your patients.

What Happens Back Home

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No matter how long you have been a travel nurse, the excitement and anticipation of starting a new assignment never changes.  Along with that adrenaline rush of the adventure ahead, there is also the important business of taking care of the home life you are leaving behind for 13-weeks.  Fortunately, with experience comes routine, and you figure out what works for your situation.  If you are still learning the ropes of travel nursing, we’ve compiled a few things for you to start thinking about ahead of time.

Celebrating 100 Years of Occupational Therapy

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Each year since 1980, the month of April has been declared Occupational Therapy Month. This year is a special celebration as the field of Occupational Therapy is celebrating 100 years! The new theme for the American Occupational Therapy Association is “Occupational Therapy: Living Life to Its Fullest™” and is exactly what the approximately 115,000 Occupational Therapists (OTs) and 41,000 Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides (OTAs) help their patients do every day. OTs treat patients across the lifespan by helping them regain skills after injury or illness, helping them adapt or overcome the challenges of a disability, and take a holistic approach to promoting healthier living.

Is Home Health Care Right For You?

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In this space, we have recently touched on career-focused topics such as nursing job satisfaction and how to know if it is time for a nursing career change.  If seeing the flowers ready to bloom anew and feeling the renewal of springtime has you ready for a change, maybe it’s time to consider Home Health Care as a career option.  While the home health care market is booming, it isn’t for everybody.  Let’s take a look at whether a move to become a home health care provider is the right choice for you.

Best Ways for Physical Therapists to Deal With Stress

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We’ve all been there.  No matter what our chosen career path is, dealing with occasional stress is inevitable.  Stress often accompanies a career in healthcare, and no care discipline is immune.  So how do Physical Therapists deal with stress when it creeps into their practice?

Is it Time for a Nursing Career Change?

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So, you’ve been on the job for a couple of years or a couple dozen years now, and you think it is time to move on, but how do you know?  Nurse turnover has been a topic of discussion for several years as the healthcare industry continues to face increases in demand and staffing shortages.  Studies have been conducted to determine what cause nursing staff dissatisfaction and what leads them to leave their jobs.  Data shows that 33% of new nurses leave their first job within two years.  Let’s look at some of the reasons why you might consider changing jobs.

Discover Springtime in Chicago

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Most of us are still rubbing the sleep out of our eyes from the long winter’s hibernation right around the time St. Patrick’s Day and then Easter rolls around.  Well, it is that time of year again, making right now the perfect time to check out all of the great travel opportunities available in and around Chicago.  You may not realize this, but springtime is a great time to visit the Chicago area.  Let’s take a look at why you should be planning a new travel assignment near the “Windy City.”

Starting the Travel Nursing Journey Together

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Lara Svensson and Sean Smith met in nursing school and have been together ever since.  Lara, an ICU nurse, and Sean, a surgical step-down specialist have recently begun a new chapter in their relationship; they became travel nurses!  In January 2017, they took on their first travel assignment in San Diego and have no plans of looking back anytime soon.

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017

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From March 12 to March 18, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is sponsoring Patient Safety Awareness Week.  The theme for 2017’s campaign is United for Patient Safety to highlight and reinforce that everyone within the healthcare industry has a role to play in keeping patients safe and free from harm.  The annual Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign is a vehicle to recognize that one in ten patients develop an acquired condition during hospitalization and that medical error causes between 44,000 to 98,000 patient deaths each year.

Keys to Nursing Job Satisfaction

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For many years now, the results from various annual surveys about which profession people trust the most; the nursing professional has come out at or near the top.  But just because they are the most trusted in the eyes of the public doesn’t mean they are all blindly satisfied with their current job.  In fact, a closer look at data from a recent survey of 3,400 registered nurses shows that while they are satisfied with their career choice to become an RN (Up to 96%), less (only 72%) are satisfied with their current job. Let’s examine why there is a discrepancy and what are the keys to job satisfaction for nurses.

Healthcare HR Professionals Recognized This Week

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The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) of the American Hospital Association celebrates Heathcare HR Week during the week of March 12 – March 18.  ASHHRA is a professional organization with more than 3,000 members nationwide who are experts in the human resources field for healthcare organizations.  This recognition is important because of the critical role that human resources professionals play for healthcare organizations across the continuum of care.