As a healthcare professional, you are well aware that it takes a certain tirelessness just to keep up with, much less excel at, everything your job demands. Between managing patients, tasks, and the odd crisis, the work never seems to end. It’s this very nature of the field that means you will eventually need to take some time off to maintain your health and sanity, whether it’s for a long-awaited exotic vacation with your significant other or to spend a few days in bed recovering from a case of stress-induced pneumonia you caught after pulling 49 straight overnight shifts. When the time does come, don’t just clock out and take off running for the hills without warning. Here are a few tips to help you ensure everything continues running smoothly in your absence while you’re off relaxing. Continue reading “Tips for Taking Time Off”
Perhaps more so than any other healthcare job, working in nursing affords you the opportunity to have emotional experiences that will stick with you – forever. Whether it’s making a special connection with a patient or sharing an inspiring moment with a mentor or colleague, just about every nurse has that one special moment that defines their careers.
So… what’s yours? That’s right! After an inexplicable year off (sorry about that), My Special Nursing Moment is back and better than ever in 2018. In honor of National Nurses Week, share your sure to be inspiring special nursing moment in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win $100 Visa gift card!
How do we know your stories will tug at our heart strings? Because if past years’ My Special Nursing Moment contests have taught us anything, you’ll need your tissues ready as you browse the comments. See below for a few tearjerkers from years past, and don’t forget to celebrate National Nurses Week the only way it should be celebrated: by being the awesome nurses you are.
“The time that sticks with me the most is when we got a homeless gentleman in with frostbite. He was a veteran and was having a hard time getting situated in life. He stated that the small bag of clothes with one pair of socks, jeans with holes, and a couple shirts was all he had. We all pitched in and the nurses on our floor ended up getting him a couple suitcases full of new clothes and some warm winter clothes as well. We got him shaved and showered. In his new clothes he looked like a new man. He was very grateful for everything we did for him. The look on his face when he woke up and found the clothes was priceless.” – Chasalee
“I am an OB nurse. A patient came into the office in preterm labor. We told her not to push. The hospital was right across the street. She pushed anyway. We delivered the little preterm baby in the hallway of our office, while her family went to pull the car around… It has been about six years now. I see the family from time to time. When I see the little boy, I thank God that I was able to be part of his exciting birth. I am even more thankful that he and mom did well and are both healthy at this point.” – Temisha W.
“I was starting my shift and one of my patients was a 15-year old girl who had new diagnosis of MS. She couldn’t see and was bored. After rounds were done, I went into her room and she was sitting in the dark… She had tears rolling down her face. She told me that she didn’t know what or why this had happened to her but that she would beat it, but she was scared. We talked for the longest time and she left a BIG impact on my heart! It changed the way I looked at my patients. I saw her a few months ago and she squealed and hugged me when she saw me she told me that she had planned to commit suicide until that night. Now she is in her second year of college and is in remission and doing well.” – Kelly O.
“I was the administrator of an HH office and received a referral from an MD for wound care to a gentleman. Pretty common type referral, right? Wrong. When I sent the nurse, she found an 80-year old man living in a smoke shed with no running water and 30 cats and 1 dog living there with him, he knew the number as my nurse could not count them all… The first visit he told me he had lost his wife many years ago and could not live in the house where they were together so many years and found this abandoned shed where he stayed. I cleaned his wounds and dressed them and when leaving he followed me outside. I hugged his neck and told him I would be back tomorrow and thanked him for allowing me to come. A tear began to run down his cheek. I knew he had not been hugged for many tears, since his precious wife had passed away. He told me he had a gift for me, and he went and got a box of candy out of the trunk of the old car and handed it to me. I took it knowing he wanted to give something back for the love and caring he felt.” – Judy T.
“I rushed to the patient’s home to fulfill my duties as a nurse: declare the time of death, contact the funeral home etc. After spending three hours with the family of this beautiful lady… it was time to say goodbye to them. As I said goodbye and offered my condolences to the family her daughter reached out to hug me. She wept as she thanked me. She thanked me for my words and for my silence… for treating her mother with dignity, even in death. She thanked me for being a bit of light during such a difficult time. I responded by telling her that it was my pleasure to be there for her and her family and for her mother. As I drove away a huge sense of gratitude came over me… this is what I do! I AM A SERVANT!” – Melissa G.
Share your special nursing moments below for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.
Happy Nurses Week from all of us at Soliant!
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Life as a travel nurse comes with a built-in set of logistical challenges. Even when you’re relatively unencumbered in your personal affairs, it can be stressful enough having to spend time every couple of months finding a new assignment, securing a place to stay, and dealing with your mom calling you every three hours to harass you as you try to explain to her yet again that no, you’re not moving home this time just because she needs help unloading her groceries from the car. When you add a beloved pet into the equation, things can get even more complicated.
We know you care more about your furbabies than life itself, and that, when it comes to selecting new assignments, making sure they are comfortable and well taken care of is as much of a consideration as your own access to indoor plumbing (hey, your pets seems to do okay without it). That being the case, here are a few things to keep in mind if you want your furry friends to remain a part of your travel nursing lifestyle. Continue reading “Travel Nursing With Pets”
At Soliant, we’ve spent the last 25 years making lives better. Having evolved through our proverbial childhood and adolescence, we have finally achieved adulthood. It’s time our online presence reflected the wisdom and now well-defined personality that that growth entails.
Like the noble phoenix rising from the ashes, a beautiful butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, or the nerd character in an ‘80s teen movie getting a makeover at the mall, Soliant too must transform anew as our next phase dawns. We redesigned our website in order to offer a cleaner, more seamless online experience for you and all our clients that reflects the genial, service-oriented culture that we are so proud to have spent the last quarter of a century building. Welcome to the new and improved soliant.com!
We continually strive to accommodate our clients with a personal touch so as to make their experiences with us as easy and comfortable as possible. Now, soliant.com offers the same level of service. The redesign features improved navigability, including straightforward, easy-to-access search and browsing functions, as well as full mobile-friendly functionality, so you can search for jobs and get industry updates anytime and on the go. It also boasts a warm, bright new look that reflects the friendly, welcoming environment we have worked hard to cultivate over the years.
We couldn’t be more excited about the revamped soliant.com – not just because it looks pretty (although it sure does, if we do say so ourselves). But mostly because we are confident that it will help us connect skilled clinicians with crucial job openings more efficiently and effectively. So please, take a few minutes to browse around, gawk at the shiny new graphics, and bask in the intuitive usability. Once you’re ready to get back to making a difference in your patients’ lives, we’ll be better equipped than ever to support you.
It’s that time of year again. The sun is getting just a little bit lower in the sky, the little league fields are emptying, and every other commercial on TV is for a new sale at the Gap. It must be back to school season! While most grown-ups may have long forgotten the particular joys and agonies of this time of year, having repressed them deep down inside along with any and all bathroom-related kindergarten incidents and hormones-gone-wild high school embarrassments, school-based therapists and nurses get to experience them over and over again! What a delight.
While you school healthcare professionals might like to believe a lot has changed for you since that fateful first day of 3rd grade when Billy Thompson gave you a swirly (yes, we know about that. The world will never forget), the truth is that going back to school is the same as it ever was for you. Skeptical? Here are a few aspects of going back to school that haven’t changed a bit since you were spritely, bright-eyed youth. Continue reading “Back to School for Healthcare Providers”
For all you Amazon Warrior Women raised in single-sex isolation, this statement may shock you (everyone else, not so much): men can be awfully stubborn.
Whether out of pride, laziness, or some misplaced sense of machismo, many men don’t like to ask for help, preferring to appear fully in control of their own destiny. Because it’s ingrained practically from birth by media stereotypes (the Judd Apatow Manchild, the Slovenly Sitcom Dad, the Gran Torino Grandpa, etc.), emboldened by romanticized images of athletes “playing through the pain,” and further entrenched by too many real-life role models, this attitude can be difficult to overcome. It can be kind of endearing when the stakes are low – sure, Joe, you decided to spend 16 hours trimming the lawn with a pair of scissors because you read online that it keeps weeds away, not because you didn’t want to admit you don’t know how to start the lawnmower. Sure. But it can literally be deadly when applied to one of the most common bugaboos of modern manhood – going to the doctor. Continue reading “A Men’s Health Month Wake-Up Call”