Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve certainly heard that this flu season is one of the worst in recent history. With widespread cases of influenza in virtually every state, all at the same time, health care providers everywhere are fighting to stay on top of the heavy patient load they are facing with this epidemic. This creates a stressful situation for both physicians, nurses, support staff, and patients.
So how do you handle such a challenging flu season? While you likely can’t avoid feeling the strain, there are some things that you can do to help protect your patients and yourself from further spreading illness. Continue reading “Handling a Challenging Flu Season”
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be taking place in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. Athletes from around the world will be competing for medals from February 9 to 25. The winter games are a wonderful theme which could be used to change things up during the cold days with your students. Talk about supporting Team USA for their hard work and determination in making it to the games. Be sure to check in with families at home. With diverse student populations, some families may have members who are going to participate in the games for another country. Incorporating other countries into the mix will encourage multilingual and multicultural pride and acceptance. Continue reading “Welcoming the Winter Olympic Games”
No one wants to feel like nothing more than an ID number on a file or a time-slot in a daily schedule. As a care provider, it is up to you to develop healthy relationships with your patients in order to give them the best quality care possible. Outcomes are often improved when there is a solid, trusting relationship between doctor and patient, so it’s worth your time to work to develop these connections. Here are a few important points to keep in mind as you work with your patients each day. Continue reading “Maintaining Healthy Patient-Provider Relationships”
The new year’s arrival allows us to reorganize our lives and start working toward making lots of positive changes. As in any profession, nursing has a few bad habits that are easy to fall into. While you’re getting other areas of your life in order with the start of the new year, take a little time to examine your personal practices at work and make sure that you’re staying out of the fray and not falling into these common traps. Continue reading “5 Bad Habits Every Nurse Needs to Avoid”
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects millions of people around the world. As winter is a cold season with short days and far less sunlight than the rest of the year, this has a serious effect on the mental and emotional health of many. For many medical professionals that work long days where they rarely see even a hint of sunlight, this can be an even greater issue. Whether you, your coworkers, or your patients are experiencing SAD, here are some tips that can help you to identify and deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Continue reading “Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder”
Work can become a tedious practice. Daily tasks can make it hard to find joy in your workday. Finding ways to make your workday more enjoyable is important to job satisfaction as well as creating a more positive office environment. Start creating opportunities for yourself and your coworkers to bring a little fun to the workplace and boost morale for everyone. Here are a few easy ideas to help you get started. Continue reading “7 Ways to Enjoy Your Workday”