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.

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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Travel With Your Pet On Your Next Assignment!

So you want to head out on a Travel Therapy or Travel Nursing assignment, but the last thing you want to do is leave your best (furry) friend behind. We agree, we wouldn’t want to leave them behind either! That’s why Ardor Health is a 100% pet-friendly agency! Not only are we happy to arrange housing for you and for your pet, but we also have lots of expert tips to make the traveling easy!

What You’ll Need:

• Immunization Records
• Medication
• Favorite Toys
• Pet Bed
• Food & Water
• Lots of treats
• Travel Bowls
• Pet Vehicle Restraints
• Dog Waste Bags/ Litter & Litter Box
• Crate

Pet Insurance

Need pet insurance options? We’ve got you covered there too!

Ardor Health Solutions cares about your pets. We offer a variety of employee benefit offerings including pet insurance. Our Pet Insurance options is open to all pets, regardless of age or breed. Employees can save on almost all their pet health care expenses.

Make sure to check in with your recruiting team and tell them all about your furry mate so we can make sure everything runs smoothly. We would also love to see pics of your pets! 😊

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! 

 

Ardor Health Certified As Great Place To Work 4 Years In A Row

It’s official! Ardor Health Solutions was certified as a great workplace today by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®! This is the 4th year Ardor Health has been certified as a Great Place to Work! Previous accolades include: 2018 Best Workplaces in Health Care& Biopharma 2018, 2017 Best Small & Medium Workplaces and 2016 Best Workplaces for Women!.

Ardor Health Solutions earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found at Ardor Health Solutions.

 

Ardor Health Solutions employees completed surveys, resulting in a percent confidence level.

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

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.

Read more about our accreditation here!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Ardor Health:

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

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

About Great Place to Work

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

Ardor Health Solutions Named As Top 20 Largest Allied Healthcare Staffing Firm In US

Ardor Health Solutions is pleased to announce that we have been named as the 20th largest US Allied Healthcare Staffing Firm in the United States! After extensive consideration, the research firm, Staffing Industry Analysts informed Ardor Health of the achievement this week.

“We couldn’t be more proud of being recognized as one of the nation’s largest Allied Health Staffing Firms.” said CEO and Co-Founder Mike Lamia. “This achievement is further proof of our commitment to both our travelers and our clients.”

As part of this elite group of staffing firms, Ardor Health is aware that these lists are shared and valued by the global buyer community when looking for new staffing companies to work with. Our standing on the list is a huge asset to both our candidates, clients, and internal staff that we strive to please every day.

About Ardor Health Solutions

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

About Staffing Industry Analysts

Founded in 1989, Staffing Industry Analysts is the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. Our proprietary research covers all categories of employed and non-employed work including temporary staffing, independent contracting and other types of contingent labor. SIA’s independent and objective analysis provides insights into the services and suppliers operating in the workforce solutions ecosystem including staffing firms, managed service providers, recruitment process outsourcers, payrolling/ compliance firms and talent acquisition technology specialists such as vendor management systems, online staffing platforms, crowdsourcing and online work services. We also provide training and accreditation with our unique Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) program.

Known for our award-winning content, data, support tools, publications, executive conferences and events, we help both suppliers and buyers of workforce solutions make better-informed decisions that improve business results and minimize risk. As a division of the international business media company, Crain Communications Inc., SIA is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in London, England. For more information: www.staffingindustry.com

4 Types of Nursing Professions to Explore

When the average person hears that you would like to become a nurse, the first thing that comes to mind is that you will be working in a hospital somewhere, taking blood pressures and changing sheets. This may be a part of a nurse’s duty, but there are plenty of nursing professions that are unknown to the everyday person. We have outlined a few professions in the nursing field for you to explore to help broaden your options.

Travel Nurse

Many people believe that traveling and working should be separated. Being a travel nurse buries that argument. As a travel nurse, you can visit various destinations around the world while doing what you love. You have the ability to select where you would like to go and for how long. This profession is most popular amongst single individuals without families as you tend to spend months out of the year way from home.

Legal Nurse

Do you have a passion for nursing and working in the legal field? This profession combines them both. As a legal nurse or Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, you use your immense healthcare knowledge to work on medical related cases. What makes this position most attractive is that it is attainable with an RN license and allows you to be a part of the legal process without obtaining a legal degree.

RN Case Manager

This profession is most similar to a social worker’s job but instead, has to deal with the medical field. As an RN Case Manager, your duties include:

  • Perform new admissions
  • Outline care plans
  • Supervise over healthcare staff

You have the freedom to work in a hospital, clinic, home health agency, and much more as an RN Case Manager.

Nurse Educator

Do you love the nursing field so much that you would like to spread that knowledge? As a nurse educator, you can teach students on everything they need know about becoming a nurse. This position often requires you to have an advanced degree and allows you to be everything from a high school teacher to a university professor.

You have many options to pursue in the nursing field and these are just a few for you to explore. Allow Ardor Health Solutions to help you find the position right for you. Check out our healthcare job listings today and get on your way to a rewarding career.