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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4 Reasons Male Nurses Rock

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While the exact percentage is unknown, it’s no secret that the nursing profession is dominated by women. It has been this way for so long that male nurses often face harsh stereotypes. At NurseCore, we appreciate our nurses from all walks of life; men and women of all kinds are welcome.

To show our appreciation for the skills and perspective that men can bring to nursing, here are four reasons that male nurses rock:

1. They Buck Stereotypes at Every Turn

Nursing is one of the few professions that is dominated by women. While the number of men in nursing is rising, men still face negative public criticism when entering this incredible field. Men often have their gender identity and sexuality called into question when they decide to become nurses.

The truth is that the choice to be a nurse has nothing to do with gender or orientation. People become nurses to make a difference and save lives. When you have a caring male nurse, you get it!

2. They Teach About Nursing

While the stereotypes about men in nursing slowly crumble, the truth about why people choose this profession becomes clear. Robert Fraser, RN explained that the common myths about men in nursing provide opportunities to teach.

“I enjoy it though, you get the chance to explain the profession and what nurses actually do,” Fraser said. Now that’s an attitude we can get behind!

3. They are More Than the Muscle

Some people believe that men are just hired to do the heavy lifting. That’s couldn’t be further from the truth. All nurses do the heavy lifting and all nurses care for patients. Male and female nurses are equally valued in the workplace.

4. They are Nurses

Male nurses rock because they are nurses. NurseCore believes that all nurses rock! They are superheroes who save lives and dispense much-needed care.

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4 Healthcare Breakthroughs to Look Forward to in 2017

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Like 2016, we expect 2017 to be filled with advancements in cures, research, treatments, and technology in healthcare. NurseCore hopes that these developments in healthcare can make nurses and patients happier and healthier. Here are just a few of the medical developments we are most looking forward to in the coming year:

1. “Tricorders”

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Straight from sci-fi, the Tricorder once only lived in the imagination of Star Trek fans across the galaxy. On the classic sci-fi show, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy would scan the patient with the handheld device and instantly receive a diagnosis. It’s the dream of healthcare workers everywhere.

This dream may become a reality sooner than you think – well, sort of. About 5 years ago, Qualcomm announced a $10 million prize to anyone who could design such a device. The winner will be announced early this year. Live long and prosper!

2. Fake Blood

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We’re not talking about the kind of fake blood people use on Halloween costumes. In 2017, we might just see the emergence of synthetic blood to treat patients. This year, 20 volunteers will take part in a trial conducted by England’s National Health Service. Each subject will receive small amounts of synthetic blood. This blood has come from stem cell research with the intention of treating diseases like sickle cell anemia.

3. Advances in Augmented/Virtual Reality

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In 2016, Virtual Reality (VR) technology seemed to take over the gaming world. How better to enjoy a game than to be in it completely? It’s time for VR and Augmented Reality (AR) to take over the healthcare world as well.

Some healthcare professionals already have tools like AccuVein that uses AR to help phlebotomists and nurses find patients’ veins. In 2017, we expect VR and AR to become ever more widespread. This could help patients get a visual understanding of their procedures, medical students learn, and surgeons be more precise.

4. FHIR

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The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources is set to launch this year, which is exciting news for anyone interested in interoperability. If you’re tired of different departments having difficulty communicating, you’re going to love this new tool.

It allows healthcare workers to receive the health information they need about a patient without having to sort through extra information. FHIR intends to save time, money, and lives. We’re excited to see it in action.

What advancements are you looking forward to this year? Let us know! For more news and tips, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

New Year’s Resolutions for Nurses

As the holiday season comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the past year and think forward to the future. While many people vow to lose those stubborn 10 pounds or pay off debt, nurses also have unique goals to work toward. Here are NurseCore’s top 17 resolutions for 2017:

  1. Mentor a new nurse.
  2. Connect with nurses outside of your facility.
  3. Practice saying “no” when you are overwhelmed.
  4. Create better relationships with the doctors around you.
  5. Stop nurse bullying when you see it.
  6. Laugh at least once every day. Yes, every single day.
  7. Try meditation to wind down from a tough shift.
  8. Get involved in a state or national nursing organization. Create change!
  9. Learn a new specialty.
  10. Pick up a hobby outside of work that you do for yourself.
  11. Find three things each day to be grateful for.
  12. Pursue the higher education you’ve been thinking about.
  13. Learn a healthy coping mechanism to handle the hard days.
  14. Work toward getting a full eight hours of sleep every night.
  15. Find a mentor for yourself.
  16. Thank someone every day.
  17. Imagine the kind of nurse you would want to take care of your loved ones. Become that nurse.

From the NurseCore family to yours, happy new year. We wish you a successful, happy, and exciting 2017. For more ideas, tips, and industry notes, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

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