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”
In a medical environment, providing constructive feedback to those under your supervision can mean the difference between life and death in some situations. No one enjoys being told that they are doing something wrong or getting “caught in the act” when they’re using shortcuts or practices that are against policy; however, providing feedback and corrective criticism doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. Here are a few key tips that will help you to give feedback that is heard clearly and more likely to be acted upon. Continue reading “Keys to Effective Feedback and Truly Constructive Criticism”
Welcome to 2017! We have a fresh, new start to the year, and it’s filled with opportunities to improve ourselves, hone our professional abilities, and have a little fun. You might have already made a list of resolutions that include the old standbys of losing weight, eating healthier, or saving more money, but it’s a perfect time to start on the way to achieving new professional goals or creating good work habits with some extra resolutions. Here are a few easy ideas that can help you make 2017 a successful new year in your professional life. Continue reading “Five New Year’s Resolutions for Medical Professionals”
People, as a collective, are creatures of habit. They want to feel secure and familiar with the people they entrust with the important things in life, like their own or their family’s health and well-being. Changing to a new physician is a very difficult thing for many people and understandably so. Starting over when you have reached a level of trust and familiarity with a medical professional can be extremely hard to swallow. And while you may not be exactly like their old doctor, here are some tips that will help you to begin to gain the same level of trust from new patients. Continue reading “Tips for Working with New Patients”
School nurses are faced with a wide range of tasks in their day, from determining whether a little one is suffering from a stomachache or trying to avoid a math test to students who require assistance with ongoing, severe medical problems. Because of this extreme range of responsibilities, it’s important for those practicing school nursing to stay on top of the latest developments in the medical field and to seek additional education and training certifications on a wide range of topics.
In order to determine what additional training and supplemental education may be useful, school nurses should take a look at their student body and what medical issues those students may face. Additionally, talking with school health professionals in schools that feed into their school can give an idea of the medical issues of incoming students in the next couple of years. Other nurses may have personal topics of interest for which they would like to seek additional education. Continue reading “Best Supplemental Education and Training Ideas for School Nurses”
In a perfect world, we would all spend our days surrounded by happy patients who never are upset, never complain, and who are always compliant to requests. However, the reality is that nearly every single medical professional will need to deal with a difficult patient at some point, if not on a regular basis. So what are we to do when patients are rude, belligerent, or defiant? Here are some tips to help you handle any situation with grace. Continue reading “Seven Tips for Handling Difficult Patients”