Battling COVID-19 Burnout Among Clinicians

Healthcare worker burnout is by no means a new topic. It has been widely discussed and an active topic among the healthcare community for years now. But the mounting concerns of the high stress situations of COVID-19 have brought the topic of burnout to the forefront, and addressing it is more important than ever.

What’s going to turn the tide is the ability of hospitals and healthcare organizations to be proactive in recognizing the issue and offering solutions to their healthcare workers. Many nurses and physicians feel that they’re voices are lost in the shuffle when trying to communicates the problem of burnout.

What Causes Burnout?

A variety of factors can attribute to healthcare worker burnout. One of which right now is staffing issues. Hospitals are once again overburdened by new patients infected by the Delta variant of COVID-19. Hospital beds are filling up, but the amount of staff isn’t changing, causing a much larger workload for nurses and doctors.

Luckily, hospitals and healthcare facilities do have the benefit of using staffing agencies, who can tap into a wider resource of healthcare workers across the country to bring in the much needed help. The benefit of a staffing agency to handle the sourcing, credentialing and onboarding is a huge relief for hospital administrators who can then concentrate on their current staff. The addition of travel nurses into a hospital will alleviate a lot of the burden staff nurses are currently handling.

Other factors contribute to burnout as well. These include but aren’t limited to, non-stop scheduling, stressful work environments and more. These issues were present before the pandemic but are only amplified by the spread of COVID-19.

Even before the pandemic began, healthcare workers were battling burnout. Several years ago, an estimated figure of nearly 40% of nurses reported having some level of stress, exhaustion, or emotional strain due to burnout. The pandemic has only lengthened and heightened those pain points for clinicians.

What Can Be Done?

Undiagnosed burnout can lead to both the detriment of the clinician, the patient and the organization as as whole, so it’s important to recognize it, report it, and take steps to encourage help. An overworked and burnt out healthcare worker will many times lead to a decreased level of care for patients according to experts.

So what can be done?

Firstly, employers, like hospitals or other healthcare facilities, can take steps to get ahead of the problem. A simple check-in with employees can go a long way.

How are you feeling? Is there anything stressing you out more than usual? What can we do to alleviate that stress?

Even a simple survey to gauge the temperature of an employee can mean so much! You’d be surprised the feedback you can get from a simple survey.

We have to remember, a lot of times, like any job, healthcare workers and employees want to know that their concerns are being heard and recognized.

When we know what could be causing burnout, we can react quickly to any issues. If a nurse is feeling bogged down by paperwork, it would be best to hire more support staff to handle the administrative tasks. If the actual stress of the day-to-day duties is wearing a healthcare worker down, then extended time off or some PTO could work wonders. Even more flexible schedules can benefit more healthcare workers.

The point is, having an open communication line from management to frontline workers is the first step in fighting burnout! Employers and healthcare facilities can utilize support programs, meaningful tracking, and staffing agencies like Ardor Health to help supplement their staff with fresh, ready, and determined healthcare professionals who are ready to deliver care and passions wherever they go.

2020 is the Year of the Nurse!

The roaring 20s have returned and the year 2020 is a little extra special this year for nurses and midwives in particular! The World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to advance nurses’ vital position in transforming healthcare around the world. It also is in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

The Year of The Nurse

This designation shows the WHO’s focus on the nursing profession role as a key component in the healthcare industry. In 2020, WHO will release the first ever State of the World’s Nursing report. This report will detail the power of the nursing profession, which currently is more than 50% of the healthcare workforce in most countries. This report will also address the key concerns of the nursing shortage.

In addition to WHO, ANA Enterprise will also participate in the year of the nurse by celebrating nurses everywhere and engaging nurses across multiple platforms; promoting leadership, community, excellence, and innovation.

“As the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S. and the most trusted profession, nurses are with patients 24/7 and from the beginning of life to the end. Nurses practice in all healthcare settings and are filling new roles to meet the ever-growing demand for health and health care services,” said ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Despite the major role nurses play in health care delivery and community outreach, there are opportunities to increase understanding of the value of nursing in order to expand investment in education, practice and research, as well as increase the numbers of nurses who serve in leadership positions.”

Partnering with Ardor Health

Ardor Health’s commitment to its nursing family is stronger than ever! To celebrate this year, Ardor Health plans to roll out even more travel incentives, provide our nurses with industry leading pay packages, and grow our internal staff to better assist you on all of your future travel assignments!

If you are interested in finding your next great position, then feel free to search our database! If you don’t see a position you love, feel free to call us or open up a Live Chat!

Get Social!

Nurses are encouraged to use #yearofthenurse and follow us on social media as we celebrate nurses in 2020. To stay connected throughout the year and join the celebration, click here.

Find Your Next School Job Job from 2019-2020 with Ardor Health

Before you know it, summer will be over and fall will be here! Are you ready for your next school assignment? Ardor Health’s School Division has been placing therapy travelers in a variety of different school assignments all over the country for almost two decades. We’re here to help find you the best possible school position for your set of skills, that way you can do what you best; help the students at all of these school districts.

Choosing the Perfect School Assignment

Traveling for a school contract can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your career. The ability to use your skills, whether they be in speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or special education, is such a rewarding feeling when coupled with helping a student. That’s why Ardor Health promises to always take care of the little things about travel assignments. That means you’ll never have to worry about negotiating the contract, finding housing, or searching for the right position. That’s why we’re here.

Right now, we have the below open school positions all over the country:

  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Speech Language Pathology Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • School Nurses
  • School Psychologists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • CFYs
  • Teletherapists
  • School Audiologists

A Location You Love and Benefits You Can Count On

Over the years, Ardor Health has secured partnerships with some of the biggest school systems across the country, that way you can have as many options as possible. Whether you want to work in a small remote area of the country, or travel to a robust city, we have you covered!

In addition to location, Ardor Health offers a variety of ultra-competitive pay packages and benefits to all of our travelers. You’re traveling and working hard to care for a school system’s children, so you should be treated to generous benefits and pay.

We offer:

  • Competitive Pay Packages
  • Weekly Pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance Options
  • Superior Medical Coverage
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Matching 401(k) Retirement and Savings Plan
  • Liability Insurance
  • Paid Travel
  • Private Housing
  • Licensing Assistance

If you have additional questions, don’t forget to head over to Ardor Health’s School FAQ! 

Before you know it, the 2019-2020 school year will be upon us! Take the opportunity now to search our job database and find the job you’ve been looking for! Or simply click that chat box at the bottom right of your screen and learn more!

Podcasts: A Travel Therapist and Travel Nurse’s Best Friend

Whether you’re a Traveling Therapist or Traveling Nurse, you know that the travel time between assignments can be quite long, and for lack of a better word, boring! A lot of experienced travelers have come up with different ways to pass the time on the way to their next assignment, whether it be by plane or car. Some popular ways to occupy your time are: ebooks, audio books (like Audible), creating new playlists on your favorite streaming service, or even bringing a portable gaming system with you. But there are still a lot of healthcare travelers out there who have not discovered the amazing world of podcasts!

What is a podcast?

Travel Nursing Podcasts and Travel Therapy Podcasts are plentiful. Whether you want to brush up on the latest trends in Travel Nursing or discover some of the best places to work as a Physical Therapist. And of course, there are podcasts for any kind of hobby you can imagine. Podcasts are an episode-based show that cover a range of topics from movies to politics and from gardening to history. So which should you listen to?

Why listen to podcasts?

Travel Therapists and Travel Nurses have a variety of reasons to want to subscribe to a weekly rotation of nursing podcasts and therapy podcasts. In addition to offering a level of entertainment, podcasts have the ability to provide you with the latest up-to-date information about any particular topic in your healthcare field of choice. The most popular podcasts in your field will typically be some of the most well researched topics to listen to. Don’t like a topic that week? Simple. Skip it and wait for next week’s!

Where to find the podcast that’s right for you?

So where can you find them? There are several platforms where you can find podcasts. The most popular would arguably be the ‘Podcast’ app on your Apple or Android phone. After that, Spotify, Audible, and iHeartRadio are other services that offer a variety of podcasts.

Popular Nursing Podcasts

So you’re a Travel Nurse and you want to listen to some podcasts. Which should you download first? See below for some of the best travel nursing podcasts today!

1. Good Nurse Bad Nurse: Good Nurse Bad Nurse is a light-hearted and fun podcast hosted by a registered nurse and special guests who take turns telling you two nursing related stories. One is uplifting and inspirational, the other is dark and mysterious!

2. Nursing Uncensored: Nursing uncensored is a series of conversations about everything on the minds of nurses. Hosted by Adrianne Behning.

3. The Daily Nurse: Daily Nurse’s podcast is called Nursecasts: A Podcast for Nurses By Nurses, and it delivers – topics such as maternal mortality, the rise of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and simulation labs are covered with expert hosting from people who know life in the trenches of the ER.

4. Your Next Shift: This nursing podcast offers listeners a dynamic listening experience. Host Elizabeth Scala provides both practical tactics and universal truths to the world of nursing

5. Cup of Nurses: A nursing podcast, where the hosts tackle current events and other hot nursing related topics one conversation at a time.

Popular Therapy Podcasts (PT,SLP and OT):

  1. Healthy Wealthy and Smart: The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy features top experts in physical therapy, wellness and entrepreneurship. We give you the information and inspiration you need to take your life and career to the next level.
  2. PT PintCast: This podcast is unique and fun! The showrunners talk all things physical therapy and enjoy a cold brew while doing it! What’s not to love?
  3. Move Forward PT: The Move Forward Radio podcast offers unique interviews with physical therapists and other health care experts providing tips on prevention and information about treatment.
  4. Therapy Insiders: UpDoc Media’s main podcast, Therapy Insiders, is hosted by Gene Shirokobrod, Erson Religioso, and Joe Palmer. This podcast comprises a wide range of topics, including job market insights, career advice, and clinical tips. Guests are typically industry entrepreneurs and thought leaders, including WebPT’s own Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC.
  5. Conversations in Speech Pathology: Join speech-language pathologist Jeff Stepen as he interviews a variety of professionals, parents, and other assorted characters about topics related to the practice of speech pathology/therapy.
  6. The ASHA Podcast Series: Every three to four weeks, the ASHA Podcasts features a new interview with a person that is making news in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
  7. StutterTalk: StutterTalk is the first and longest running podcast on stuttering. Since 2007 they have published more than 600 podcasts which are heard in 180 countries.
  8. Everyday Evidence: How does evidence affect everyday problems? AOTA’s Everyday Evidence Podcast series has the answers. They sort through the evidence and bring you the most important information that relates to everyday life in a short podcast format.
  9.  Occupied: Brock Cook started the Occupied Podcast to help connect OTs around the world. He interviews OTs and discusses and explore what occupational therapy looks like all over the world.
  10. Listen to Pediatrics Podcast: These recorded audio conversations among experts are FREE and open to nonmembers, with the latest tips and resources on pediatric practice in Occupational Therapy.

This is just a short list of podcasts that you may find helpful for your specialty! Keep in mind, we didn’t even cover some of the other popular general podcasts, we’ll leave that to you! Remember, there’s no limit to the amount of podcasts you can subscribe to, and they are all FREE! Happy Listening!

Louisiana Going Compact for Nursing on July 1st!

Louisiana is officially the 31st state to go Compact for nursing (NLC)! This is fantastic news for travel nurses who want to be able to explore different cities and states and not have to undergo the process of obtaining  a brand new license every time.

What this Means for Louisiana Based Nurses

If you are a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse who holds a license in Louisiana that’s in good standing, you may now convert that same license into a compact license, which will allow you to practice in all 31 states.

Which States Are Compact?

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Colorado
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas
  11. Kentucky
  12. Louisiana
  13. Maine
  14. Maryland
  15. Mississippi
  16. Missouri
  17. Montana
  18. Nebraska
  19. New Hampshire
  20. New Mexico
  21. North Carolina
  22. North Dakota
  23. Oklahoma
  24. South Carolina
  25. South Dakota
  26. Tennessee
  27. Texas
  28. Utah
  29. Virginia
  30. Wisconsin
  31. Wyoming

What You’ll Need to Gain Your Compact License

  1. You must reside in your home state.
  2. You must hold an active, unencumbered home state license
  3. Must not have been convicted or pled guilty to a felony offense under state or federal criminal law
  4. Must not have been convicted or entered into an agreed disposition of a misdemeanor offense related to the nursing practice as determined by the board
  5. Must not be enrolled in an alternative program/the recovering nurse program
  6. The multi-state license provides you the “privilege to practice” only in other compact states
  7. If your residency moves from one state to another, you must apply for a new primary state of residency license.  View the current map of the states in the NLC.
  8. You must submit a Multistate Conversion Application
  9. Submit fingerprints for an FBI background check (this encores an additional fee)
  10. Submit the conversion fee of $50.90
  11. Your renewal requirements for renewal remain unchanged and unaffected by the conversion application (From GypsyNurse.com)

Want to learn more? Visit NCSBN.org to learn how you can get started with your compact license.

Already have your Nursing Compact and want to search open jobs now?

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Top 10 States For High Nursing Salary

If earning top-pay is one of the most appealing features when choosing a state to travel to as a nurse, then we’ve got some news for you! The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released their list of highest grossing salaries from state to state for Registered Nurses. Some of these options are a bit more obvious, like California, but it’s important to keep in mind about Cost of Living for some of these states. Finding that sweet spot between your ideal state, a high-end salary, and a moderate cost-of-living is the trick! All that being said, let’s take a look at the list.

1. Top States

At the top of this list is California, coming in at $106,950 average for salary. California’s cost of living can vary from region to region, and so will the salary. Nonetheless, California continues to be a key state to travel to for many RNs. Other highly desirable states like New York, Washington and Hawaii make this list too. 

1. California: $106,950
2. Hawaii: $98,080
3. Massachusetts: $92,140
4. Oregon: $91,080
5. Alaska: $89,310
6. New York: $85,610
7. Nevada: $85,620
8. New Jersey: $82,750
9. Washington: $82,670
10. Connecticut: $81,220

2. Above Average States for Nursing Salary 

11. Minnesota: $78,920
12. Rhode Island: $78,420
13. Arizona: $77,000
14. Maryland: $76,820
15. Delaware: $74,800
16. Colorado: $74,240
17. Illinois: $73,890
18. Texas: $72,890
19. New Hampshire $72,760
20. New Mexico: $71,730

3. Average States for Nursing Salary

21. Wisconsin: $71,470
22. Michigan: $71,330
23. Pennsylvania: $70,390
24. Virginia: $69,790
25. Vermont: $69,160
26. Georgia: $68,950
27. Maine: $67,610
28. Montana: $67,450
29. Wyoming: $67,360
30. Idaho: $67,110

4. Below Average States for Nursing Salary

31. Ohio: $66,820
32. Florida: $66,210
33. North Dakota: $65,740
34. Utah: $65,670
35. Missouri: $65,130
36. South Carolina: $64,940
37 Indiana: $64,860
38. North Carolina: $64,850
39 Nebraska: $64,470
40. Louisiana: $63,970

5. Lowest States for Nursing Salary

41. Kentucky: $63,100
42. Oklahoma: $63,080
43. West Virginia: $61,780
44. Tennessee: $61,320
45. Kansas: 61,030
46. Arkansas: $60,780
47. Alabama: $59,470
48. Iowa: $59,130
49. Mississippi: $58,490
50. South Dakota: $58,340

So what do you think? Did all the states measure up to the salary average you expected? Or is there more to a travel assignment for you than just salary? Let us know in the comments! 

Ready to find your next great travel assignment from one of these awesome states? Search Open Jobs Now! 

 

Top 5 Travel Therapy And Nursing States This Spring

Are you considering a traveling nurse or therapy assignment this Spring? Of course you are! What better way to shake off the cold then to visit some of the country’s most desirable locations during the spring. We’ve narrowed down five of the best warm-weather destinations for travel nurses and therapists to keep in mind. This list is based on their excellent weather, access to cultural attractions, and availability of assignments in world-class healthcare facilities, these are the five destinations you should consider for your summer assignment.

Florida

This may seem like an obvious choice, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. Florida has year-round warm weather and some of the best beaches in the country. In addition, Florida also garnishes some of the top billing rates during Spring Break for Travel Therapists alike.

California

This may seem like another obvious choice, but California is a must see location basically anytime of the year, so why not start with Spring? If you dream of the southern California lifestyle, consider taking a travel assignment in San Diego, the city that has it all or venturing to San Francisco.

Texas

Texas has multiple cities filled with healthcare professionals and a vibrant lifestyle. Houston is the ideal travel nursing destination if you want to learn more about cutting-edge cancer care. The city’s MD Anderson Cancer Center is a research hub for this illness. You’ll also find plenty of nightlife, a thriving theater district, and easy access to some of the best beaches in the United States.

Oregon

Warm temperatures that never hit sweltering, a bike-friendly environment, and tons of quaint bookstores and coffee shops make Portland a hit with travel nurses and therapists who are craving adventure. You can easily take day trips to both the mountains and the ocean. Best of all, travel assignments at facilities such as the VA Medical Center are plentiful.

New York

As the snow begins to melt, now is the time to secure a position in New York. Whether you prefer the city or the country, New York has it all! From the bustling streets of NYC to the beautiful countryside, there’s something for any travel therapist or travel nurse.

Can’t make up your mind? We get it! Feel free to browse all of Ardor Health’s open positions right now and choose the Spring Break Travel Destination that’s right for you!

Why Nurses Choose to Work in Schools

School nurses are more than just the people who put a bandage on a cut and fix a runny nose. Not only do they take care of school children’s various aches and pains, but they also educate students and teachers on the importance of health and how to take care of their bodies.

Though it may seem challenging at times, being a school nurse is rewarding and offers a variety of benefits. Here are some of the reasons travel nurses choose to work in schools.

Easy Schedule

Working at a school means that your schedule follows the typical hours of a school day. Unlike working at a hospital where you may work nights and weekends, school nurses are only required to be at work when children are in the building. You also have most holidays and breaks off, meaning that for three months each year you have a nice summer vacation.  

Long-Term Contracts

Working as a school nurse also gives you a long-term contract. While the typical travel nursing contract is only about 12 weeks long, working at a school means that you are placed for the duration of the school year. Travel school nurses can expect a 43-week contract, allowing you to increase your experience and work with the students you love.

Variety of Job Roles

Working at a school doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the school nurse. If you want to work in a school, positions can range from working onsite treating children to one-on-one care with medically frail children who need assistance getting to and from school.

More Autonomy

As a school nurse, you are considered the school’s expert in all things medical. Working in a school setting means that you don’t have to follow the orders of other doctors or higher-ups. You can make your own decisions and advise students and teachers about their health.

Helping Children

School nurses have the unique opportunity to work with children and educate them about their health. Your job promotes healthy and successful students. You can also work closely with individual students that may need more attention to help them develop and thrive.

Working as a nurse in a school setting has an array of benefits that make for a great experience. If you’ve realized these benefits and want to get started as a school nurse, contact Ardor Health Solutions today. We are a healthcare staffing company that can help place you at the school of your dreams. Contact a recruiter today at 855-GO-ARDOR to learn more.

Ardor Health Named as a 2018 Best Workplace in Health Care and Biopharma!

Great Place to Work and Fortune have chosen Ardor Health Solutions as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Health Care and Bio Pharma! Ardor Health came in #23 with its ranking.

“For me, since day one, I have felt special to be here and like my talents are appreciated and utilized. I am being very fairly compensated and I feel like there is room for growth. I have a lot of freedom to self-start here, too, and with that chance, you see that management respects you. I am learning more about myself and the responsibility I have to do my part to assist the growth of the program here,” said one employee.

The ranking considered input from more than 95,000 employees in the Health Care and Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical sectors. Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do.

“The sincerity and genuine enthusiasm that the owners and staff have created in the workplace, whether you are a new employee or you have been here for years, you are made to feel welcomed and important. It is sincere,” noted another employee.

About the Best Workplaces in Health Care & Biopharma

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from more than 95,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in Financial Services & Insurance. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

6 Resume Tips for New Nurses

When you’re searching for your first nursing job, your resume gives you the rare opportunity to impress a potential employer. Before they ever meet you and get the chance to sit and speak with you, you’re simply a name on a sheet of paper. Nursing managers review hundreds of resumes from prospective employees. Implement these six resume tips to make your job application stand out from the crowd of competitors, increasing your chance for an interview. Continue reading “6 Resume Tips for New Nurses”

Top 6 Healthcare Jobs that Don’t Require Med School

Health care is a smart career field for those who want high earning potential, great advancement opportunities, and a profession in which you’re improving the lives of others. A lucrative healthcare career doesn’t necessarily have to mean the expense of medical school. Here are six great professions beyond becoming a doctor: Continue reading “Top 6 Healthcare Jobs that Don’t Require Med School”

Top 6 States to Work in As a Nurse

Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the most rewarding professions in health care. Nursing offers flexible career paths, generous salaries, excellent advancement opportunities, and the ability to help others each and every day. If you’re considering a nursing career, these are the best states for nurses based on lifestyle, affordable cost of living, and abundant job opportunities. Continue reading “Top 6 States to Work in As a Nurse”

6 Nursing Careers that Go Beyond the Hospital

Often, the word “nursing” seems automatically linked with the word “hospital.” For a large majority of nurses, this may be true; however, nursing isn’t always confined to hospital and clinic walls. In fact, there are many career options for registered nurses that don’t involve hospital care at all. For those looking for an alternative nursing career path, here are six options to consider. Continue reading “6 Nursing Careers that Go Beyond the Hospital”

The Top 4 Benefits of a Career as a Certified Nursing Assistant

Jobs in the healthcare field are becoming more plentiful as an aging population increases the need for quality care. A certified nursing assistant (CNA) provides nursing care for people unable to take care of themselves. Whether a patient is recovering from a temporary disability or illness, or needs permanent care, a CNA is a critical component to a patient’s day-to-day life. While the job is demanding, it can contain many perks and rewards. Continue reading “The Top 4 Benefits of a Career as a Certified Nursing Assistant”

4 New Year Resolutions for Nurses

January first is approaching, and the start of a new year means new goals and objectives for many nurses. Whether this means eating healthier or adopting a new mindset, New Year’s resolutions are a great way to make lasting change. The following resolutions are particularly valuable for nurses.  

Continuing Education

With the advent of online schooling, obtaining an advanced degree is easier today than ever. Whether it’s a bachelor’s degree, a master’s, or a specialization in a certain area, an advanced degree can open numerous doors with better opportunities for nurses. Even if changing jobs is not a consideration this new year, a higher level of education can mean higher pay at a current job.

Prioritize Health

Often, nurses prioritize the health of their patients over their own. While devotion to patients’ wellbeing is a cornerstone of nursing, a nurse’s devotion to his or her personal health and wellness is paramount as well. Nurses who prioritize their own health provide better care and set encouraging examples for their patients. Taking the time to prepare healthy meals and snacks for the workday will go a long way to help ensure good health. Doing so will also maintain steady energy levels and help nurses avoid the temptation to cruise by the vending machine for a quick snack.

Exude Positivity

Maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace can have significant effects on patients and colleagues alike. Some days it may be difficult, but wearing a smile and making efforts to clear any negativity can make a huge difference in the lives of patients. Many individuals that nurses have regular contact with may be anxious, scared, or upset, so showing them compassion and positivity can make a difference in how they respond to their situation.

Pursue Personal Interests

For nurses, it may seem like there is no time for personal pursuits; however, in a field that requires so much compassion, time, and energy, it is important to find a healthy work-life balance. Adequate time to rest and rejuvenate will contribute to overall job satisfaction. This can be something as simple as taking time to read a good book, spending time with family, or developing a new hobby. Pursuing personal interests can enhance emotional wellbeing and potentially bring more positivity into the workplace.

Are you considering becoming a travel nurse in the new year? Ardor Health Solutions has the resources necessary to get you in direct contact with hiring managers across various healthcare fields across the nation. Contact us today at 855-GO-ARDOR to discover your travel nursing opportunities!

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.

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 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!

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.

3 Ways Nurses are Using Holistic Healing in Patient Care

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that uses an individual’s body, mind, spirit, and emotions to achieve optimal health. Originally based on the effects of fruits and herbal teas on a patient’s body, holistic healing has evolved and is now an essential part of the nursing field. Currently, 13 nursing schools in the nation have been endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Holistic nursing is becoming a more prominent method of helping patients recover. Here are three ways nurses are using holistic healing in patient care.

Essential Oils

More people are harnessing therapeutic benefits from herbs like lavender and eucalyptus. The An increasing number of nurses are using aromatherapy and essential oils as viable treatments for certain conditions. Different types of oils can be used to soothe:

Sometimes, oils are combined to treat more specific ailments. Peppermint is coupled with lavender to reduce migraine pain. Eucalyptus essential oils are often used to alleviate coughing and sinuses. The benefits of these oils can be reaped in a steamy shower.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is an age-old method of healing that dates back to 1700 B.C. It includes anything from having a patient float in a warm water pool to exercise sessions. Exercising in a pool is easier on the joints in a patient’s body, which can help those who with joint pain. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it includes specific activities that are meant to increase the range of movement and muscle strength in those who have arthritis and other conditions. Some hydrotherapy facilities might have underwater exercise equipment. Other types of hydrotherapy include:

  • Full body immersion
  • Arm, hip, or leg whirlpool
  • Hot air or steam baths
  • Hot and cold water baths

These methods can be used to control pain relief and have been shown to improve mobility. As more nurses become versed in hydrotherapy, this method of healing will continue to be relevant.

Acupressure

Touch is a powerful healing tool used in many applications of holistic healing. Acupressure is like acupuncture without the use of needles. By using their hands, fingers, and elbows, nurses can activate acupoints in a patient’s body. Acupoints stimulate nerves and release endorphins in the body to reduce pain. The primary goal of acupressure is to limit opioid use. Although certain opioids are necessary for postoperative pain relief, there is also a risk of opioid addiction that many patients wish to reduce. Advances in acupressure are continually being made to minimize opioid dependency and nurses are learning all they can to provide the most beneficial acupressure treatment.

Whether oil, hydrotherapy, or acupressure is used, there’s no denying that holistic care is more prominent in modern medicine now than ever before. The number of nursing positions increases as the nursing field grows larger. Ardor Health Solutions can help you find a nursing position suited for your skill set. Take a trip through our job listings page and see if any positions the right fit for you. Whether you’re beginning your holistic healing career, or are a newly registered nurse, we can help you start your journey in healthcare!

Top 4 Areas to Look into with a Prospective Employer

The job search process is one that few enjoy. It often consists of numerous applications, long waiting periods, and the unfortunate possibility of denial. New nurses are affected by this the most, as they have little experience and are in search of any facility that’ll give them a chance.

Most new nurses make the mistake of latching onto the first employer that makes contact. Caught up in the excitement of being selected for an interview, they tend to overlook pertinent details that may raise red flags. The interview process is likely to happen in phases, giving you more than enough time to make yourself aware of the organization and its components. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you thoroughly inspect these four areas of the job.

Staffing

All units have budgeted staffing plans. You should inquire about staffing details like if the facility operates on an acuity system and if so, is that system used often? You are also free to look into the reason for position vacancy.

Many factors lead to the vacancy of a budgeted position. An organization’s attempt to save money, negative reputation, or subpar hiring practices are a few possible reasons. You should make yourself aware of staffing practices to ensure that the position is best for you.

Scheduling

Scheduling is another important aspect of the job. Find out the basics like how the unit handles weekend scheduling, shift rotation, and the call policy. It also helps to know if scheduling is done electronically or by personnel. If it’s the former, who is in charge of scheduling and how consistent is it? Is the schedule made weeks ahead of time and does it accommodate paid time off? Make sure you find answers to these questions before accepting the position.

Management

Management styles vary, and it is up to you to decide which one suits you best. There are nursing managers who are paternalistic and treat employees like children; monitoring them closely, providing rewards for achievement and reprimanding for mishaps. You also have those who believe employees need room to grow so they can thrive and learn from mistakes. Your first manager will likely shape your outlook on the profession for some time, so be sure to choose a working environment that makes you feel comfortable.

Co-workers

Much like managers, co-workers help shape the work environment. You’ll likely spend 40-plus hours a week with them, so it’ll behoove you to get an idea of who they are. Their energy can either motivate you or make you dread going to work each day. Do your best to speak to as many staff members from the unit as possible during the interview process. Not only can you get a grasp of their personalities, but they can provide a first-hand account of working in that unit.

Allow the healthcare staffing experts at Ardor Health Solutions to help you find just the right travel nursing position! We have the resources to get you in contact with hiring managers around the nation in need of your specific skills. Find a travel nursing assignment on our job listing page or call 855-GO-ARDOR today!

How to Properly List Your Nursing Credentials

In the nursing field, there is a myriad of letters and initials used to show the credentials of each nurse. Nurses might be used to seeing those letters in any order, but healthcare providers, consumers, and patients may not understand what each pair of letters mean. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has created a standard way to list credentials. Understanding the official method set up by the ANCC can help ensure your nursing profile avoids any confusion. Here’s how to correctly list your nursing credentials. Continue reading “How to Properly List Your Nursing Credentials”

4 Ways to Improve Your Career Skills Over Fall

Becoming a registered nurse is not the end, it’s just the beginning. The next step is getting out and applying your skills to the workforce. Many nurses who graduate in the spring or summer choose to take some time for themselves in the fall before they dive into their healthcare careers. This time is not necessarily time wasted. There are a few things you can do to improve your skills during your transition. Continue reading “4 Ways to Improve Your Career Skills Over Fall”

3 Temporary Housing Options For Travel Nurses

Housing is one factor that every travel nurse must take into consideration. Travel nursing assignments can last from eight to thirteen weeks, and nurses have the option of prolonging a particular stay if they find it enjoyable. With that said, having a comfortable place to rest is essential. Here are three popular temporary housing options for travel nurses.

Airbnb

The choice of staying at an Airbnb was not available for nurses a decade ago, but it has quickly caught steam. The concept of the service is to provide travelers with ‘the local experience;’ an experience many tourists miss when they stay at hotels. The online service links individuals who choose to rent their home, or a space inside their home, to those in search of temporary housing.

The renter sets their particular rates which vary depending on the length of the stay and the city of the Airbnb. For those who choose to use the service, a secure online payment is due when they book the space. The payment covers nightly charges, a cleaning, and extra guest fee. One of the greatest benefits of Airbnb is that every space is fully furnished.

Extended Stay Hotels

Extended stay hotels are a more traditional form of temporary housing. Travel nurses can quickly locate and choose from multiple hotels, especially in the major cities. According to a survey conducted by biz-stay.com, there is a total of 26 extended stay hotels in the U.S. The price per night can range from $40 for a standard budget hotel to $150 for a more upscale option.

One of the greatest benefits is that a vast majority of extended stay hotels have housekeeping and fresh linens included in their amenities. Particular accommodations vary depending on the chain, but travel nurses can generally expect cable television and a clean hotel room throughout their stay.

Corporate Housing

Corporate housing renters have the choice of staying in an apartment, condo, house, or loft for a short period. Formerly known as “executive housing,” corporate housing was originally intended for traveling business professionals who’d rather not stay in a traditional hotel. With the concept of temporary housing becoming increasingly popular, corporate housing has become more widely available.

Similar to an Airbnb, corporate houses are fully furnished and usually equipped with all living amenities down to towels and kitchen utensils. One of the most favorable perks of this type of housing is that the price tends to include cable, internet, housekeeping, utilities, bedding, and many other accommodations.

Are you ready to get on the road to your first travel nursing assignment? Allow the healthcare staffing professionals at Ardor Health Solutions to lend a helping hand. You choose the city, and we find the opportunities! Don’t worry about ever having to fill out a lengthy online application again. We have the resources to get you in touch with hiring staff across the nation. Visit our job listings page and start your travel nurse job search today!

 

The Difference Between a Nurse Leader and Nurse Manager

The role of being a registered nurse is a leadership position in and of itself. Regardless of the particular title, the healthcare field recognizes nurses as authoritative figures. Throughout nursing school, professors continue to drill in their minds the importance of their role and how they will one day govern over colleagues in a professional setting.

While all nurses are leaders in their own respects, some seek formal management roles to exhibit their leadership abilities further. Although the positions of a nursing manager and nursing leader may seem similar, their functions are not synonymous.

Nurse Manager

Nurse managers make sure that their division, unit, or service line is operating properly and without interruption. They are involved in a wide range of daily tasks that include, but are not limited to, setting goals, budgeting, patient care planning, and quality improvement. It is also their responsibility to oversee:

  • Educational and career opportunities for staff
  • Staff assignments
  • Professional growth of staff
  • Team schedules

Nurse managers are also seen as a point of reference for their staff and are expected to be able to accurately diagnose and address any presented issues. They should be an open and honest source of advice, guidance, and support for their staff throughout their time in the position.

Nurse Leader

Nurse leaders are not as task-oriented as nurse managers, but rather focus on setting and upholding standards. Their role is to fulfill the organization’s vision, mission, and long term plan. The majority of their efforts are toward:

  • Setting policy
  • Overseeing quality measures
  • Spearheading transformation
  • Fiscal responsibilities
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance

Both staff and management see them as individuals with experience, knowledge, and vision. Nurse leaders play a critical role in ensuring that all employees uphold a standard that best represents the organization.

Their titles may differ, but nurse managers and nurse leaders complement each other in more ways than one. Well-respected individuals who are passionate and admired by their staff fill both positions. A nurse manager or leader, you must be able to:

  • Influence staff and set positive examples
  • Delegate tasks and coordinate teams
  • Commit to the organization and embody their values

Ardor Health Solutions can help you find the healthcare position that best suits you based on your skills and qualifications. There is no need to fill out a host of online applications and hope you get a response. We have the resources to get you in direct contact with nursing managers across the country. Visit our job listings page and embark on your journey as a healthcare professional.

4 Tips For Starting Your New Nursing Job

Congratulations on getting a new job! This is an exciting time and the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Whether you have been hired for a role in a new healthcare field you have recently studied, or are being promoted from your most recent position, there will be a period of adjustment. Although you aced the interview and landed the job, it is not time to relax! Your new position will come will with many changes and it is important that you get off on the right foot. Allow these tips to guide you through a smooth transition into your new nursing position. Continue reading “4 Tips For Starting Your New Nursing Job”

Top 3 Nursing Certifications to Increase Your Value

Becoming a registered nurse is no small feat and you should be proud of your accomplishment. The next step is to find the healthcare field that allows you to put your acquired skills and passion for nursing to good use. Your job as an applicant is to market yourself in a way that sets you apart from your peers and piques the interests of a hiring manager. One thing that you and every other applicant will have in common is a college degree, but what sets you apart? Having particular nursing certifications can increase your value, make you more marketable, and give you more leeway in contract negotiation. Continue reading “Top 3 Nursing Certifications to Increase Your Value”

How to Take Charge of Your Nursing Career

The road to becoming a nurse can be an arduous journey. Even after figuring out what kind of nurse you want to be, without a long-term career goal your path may have no clear direction. Some of the most satisfied nurses have a plan that helps them find that direct path to a promising nursing career. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your career goals. Continue reading “How to Take Charge of Your Nursing Career”

Managing Stress During Your Healthcare Job Search

A career in healthcare can be gratifying in many different ways. You have the unique opportunity to help people in ways that will have an everlasting impact on their life. You may be very eager to get started working in the field but just cannot find an opportunity to do so. Stress is natural during this period, but it is important that you do not allow it to overcome your spirit. There are three common emotions you may feel as a result of the stress. Knowing how to properly manage these emotions can give you the confidence needed to keep hope alive. Continue reading “Managing Stress During Your Healthcare Job Search”

Do Nurses Need More Advanced Degrees?

While it is certainly not necessary to obtain a doctorate in nursing to do your job well, there are several ways your career can benefit with extra study. The benefits of a more advanced degree can improve your practical medical knowledge as well as hone the professional and business side of the industry. What can a nurse stand to gain from a more advanced degree?

Leadership Skills

Exercising leadership in your role as a nurse can draw positive attention from your employers and patients alike. Leadership may revolve around helping patients in treating their condition or guiding a hospital’s administrative team for maximum efficiency. From advanced studies, a nurse can learn how to manage complex situations and delegate with other staff members to increase the quality of care. The best outcome is a nurse who can be comfortable working with teams of multiple medical disciplines.

Specialized Knowledge

With a Master’s degree, a nurse can focus on more specialized fields. Some of the more popular fields include:

  • Midwifery – Though midwifery is a task as old as time, the modern iteration of the job is starting to require a more focused skillset. These nurses work in close collaboration with gynecologists, assisting them with tasks revolving around pregnancy, delivery, and care of the mother and child during the postpartum period. Midwifery positions were once exclusively for women, but an increasing number of men are specializing in this field.
  • Gerontology – As life expectancy continues to increase, so too does the demand for nurses who specialize in adult primary care. Nurses who study for an advanced degree with a focus in gerontology will analyze and learn how aging affects the mind and body. Understand the social constructs that surround older age will also be important for providing specialized care.
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Concentrating on mental health means taking on daily responsibilities like diagnosing and treating mental illness, prescribing medications, and assisting counselors and caretakers.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Nurses who work within this field are often employed in smaller clinics that offer higher pay, with an expectation of interacting with patients more often than normal. A more personal work environment means more patient interaction than a typical hospital, with responsibilities that include discussing a patient’s symptoms, running tests, and administering treatments.
  • Management and Teaching Positions – If you are interested in applying your skills outside of the hospital, many nurses with advanced degrees move on toward management or teaching positions. Depending on what you want to achieve from your career, either path can lead to a fulfilling career outside of patient care.

Networking and Professional Contacts

The medical world is not immune to the power of networking, and it would be unwise to ignore the influencers in your profession. Depending on the university you attend, you can find excellent professional contacts who work in the same field as you do. Completing a more advanced degree provides you with an opportunity to build a professional network that can offer higher paying job opportunities.

While an advanced degree in nursing can be a strong addition to your resume, hands-on experience is just as important as education. Many nurses do not start working on advanced degrees until after several years of work experience. Though it is ultimately up to you how you should approach advanced education, if you are looking for more greater job opportunities, search our job listing for open nursing positions with Ardor Health today.

Famous Nurses Throughout History

To celebrate National Nurses Week, it is important to remember the nurses who made a change. Whether that change is within the nursing career, a community, or another’s life, nursing achievements go beyond the limits of our collective imaginations. Modern nursing is less than 150 years old. Before then, nursing duties were often little more than basic caregiving. The nurses on this list advocated for a change to build a system of nursing as we know it today. Continue reading “Famous Nurses Throughout History”

Why You Should Thank a Nurse Today

It is officially National Nurses Week! This is the time of year that we acknowledge nurses for the incredible service they provide to the people in need. Nurses have long been a vital element in the healthcare system and without them, there’s no telling where we would be as society. From the school nurses that provide your child with that much-needed cup of salt water when they come in with a sore throat, to the nurses that help you recover from debilitating injury, the services of a nurse are incomparable. These selfless beings put your best interests at heart every day and they deserve to be thanked for their unrelenting dedication to healthcare. If you happen to run into a nurse this week, make sure to thank thank them for all they do. Continue reading “Why You Should Thank a Nurse Today”

Dealing With Stress in a Per Diem Position

Per diem nursing can be one of the most demanding positions in healthcare. The hours are unpredictable, your work environment changes often, and there can be a looming feeling of job insecurity. If the stress of a per diem position is not adequately addressed, it can lead to sickness, injury, and poor job performance. When you need to balance your personal life between your work life, it is highly advised to plan ahead for the whiplashing lifestyle changes. Below are some of the steps you can take as a per diem nurse to manage your stress. Continue reading “Dealing With Stress in a Per Diem Position”

5 Rewarding Advantages of Being A Nurse

Work isn’t always about the salary. Many people want to find a career that they find personally fulfilling. Nurses have the opportunity to work in an environment where they can make a difference in the world, while making enough to support themselves, their family, and have enough leftover for a night out. What are the advantages of a nursing job that make it so rewarding? Continue reading “5 Rewarding Advantages of Being A Nurse”

5 Study Tips For The Nursing Licensure Exam

Not everyone is a great test-taker, but even people with testing anxiety can prepare themselves for the nursing licensure exam. Your brain is a muscle. Like any other muscle it needs conditioning through practice. The hardest part of running a marathon shouldn’t be the marathon itself, but preparing for the event. The same line of thinking applies to the nursing licensure exam. Continue reading “5 Study Tips For The Nursing Licensure Exam”

3 Ways To Communicate Better With Patients

The classroom environment is great for learning the techniques you use daily as part of your career, but often lack the personal touch that many patients need. If you are a new nurse, physical therapist, or other health care worker, you may be having some difficulty talking to patients. You explain to them what needs to be done, what you’re prescribing, or the long-term plan and the patient responds with an empty – or scared – stare. You’re not alone. Continue reading “3 Ways To Communicate Better With Patients”

4 Tips for Handling a Long Shift

Health workers are human. Everyone needs to eat, sleep, and have some time for themselves, but it’s difficult to adhere to a set routine when you are caught up in the typical hospital work environment. Long shifts can be a common occurrence at work, so we put together several tips you can use to survive the day (or night) while offering the best quality care to your patients.

Prepare Your Body Days in Advance

If you are working a long shift that messes with your sleeping schedule, you will want to prepare your body for the sudden switch in circadian rhythms. That means changing what time you go to bed and what time you wake up at least three days beforehand. While you will always feel a little off during long working hours, it will be far better than feeling dazed or loopy.

Drink Water

Many people already have trouble keeping themselves hydrated on a regular day. In a high-stress situation like a long shift, you will most likely be walking all over the hospital or clinic expected to focus for hours at a time. Water is an excellent way to keep your energy up and to stay focused. Make sure you also bring real food with you. A big bag of chips may sound convenient at first, but you know better than anyone that having a natural meal will do wonders for your mood. In the long run, salty and sugary foods often end up harming more than helping.

Make the Most of Your Breaks

Whether it is a favorite song, a good book, or meditating in an out-of-the-way room, everyone has their method to help them relax. Find what your favorite activity is and take the time to reward yourself during the brief break in the middle of a long shift. Avoid the more stressful media like action movies or high energy games. Anything that requires intense focus or puts you on alert ends up missing the point of why you’re taking a break in the first place. If you are keen to napping, a 20-minute nap break during a 10-hour shift can help with your performance for the second half of your work.

Plan a Pickup

At the end of everything, you will be tired. Although driving while tired may not sound as dangerous as drunk driving, it still leads to hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year. Don’t risk hurting yourself on the road, especially when you may be on edge after working for several hours straight. Ask a friend to pick you up when you finish, plan out bus routes, or call a taxi or other service to drive you home.

Working a long shift in the hospital will never be easy for most people. While there may be some nurses out there who love the challenge, it’s important to keep in mind that you are doing the work to help others feel better. Remember to take care of yourself and look out for signs where you may need to sit down for five minutes. If you are a travel nurse who needs a change in working environment, take a look at our list of available travel nursing openings throughout the country.

 

Top 5 Skills Nursing Employers Want

Working as a nurse is an exciting opportunity to connect with people and improve the lives of those in your care. Nursing can be an attractive career to those who like to help and nurture others; yet a nursing job can be very demanding. Not just anyone can do it! A good nurse can mean the difference between life and death for a patient under her watch. It takes a tough, resilient, and caring personality to succeed.

People of all ages and backgrounds may consider nursing as a career that is indefinitely in demand, yet not everyone is fit for the job. Nursing employers are particularly drawn to candidates who exemplify the following vital traits.

Compassion & Empathy

Compassion and empathy go hand in hand, and if you are striving to become a nurse, these must be in your arsenal of personality traits. A nurse plays a crucial role in a patient’s recovery, and should never consider patients to be a burden! Patients rely on nurses for the best chance at a successful recovery.

When interacting with patients, nurses should be attentive to their needs and understand that they do not want to be in the hospital. Oftentimes, patients are worried, scared, nervous, and uneasy. A good nurse understands what patients are going through by demonstrating empathy and compassion toward each patient under her supervision.

Mindfulness & Attention to Detail

The best nurses have a keen attention to detail and a strong habit of taking notes. As a nurse, you need to remember details about each patient in your care. From remembering their names to what medications they need at what times, you are caring for several patients with diverse needs throughout a drudging shift. It’s important to keep all information organized and readily accessible.

Active Listening & Communication

A good listener practices active listening, which means that the listener is fully engaged in hearing and interpreting what the other person has to say. An active listener concentrates fully on what is being said to him, and he makes the effort to fully digest the information given. In nursing, you interact with dozens of patients, many of whom want to make conversation with you. While your caring side bonds with patients around these conversations, your mindful and detail-oriented sides should be listening closely for any clues about what could make the patient’s experience more positive.

Active listening skills are just part of overall communication skills, which are crucial to succeeding as a nurse. On a daily basis, you interact with doctors, fellow nurses, and patients and their families. You must be able to demonstrate strong communication skills on the job and in your nursing interview.

Flexibility

It is no secret that nursing is a physically demanding career and the rewards are well-earned. Nurses undergo a lot of stress working long hours; sometimes, shifts are 12 hours or more in length! Nurses must be physically energetic and emotionally strong to provide the best of care. They must also be flexible in their ability to be scheduled. Travel nurses in particular should have open availability to meet employment demands. The more flexible you are, the better your chances of landing a top nursing job anywhere in the country.

Positivity

A positive attitude goes especially far when you’re a registered nurse. As mentioned above, nursing is a physically demanding and mentally strenuous job that can take a toll on your body and mind. While it can be challenging, nurses must put extra effort into remaining positive and upbeat, especially around patients. As a nurse, you have a duty to create a comfortable and warm environment for your patients while they receive treatment. You should also be considerate of your fellow nurses and doctors, who are likely experiencing the same difficulties.

While positivity is difficult to show on a resume, your demeanor and personality are closely scrutinized when interviewing for a nursing job. Be sure to always end on a positive note when answering interview questions, especially if you are asked about not-so-positive experiences.

Are you ready to pursue a job as a traveling nurse? At Ardor Health Solutions, we have several RN positions throughout the country. Get started by viewing our job listings or calling 855-GO-ARDOR!

How to Improve Communication with Coworkers

One of the most difficult parts of working as a traveling health practitioner is switching between coworkers so often. Add this to the fact that some hospitals have employees who have less than favorable opinions about traveling nurses or therapists, and you can find it difficult communicating with your coworkers. Not all hope is lost, you can get in touch and connect with the people you work with even if you’re going to be flying away soon. Better communication means a more efficient workplace environment, happier clients, and a happier you. 

Watch Body Language

Your body language often says more than words can. Even if you say everything with the right tone and language, people can pick up on signals that don’t match with what you have to say. This can lead to a loss of credibility. Pay attention to impulses that may lead you to slouch, avoiding eye contact, or sighing in the middle of speaking. In a hospital this is especially important, as you often have to make a difficult decision and make a case for your choice on the spot.

Avoid Hearing, Start Listening

While it can be easy to get in the habit of smiling and nodding whenever someone starts talking, other people will soon notice that you’re not really listening to them. Don’t feel too bad, most people usually don’t know they need to put in the time to develop active listening skills. Those who do though greatly benefit. When you make conscious, vocal answers or rephrase what a coworker is saying, you show that you are not only listening but making an honest attempt to see from their point of view. This helps you get on better terms with your coworkers as they notice that you care about what they have to say.

Balance Your Formalities

When people share the same space for a long time, it’s natural that you start feeling more comfortable around each other. Office gossip, talk about weekend plans, and throwing in a lame joke or two are common in the workplace. This does not mean you should completely gain confidence. If you have a dedicated office email or phone number, remember to stick with your practiced professional language. If you are in a meeting with your superiors, don’t test your luck by pushing formal boundaries. Going too far can make your coworkers view you as unprofessional.

Watch your Tone

In a face-to-face conversation, your tone should remain conversational. If you feel as if you are too overwhelmed by emotion or stress due to a difficult day at the clinic, there’s no harm in excusing yourself so you can unwind. When communicating with your coworkers through writing, be particularly careful about how your words may be interpreted. What can come off as a joke to one person may seem rude or angry to another. Adopt the “better safe than sorry” rule; write to your coworkers with language that makes your statement clear and carries a neutral tone.

While some people may find traveling health work to be depressing as they don’t usually stick around long enough to develop close relationships with their coworkers, traveling provides an opportunity to meet many kinds of people. Getting along with your coworkers means you learn new perspectives and techniques on how to carry out your work, and they can give you some great local tips on where to spend your time during rest days! If you’re looking for a new place to work in your traveling health career, check out our list of openings or call 855-GO-ARDOR.

The Benefits of Working as a School Nurse

It is no secret that you need to come to your school nursing job prepared. You will face a set of challenges that won’t be found in a typical hospital or home clinical setting. That said, being a nurse still comes with its own perks as well! While these may not be the primary reasons why a nurse would choose to work at a school, they work as great pick-me-ups and motivators for the difficult days in the office. Continue reading “The Benefits of Working as a School Nurse”

Tips for Working as a School Nurse

Whether you are a nurse fresh out of grad school or already have experience from working in a hospital, a school brings a unique set of challenges. Because every school is different, there are few rules set in stone. However, those who worked as school nurses in the past (or are still working in the classroom environment today) have picked up some general tips that anyone can use.

Always Plan Ahead

While working in a school clinic may not be as demanding as the ER, you’ll still have your hands full. You might be the only medical expert in the building. You will need to manage your time as efficiently as possible so that every child gets the attention he needs. This means planning for your days in advance. Know when you will have your brief lunch break (many kids get themselves hurt or sick during mid-day recess), look out for any planned field trips where children are more active than usual and return with bruises, and keep a backup plan in mind for emergencies.

Get to Know Parents

Not all parents will want to chat with you, but you never know unless you reach out and ask. When you suspect that a child may need treatment outside of school, or you’re not sure if a child is looking for an excuse to stay out of class, contacting their parents to get an idea of their habits and behaviors can help save you some frustration. How receptive parents are tends to depend on what type of school you work at. A mother of an elementary school student usually wants to know everything about how her child is doing, but one for a high school student may feel confident enough in her son that she won’t ask much.

Maintain Your Independence, But Make Sure to Reach Out

As mentioned before, you will most likely be the only medical expert nearby. There will be many times where you have to make a decision about how to best help a student without getting a second opinion. Embracing your autonomy means making firm recommendations. Recognize when there are kids who come in, not because they need treatment, but because it’s the only way someone pays attention to them. You can prepare for your time as a student nurse by getting in touch with other people who work within the county and see what local advice they can provide. School nursing is challenging, but many in the field find it rewarding to work with kids, providing the nurses a fresh perspective on life.

If you’re looking for a school nursing job, check out our list of available positions!

Are You A Welcomed Guest On Your Travel Assignment?

With the holidays come the fun parties or gatherings, right?  Correct!  But along with the jubilations there are social challenges.

Do you have that one pesky guest you can’t stand but must invite for the holidays?  How about that nosy family guest who keeps asking when the baby is coming…and here you are still paying off your school loans?

Or perhaps are you the guest, who feels awkward or doesn’t quite know how to blend in?  Better yet, are you the guest that everyone loves to invite?

Well in travel or healthcare contract staffing, this is a year-round or 3-month challenge for travelers.

As a contract worker, you will often face the reality of either being incompatible or getting along with your clinical peers or supervisors.  There are countless contract placements that are won or lost by the battle of personalities.  The truth is, others view travelers as highly paid but necessary guests.

Whether you are a savvy veteran or a new traveler…the question is how do you become a welcomed guest?  It’s simple and back to basics.  First, realize you are a guest. Accept this reality and be mindful of your strategies for blending in.  The most important piece is, exercise the art of winning or influencing those around you.

Influencing or winning people is a critical people skill that have made healthcare travelers a success along with having a higher rate of requested returns for contract work.

So here are the top 6 quick ways to connect and be a welcomed healthcare traveler:

1.  Smile

A smile is free but impactful! It evokes instant joy and will move mountains.  Smiling is that positive vibe…a proven human connector.  There are countless of scientific data proving how smiling is influential.

So be mindful and smile more in everything that you do.  It connects you from a happy place.

2. Be genuinely interested in others

Deep connections are possible even in a short span of time…by showing genuine interest in others.  The only way to make quality connections or even lasting friendships is to be genuinely interested in what matters to others.

Sincere small talks work…ask about their family, their hobby, etc.

3. Be a good listener and inspire others to talk about themselves

 To be a good conversationalist one must be a good listener.  You must care about what others say or you must show honest interest about what they are sharing.

People don’t want an entertaining conversationalist, most of the time people just want someone who will listen to them.

So, listen more…talk less.

4. Remember a person’s name and say it often

A person’s name is the sweetest and most important sound in any language.  An average person is more interested and responsive when their name is included in a conversation.

People love their name so much that you’ve seen donations made just to see names on a donor’s plate, a building, a street sign, a plaque on a bench, a dedicated tree, etc.

Go ahead and include as much as you can a person’s name in a conversation, a greeting, etc (i.e.  “Good morning Paola”)

5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests

You will connect quicker through a person’s heart…so talk about the things that he or she treasures most.

If we talk to people about what they are interested in, they will feel valued and value us in return.

6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely

An old adage but a powerful one: treat others as how you would like to be treated.  We love to feel valued and so does everyone else.  People will connect deeper and talk more to you if you allow them to talk about themselves.

If you can make people feel important in a sincere and appreciative manner, then you will win all the friends you could ever dream of.

The above are easy but practical ways to connect with people or be a welcomed guest.  Apply these techniques as a part of your everyday living or as you embark on your first or hundredth travel career.

Winning people is an art.   It is a people skill that could only enhance your travel career.

Bon Voyage…enjoy your next healthcare travel adventure and cheers to becoming a VIP Guest!

Choosing A Travel Company With Competitive Health Benefits

Choosing a healthcare staffing company to travel with can be a daunting task. There are several questions that you might ask yourself before making your choice. Who has the most qualified jobs? What type of support will I receive on assignment? Who has the most competitive pay package? All of these questions are great! But one factor you might overlook from time to time is the affordability of the health insurance with the company you plan to travel with. You want the comfort and security of a strong plan, but you don’t want your health insurance to take a toll on your bottom line.

The Changing Landscape

The Wall Street Journal says several states throughout the country will see significant premium increases for the next year. For example, Tennessee residents are receiving an increase of 62% on the state run health insurance plans. Other states like Kentucky are receiving an increase of 23%. The Department of Health and Human Services reported that the annual increase across the country will be 25%. Some insurers such as Aetna and United Healthcare are pulling out of the state run programs entirely.

But travelers who choose Ardor Health have nothing to fear; that’s because Ardor Health offers plans for travelers that start as low $33.00 per week!

“In July we made a decision to switch insurance companies from United Healthcare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. Only a few insurance companies are able to provide our Travelers coverage in most of the 50 states that we do business,” said Michael Lamia, Co-Founder and CEO of Ardor Health Solutions, ” Our employees are paid weekly, and their premiums are deducted weekly. The state run exchanges cannot come close to competing with our health insurance program.”

Interested in learning more about Ardor Health Solutions’ comprehensive benefits? Click here!

Ardor Health Named As Best Workplace For Women

Ardor Health Solutions has been named one of the best places for women to work in the country for the second year in a row! Out of the hundreds of companies evaluated, Ardor ranked #61, climbing 18 spots from last year’s ranking! The ratings are based on employee’s assessments of communications with management, options for development and training, and support for work/life balance, among other factors. The ranking also takes into account how well-represented women are within the workforce overall and in management and executive positions.

“Here at Ardor Health Solutions, we take pride in helping women to achieve both a professional and fulfilling career,” said Patty Lamia, President and Co-Founder of Ardor Health Solutions, “Ardor Health’s success can always be traced back to the time, contribution, and dedication that our employees bring everyday!”

So How Did Ardor Health Rank?

At Ardor Health, 81% of employees are women, who also make up 55% of executive positions. Most employees say they love the atmosphere of the office, thanks to thoughtful programs like Ardor All-Stars that recognizes
and rewards exemplary employees each month. Employees also enjoy flexible scheduling opportunities and free snacks and breakfasts in the office. In addition, Ardor Health rewards their employees with trips to places like Epcot and on cruises when they meet quarterly goals.

How Are Companies Chosen?

The 100 Best Workplaces for Women rankings are based upon feedback from more than 137,762 women at Great Place to Work–Certified companies. Women completed our anonymous Trust Index© survey, answering questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, including, for example, their assessment of how fairly they’re treated regardless of gender, the quality and authenticity of communications with managers, and equitable pay and promotion practices. Women’s anonymous responses resulted in a total score for each company, which was compared to the benchmark for organizations of that size, and ranked accordingly.

Results from the survey are highly reliable, having a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of 6% or less. Winning a spot on this list indicates the company has distinguished itself from peers by being a great place to work for women, and has a workplace where women have high representation in the total employee population and in management positions. The 100 companies with the highest employee ratings and female representation were selected for the list.

You can read the entire review at Great Places To Work.

The Ardor Health Solutions Family is always looking to growing!
If you’re interested in joining the Ardor Team, simply check out our current job postings.

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Nursing: Keeping The ‘Care’ In Healthcare

On a day to day basis, nurses have a lot to take on. Juggling the responsibilities of caring for patients, keeping records updated, communicating to doctors and working extensive shifts.

All of these challenges can lead to both physical fatigue and eventually, compassion fatigue.

What is Compassion Fatigue?

According to CompasionFatigue.org

“Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper.”

For most people, the symptoms can be hiding in plain sight:

  • A sensation of feeling overwhelmed when dealing with patients
  • Struggling to manage the emotions that arise from patient deaths
  • Having to balance the demands of doctors and family members while performing day to day tasks
  • Being urged to discharge patients as quickly as possible.

If any of these seem to resonate with you, you’re not alone.

Many nurses experience compassion fatigue from time to time and struggle to relax and recharge when they have time off.

Compassion fatigue occurs because of a nurse’s exposure to their patients’ problems and their empathy that they hold for them. This combination can lead to a nurse falling into a deep unhappiness that may seem difficult to avoid.

Combating Compassion Fatigue

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There are steps to combat compassion fatigue and even prevent it! Believe it or not, it’s important to confront the difficult emotions of sadness or grief that you may experience when dealing with a
patient’s suffering or death. Talking to a supervisor or peer about the situation helps. Other nurses find comfort in journaling about such hardships. Putting one’s thoughts to paper can help alleviate stress in a big way and leave you feeling with a sense of release, as if a burden was lifted off of your shoulders.
The nurses that are most susceptible to compassion fatigue are typically the ones who are most dedicated to their profession. Researchers say that it’s important for these nurses to recharge themselves, more than anyone else. Travel nurses can find comfort and relaxation by exploring new and exciting areas in their travel city. When traveling, it’s also important to stay connected with loved ones on a regular basis, whether it be through Skype or on the phone. Taking time out for yourself, will help you keep your compassion. strong.

Staying Ahead

To recap, there are several coping mechanisms that you can use to handle compassion fatigue or even prevent it.

  •  Remember to take time out for yourself. Read something you enjoy or watch something to make you laugh. It’s important to leave time for you.
  • Stay healthy. Try to exercise several times a week and eat healthy. If your body feels healthy, so will your mind.
  • Don’t try to fight every battle. Choose the battles that are worth fighting.
  • Stay positive. If you fill your mind with positive thoughts, then you will quickly begin to see positive change!

Do You Have Compassion Fatigue?

Healthyplace.com has created a quick assessment to determine if someone has compassion fatigue or not. Unsure if you have compassion fatigue? Head over and give it a try.

http://www.healthyplace.com/psychological-tests/compassion-fatigue-self-assessment/

These are only several ways to overcome compassion fatigue. Check out the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project athttp://www.compassionfatigue.org/ to learn more.

 

The 2016 Nursing Industry Forecast

 

There is a lot of data to consider when trying to forecast the future of a particular sector of the healthcare sector.

 

Ardor Health Solutions recently compiled a brand new forecasting report for The Nursing Industry in 2016. The report crunches the numbers and looks deep into which way the nursing industry is trending.

 

Want to know more? Click below to view the report!

 

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Tinder’s Most Right Swiped Jobs: Nurses, PTs and SLPs make the list!

At this point, we all have a pretty good idea of what Tinder is. It’s the app that allows you to swipe left or right on a person’s picture. Left means you don’t like them. Right means you do like them. It’s a pretty simple concept.

But now, Tinder has released data on which jobs were the most right-swiped. This comes after the company introduced the ability to add your job to your profile only three months ago. As it turns out,listing your education and your career will make you more “swipeable” on the dating app.

So who made the top of the list? Well, when it comes to healthcare, women who are either a Physical Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist or Nurse are commonly being swiped to the right!

As for men, the top male jobs stay away from healthcare and instead include careers like pilot, firefighter and lawyer. However, doctor and paramedic did end of making the list.

Want to know more? Check out the full list below!

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So what does this list mean? In the end, it is just one company’s data, but it is nice to see career choices from doctors, SLPs, Nurses and PTs getting some love. If you’re not finding much luck on Tinder, perhaps it’s time to switch career fields?

 

Speaking Of Love…

Have you liked Ardor Health Solutions on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter yet?

We post the latest in healthcare news and exclusive job opportunities. Share the love and give us a like!

 

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Keeping Nurses Happy And Battling Turnover

A happy nurse is an efficient nurse. Really, that statement can be said for any profession out there. But nurses, perhaps more than any other industry, have to deal with one of those most dynamic and stressful environments. Those types of environments can sometimes lead to “nurse burnout”. But there’s a way to avoid nurse turnover and keep them happy! It’s all about improving quality of life on the job.

 

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Staying Focused

Research shows that if a nurse can stay focused on their work and not staffing concerns, then patient overall care increases. It’s plain and simple, adding a Registered Nurse’s hours to patient care drastically improves the outlook for that patient.  The average RN turnover rate is 15% and that rate is set to increase over 2016 at 42%. In addition, a shortage of RNs is expected to reach at least 20% over the next 10 years! This is due to the fact that many Baby Boomers are retiring, while others are simply just leaving the industry.

When it comes to work life balance, a higher percentage of RNs say that a higher workload is the biggest reason that prevents them from having a satisfying work/life balance. When a nurse has to juggle several patients, it becomes difficult for them to provide outstanding care.

 

Satisfaction Guaranteed

When nurses are allowed to have the time to build meaningful nurse-patient relationships and provide genuine care for people, then their satisfaction is proven to increase, resulting in many nurses staying on board for the long term.  Morale is important in any occupation, but when it comes to patient care, it’s perhaps now more integral than ever. The last thing a nurse wants to deal with when heading into their shift is the unknown. Staffing issues can lead to several problems if a facility is not staffed correctly. However, if staffing is a problem, new scheduling software and or schedules will not necessarily solve the problem. The problem can almost always be traced back to patient flow. Providing and securing an effective means of bring new patients into a hospital, facility or clinic has a trickle down effect and will almost always lead to a better quality of life on the job for nurses and eventually solve staffing issues.

 

The Changing Landscape

One thing we know about nurses for sure, is that you can never have too many of them. That’s why entering the nursing field can be such a promising career. A new study reinforces this fact, citing that hospitals with more nurses have significantly lower mortality rates than hospitals where nurses are spread too thin.

The British Medical Journal says the same also  goes for doctors. More doctors to cover more patients found that there would also be a low chance of death. The study examined 137 acute care “trusts,” which are organizations that oversee hospitals in the U.K. Specifically, facilities with ratios of one nurse per six patients or lower had 20 percent lower patient mortality rates than those with 10 or more nurses per patient.

In contrast, the study found that higher numbers of other health care support workers, who have less training than nurses, was associated with higher mortality rates. That, said the researchers, was evidence that hospitals seeking to cut costs by hiring less experienced substitutes for nurses are doing a disservice to patients.

 

The 2016 Nursing Industry Forecast

There is a lot of data to consider when trying to forecast the future of a particular sector of the healthcare sector.

Ardor Health Solutions recently compiled a brand new forecasting report for The Nursing Industry in 2016. The report crunches the numbers and looks deep into which way the nursing industry is trending.

Want to know more? Click below to view the report!

 

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Large Amount Of Baby Boomer Nurses Projected To Retire

Now that 2016 is up and running and February is already around the corner, it’s time to take a look how the healthcare industry is shaping up in 2016. The nursing industry is projected to see some pretty significant changes over the next several years as the Baby Boomer population continues to move into retirement.

Breaking Down The Numbers

According to StaffingIndustry.com, nearly two-thirds of registered nurses over the age of 54 are now considering retirement.

Of those nurses over 54 who are considering retirement, 62% plan to retire within the next three years. Additionally, 21% of nurses over age 54 said they will switch to part time work.

More than half of current registered nurses are over 50, according to a 2013 study by the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers.

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These numbers paint a clear sign that healthcare management needs to begin preparing for the sharp decline. Not only could the number of nurses decrease, but the amount of collective experience will decrease as well. This means that Millenials will begin to move in as the primary generation in nursing.

The 2015 Survey of Registered Nurses included 9,000 registered nurses in a variety of fields and specialties.

Registered Nurse Growth

The BLS projects a 19 percent growth rate by 2022, but it also estimates that 525,000 currently working registered nurses will have to be replaced due to retirements, which puts the total number of new hires anticipated at 1.05 million over the next seven years. In addition, the average age of working nurses is expected to rise to 44.6 from the current 42.7.

Looking Forward

Registered Nurses did make the list as one of the toughest jobs to fill in a recent report, but there is still a silver lining. RN positions may be tough to fill in 2016, but only because of a significant spike in demand as referenced above.

The 2016 Nursing Industry Forecast

There is a lot of data to consider when trying to forecast the future of a particular sector of the healthcare sector.

Ardor Health Solutions recently compiled a brand new forecasting report for The Nursing Industry in 2016. The report crunches the numbers and looks deep into which way the nursing industry is trending.

The Toughest Jobs To Fill: PTs and RNs Make The List

We’ve all been there. We’ve all gone through it. That agonizing feeling of finding that perfect job and then having your dreams crushed because a hiring manager says you don’t match the specific skill set that they’re looking for, making the job harder to fill. Some positions are more susceptible to this trend than others. Physical Therapist and Registered Nurse positions are among the top 10.

The Toughest Jobs To Fill Physical Therapist and Registered Nurse Make The List

A Competitive Job Market

According to a new report by CareerCast and the Society For Human Resource Management, there are several factors that contribute to “The 10 Toughest Jobs To Fill In 2016″. A possible labor shortage from retiring Baby Boomers could be one of the main reasons. It is estimated that nearly 38% of the working-age population will reach retirement in the next 10 years.

As it turns out, those same retirees will need healthcare services. Although physical therapy and nursing are listed as being ‘hard to fill positions’, both fields will likely see a spike in demand as the Baby Boomer population continues to retire.

In an effort to fill many of these job roles, companies and medical facilties will have to look towards younger candidates who can be trained and allowed to grow into the position

“The general increase in hourly rates across all settings is indicative of the lack of supply and the pent up demand for Therapists and Nurses,” said Mike Romano, COO of Ardor Health Solutions, “we’ve already seen the average rate go up $.75 from last year. So, we do expect that trend to continue.”

Where Have All The PT’s and RN’s Gone?

The Toughest Jobs To Fill Physical Therapist and Registered Nurse Make The List

Physical Therapist

The American Physical Therapy Association estimates that in 2016, demand for full-time physical therapists will exceed 229,000, with a pool of candidates of around 196,000—creating a gap of 33,000 unfilled jobs. Like other health care fields, demand is up due to greater accessibility to health insurance and the aging population.

Registered Nurse

The BLS projects a 19 percent growth rate by 2022, but it also estimates that 525,000 currently working registered nurses will have to be replaced due to retirements, which puts the total number of new hires anticipated at 1.05 million over the next seven years. In addition, the average age of working nurses is expected to rise to 44.6 from the current 42.7.

Looking Forward

Although Physical Therapists and Registered Nurses did make the list as some of the toughest jobs to fill, there is still a silver lining. Both positions may be tough to fill in 2016, but only because of a significant spike in demand as referenced above.

There is a lot of data to consider when trying to forecast the future of a particular sector of the healthcare sector.

Ardor Health Solutions recently compiled a brand new forecasting report for The Nursing Industry in 2016. The report crunches the numbers and looks deep into which way the nursing industry is trending.

Want to know more? Click below to view the report!