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Is the World Ready for Pierced and Tattooed Healthcare Workers? 24 May 16 11:48 AM postedby Stephanie Weaver

Tattoos and piercings have long been only associated with bikers, sailors, and prisoners. Today, with more than three in 10 Americans rocking body art, they are gaining more social acceptance. In certain professions, however, tattoos may still be frowned upon by employers.

In the medical and healthcare field, most employee handbooks have a section regarding tattoos and piercings. In rare cases, hospital jobs are only available to people with no body ink. However, most healthcare facilities apply minor restrictions that only prohibit excessive and/or offensive tattoos.

Here are a few things you need to know if you’re an inked healthcare professional:

Offensive Tattoos

If you have any tattoos that could be considered offensive, such as ones that promote drug use, display nudity, or can be associated with a gang, it’s best to keep them under wraps.

Large Tattoos

Expansive tattoos that are highly visible may be a potential issue with some companies, especially if your ink covers your neck, arms, and hands.

Tips for Tattoos and Piercings in the Workplace

One of the simplest ways to deal with tattoo-related issues while at work is to keep them covered up. If your current employer’s body art policy is fairly strict, wear clothing that can hide them easily. If you have any facial piercings, remove them before you get to your job. For those of you with neck or face tattoos, wear your hair down to keep them out of sight. If that won’t work, invest in a bottle of heavy-duty concealer that matches your skin tone. Some great brands that hide tattoos well include Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer, Dermablend Leg and Body Cover, and Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer.

As a last resort, you may want to consider removing your tats all together. Laser tattoo removal is not quick or affordable, but it’s the only efficient way to say bye-bye to unwanted ink. Depending on the size and color of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. In some cases, your ink may be removed in two to four visits, though it can take as many as 10 or more sessions. Each session costs about $150 a pop.

What do you think we can learn from tattooed or pierced healthcare professionals? Would you judge a book by its cover?

 

  

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Bed Pans to Bedlam – A Day in the Life of a 19th Century Nurse 19 May 16 11:32 AM postedby Stephanie Weaver

Between sore feet, long shifts, and fussy patients, you could be feeling like you’re on the edge of a major meltdown at work. To ease your pain just a tad, let us showcase a typical day on the job for a 19th century nurse.

Lucky you – the nurse who arrives before you didn’t bring in the coals to combat the morning chill. Before you can start attending to your patients, you’ve got to lug in a hefty bag of rocks and load them into the central heating system so that you, the patients, and the rest of the staff don’t freeze to death.

Today, the 150-bed hospital will be staffed with 30 nurses, all nursing students. You ladies are in charge of running the wards, private rooms, operating rooms, the general dispensary, and the eye and ear clinic. When you’re a senior, you can look forward to being sent out on private duty. But, unfortunately, the hospital will get paid for your work, not you.

The rooms are filled with the typical cases of delirious typhoid, dysentery, and abscesses. Your first patient of the day is a drug case, specifically narcotic. You have to keep him awake, and, as soon as possible, get him on his feet and walked around. One method is to use knotted towels, dipped in ice water, which you continuously whack them with to rouse them. This patient you walk up and down the corridor. Staggering, he goes to sleep on his feet. More ice water, more walking.

Four hours into your shift, you’re still making your rounds (42 more to go!) when you hear a loud commotion from ward D. You rush down the hall to see what the fuss is about and realize a delirious patient had escaped. Dressed in only a night shirt and with long roller towels that had been used to confine him to his bed now trailing from his wrists and ankles like streamers, he bolts by you. Leaping down the main staircase, he escapes out the front entrance before the orderly can catch him.

Before you can return to your daily obligations, the doctor on duty requests your help. Being that he is the local surgeon, pediatrician, physician, dentist, and gynecologist, you’re not really sure what the procedure will entail.

The saw is your first clue.

After administering anesthesia, the doctor begins the surgery. The procedure is a success, and the patient is wheeled away to await their wooden prosthetic, that will probably be only a few inches too short.

You’re still way behind on your shift, thanks to the surprise amputation.

Adjusting your large white hat and apron, you precede with the five o’clock temperatures.  After this, you greatly appreciate the rule of two hours of quiet. Placing screens around an empty bed, you take an hour nap.

After the day is finally over, you return to your quaint house to rest before another long shift.

  

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How to have Healthy Relationships as a Healthcare Professional 13 May 16 11:50 AM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

 As a dedicated healthcare professional, you give your all to your patients and sometimes, you might not have anything left to give at home to your loved ones. Between a demanding career with long shifts, daily obligations, and a bustling social life, your most sacred relationships can get strained in the process. Whether you’re late again for your kid’s dance recital due to last minute patient demands or totally forgot about your best friend’s birthday because of a stressful work week, you need to know that in the end, your career is not where you hang your heart.

Family and friends deserve the same commitment and attention that you give your job. Here are a couple of ways healthcare professionals can keep their relationships “healthy.”

Two Ears vs. One Mouth

You should try to listen twice as much as you speak. Listening carefully to what your loved ones have to say and being fully engaged in the conversation makes them feel, if only for the moment, like the center of your attention. Don’t interject with your opinion and practice mindfulness. Really absorb what they’re telling you without planning what your next line is going to be.

Don’t be a Flake

Nothing is more disrespectful or annoying than somebody that cancels plans at the last minute. If an unexpected emergency comes up at work and you absolutely must break an engagement, tell them immediately. Don’t leave them hanging. If you have dinner plans and you want to bail because you’re just feeling tired after a long day, force yourself to go. You’ll probably have a great time and be glad you did.

Don’t Get Lost in Translation

Healthcare professionals often call this speaking in laymen’s terms when communicating with patients. Remember not everyone understands words and terminology that healthcare workers use. Take the time to thoroughly explain yourself and your side as well as to communicate your interpretation of their side. Ensure that you are both on the same page before moving forward.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Nothing is worse than stirring a slumbering canine from its sleep other than digging up old grudges. Let the past be the past and remember that the present is a gift. Do you get short with those “repeat offenders” at the hospital? No. you remain professional and calm, trying your best to improve the situation. Do the same for your loved ones.

Patience is a Virtue

As you always would with your patients, be patient with your friends and family. Never jump to conclusions without hearing them out and be understanding of their feelings. When you take your time, you both will reap the rewards.

 

 

 

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5 Sure Fire Ways to Get Fired as a Healthcare Professional 21 April 16 12:06 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

You may have been a fan of the hit TV drama Nurse Jackie, but many of the antics she carried on with at work did not make her a favorite among staff members. If you’re a healthcare professional, here are five sure fire ways to get the pink slip. Read them, let them sink in, and NEVER perform these no-no’s while on the job.

1.      Taking Pictures of Patients

Not only is it a breach of work ethic, but it’s a breach of privacy. Shockingly enough, many healthcare workers have been guilty of taking pictures of their patients. Last month, a nurse at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY resigned after she published pictures of a patient’s genitals. Not only was her license suspended, but she also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of snapping unlawful surveillance photos.

 

2.      Drugging on the Job

A recent study of nurses discovered that between 2-5% of those that worked as RNs admitted to having a prescription drug addiction, and another 5-10% confessed to having tried a patient’s medication at some point during their career.

 

Dishing out drugs to friends or colleagues can also land you in hot water.

 

3.      Blabbing on Social Media

Healthcare professionals adhere to a strict code of conduct, and vow to keep the privacy of a patient. Some, however, develop a bad case of blabbermouth on the internet and violate these codes by sharing anything and everything on Facebook – even while on the clock. Don’t let cyberspace collide with reality and keep Facebook strictly personal.

 

4.      Not Staying Calm, Cool, and Collected

After a long shift and difficult patients, you may feel exhausted and crabby. While putting off grumpy or negative vibes at work may seem minor, it has been known that healthcare workers can lose their job for talking to a patient in an unprofessional manner.

 

Be polite, yet candid. If you need to take a quick breather, get yourself outside or to the restroom stat.

 

5.      The Disappearing Act

Too many calls in sick might cost you your job. If you rack up too many absences, you may find yourself getting more than your desired time off.

 

Finding a replacement for a healthcare worker, who harbors critical knowledge and experience required to perform the job, can be tough. But whether it’s blabbering on the internet or calling in sick, these work no-no’s may put your career on the line.  

 

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From Civil Servant to Classy Surgeon: The Evolution of Nurse Uniforms 12 April 16 03:02 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

From Civil Servant to Classy Surgeon: The Evolution of Nurse Uniforms

The next time you find yourself complaining about wrinkles in your fashionable Cherokee scrub top, take a quick moment to reflect on the fact that nurses’ attire wasn’t always so comfy – or convenient. The evolution of the standard nurse uniform has changed drastically over the last 200 years, as well as the public’s perception of what nurses are all about.

The Beginning

 

During the early 1800’s, nurses were held in lower standards than servants. The care of the sick was a responsibility relegated to nuns or seedy individuals, such as prostitutes, and little training or skill was required. When Florence Nightingale entered the scene during the Crimean War and demanded training for nurses, as well as a clean and safe environment for patients, a new profession was born.

 

One of Nightingale’s students designed the first recognizable nurse’s uniform, which included full gowns in black or prints with large white aprons and caps. Nursing students would wear pink, blue, or other pastel colored ribbon bands, while senior nurses and nursing teachers would don black ribbon bands to indicate seniority.

1900’s

 

By the early 1900’s, nurses started wanting accessibility in their uniforms, and pockets in aprons grew in popularity. The top now boasted a pointy collar covered by a bib, cinched at the waist, and gathered around the skirt. The well-tailored uniform utilized a solid fabric. This uniform helped to distinguish a nurse from a servant, protected them against illness, and was also considered an expression of feminine virtue.

 

A large white hat and veil completed the look. Mimicking a nun’s habit, this bolstered respect for the industry and made it easy for nurses to be called upon by churches to assist in times of epidemic illness. Folk were beginning to realize that the role of nurses in the medical field was very important.

 

During World War II in the 1930’s and ’40’s, nurses were heavily utilized on all sides of the conflicts. Design aspects and distinction took a backseat to functionality. Nurses had to be fast in order to provide quick care for many injured troops. The uniforms evolved once again, from long gowns to a shorter, more manageable skirt length. This was also due to clothing material shortage during the war. Sleeves were rolled for easier movement. A cape, or tippet, was worn to signify rankings. The dresses were less form fitting and easy to wash, iron, and wear. Paper hats and simple folded hats replaced the elaborate caps with the veil.

 

Now, the uniform became a combo of functionality and femininity.

Pants for All

The reexamination of gender roles in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s brought more men into the nursing field. Pantsuits became in vogue, as they were in other mainly female professions. The use of surgical scrubs solved the problem of what to wear to work for male nurses. Scrubs were versatile, comfortable, and made it hard to transfer infection from patient to patient. 

The uniform was originally referred to as “surgical greens,” due to it color. The term “scrubs” came about because these outfits were worn in a “scrubbed” environment. In operating rooms, it was forbidden to wear any exposed clothing, such as t-shirts.

During this time, there were developments in fabric technology, including wash and wear cotton, Dracon, and cotton fabrics mix. Some companies experimented on different materials for nursing uniforms. Barco came up with warp knits, which is a fabric that enabled a comfy feel and easy laundry care in every Barco uniform.

Today’s Uniform

Today’s scrubs offer both comfort and convenience. Brands such as Barco, Dickies, and Cherokee make it effortless for nurses to look and feel good during a long shift. Healthcare facilities sometimes require different colors or patterns for the scrubs worn by nurses and doctors.

The evolution of the nurse uniform has reflected society’s view of the industry, as well as the increased roles and responsibilities nurses have in the medical world.

  

 

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How to Have Less Mess: Getting Yourself Organized 04 April 16 01:54 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

Not only does spring mark the gentle transition into warmer weather, it’s also an opportune time for healthcare professionals to get organized. Trying to tame your tote bag or pare down your pockets? These four smart spring cleaning tips will help you get organized, from home to the hospital and back again!

1.      Make a List

Busy healthcare professionals have a tough time identifying barriers to organize due to their demanding careers and bustling personal lives. If you have no idea where to start on your quest for organization, write it down. Make a list on an adhesive note pad of everything you absolutely need to clean up – including your office, purse or briefcase, car, and household. Put the most important items on the top of the list so you know where to start.

 

 

2.      Out with the Old

Reducing can be rewarded in relaxation. The less stuff you own, the less you have to organize. Look at the list you wrote down and set aside time to tackle each item on it, beginning with clearing out the clutter. Not only will this open up more space in your workplace or home, but it’ll also make your tote bag, pockets, and purse lighter. If you find that you’re carrying around too many healthcare supplies or textbooks, determine which items you can store in your office or leave at home to lighten your load.

  

3.      Start Small

Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the task of spring cleaning, begin by taking baby steps. Start by cleaning out and organizing your medical scrub pockets. Is there a nook where you can stash your trauma shears, pocket reference, or stash of pens (just be on the lookout for pen-stealing residents) instead of carrying these items around all shift? Think about storing all of your pocket supplies in a small labeled box at your work station or in your office.

 

After that’s completed, move on to something a bit bigger, such as your desk drawers or the backseat of your car. Not only will completing one task motivate you to do more, it’s a great little stepping stone to a more organized life.

 

4.      Reward Yourself

No tough task should go unrewarded. After you’ve managed to clean and organize a room, bag, or aspect of your life, treat yourself to a tiny prize. This could be purchasing a small medical fashion accessory or taking yourself out to lunch.

 

What tips do you have to tackle spring cleaning and organizational projects?

 

  

 

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Uniformity in Nursing: Making the Transition to Uniforms Easier 29 March 16 01:40 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

 Uniformity in Nursing: Making the Transition to Uniforms Easier

In recent times, there has been a nationwide movement in the healthcare industry to have hospital nurses wear a uniform scrub type and color that is unique to their facility to make them easily identifiable. While not all nurses are thrilled about this trend, there are many reasons why it should be embraced.

Benefits of Uniforms

Long ago, nurses were easy to distinguish due to the white uniforms and caps the women wore. In giving up those white uniforms, nurses are now often allowed to don a plethora of scrub styles and colors, making it virtually impossible to know with a quick glance who anyone is.

For those on the other side of the bedrail, it makes a significant difference if a hospital requires their nurses to wear specific uniforms or not. Color coded medical scrubs allow patients to immediately identify whether or not a person is a nurse. Introductions are not obligated when entering a patient’s room and name badges can be easily hidden by lab coats, sweaters, or are unreadable from a certain distance.

Additionally, nurses have worked extremely hard to earn their credentials, and it’s essential that they maintain their visibility. They are the primary caregivers of a healthcare institution, and how can patients appreciate their unique role if they blend into a generic blob with all other personnel?

Making the Transition Simple

In order to make the process to wearing uniform scrubs easier for your staff, there are a few things your facility can do, including:

o   List the benefits of uniform scrubs for both staff and patients

o   Hold a meeting to provide your staff with information on uniform scrubs and allow them to voice their opinions

o   Carefully listen to employees who have aversions to the change, and address their issues

o   Provide a simple and affordable method for your staff to purchase scrubs with our hospital shows, group uniform purchasing, and fittings

Saving Money While Buying Medical Scrubs in Bulk

If you have been given the task of helping to choose a supplier for group scrub sales, it is a job that should not be taken lightly. While you want to select the best uniform scrubs for your staff, you also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg purchasing them.

After selecting the type of scrub you need, you can contact the scrubs company to see if they are willing to offer a bulk discount for your facility. If your practice needs embroidery of names and titles or its logo monogrammed on the medical scrubs, ask the company if they can provide that service.

At ADVANCE, we offer a custom designed uniform fulfillment program that many facilities use. Not only can we offer your facility great discounts on bulk purchases, but our in-house team of designers can customize any type of scrub logo. We also provide a lot of custom service to you since this type of purchase has many moving parts.

While the transition to uniform scrubs may seem like a huge feat for both your facility and staff, the change may actually offer everyone tons of benefits. You can make the transition easier by talking to your staff about the benefits, listening to their opinions, and saving money on buying bulk medical scrubs.

 

 

 

 

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5 Things Healthcare Professionals Should Consider When Choosing Scrubs 21 March 16 03:51 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

For many professionals in the healthcare industry, wearing scrubs as a work uniform is a way of life. In fact, a scrub set that includes a loose-fitting top and pants is the standard attire for healthcare workers in the U.S. and several other countries. Many hospitals even have uniform regulations that specify a particular color, cut, and fit.

Whether you’re on or off duty, you want to look and feel your best. And since you’ll be rocking scrubs during 10+ hour shifts, you want to find the perfect pair that compliments your individual style.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when buying the right scrubs, regardless if they’re a fun and bold pattern or a specific color designated by your workplace.

1.      High Quality Scrubs

When you’re on the hunt for medical scrubs, ensure that they are from a trusted manufacturer. You don’t want to be bothered during your hectic shift with loose stitching, washed out color, and linty scrubs. Thankfully, our online store is packed with brands that you can trust, including Barco, Cherokee, Dickies, and Koi.

2.      Necklines

When it comes to selecting a neckline, you’ve got plenty to choose from, including mock wrap, V-neck, round, and square. But how do you know which one is right for you? It’s all about personal style and comfort. As long as your employer is okay with the style aspects, buy the one that makes you feel good.

3.      Fits

As with necklines, scrub fits come in a variety of choices, including trendy, more up-to-date cuts and fits. Scrubs like the Koi Women’s Stretch Naomi feature a form-fitting style, split neckline, and stitching details that accentuate your natural form. It’s important to be aware of your many fit and style choices so that you can find the ideal scrubs for you.

Along with fashion, comfort is also essential in finding the correct fitting scrub. Make sure that your scrub selection gives you enough room to move freely, is figure flattering, and makes you feel comfy and confident all day long. Out new selection of stretch scrubs move with your body and are the perfect combination of comfort and style.

4.      Pockets

Many scrub options come with check pockets and patch pockets. Both of these assets can come in useful when you need quick access to important items, such as a pen, phone, or your ID badge.  While pockets should be a necessity, the type of pocket you pick is up to you. If loading a chest pocket puts distress on your shoulders and neck, opt for patch pockets.

5.      Drawstring vs. Buttons

      When selecting scrub pants that are either drawstring or buttoned, ensure that the pants don’t fall down past your hips or display any inner wear when you bend. This isn’t only unprofessional, but super embarrassing. Before you wear the scrub pants on the job, try them on to guarantee a perfect fit.

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Seven Spring Essentials for Nurses 14 March 16 10:26 AM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

Now that temperatures are rising and spring is right around the corner, nurses should be loading up on necessities for the new season. From fashionable floral print scrubs and versatile tees to sporty sneakers and beach towels fit for vacation days, here are our top seven spring essential picks for nurses. 

1.      Floral Scrub Top

Nothing represents the coming of spring better than a pretty floral print scrub. This short-sleeved, V-neck scrub top features a gorgeous flora pattern guaranteed to add color to any grey day. The 55% brushed cotton and 45% polyester poplin blend boasts comfort all day long.

2.      “Train Like a Nurse” Ladies Relaxed Jersey Tank  

Get your body beach ready by hitting the gym in this trendy workout tank. Featuring a soft and durable 100% cotton knit, the sporty jersey tank is topped off with our original “Train Like a Nurse” artwork to show support for your profession.

3.      Women’s “Nurse” Sport-Tek Fleece Colorblock Hooded Pullover

Winter may be over but there’s still a chill in the air. Keep snug in this chic pullover. Featuring a cozy polyester construction and moisture-wicking properties, you’ll stay comfortable even while March comes in like a lion.

4.      Monogrammed Superior Weight Beach Towel

Hit the beach in style with these luxurious towels. Measuring 35” by 60”, these soft towels are large enough to lounge on while keeping the sand off. The double-sheared cotton also offers enough room to add a monogram of your hospital’s logo.

5.      Nurse Single Bottle Canvas Wine Tote

Nothing accompanies a spring picnic more perfectly than a nice bottle of bubbly. Slip your favorite bottle of wine in this durable canvas bag. The gusseted bottom offers improved strength and grip during transport and our original “Nurse” logo shows your obsession for your occupation.

6.      Women’s Reebok ZPRINT Athletic Footwear

Take your spring workout routine to the next level with these supportive sneakers. The 3D foot scan is crafted with engineered cushioning for a custom-made fit. The mono mesh upper adds an element of fashion any healthcare professional can appreciate.

7.      “Nurse” Sport Pack

Whether you’re beach bound or headed to the hospital for a long shift, load up all of your essentials into this convenient sport pack. Equipped with a roomy compartment and convenient drawstring closure, this is the perfect companion for traveling, workout, and everyday use.

 

 

8 Essentials for New Nursing Grads 02 March 16 08:57 AM postedby Maria Senior

By Stephanie Weaver - 

Years and years of lugging heavy textbooks around, spending endless hours in the classroom and at clinical, working on term papers until the crack of dawn, and burning both ends of the candle have finally led up to this moment – your graduation. Congrats! You did it!

Now that you’ve entered the working world, there are a few necessities that you should stock up on. From comfy and supportive footwear to easy-breezy scrubs, we’ve got you covered. Here are eight essentials every new nursing grad needs.

1. High Quality Scrubs

In order to get the job done, you need to be dressed for success. These unisex scrub tops come in a plethora of colors to mix and match. Plus, their polyester-cotton blend promises comfort and durability all day long.

2. Supportive Footwear

For workers who will be on their feet for long periods of time, comfortable footwear is a must. These unisex Klogs are designed to accommodate most custom orthotics and arch support inserts, are easy to clean, and odor free. Stay comfy and confident during your entire shift.

3. Stethoscope

Nurses need to be properly equipped to serve their patients. That’s why you need devices that work as hard as you do. This lightweight stethoscope boasts the ultimate in precision for better orientation around blood-pressure cuffs and body contour. The innovative construction allows for extra comfort and portability.

4. Full-Zip Hoodie

Be prepared for those chilly nightshifts with a stylish and cozy hoodie. Crafted from cotton and poly fleece, this hoodie comes in a variety of colors and can be custom altered to sport your hospital’s logo or name.

5. Roomy Tote

Effortlessly bring your equipment, scrubs, lunch, water bottle, and other daily essentials to work and back with a sturdy tote. This bag features a “Nurse” logo to let the world know you love your profession while the zippered main compartment and front pocket have enough storage space for all of your stuff.

6. Badge Holder

Keep your ID conveniently handy with a badge holder. This one comes in a fun scrub-shape design and features a hanging lanyard with a slide-style clip that easily attaches to scrub tops, coats, belts, or bags.

7. Unisex “Super Nurse Practitioner” Tee

When you’re not on the job, you can still show your pride for your profession in this stylish tee. Featuring a Superman-style “NP” logo, this cotton tee is great for lounging around the house or running errands around town.

8. Insulated Hot/Cold Lunch Tote

Save money by bringing your own lunch to work. This premium tote is insulated to accommodate both hot and cold meals. An endearing “Nurse Fairy” logo adds a fun feature.

 

 

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11 Essentials Every New Nurse Should Carry 16 February 16 03:36 PM postedby Maria Senior

By Mia Scioscia - 

If you’re a new nurse or nursing student, you’re probably extremely curious about what you’re expected to carry in your work bag. While everyone’s necessities may vary, we put together a list of 11 essential items that you’ll never regret having on hand.

Medical Bag

First of all, you’re going to need a bag that’s both fashionable and functional. One sturdy bag can last a long time, so be sure to pick one that you’ll love year after year.

Stethoscope

Used to listen to things such as the heart, veins, and intestines to make sure they’re working properly, stethoscopes are one of the most important tools for patient assessment. Stethoscope models range from classic to advanced, so be sure to pick one that fits your department and your budget.

Hand Sanitizer

Nurses know how important it is to keep their hands clean. Steer clear of germs, bacteria and other contagions by carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer with you wherever you go. 

Snacks

When you’re in the middle of a crazy shift, you may not have time to take a break when your stomach is rumbling. Keeping nuts, granola, or protein bars on hand ensure that you’ll be able to have a quick bite no matter how busy you’ll be!

A Sturdy Pair of Scissors

Bandage or utility scissors are useful for cutting medical gauze, dressing, bandages and medical tape. A good nurse always keeps a pair in their pockets for emergency use, especially when it comes to wound care.

A Pen and Paper

Keeping a notebook and pen on hand is an incredibly efficient way to quickly jot down messages, notes, reminders and create patient cheat sheets.

Clipboard

An invaluable tool for nursing professionals and students, the best clipboards are those with multi-tasking properties like the Nurse Assist Clipboard.

Blood Pressure Monitor

A necessity for all medical professionals, blood pressure cuffs don’t have to be boring. Sphygmomanometers come in a range of prints to suit your personality.

Thermometer

Don’t get caught without one! Digital thermometers are great investments because they give accurate readings with one touch of a button!

A Watch

A high-quality watch can help you perform your daily duties. Be sure to look for one with a seconds hand to help you with accurate pulse readings.

A first aid kit

Depending on your department, you may need to pick and choose what will go in your kit. A well-stocked first aid kit usually includes things like bandages, gauze, medical tape, alcohol swabs and a tourniquet.

And don’t forget to bring the most important thing of all—a positive attitude! Having all these essentials will ensure that you set yourself up to provide the best possible care for your patients.

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5 Ways to Stay Happy During a Long Shift 11 February 16 09:24 AM postedby Maria Senior

By Stephanie Weaver - 

Nurses are obligated to work long shifts. But when you’re on your feet for 12-hour durations taking care of patients, your own well-being could be put on the backburner.  As a healthcare professional, your happiness is critical for your physical and mental health, as well as for your work performance and bedside mannerisms. Here are five ways to stay happy during a long shift, even if you’re dealing with impatient patients and have sore feet.

Stay Healthy

Keeping up with your physical health plays an important role when it comes to your mental and emotional welfare. Regular exercise boosts energy, keeping you awake and alert. Not to mention, exercise increases serotonin, your body’s natural happiness drug (but we’re sure you knew that already). On your time off, be sure to hit the gym (or the pavement) two to three times per week. Consider joining a 24-hour gym so you can exercise when it’s convenient for you.

Keep an abundant supply of healthy snacks on hand to ward off fatigue. Nuts, dried fruit, and granola can all be easily stored in your tote bag or in a drawer at the nurse’s station for easy access and consumption. Additionally, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle, such as our stainless steel “SLP Find Your Voice” bottle, close by to sip on when you’re thirsty.

Wear Comfy Shoes

All nurses can appreciate a pair of supportive and comfortable shoes. When you’re constantly on the move, having the proper footwear is essential. Opt for nurse clogs or convenient slip-ons. With a plethora of color and style options to choose from, footwear for nurses is the perfect blend of functionality and fashion.

Have a Solid Support System

When you work long shifts, it’s important to have folks in your life who understand that your work schedule doesn’t sync with their own. Your friends and family should be understanding of your job.

Be sure to schedule time to hang out with your tribe. Whether it’s a night out on the town or a laid back lunch date, hanging out with people who care about you boosts happiness.

Find Joy in the Little Things

It can be tough to take pleasure in your job when you’ve been running around for 10 hours straight. But it’s critical to find joy in mundane tasks or moments. Whether it’s a smiling patient or encouraging words from your boss, basking in little achievements can keep you motivated and happy.

Treat Yourself

Having something to look forward to at the end of a long shift can keep you going.  Schedule a little TLC time for yourself by drawing a nice, warm bath or treat yourself to a fashionable t-shirt for nurses, or pretty jewelry item, such as our “Nurse, Comfort, Kindness” sterling silver finish bracelet

Working long hours can be rocky, but there are many ways that you can maintain your happiness during your long shift. 

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8 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest 26 January 16 01:47 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

8 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest

What does a typical day look like for you? If your answer is a ringing phone, screaming kids and a frantic schedule, we sympathize.

When you’re working long hours and trying to balance your home and work responsibilities, it’s difficult to seize the day. That’s why we’re sharing these 8 tips for living each day to the fullest!

1. Act like a kid – Sure, you’re a grown up which means you have to do grown up things like pay the bills and take your car in for inspection. But some days, you just need to have some fun and be a kid again. Maybe, you could go roller skating, play a video game or board game, or just be silly for a little while. You’ll have a blast and feel much better about doing all that boring adult stuff!

2. Take time to appreciate the little things – I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Stop and smell the roses” before. Well, people say it for a reason. When you’re working a busy schedule, sometimes you forget to take a moment for yourself. No matter how hectic your life may be, it’s important to carve out some quiet time to appreciate all the good things in your life. You could take this time to meditate or simply sit and think.

3. Take a walk – The next time you feel overwhelmed by work and your responsibilities, pull on your walking shoes and take a nice stroll down your street or around your neighborhood. The walk will clear your head and give you time to reflect on your life.

4. Work out – Make working out a priority by finding ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule. Working out not only gets you into shape; it also improves your mental health and overall well-being. Whether it’s running or yoga, any physical activity can do wonders for your mood.

5. Let bygones be bygones – Harboring feelings of resentment towards someone only wastes precious time and energy. Everyone gets angry, but you need to let go of grudges as they can hurt you more than the person you’re holding it against. 

6. Sing at the top of your lungs – Whether you sing in the shower, the car or at karaoke night, it doesn’t matter. Even if you’re the worst singer in the world and completely tone deaf, singing can help uplift your mood and is loads of fun. So, we encourage you to let out your inner Beyoncé.

7. Get some shut-eye – You may have a million things to do and no time to do them, but you’re not helping anyone if you’re going through the motions like a zombie. Getting a good night’s sleep can help your mood, improve your memory and increase your focus. Plus, no one wants to deal with you when you’re cranky.

8. Be creative – Expressing your creative side can help you let go of negative feelings. You could try painting, knitting or a DIY project. If you’re more of a writer, writing in a journal may help boost your mood.

How do you live life to the fullest? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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8 Ways to Reward Yourself Without Food 21 January 16 03:20 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

8 Ways to Reward Yourself Without Food

While it’s important to reward yourself for your accomplishments, celebrating with junk food might not be the best idea. This is especially the case when you have just reached a weight loss goal.

Instead of going out to eat, check out these 8 healthier ways to reward yourself!

1. Get a manicure or a pedicure – When was the last time you had your nails done? If you can’t remember, it may be time to go to the salon! If you don’t want to pay to have them professionally done, then do your own. You’ll still be pampering yourself and feel better afterwards.

2. Take some me time – Try to set aside some time each week to do something for yourself. You could read a favorite book, go for a walk, listen to music or watch a movie. It’s all up to you!

3. Go shopping – Whether you’re buying new shoes or a kitchen appliance, shopping makes for a fun experience! Especially when you’re treating yourself to something you’ve been wanting for ages!

 

4. Get a massage – Nothing relaxes you like a professional massage or some spa time. You’ll feel like a whole new you!

5. Plan a movie night – Have a fun night at the movies with a friend or a family member. You’ll finally see that movie you’ve been dying to see, and you’ll have an enjoyable night! Remember to skip the popcorn though. 

6. Visit a local attraction – Make the most of your day off and check out a local museum or tourist attraction. You’ll have a fun field trip and learn more about your town or city!    

7. Take a day trip – A weekend getaway or a day trip is a great way to celebrate your recent achievements! You could grab some friends and spend the day at the beach or go hiking with the family. Make sure you pack some healthy snacks in a lunch bag to avoid the temptation of junk food!

8. Get a good night’s sleep – What better way to reward yourself than a good night’s sleep? Take certain steps to ensure that you’ll sleep the whole night through. Help yourself wind down in the evening by using aromatherapy oils or taking a bubble bath.

How do you reward yourself for a job well done? Let us know!

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5 Tips For Getting Out of Bed on Cold Mornings 19 January 16 01:23 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

5 Tips For Getting Out of Bed on Cold Mornings

If you’re not a morning person, you’re not alone. Waking up in the morning and crawling out of bed is never easy, but it’s even more difficult to do so in the cold winter months.

Staying under that warm, cozy blanket is tempting when you think of your work responsibilities and the hectic day ahead of you. That’s why we’re sharing some ways to make getting out of bed easier on cold, dark mornings. Even if you work the night shift, these tips are sure to come in handy if you struggle to wake up.

1. Change your alarm sound – Sure, loud, obnoxious alarm tones will do the trick, but they hardly make for a pleasant wake-up experience. Instead, why not choose some classical music or birds chirping or anything that’s preferable to loud wailing noises? These calming sounds contribute to a more natural wake up process where you won’t be tempted to throw your phone across the room.

2. Set your coffee maker’s timer – If you’re a coffee lover like me, nothing wakes you up like the tantalizing aroma of a freshly brewed batch. Getting out of bed on a cold winter’s morning will be so much easier if you know a steaming mug of coffee awaits you.

3. Jump right in the shower – A hot shower first thing in the morning will boost your circulation and feel amazing. To wake up even more, we recommend using a shower gel with mint, lime or another invigorating scent to leave you feeling alert and refreshed.

4. Have something to look forward to – If you need some convincing to roll out of bed, you might want to try focusing on something you actually want to do that morning. Instead of sleeping in, make an effort to wake up earlier so you have time for morning activities that you can look forward to. Maybe, you could drink coffee in bed, read a few pages of a favorite book, enjoy a warm breakfast or just relax for a few minutes before you start another busy day.

5. Lay out your clothes the night before – If you decide what to wear the night before, you’ll save time in the morning and feel better knowing you can wake up and simply get dressed. After all, there’s nothing worse than searching endlessly for a scrub top or a misplaced sock when you’re already running late. 

How do you force yourself out of bed in the mornings? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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