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The Benefits of Being a Nurse Mentor

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Did you know that in some areas up to 60% of new nurses leave their first position and some the nursing profession entirely within two years?  With concerns about nursing shortages already in the news, these statistics are doubly alarming for hospital administrators all over the country.

Healthy Aging® Month and You

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The month of September became known as Healthy Aging® Month over two decades ago, just as the baby boomer generation began turning fifty years old.  Today, there are more than 76 million boomers over the age of fifty, and many of them are working in the healthcare industry.  In fact, today's Registered Nurse averages over 45 years of age. 

Don’t Look Now, A New School Year is Right Around the Corner!

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For many school-based nursing and therapy professionals, summer is the time to catch up on continuing education and professional development.  In between carting the kids back and forth to ball games and practices, there might even be some time to put thought into refining your curriculum or schedule for the next school year.  Well, in case you haven’t been paying attention, we are rapidly closing in on the end of July meaning the new school year is right around the corner!  Deep breaths, no need for panic, there are still some weeks of summer to be enjoyed!

Advice for New Travel Nurses from our Travel Nurses

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Regular readers of the Working Tourist are probably familiar with the profiles that we do to highlight our travel nurses, therapists, and allied talent.  Upon deciding that it was time to put together content with advice for those considering or are new to travel nursing, we felt that there was no better source for information than those working tourists that we have profiled over the years.  Below is a collection of thoughts that we’ve gleaned from the profiles.

How School Nurses and Therapists Can Fill Their Summer

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As another school year draws to a close, school-based nurses and therapists have decisions to make about how they can fill their summer months.  For those who aren’t required to work year round, summer can be a great time to spend time with the kids and family, relax by the pool or take that backpacking trip that keeps getting put off.  Summer also presents a perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills, earn much needed CEU’s and even earn some extra cash for that big vacation you’ve been planning.  Let’s look at a few ways that school-based nurses and therapists can spend their summer.

Five Signs It’s Time to Have Your Hearing Checked

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Most people are surprised to find out that the third most common health problem in the United States is hearing loss.  According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), almost 48 million Americans have some form of diminished or hearing loss.  If you are a regular reader of this space, you already know that May is annually recognized as Better Hearing and Speech Month to raise awareness around how hearing loss can impact your quality of life and recognize the thousands of healthcare professionals who have chosen a career as an Audiologist, or Speech-Language Pathologist.

Nurses Need Balance Between Caring for Others and Self

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As National Nurses Week winds to a close on May 12th, this week’s theme of Balancing Mind, Body, and Spirit should carry on throughout the year.  The American Nurses Association is recognizing the importance of promoting Nurse’s Health and Wellness Issues through their awareness campaign, “Year of the Healthy Nurse.”  We have been tracking each monthly health and wellness topic in this space, so please keep checking back for more information.

Current Trends in Nursing 2017

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Everyone in the healthcare field knows that the one constant in our profession is change! From changing legislation and regulations to changing technologies, each year we see new trends emerge.  Nursing professionals are typically exposed to the most change as they are navigating the front lines of patient care.  Let’s examine a few current trends that will impact nursing in 2017 and beyond.

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.

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.

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.

School Staffing Team in Championship Form

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For the past several weeks, sports enthusiasts everywhere have been glued to the Men’s and Women’s Collegiate Basketball Tournaments.  This coming weekend, tens of millions will be glued to their televisions to watch the Final Four as the teams battle it out to see who will play for the championship on Monday, April 3rd.  As we watch these teams demonstrate their skills, commitment, and hard work it is important to keep in mind that they didn’t just start preparing for the tournament a few weeks ago.  In reality, their preparation started months ago, before the season even started.  That preparation and planning is exactly what Supplemental Health Care’s School Division is working towards right now in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year.

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.

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.

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.

Year of the Healthy Nurse: Nutrition

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As March is National Nutrition Month, it makes sense that the American Nurses Association (ANA) Year of the Healthy Nurse Campaign is focusing on Nutrition for March 2017.  A 2016 ANA health risk appraisal indicated that nursing students and RNs have an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27.6, putting them in the overweight range.  Also, 28% of survey respondents indicated that healthy food choices were not available during the work day and another 31% stated that their workplace did not offer nutrition and weight management classes.

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.

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!