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Winter Assignment Tips

Whether you are in Washington, Alaska, Vermont or North Dakota you are bound to encounter snow this winter. If you are coming from a warmer state that doesn’t experience snow, you may not be prepared. We have put together a small list of things you can do to help make your assignment in winter wonderland a little bit easier.

#1.       Start your car before you leave

While you are getting ready, run out and start your car. Turn the defrost and heat on. This will help ensure you aren’t late to work. If you must scrape snow and ice off your windows, you could become late. Turning the defrost on early should help eliminate or greatly reduce that problem. Not only will you have clean windows, you will have a warm car to get into on the way to work. You don’t have to leave it running all morning, but 5-10 minutes before you leave will greatly help.

#2.       Keep a spare pair of boots in your vehicle

If you are going to work, chances are you are wearing your work shoes. It is always a good idea to keep a spare pair of winter/rubber boots in your vehicle in case you may need them. You may need them walking from the parking lot into your building or if you were to get stuck somewhere. It never hurts to be over prepared!

#3        Don’t forget your winterwear

If you are coming from a state that doesn’t get cold very often it may be hard to find winterwear to pack. (Winterwear would be gloves, hats, jackets, etc.) If you are in that situation, you can order online or buy when you get to your destination. If you are able to shop before you leave, don’t forget to pack them!

 

There are many ways you can prepare for your winter assignment. We hope these tips will help make your assignment a little bit easier and don’t forget to enjoy your time in your new destination!

Become a Disaster Nurse Volunteer

As a nurse you are constantly looking for ways to help people out. Travel nurses are no different, especially after a disaster. For any nurse, preparation is crucial. Be prepared by signing up for a state disaster volunteer registry near you or where you are licensed.

If you hold a state license, get registered now as a state disaster volunteer. We recommend doing this, as soon as possible, so there is no delay when a disaster strike’s.

 

 

Who is Eligible? In most states the following can register as healthcare volunteers:

  • Advanced practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners, certified nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurses specialists)
  • Behavioral health professionals (marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychologists, and mental health counselors)
  • Cardiovascular technologist and technicians
  • Diagnostic medical sonographers
  • Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics
  • Licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technicians (includes phlebotomists)
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technologists
  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Radiologic technologists and technicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Respiratory therapists

 

 

National Disaster Volunteer Organizations

There are several National Agencies that you can pre-register with. These are National Government approved disaster volunteer organizations. To list a few:

 

Other Volunteer Organizations

 

 

Disaster Volunteer Registry State Agencies

In addition to the volunteer organizations listed above, each state has their own State operated volunteer registry for disaster and/or emergency response. You can call your state’s health department for more information on healthcare providers volunteering & registration. There are many other opportunities to volunteer and get involved.

 

 

Other Helpful Links:

https://www.nursingworld.org/get-involved/disaster-relief/

https://www.nursingworld.org/our-certifications/national-healthcare-disaster/

https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html

https://www.nationalnursesunited.org/rnrn-deployments

4 Ways to De-Stress on the Road

Everyone knows the medical field is one of the most stressful job fields to be in. Medical professionals are paid to save lives for a living; the expectation to always be at your best for your patients is taxing. Dealing with family members, feeling like you are not in control of your work environment or just the cases you observe can all play a role in the amount of pressure you feel. We have put together a list of a few things you can do to de-stress when you get off work.

 

#1 Work it Out

The first way to de-stress is working out the stress. There are many benefits of physical exercise other than just improving physical well-being. Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can also reduce stress. Studies have shown that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has drained your energy or ability to concentrate.

When stress affects the brain, with all its nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Naturally if your body feels better, so will your mind. Exercise and other physical activities produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. There are many benefits to working out; add de-stressing to the list.

 

#2 Take a Walk

While just about any walk will help to clear your head and boost endorphins (which in turn, reduces stress hormones), consider walking in a park or by a body of water, which can put your body into a state of meditation. Take it up a notch and bring a yoga mat so if you find a good spot you can do yoga there.

 

#3 Put Music On

While classical music has a notably soothing effect — it slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure and can even decrease levels of stress hormones — any music that you love will flood your brain with feel-good neurochemicals (like dopamine).

And, while music can soothe everyday anxiety (crank it up on the drive home!), research shows that it’s remarkably beneficial for those in the midst of stressful events, like surgery.

Don’t have your headphones nearby? Try humming or making your own music. One study of stressed-out nursing students found that recreational music-making relieved stress and prevented burnout.

 

#4 Treat Yourself to a Treat

Eating or drinking something sweet is satisfying because it starts the production of the stress hormone, glucocorticoid (which helps explain why we find ourselves staring down the jar of cookies when things don’t go right). While not an excuse to unleash your emotional eating on the hospital vending machine, a Reese’s pieces, peppermint candy or other reasonably-sized treat can help.

Try some of these techniques next time you feel at your breaking point and need to de-stress a little.

How to make your Temporary Home, feel like Home

When you start a new job, you typically have the luxury to come home and relax after a long day. You may curl up in your favorite spot or make your favorite meal and unwind. As a travel nurse, you must bring home with you. We have put together a list of a few things that can make your temporary home, feel like home.

1.Cook your Favorite Meals

One of the first things you can do to feel at home is to cook some of your favorite meals. This may be in the crock pot or in the oven, either way you will feel more at home eating familiar foods. We definitely recommend trying places, but there is just something homey about eating a good home cooked meal at “home.”

2. Bring Personal Items with you

Nothing feels more like home that your own personal items. Bring your own pillow, blanket, pictures or candles. Anything that is small enough to pack and feels like home should be brought. If you are allowed pets in your housing complex, bring them! Whether it is a cat, dog or fish you will instantly feel welcomed and at home when you walk in the door. Personal items are tangible things that will make your temporary house feel complete.

3. Have a get together

Having a small get together at your place may make you feel at home. When you’re at a new place, it is nice to have people get together and hang out. Other travelers may be trying to adjust as well so getting together could be help fill that loneliness.  Make friends!

4. Facetime friends & family back home

Last, but not least, is bringing your family to you! Not really, but kind of. Facetiming or video chatting with friends and family back home can make you feel like you never left. You can show them your new place or take them with you exploring your new town. They will enjoy seeing you experience new things and getting to see what you are doing. You can’t pack them up and take them with you, but you can surely have them there in spirit.