‘General’ Archive

Travel Nursing Tips: Winter Weather Edition

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Things have been pretty chilly lately, even here in sunny San Diego! Okay fine, we’re pretty lucky at Aya, but some of our travel nurses might not have as easy of a time if they are on  an assignment in an area with real weather.  We’ve consulted the CDC’s website in order to provide a few winter weather tips that will make living in a colder climate while on your travel nursing job easier to cope with. 

 First and foremost: Make sure your home is winterized!

  • Check insulation, and buy storm windows and weather stripping.
  • Clean those rain gutters—look for roof leaks in the process!
  • Get your heater professionally serviced.

 Secondly, your transportation needs to be winter-ready as well.

  • Perform maintenance on the radiation and check the antifreeze levels
  • Snow tries are obviously necessary in the snow, but no matter where you live, it is important to check tire pressure.  All Weather tires are a good idea.
  • Create an emergency kit to keep in your car in case of an accident or malfunction: ley factors will be blankets, water, and snacks.  Jumper cables and a flashlight are also a must. *

And travel nurses, we know you are committed to your jobs, but please please please, avoid traveling when the weather service has issued an advisory!  You can always contact the shift head and explain the situation.

This post is not exhaustive, but hopefully can provide some helpful tips for travel nurses in cold and unfamiliar climates. We do our best at Aya Healthcare to make sure our travel nurses are well prepared for anything that make happen while they are on their travel nursing assignment!

Does a travel nursing job sounds like an exciting opportunity for you?  Have a comment or question about the site? We want to hear from you! Please call us at 1-866-687-7390 and ask to speak with a  recruiter! We can’t wait to here from you!  If you know that travel nursing is for you, register online, and we will be in contact with you shortly!

*source: http://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/

Travel Nursing News: New Research about Rn’s Health

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

You know the feeling where your feet feel as if they have bloated three times their normal size? You aren’t alone! A recent study completed for MedSurg Nursing revealed that lack of information regarding footwear is causing nurses unnecessary pain and suffering.  A travel nursing assignment is stressful enough on its own; the last thing you want are your little piggies cramping up on the job!  Luckily, there is a remedy:

“employers should consider how to improve the working environment… [and] nurses should become educated regarding the need to purchase new shoes every six months” (Nealy, McCaskill, Conway, 359)*.

A new pair of shoes, and the ability to sit down every now and then can greatly improve the way you feel at work.  We know that in this economy, everyone is looking to stretch his or her resources as much as possible, but when you’re moving about all day (saving lives no less), skimping on footwear is not worth it!  A travel nursing job can be a great experience that presents its own unique challenges, but foot pain is not a hurdle that needs to be jumped! What are some other ways you think hospitals can make institutional changes to benefit nurses feet and overall health?

Does a travel nursing job sounds like an exciting opportunity for you?  Have a comment or question about the site? We want to hear from you! Please call us at 1-866-687-7390 and ask to speak with a  recruiter! We can’t wait to here from you!  If you know that travel nursing is for you, register online, and we will be in contact with you shortly!

*source: http://www.medsurgnursing.net/archives/12nov/354.pdf

Hospital Trends and Travel Nurses

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

 

The New Year has arrived! We know that people make new years resolutions, but what about hospitals?  Our research indicates that hospitals are striving to (surprise), become more efficient and both reduce costs and improve outcomes.  One of the best ways to eliminate needless expenditures is to improve care- or what you guys do as nurses! 

You are probably already aware of bias and take pains to avoid using them when giving care, but hospitals are going to make these hazards more clear then ever in the future.  To re-familiarize yourself, we have provided the three main biases found in giving care: conformation bias, pro-intervention bias, and pro-technology bias.  

 

  1. Confirmation Bias: A caregiver wants to think that a patient received the correct medication, selects a drug because it’s in the place where the right one was before and where it ought to still be, even if it isn’t.
  2. Pro-Intervention Bias: The belief that no matter what, it is better for a caregiver to perform a procedure or prescribe a medication than to do nothing, because otherwise, what use would the caregiver have?
  3. Pro-Technology BiasThe belief that a new device, drug, procedure, or approach is better for no other reason than that it is complicated, or expensive, or new. *

Being aware and familiar with these psychological missteps can both save you time at work and help you be an even better nurse.  Plus, knowing these concepts ahead of time can make you look good in front of your co-workers ;) 

We have taken pains in previous posts about travel nursing to state that it is important for a travel nurse to be prepared to work on their very first day—there is little to no training and you are expected to fire on all cylinders.  Knowledge of the above biases can only help you be adequately prepared for future travel nursing jobs!

Does a travel nursing job sounds like an exciting opportunity for you? OR do you  have any questions about the above? We want to hear from you! Please call us  at 1-866-687-7390 so we can get started on finding you your dream job!

 

* Source: Health Leaders media- http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/page-1/QUA-287860/13-Top-Healthcare-Buzzwords-for-2013

 

 

Nurses Top Gallup Honesty Poll, Again!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The aftermath  of the holidays can leave us feeling elated and weary all at the same time, so we at Aya thought it would be an appropriate time to send out some great news to pick you up form that holiday-hangover!  For over a decade (13 years in a row!!), you have ranked in the top position for honesty and ethics as judged by customers, or in your case, happy patients! Go a head a pat yourselves on the back, nurses, this is a wonderful achievement that speaks volumes about your dedication and skills.  Bring in the new year feeling great about your job!

Disaster Nursing

Monday, November 5th, 2012

With much of the east coast still reeling from the devastation incurred from Hurricane Sandy, we at Aya Healthcare thought it would be a good idea to highlight the role of nurses during large scale disasters. Nurses comprise the largest healthcare workgroup in most countries and are at the forefront of the healthcare response to disasters.  The disruptions in a community resulting from the impact of a hazardous event have varying impacts on nursing and the provision of health care. Essentially, nurses, along with other emergency response groups, are the fabric that hold healthcare together when a disaster strikes. Here are a few ways that nurses can be most effective in emergency situations:

Critical Thinking. Though it may seem redundant, the best thing a nurse can bring to a disaster is their wits. With a strong knowledge base of the community and its potential resources, nurses are in a key position to assist with the necessary problem-solving required during a disaster. A nurse in a disaster must be aware of local needs, and furthermore, understanding gaps in current disaster plans and envisioning improvements for greater functionality are valuable components of nurses’ critical thinking capabilities.  A nurse on a travel nursing assignment can recognize similar flaws anywhere they travel, and  can work with staff nurses to best implement healthcare to all.

Adaptability. A disaster introduces confusion and interprets well-laid plans and nurses must fluidly adapt to changing conditions.  Nurses may need to provide care in a crowded emergency department (ED), or at the scene of the event, or in a quickly converted hospital cafeteria, or in a makeshift tent. It is no stretch of the imagination to argue that travel nurses have distinct advantage in this area– they are already used to altering practices and procedure based on SOP at the hospital they find themselves at.

Leadership.  Nurses must utilize their leadership abilities to coordinate and organize efforts during all stages of a disaster. Nurses in leadership positions must address the overall healthcare response. A nurse on travel assignment is likely to defer to someone who has a staff position, but do not be discouraged from giving ideas and advice!  Disaster response is a team effort and everyone must bring something to the table.

ABC did a piece on the actions of Nurses during Hurricane Sandy:

Aya Healthcare knows just how important nurses working travel nursing jobs can be in aiding healthcare facilities. We applauder your efforts during these especially challenging times and hope that you are able to weather the out the storm! If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 1-866-687-7390.

 

The Art of Appreciation

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Every week Aya Healthcare circulates a mini newsletter which includes an advice section to internal employees.  This week our advice section focused on the Art of Appreciation: Tips on How to Recognize Others Great Works.

There is a lot of value when it comes to appreciating fellow employees and the people that we care about. Not only does it help promote positivity, it affirms good actions and compels people to progress.  Here are 5 tips to help you recognize the important people in your life.

1) Specify exactly what you are praising: “Hard work” and “Great Job” are general testimonials that do not show specifically what you like about what the person is doing. It is important to identify the exact actions that you like, so that the person you are appreciating knows what you are praising.

2) Be immediate when you recognize: When you immediately recognize someone’s good work, they are usually more self-aware of their actions and continue to keep it up.

3) Don’t hide appreciation: Appreciation is not something you should hide. It works best when you publicly recognize. Show you appreciation in front of people like in meetings, in front of team members, and management.

4) Show the relation: Relate the action done with how if affects your life, your team or the organization.

5) Write it Down: With the dawn of email and text messages, the hand written note or card has gained even more value when showing appreciation.


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