Working Per Diem During the Holidays

The holidays can be hectic; shopping, cooking, preparing for the New Year. Adding work and family life on top of that can add even more stress. Thankfully, working per diem has the benefits that you need to make the most of your holiday season. Here are just some of the ways that working with a staffing company can help to decrease the stress of the holidays:

 

How Working Per Diem Can Help You Make The Most of This Holiday Season

Schedule Flexibility

In the staffing world, this term comes up frequently. The ability to pick and choose your own hours allows for you to work when you need to, and take time off when you want to. As a result, you have the option to choose your own availability. If you don’t want to work the weekend of Thanksgiving, you have the ability to take it off. If you want to work on Christmas Day, you can do that, too! You only have to work the shifts that suit your personal needs. Once the holidays are over, you can jump right back into the day-to-day grind; or not! You have the power to choose.

Extra Cash

The holidays are expensive. Planning family meals and buying gifts can add up quickly. By working per diem, you can pick up shifts whenever you need to. These extra shifts can help lessen the financial burden that the holidays can bring. At the brink of cold and flu season, nurses are going to be in high demand. As a result, we will have several shifts available for you! If you are interested in taking on some extra shifts, just give your staffing coordinator a call! Our dedicated staff will help to find the balance that is right for you.

Your Nursing Family

Whether you are working in a hospital, an assisted living, or a long-term care facility, the nurses you work with can become like family. Around the holidays, it is important to acknowledge how important you all are to each other. Enjoy the holiday season by celebrating with the people who mean the most to you; your friends, your family, and your coworkers.  

On behalf of everyone at Northeast Med Staff, we wish you all happy holidays, and a safe and healthy New Year.  

Staying Healthy This Cold And Flu Season

The months of September through March can be brutal on the immune system, and staying healthy can seem impossible. The harsh New England winters can take a real toll on immune health, and being trapped indoors only increases the spread of germs. Working in hospitals and other healthcare facilities only heightens the risk of getting sick. With flu season quickly approaching, here are a few ways to help prevent sickness before it strikes.  

Staying Healthy This Cold and Flue Season

Get Your Flu Shot

As a nurse, you may have even administered flu shots to some of your patients. But what about yourself? When was the last time YOU were vaccinated? In a hospital setting, germs are constantly being spread around. Even if you typically do not get the flu, you can still carry the sickness around with you. If you have younger children or elderly parents at home, they are even more susceptible to the effects of the flu. When it comes to the flu, it is better to be safe than sorry. It is important to keep up with your flu shots, too. Healthcare professionals advise patients to receive one shot a year. October is the best time to receive your vaccination. While the shot may have a lasting effect, different strains of the flu become present every year, which is why it is recommended you get vaccinated yearly. Staying healthy starts with preventative care.   

Get Some Sleep

Sleep is vital to living a healthy life. Not only will you feel better physically, but your body does all sorts of good stuff while you are asleep. Sleep helps to improve your immune health, which can help fight off colds and the flu. Most healthcare professionals recommend that adults get at least eight hours of sleep every night. 

Eat Healthy Foods

Vitamin-rich diets help to fight off viruses. Foods high in vitamin C are especially helpful. Grab yourself an orange before you head out to your next shift, or try incorporating strawberries into your morning breakfast routine. If you are a fan of yogurt, the probiotics do more than just balance out your gut. The probiotics in Greek yogurt can help to fight off flu as well. If you do happen to get sick, yogurt can also help soothe sore throats, too! Eating nutritious foods goes beyond just staying healthy for the winter. Start practicing good health all year long! For tips on healthy food choices, check out our previous blog.

Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize

As a nurse, your hands are going to be everywhere. Keep your hands clean with pocket-sized hand sanitizers. Engage in frequent hand washing and encourage others to join you as well. The best way to stop the spread of colds is to kill the germs before they have a chance to infect others. If you work in a facility where many people are sick, take the necessary precautionary measures to keep yourself healthy. Try wearing gloves, or even a face mask if necessary.  

Know the Warning Signs

If you feel yourself coming down with a cold, it is important to take the proper precautionary measures. Preventative care is always important, but sometimes getting sick is inevitable. If you do happen to catch a cold, try to minimize the spread of germs as much as possible. Remember to cover your coughs (and encourage younger kids to do so, too!). If you are sick, make sure you take some time to rest. As a per diem nurse, try to schedule some days off in advance to give yourself a chance to relax. Overworking yourself can lead to immune system deficiencies. Working per diem allows you to have the schedule flexibility to take time off when you need it. Schedule a few days to allow yourself to re-fuel. Your body will thank you (and your coworkers will, too!) 

No one wants to spend their time being sick. As a nurse, it is your job to help people feel better. However, you cannot take care of others if you are not feeling 100% yourself. It is important to take precautionary measures during this cold and flu season.  

16 Ways to Celebrate NMS 16!

As you may have heard, its our 16th birthday! We are celebrating 16 years of connecting healthcare professionals with flexible job opportunities.  We started as a small family owned company called, “Premier Medical Staffing,” serving the Massachusetts and New Hampshire area. On November 30th, 2002 we placed our first nurse at a facility in Manchester, New Hampshire. We were all so excited to begin providing facilities with great nurses and nurse aides. And we still love what we do!

16 Ways to Celebrate NMS 16!
16 Ways to Celebrate NMS 16!

Treat Yourself

There’s nothing wrong with spending a little money on something you’ve been wanting for a while! You’ve been working hard. You deserve it!

Indulge A Little

Did someone say cake?!

Connect With Us

Make sure you’re following us on social media. You don’t want to miss our next party.

Tell Your Story

What were you doing 16 years ago? What did you look like when you were 16 years old? Post your story on social media, tag us @nemedstaff, and use our hashtag #NMS16. We want to hear from you. Let’s have some fun.

Reflect

Have you accomplished all that you’ve wanted to this year? Which goals have been difficult, and which obstacles are you proud that you’ve overcome?

Get Some Friends Together

What’s a celebration without some friends? Get the old band back together, and while you’re at it, let them know how awesome working for NMS is.

Read Our “Thank You”

We want all of our nurses and nurse aides to know how much we appreciate them. Join our email list and receive our thank you email for contributing to our success over the last 16 years!

Enjoy Free Time

Kick your feet up and relax. We offer a flexible schedule so that you can balance your busy schedule and avoid burnout.

Learn Something New

It’s never too late to learn something new. Take this time to learn something you’ve always wanted to.

Give Us Your Feedback

Let us know what we’re doing well, and what we can improve on. We want to know how we can make working with us the very best experience for you.

Spend Time With Family

Sometimes its difficult to get everyone together for a celebration. Utilize your flexible schedule and make the effort to find time for everyone.

Go Out of Your Comfort Zone

It’s a birthday celebration, so you’re allowed to get a little crazier than usual!

Share

As we have grown over the last 16 years, you have too. Share your wisdom and success with those around you.

Set Goals

Never stop setting goals for yourself. We set goals for ourselves constantly! Sit back and reflect on what you want to accomplish in the next couple of years.

Stop By and Say Hi

We want to see you! Stop by our office in Chelmsford, MA and get some free NMS swag for swinging by!

Stay In Touch

If you can’t come by our office regularly, we’re available 24/7 by phone. We love to maintain awesome relationships with our employees!

Today in 2018, we have expanded into five states with hundreds of healthcare professionals and facilities! We still have the same passion for helping healthcare professionals find employment that fits perfectly with their needs. So, let’s celebrate!