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Maintain Your Work/Life Balance with Supplemental Health Care

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As a healthcare professional, having a job that allows you to maintain the proper balance between your work life and home life is critical to both you and your patients.  At Supplemental Health Care, we understand that, and our mission is to provide you with everything you need to be successful professionally and personally. 

2017 Declared Year of the Healthy Nurse

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) has declared that 2017 will be the Year of the Healthy Nurse.  Each month, the ANA will promote specific wellness issues that relate to nursing professionals and people in general. 

Take Your New Year’s Resolution to the Next Level

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Have you given up on making resolutions for the New Year because you are tired of the same old, same old?  Every year the resolutions seem to be the same; eat healthier or get more exercise, save more and spend less, blah, blah, blah!  This year, don’t give up on making a resolution, just make a better resolution.  Here are a few ideas to take your New Year’s resolution to the next level.

Five Quick Exercises You Can Do at Work

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If you are like millions of other Americans, you have set a New Year’s resolution to exercise more.  Making the resolution is the easy part, keeping the resolution, not so much.  As a busy healthcare professional, you are working crazy shifts at the hospital and finding time for the gym during the work week is not always easy.  Fortunately, the nature of your job is such that you probably spend a lot of time on your feet and walking throughout your shift, so Cardio work is probably not as critical as it is for desk dwellers.  But what about toning up a few muscle groups while you are working?  Read on, and you’ll see that it isn’t as difficult as you might imagine.

Eight Crazy Things About Being a Nurse During the Holidays

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Once upon a time in 2002, an animated holiday musical called “Eight Crazy Nights” was released.  The movie, co-written by and starring Adam Sandler, took a humorous look at the gift-giving differences between Chanukah and Christmas.  One of the musical numbers in the film contained the lyric, “Instead of one day of presents; we get eight crazy nights!”  For nurses who work through the holiday season, eight crazy nights is putting it mildly.  Each year at this time, it seems that the chaos and craziness are turned up a notch making each eight-hour shift seem like twelve.  Here is a list of eight crazy things about being a nurse at the holidays.

12 Perks of Being a Healthcare Professional

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Since it is that time of year where we are firmly in the midst of the “12 Days of Christmas”, let’s examine another list of twelve.  We all have something to be thankful for, and your career as a healthcare professional is no doubt very rewarding.  We hope you enjoy our 12 Perks of Being a Healthcare Professional.

Holiday Gift Guide to Inspire Children to be Healthcare Professionals

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Does your child want to grow up to be just like Mommy or Daddy and work as a healthcare professional?  Would you like to inspire your child to work in a healthcare field?  If either of these statements rings true for you or someone you know, then this is the Christmas gift guide for you.  The following are great gift ideas meant to inspire children to become a healthcare professional (We’ve even included links to places where these awesome gifts can be found).

Nursing is a Wonderful Life

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Often it’s difficult to notice the actions of those that touch our lives the most, especially during the hustle and bustle that happens during the holidays. While the rest of us are celebrating the season at home with family and friends, there are many nurses working hard to make this time of year brighter for patients in hospitals, health care facilities, and homes across the country. Unlike the premise of It’s A Wonderful Life, we do not need to imagine a world without nurses to see their great influence.

10 Great Gift Ideas for Healthcare Professionals

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Do you have a special nurse or therapist in your life?  At this time of year are you racking your brains trying to come up with the perfect holiday gift idea?  Rack no more for in the precious time-saving space below; we list the best gifts you can get for your favorite healthcare professional without breaking your bank.  Read on and then start shopping!

Ten Ways to Avoid Being a Scrooge When You Work on Christmas

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Does the thought of having to work a 12-hour shift on Christmas turn you into a Scrooge?  For many nurses and healthcare professionals around the country, missing out on old family traditions around the holidays brings on a bad case of “Scrooge-itis.”  Of course, you are already thankful that you have a good job, and it is one you love on the other 360+ days of the year, but just not on Christmas.

Twelve Ways Patients Give Back to Their Caregivers

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During this season of singing about twelve days of gifts from our true love, let’s explore “twelve ways” our patients give back to nurses, therapists, and caregivers.  Instead of partridges in a pear tree, turtle doves, or golden rings, we will focus on what you are getting in return for all of your hard work, compassion, and care.

It's Potluck Season!

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It’s potluck season! Which is great for getting a delicious meal at work but can wreak havoc on your diet. If you’ve signed up to bring a dish, bringing something on the healthier side of the scale can be a bit of a challenge. Many classic holiday recipes contain a lot of butter and other delicious high-calorie ingredients. These recipes are sure to be a hit with your coworkers and your beltline.

Medical Care at our First Thanksgiving

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There is no questioning the fact that the first settlers were a hardy bunch.  In fact, only two doctors sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on the Mayflower, Miles Standish, and Dr. Samuel Fuller.  Standish not only commanded the Mayflower, but his medical background was also more of a hobby that he “picked up along the way.”

7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Job Fair

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The demand for healthcare professionals remains high, and one of the best ways to get yourself out in front of as many employers as possible is through a visit to a local job fair or tradeshow.  Where else will you have the opportunity to proactively reach dozens of recruiters and hiring managers all in one place?  But, there is more to attending a job fair than just showing up with a bunch of resumes and a smile.  Let’s take a look at a few ways you can maximize your time spent at a job fair.

Benefits of Working in Home Health Care

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For clinicians feeling exhausted by long shifts at the hospital and lacking substantial face time with patients and their families, home health care offers many benefits. Not only is it a rewarding career option for both nurses and therapists, but it is also an extremely in-demand field.

Are Nurses at Greater Risk for Diabetes?

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Each November, the American Diabetes Association puts forth a month-long effort to focus our nation’s attention on diabetes, the disease that impacts more than 29 million Americans.  The purpose of American Diabetes Month® is to offer education, awareness, and support for those at risk or diagnosed with the disease.

Capturing Nature and Setting Yourself Free

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In this space over the past few months, we have presented you with ways to relax and destress by participating in simple, low or no-cost activities.  Now that autumn is upon us, and the leaves are starting to change in many areas of the land, we felt it was the perfect time to propose more activities to help you maintain or in some cases regain your sanity when you aren’t busy being a healthcare worker.

What a Recruiter Can Do for Healthcare Professionals

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The job search can be exhausting. Long applications, delayed responses, and little guidance along the way can leave anyone feeling lost in the shuffle. With some of the busiest schedules, healthcare professionals can seriously benefit from some assistance through the process so they can get back to focusing on patient care.

Polishing Your Physical Therapist Resume

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Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned physical therapy professional, it is always a good idea to create and maintain a clear, concise record of your skills and accomplishments.  Resumes for different careers typically require different resume formats. In this article, we will review some methods that you can use to have your resume stand out from the competition.

4 Ways to Spot the Child of a Physical Therapist

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Last month we presented an article about “10 Ways to Spot the Child of a Nurse” and in honor of National Physical Therapy Month, we decided to share a few ways that you can spot the child of a Physical Therapist.  Let’s go back to the playground to see which kids are being raised by a PT or a PTA.