Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

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

eating healthy during cold and flu seasonDid 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.

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Interview with Marie Purvis

Marie Purvis, Global Master Trainer at Nike

Clinicians across the nation are facing an increasing amount of stress and pressure as our healthcare system attempts to do more with less. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that our country’s healthcare workers are armed with the resources they need to stay mentally, emotionally and physically healthy. Premier Medical Staffing Services recently had the opportunity to interview Marie Purvis, Global Master Trainer at Nike, to discuss realistic ways for busy clinicians to incorporate fitness into their daily lives.

Marie Purvis is an international trainer and fitness professional with an innovative and creative approach to training. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology. She has also received her Personal Trainer Certification through the American Council on Exercise.

With over 16 years of professional and personal training experience, Marie Purvis’ programs focus on functional training. She has worked with professional athletes and celebrities, including Serena Williams, Nick Symmonds, Shawn Johnson, Lea Michele and Gabby Douglas (to name only a few). Her unique expertise and background serve her well as she creates content for the Nike Training Club app which gives consumers access to personal training anytime, anywhere.

Marie Purvis can be found on Instagram where she frequently posts live workouts and other fitness information.
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Healthcare Worker Burnout

Healthcare facilities across the nation are under an increasing amount of pressure to do more with less. From a healthcare staffing shortage to increasing patient volumes, the strain on available resources is becoming increasingly more palpable.

Nowhere is this resource strain more strongly felt than among the nurses, doctors and technicians that make treatment and patient care possible. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between now and 2026, an additional 203,700 new registered nurses will be needed annually to fill newly created positions and replace retiring clinicians. Additionally, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the United States will experience a shortage of up to nearly 122,000 physicians by 2032 as demand for care outpaces new medical college graduates.

While many institutions are taking great strides to help fill these workforce gaps, healthcare facilities are being forced to rely upon their current clinicians to make up the difference in the interim. Consequently, healthcare practitioners of all kinds are managing larger than normal caseloads, consistently working mandatory overtime and are struggling to combat the effects of healthcare worker burnout.

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MMR Overview for Healthcare Workers

What is MMR?

MMR-Overview-for-Healthcare-Workers-Blog-Post-Premier-ImageMMR is an abbreviation for three different types of airborne viruses: Measles, Mumps, or Rubella. Once these airborne viruses enter our bodies, they have one purpose: make more viruses. A virus is a master of deceit. It enters your body as a foreign invader and hijacks one of your body’s cells to hide from the antibodies that are patrolling your system. Once the virus is inside the cell, it tells the cell what to make and when to make it. These new cells that were created by the hijacked cell are now carrying, replicating, and spreading these viruses inside your body by the millions every second.

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Healthy Eating During the Workday

Night Shift Nursing TipsIf you are anything like me, it can sometimes be really difficult to practice healthy eating during the workday. I know I usually have good intentions. I will go shopping on Sunday and buy a variety of healthy items that I can bring into work to prepare during the day. The problem for me is that I get too busy and do not have the time to take a break. Then what happens? Delivery from a local restaurant which usually consists of some not so healthy choices. That’s why meal prepping is a great way to ensure that you have nutritious food at your fingertips that has already been prepared.

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Immunizations Needed for Healthcare Agency Work

Immunizations-Credentialing-Blog-Post-Premier-Medical-ImageThe list of immunizations needed from a healthcare staffing agency can be daunting, and may include things that you may or may not have already. At Premier Medical Staffing Services, we pride ourselves in assisting you to obtain the documents that you have access to, as well as, provide resources. These are the best questions to ask yourself when needing to provide medical records for a pre-employment background check.

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Tips to Sleep Better at Night

5 Tips to Sleep Better at Night

A good night’s sleep may seem like a dream when you’re up night after night tossing and turning and counting the dwindling hours until your alarm. Many of us struggle to shut down our bodies and minds on a daily basis, resulting in the sluggish feeling from the lack of restoration the evening before. The five tips below may help restore your body’s ability to get full night of restful sleep.

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3 Ways to Stay Active in the Winter

3-Ways-Stay-Active-Winter-Premier-Medical-imageNow that the holidays are over, it is time to get back into the swing of things. If you had as much fun over the holidays as I did, your pants are little tight and your gym membership card is a little dusty. Good news! There are many ways to be active and healthy during these chilly post-holiday months. Whether you want to stay indoors or you want to brave the cold, I have great ideas to stay active to help keep that waistline from expanding.

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Am I sick enough to stay home?

Last Modified: Aug 11, 2020 @ 12:35 pm by Katy Konkel

7 Symptoms to Consider When Calling Out of Work

You wake up one morning with a little tickle in the back of your throat. The headache you’ve been treating all night with aspirin just won’t go away. Despite the thermostat being set at a comfortable 68° F, you’re feeling hot and sweaty. Are you sick enough to stay home from work?

When you work in the healthcare industry, deciding if you are too sick to go into work can be a tough decision. You’ve experienced firsthand how stressful things can be when your floor or unit is short staffed. You also know that your patients are counting on you to provide an exceptional level of care. And let’s not forget, no one wants to be patient zero, the one who shares the “sickness” with everyone else.

Taking the time to carefully evaluate your symptoms and the likelihood that you are contagious is the best way to determine if you are sick enough to stay home. In consultation with your doctor, we recommend using the following symptoms as a guide: Continue reading

5 Ways to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

compassion-fatigueCompassion Fatigue is an occupational hazard in the field of healthcare. Taking constant inventory on your personal self-care to promote a healthy, sustainable career in your field of study is more important than ever as responsibilities and workload continue to rise in the industry.  It is seen as a cost of caring, within high care occupations where empathy, caring for others, and compassion are at the occupational core. Those who work in healthcare are aware, to some extent, of the high burnout rates that are go hand-in-hand with the industry.

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