5 Superfoods to Power You Through Your Next Shift

A healthy diet is important to staying alert, energized, and focused. However, when you work crazy hours, it’s easy to skimp on meals, order takeout, or go through the drive-thru on the way home. Usually, these options do not provide the nutrients that prolong and sustain energy. You need superfoods that will keep you working hard all shift long.

5 Superfoods to Power You Through Your Next Shift
5 Superfoods to Power You Through Your Next Shift

If you don’t know what superfoods are, they are extremely efficient in providing health benefits to the consumer. This is because they are nutritiously dense. Many vitamins and nutrients are packed into every bite. Superfoods can make you feel ready to tackle your busy schedule, and prevent burnout. Here are a few quick and easy ways to incorporate superfoods into your diet:


Almonds are a great source of calcium and protein, and these nuts are an easy snack to throw in your bag quickly before work. You can even pack them the night before to save you time in the morning (They call that meal prep, right?). These small nuts have enough health benefits to give you a little pick me up when you’re in the middle of a crazy shift.

Snack packs of almonds already come in a convenient serving size package for an easy on the go snack!


Blueberries are great during flu and cold season because they are filled with antioxidants. With their intense flavor and tangible health benefits, blueberries will easily become one of your favorites. Try adding them on top of a spinach salad for a vitamin-packed lunch.


This protein is fantastic for boosting heart and brain health. In addition, salmon can be prepped and cooked quickly, making for a quick, and healthy dinner. Even better, try packing the leftovers for lunch the next day! This recipe is perfect for a hassle-free weeknight meal.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes taste delicious, have great health benefits, and can be cooked in five minutes! Just pop them in the microwave for a quick and tasty side dish that any busy nurse will love. You can also slice them thin, toss them in some olive oil, and bake them. Just sprinkle the slices with salt and pepper after they come out of the oven and you have a healthy potato chip alternative. Sweet potatoes are versatile and can be incorporated into any meal!


This versatile little fruit is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to keep your cholesterol levels healthy, thus improving overall heart health. Add slices of avocado onto your next sandwich or mash them up and make guacamole. Avocado is a great superfood to incorporate into your meals because it curbs your hunger and provides sustained energy throughout your day!

Making homemade meals or preparing snacks may seem impossible, but by just taking a few extra minutes for self-care, it can huge health payoff.  You are not only improving your health, but also saving money. See you later fast food; hello superfoods!

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Recruit the Best Healthcare Professionals: A How-To Guide

Healthcare is one of the biggest and most competitive industries today. There are endless amounts of jobs available, and limited amounts of qualified professionals. Because of this, many recruiters can no longer attract, recruit, and retain skilled talent. Have no fear, we’ve put together some industry tips and tricks to help you find the best healthcare professionals that fit your facility’s needs.

Recruit the Best Healthcare Professionals: A How-To Guide
Recruit the Best Healthcare Professionals: A How-To Guide


Keep a Long Term Candidate Pool

Just because a candidate isn’t a perfect match for your facility right now, it doesn’t mean he/she won’t be perfect fit for a future role. Make sure to keep all records of previous stand out candidates. This will allow your candidate pool to constantly grow, and make the sourcing process a little bit easier. The candidate will be thankful that you keep them in mind for future positions.

Modernize Your Pipelines and Sourcing

Are you still using the same old processes to recruit candidates? Technology is changing, and the way your candidates look and apply for jobs is changing with it. Immerse yourself in LinkedIn, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. These platforms simplify the sourcing and recruiting process. You’re likely to find a larger amount of candidates on these platforms, rather than through old school recruiting processes.

Train Internal Staff

Encourage your internal staff to continuously grow their knowledge and skills! Offer them workshops and discounted certification opportunities. As you know, the higher level opportunities can be more difficult to recruit. Let your internal staff enhance their career by taking that high level position. Now you have an easier task of recruiting for the lower level position. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Utilize Referrals

It’s likely that your current employees know a lot of other people in the healthcare profession! Keep your staff up to date on all of your job openings and encourage them to refer people from their network. Your current employees can act as advocates for your facility.

Streamline the Application Process

No one wants to fill out a lengthy application anymore. Therefore, you must make your application process as streamlined as possible. Get more applicants into your pipeline quicker, and worry about the specific job details later.

Enhance Your Facility’s Brand

Even if you perfect the way you recruit, your facility’s brand or reputation can get in the way. Ensure your facility is collecting positive online reviews, and addressing any negative ones that may arise. Add content to your website that shows nurses why your facility is the best facility to work for! Honor your employees on social media by showing off employees of the month, bonus programs, and reward programs.

Let an Agency Recruit For You

When your facility is understaffed and turnover is high, recruiting can get overwhelming. Reduce recruiting and sourcing costs, and let a staffing company handle your recruiting for you. These agencies have experts in the healthcare industry that can source the very best talent.

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Staffing Techniques to Improve Patient Satisfaction

It’s easy to fall into a rut and use the same staffing techniques over and over again. If your facility’s scheduling system is causing inefficiencies, it’s time to switch it up! Implement these innovative staffing techniques in your facility and both your staff and patients will be happier.

Staffing Techniques to Improve Patient Satisfaction
Staffing Techniques to Improve Patient Satisfaction

Offer Time Management Training

When census is high, your staff feels the burden of not having enough time in their shift to provide adequate care. Time management training offers extremely useful tips and tricks on how to efficiently use small amounts of free time. Your staff will value this training not only in their work lives but in their personal lives as well.

Adapt to Rapid Census Change

Peak periods within the year cause many facilities to be understaffed. Some parts of the year that aren’t as busy cause overstaffing. This is inefficient use of your money and your staff’s time. Get the most for your dollar and create a staffing schedule that adapts to your census. Supplemental staffing is an easy and hassle-free way to adapt to sudden census changes.

Utilize Staffing Reporting

Tracking and reporting your staffing schedule is a great way to keep track of your facility and eliminate human error. Reports can be used to remind your staff to show up to their upcoming shift. In addition, it can show who has worked, how many hours he/she worked, whether he/she showed up late, how much he/she made, etc. Many supplemental staffing companies offer reporting free of charge for partnered facilities.

Listen to Your Staff

Your staff may be able to see inefficiencies in your scheduling process because they have a fresh set of eyes. Be open to their opinions. They are the ones that are experiencing and being affected by your scheduling processes on a day to day basis.

Plan Holidays and Weekends Far in Advance

Nurses and nurse aides deserve days off! Give your staff a huge benefit by letting them know what holidays and weekends they have off far in advance. This prevents call outs and no shows. Your staff will be grateful and you will have one less thing to worry about when scheduling each week.

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