8 Ways to Enjoy National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week is the perfect time to take a step back and celebrate all of your accomplishments so far. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. Every day you show up to work, you are saving lives. This week is all about you. Here’s a few ways to make the most of it!

8 Ways to Celebrate National Nurses Week!
8 Ways to Celebrate National Nurses Week!

Make Time

When life gets busy, its easy to get caught up in all of the commitments that you have going on. Sometimes there’s just not enough hours in the day! Make time for yourself this week to do the things that you’ve been wanting to do for a while. Learn something new, plan a getaway, read a book, or whatever makes you happy.

Treat Yourself

One perk of National Nurses week is that there are a ton of deals and discounts for nurses! Take a look at these deals for 2019 National Nurses Week and make a list of everything you plan to buy. You deserve to spend some money on yourself!

Focus On Your Health

At work, you’re constantly working to improve your patients’ health and wellness. But, how much time do you actively spend to improve yours? This week, focus on both your physical and mental health. Make a plan to follow through with into the future.

Recognize Others

Recognize your coworkers that show up every day and work as hard as they can. It’s important to appreciate those unsung heroes! Even just a small gesture of appreciation can make a huge difference in someone’s attitude and happiness.

Switch It Up

If you’ve been feeling bored in your current role and facility, it’s time to switch it up! You could switch into a different area of nursing, a different facility, work per diem,  simply start working different shifts. A change in routine can be a huge mood changer!

Celebrate at Work

Bring in some treats to work! Whether it’s coffee and donuts, or some thank you cards, your coworkers will never forget your kindness.

Schedule a Nurse Night Out

Plan a night of fun with all of your nurse friends. It’s no surprise that nurses have the most fun! Make this a monthly event, and you all will be looking forward to it every month!

Reflect on the Year

What have you accomplished so far this year? What other goals do you want to meet this year? Celebrate your accomplishments and make a plan to achieve your future goals. You’ve done great so far and there’s still so much more that you can achieve!

 

Northeast Med Staff wishes you a happy National Nurses Week! You’re the reason we have been successful this far! Keep up the hard work!

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Safety Tips For Winter

While it is important to practice safety year-round, winter is crucial. Snow and ice can cause falls, driving difficulties, and even health issues. Once the holidays have ended, winter enters its darkest and coldest months. January and February can contain snow, harsh winds, and bitter cold temperatures. Here are some of our favorite winter tips to help protect you from the elements.

Winter Safety

Safety Tips for Winter

1.) Travel Safety

One of the best parts about working per diem is the change of location. You are able to get a change of scenery and are faced with different tasks every day. While traveling does have its benefits, it can become a little more challenging in the winter. Depending on your travel preferences, your job location may change from day to day. When driving in poor weather conditions, it is important to stay alert. Pay attention to your surroundings, as well as to others who are on the road. Drive slowly; everything takes more time in the snow (stopping, making turns, even accelerating.) You do not want lose control of the vehicle on a slipper surface. Make sure that your tires have enough tread on them and are properly inflated. Click here to see more tips about how to drive safely in the snow.

 

2.) Pack Your Car for Winter

Snow in New England is like sunshine in Florida; it will happen. Make sure you have a snow brush somewhere in case a surprise snow storm comes. Also, it is a good idea to keep some rock salt, sand, or cat litter in your trunk. If your tires get stuck in the snow, these items will help. Just spread some around your tires to help melt the snow. As an added bonus, keeping these heavy bags in your trunk can help you to gain traction if you should get stuck. As mentioned previously, it is also smart to keep some warm clothes in your car. An extra hat, coat, gloves, sweatshirt, or even a blanket can be helpful. If your car gets stuck anywhere, these items will help you to stay warm while you are waiting for help.

 

3.) Bundle Up

While this probably goes without saying, it is important to stay warm. Whether you are heading out for an early morning shift, or coming home from a late shift, it is going to be freezing outside. Be sure to wear layers. Additionally, it is a good idea to keep extra layers in your car or your work bag. This way, you have access to extra clothing just in case you need it. If you are placed in a facility where the temperatures are cold, or if you are waiting for public transportation, you will have extra clothing in case you need it.

 

4.) Practice Shoveling Safety

Similar to our blog on Leaf Raking, form is very important. If possible, try to push the snow rather than lift and toss it. If you do have to lift the snow, remember to lift heavy loads with your knees and not your back. Pulling the snow up with your back can cause muscle strain and pain. Remember to take frequent breaks and re-hydrate often. It may be tempting to shovel out everything all at once, but it is important to give the body time to rest. Overworking yourself can cause pain, exhaustion, and dehydration.

 

Winters in New England can be very beautiful; the snow-covered trees, the white mountain tops, and the sparkling winter snow are unique to this area. When you practice these winter safety tips, you will be able to enjoy the season to its fullest extent.

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5 Thanksgiving Hacks Every Busy Nurse Needs

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! With all of the hustle and bustle, it is easy to overlook the minor details. These quick and easy Thanksgiving hacks will help your holiday go by as smoothly as possible. We know the challenges of working and hosting a dinner for the holidays, so we compiled a list of some of our favorite Thanksgiving tips and tricks!

“5 Thanksgiving Hacks That Every Busy Nurse Needs to Know”

1.) Divide and Conquer

Around the holidays, grocery stores are the last place that you want to be. The lines are always long, the parking lot is crowded, and they almost never have what you are looking for. Plus, if you are like most people, you are almost always going to forget one of the most important items on your list. For these reasons, we recommend that you divide and conquer your grocery trip.

Split your shopping into two trips. Starting a week or two before Thanksgiving, purchase all of your canned, boxed, and frozen items. Anything that is non-perishable can be purchased in advance and stowed away for the big day. Getting these goods in advance can help you narrow down your shopping list for the week of. This way, you won’t overlook some of the perishable essentials. Also, if you have freezer room, purchase your turkey frozen in advance! This way, you only have to thaw it out the week of Thanksgiving.

Take your second trip the week of Thanksgiving. Here, you can purchase your perishable goods: vegetables, pies, and any dairy products you may need. This way you are buying fresh!

2.) Utilize a Slow Cooker

With a turkey in the oven, and all of your side dishes taking up your stovetop, you may find that you have run out of space for cooking. In these situations, we recommend that you think ahead. Make your mashed potatoes in a slow cooker. This frees up some space, and you can “set it and forget it!” Try this recipe for slow cooker mashed potatoes.

3.) Prepare for Additional Guests

While you may only be expecting immediate family, you never know who may pop in during your Thanksgiving dinner. Family you may not have seen in a while, friends, and significant others may all stop by at the last minute. For this reason, we recommend that you prepare a little extra food, just in case you have a surprise visitor or two. If no one chooses to come by, then you will have plenty of extra leftovers!

4.) Prepare Your Thanksgiving Foods in Advance

Many of your side dishes can be made the day before, and then heated up right before dinner time. Start all of your prep work a day or two in advance, and then throw everything in the oven right before you are about to eat! This prep work can be a lifesaver come Thanksgiving Day. This even works for desserts too! Click here for some of our favorite make-ahead recipes.

 

5.) Set the Table the Night Before

If you know where you will be eating your Thanksgiving meal, put the plates, cups, napkins, and utensils out the night before. If you have the space, you can even fully set your table in advance so that everything will be ready to go by the time dinner is ready. While setting the table is not a huge inconvenience, any advanced prep work will cut down on your stress the day of!

Some of these hacks may seem simple, but it is important to remember them come Thanksgiving Day. These tips and tricks will help you to make the most of your Thanksgiving meal, and spend as much time with your friends and family as possible. On behalf of everyone here at Northeast Med Staff, we hope that you and your loved ones have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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