Happy Holidays to Our Professionals

As the year comes to a close and we celebrate the people who matter most to us, NurseCore wants to thank each and every health professional on our team. We are so grateful to work with talented, passionate, and kind people each day.

Here are a few of the ways that you made a difference with NurseCore this year:

1. You Saved Lives

It’s true that saving lives is all in a day’s work for you, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of praise. Every day that you showed up to work, you were a vital part of keeping a person healthier and happier for a little longer. You are heroes in our book.

2. You Changed Lives

In addition to saving your patient’s lives, you touched the lives of so many others. Each loved one who got to witness your healing powers is better for knowing you. Don’t ever forget that the lives you save go on to affect so many others. It’s a ripple effect of healing.

3. You Inspired People

You never know what child saw your passion and decided to become a nurse one day. You never know who you inspired to be kinder and more thoughtful. You can know for certain that you inspire your NurseCore family each day.

4. You Made Friends

The people you meet in the healthcare industry will change your life, especially the ones in NurseCore. We know we enjoy getting to know you and hope that you have made more friends this year.

5. You Are Set Up for a Great 2018

If 2017 was so great, we can only imagine how incredible 2018 will be. Thank you for being with us this year. We wish you the best holiday season.

Why Everyone Should Give Thanks for Nurses This Year

Turkeys thaw, families travel and leaves fall as Thanksgiving nears. It’s that special time of year in which we give thanks for the things that truly matter.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, NurseCore wants to give thanks to the nurses and other health professionals who save lives each day. Here are a few reasons why you should include nurses on your grateful list this year.

School was Tough

Some people have this idea that nurses chose that profession because medical school was too hard. These people couldn’t be more wrong. Nursing school is grueling, as any nurse will tell you.

Yet, nurses went through it and live with these misconceptions so that they can care for people in their time of need.

They Do the Gross Stuff

Every day, nurses see things that cannot be unseen, smell some nasty scents, and touch stuff from which most people would run. Best of all, they do this without making the patient feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. It’s part of the job and one that deserves thanks.

They Give Everything

Nurses can’t leave their work stress at work. They worry about their patients when they are off the clock. They mourn the loss of patients, and they wonder how former patients are doing now.

Nurses to all of this because they care. They give 100 percent to each patient. Sometimes, this means sacrificing time and effort with their own families.

They Work on Holidays

We should all give thanks for the many professionals who work on Thanksgiving and other holidays. While most of us stuff our faces with food and laugh with family, many nurses give life-saving care.

Illness doesn’t stop when holidays come, and neither do nurses. It’s just one more reason to be thankful for them today and every day.

They Touch Every Life

At some point or another, you or someone you love will need the care of a nurse. Be thankful that these professionals show compassion so freely and care so openly.

This Thanksgiving, NurseCore is grateful for our nurses.

5 Funniest Things People Have Said While Coming Out of Anesthesia

Patients say the darndest things…especially after anesthesia. Even the most calm, cool, and collected patient can make you laugh as they slowly regain awareness.

Before the days of the Internet, nurses and patients could only tell these hilarious stories to real-life friends. Thanks to Reddit, however, we can all enjoy them. Because really, who among us couldn’t use a good laugh? Here are 5 of the best stories about coming out of anesthesia:

The Tale of Lord Molar

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Every healthcare professional has had a demanding patient, but have you ever had one who spoke like royalty? At least one dental practice has bowed down to such a patient.

Reddit user CrossFox42 wrote, “When I came out from having my wisdom teeth pulled I apparently shot up, looked at the doctor and said ‘Charlatan! I demand you return my teeth! They are mine and I will choose where they are to be spent!’ My dad said he couldn’t stop laughing because I wouldn’t leave without them. When I woke up at home I asked my dad why my teeth were in a plastic bag on the table, he told me everything and promptly started calling me Lord Molar for the rest of the night.”

All hail Lord Molar!

This A+ Mathematician

 

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Some people have trouble with negative numbers even when they are wide awake. Not this patient of Reddit user thefamiliarfez, who wrote, “You may know that we ask the patient to count down from 10 while we put him under? Well he woke up murmuring ‘-53, -54, -55…’ as if he’d been counting in his sleep.”

We’re sure the surgery lasted longer than one minute, but that’s still impressive!

A True Casanova

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 Reddit user Twitch_Half came out of anesthesia and his shell simultaneously. This once-shy lady’s man wrote, “After having my wisdom teeth removed I outrageously hit on three girls who were also in the recovery room with me (I’m normally quite a quiet and shy person). It wasn’t until I got home that was informed two of the three were in fact medical mannequins.”

We have to wonder how the nurses handled that one!

The Reddit Addict

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In the age of smart phones, many people wake up and immediately check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Reddit. This patient just put a little twist on that routine.

An anonymous Reddit user wrote, “…I was laying on the bed and my brain thought that there was a giant iPhone in front of me. So I started swiping the imaginary touch screen trying to find my Reddit app. The nurse says to me, ‘you seeing things, Hun?’

‘Nope, just browsing Reddit’””

Stuck in Mom Mode

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Another anonymous Reddit user wrote, “…I was sitting in the recovery room after my girlfriend had her appendix out, and they wheeled in an older woman. The nurses were talking about nursey stuff, like what cubicle to put her in, and the older woman goes ‘HEY! Quiet down back there, or I’m turning this car around right now’” in a dopey anesthesia voice. On cue, both nurses go ‘Sorry, Mom!’ The lady smiles.”

Mom Mode never really goes away, even under anesthesia. What great nurses!

What’s the funniest thing a patient has ever said to you after a procedure? Let us know! For more stories, tips, and news, follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

How Nurses Can Prevent Back Injuries

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Nursing is a distinctly rewarding and honorable career that gives you life-altering experiences and the satisfaction of knowing that you matter. However, there are inherent emotional and physical risks that come with such a gratifying career. Chief among these dangers is back injury.

Half of all nurses say they deal with chronic back pain. Unfortunately, 38% of nurses will experience back injury severe enough to keep them from work. Disorders related to back injury are the leading cause of lost work time and permanent disability among healthcare professionals.

Sometimes the pain is a result of the nurse spending long hours on his or her feet. However, injuries caused by handling patients are common and debilitating. In fact, some experts say that these injuries are the leading cause of our current nursing shortage.

Although these statistics are daunting and may feel overwhelming, there is still plenty of hope for nurses who are looking to avoid back injury. Here are some important steps you can take to protect your back and avoid injury during patient transfers and readjustments:

Follow All Procedures

The first thing nurses must do to prevent back injury is follow the guidelines and procedures that are in place. Make sure to pay close attention to any training you may receive regarding handling dependent patients. These research-based solutions are there to help set a safe foundation for both patients and staff.

Ask Questions

If at any point you are not sure how to operate a patient-handling device or how to proceed with a particularly challenging patient, feel free to ask for assistance. Likewise, if you know the procedure but simply need an extra set of hands, ask another nurse to help. Although it is sometimes uncomfortable to request help, it is what’s best for your health and the health of your patient.

Make Assessments

Before you being to transfer or reposition a patient, make a few simple assessments in your mind. Realistically evaluate how much you can safely lift, how much the patient weighs, and how dependent the patient is. For example, a fully dependent patient may require a mechanical lifting device. However, a somewhat dependent patient may only require a transfer belt.

Speak Up

If you believe your work environment may be dangerous to healthcare professionals or patients, say something to your supervisor. Nurses are on the front lines and have the most contact with patients. Often, a nurse will notice a hazard that nobody else could have seen.

Communicate with Your Patient

If possible, let the patient know what to expect during the transfer or readjustment. This can help ensure that the patient cooperates fully, which can make transfers much easier.

Do you have any questions about preventing back injury? Let us know! For more information and tips, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

5 Gift Ideas for the Nurse in Your Life

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Christmas is coming quickly, but there’s still time to get the perfect gift for the nurse in your life. Whether you’re shopping for a loved one or that special nurse that helped you through a hard time, show your appreciation with a thoughtful gift. Fresh out of ideas? Here are some gifts that nurses love.

The Nurse Assist Clipboard

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Being a nurse is hard, but this handy clipboard can make it a bit easier. The Prestige Medical 3309 Nurse Assist Clipboard comes with a clock, timer, alarm and calculator. Also, there are several helpful reference charts printed on this clipboard. After all, even the best nurses could use a hand! Order it here.

EKG Necklace

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This simple necklace provides an elegant way for a nurse to showcase her passion. Handmade and customizable, this is one piece of jewelry that the nurse in your life is sure to love. Order it from Etsy here.

Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul

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All nurses have a story to tell. Help your loved one celebrate all nurses and their stories with this engaging book. This is an especially great gift for a new nurse! You can find it in many bookstores, or order it from Amazon here.

Blackout Curtains

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Do you know a night shift nurse in need of better sleep? Black out curtains offer the gift of rest and relaxation. These curtains keep the light out, allowing the owner to sleep better at any time of day. Visit your local home store to find some or order the ones pictured here.

A Massage Voucher

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Nursing requires a person to be on his or her feet for up to 12 hours at a time. That kind of physical demand can wreak havoc on the body! Reward your favorite nurse with a gift card to a local massage parlor.

What gifts are you giving your favorite nurse this year? Let us know! You can follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Tips for Working the Holiday Shifts

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For most, the holiday season is a time to gather with loved ones and celebrate. It’s a time for cheer, joy, and relaxation. Unfortunately, the magic of the holiday season doesn’t stop people from getting sick and needing medical attention. This means that many dutiful, caring nurses and other medical professionals must work on the days that most people spend with their families.

This can be disheartening for many nurses. However, with some preparation and a few small changes, you can fulfill your duties as a nurse without sparing any holiday cheer. Here are just a few ways to keep the joy this season.

1. Celebrate on Off-Days

“A holiday is whenever a family can be together,” Diane Speranza, RN told Monster.com. We can’t help but agree. Try to plan family gatherings and traditions on days you will not have to work. This way, you won’t feel like you’ve missed out on all of the fun.

Alternatively, you can plan to celebrate major holidays, like Christmas, before you leave for your shift or when you get home.

2. Ask Your Family to Lend a Hand

As great as the holidays can be, they can get stressful at times. Don’t be afraid to ask your family for help planning, shopping, cooking, and decorating. A little delegating can go a long way for your emotional health.

3. Get Into the Spirit

If your workplace allows, wear holiday-themed clothing and accessories. Scrubs with candy canes, snowflake earrings, or reindeer antlers can help to make the season bright. This works especially well if you work with children.

4. Share the Holiday with Your Patients

Chances are, your patients aren’t having their ideal holiday. Nobody imagines spending the holidays needing medical attention. However, a little joy and some good tidings from a kind nurse can put a smile on any patient’s face. Happy patients make happy nurses.

5. Look on the Bright Side

Often, employers will pay higher for holiday work or even provide free meals on Christmas and Thanksgiving. Other times, the staff may make their own holiday cheer. It may not be the same as being with your family on that special day, but concentrating on the good things can help make the shift much easier.

Do you have any other tips you would add to this list? Let us know. For more tips, information, and humor follow NurseCore on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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