How Social Media Use can Help (and Hurt) Nurses

Living in a time where social media is deeply intertwined with our daily lives, it is natural for nurses to be inclined to use their favorite platforms on-the-job. While you may have sincere intentions when using social media, there are things that you should consider to avoid complications with co-workers, patients, and superiors. Here are a few ways that social media use can both help and hurt nurses.

Create a Knowledge Base

Nurses find that connecting with people who are in the same field often provides positive support, feedback, and new perspectives. Nursing is a stressful and demanding field, so it makes sense that nurses may want to reach out to other nurses sharing similar experiences. Social media is a great way to communicate with strangers who share interests, and is often an easy tool to exchange nursing ideas and questions.

Facebook is by far the most accommodating for this purpose, as it allows users to create and join groups and attend events where people who share interests can interact. WhatsApp is another great tool to keep in touch with people from around the world for free.

Organize Information

Social media is a great tool for organizing useful information in an easily accessible and timely matter. Collecting valuable and dependable data and placing it in one place is much more efficient than having to constantly research and search through multiple sources for work-related questions and information. Pinterest and Tumblr are social media platforms that make storing pertinent data easy and fun!

Engage In Conversation

There is no doubt that engaging in deep, professional conversations with colleagues, particularly colleagues in other locations, grows one’s knowledge and furthers one’s growth in the field. As participants in one of the world’s most demanding professions, nurses greatly benefit from using social media to gain new perspectives and receive emotional support. Platforms like Twitter and Facebook encourage easy conversation between users from all over the globe.   

Risks

Although these are all examples of how social media can aid nurses in their professional pursuits, using these tools can also hurt nurses if they do not use proper discretion about the information they provide and receive online. Keep in mind that much of the information shared online is incorrect or exaggerated. Working in the medical field, it is crucial to be entirely accurate and sure about treatment options and executions. Researching ideas is great for knowledge building; however, must should never be taken as fact unless you thoroughly conduct your own investigation. Always communicate questions, doubts, and concerns with your superiors, and be sure to engage in social media activity only on your personal time.

Using social media for nursing-related matters can have positive and negative consequences. Make sure you are aware of when, where, and how you are using these tools so that those around you do not misconceive your actions. At Ardor Health Services, we have many  job listings that will help you find the professional healthcare job that works for you.

3 Surprising Facts About Hearing Loss

Did you know that hearing loss affects over 48 million Americans? This number may be surprising, but more individuals are diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss every day. Not only does the number continue to grow, but different types of hearing loss are also being discovered. If you weren’t aware of the number of Americans affected by hearing loss, then these other facts may also surprise you.

30 Million Americans Under the Age of 65 are Diagnosed With Hearing Loss

It’s safe to assume that the majority of the 48 million Americans diagnosed with hearing loss would be age 65 or older. In actuality, 62 percent are younger than 65. Let’s break down the numbers reported by Sergei Kochkin, the Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute:

  • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 46-59) have a hearing problem
  • 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40) already have hearing loss
  • At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems
  • 3 out of every 1,000 infants are born with severe hearing loss

Any Sound Over 85 Decibels Can Damage Hearing

Hearing loss can come as a consequence of hearing loud sounds. Prolonged exposure to noise above 85 decibels (dB) may cause a form of permanent hearing loss. Here are a few sounds to compare:

  • Normal Conversation – 60 dB. This noise level won’t cause any damage
  • Idle Bulldozer – 85 dB. This can cause permanent damage after an 8 hour work day
  • Headphones at Maximum Volume – 100 dB or more. This is loud enough to begin causing permanent hearing damage after listening to 15 minutes of music per day
  • Rock Concert – 115 dB. This level is enough to cause damage but shouldn’t be permanent in moderation
  • Thunderclap – 120 dB. This can cause immediate damage in close vicinity
  • Gunshot – 140-190 dB. This can also cause severe immediate hearing damage

Hearing Loss is Unique

No one has the same level of hearing loss. Our ears adjust to sounds and frequencies in different ways. A high-pitched noise may affect your ears differently from someone standing right next to you. Because no one’s ears are the same, it’s essential to get your ears checked by a professional. Without proper testing, hearing aids or devices you acquire will most likely not amplify the appropriate frequencies.

Hearing loss encompasses many different factors. Having a clear understanding of hearing loss is vital to preventing it and essential when trying to start a career in audiology. Ardor Health Solutions can help you take the first step in your audiology career. Check out our job search, or call  855-GO-ARDOR to find your next audiology position!

Top 5 Sights in Washington D.C.

Is your next travel nursing assignment taking you to Washington D.C.? Relocating to a city that you haven’t visited before for work-related reasons can be overwhelming; but if you’re in D.C., you can have all the fun of being a “tourist” in your new city while getting a great education about our country’s foundation. Best of all, the majority of the sights are free to tour! Here are a few sights you can’t miss.

Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool

The Lincoln Memorial is the most-visited site in D.C. with over 6 million visitors annually. The historic site, modeled after the Parthenon in Greece, is replete with intricate architecture and symbolism. Engraved into the walls of this memorial are two of Lincoln’s most famous speeches: the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address. The memorial is truly a sight to behold, and can be toured around-the-clock, although park rangers are only available to answer questions from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm. The iconic Reflecting Pool is one of the city’s most recognized sites, and is part of the memorial.

The White House

The White House is a top sight for first-time visitors to D.C. The White House has been the home to each President of the United States following George Washington, who was the only president to never reside there. The landmark rests in a national park, and can be toured inside and out. Public tour requests must be submitted through your Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are generally available Tuesday through Saturday. It is recommended to make your reservation at least 21 days in advance; however, you can explore the exterior of the White House at any time.

Washington Monument

Just a short walk away from the White House is the Washington Monument. Construction began in 1848 to honor our nation’s first President of the United States, George Washington. It stands at just over 555 feet and is the tallest stone structure and obelisk in the world.

National World War II Memorial

In 1939, German forces invaded Poland and marked the beginning of the Second World War. The War lasted until 1945 and involved the majority of the world’s greatest nations. It was the deadliest conflict in human history, with approximately 85 million fatalities worldwide. The National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. honors the millions of Americans involved in the conflict, from the 16 million who served in the armed forces, to the over 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort.

U.S Capitol

The U.S. Capitol is the home of the United States Congress. It is known for its architecture — the iconic dome, its rotunda, and its wings at either side. Inside, you will find paintings, frescos, and sculptures that tell tales of our nation’s past. The Capitol’s interior is free to tour starting at the visitor center, which is open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have time, you can reserve free passes to watch Congress in session.

There are many things that a traveling nursing assignment can offer you aside from the job itself. There are opportunities to relocate to cities that are full of culture and history like Washington D.C. that will add to your work and life experiences. Visit Ardor Health Solutions and find out how to find your next healthcare travel assignment.

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

National Physical Therapist Month (NPTM) started in 1981. Originally dubbed “Physical Therapy Week” in June of 1981, the month was moved to October so it wouldn’t conflict with the American Physical Therapy Association’s annual conference that was held each June. What is the importance of National Physical Therapist Month and how can you celebrate it? Let’s find out!

The Goal of National Physical Therapy Month

The goal of NPTM is to raise awareness about the importance of physical therapy in helping people find relief from pain, improve mobility, and live healthier lives. Each year, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) chooses a theme for the month. In the past, topics have included specific conditions. A few past themes have been:

  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Low Back pain
  • Obesity
  • Sports injury prevention

This year, the APTA is spotlighting their “#ChoosePT” initiative. Choose PT honed in on the ways the physical therapy community plays a part in raising awareness of the opioid epidemic. The link between opioid drug abuse and physical therapy isn’t abundantly clear, but the problem could stem from medications prescribed for pain. By helping people manage pain with physical therapy and exercise, physical therapists hope to play a major role in combating the opioid crisis.

Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

Throughout National Physical Therapy Month, physical therapists and clinics encourage their communities to become more active. They also frequently provide free public posture screenings, balance assessments, and fun runs. Some schools may even celebrate the month by:

  • Hosting the Physical Therapy Olympics – school staff, parents, and students help organize or participate in wheelchair relay races and other activities
  • Creating a challenge – using pedometers to determine who can take the most steps in a week
  • Forming a physical therapy quiz – the quiz will have questions relating to physical therapy and how it helps children and the community

These are only a few of the many creative ways NPTM can be celebrated. Some clinics offer gifts and other incentives to patients throughout the month.

Raising awareness about the benefits of physical therapy and how it can be used to take action against opioid addiction is the central mission of National Physical Therapy Month this year. If you’d like to help spread the word of NPTM, just use the hashtag “#ChoosePT” on any of your social media platforms. Each year, the American Physical Therapy Association hopes to continue educating the public on the importance of physical therapy and Ardor Health Solutions hopes to help spread the word!

Ardor Health Named as a Great Place to Work for Small/Medium Workplaces

Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE Name Ardor Health Solutions One of 2017’s Best Small & Medium Workplaces

Coral Springs, FL At Ardor Health Solutions, our growth wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our team! We’re proud of our team, and we’re also excited to announce our organization has been named one of the 2017 Best Small & Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE!

This ranking considered 74,000 surveys from employees at hundreds of businesses in all sectors of the economy. Ardor Health earned a spot on this list based on co-workers’ assessment of the camaraderie, leadership, fairness, rewards and career opportunities enjoyed by all in their workplace. Ardor Health ranked #43 among the winning small/medium organizations!

“A company is only as strong as its employees. And when it comes to our business, we have the best employees in the industry,” said President and Co-Founder, Patty Lamia, “we strive hard to create a work environment that our team looks forward to every single day.

• Ardor Health offers merit based incentive programs
• The ability to have a flexible schedule is a hallmark of Ardor Health’s work culture
• Our employees enjoy the ability to grow in our organization in all of our departments

Outstanding small and mid-sized employers – as identified by their employees – are substantially more likely to report work experiences linked to retention, innovation and good customer service, according to research by Great Place to Work. The winning organizations also are more likely than their peers to maintain a healthy organizational culture as they grow larger and more complex.

“The Best Small & Medium workplaces are laying the groundwork for future success by building trust, cooperation and leadership credibility. All of these enhance business performance and create a positive environment for doing business,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.

The Best Small & Medium Workplaces is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on research into employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Ardor Health was also was ranked as a Great Place to Work for 3 years straight and a Great Place for Women to work in 2016 by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

About Ardor Health:

Ardor Health is a rapidly-growing Healthcare Staffing company that began in 2001. We specialize in the temporary and permanent placement of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists as well as PTA’s, COTA’s, CFY’s, SLPA’s, School Psychologists, and RN’s across all fifty states. Ardor Health has the best sales force in the industry, which in turn makes the company incredibly strong. Ardor provides quality positions and care for its travelers/candidates, as well as the facilities they staff them in. Ardor Health has a fun, energetic, family-oriented, business-casual environment with a fast-paced mind set. Its staff is ever-changing, organized, highly qualified and dedicated to customer service.

About the Best Small & Medium Workplaces
The ranking was based on anonymous feedback from more than 74,000 employees working at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. Employees completed a Trust Index™ survey with more than 50 questions assessing pride, camaraderie, executive effectiveness, innovation, benefits, professional development and other elements of a great workplace. Scores also considered organizations’ performance relative to their size and industry, as well as their ability to provide a great workplace for all employees, regardless of who they are or what they do. Survey results from eligible companies had a 6 percent margin of error, at most, with a 95 percent confidence level. Organizations with 10 to 99 employees were considered for the small workplaces list and those with 100-999 employees were considered for the medium list.
To find out more about becoming Great Place to Work-Certified and eligible for Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, women, diversity, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps its clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

3 Most Common Injuries Sustained by Student Athletes

As an athlete, many are unsure when they need to visit the doctor after they have sustained an injury. Often, they do not want to admit they have been hurt to avoid having to take time away from their sport. However, untreated injuries could result in permanent removal from their activity if they are not handled in a timely manner. Here are a few common injuries to look out for as a healthcare professional.

Sprains and Fractures

Sprain and fractures are among the most common injuries student athletes sustain. Oftentimes, these injuries occur because of high-intensity training or at sporting events. Though sprains and fractures are related injuries, there are a few differences.

Sprain

A sprain, by definition, is a tear or overstretch of a ligament or ligaments that hold bones in place at the joints. If the sprain is mild, or if you are unsure of the severity of the sprain, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.) are the recommended steps to take when treating this injury. However, if symptoms do not subside, you may have a severe sprain which would require a doctor’s visit, and possible casting or surgery may be needed.

Fracture

A fracture is a break in the bone. When someone suffers a bone break, some things to look for are any deformities at the injury site, or if the injury is in the lower extremities, difficulty walking is also a sign of a fracture. A visit to the doctor for X-rays will then be necessary, at which point the doctor will then make the appropriate diagnosis and casting.

Cuts

Cuts can occur at any time or place but are very common among athletes, especially those who are in extreme contact sports. Common areas where these injuries happen are usually around the joints or the face. Many times it is unknown whether stitches are needed or not. Long or deep cuts usually require stitches, especially when bleeding continues for minutes after applying pressure. It is also advisable that you visit a cosmetic surgeon if you have experienced a large laceration on the face to avoid any unwanted scarring.  

Concussions

Concussions are not always diagnosed correctly due to misinformation when it comes to identifying the signs. Some argue that concussions occur if someone faints or loses consciousness; however, this is a common misconception. Some symptoms to look out for if you are unsure if you or someone you know has suffered a concussion are:

  • Headache
  • Loss of concentration
  • Dizziness
  • Glassy eyes
  • Difficulty answering questions

A person who has suffered a concussion should not return to any physical activity for at least four weeks, or until they have received clearance from a doctor.

Athletes put their bodies through hyper-strenuous activities and are highly prone to many types of injuries that require professional assistance and care. Sometimes, having the right nurse or healthcare professional to work with these athletes makes all the difference for athletes who suffer injuries such as these. At Ardor Health Solutions, we specialize in job placements in a wide variety of healthcare professions and locations. Contact us to find the right job for you!

4 Signs that Your Child May Need Occupational Therapy

If you’ve started to notice difficulties in your child’s school performance, you may think your child needs a visit with a psychologist or may not be using enough energy throughout the day. You may be worried and wonder what you can do to help. Even though you won’t be able to see your child work in the classroom, there are some signs you can identify outside of school that may indicate that he or she could benefit from occupational therapy.

Inability to focus

If your child is having trouble focusing on his homework, it may be a sign that he’s having difficulty concentrating in class. Most children won’t entirely focus on completing a homework assignment, but if your child gets distracted by noises or movement at home, he might also have difficulty paying attention at school and may not be getting the most out of his education. This is not necessarily a sign of attention-deficit disorder (ADD). While many may have problems focusing, children with ADD will frequently display:

  • Impulsivity – trouble censoring words and emotions and will interrupt people
  • Overactivity/Hyperactivity – issues staying still and wandering off when they’re expected to remain seated
  • Inattention – inability to focus even when trying to and may get tired from working so hard to pay attention
  • Distractibility – distraction stemming from the brain’s struggle to filter out extra information such as a sound or an itch that would cause the child to lose focus

Occupational therapy can help children stay focused by:

  • Allowing sensory breaks into the child’s day – allowing the child to walk around at regular intervals
  • Providing products to ease their stress, such as therapy fidget toys and chewable pencil tops and jewelry
  • Enabling special seating and testing in a separate room to help avoid sensory overload

Poor Motor Skills

Another sign that your child may need occupational therapy is if he struggles with necessary motor skills. A few examples of poor motor skills are:

  • Difficulty holding a pencil correctly
  • Difficulty erasing completely
  • Difficulty cutting, folding, or coloring

If your child seems like he’s struggling with these basic motor skills, you may need to consider occupational therapy. Occupational therapy can help your child improve motor skills by:

  • Implementing activities that will develop hand and finger muscles such as popping bubble wrap
  • Improving hand-eye coordination with customized exercises
  • Using games like Connect 4 to enhance fine motor skills

In addition to these activities and exercises, occupational therapists may use other techniques like letting your child set a dinner table by using two hands to carry and balance a tray.

Typing Difficulties

Typing difficulties entail more than slow typing speed compared to peers. From not being able to remember where the keys are, to not being able to move his fingers correctly, typing struggles come in many forms. These difficulties are all components of manual dexterity and visual memory which occupational therapy can improve.

Math Problems

Many children struggle with math at some point. When a child has difficulty learning math, the finger is usually pointed at the teacher or the actual lesson plan. Sometimes, a child could be struggling with math problems because he has a hard time lining up the numbers correctly. Without being able to line up the numbers, solving math problems and equations becomes an impossible feat for your child. This could stem from an issue with spatial organization which can also be improved with occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy plays an important role in improving a child’s ability to focus and learn in school. At Ardor Health Solutions, we use our staffing services to provide more opportunities for occupational therapists to apply their knowledge to help patients across the nation. Check out our blog if you’d like to learn more about occupational therapy and its uses!

3 Things Nurses Should NEVER Say to Patients

Nurses have one of the most stressful yet fulfilling jobs of all. Long hours and numerous patients to tend to is a lot for one person to take on. However, nurses must keep in mind that patients are highly vulnerable and anything that is said or done outside of the task at hand could be taken the wrong way. Here are a few things that will help you while you care for your patients. 

Keep Patient Conversations Professional

Focusing on patients’ needs and goals keeps them in line towards recovery. As a nurse, you must ensure your patient’s comfort and well-being at all times. Although you may connect with your patient on a personal level, it is best to remain professional and provide information relevant to their condition and what they should expect in the days ahead.

Do Not Talk About Others

Remember that patients are often in a delicate situation. You can contribute to a positive hospital environment by keeping comments about other nurses and healthcare professionals to yourself. This will keep the patient at ease. A difference in professional opinions is something that can be beneficial to the patient’s progress; another professional’s opinion should always be considered if it’s in the best interest of the patient. If a problem should occur, be sure to resolve issues away from the patient in a professional manner.

Keep Personal Opinions To Yourself

As you gain professional work experience and knowledge, you may be inclined to give a patient your opinion, especially when it concerns your patient. However, a doctor order and a patient’s decision must be carried out in a professional manner regardless of any personal beliefs. Going against what they say or want may lead to a lack of trust between patient and nurse, making your job more difficult than it needs to be. Ultimately, a patient’s comfort is most important.

Nurses spend more time with patients than other healthcare professionals; thus, they often find it difficult to avoid building a relationship with them. Remembering these guidelines will aid you as you perform your duties as a nurse. At Ardor Health Services, we have many job listings that will help you find the professional healthcare job that works for you.

A Nurse’s Role in Natural Disaster Recovery

When disaster strikes, the public expects first responders, nurses, and other health experts to drive into the scene right away and treat the injured. This expectation is natural; a nurse’s care is considered an ethical duty as outlined by Provision 2 of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, stating “the nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient.”

At the same time, Provision 5 within the same document claims that the nurse owes the same duty to him or herself as to others. In other words, the health and care of the nurse – the person – is just as important as the patient. After all, a nurse who is injured or ill is unable to provide adequate care. This dilemma is only one of the many difficult questions facing healthcare professionals today when faced with an emergency situation. What exactly is a nurse’s primary role during a disaster? How can a nurse balance priorities?

Complications in Disaster Recovery

After a natural disaster like a hurricane strikes, the community often faces an unprecedented amount of structural damage. Such damage – like broken power lines – can make it difficult for general facilities like hospitals to remain open and meet the community’s needs. Already, an essential resource for most nurses is suddenly unavailable. Add to this the fact that nurses are given patient assignments in areas outside of their comfort zone, and a whole new array of questions crop up:

  • How does the nurse get to the site safely?
  • Is there an exposure risk to certain diseases?
  • Will there be security?
  • Does the nurse have family members who are affected by the disaster?
  • Are local laws forcing the nurse to work? If so, are these laws in the nurse’s best interest?

Complicated questions like these will be answered differently by individual registered nurses. While the medical community is still debating how to best approach complications, many agree the most important factor is setting clear policies that establish the expectations of the nurse, employer, and government.

Preparedness for Disaster Recovery

Just as the general public expects nurses to take care of them after a natural disaster, many nurses also expect their employer and local government services to have definite plans for possible scenarios. Such procedures include the provisions of adequate protective equipment, security, and immunizations. A nurse is not an emergency responder; the two roles have different expectations. If the nurse is expected to act as part of an emergency response team, the employer must make that clear. Under Provision 8 of the Nurse’s Code, a nurse is expected to “stress human rights under all conditions, with particular attention to preserving the human rights of vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, prisoners, refugees and socially stigmatized groups.” When the nurse is unable to provide that attention due to logistic issues that could have been avoided, everyone suffers.

Natural disasters are an inevitability. The essential factor that separates a devastating natural disaster from a mild one is the level of preparedness within the community. As a registered nurse, you can make a difference in treating and helping those around you. Find your next job as a registered nurse through Ardor Health’s online job listing, or call 866-425-5768.

Are Pets Allowed on Travel Assignments?

Thinking about having someone keep you company on your next travel assignment? Traveling for work can make you a little homesick, and bringing your pet with you is the best cure when you are feeling a little blue. Having pets move with you on travel assignments is not uncommon; however, there are several things to consider when bringing pets along. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you are thinking about having a familiar face greet as you walk through the door every day.

Ask First

Discussing the possibility of your pet joining you on your next travel assignment with your recruiting manager is always recommended. Every employer is distinct, and there are different rules and policies that employees are expected to follow. Knowing your plans from the beginning allows them to better accommodate your needs.

Accommodations

Looking for accommodations in a timely manner will help you find the best home for you and your furry friend. Some things you should keep in mind during your search are location, housing costs, and quality of life. Not all housing options are pet-friendly, and things can get tricky when considering both your work and personal needs. It is best for you to start your search as soon as you can.

Additional Expenses

Preparing yourself for additional expenses before relocating to your next travel assignment is also advisable. Keep in mind, when traveling with pets, air travel requires a pet fee and a carrier or crate depending on the size of the pet. Pet care, such as food, veterinary needs, and grooming are things also to consider when budgeting for your next move. Lastly, remember that with pet-friendly housing come pet fees and deposits.

Acquiring new travel assignments with special requests such as bringing your pet along with you is an important thing to consider. At Ardor Health Solutions we specialize in professional healthcare staffing. With our vast list of available healthcare job listings, we are sure to have the perfect job listing for you and your furry friend.