Back-to-School Health Tips

Summer is over and it’s time for kids to go back to school. As parents rush to gather school supplies, setup a routine, and get the coveted first-day-of-school photo, you should also remember a few health tips. When kids go back to school, they are exposed to plenty of new germs and can get sick more often. However, you can keep your children healthy and happy as they start their new adventure with these tips:

Get Vaccinated

Vaccines can guard your child and any younger siblings safe from life-threatening diseases. Many school districts require children to be up-to-date on certain vaccinations before they can attend classes. However, if your school doesn’t, it’s still a good idea to visit the pediatrician and get those shots. And it’s not just your kids who need them.

If you ensure that your whole family is vaccinated, you will all be better protected. Take a family trip to the pharmacy to get your flu shot and other important vaccines to stay healthier all year round.

Choose a Backpack

While your kid may choose a backpack based on the colors or characters on it, there’s much more to consider than that. A bad backpack can set your child up for spine problems in the future. Choose a backpack that has wide, padded shoulder pads for support. A padded back can also provide protection to keep your kid healthy and strong.

Get Healthy Sleep

If your children don’t get adequate sleep, their immune systems could suffer. While this is true both in the summer and during school, early waking times during the school year make inadequate sleep more likely when classes begin. Establish a good night time routine that starts early enough to get them to bed on time. A good night’s sleep can help your child night only stay healthy, but also learn more.

Check Their Eyes

Eye health is often forgotten when people think about health in general. However, a comprehensive eye exam is important. Start the school year out right with an updated prescription for your little one. This will make school easier without the squinting, too!

Give your kid a leg up by keeping him or her healthy. These tips can help!

How to Beat Nurse Depression

Many nurses came into this career because they had a deep drive to help people. This ambition can make some of the best nurses. However, when nurses throw themselves too deeply into the job, it can cause burnout and depression.

Let’s face it: nursing is one of the most difficult careers a person can have. It’s no wonder that nurses are prone to depression. However, it can also be one of the most rewarding occupations in the world if you learn how to take care of yourself.

The problem is, you cannot pour from an empty cup. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, it will be difficult to take care of patients. If you’re struggling with nurse depression, here are a few ways you can help yourself.

Switch Environments

Nurses don’t have to work in hospitals. If you’re feeling burned out by your current job, consider homecare or nurse staffing agencies. You can try out different settings until you find something that sparks the love of nursing that led you to this career to begin with.

Practice Self-Care

Nurses tend to be people who give and give until there is nothing left. If that sounds like you, make a conscious effort to take care of yourself. If you need to take an hour every day to yourself, do it. You can read, take a bath, exercise, or anything else that makes you happy.

Consider Therapy

Nurses can tend to shy away from getting medical attention. They think they can do it all themselves. After all, that’s often the case. However, when it comes to your mental health, you may need to reach out for help.

There is no shame in seeing a therapist or taking mental health medications. You do not need to go through this alone. There are medical professionals that dedicate themselves to helping people just like you.

At NurseCore, we care deeply about the health and safety of our nurses. If you need help, please take one or all of these approaches.

What to Look for in a Nurse Staffing Agency

Nurses and other medical professionals across the nation are choosing staffing agencies over more traditional roles. The right nurse staffing agency can provide flexibility, unique opportunities, and a great schedule. However, the wrong agency can give you a bad experience.

So how is a nurse supposed to decide on the right staffing agency? Here are a few things to look for.

Nationwide Support

Even if you only plan to work in a small area, it’s wonderful to have a network of nurses nationwide behind you. Look for agency headquarters that support their staff and know what they’re doing. At NurseCore, our talented and understanding support staff cares about the lives of our nurses and our patients.

Word of Mouth

The best way to learn about a nurse staffing agency is to ask the people who work there. Reviews from past and current employees may tell you everything you need to know about your potential employer. It’s also important to hear from employees at the branch you are considering.

We’re proud to have incredible reviews from around the country. Check out what our nurses have to say about NurseCore here. Flexibility

For many nurses, the main point of going to a staffing agency is to get flexible hours. After all, who doesn’t want to make their own schedule? A great nurse staffing agency understands this and allows you the flexibility you need. We’re proud to offer that kind schedule.

Career Development

In the medical field, you can never stop learning or you might fall behind. At NurseCore, we value your career development. By placing our nurses in a variety of situations, we give them the opportunities they need to grow as nurses. You will become a better caregiver and more fulfilled in your chosen career.

How Nurses Found Their Calling

It takes a unique person to become a nurse. After all, it’s not one of those things that you just fall into doing. It takes passion and drive to get through nursing school and thrive in a nursing career.

The reasons for getting into nursing are as varied and diverse as nurses themselves. What motivates people to become nurses has been a popular topic on Reddit. Here are just a few great reasons nurses gave Reddit:

Making a Difference

If you want to make the world a better place, nursing might just be the right career for you. Many nurses found that they wanted to spend their working days making a difference in the lives of everyday people. Perhaps it is cliche, but it’s one of the best reasons to be a nurse.

Reddit user half-great-adventure simply wanted a career that made a difference and that viewed a little playfulness as a good thing. “I wanted to be useful, and nursing made me feel useful,” half-great-adventure wrote. “As for why I went into peds, I wanted to work at a place where my silliness would be an asset and not a liability. And it’s also a part of my secret plan to never grow up.”

Reddit user californiapdsnurse put it simply when he or she wrote, “I wanted to have a fulfilling job and to make a difference.”

Inspired By Great Nurses

Many nurses find their calling by coming face-to-face with kind, caring nurses. Reddit user gangybluth had one such story. “My grandpa was sick and dying in the hospital. He was so sick and always felt so bad. He had great nurses though, and one of them always got [a] smile out of him no matter what,” the nurse wrote. “That is when I decided I wanted to be a nurse. I was ten and I never once thought about being anything else.”

Another user called “TorchIt,” had an inspiring story to tell about the nurse that changed her life. “Before he died, my husband was a very sick individual. Lots of hospital stays, transplant patient, the whole nine. During one of our all too common ER visits, there was a nurse with a shock of curly blonde hair wearing cranberry scrubs. She exuded confidence, intelligence, and perhaps most importantly, optimism. She knew what she was doing, and she knew exactly how to diffuse that tough situation for us. I started pursuing nursing for a number of reasons, but she’s my nursing idol.”

The Practical Reasons

Aside from the nobel reasons of wanting to become a nurse, there are many practical reasons. For example, a nursing student with the username tea_and_cats said, “I chose nursing because it’s everywhere. I can travel. I can live in a small town. I can work hours that allow me both the time and money to do the things I am passionate about.”

Others chose nursing for the flexibility and variety the career offers. Ultimately, there are many reasons people are called to become nurses. But they all have one thing in common: they are the heart of healthcare.

What It’s REALLY Like to be a Home Health Nurse

When you picture a nurse at work, what do you see around the nurse? Do you imagine fluorescent lights, hurried hospital staff, and noisy call buttons? What about hospital gowns, cups of Jell-O, and awful tiles floors?

While many nurses do amazing work in hospitals like this, it’s not the only environment for a nurse. If you’re tired of the hospital life, it might be time to make the change to home health nursing. Here’s what it’s REALLY like to be a home health nurse:

You See Patients in a New Light

Being a nurse is an incredible experience. You see people in every stage of life experiencing a wide range of emotions. Being a home health nurse takes this part of the job to a whole new level.

By being in the patient’s home, you get a better understanding of the whole person. As you know, treating the whole person is more effective than treating one symptom at a time.

You Work Independently

Although NurseCore’s home health nurses have a team of professionals to rely on, their everyday work is done largely independently. If you like to treat patients in this way, home health might be right for you.

One-on-One Care

Let’s face it: caring for too many patients at once is exhausting and unfulfilling for some nurses. In home health care, you benefit from caring for one patient at a time. Many nurses find that this type of care makes them better at their jobs and leaves them feeling more effective.

It Is Challenging

Home health nursing is no cake walk. Being the only medical professional in the room takes confidence and skill. Great clinical abilities are a must when you care for patients in their homes. However, many nurses find this unique challenge to be rewarding in its own right.

Does home health nursing sound like a good fit for you? If so, apply for NurseCore today!

You Know You’re a Nurse If…

Have you ever noticed that nurses all do things a bit differently? Do your non-medical friends look at you weird when you talk about work? Have you ever triaged your laundry?

If so, this list is for you. Nurses are the heart of healthcare, it’s true. They also see the world completely differently than anyone else. So, you know you’re a nurse if…

…you can read any doctor’s handwriting.

Nurses know that the joke about doctors having illegible handwriting is based in reality. They also are sometimes the only people around who can read what a doctor wrote. Consider it a specialized superpower.

…you hear call bells in your sleep.

Bonus points if you respond to patients in your dreams! Seriously, does that noise ever get out of your head?

…discussing body functions over dinner doesn’t make you lose your lunch.

It’s just a body, what’s the big deal, right? You can talk about a code brown while eating chocolate ice cream like it’s nothing.

…you guard your pens like your life depends on it.

You’ve learned from your past mistakes. This new pen will NOT go missing. Right?

…you’ve complimented a strangers veins.

And you didn’t think it was weird at all. Thinking back, you realize, “Nice veins!” is an awful pickup line.

…you celebrate holidays on a different schedule.

It’s not the specific date but the memory that counts.

…you only wish doctors did as much in real life as they did on TV.

You watch Grey’s Anatomy and laugh. There’s no way a doctor would be doing half of that. You know where the nurses should be.

…you have criticized the medicine in TV, too.

While we’re at it, why aren’t any TV doctors competent? You can barely watch medical shows without screaming at your television.

…your non-medical friends and family call you to see how serious their ailment is.

It’s like working for free. But seriously, do not go to the doctor for those sniffles.

…your job is as rewarding as it is tough.

You may be exhausted and covered in bodily fluids, but you wouldn’t trade your job for anything. You are the heart of healthcare.

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