A shortage of healthcare workers is forcing healthcare facilities to utilize alternative staffing solutions. As a result, agency nursing has surged in popularity with healthcare employers and clinicians. Come along with us as we explore the top eight benefits you can expect as an agency nurse. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how you can make these benefits (and more) yours today.
Benefits of Agency Nursing
Better pay is one of the benefits that you can expect from agency nursing. Medical staffing agencies often work with hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities experiencing a shortage of nurses. As a result, these facilities are generally willing to pay more to reach adequate staffing levels quickly. While compensation varies based on location, assignment and shift, agency nurses can expect to earn a higher hourly rate than their full-time, permanent counterparts. Additionally, nurses that have in-demand clinical skills will find that agency nursing offers generous compensation packages.
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The Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN) states that medical surgical nursing “is the single largest nursing specialty in the United States and beyond.” In fact, they estimate that of the 3.1M nurses currently practicing medicine, 650,000 work in the medical surgical field. However, many healthcare professionals view medical surgical nursing as nothing more than a pit stop for new nurses, a place where they acquire the skills needed to advance to higher acuity fields.
In this blog post, we explore why medical surgical nursing is more than just a stepping-stone where “green” nurses hone their knowledge and skills. We examine the critical role that these clinicians play in our healthcare system. We also explain why this specialty is the right choice for every nurse regardless of where they are in their career journey.
Travel nursing is a great way to see the country and expand your professional skill set. However, many travel nurses report that finding housing in a new city is extremely stressful and overwhelming. In this travel nurse housing guide, we provide you with all the information you need to make the hunt for accommodations an easy one. We explore the housing options available to you, highlight ways that you can maximize your housing stipend and offer some best practices that should always be followed when looking for travel nurse housing.
An Overview of Travel Nurse Housing Options
When it comes to travel nurse housing options, your healthcare staffing agency will likely offer you one of two choices: agency-placed housing or a housing stipend.
With agency-placed housing, your healthcare staffing agency secures accommodations on your behalf. This means the agency assumes responsibility for finding a location, signing a rental agreement, paying the rent, etc. While this is a terrific option for first time travel nurses or for those who get easily overwhelmed, there are some associated drawbacks. For instance, with agency-placed housing you do not get a say in where (and sometimes with whom) you will be living. For this reason, most seasoned travel nurses prefer to receive a housing stipend.
Whether it’s for the holidays, Nurses Week or just because, we’ve got you covered when it comes to selecting gifts for nurses. Come along with us as we explore the 25+ gifts that all nurses are hoping to receive. Be sure to leave your gift recommendations in the comments below.
1. Anti-Fog Goggles
COVID-19 has made wearing protective goggles standard in most healthcare settings. However, many facilities still lack the appropriate PPE for their clinicians. That’s why you should give your nurse a pair of these FDA registered safety goggles. Their anti-fog polycarbonate lens ensures clear vision and an adjustable elastic headband create a comfortable seal. They also fit over most prescription glasses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does the idea of night shift nursing send shivers down your spine?
Have you passed on career advancing opportunities because the position was on the night shift?
Do you ever wonder how your night shift colleagues achieve a work-life balance?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re not alone. For most nurses, the idea of working the night shift automatically conjures images of sleep deprived clinicians racing to answer a never-ending series of call lights. While it’s undeniable that night shift nursing has its own unique challenges, the truth is that none of these factors are insurmountable.
Come along with us as we explore seven night shift nursing pro tips that can help make nursing after dark a rewarding experience. Continue reading →
Regardless of their specialty, nurses encounter a spectrum of patient emotions every day. While their reassuring presence and medical capabilities are welcomed by most, there are times when nurses are called upon to be both healer and mediator. One of the most valuable skills that a nurse can develop is the ability to effectively interact with an angry patient. The following seven tips outlined below, when repeatedly and consistently implemented, can help a nurse defuse potential conflicts with patients.
1. Don’t Take It Personally
Many within the mental health profession consider anger to be a secondary emotion, meaning it is used to protect oneself from other feelings of vulnerability (i.e. humiliation, rejection, sadness, fear, etc.). While it may seem like a patient is lashing out at you personally, the reality is that they are most likely having an emotional response to a situation that does not even involve you. You just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Therefore, the golden rule when dealing with an angry patient is to not take anything they say or do personally. By reminding yourself that the patient’s emotions are misplaced, you can circumvent feelings of being attacked and needing to respond aggressively. Continue reading →
Jamie Baker and Sarah Matthews, hosts of the Nurse Coffee Talk podcast
Are you interested in honest conversations about the challenges currently facing the nursing profession? Jamie Baker and Sarah Matthews, hosts of the Nurse Coffee Talk podcast, are highly experienced nurses that have seen and done it all. They are committed to using their platform to help other nurses successfully navigate the bureaucratic red tape that is commonplace in today’s healthcare systems. Their ability to discuss complex issues with humor and to discover practical solutions will re-energize your passion for one of the greatest professions.
Listen as Jamie and Sarah tackle some of the hottest topics in nursing today and discuss how these challenges can be resolved.
1. Jamie and Sara, tell us a little bit about yourselves. What are your backgrounds and education? What initially attracted both of you to a career in nursing?