Nursing Must-Haves: What to Bring to a New Per Diem Shift

One of the biggest perks to working per diem is the frequent change of scenery. No longer do you have to be tied down to the same location every day. However, any first day at a new facility can be nerve-wracking. Follow this guide before every assignment, and your shift will go as smoothly as possible.

Nursing Must Haves: What to Bring to a New Per Diem Shift
Nursing Must Haves: What to Bring to a New Per Diem Shift

Your ID Badge – When you begin working per diem with us, or with any staffing facility, a nurse ID badge is administered. This badge has all of the information that a facility will need to ensure that you have been correctly placed for work. Your badge will include your name, your nursing position, and the staffing agency that has sent you. Without your badge, you will not be able to work your shift.

Nurse Pro-Tip: Lay out your scrubs the night or day before. Tuck your ID badge into the scrub pocket on your shirt. This will ensure that your ID does not get left behind or misplaced right before you leave for your shift.

Time Cards – You want to get paid, don’t you? Of course, you do! The only way to ensure that you have worked the correct number of hours is to log them into your timecard. Remember to log when your shift began, when it has ended, and if you have taken a lunch break. Don’t forget to have your supervisor sign off on your hours worked before you leave!

Comfortable Shoes – This one is a given. Foot pain, leg pain, and back aches can all be caused by lack of shoe support. Working 12-hour shifts in inadequate footwear is not a pleasant experience. It is important that you remember to wear what works best for you.

 *Nurse Pro-Tip: Break your shoes in BEFORE your shift. Wear them around the house, when you go food shopping, or anywhere that requires you to walk around. Wearing your shoes for short distances will help them mold to your feet better. For shoes that are very worn or old, invest in some insoles. You’ll feel like you’re walking in brand new shoes!

Food, Water, and Snacks – While many hospitals have cafeterias, some may not. If you’re assigned to a long-term care facility, chances are they will only have a vending machine and a water bubbler. In case the facility does not have a place to pick up a quick snack, bring your own. Keep extra water bottles in a cooler, bring small snacks to munch on throughout the day, and pack your own lunch. Not only will you save time by not waiting in line to purchase food, but you will be saving money! (Longer breaks and more spending money in your pocket for after work! Score!)

A Watch – A proper working watch is important. Watches help you keep track of your day. And more importantly, they will help you look after your patients.

Whatever you choose to bring with you for your next per diem shift, make sure to have a game plan. Pack your bag the night before, get your lunch ready, and make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork to start your shift. Working at a new facility can be stressful, but the preparation does not have to be!

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The Notheast Med Staff Blog is Back!


Exciting news! The Northeast Med Staff Blog is back in action! We will be featuring different types of blog content.

Content that is useful for healthcare facilities:

o How to recognize & reward staff
o Ideas on how to motivate nurses
o Tips on improving patient satisfaction & outcomes
o Benefits of supplemental staffing
o And more!

As well as content that is helpful to nurses and nurse aids:

o Relaxation techniques
o How to stay motivated
o Tips on dealing with a busy schedule
o Fun ideas for days off & vacation
o Benefits of working with medical staffing agencies
o And more!

Also, keep an eye out for our NMS updates. This is where we will keep you informed on the latest, most exciting company news!
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5 Low Cost & Relaxing Activities to Fit Your Busy Schedule

As a nurse or nurse aid, life can be crazy busy. Adding family and friend obligations on top of your job leaves little time to care for yourself. Taking just a few minutes each day to focus on yourself can leave you rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of your day.

1. Listen to Audiobooks –
With audiobooks, it’s possible to digest your favorite book or movie, within a few hours, and without reading or turning on the TV. This is what nurse and nurse aids with crazy schedules have been waiting for! You can listen to audiobooks on the way to your shift, while making breakfast, or even before bed. Split the chapters up by day so that you have a little relaxation time reserved each day.

There’s audiobooks available for sleep aid, letting go of stress, or even motivation. Although some audiobooks have to be paid for, there are some free ones available online.

2. Color an Adult Coloring Page –
Tapping into your inner child can be extremely beneficial to reducing stress. Adult coloring has been proven to have therapeutic effects. This is because coloring requires focus and attention to detail which distracts us from stress driven thoughts. In addition, coloring is a low stakes activity. Even if you color outside the lines, there are no repercussions. So feel free to scribble away!
There are free, online adult coloring pages that can be printed.

3. Play Some Tunes –
Listening to music is a great way to unwind. Music can connect with and affect your brain function as well as your feelings and emotion. There are tons of playlists online created to aid sleep, improve focus, or reduce stress. Do some searching online and find the best playlist that works for you.

Another way to feel good at low cost is to listen to some old favorites. Make a playlist that brings you back to the good old days. Nostalgia works wonders on the brain and heart!

4. Have a Glass of Wine –
Indulging in a little wine each night has proven health benefits. Hallelujah! In fact, a glass of red wine per night can prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Red wine is also high in antioxidants which when drank with a meal, can absorb the sugars of the meal faster.
So there’s no need to feel bad about drinking a little wine each night. Cuddle up with a glass and your favorite TV show. Relax and improve your health all at once!

5. Take A Technology-Free Break –
With our busy lives, sometimes its hard to find time to completely disconnect ourselves from technology. However, even if we can just find ten or twenty minutes to spare, it can help us reduce stress. The constant notifications and distractions keep us tapped into what our friends are doing, what’s going on in the world, and our work obligations. Being constantly plugged in increases our stress and anxiety because the brain never gets a chance to relax.

Try taking a technology free break at work. Go for a walk or sit outside instead. You can even set a timer at home for twenty minutes and take that technology free time to reflect on the day.

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