5 Tips for Staying Healthy on the Night Shift

5 Tips for Staying Healthy on the Night Shift

Research shows that working swing, rotating or permanent night shifts can cause a long list of problems for both body and mind. However, those kinds of hours are a painful reality for many, especially those working in hospitals and other health-care settings. Shift work can disrupt circadian rhythms, affect the body’s production of melatonin and predispose workers to illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and depression, so it’s more important than ever to commit to the three mainstays of good health: eating well, resting well and getting exercise.

1. Rethink Your Meals

Shift work typically disrupts eating patterns. Overeating or eating unhealthy foods from cafeterias and vending machines can lead to unintended weight gain. Plan ahead for a couple of mini meals to eat while you’re on shift rather than consuming big meals before or after and snacking while you’re on the job. Pack a lunchbox with quick, healthy foods you can grab anytime.

2, Stay Hydrated, Not Caffeinated

To stay awake and alert on night shifts, all too many people turn to caffeine. But caffeinated drinks can cause dehydration, raise blood pressure and interfere with sleep patterns once you leave work. A few caffeinated beverages won’t hurt, but balance them with non-caffeinated drinks such as mineral waters, herbal teas and just plain water. Avoid caffeine altogether toward the end of your shift so you can fall asleep when you get home.

3. Avoid the “Day Trap”

When you’re working off-hour shifts, your schedule is just the opposite of the way most of your family and friends live. It may be tempting to join them for regular daytime life once you’re off work, but outside of the occasional lunch with friends or special event, you should establish a quiet daytime routine that lets you get the rest you need.

4. Work in Exercise Whenever You Can

Your night shift job may include plenty of walking and other physical tasks, but if it doesn’t, use break time to move around. Walking corridors, taking stairs or even just stretching at your desk can relieve stress, boost your metabolism and keep you alert.

5. Keep a Consistent Schedule

On weekends and other off-shift days, it may be tempting to upend your schedule to accommodate all the activities you’ve missed out on while working. However, straying too much from your night shift schedule can make it harder to adjust when you return to work.

Shift work doesn’t have to ruin your health. Staying consistent and bringing healthy habits to work can make it possible not just to survive, but to thrive, on the night shift.

How to Overcome Candidate Bias in Hiring for Healthcare

How to Overcome Candidate Bias in Hiring for Healthcare

Human nature makes it so we gravitate to people and things who most remind us of ourselves. However, in hiring that practice can result in poor recruiting results. The data shows that more diverse teams produce better results and are better for the bottom line. Despite this information, it can be difficult to overcome our candidate bias when hiring for healthcare. Many professional or practitioner roles in healthcare are experiencing shortages, so the companies who can overcome their bias and hire more diverse teams will do better to beat these challenges. A big misconception when it comes to hiring is that diversity hiring hurts productivity. One of the perpetrators of this line of thinking is the idea of cultural fit. One recent survey found that more than 80 percent of employers worldwide named cultural fit as a top hiring priority. But cultural fit has changed from an effort to create more employee engagement into a way to marginalize those who the manager does not get along with.

“Subliminal tendencies often discard the right candidates and bring in the ones that hiring managers have some type of affinity for. Leaning toward preconceived notions of what the ideal recruit should be spells trouble.” Thomas Tracy

Here are three common myths about different cohorts among physicians and how you can overcome your candidate bias to hire better:

Myth: Female physicians can’t treat patients as well as their male counterparts.

While paid less, patients treated by female physicians are less likely to die. In 2016, Harvard researchers found that female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results. Previous research has shown that female doctors are more likely to follow recommendations about prevention counseling and to order preventive tests like Pap smears and mammograms. The study’s authors estimate “that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year.”

Myth: Older physicians are a liability.

The age of a physician does not always negatively impact patient care outcomes. In a study comparing cognitive functioning of surgeons age 60 and older with younger surgeons, 78% of practicing surgeons aged 60-64 performed within the range of younger surgeons on computerized cognitive tasks measuring visual sustained attention, reaction time and visual learning and memory.

Myth: Millennial physicians will not work as hard as previous generations. 

The definition of hard work has really evolved, and nothing magnetizes this more than when you compare older generations and millennials’ ways of working. Millennial physicians are actually most different in their approach to collaborative care. A 2016 report, Millennial Mindset: The Collaborative Clinician, released by health agencies GSW, inVentiv Health PR Group, shows that millennial physicians understand pharma ads are out there to educate patients, but rely less than their older counterparts to use pharma marketing to inform their decisions, and they rely mostly on their peers, online resources for advice. To build a truly great patient care team in healthcare, it requires bringing together a diverse group of people who can each bring their own empathy and experiences to the care model.

 

The next time you are hiring for a healthcare professional or practitioner, think to the future of medicine and the next decade of challenges facing your patients’ ability for a healthy life. Then, you must realize that the best way to provide for that healthy life is to offer a care team that can treat a broader population of patients through their own collective experience and collaboration.

7 Modern Healthcare Trends Every Nurse Needs to Know

7 Modern Healthcare Trends Every Nurse Needs to Know

The healthcare industry is changing at a faster rate than ever before. As a hard-working nurse, you and your profession face an uncertain future. Advances in technology and a shortage of student nurses are just two of the issues that could change the profession forever. These modern healthcare trends prove that real change is already well underway.

1. Nursing is Adapting to Changing Demographics

Baby boomers are now retiring from nursing in vast numbers. Unfortunately, the supply of new nurses just isn’t keeping up with demand. The majority of nurses in America are now over 50, which means there could be several thousand urgent vacancies within 20 years or so. Unable to fill these vacancies with Americans, healthcare providers will turn to healthcare staffing agencies and immigrants to make up the numbers. Nursing will be more ethnically diverse than ever before, so the industry will need to adapt to different religions, cultures and languages.

2. Nurses Are Playing a Greater Role in Care Provision

As a result of the changes pushed through by the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are now paid based on the entire patient experience. This makes the input of nurses more important than ever. Nurses will need to collaborate more closely with doctors and other care providers to ensure entire care packages — and not just specific treatments — are the best they possibly can be. Nurses are also playing a much greater role in financial planning and purchasing decisions.

3. Technology is Becoming Increasingly Important

Technology is changing every area of the nursing profession. Some student nurses, for instance, are already using sophisticated simulators to practice care provision before being granted access to real patients. Electronic health records are also already in use, but they are now being made available to nurses on the move via the latest mobile technology.

4. Nursing is Moving Away from Hospitals

There is now a concerted effort within the healthcare industry to keep patients in their own homes for as long as possible. As a result, there is a growing need for nurses to work in communities — providing care and monitoring the health of patients away from hospitals. An increasing number of jobs are becoming available in other care institutions such as hospices, palliative care homes and chronic care clinics. This new approach to nursing is driving cost-savings and reducing the number of emergency room visits.

5. More “Non Nurse” Practitioners Than Ever Before

So called “no nurse” practitioners are individuals who became nurses without working their way through the ranks as a trainee. Some major in nursing as an undergraduate before attending a nurse practitioner school; others already have an unrelated bachelor’s degree and apply for work as a nurse via an accelerated nurse practitioner program. As more and more baby boomers retire, this pathway into the profession is becoming increasingly important.

6. Nurses Are Becoming More Educated

As the nursing professional continues to change, the need for a wider, more detailed knowledge base amongst nurses becomes greater. An RN-to-BSN degree, for example, allows a nurse to remain in post while he or she studies for a degree or baccalaureate. There is a direct correlation between the continuing education of existing nurses and hospital mortality rates, so expect to see more educational opportunities in the future.

7. The Provider Shortage is Driving Demand for Nurses

Employing more of non-physician clinicians provides a unique opportunity to tackle the physician shortage. This includes nurse practitioners (NPs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and physician assistants (PAs). More of these clinicians would lead to a team-based type of medical care. The American Journal of Medicine states that they could provide evidence-based screening, counseling, and preventative care and logistic support which would leave physicians to manage diagnostic challenges and complex medical issues. This opportunity proves to be more cost-efficient and even shortens long wait times that consumers are facing when trying to see a doctor.

These are exciting and challenging times for nursing. But with the right funding and the commitment of nurses, the future of the profession looks very bright.

How to Write the Perfect Resume: Top Resume Tips for Nurse Practitioners

How to Write the Perfect Resume: Top Resume Tips for Nurse Practitioners

Any hiring manager will admit that they scan a resume in thirty seconds and know if they will want to go forward with a candidate or not. Learning how to write the perfect resume for nurse practitioners can get you a leg up in the competition. Standing out on a sheet of black and white paper may be tough, but once you know what to highlight about yourself and your career can make a difference. As a staffing firm specializing in healthcare, many resumes come through our office. We notice what resumes have proper alignment, grammar, font and information about the candidate. We have provided you with tips on what to add to your resume and how to make yours stand out among the pile with how to write the perfect resume: top five resume tips for nurses practitioners.

Choose a good font and alignment

This may be a no brainer but many job seekers send in resumes with script or playful font styles. Keep the Comic Sans elsewhere and find a font that is easy to read and professional. We suggest Helvetica, Proxima Nova, Garamond, and if you want to play it safe, Times New Roman. Make sure you don’t have added lines, boxes or anything that may make the resume hard to read. If you are not sure where to begin with that blank sheet of paper, search nursing resume templates online and mimic their formatting.

Create a qualifications and goals summary

Start your resume with a brief overview of your qualifications and goals. Showing a clear thought will give the employer a better understanding of what you are looking for and what areas you will thrive in.

Highlight your accomplishments and licenses

Everyone who is applying for a specific job will usually have the same degree and even similar experience. We want to see what makes you different. This can be hard to do fresh out of training, so think outside the box. If you have received any exciting accomplishments, awards or acknowledgments add them on your resume! Other items to add that stand out are something you have created, an idea you implemented or anything you did in past experiences that made your training better. People want to see what you can bring to their business. Explain why you would be an asset to the hospital or practice. It is also a plus to add computer skills to your resume. Due to the industry transitioning technological it is an added skill if a candidate has medical-related software and computer knowledge.

Proofread

Once you complete your resume put it away for a while and come back to it with a fresh perspective. A small mistake could decrease your chances of getting hired, so read through it thoroughly, use the proofreading tool and make sure there are no mistakes. Send your resume to someone you trust with good grammar skills that can catch any mistakes you might have missed.

If you’re looking for more advice, want to search around for jobs and learn more about the advanced practitioner industry, visit www.fidelismp.com

The Importance of Attention Management

The Importance of Attention Management

Technology was supposed to free us from the chores of work and give us more time in the day. More time to enjoy the better things in life. We all believed that we would be so much more productive with all of this technology. Why do we sometimes feel like we have less time than ever before?

Maybe technology was not the promise that we expected. The truth is that we have become slaves to this technology that promised almost endless possibilities. You can now write an email, check Twitter, send a snap and all while sitting in the back row during a training session. The most common response given to this madness is “I am multi-tasking.”

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘MULTI-TASKING’. To do two things at once is to do neither. – Publilus Syrus

Of course, some things can be done together – you can eat and watch TV, or chew gum and walk at the same time. When it comes to high demand, cognitive or intellectual activities; these simply cannot occur simultaneously.

Attention management is as important in the workplace today as time management was in the previous era. Productivity is achieved through managing attention rather than managing time. How many times have you faced a day when a hundred things needed to be completed before heading to the airport? As you settle in to your comfortable and spacious seat on the airplane, are you amazed at how much you were able to get done? This was accomplished through attention management. I would bet that there are days when you effectively completed more tasks in four hours than you completed on a day when you spent ten hours in the office.

When you manage your attention – time becomes inconsequential and results are all that really matter. Understanding and managing attention is now the single most important determinant of success. When you put all your attention towards what is important you will see the reward.

***This was a guest post from one of our recruiting team members. We encourage our staff to share their insights and training with others. Learn more about our culture at http://thmedstaffing.com/thmed-careers/