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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

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.

5 Tips to Boost Your Energy During Your Shifts

When you ask what one disadvantage is of being a nurse, you often hear the answer, being tired. Being on your feet all-night/day, running from patient to patient or simply adjusting to your new schedule can all play apart in overall fatigue. We have compiled a few tips to help keep your energy up during a shift.

Tip #1 – Drink Water

            Everyone knows you need to stay hydrated. And by hydrated we don’t mean drinking coffee to help you stay awake. One of the first signs of mild dehydration is fatigue. If you feel like you are starting to drag, drinking some water might be all you need. Plus, if you are drinking a lot of water, you’ll have to use the bathroom more. That means more walking, which will help keep you awake.

Tip #2 – Eat Nutritious Snacks

            Eating a balanced meal for breakfast starts your day off right. But eating the right snacks during the day will keep your energy levels up. Instead of eating processed snacks like chips or crackers, opt to eat more fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Not only will you feel much more energized, you may lose a few pounds too!

Tip #3 – Keep Busy

            When you start to feel like your dragging, find something to do. This is especially necessary on night shifts. It is easy to feel tired when work is slow. Finding something to keep you busy will help keep your mind from slowing down. Even if you’ve already checked on that patient once, maybe take a walk and check again. We hear playing cards is also a popular choice!

Tip #4 – Talk with Co-Workers

            Another way to keep awake is talking to someone. When you engage in talking with someone, you are keeping your mind awake. You are stimulating your mind to think of topics and by responding to that person. Not only will this help keep you awake but it may help the other person stay awake.

Tip #5 – Walk Outside and get fresh air on your breaks

            The last tip we have that could help you stay awake is going on walks outside on your breaks. Getting some fresh air is always good for you. The walk alone will help keep you awake. Breathing in fresh air just makes you feel better. May help to give you that second wind you need to finish your shift.