What’s Your Why? IntelyPro Lydia Villafane on Why She Got into Nursing

Editor’s Note

We asked our IntelyPros why they chose nursing and were humbled and inspired with what they had to say. We’re proud to share their stories with the broader nursing industry. The following is from Lydia Villafane, LPN and IntelyPro.

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My “Why?” Interesting question. Made me actually think.

Most people would answer, “I want to feel like I’m giving back or making a difference helping my fellow man.” But no, not me. I chose healthcare out of necessity. This is my second career choice. I was 50, going through life changes, divorce, kids finishing high school and going to college. I’m from the generation where husbands’ careers were first. Support him at all costs and put your wants second. I felt alone. It was a very scary time. What can an older woman like me do at this point of my life, so I can get a job that I’m going to love, be hired, and be able to support myself and kids?

Hooray for Nursing. I tried to get my RN degree but life determined that would not happen. But I still ended up with my LPN degree. I was 50 and the oldest student in my class. But it was the best decision in my life.

“I have plenty of cups and paper certificates congratulating me on my accomplishments in my field. These things do not help me to pay my bills.”

Yes, I am a loving, giving person, who loves people. I truly believe all nurses have these attributes that come to us naturally. That’s why we succeed in this field. And I already knew this about myself. There is a nursing shortage which is difficult, but the income is good. So, I did the math and here I am. 

Yes, nursing is difficult! It’s emotionally and physically draining but nothing can compare to the feeling when I walk onto a floor, my residents light up because I am available to them. Nothing compares to having the power of making someone feel safe and that I can make it better by just holding their hand.

I am 58 years old now. I’m 2 years away from turning 60. My main priority is getting financially stable, fast. I started late, so IntelyCare is my life savior. I love my job, but I need financial security. And this company pays the highest rates. I appreciate that there are money bonuses for working 5 shifts. Extra money for last-minute pick-ups and extra money for BookMe shifts. 

I have plenty of cups and paper certificates congratulating me on my accomplishments in my field. These things do not help me to pay my bills.

So, I generally go to the highest paying gig that is not too far from home. I am a grandmother and am very hands-on. So, as of September, I have been babysitting my 14-month-old grandson for 3 days and the other grandmother will have him 2 days a week so our kids don’t have to pay for daycare. So, in 4 days, I have to be able to earn enough to cover my budget. My daughter is a school teacher so during school vacations or Holidays I will work extra.

I thank IntelyCare for the opportunity to achieve my goals.

Lydia Villafane, LPN

 

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IntelyPro Spotlight Series: Indigo Zerby

IntelyPro Spotlight Series: Indigo Zerby

Meet Indigo Zerby

For Indigo Zerby, caring for others is in her DNA. “Both my parents were nurses,” said the CNA from Shamokin, PA. “So, caring for others is part of who I am.” 

Seeing her parent’s compassion, Indigo was inspired to pursue a career in nursing. She got her start by working in preoperative and post-operative care in a hospital setting. But with a two-year old son and a full nursing school workload pursuing an LPN certification – and ultimately an RN certification – things got hectic. “My hospital job didn’t accommodate my nursing school schedule,” she said. So Indigo turned to IntelyCare. 

Working for IntelyCare, Indigo picks up shifts around her nursing school schedule. “I have seven years of experience in nursing homes, hospice, and hospitals. But since starting my education, IntelyCare has been my source of income,” Indigo said. “I’ve been able to go to school, spend time with my son, and provide for him.”

Freedom, flexibility and familiarity

Every nursing professional has their own preferences. 

Indigo prefers to stick to a couple facilities to build connections with her patients and get into a work rhythm. With IntelyCare, there are enough available shifts at her favorite places that she’s able to nurse in the way that works for her.

In her hospital days, Indigo felt that “there was no time to build personal connections. It felt like a conveyor belt system: I get them in, then I send them home.” In long-term care, she’s able to build connections with her patients and understand them on a more personal level, learning their daily routines and when they feel off. “Sometimes, they skip their favorite foods or activities,” said Indigo. “So I check in with them to see if everything is okay. Sometimes they don’t come forth with things that bother them so it’s rewarding to be the first pair of ears on something that might save them.”

Working with seniors also helps her see the world from a different perspective and is one of the most rewarding parts of being a long-term care professional. “In the history books, you don’t get to hear some of the little details about how life was. When they were younger, they didn’t have phones so they’d sneak into each other’s houses to meet up… It’s a reminder of how the world is constantly changing. It’s refreshing and I wouldn’t get that if I wasn’t taking care of them in nursing homes.” When Indigo can listen to her patient’s stories and connect with them on a personal level, it helps her be a better patient advocate.

Being an advocate for patients

Nursing assistants are often the first point of contact for patients with both small issues and emergency situations. So it’s important that they understand their patients, advocate for them, and are trusted. 

“I had an elderly patient whose daughter was paying a visit. She flagged me down and let me know something was off with her mother. She wanted me to reposition her mother because she thought she wasn’t breathing. When I repositioned her, I noticed something was off so I ran to get the RN. She had actually stopped breathing completely and needed emergency attention. Even in long-term care you have to be ready for emergency situations. People think it’s too sad to be around death all the time. But I find it comforting knowing that I can care for them, make them smile, and be a positive presence for them in their later years.”

For Indigo, the toughest part about being a per-diem CNA is gaining the trust of the full-time staff. “Even though I’m a regular at my favorite facilities, sometimes the nurses and LPNs don’t trust that I fully understand my patient’s needs and behaviors,” Indigo said. That’s why she documents everything she finds when she’s charting. “As long as it gets noted that something was said, there’s a better chance that others will follow up about the patient’s issue or change in behavior.”

Indigo offers advice for first-time per diem nurses and IntelyPros, saying, “don’t be afraid to ask for help!” She’s found herself at facilities that don’t give orientation to per-diem staff. “There have been times when I wasn’t even told the door codes to the linen closets and had to keep asking the full-time staff for help,” she said. “So if it’s your first time as per diem staff, don’t think you have to know everything! Ask whatever comes to mind and use the full-time staff as a resource to advocate for your patients and better understand them.”

Even though per diem nursing comes with its challenges, Indigo works as a per diem IntelyPro because it allows her to do more of what matters, whether it’s building her own schedule, earning more, furthering her education, or spending more time with her son.

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Doing more of what matters

Coming home to her son, Theo, and three dogs always cheers Indigo up. “Seeing them is just the best thing after a tough day,” she said. “We love cars so we always find time to go to the race tracks almost every weekend. My father collects tractors and I like to race!” 

When she lived in Ohio before having her son, Indigo used to enter racing tournaments in her free time. “The one thing racing and nursing have in common is diagnostics. The same way you have to pay attention to your car by checking up on it and getting a good feel for it, you have to connect with your patient and understand them to properly diagnose them to make sure they’re cared for,” said Indigo. “With a car, there’s usually an access port you can plug into to see what codes are on. But with a patient you have to talk to them and understand them on a human level to get those personal and medical insights.”

Indigo is set on finishing her LPN certification and broadening her nursing experiences even though she’ll always love caring for the elderly.

IntelyCare supports its IntelyPros the way they support their patients, allowing them the flexibility they need to pursue their dreams and spend time with their loved ones.

That’s why we offer a Healthcare Heroes Scholarship for our nursing professionals looking to further their nursing career.

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Rain or Shine, You Can Always Count on IntelyPros

At IntelyCare, we owe everything to our amazing IntelyPros. They are the reason healthcare facilities partner with us. The ability to fill those last-minute, seemingly impossible shifts, with reliable professionals who truly care is an administrator’s dream. 

But what happens when a facility’s entire staff calls off… during a hurricane? 

Just ask Kim Young, an LPN and the Director of Human Resources, Staff Development & Clinical Education at The Phoenix Center in Phoenixville, PA. She’ll tell you that our IntelyPros will weather any storm to care for their patients.  

Last week, Hurricane Ida tore through the East Coast, causing severe flooding throughout Chester County Pennsylvania. Situated between two creeks, the roads leading into the Phoenix Center were inaccessible.  

As it became clear that the internal staff would not be able to make it in for their shifts, Courtney Cramer, Melissa Calderon, and Cynthia Brown, already into their 8-hour shifts, decided to step up and stay on.

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Courtney Cramer, RN

Kim called me the following day, heaping praise on the three IntelyPros for their incredible commitment to her facility. “All three of them took it upon themselves. It wasn’t a boost in the IntelyCare app. These shifts were already boosted. I wasn’t throwing dollar signs in front of them,” said Kim. “They chose, independently, to stay and take care of the 94 people in this building.” 

Courtney, an LPN who just got her RN, was the supervisor on the 3-11 pm shift that the IntelyPros were originally scheduled to work. She texted Kim all night long, keeping constant communication and updates on who was on what floor and what tasks were being handled, providing assurance that The Phoenix Center’s residents were well and being cared for.   

I spoke to Courtney as well, who was returning to The Phoenix Center for another shift that night. “We were all supposed to be there for an 8-hour shift, but all three of us decided to stay. We can’t leave patients with no nurses,” said Courtney.

With almost 100 residents, a dementia floor that requires constant supervision, and a COVID floor, it‘s a severe understatement to say they were short-staffed. But Courtney, Melissa, and Cynthia banded together, working with all the residents, handling different tasks, bouncing ideas off each other, and really providing the care that the residents required.

“Nurses like these don’t just come along every day,” said Kim. “Relentless efforts like this and the superhero side that we have as nurses – you just can’t become that. These three girls were born to do what they do.” 

It’s that type of dedication to providing care that sets our IntelyPros apart and why our facility partners choose IntelyCare.  

“We can always depend on IntelyCare for staff. I have my dedicated ‘IntelyStaff’ in this building. They return over and over again. We know we’re not getting that person that just comes in for the pay, we’re getting people who care.” 

So, to Courtney, Melissa, and Cynthia, a huge thanks to you! Thank you for your unwavering commitment, for being the amazing IntelyPros that you are, and above all else, for providing excellent care for those who cannot care for themselves.

Ryan Moncrief is an IntelyCare Client Success Manager, located in Philadelphia, PA.  

Why I Work For IntelyCare: Ramon Clopton

Why I Work For IntelyCare: Ramon Clopton

Ramon Clopton is a Client Success Manager for IntelyCare. He lives and works in the Chicago area and is a University of Illinois graduate with a degree in Community Health. He’s an alumnus of its Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. With them, he helped organize a March of Champaign – a civil protest of the unfair treatment of Black people by police officers after the killing of Michael Brown. He is an active leader of Originally Greater, a lifestyle brand for individuals embracing their originality and greatness through fashion and community service, restoration and development. Ramon struggled with the toll of sacrificing his identity, compassion, efforts to uplift his community for his personal career in corporate America… Until he started with IntelyCare in 2020

I grew up on the South Side of Chicago where I developed a relentless desire to pursue my dreams and help others in my community achieve theirs. I vividly remember the fog of war – life’s tests and trials pulling my passion and purpose slowly from underneath me. It clouded my vision and drained me of purpose, causing me to dislike school and the path my education put me on. I was afraid to own my disbelief in the status quo. 

As I begin to reflect on my journey, my story, my trauma, and my healing, I realized that all of it is connected to how IntelyCare and its culture helped transform my mindset in and outside of the professional world. 

IntelyCare has not only given me the tools to excel professionally but has helped me build confidence in myself by refusing to exist within the status quo. As a Black man, I never thought that I would be graced with the unique opportunity and privilege to lead a culture of diversity that allows individuals to be their pure, authentic selves, all while helping us achieve greatness together. I could easily continue to use racism, discrimination, and lack of opportunities to justify my clouded mindset and behavior. But I wanted to evolve. I desired to be progressive in my thinking and my actions. I desired change. Before IntelyCare, I carried so much brokenness, confusion and pain, but that constant burden forced me to place my feet back on the pavement and rebuild the dreams I had as a child before the fog of war clouded my passion. 

I am proud to say that IntelyCare is not only building a culture and company that is revolutionary in transforming healthcare, but is committed to strengthening the communities it serves.

After the murder of George Floyd, the city of Chicago underwent days of mental and emotional depression that transformed into days of protests. Still in the heat of the pandemic, predominantly black communities had to deal with the despair of racism and murder. It was an agonizing feat on every end. Admittedly, I needed a mental break to not only recuperate with the exhaustion of racial trauma but figure out a way I could get involved in helping and supporting my community. Simply, I needed to realign and connect with my passions: community and mental health.

  

 

The killing of George Floyd re-ignited a passion in me that I wouldn’t sacrifice anymore. The amount of pain, destruction, suffering, yet unity I saw amongst the protests nation-wide moved my heart and soul to get back off the bench, let go off my fear, and get back into the fight. I no longer cared to sacrifice community development for the development of my own personal success. 

Only three months into my new career, I nervously reached out to my manager regarding my mental state, asking for space and time to be refilled, refueled, and re-committed to the vision. As I waited for what seemed like years for a response, I was pleasantly met with, “How are you? How can I help?” The following day, I received a call from the president of the company who mirrored my manager’s sentiment: “How are you? How can I help?” The support I received from IntelyCare as I prepared my mental and emotional state was unlike any support I’ve ever received from an employer. It emphasized their genuine commitment to not only healthcare and our communities but the value of people like me, who work to ensure health and community aren’t placed on the back burner. The overwhelming amount of support I received as I organized a community unity walk for George Floyd’s killing helped me gain confidence in leading the walk and inspire the community that stood behind it.

I am grateful to be a part of a company that asks, “how can I help?” Instead of telling me to sacrifice my identity and the community that matters to me.

IntelyCare has given me an opportunity to become a leader in diversity, inclusion, and community development not only in my community but within the internal company as well.

I work for IntelyCare because its mission and vision to care is supported with real, impactful action. 

 

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IntelyPro Spotlight Series: Catherine Wamalwa, RN

IntelyPro Spotlight Series: Catherine Wamalwa, RN

Catherine Wamalwa, RN from Allentown, Pennsylvania, shares her story about race in the healthcare industry. An immigrant from Kenya, she worked as a CNA for 10 years before becoming an RN. In that time, she learned a lot about family-caregiver relationships.

“I am a person of color. Sometimes when I walk into the patient’s room and tell the family that I will be their loved one’s caregiver, I can see their hearts sink because they want their loved ones to die in the arms of someone who looks like them – someone they trust. So I make sure I prove to them that they can trust me by conducting myself respectfully. When I treat families with respect, showing them I am compassionate and competent, they know their loved one is in good hands with me. Listening is the most important part of establishing trust and building relationships with patients and families.”

Catherine started her journey as a nursing professional when she moved to the US in 2002. When she arrived, she only had an associate’s degree in business administration and no experience in healthcare. So, after feeling dissatisfied with her line of work, her friend suggested that she become a nurse. “I kept telling her ‘I’m not a nurse,’ but she kept telling me I should first try being an aide.” The first shifts were challenging. But after about three months, Catherine started to love giving care. “In the nursing homes, I saw the suffering of another human. I felt compelled to do as much as I can to ease their stuffing. I’d give and give and give, but I felt that I still couldn’t give enough.”

Because she grew up in a place where healthcare was only for those who could pay, Catherine didn’t always think fondly of nurses. But when she came to the US and began her journey as a caregiver, she rediscovered a love for nursing. “Where I came from, many of us were poor. And if you’re poor in some parts of the world, you don’t get proper medical attention. When I was younger, I thought, ‘why would I want to be a nurse if they treat my grandmother like this?’ But when I came here and started as a nurse aide, I realized that I have to be the good nurse. It’s up to me to be the nurse I wish my grandmother had. Whether you make someone comfortable or save their life, they are always appreciative when you care for them well.”

After two years as a nurse aide, Catherine started to ask how she could become a registered nurse. “I am an ambitious person. So I asked my friend, ‘how do I become a nurse?’ The first thing she said was, ‘Go back to school. If you can get a degree in business administration, you can get a nursing degree!’ So that’s exactly what I did.”

Catherine moved around Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Maryland with her husband while completing her education and practicing as a CNA and LPN. “But my goal was still to become an RN. I wasn’t going to stop there.” She finished her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a focus in mental health as well as her associates degree in nursing and became an RN.

In Maryland, she worked for a community mental health service. “I dealt with the homeless and the drug afflicted population. Most of these people suffer from depression or other mental health problems. My job was to check up on them once or twice a month and give them their medication to keep them mentally healthy. It felt good to be a voice of encouragement and positivity in their lives.”

“I’m used to traveling around because of the time I spent traveling with my husband to his jobs. I like IntelyCare because I can move to new facilities where I meet new people – I enjoy diversity.” Caring for others is what drives her to be a nurse. 

“There is a difference between the suffering you encounter as a nurse and what you do with it. I realized that if you want to give the best care, the most important thing is to listen. Once you start listening to your patients, they will listen to you, too. When you’re faking, everyone will know. But if you truly listen with your heart, they will know you are genuine and competent.”

Sometimes patients and their families ask her tough questions. “I always say that, although death is out of my hands, as a nurse, I look at two things: The lungs, and the kidneys.” When Catherine demonstrates she is compassionate and competent, she gains the trust of her patients and their families, even when situations are dire…

“One time I had a patient with severe lung issues. By the time I got to her she wasn’t breathing. I administered the oxygen machine and told the aide to get the supervisor to the room with another oxygen tank. But she was gone for three minutes when the supervisor came. I started praying for her. It was a miracle that she started to come back. The heart beat monitor started to show 43, 44, 45 beats per minute. By the time five minutes had passed, her heart rate was up to 80 beats per minute. I said, ‘open your eyes,’ and she opened them. She was back with us.”

“After a moment like that, there is not much else to do other than to take a deep breath and enjoy your lunch break. Nursing homes are slower but sometimes you get situations like that.”

“You just have to do it,” she says. Sometimes there is no training in the world that can prepare you for the situations you may face as a caregiver. “But you just have to fight. Even when the situation is in the hands of the emergency paramedics, you have to fight to keep your patients stable until they arrive.” When she practiced community and mental health nursing in Baltimore, she encountered plenty of those situations. “I’m not an acute nurse. But it’s still nursing.”

After an exhausting shift, Catherine decompresses by tending to her garden. “I’m always trying to find unique vegetables from Africa to grow and use when I cook at home. For example, in the US we eat pumpkins. But in Africa, we eat the pumpkin’s leaves too. When I make the Kenyan dish, Ungale, I use those pumpkin leaves with sauce made from other vegetables in my garden.” A home-grown Kenyan meal is just what she needs after a long day.

Catherine’s children are grown and out of the house, but she and her husband keep each other company. “Sometimes I’ll get a call from my grandchildren telling me how school is going and that never fails to brighten my day.” Catherine likes to take it easy when she’s home, saying, “I don’t swim anymore or go out for long walks. But I enjoy gardening and I go to church every Sunday.”

To the younger nurses out there, she says that “nursing is a call. If your heart’s not in it and it’s just a job, then nursing is not right for you. I remember writing a paper for my BSN on Florence Nightingale and feeling so fulfilled and inspired to follow in her footsteps. Even as a CNA, whatever you do, do it from your heart. Your patients will know if the care you give comes from your heart or not.”

Catherine’s ambitious spirit and compassionate heart make her a caregiver we’re grateful to have in the IntelyCare family. With IntelyCare, she can build a schedule that fits her life while offering the ability to travel to new places and solve new problems that keep her nursing experience fresh. 

Our mission is to empower healthcare heroes to transform the way they work, changing their lives the way they change their patient’s lives. If freedom and flexibility plus quality pay and benefits sound right for you, then become an IntelyPro today.

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How Nursing Professionals Can Be Advocates

How Nursing Professionals Can Be Advocates

“Actually, right before you called I was helping save a man from passing out at the store…”

Tammy Koslowski is a CNA from Massachusetts. Just moments before our interview she was out shopping when she noticed a man who looked like he needed help…

“Earlier today at the store I noticed a man across the aisle. He didn’t look too well; he was leaning over his cart and he just wasn’t acting right. It really seemed like he was struggling so I went over to him and asked how he was doing. He said he was diabetic so I said, ‘alright, let’s get you some orange juice, sit down, and wait for assistance.’ I alerted the people around me that he needed helped and they were quick to respond. We called for assistance, got him some juice, a stool, and just looked after him. He seemed embarrassed but I assured him it was going to be okay. Then the firemen and paramedics came and took him to take care of him… And then I proceeded with my day… I definitely think it’s my instincts as a nurse that’s allowed me to help people in situations like these… It’s just what I do. It’s who I am.”

Tammy grew up in a military family of chemists. Her parents own a chemistry company, and her family wanted her to follow in their footsteps. But for Tammy, it just wasn’t her calling. When she was younger, she was the one in her family who took care of her diabetic grandmother. So caring for people has always been a part of who she is.

“I always wanted to be a nurse. When I was little, like in the 6th grade, we did an adopted grandparents program. When I went into the nursing home and saw nurses and CNA’s doing their thing; caring for people, I thought ‘wow, I want to do that’… It’s challenging because the pandemic made nurses gett burn out and irritated. They haven’t been able to give the quality of care they used to be able to give. And you can feel the sadness amongst the residents because they can’t see their family the way they want to. So my goal is to just try and do something to brighten people’s day even a little bit. And I’m just an easy going person so I’ll try to bring the life back into a facility when I’m working a shift just by just having a positive attitude so that it can rub off on other CNA’s and nurses.”

Trying to pick people’s spirits up amidst a pandemic, understaffed shifts, and lonely residents is exhausting. So when Tammy has a moment for herself, she likes to go hiking when it’s warm out. She’s also taught herself how to crochet blankets and hats. She enjoys reading Stephen King novels and is currently reading The Outsider. Being a Stephen King buff, she said, “I know they made a show out of the book recently, but Stephen King is such a detailed writer, it’s just hard to compare”. She also takes some time out of her schedule to go on a vacation to recharge her nursing batteries. She hopes to either revisit Aruba because of how relaxing her stay was, or to go skiing with family in Germany. Though big vacations aren’t safe at the moment, over the summer she managed to take a weekend to hike the white mountains in New Hampshire. “You have to make the time to getting out and staying active. It’s healthy for body and soul, too.”

Before using IntelyCare, agencies denied her from taking holidays off to see her family in Germany. But with IntelyCare, she’s able to work on her own terms which has allowed her to see her family more. For Tammy, the ability to have that flexibility is priceless. Before using IntelyCare she recalls her work feeling like “groundhog day; just the same thing over and over.” Staying focused and compassionate as a caregiver used to be hard for her when her days were like that.

“The last straw for me working in a facility was this: My partner at the time was in the military and was deployed. I didn’t see him for a year. I asked a month in advance for one day off on Veterans Day to take him out and I still got denied. It was devastating… They knew it too. They knew he was coming home for a month and they couldn’t give me that one day… That’s when I said, ‘no more’, and I put my two weeks notice in.”

Tammy’s biggest piece of advice for people is to do what makes them happy. People are drawn to nursing because they’re driven by a sense of compassion for others. But along the way, tough working conditions burn them out. So when she sees her fellow nurses and CNA’s experiencing burnout, she’s quick to recommend the solution.

“The other day I was getting some blood work done and the CNA was telling me about how she was a single mom and the facility was giving her similar problems. So I said, ‘check out IntelyCare. It’s going to help you the way it helped me’… I was actually on a zoom call with some other CNA’s for the nursing program I’m doing and they were talking about their less-than-great experience working with facilities and I just kept saying ‘I actually love my job now, it’s stress free’… And it’s crazy, I see it in other IntelyPros too. They’re just like me, they’re stress free and they bring such positivity with them. They have pride and confidence in their work, and it shows.”

Finding your voice in the workplace can be difficult.

For some, speaking up comes naturally. But for others, it’s challenging to feel comfortable advocating for their patients, coworkers, or themselves in a work environment. And to be honest, not all workplaces have an environment that encourages you to be an advocate. But in those environments, especially in the nursing, it’s even more important to find your voice before you feel burned out in your nursing job.

When something doesn’t feel right in your workplace, it can be hard to introduce changes in a productive way. These tips can help you advocate for yourself in a productive way.

Listen To Your Patients

Nurses have been their patient’s best advocates since nursing became a profession. One of the best ways to advocate for yourself is to listen to your patients.  Advocating for them is a productive way to advocate for yourself, so remember to value your patients and listen to their needs

Giving high quality care to your patients means that you’re engaged, focused, and happy at work. So if there are improvements that can make your work-life better, it can have a direct impact on the quality of care you are able to provide for your facility.

Talk To Your Colleagues 

It’s much harder to advocate for yourself when you’re doing it alone. If there’s something about your work-life that’s bothering you, bring it up to a coworker and see if they experience the same issues. You may find that you’re not alone in recognizing ways to improve your work. Sometimes you may find that multiple staff members are experiencing the same problem. In that case, there will be more of a reason for your facility to implement changes. 

But even if you don’t have colleagues that share your goals, it’s still important to keep open lines of communication between you, your management team, and your coworkers. As opposed to demanding changes, try to work with your DON and upper management to solve the problems at hand. A teamwork mentality goes a long way when solving the problems that affect your work-life.

Get Connected

Stay in-the-know about current topics, trends, and issues in the nursing industry. For example, joining the American Nurses Association is a way to tap into a support system and become an informed nursing professional. By joining organizations focused on nurses, you have the opportunity to make new connections, discover new opportunities, or get valuable guidance on how to make the most of your nursing career. 

If you ever need to propose a change to your facility management, remember to always be respectful of the different issues your administration deals with. Sometimes a facility simply doesn’t have the bandwidth to implement changes, even if your colleagues or fellow organization members suggest them. In this case, be open to working with your management team to find different ways to make positive changes to the work-life of you and your fellow staff.

Explore New Work Options

Caregivers often find themselves working with low staffing levels, rigid schedules, long working hours in an over demanding environment, little career growth opportunity, uncompetitive pay, and undesirable benefits. Innovative per-diem nursing options that bring freedom, quality, and stability to your work-life can help you solve stress-related work issues. 

Become an IntelyPro today if a nursing life you enjoy is what you need!