Making the decision to temporarily work as a nurse somewhere you’ve never been and with people you’ve never met takes a lot of courage, but an endeavor like this can have huge payoffs. Nurses on travel assignments encounter dozens of opportunities to grow their knowledge, experience, and connections, and all it takes is an effort to network. Continue reading “How Networking Can Help Nurses on Travel Assignments”
In 2003, the Human Genome Project was completed. This thirteen-year project was supposed to revolutionize the world of medicine, and it did help scientists understand a great deal more about the human genetic condition. It also raised considerably more questions. At the time everyone thought medicine would soon be developed to treat specific people based on their genetic information. Medicine has developed even further in the last eight years, but there are currently only a handful of medications that factor genetic information. A new genetic study of ovarian cancer may increase the ability of physicians, scientists, and pharmacists to personalize medicine even further. Continue reading “Personalized Medicine for Ovarian Cancer”
You may not be thinking about physical therapy, and sports medicine in particular, when you turn on your television February 6, but you should. Without a physical therapist on the team, just how many of those players would ever make it to the Super Bowl? Considering the amount of damage a player takes each season, the answer is: not many. In fact, even with physical therapists and doctors available before, during, and after each game, some players are still unable to play through the entire season. For all of those players that are on the field during the Super Bowl, however, you can thank their sports medicine team. Continue reading “Super Bowl XLV 2011 – Sports Medicine Saves the Game”
Stand-alone health insurance for trips abroad is something a lot of people decline…sometimes with a pride akin to triumphing over that electronics sales person who was pushing an extended warranty.
But unlike an Xbox 360, being more covered than you need could be a matter of life and death (or at least bankruptcy and financial prosperity) when it comes to your health in a foreign land…
…Here are eight of the most common people who may think they don’t need travel health insurance (but really might) and what they need to know:
It’s rare for us to get to meet our travelers but this week we had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with many of them over dinner. An attempt to thank a group of employees working in the area turned into an opportunity to swap stories, gain a better appreciation of life as a travel healthcare professional and learn.
For example, below is one of the many conversations that took place as we honored a group of Soliant travel healthcare professionals that are currently on assignment with us.
Nurse: I told the doctor to hush because we were in a call to order.
Recruiter: What’s a call to order?
Nurse: A call to order is when the operating room team discusses the scheduled surgery to confirm we are all in agreement on the procedure.
Recruiter: That’s probably a good thing.
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of healthcare staffing gets in the way of expressing our appreciation for you but we want all of you that call Soliant home to know that we deeply appreciate your service. We couldn’t do our job without you.
Nursing is a truly inspiring and thoroughly rewarding career like no other, however, for all of the amazing things we experience on a daily basis, there are also tough parts to deal with, like stress, long hours and struggling to make time for family. Yet, despite these struggles, nursing is full of exceptional people that do amazing life changing things.
If you’ve decided to become a nurse, it’s likely that you’ve been inspired by some wonderful and caring nurses that you have encountered throughout your life – we know we have. These nurses are the ones that comfort and care in exactly the right way; the one’s that excel in the profession. But what is it that made them so inspirational? While the characteristics of a nurse can differ, there are some traits they all need in order to be successful.
Here are some qualities of a good nurse that make them perfect for the job:
1. A caring nature
So, what makes a good nurse? The best nurses are those that truly, and deeply, care for the patients they work with. Being able to comfort and support people who are ill, vulnerable, or scared, is the key to being a successful nurse.
You must take the time to make your patients feel wanted, supported, and be there as a friend, as well as the person assigned to look after them. Your patients will appreciate it immensely, as so will you, as you’ll form a bond that only exists in this wonderful career.
2. Be empathetic
For most patients, being in the hospital is a traumatic and emotional experience. One of the most important nursing qualities is the ability to empathize. Never think of, or treat, your patients as a burden.
To understand how patients are feeling, you have to put ourselves in their shoes and give them the emotional support they need.
We’ve talked to many nurses about the moments that made them proud to be a nurse, many of which involved forming a true empathetic connection with their patients. In many of these stories, patients would return year after year to thank their nurses. For patients, an empathetic nurse can be nothing short of life-changing.
3. Write everything down (in detail)
Great nurses are detail-orientated and write down everything. This is important because even a seemingly throwaway comment from a patient might hold the key to helping them. Make notes, and most importantly, listen – really listen – to your patients.
If you don’t already have one, get yourself a quality notebook and pen that you keep in good condition. You’ll be surprised how good stationery makes it much easier to write things down.
Being organized is an absolute must as a nurse! Remembering when to give patients medication is the foundation of the job, so keep track of everything and be on time – no excuses!
5. Be emotionally stable
This one may sound obvious or even straight forward, but we are all infallible human beings, prone to emotions such as stress – which can sometimes affect our work. As a nurse, however, you have a responsibility to patients to offer stability while you’re at work.
One of the best ways to encourage emotional stability is to talk about the way you feel. Bottling things up, instead of communicating with the people around you, will only make things worse. As a nurse, you have a wealth of understanding people around you every day. Talk to them and tell them how you feel.
You could also try techniques such as meditation, which are relaxing and easy to do, without the need for expensive equipment. Exercise is also great for busting stress, and so are the outdoors, so take a long stroll in your time off to bust those negative vibes.
As a nurse, every day is different. You never know what is going to happen, and if you ever think you do, something will come along to surprise you.
As a result, nurses have to be incredibly flexible. You must be prepared for all eventualities, and be able to act quickly when needed.
7.Have physical and mental endurance
Being a nurse means long days that will sometimes have little or no breaks. To get through a day, a nurse must have outstanding physical and mental endurance.
Exercise will help train your body and make it easier to get through the day, as will brain training apps and games.
Invest in comfortable footwear. You’ll be amazed at the difference good shoes make when you’re stood up all day. Many retailers will help you find shoes that fit your feet properly, supporting the key areas of your foot, and body – so take the time to do this.
Most importantly, take a break whenever you can. Tiredness has a profound effect on the body and mind, so if you get the chance to grab a quick nap to chip away at your sleepiness, take it.
8.Be a quick thinker (and have great judgement)
Nurses must be able to think quick on their feet and get decisions right – it could mean life or death for your patients. You can’t always wait for information, and must be able to use your knowledge, expertise, and experience to make swift judgement calls.
There is no substitute for experience, but knowledge is the key to being able to make good decisions. Read and learn constantly, especially if there are areas for improvement.
Not only do you have to constantly keep learning as a nurse, but you also have to be naturally hard-working.
Be passionate about what you do, and strive to be the best. Go the extra mile with your patients, and prove to yourself that you are an inspiring person. By doing this for yourself, you’ll find it easier to be motivated and those around you will be impressed.
10.Be a good communicator
As a nurse, you are a member of an amazing, supportive community that will be there whenever you need it. A problem shared is a problem halved, and when working in the nursing profession you are never alone, so open up to the people around you and enjoy the incredible life-long relationships you will build over the course of your career.
Nursing is a noble profession, filled with wonderful people, and with the support of each other, you can go on providing great care to vulnerable patients all over the world.
The above characteristics of a nurse are what makes them so special and good at their job.
Are there any traits you think we have missed off? Have you ever been given some great advice that you would like to share with other nurses? Let us know in the comments below!