Tips for Surviving the Holidays as a Travel Nurse

Travel nurses often feel torn about working away from their families during the holiday season. Being away from loved ones can cause the most “wonderful time of the year” to feel a little gloomy. Don’t let being away on a travel assignment strip you of your holiday cheer. With these tips, you can make the most of your holiday season while you are on duty.  

Create New Traditions

Although you will not be surrounded by your loved ones over the holidays, you can create new traditions with your coworkers and any friends you have made along the way. Plan activities and dinners to keep you socially engaged. By taking time to bond with others in a similar situation, you can feel supported and less isolated. The holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy your time with the people around you, so turn on some holiday tunes, put up some decorations, and look forward to establishing new traditions.  

Shop til you Drop

Keeping busy by purchasing gifts for your family and friends is another way to survive the holidays. Shopping keeps you surrounded by others who are taking advantage of what the holidays have to offer. Holiday shopping is universal, so no matter what city you’re in, you won’t be the only one enjoying great sales, colorful decorations, and lively music! Need gifting ideas? Taking the time to purchase gifts relating to your new city is an excellent way for family and friends to appreciate and celebrate your accomplishments.

Avoid Social Media

Seeing what your friends are up to through social media is a common pastime these days. During the holidays, this could be something you might want to avoid. People tend to surf through social media during down time, usually when they are alone. This can exacerbate feelings of loneliness and homesickness. Taking a break from social media can be good for your mental health, especially at this time of year.

Video Connect With Friends and Family

Arranging communication as often as possible with your loved ones is especially valuable during the holidays. Technology allows us to experience the luxury of a video call. Give your family the gift of your presence during a video call while they open the gifts you sent them. This way, you won’t miss a single smile or gasp. This is especially fun when you have children!

Build Connections With Your Work Family

Keeping a close connection with your work family is another great way to fill in the gap during the holidays. The odds are that they also lack family presence during this time. Spruce up the work environment with decorations, plan dinners and Secret Santas. Don’t let work and being away from family be a Scrooge on your holiday.

A traveling nurse during the holidays has many things to be thankful for and celebrate even though they may be away from those they love. Working in a city that fulfills your needs is a great way to starting the year right. At Ardor Health Services, we have many job listings that will help you find the professional healthcare job that works for you.

School Psychology Week Kicks Off With Powerful Slogan

School Psychology Awareness Week is underway! SPAW will take place between November 13–17, 2017. The theme this year is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, “the goal is to highlight how taking a small positive action creates connections that lead to positive change, builds greater successes and develops the academic and social–emotional skills students need to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of belonging and well-being.”

At Ardor Health, we realize the importance of School Psychologists in our schools. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that the need for school psychologists will grow 14% over the next 10 years! Our team is always on hand to make sure to do our best to fill the needs of every school in the country and find the job School Psychologists desire the most.

For more information on School Psychology Awareness Week please visit: http://www.nasponline.org/research-and-policy/advocacy-tools-and-resources/school-psychology-awareness-week-2017

4 Surprising Facts a School Nurse Wants Parents to Know

A school nurse carries responsibilities that go above and beyond the call of duty of a typical nurse. School nurses often fulfill several roles for students like mentor, counselor, and parent. As a nurse working on campus, you build connections with students that no other school employee has the opportunity to build. Over years of establishing unique relationships with students, school nurses have gathered a few facts they would like to share with parents.

Moods

Many students come into the nurse’s office because of anxiety and stress-related issues. Students of all ages deal with peer pressure while juggling various responsibilities. Many students are inundated with homework, chores, and after-school clubs or sports. In this day, it is not uncommon for students to develop anxiety disorders.

According to a 2012 National Association of School Nurses report, the top five health conditions of U.S. students are mental-health issues. Some indications of anxiety include excessive worry, trouble sleeping, difficulties concentrating, and drops in grades. Your child may also display physical symptoms of an upset stomach, chest pain or heart palpitations, and headaches. These symptoms may suddenly disappear on the weekend when your child is no longer in school.

Food and Hydration

Approximately half of a student’s daily caloric intake occurs during school hours; yet children are often too distracted by peers and school work to be mindful of their eating habits. Throughout the day, students must have access to a nutritious meal, healthy snacks, and water. Parents can help their children get the hydration they need at school by providing them with a water bottle each day. It also helps to have a plan for meals; whether kids take lunch from home or eat at school, it’s important they receive a balanced meal.

Family Matters

What happens at home usually goes to school with your children. Family matters are concerning to children, and it is best that they are addressed before the next school day. Children typically hide their emotions and do not like to show they are affected by things that do not directly concern them; however, young children are especially susceptible to internalizing problems and may blame themselves. Communicating with your child will help them cope and deal with the hard times at home.  

Missing School

When times are rough, do not let your child skip school. Allowing your child to avoid issues does not help them overcome them; instead, help him confront his issues by being present in his life. It can be easy to allow a busy schedule to impede building a connection to your child. Be sure to take the time to talk with him about what’s important. A child that takes the time to work through his problems will be better able to problem-solve and cope as an adult, a vital skill that will lead him toward success.

School nurses are a vital connection between a child’s school and home life. If becoming a school nurse and working with children is the next step you want to take in your nursing career, Ardor Health Services will help you find the right school nurse location for you.

Ardor Health is headed to ASHA 2017!

It’s hard to believe that ASHA 2017 is almost here! This year ASHA will hold its annual conference in beautiful Los Angeles, California! Once again, Ardor Health Solutions is a proud of sponsor of this amazing event. We’d love for you to stop by booth #740 and meet our team and register to win a brand new Apple Watch!

The 2017 ASHA Convention will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, November 9–11, 2017.

The ASHA Convention is the premier annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the Annual Convention provides you with a once-a-year opportunity to learn about the latest research, polish clinical skills, improve techniques, and gain new tools and resources to advance professional development.

To learn more, head over to ASHA’s Website