How to Keep Your Nursing Staff Engaged at Work

Many nurses suffer from burnout at work due to long hours, lack of sleep, and strenuous shifts. This can lead to your nursing staff being unmotivated and providing low-grade care to patients. In order to prevent burnout, facility owners must implement policies that drive motivation and keep employees engaged.

How to Keep Your Nursing Staff Engaged at Work
How to Keep Your Nursing Staff Engaged at Work

When employees are engaged, they are absorbed in their work and take actions to further the organization’s reputation and interests. It’s important to keep employees engaged because they will go out of their way to better your residents and their families. Follow these tips and maintain an enthusiastic workforce.

Give Positive Feedback

Sometimes a little goes a long way. Give your staff a little recognition each day and show that you’re paying attention to all of their efforts. Employees become more inspired and motivated when they feel their work is contributing positively to the organization! Each day encourage your staff to keep up the hard work.

Show Your Appreciation

Implement an employee reward system at your facility whether it be employee of the month, overtime rewards, or work anniversary gifts. Your staff work extremely hard so they deserve a little extra appreciation! This will motivate your employees to provide their very best care every shift.

Plan Events Outside of Work

Plan a team bonding events for your employees, away from your facility. Go out to dinner, attend a sporting event, or host a holiday party. This gives your staff the opportunity to get to know you, as well as the other employees better. Employees are more enthusiastic at work when they feel close to their colleagues.

Define Your Facility’s Mission

Come up with an overall mission that is unique to your company and contributes to a greater purpose. Make it about improving the quality of life of your patients, as well as their families. This serves as a daily motivator and reminder of why your employees come to work every day.

Limit Staffing Shortages

When there are not enough nurses to provide adequate care to patients, your nurses get overworked. Overworking your staff eventually leads to burnout and disengaged employees, which makes your facility and its reputation suffer. Utilizing staffing solutions is a great way to prevent understaffing and keep your current staff engaged.

Make your facility stand out from all the others by treating your employees the best. This will not only bring more highly trained, quality staff to your facility, but also more patients requiring care. Certainly, your staff will come to your facility eager and ready to work!

5 Tips to Create an Amazing Nursing Resume

Whether you are new to the field, or you are just looking to find a new job, your resume is one of the first impressions you will make on a potential employer. Regardless of if you are applying for a position online, or if you are going in for an interview, your resume will be your ticket to a successful start. Resumes highlight your greatest assets. It is your chance to show all of your hard work and accomplishments. If your resume just needs some updating, or if you don’t have a resume at all, these tips will help you to create the best version of yourself possible!

5 Ways to Help You Create An Amazing Nursing Resume

1.) Set a Clear Resume Objective

Underneath all of your basic information, this is the first section on your resume that your potential employer will read. You can tailor your resume objective to fit in with each specific job you are applying to. For example, one position may want someone who is a “dedicated team player.” You can then take these key words and include them in your objective. This way, they key words will stand out to anyone who is quickly skimming over your resume.

Some companies even use online software that filters through your resumes. This means that before a person physically reads your submission, a “robot” will read through it first. If your objective does not include these key words, your resume may never even make it to a real person! The robot may scrap the resume before it even gets a chance to be seen.

In your objective, it is important to be clear and concise. Limit yourself to about 3 sentences. For example, you could say something like this:

“Hardworking and dedicated CNA. I have over 15 years of job experience working in both hospitals and rehabilitation centers. I am looking to use my years of job experience and passion for the healthcare industry by becoming a CNA at (name of healthcare facility.)”

 

2.) Show Off Your Smarts

Underneath your objective, you will list all of your educational experience. This includes all high school, trade school, and/or any college education you may have. In this section, you can also list off any certifications you may have earned (such as CPR and Dementia training). It is important to list ALL of your certifications. Even if you do not think that a certain certification is needed for the specific job you are applying to, you should still include it. This will help to show your potential employer that you are experienced and are willing to learn new skills.

The most important part of the educational experience section is to be as detailed as possible. Include the institution(s) where you were taught, the year(s) that you became certified, and all licenses and certification numbers.

 

3.) Your Skills

After completing the education section, the skills section comes next. Similar to the education section, the skills section should be as detailed as you can possibly make it. You never know which skills each employer is looking for. In this section, include all healthcare skills you have learned. If you have been involved with any special projects, or have completed a unique job, this is the place to brag about them.

In the healthcare industry, you can’t just be “good” at nursing. You have to have people skills as well. After explaining all of your healthcare experience, take a few bullet points to talk about some of your more personal “soft” skills. These skills are what will differentiate you from everyone else.

 

4.) On-The-Job Experience

Next, you will add a section for any work experience that you already have. Any facilities (hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice care, etc.) that you have worked in will be listed here, in descending order. Like your education, you should list your most current job first, and your first job last. This will give your employer an idea of where you have been, and your progression throughout your nursing career. If you have worked with an agency, include any major facilities you consistently worked in while with that agency.

While it may not seem necessary, include jobs that you have worked that may not be in the healthcare field. For example, many nurses who are just starting out may not have much industry experience. However, they may have experience in retail work, restaurant work, or even babysitting. These non-healthcare jobs are still important to your resume. They show that you have remained consistently employed, and also show that you have many soft skills (such as customer service experience.) Your potential employer will get an idea of who you are, not just what you do.

 

5.) Be Truthful

While it may be tempting to exaggerate your skills or education on a resume, it is important to always be truthful. You don’t want your first impression on a potential employer to be a lie. The truth will come out eventually, anyways. The bottom line: always be honest about what you include on a resume.

 

Creating a brand-new resume, or even just updating an old one, may seem like an intimidating task. However, with these tips, you will be able to create an amazing resume in no time at all!

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DIY Décor Ideas to Brighten Up Your Facility

Your patients spend a majority of their time living in your facility. Certain aspects of living conditions contribute to depression and a lack of motivation in residents. Changing just a small part of your facility’s décor can have huge payoff in patient satisfaction. Here’s a few DIY décor ideas that will brighten your facility, and your patients’ days:

DIY Décor Ideas to Brighten Up Your Facility
DIY Décor Ideas to Brighten Up Your Facility

1.) Reuse Old Flowers

Flowers are commonly given on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc. However, most of the time they are thrown away after a few days! Make the most of these beautiful plants and use them to decorate your facility.

Collect some flowers and decorate them as a bedside bouquet! In addition, you could preserve the flower petals in a scrap book for patients.

2.) Let Your Testimonials Shine

A great way to bring some color to your facility is to decorate a bulletin board. Bulletin boards are a great way to show off all of your awesome testimonials! Gather quotes and thank you cards from patients and their families. Put these together into a eye catching collage.

3.) Include Your Residents

Your activities director facility probably puts together tons of activities for your residents. These activities are a great way to include your residents in the decorating process.

Ask your patients what kind of crafts they would like to do, and let them display the final products around your facility. Even if your activities don’t involve crafting, take pictures at the events and create a collage showcasing your residents.

4.) Add Décor that Reminds Residents of Home

Your facility is their home, so make it feel like their home! Adding just a few homey decorations can rid of the cold, dark feeling of a medical facility. Try making your own quilts to put on each bed, or try putting decorative drapes and art in each room.

5.) Let in Some Light

It’s proven that light can bring happiness and heal! Get drapes that can open up and let in the maximum amount of light possible. This can help residents with motivation and seasonal depression. In addition, consider making Himalayan salt lamps, which have healing and relaxing properties.

Give your facility’s décor some extra thought. DIY décor is an easy and quick way to bring brightness to your facility, and your efforts will not go unnoticed.