Why It Should Be and More with Laura Hanoski
Premier Medical Staffing Services, LLC was recently ranked as one of the largest Wisconsin-based, women-owned businesses by the Milwaukee Business Journal. In honor of that tremendous achievement, we’re talking with Laura Hanoski, former nurse and the business’ owner. Find out what sets Premier Medical Staffing Services apart and why your healthcare staffing agency should be nurse owned.
1. Tell us about yourself. What did you do prior to starting Premier Medical Staffing Services?
Prior to starting Premier Medical Staffing Services, I attended Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). There I earned my associate degree in nursing. After completing my education, I spent five years working as an internal float pool nurse at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As an internal float pool nurse, I was privileged to work in a lot of different specialties. I learned a lot about nursing and nurses from this experience.
Following my time at St. Luke’s, I accepted a position as a nurse/office manager with the Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center in Greenfield, Wisconsin. There I did everything from dressing changes and suture removals to insurance verifications and scheduling patient appointments. It was definitely a job that kept me on my toes.
What You Should Know Before Applying
After gaining one to two years of work experience on a medical-surgical floor, the career opportunities that are available to a nurse become virtually limitless. While some clinicians will continue their employment journey in a traditional healthcare setting, others will choose to purse a career in a non-traditional work environment. Home health nursing is a non-traditional employment option that provides clinicians with independence and autonomy. Keep reading to find out what you can expect from a career as a home health nurse.
What is a home health nurse?
A home health nurse, also known as a home care nurse, provides one-on-one care in a patient’s home. Most of the time, the patients that a home care nurse treats have been discharged from a hospital or other medical care setting. Home health nurses are primarily responsible for ensuring a patient’s continued recovery and for monitoring for any potential complications that would result in readmittance to a healthcare facility.
Depending upon their experience and training, a home health nurse may provide other specialized services (i.e. pain management, wound care, hospice care). Home care nurses always work under the direction of the patient’s physician and may be responsible for managing/directing other members of the patient’s care team (i.e. nursing assistants or non-medical home care providers).
Everything You Need to Know
Anyone that has ever researched healthcare career options knows that there are multiple paths that can be pursued. While the demand for clinicians of all kinds continues to grow year-over-year, the respiratory therapy field is projected to grow the fastest over the next ten years (more on that later). So, what can you expect from a career as a respiratory therapist? Keep reading to find out more about this rewarding career path and to discover if respiratory therapy is the right field for you.
What is a respiratory therapist?
Simply put, a respiratory therapist is a certified medical professional that works with patients of all ages that are suffering from sudden or chronic breathing problems. Due to the nature of their work, respiratory therapists closely collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals to ensure patients receive a correct diagnosis, an effective treatment plan and an appropriate level of care. In addition to knowing/understanding human anatomy and physiology, respiratory therapists must have a broad knowledge of the pathophysiology of the cardiopulmonary systems (i.e. diseased or injured cardiovascular organs).
Are you a nurse that’s been contemplating a return to school? We recently had the opportunity to interview Nicole Thomas, a Doctorally Prepared Registered Nurse and owner of Nicole Thomas – INC, about her experiences in higher academia. Keep reading to find out what insights she has about pursuing advanced degrees and how she can help you achieve your career goals.
1. Tell us about yourself. What is your education and background within the nursing field?
My name is Nicole Thomas and I am a Doctorally Prepared Registered Nurse with a specialization in healthcare systems leadership. Additionally, I am a Certified Case Manager.
Like so many other nurses, I started my career on the med-surg floor. However, after working 12-hour shifts for two years, I knew that I needed something more flexible, something that would allow me to be more present for my family. That’s when I made the transition to home healthcare. I worked in home healthcare for about three years before I had the opportunity to transition to managed care.
As a nurse in managed care, I learned three important lessons: healthcare is a business; healthcare is heavily influenced by community and politics; and patients need leaders that are going to advocate for their well being and their rights. Armed with this knowledge, I was ready to take on the role as Associate Director for Medical and Clinical Operations when the state of Louisiana decided to privatize their Medicaid system.
Tips and Tricks for Nurses
As a nurse, your risk of catching a viral illness from an infected patient during cold and flu season is high. Additionally, your line of work requires that you be out in the community where you could possibly be exposed to COVID-19 (which shares many similar symptoms with the cold and flu viruses). Thankfully, there are several simple lifestyle changes that you can implement to enhance your immune system’s response. Keep reading to find out how you can protect and improve your health this cold and flu season.
10 Ways Nurses Can Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season
1. Eat a Balanced Diet
Did you know that nearly 70% of your body’s immune system resides in your gastrointestinal system? This means your gut plays a critical role in keeping you healthy during cold and flu season. You can improve your gastrointestinal system’s overall health by consuming a balanced diet, one that is low in fat and sugar and high in protein and fiber. Furthermore, there are several foods that you can eat to give your immune system an added boost. Red peppers, for instance, contain three times as much vitamin C as a Florida orange and shellfish (i.e. oysters, crabs, lobsters and mussels) are packed with zinc. For a more complete list of immune boosting foods, click here.
Despite their unique medical concerns, all patients have the same basic needs: to be heard, to be respected and to be cared for. One of the most effective ways to meet these needs is to establish and build patient rapport. In this blog post, we’ll explore what patient rapport is and seven tactics that you can employ to help build it.
What is patient rapport?
At its core, patient rapport is the positive relationship or connection that exists between a clinician and a patient. It is a relationship that is characterized by agreement, mutual understanding, trust and empathy between both parties. Clinicians that take the time to build patient rapport are better able to teach and influence their patients, improving the quality of care that is provided and enhancing patient outcomes.
In honor of all the hard work that nurses do, many of America’s favorite brands are showing their appreciation with special nursing discounts and freebies. Scroll through our list to see what deals you can nab for yourself or others.
Through the end of the year, all verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses, military members and teachers can enjoy an exclusive 30% discount on adidas.com. Professional verification is required via ID.me.
Medical professionals and first responders get 40% off any full-priced product. You must first create an Asics account using your professional email.
Carhartt is proud to offer verified members of the military, first responders and the nursing community a 25% discount on apparel and accessories. Professional verification is required via ID.me.
For Nurses and Nursing Students
Nursing professionals are always on the go, attending to patient needs and making sure that everything is properly documented. Additionally, nurses must be quick on their feet, able to recall and apply vast amounts of medical knowledge throughout the day. While a good memory is essential to success, the advent of mobile applications has made it easier for nurses and nursing students to quickly access the information they need. The following nursing apps are among the best the marketplace has to offer. Take a look and let us know what your favorite nursing app is in the comments below.
App Name: Drugs.com Medication Guide
Availability: iOS and Android
What It Offers: The Drugs.com Medical Guide app is one of the best nursing apps available in the marketplace. It provides a quick and easy way for nurses and nursing students to access a comprehensive database of drug information. Complete with in-depth consumer information, FDA alerts and drug interactions (plus food, allergy and medical condition interactions), this app offers all the functionality that a clinician could want in a drug reference tool. A one-time purchase of $0.99 provides access to a companion app (Pill Identifier App) that allows for searches of over 14,000 prescription and OTC medications based on imprint, drug name, color and shape.
Within the healthcare industry, there is a growing demand for nurses that are qualified to work in long-term acute care (LTAC) settings. However, misconceptions about LTAC patients and the work environment prevents many nurses from pursuing these career advancing positions. Continue reading to find out more about LTAC facilities and why a job there might be the right career choice for you.
What is a long-term acute care facility?
A long-term acute care facility is specifically designed for patients with complex medical conditions that require the ongoing support of an interdisciplinary team. While patients in a LTAC unit no longer need extensive diagnostic procedures or the level of care available in an intensive care unit (ICU), the severity of their condition(s) makes them inappropriate for a rehabilitation center, skilled nursing facility or home healthcare service.
25 Nursing Memes Guaranteed to Make You LOL
Being a nurse can be tough. That’s why we invite you to sit down, relax and enjoy a chuckle over these funny nursing memes. After all, laughter is the best medicine.
1. I got 99 problems but comfortable shoes ain’t one