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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Per Diem Nursing Spotlight: New Hampshire

Northeast Med Staff offers a variety of nursing positions throughout New England. This week, we are featuring one of the states that we first expanded into – New Hampshire! New Hampshire is filled with everything from natures walks and mountains to urban areas and fine dining. One of the perks of working per diem is that you get to choose when you work and when you take time off. So in your off time, here are some fun activities to do in New Hampshire!

Per Diem Nursing Spotlight: New Hampshire

Things to Do:

Santa’s Village – no matter what time of year, at Santa’s Village, it is Christmas year-round! This is a fun place to take your children, or to just let your inner child out! With a full amusement park, reindeer, and Santa’s own workshop, you will have a day full of fun!

Canobie Lake Park – located in Salem, New Hampshire, just over the Massachusetts border, this theme park is a great place to spend a day off! Enjoy the rides, shows, and fireworks with your family or friends.

Visit the City of Portsmouth – this scenic area has some old English flare. Enjoy the shops, amazing restaurants, or even watch a play! Located right on the water, Portsmouth, New Hampshire is an inexpensive day trip that everyone will love!

Things to See:

Mount Washington  – Visit the tallest mountain in all of New Hampshire. A great day trip with the family, this mountain is perfect for a nice drive. It is a beautiful location for sightseeing!

Franconia Notch State Park – perfect for those who are outdoorsy, this state park has all sort of fun activities! From hiking and fishing to skiing and snowboarding, this is the perfect place to stop for fun year-round!

Lake Winnipesaukee – Even more outdoor activities! New Hampshire is famous for their hiking trails, campgrounds, and fishing sites, and Lake Winnipesaukee fits right in! Spend a relaxing day on the lake beach, take a boat ride across the lake, or just hang around and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. There is something for everyone to do here!

Places to Eat:

The River House – a casual seafood restaurant with an amazing view, this is one of the most well-known local favorites. Try a bowl of their multi-award winning seafood chowder!

Lui Lui – with two locations in New Hampshire, this is the perfect family-style restaurant for you and your family. Serving classic Italian pizza and pasta, you are sure to love it!

La Carreta – Mexican Restaurant – some of the most authentic Mexican food in the area, La Carreta is a regional favorite! With several locations across the state of New Hampshire, you will never be too far from some of the best Mexican food you will ever have!

 

So what are you waiting for? To find out more about how you can become a member of the Northeast Med Staff nursing team and work in the beautiful state of New Hampshire, click here!

 

*Northeast Med Staff is not affiliated with any of the locations or activities listed above.

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