A few things I found that hopefully will help you smile: May your college memories last as long as your student loan payments. You know you're a nurse when you know it’s a full moon by people's behavior around you. There is no easy way to say this….you have cooties. You can't fix stupid….but you can sedate it. Of course I talk to myself….sometimes I need expert advice. Night nurses do it after dark. When my shift ends…I either want to boil myself or light myself on fire. May your coffee be strong and your scrub game on point. A new nurse is excited to sign everything. An old nurse tries not to sign anything. Not all patients are annoying, some are unconscious. If I collapse at work, here is the list of doctors I don't want working on me. Remember…catheters and needles come in sizes I choose. When a hospital runs out of maternity nurses do they have a mid-wife crisis? Why do blonde nurses bring red magic markers to work? In case they have to draw blood. How many nurses does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, they just get a nursing student to do it. Transplant nurses hate rejection. The nurse who can smile when things go wrong….is probably going off duty. What did the nurse say when she found a rectal thermometer in her pocket? Some asshole has my pen. What's the difference between an oral thermometer and a rectal thermometer? The taste. A practical nurse is one who marries a rich, terminally ill patient. How do you know that a dead body on the side of the road is a nurse? Stomach is empty, bladder is full and ass is chewed. "Yes I am a nurse and No I don't want to look at it. You know you're a nurse when… you look for mistakes in every medical show you watch. Nursing school: where you learn to save lives while trying not to take your own. There are three glove sizes….large, medium and empty box. Holiday plans? Nope, I'm a nurse…. Don't mess with me. I get paid to stab people with sharp objects.
Nature is my place to re-charge and de-stress. That's where I go when I don't feel connected or feel out of sorts. Walk on the beach, or in the woods, or a park and get out in nature to get your connection back. It's scientifically proven that nature can come to your rescue! Research shows the healing and calming effects of nature on the mind and body. Published research has shown that people who took a 90 minute walk in nature report lower levels of rumination and had reduced neural activity in the area of the brain linked to risk of mental illness, such as depression, than those who don’t get outdoors. Suggestions are that having access to natural areas may be vital for our mental health. Some studies have shown that even just viewing pictures of nature can activate areas of the brain associated with empathy and calmness Amazing how our brain works, isn’t it? The Japanese term "Shinrin-yoku" means spending time in the forest or forest-bathing. Forest bathing benefits physical and mental health because you inhale beneficial bacteria, plant-derived essential oils and negatively charged ions from the  forest air. Living near nature can extend your lifespan as well. All types of green spaces are shown to be equally beneficial, city parks, agricultural areas, forests, farms, or any green space. Some of us feel a pull to spend time in nature. Your brain and body are made to sync with nature, sunrise and sunset, changing of seasons, and more. Our brains are not wired for the 24/7 world of today and that is a lot of the reason there is so much illness and chronic disease in our society. The scent of lush earth and the sounds of a "noisy" creek help our body to relax and release. Many benefits can be realized by practicing getting out in nature. A few more of the many benefits of spending time in nature include: Less pain and better sleep, a better workout, boost to your creativity and can even improve your focus. Travel nurses and other healthcare travelers can explore your new environment while enjoying nature. You can always check online and find some green space close to you. If you can, try to spend a few minutes outdoors each day. It can be as simple as a quick walk down a tree lined street or having lunch outdoors in a park or by a lake. When you can spend more time go for a hike in nature. It's one of the best adventures I've found and helps me decompress from the craziness of the world we are living in these days.
Some of the most commonly asked questions about travel nursing are the subject of this blog. If you are not a travel nurse and have been considering this path maybe we can help answer a few concerns. Maybe this will be helpful for you if you are thinking of embarking on a travel nursing career. How long are travel assignments? Travel assignments usually last 13 weeks. If things are working out well and the facility is happy with you, your assignment could be. The time frame is established and contracted with you before the assignment starts and your travel recruiter can always help you too with all details. There are some assignments that are for shorter periods as well. Do I get reimbursed for travel expenses ? This will all be decided before you make a commitment. Normally there is a set amount that is reimbursed for travel expenses one time only. But this too can vary depending on assignment and agency and should be on your list to be discussed. Can I take family or friends along on a travel assignment? You can take whoever you want, even a pet, in some instances. If you know a friend who is also a travel nurse, you can arrange your assignment in the same facilities and share housing and expenses and even pocket some extra money this way. Bringing family and/or a pet, would of course be at your expense, but can be arranged since assignments are arranged in advance. Where are travel nurse jobs available? Depending on your specialty, there are jobs available in almost every state across the county. You can choose a particular destination based on your preferences. Is there some area of the US on your bucket list that you would like to explore a little more than a normal vacation would allow you? Or how about being close to some family that is not close geographically? The possibilities are wide open as in most cases there are more jobs than there are experienced and qualified nurses to fill them. That's one of the reasons the travel nurse industry continues to expand How much experience is necessary to become a Travel Nurse? The agencies that we work with prefer two years of experience in your specialty to be considered for a travel nurse assignment. But things can and do change as demand increases across the board for good nurses. Different assignments and different agencies offer much of the same benefits and perks for travelers but there are a few variations. HealthCare Employment Network only works with top proven agencies in the field and we will make sure your information is put into the right hands.  Click here to fill out our Request For More Information form  if you would like to get started today on your first or next travel adventure.
Coconut oil is nature's helper and is one of the most diverse and useful staples to have in your home. It  literally be jars of coconut oil in almost every room of my house being used for different purposes. Coconut oil should be used in your cooking in place of harmful vegetable oils. It is an MCFA (medium-chain-fatty-acid) Oil and is extremely useful for providing sustainable energy in the human body. Coconut oil has a much higher temperature tolerance than extra virgin olive oil. The fat molecules in the coconut oil stay intact making it much safer to use for cooking. Coconut oil can replace just about any oil in your recipes and it's much healthier for you. I use coconut oil in place of butter even when frying eggs. One of Mother Nature's best skin moisturizers can be found in your coconut oil jar as well. I personally mix a base of coconut oil with a couple of my essential oils for my own special blend. You can do this yourself or, of course, use just the coconut oil. It melts at about 74 degrees F so when it gets solid it will melt again as soon as it touches your skin.. It works great as a hair moisturizer as well. I have long hair and in the winter the heat makes it go everywhere. I just rub a little coconut oil on my hands and lightly touch my hair and get it right under control. It can help relieve itchy, dry skin too. If you are a mom of school children, you have probably dealt with lice in your kids hair. If you haven't, consider yourself lucky. Here's something that works and isn't poison. Rinse the hair with apple cider vinegar and let it dry. Massage coconut oil into the entire head and let it sit for 12-24 hours. Comb with a fine tooth comb and then shampoo. Needless to say a little coconut oil will easily remove your makeup and if you don't like the feel of the oil you can always wash and rinse afterward. You can also combine a half cup of sea salt or sugar with the same amount of coconut oil and massage it into rough spots on your skin. For tougher spots like heels just add a little more of the salt or sugar. So many things you can do with coconut oil and all without harm to you or the environment. It's very affordable as well. Love to share tips that can help us all in our everyday lives. As a travel nurse or professional healthcare traveler a jar of coconut oil can replace so many items in your home away from home. Safe travels!..
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I know, I know, we’ve all heard it….just sit down and breathe for a few minutes. It really is that simple though. There are so many forms of meditation and with our phones always at our side, of course, there is an app for that. In fact, there are many apps for that. Here are a few I found that could prove helpful to you the travel nurse or professional healthcare traveler. There are free apps as well as ones that cost a little bit. But let me assure you that helping yourself, with meditation or other methods, can’t be more important in your daily life, especially facing what we are facing today in the world. Most of them offer free trials so you can try them out as they can get a little pricey. Calm – And of course you can tell by the name what this app is for. They say the app is a portal to peace of mind. The app has been downloaded more than 50 million times and is proving quite popular with a Daily Calm Meditation or you can find a meditation more specific to your needs. This app also offers sleep stories, body scans, masterclasses and even walking meditations. Might be worth a look with their 7 day free trial. Aura – Aura may be your best choice as a beginner to meditation practice. It consists of a collection of quick, three-minute sessions as well as 30 second anxiety busters to help you in intense situations. This has helped many quickly calm nerves or panic. One of the free ones I found is called Insight Timer. I just downloaded it myself. There are 30,000 guided meditation sessions that can help with all the chaos you face everyday. There are music tracks for relaxation and even a section for kids. I will be trying this one out later today. Stop, Think & Breathe – This one has some free content available to help you as well as a premium for more detailed. When you open the app it asks how you feel and directs you to specific meditations that you may need at this time. Pretty cool. Simple Habit – Teaches you how to quiet your mind in just five minutes, instead of a lengthy session. Most content on this app is dedicated to brief sessions so it might be perfect for your busy schedule. Sattva – this one is more for serious seekers. This app checks your physical health as well and can let you track the benefits of your meditation sessions. There are guided meditations from top experts as well as trophies and progress trackers. 10% Happier – This one is an answer for those who just can’t seem to get meditation. It is a great app for starting a meditation practice. They have a 7 day free trial too. The app features expert teachers to coach you through the basics. Their concept is that with just a little help you can get it and become maybe a little bit happier. So, as you can see, there are many, many different approaches to meditation today, thanks to our Smart Phones. Of course, you could just sit down and breathe, but maybe we all need a little prodding to help calm the fears of every day life in our “new normal”. Breathe, grasshopper, Breathe!
Being grateful each day for all the things we have and enjoy can make a vast difference in your attitude and even your life. We all have so much to be thankful for, even in these chaotic times. First of all, if you woke up this morning and got out of bed, there ya go! The number one thing you can be thankful for. Even with some pain, or anxiety, or troubles of any kind, you did wake up this morning. There are a whole lot of people that didn’t have that privilege. Be grateful! Do you have a roof over your head and a bed to sleep in? Two more things you can be ever grateful for. So many in our world do not even have these things at this time, which is truly hard to believe at times. Be grateful. Did you eat today? How about yesterday? Lucky for us, most of us did eat today, unless we chose not to. And most of us probably ate more than once and don’t have worries about where our next meal will come from. It’s a sad state to think there are hungry people in our world. Be grateful. We are breathing, we are living and we can choose to enjoy the moments we have. Be grateful. Go outside, look up at the sky and let the sun shine on your face, and take a deep breath. Be grateful. You would be surprised how easy it is to change your attitude by just being grateful. Take a breath and say Thank you, say it out loud, it’s ok. Be Grateful and Be Safe! And know that all the world is grateful for you today! Thank you!
Your immune system is so important to each of us, but during this pandemic crisis it is the best defense we have against the marauding CoVid19 virus. So how about a few quick tips on how to boost the immune system to help us all out? Sleep….so important, yet so many of us don’t leave time for good sleep which is a must to keep your immune system in top shape. I know a lot of people don’t believe that sleep is important but it really is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You really do need 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night. I know there are lots of times when it is hard to turn off that monkey mind and get to sleep but nowadays there are even apps that can help you with this. Sleep, sleep, sleep! Fresh Air….if you can get outside in the sunshine for a brisk walk please do! The fresh air and a brisk walk will do more for your wellbeing and attitude than you can even imagine. It has definitely been helping me to keep my sanity. Eat good food. I know this is hard too. It’s so much easier to grab some fast food just to fill that hole, but it would be much better to grab some raw fruit and/or veggies. It is understandable that during stressful times you don’t want to worry about eating healthy, but it is more important now than ever. Laugh….Hard to do when so much is going on. But, it really will help and there is so much material available now that you can definitely find something online that will make you smile and hopefully provide a belly laugh. Laughter really does help you to strengthen your immune system. I have written here many times before about Yoga and now, Yoga Nidra. I can honestly say that Yoga Nidra, which is a type of yoga where you just make yourself comfortable in a reclined position and listen to someone talking. It is a great stress reliever and has helped me so much during this trying times that I highly recommend it. There are apps online and free videos galore. Just search Yoga Nidra. I use the one from IAM Yoga and have been using it for a long time. I practice this at least 3-4 times a week and sometimes even more than once a day when it’s a particularly rough one. So, here are just a few suggestions and I hope that one or more of them will help you. We hope you know that you are appreciated and can find the time to take care of yourself. You can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t put yourself first sometimes.
Thank goodness for the internet and all the great information and content available to us today. We can even call it up on our phones, a mobile computer we all carry in our pockets now. Just a reminder, since there is sooooo much content available, maybe it’s time to watch something that will make you laugh. Laughing really can be the best medicine for lots of things, including an extremely stressful shift dealing with what is going on in the world. Do you like to watch children playing? Kittens and puppies maybe? Or just some rude, raw comedy, or maybe your favorite sitcom. All of these are great avenues to explore in order to take your mind off the real world and harsh reality of our day to day lives. This is not something that any of us have lived through before. Maybe our parents or grandparents saw some of the strife in the world created by wars, famines, floods and so many other things. But most of us have not ever witnessed a complete shutdown of the world as we know it. No more restaurants, bars, concerts, working out at the gym and so many things that were once a part of our every day life. Change has come and who knows what the new normal will look like or when this crisis will end. All we can do is get through each day, maybe even just get through your shift and try to rest up and take some semblance of care for ourselves. So, this is just a friendly reminder to find something that makes you laugh and try to partake of it as often as you can. A smile or a belly laugh will improve your mood and even boost your immune system. Enjoy something that makes you laugh and smile, even if only for a few minutes. Be safe and keep up the good work! The world is changing and we shall see how it looks on the other side! And, of course, Thank You!
Well, here it is again. Happy Nurses Week 2020 and I’m thinking that you are probably even more overworked this year than in all your past years as a Registered Nurse. The theme this year for National Nurses Week is Compassion, Expertise and Trust. If ever there was a need to celebrate nurses this would surely be the year. National Nurses Day is Wednesday, May 6 and we here at want you to know you are appreciated, today and every day. In fact, this year the National observance was changed from National Nurses Week to National Nurses Month and that was before all this CoVid19 happened. Our founder is a former RN and knows what you go through every day, every week and every year. This year being a lot more profound to be working as a healthcare professional than most, we are sure. We definitely want to take this time to honor all you hard working travel nurses and RN’s out there busting your butts each and every shift. National Nurses Week is set on the same dates each year in order to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale which is March 12. She is known as the founder of modern nursing. We all can recall nurses who have shown us compassion and inspired us along the path, have taught us innovative procedures and had an influence on our lives and the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of patients during the course of their career. Nurses in all specialties and even graduate nurses are included in this week of what would normally be celebrations. This year may not be the year for celebration and we understand that you are all overworked during the current crisis. But we still want you to know how much you are appreciated for your compassionate caring and for helping countless patients during your hard work each day. Happy Nurses Week 2020 and we can only hope that all the measures put in place in the last few weeks will help us to “flatten the curve” and get us through this crisis with our health and wellbeing still intact. Be safe and be well and take care of yourself. If you don’t do this, you surely cannot keep up your immune systems in order to keep helping your patients. We wish you the best and hopefully together we can see light at the end of the tunnel.