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.  

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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.  

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5 Halloween Safety Tips That Every Working Parent Needs to Know

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays for people of all ages. Whether you are trick-or-treating, attending a party, or just taking in the festivities, it is always important to remember to be safe. Halloween is one of the few holidays that has its whole celebration at night. While night time is perfect for spooks and scares, it can also be dangerous. The following tips will help to keep you – and your family – safe this Halloween.

5 Halloween Safety Tips That Every Working Parent Needs to Know

1.) Plan the trick-or-treat route ahead of time

This is especially helpful when you are new to a neighborhood. If you are unfamiliar with an area, it is easy to get lost, or walk into a part of town that might be a little dangerous. A day or two before Halloween, take a drive around your neighborhood. Plan out the streets that you want to take your children, and look out for any suspicious activity. Of course, most neighborhoods are safe, especially ones with children, but it is better to scope it out for yourself. Also, planning ahead will help prevent you from getting lost in the dark!

 

2.) Drive safely

While you should always practice safe driving, Halloween is night where you should be extra alert. It is dark and may be hard to see children who are walking the streets. Whether you are on the way to a Halloween party, or on your way to work a night shift, it is important to look out for children who may be walking along the sides of the street. Also, be sure to check your surroundings carefully before entering and exiting a driveway. If you are a parent to a teenager, or if you have a younger sibling who is an inexperienced driver, encourage them to stay off the road on Halloween.

 

3.) Wear something reflective

Once again, trick-or-treating is something that takes place entirely in the dark. Many costumes are also dark, coming in shades of black and brown. With the lack of light and the darkness from the costumes, this makes it very hard for drivers to see small children who are on the road. To prevent this, attach a safety light to your child’s costume. A small reflective badge will work as well. These tiny lights will help them stand out in the dark. Make sure that someone is carrying a flashlight while walking the streets. Even glow sticks can be helpful (and might even make the costume look cooler, too!) Check out these ones here.

 

4.) Halloween Costume safety

Costumes are one of the best parts of Halloween. However, it is still important to practice safety when dressing up for Halloween. Make sure that the costume is not too long or flowy. Many costumes contain capes or other long accessories. While these may look cool, they can be dangerous for children to walk in. A cape could easily get stepped on, and a child could trip and fall while walking from house to house. Be sure that all costumes are at an appropriate length. Also, make sure that masks have adequate eye holes cut into them. Finally, be sure to dress for the weather. Nights in New England can be very cold. Make sure that your child has enough warm clothing on underneath his or her costume to keep them cozy for the night.

 

5.) Check the candy before consuming

This can be especially hard for children. With a giant bag of candy, it can be difficult to resist the urge to snack. While most candy is probably ok to eat, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that your child does not eat any of the candy until it has been brought home and checked by an adult.

 

With these tips, we hope that your Halloween will be as safe as it is fun! From everyone here at Northeast Med Staff, have a happy and safe Halloween!

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