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Perks of Being a Travel Nurse

January 20, 2017 • By

Perks of Being a Traveling Nurse

Want to enjoy all the thrills in life but cannot afford not having a stable career? As we all know that nursing is one of the highest paid professions in our country so adopting it as a career definitely means that one is aiming for the finest financial stability. For people who feel that nursing is all tedious job and offers very little recreational time, there is an option of becoming a traveling nurse which not only comes with monetary benefits but also with some amazing traveling opportunities. Following are some of the perks that traveling nurses enjoy and I would suggest that do give them a double thought prior to choosing your career option.

 

Your schedule will be flexible:

 

Intensive traveling can get draining but with a flexible schedule, you will be able to take out time for yourself. Your working hours depend upon your position so you can manage your schedule accordingly to take time out for your family and important events.

 

You’ll be well compensated:

 

We know very well that nurses are well compensated for overtime and the extra effort that they put into taking care of their patients. Traveling nurses are even more compensated than their stationary counterparts which mean that more money is coming in for the same amount of effort that any other nurse will be doing while staying at a particular place.

 

Additional costs will be covered:

 

Are you already worried about the expense that will go into your traveling and accommodation? Leave this thought behind because everything will be compensated and you’ll be receiving a traveling allowance. Some even cover meal plans. So exciting, right?

 

You’ll get to explore what you love about nursing:

 

You need your RN degree before becoming a traveling nurse. With travel nursing, you’ll be exploring a variety of areas which in turn will help you in deciding what you want for yourself and what do you want to choose as a career path ultimately.

 

You’ll learn skills beyond nursing:

 

This means that you are developing a number of other skills. How? You will be traveling to various areas where you will come across various kinds of people having different conditions and temperaments. You will learn to adapt to different situation and your critical thinking will also be enhanced.

 

You’ll meet people of all kinds:

 

As a traveling nurse, you will meet people from different walks of life which will broaden your horizon. You will learn something from their stories and will see that you yourself are becoming familiar with a number of values that you were unaware of previously. This not only helps in the growth of your career but also your personality.

 

Job security and room for advancement:

 

Nurses can never get out of demand because will get old and fall sick and would need somebody to take care of them. Your job security will last a longer time as compared to other professions and there is immense room for advancement.

 

No need to give up the things that you love:

 

People think that traveling nurses are secluded while they are on their assignments. Do not trust such people because they have zero information. You don’t have to leave behind your hobbies and lifestyle behind instead, you will get the opportunity to enjoy at various places.

If you are already thinking about all these perks then be ready to go on an adventure that awaits you badly. You don’t get such a chance quite often that you end up having a career that guarantees both enough money and spontaneity of experience. So if you are ready for the amazing times then be ready to keep a travel guide with yourself that will help you in knowing which the best activities to do in an area are or what are the best sites to visit.


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8 Myths About Nursing Homes

January 13, 2017 • By

8 Myths about Nursing Homes

Have you been misguided by any of your friends or a family member about the functioning of a nursing home? If people have come to you and said that nursing homes are not at all safe for your parents or any other family members and or if you have heard that the staff over there is not friendly and does not cater to the needs of the people living there properly, then trust me you have been consulting the wrong people the whole time. Following are some of the famous and commonly known myths about nursing homes that are entirely false and only serve to misguide people about them.

Another Name for a Hospital:

A nursing home is nowhere near to being a hospital. Instead, it provides health, medical, rehabilitative, and nursing facilities to all the patients living there. The inhabitants lead a completely normal lifestyle and do not follow any curfews or restrictive hours.

There is No Privacy:

It is a possibility that the highest level of privacy cannot be achieved while living in a nursing home because sometimes the room has to be shared with another resident. But this does not mean that the staff and other residents totally invade your right to privacy. The caregivers are also advised to respect the needs and private concerns of each and every resident.

Once Entered, You cannot Leave a Nursing Home:

Most nursing homes come with a goal to bring the residents back to their normal selves so that they can go back to their community to live with their loved ones. It is a misconception that a resident can only leave the home after his or her death. Once the desired level of rehabilitation is reached, a resident is sent back home or to another independent residential facility.

Residents are Not Visited Regularly by Family and Friends:

The family and friends of the residents are encouraged to visit often and can also place their concerns and suggestions at any time.

Meals are Not Appetizing:

Obviously, they have to keep in mind the health of all their residents and must ensure that they get proper nutrition but that does not mean that the taste of the meals is compromised. It is not easy to keep elderly patients happy, thus, they have to make sure that they get fewer complaints.

Patients are Given too Many Medicines:

The patients are only given those medicines that have been prescribed to them by their doctors and are in complete knowledge of the patient and his or her family.

Husbands and Wives Must Live Apart in a Nursing Facility:

The privacy of all the couples is respected by the staff. This is stated in the patient’s bill of rights that if they enter the nursing home with their partner, they can ask for the same room which will be easily provided to them.

Nursing Facility Residents Have to Surrender their Right to Make Decisions:

The nursing home residents do not surrender their right of making any decision to their caregiver. Though they have to be on his schedule but that does not mean that they cannot voice their personal needs and preferences.

Nursing homes basically come with such a social set up for their residents that they never feel lonely and can socialize to kill their time in the best possible way. They are encouraged to eat together and carry out activities that help in building friendly bonds among them while their medical treatment is carried out in the best possible way.


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3 Tips to Avoid Burnout for Nurses

November 2, 2016 • By

It is easy for new nurses to feel burnt out from their job, which can be overwhelming. The transition from studying the theories to applying them daily to actual patients is not as easy as it might look. Aside from the pressure of wanting to do good at work, nurses find themselves in a fast-paced environment and constantly feel the need to catch up. And more often than not, working fast doesn’t translate into quality work. That’s why a lot of new nurses question whether they have picked the right career path. Below are some tips that can help you cope with the stress and avoid burnout as a new nurse.

Be Prepared

There are instances in which new nurses question themselves on whether they have completed their tasks correctly or not. This can make them feel overwhelmed all the time. You can avoid this by being prepared before going to work. Continuous education is important even after you have graduated from nursing school and earned a license. If you are unfamiliar with a topic, you have encountered at work, review your notes or research about it. This will make you feel more comfortable when you find yourself in the same situation in the future.

Relax

Another important thing that you need to do at work is to stop worrying and relax. It is the best way to get rid of stress. By not getting rid of stress, you will be unhappy and burnt out in the long run. De-stressing can also help you stay motivated about work. The best way to relax is to find an activity that you enjoy such as sports or playing video games. You don’t need to take up an expensive hobby. Walking in the park or even just resting during your off days can help you stay happy with your chosen career.

Be Passionate about the Job

Instill in your mind that nursing is more than just a profession but a calling. Not everyone wants to serve other people as much as nurses do. If your heart and mind are telling you otherwise, then it is easy to lose interest in your job. As a new nurse, you should find the subspecialty within the profession that you want to specialize in. If you love teaching, then consider becoming a clinical instructor. If you enjoy being with kids, then find a job that deals with pediatrics. Being a nurse doesn’t mean that you are limited to a job in a hospital.

These are the ways that you can cope with stress as a new nurse. Just follow these tips and you can avoid being overwhelmed and burnt out in the long run.


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How to Improve Productivity Among Your Senior Care Staff

September 26, 2016 • By

As the holidays approach, your senior care workers will get busy with festivities. From planning, to shopping, to socializing and everything in between, work starts to take a back seat to the holiday season. The problem is, your residents still deserve a high level of care, and it’s up to your senior care workers to deliver it. So what can you do to help your employees stay engaged with their work as their motivation slips?

Five ways to encourage hard work during the holidays

The key to staff productivity is to balance equal parts fun, management support and clear expectations.

make it easy for your staff to understand what you expect of them, provide the feedback they need to do a good job, and introduce opportunities for fun and work-life balance into the workday. Consider any of the following:

  1. Plan ahead for time off. Everyone wants time to spend with their loved ones during the holiday season. Being stuck at work and unable to do this can be incredibly demotivating. So, in advance of the holidays, have a meeting with your senior care staff to ensure everyone gets some time off, and all shifts are covered.
  2. You can put employees and residents in a festive, upbeat mood by decorating your facility. Everyone can take part during regularly scheduled breaks, or take short rotating breaks to get the job done. It’s something fun and lighthearted, and a good way to spread holiday cheer—helping your staff love where they work.
  3. Don’t skimp on regular meetings. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, don’t let your 1:1 meetings with your workers fall by the wayside. Feedback on their performance is how your workers can measure their progress and know whether they’re doing a good job so they can take steps to improve their performance or keep up the good work.
  4. Bring treats. The holidays usher in piles of delicious treats loved by all. Coffee and pastries, cookies or a special employee lunch shows your workers you care and you want them to be happy year ‘round. This can add to job satisfaction and productivity.
  5. Encourage wellness. The added stress of holiday commitments on top of work can cause your workers to get run down. This can lead to decreased performance and sick leave. So during the holidays, more than any other time of year, encourage your workers to take good care of themselves through nutrition, hydration, stress management and plenty of rest.

Looking to staff up for the holidays?

If you need to cover employee leaves of absence or simply need more workers, contact Clinical Resources. We’ll help you find and place the right candidates for your open job opportunities. To learn more, contact our experienced staffing experts today!


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Guilty of Job Hopping? How to Handle It in an Interview

September 23, 2016 • By

The job market offers a wide variety of career opportunities. For this reason, it’s more common now than ever before to change jobs every few years and try new things. Still, hiring managers may get suspicious if they see too many short-lived job titles on your resume (less than two years). You want to make yourself as attractive to a potential employer as possible and explain away any job hopping you may have done. So what can you say?

Maybe you were laid off, maybe your spouse got a new job and you needed to relocate, or maybe you decided a position just wasn’t for you. During your interview, you can spin your frequent job moves in a positive way. Here’s how.

  1. Be honest. During an interview, as with most things in life, honesty is the best policy. Some reasons for changing jobs are out of your control; for example, company downsizing. But for changes that were within your control, be prepared to give a reasonable explanation for your jumps. If you can frame frequent job moves in terms of career growth, this will help your cause tremendously. For example, maybe you quickly moved from one job to another because you were promoted. Or maybe you decided you needed to acquire a skill hands-on and your current position simply could not provide this experience. Hiring managers like to hear about how you took initiative—not about how you’re picky.
  2. List the skills you acquired. We have the unique opportunity in today’s world to be and do just about anything we can dream of. Rather than spike out years of tenure at each position, it can help to frame your experience as just that: As you moved from job to job, describe to the hiring manager all the new things you learned and how you were able to get better in your career. This can include specific education and training, or soft skills, such as good communication or project management.
  3. Explain you want to settle down. We all reach a point when we’ve found what we’re looking for—and hiring managers want to be that pinnacle. The best hires are ready to be loyal and stick with a company. So during your interview, be prepared to state you’re ready to commit and why. Maybe this is just the job you’ve been looking for; it’s important to say so.

Be ready to talk about you!

During an interview, it’s all about you. So be prepared to tell the hiring manager how your wide array of experience will help you contribute to this particular position. Highlighting your value is key to any interview.

Looking for a job you can get excited about?

Maybe you’ve been job hunting and you haven’t yet found the role you want to commit to. Let Clinical Resources help! We’ll work with you to understand your career goals and find a position you love. To learn more, contact us today!


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What are Nurses Looking for in Company Culture?

September 10, 2016 • By

Corporate culture is a common phrase these days. Now more than ever, employees want to work in a setting they feel good about—one that aligns with their work ethic and beliefs. Your nurses have entered a field that helps them make the world a better place, one patient a time. And most are looking for a facility culture that reflects this and helps them deliver care to best of their ability.

Five features of the best healthcare company cultures

Your culture will help you attract talented nurses to your organization—it’s one of the most valuable cards in your hand. To this end, your company culture should focus on:

  1. Training and safety.

    Nurses need the right tools to do their jobs well. This includes regular inservices about important topics such as sharps safety; proper lifting technique; infection containment; and developments in current diseases such as flu strains, Zika virus, etc. Timely reminders of proper technique and company policy will help your nurses—and your patients—stay safe and healthy.

  2. Idea inclusion.

    Everyone’s thoughts are important and can make your facility stronger as a whole. During department meetings, you should reinforce the notion that all suggestions shall be heard, considered and respected.

  3. Employee wellness.

    If your nurses aren’t healthy, they can’t keep your patients healthy. Behaviors such as good nutrition, proper hydration, smoking cessation, adequate sleep and emotional health maintenance should all be encouraged. If your facility has a wellness program, resources should be featured to help nurses stay their healthiest. This can include nutritious food options in the cafeteria and vending machines, water coolers at every station, stop smoking support, a limit on length of shifts, etc.

  4. It’s critical for your workers to do the right thing for the right reason. Your main goal is high-quality patient care, but also employee satisfaction. Unethical practices at work should not be tolerated, and you should hold regular meetings about employee integrity. You should have a staff member your nurses can go to with concerns, who will keep all conversations confidential—a no retaliation policy is essential. You should encourage your nurses to say something if they see something that’s not right occurring at your facility.
  5. Education and career growth.

    Helping your nurses advance their careers can only help your facility. Opportunities for continuing education are one way to help your staff maintain their credentials and grow in their nursing careers.

Employees care about company culture

Nurses want to be proud of where they work. You can build a strong culture in your facility by employing any of the above practices.

Looking to strengthen your nursing staff?

Maybe your facility has grown, you’re in a peak season or you’re down a few nurses. Whatever the reason, Clinical Resources can help you staff up. To learn more, contact one of our experienced recruiters today!


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Three Common RN Job Search Mistakes

September 5, 2016 • By

Nurses are in high demand, but that doesn’t discount the value of your job search. You’ll still need to work hard to ensure you beat out your competition and land the travel nurse jobs you want most. In other words: It’s never OK to get lazy in your job search if you want to keep working toward your nursing career goals. So what should you do to maximize your job search efforts?

Keep your job search skills polished and in top shape by steering clear of the following:

  1. A lack of career goals.

    If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. And if you live by this motto, you’ll help improve many aspects of your professional and personal life as well as your job search. It’s critical to know what type of job you’re looking for, what size facility serving what type of patient population, etc. You may even wish to narrow down the city or geographic region in which you’d prefer to work. This way, while you’re searching for potential nursing jobs, you’ll be able to narrow down your options much more easily. This can also make your job search faster and more efficient if you’re working with a recruiter.

  2. A generic cover letter and resume.

    Don’t make the hiring manager feel like an afterthought. No hiring manager can get to know you unless you customize your cover letter and resume to fit each position you apply for. Your cover letter should illustrate (with a story or specific example) exactly why you’re a good fit for this particular job. Your resume should list what skills and experience have prepared you to be the perfect candidate for this job, and you may wish to rearrange your job history and clinical experience—with the most applicable items listed first. You can imagine how a form letter or generic catch-all resume could hurt your job search.

  3. Not being prepared.

    You can’t look into your crystal ball and know all the questions an interviewer will ask you. But you can be prepared by practicing answers to common interview questions, just in case they come up. A simple Google search of “travel nurse interview questions and answers” should put you well on your way to acing your upcoming interview.

Work with a recruiter

To get the most out of your travel nurse job search, consider working with a travel nurse recruiter. You’ll gain access to a longer list of job opportunities—both advertised and un-advertised. Plus, your recruiter will help make your time-to-hire that much quicker and easier. That’s because recruiters are experts at what they do, and can help you find a travel nurse job in a fraction of the time it would take searching on your own.

Looking for your next travel nurse job?

Then Clinical Resources is looking for you! We place travel nurse candidates with positions that match with your career goals. To learn more, contact us today!


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How to Keep Your Staff Cool in “Heated” Situations

August 29, 2016 • By

Conflict among co-workers can be inevitable. This is especially true in work environments that require a high level of productivity. In long-term care, your nurses and healthcare staff have the health and well-being of residents in their hands, which can be stressful — and tensions can arise.

As a manager, knowing how to handle conflict in the workplace is one of your greatest skills. You must keep harmony within your team, while reminding everyone of the rules and to respect the professional opinions of others. Here’s what you can do when conflict rears its ugly head.

Key steps in conflict resolution

During an employee squabble, follow these steps to restore peace:

  1. Separate the staff members.

    Whether it’s a minor disagreement or a full-on yelling match, tempers are flaring and your workers need to calm down. This is best accomplished by removing the nurses or healthcare workers from the present situation and letting them get some distance from each other.

  2. Speak with them individually.

    There are two or more sides to every story, and you can get a clearer picture of what happened by talking one-on-one with each person involved in the conflict. You’ll need to remain an objective third party, but will be able to get a better idea of what happened and why.

  3. Outline the consequences of their actions.

    In times of conflict, you’ll need to lend an ear but also be “the heavy” who reminds your staff of your expectations. If any rules were broken in the altercation, you’ll need to bring this up — but also remind your staff that everyone is expected to be a level-headed professional for the good of the patients and the entire organization. Conflict can harm the team synergy and work environment since everyone must work together. Continued conflict can result in warnings, probation or even termination, based on your facility’s policy. Depending on the nature of the conflict, you may also need to involve human resources.

  4. Speak as a group to resolve the issue.

    Once you’ve taken all employees’ opinions into consideration, you’ll need to hold a team meeting and discuss how to resolve the issue as a group. It can help to have an idea in mind, present this to the group and then modify it based on their feedback. Be sure not to single any employees out or make examples of them — this can add to tension within your team.

The good news?

Conflict resolution can often make your team stronger. It can help you uncover policies or procedures that may need to be amended. It can also help your staff understand each other and work together as a team.

In need of new workers?

Unfortunately, ongoing conflict can also lead to the need for termination if a resolution is not reached. And if you’re in need o29f healthcare staff supplementation, Clinical Resources can help. We place nurses and other healthcare staff with positions across the country. To learn more, contact our experienced recruiters today!

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How to Answer the Most Common Nursing Interview Question

August 25, 2016 • By

Are you ready for your upcoming nursing interview? Practice can help ease your nerves and get you ready to deliver a cool, confident, killer interview. As you prepare, one of your most important considerations should be your answer to the most common nurse interview question.

“Why do you want to work in the nursing industry?”

Of course, a potential employer wants to understand your motivation. That’s because passionate nurses are the best hires — they care about their patients, they’re positive, and they want to make a difference in the world. Who wouldn’t want to work with people like that? Nurses who whistle while they work make the best teammates! So how should you answer this important interview question?

Be a storyteller!

Everyone loves a story. So when you brainstorm your answer to this question, make it in the form of a story. Simply explain the time when you first realized you wanted to be a nurse and how that led you down the road to choosing your education and beginning your formal nursing career.

For example:

“I first knew I wanted to be a nurse when I was 11. My grandmother had fallen and broken her hip, and I went to visit her in the hospital. She was nervous about an upcoming procedure, but the head nurse on her unit was very kind. The nurse came in for a regular visit one day while I was there and was gentle and positive with my grandmother. She explained the procedure and answered all grandma’s questions. I noticed the more she was around grandma, the more grandma relaxed about being in the hospital. I knew then that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, and help them feel more at ease when they’re sick. When I was in high school, I chose a nursing school that I felt would give me the best education. I’ve had experiences working in hospital settings and also with geriatric patients, and I try to be as kind and supportive as the head nurse was with my grandmother.”

It just takes a little planning

Don’t let yourself get caught off guard by nursing interview questions. With a little forethought and planning, you’ll be ready to go come interview day!

A good recruiter can help

If you’re looking to line up an interview for your next nursing job, Clinical Resources can help. We specialize in placing nurses with travel positions that help you learn and grow in your nursing career. To learn more, contact Clinical Resources today!ClinicalResources_HZ_Contact Us


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The Most Important Question to Ask Nursing Candidates

August 22, 2016 • By

It’s vital to your facility to employ the best and brightest nurses. This adds to the quality of care you’re able to provide patients, and boosts your facility’s reputation. The interview process is your time to get to know the employees you may be spending 40-plus hours per week with better. So you’ll want to be choosy — and you can uncover nurses you may wish to eliminate from the candidate pool with one key question.

“What is your desired salary?”

Employers commonly ask this question during the interview process to help assess budgetary needs: Will this nurse fit onto the payroll or not? Also, asking about desired salary can help an interviewer determine more than just dollars. After all, different people work for very different reasons, and placing dollar amounts on duties can help you form a clearer picture of a nurse’s motivation and work ethic.

To help give you context for salary requests, you’ll first want to research what nurses typically make in your area for the same position. This will help you get a ballpark estimate: You’ll want to know the low and high ranges, as well as the average. Then, based on a nurse’s answer to “What is your desired salary?” consider the following:

  • Unrealistic expectations.

    When you have a clear idea in your mind of what other nurses make for this position, an expected salary that is inexplicably high will let you know this nurse may expect too much, due to ego or even greed. A nurse with an attitude could be a source of conflict and tension within your team, and may be a hire who is best avoided.

  • All about the money.

    A high salary request could also point to a nurse who is in the business for the wrong reasons. The best nursing candidates are passionate about what they do, and want to help others through their care and treatment. But a nurse who is only in it for the money could lack these qualities — caring not for the overall mission of the facility, but only about their own wallet. And hiring this type of candidate could spell trouble in terms of the quality of care your facility is known for.

  • Desperate for employment.

    On the other end of the salary spectrum is a nurse who is willing to work for too little compensation. This can be a red flag all its own. An employer must question why the nurse undervalues their skills, or what has happened in the past to make the nurse feel the need to accept anything. It could simply be a lack of confidence, which could be an issue in an occupation that works to instill patients’ hope and trust. Or the nurse may have been let go from past positions. Further interview questions can help you understand a nurse’s motivation for a low salary request.

The answer you’re looking for

The best answer to a question about desired salary level is a reasonable one: I would like to make roughly $X annually, which is slightly more than I currently make. This shows that a nursing candidate desires to advance in their career, but is reasonable about salary expectations.

Your source for qualified nursing candidates

The experienced healthcare staffing professionals at Clinical Resources will work with you to find and place the nursing candidates your facility needs. To learn more, contact us today!ClinicalResources_HZ_Contact Us


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