IntelyPro Spotlight Series: Flexibility to do what you love

IntelyPro Spotlight Series: Flexibility to do what you love

Flexibility to do what you love. IntelyCare Spotlights Pennsylvania Registered Nurse, Brandi Meyers.

  We have a great team of IntelyPros across the US, and we’d like to start highlighting our IntelyPros who are the heart and soul of what we do. To kick off the series, we chatted with All-Star Registered Nurse Brandi Meyers of Pennsylvania, who loves the flexibility that IntelyCare gives her schedule. Brandi embodies everything we could want in an IntelyPro; she is hard-working, always on time, and she’s a great nurse that takes joy in helping others. We enjoyed getting to know her, and we hope you will, too!  

Hi Brandi. Thanks for agreeing to participate in our IntelyPro Spotlight series. To start, can you tell us what made you decide to become a Registered Nurse?

Growing up, I always wanted to become a doctor. When I became a mother, I still knew I wanted to work in healthcare, and nursing seemed like the logical career that could support my family while working in a fulfilling field.  

What do you love most about your nursing career?

I enjoy connecting with new people and helping them heal. I have a special affinity for geriatric patients in particular – they always have a story to tell, and they’re more than happy to share their wisdom with you.  

What’s your favorite IntelyCare shift?

Weekend day shifts work the best with my schedule.  

What do you enjoy most about working at IntelyCare?

I love having the flexibility to make my own schedule, and the variety of getting to work at different facilities. I like getting to know the patients and nurses at different facilities, but it’s also refreshing to mix it up. Because I get to work at different facilities, no day is ever quite the same!  

What do you like to do outside of IntelyCare?

Anything outdoors! I love to ski, snowshoe, hike, bike and rock climb. I’m currently working on getting my belaying certification.  

How does IntelyCare fit into your life?

Being able to customize my schedule is so important – the flexibility allows me to do all the outdoor activities that I enjoy so much. Because I work a flexible schedule with IntelyCare, I’m able to ski, hike, bike, and climb locally, as well as travel out of state. Working for IntelyCare also gives me the opportunity to travel.  I have been able to plan whitewater rafting trips in West Virginia and ski trips up north, all because I have the flexibility to not be locked into a typical 40 hour a week schedule.  

What advice would you give to people who want to start working at IntelyCare?

It’s really the easiest process to apply. You complete your interview over the phone and upload all necessary documents online, instead of going into an office. It’s also so convenient how you can track your hours and pay, and pick up shifts, all from the app. Also, make sure your phone is charged so that you can easily check into shifts!  

Brandi’s Fun Fact:

I’m 38, I have three kids, and I only learned to ski last year. If I can do it all, so can you!   IntelyCare provides you with the flexibility to choose when and where you work. Want to take control of your schedule? Apply today to start earning! 

IntelyCare’s Nutcracker Countdown Giveaway

IntelyCare's nutcracker countdown

The holiday season is upon us, which means IntelyCare is doing another giveaway for our beloved IntelyPros!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or nothing at all – all IntelyPros are able to participate in our giveaway.

Do we have your attention? Good.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island IntelyPros

From December 1 through December 15, all Massachusetts and Rhode Island IntelyPros must work a total of 24 hours (that’s only three, eight hour shifts), and have perfect attendance. What happens if you complete both requirements? You’ll be entered to win 2 tickets to Boston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker on Thursday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania IntelyPros

From December 1 through December 15, all Pennsylvania IntelyPros must work a total of 24 hours (that’s only three, eight hour shifts), and have perfect attendance. What happens if you complete both requirements? You’ll be entered to win a holiday gift basket filled with chocolate, cookies, popcorn, and more!

When will the winner be announced?

The winner of the Nutcracker Countdown will be announced on Monday, December 18 via email and Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Can you participate in this giveaway if you’re not currently enrolled as an IntelyPro?

Absolutely – signing up is easy. Apply today to work in any of our facilities near you, and begin working as soon as 72 hours. We offer great pay, flexible hours, and awesome perks (such as this giveaway!). Apply today.

 

IntelyCare Gives Thanks

Thank you from IntelyCare If it weren’t for our skilled IntelyPros, IntelyCare would not be the company that it is today. Due to our hardworking, dedicated, and passionate nurses and CNAs, we are able to help address the nursing shortage across America.   During the month of November, we’re giving back to our team.
Details
From November 1 to November 18, IntelyPros must work two shifts and have perfect attendance. If both requirements are fulfilled, the individual will be entered into a random drawing to win a $250.00 gift card to Amazon.com (just in time for the holidays!).
When will the winner be announced?
The winner of IntelyCare Gives Thanks will be announced on Tuesday, November 21 via email and social media. After the winner is notified, he or she will receive an e-gift card via email.
It’s not too late to become an IntelyPro
Some of the awesome perks of being an IntelyPro are great pay, flexible hours, and shifts available at facilities near you. Plus, we offer some great giveaways to our employees. You pick up shifts – we reward you. Simple as that. To join our team, apply on our application page, and you can be working as soon as 3 days.
How to be a role model for your fellow nurses

How to be a role model for your fellow nurses

Being a nurse means you have a great deal of responsibility to shoulder on any given day. You strive to make a difference in the lives of the patients under your care, and you are constantly setting the bar higher for yourself in terms of the quality and efficiency of your work.

Per-diem nurses are a cut above

As a per-diem nurse, it is a given that you are simply the best at what you do. To be able to walk into a new hospital or clinic without any training and jump right into the job at hand, this is your superpower. You have the ability to assess a situation and solve problems quickly. You communicate with ease, no matter who you are speaking to. Your attention to detail and your tech savvy is first-rate. You are the nurse every other nurse wants to be!

As a per-diem nurse representing the IntelyCare brand, it is even more essential to be a role model for your peers. Your core competencies are still rooted in compassion, ethics, confidence, and critical thinking, but as a temporary nurse, you must also be able to listen well, adapt, learn quickly, be accountable, and be able to jump into a team effort without hesitation.

It is this kind of work ethic that makes you a great role model.

How would you describe a role model?

A role model, by its very definition, is someone to look up to, someone who has something that you aspire to have for yourself. You may think that just because you are working at a facility for one day that there is little opportunity to make such an impact – but you are wrong!

The smallest gestures, the little things that you can share that may make somebody’s job easier, this is how you will be remembered and how your input will linger well after your shift is done.

Big things matter – but little things matter too

Sometimes, the simple act of listening is a profound gift. Being able to share your experiences on how to cope with stress or how to deal with a disagreeable situation can make all the difference.

Some of the most memorable experiences we have are not about the grand gestures, they are about the small moments that have great meaning. Being willing to make that connection, to help without being asked, to jump in without hesitation even when the job is difficult, to be honest in the face of adversity, to be insightful enough to see past the most obvious issues – these are the ways in which we can make a positive, lasting impression, and become role models for nurses and CNAs everywhere.

Putting others first

Wanting others to be their best is the hallmark of a great role model. Though you may only be in the facility for a day or two, you may think that you can’t be a catalyst for change (and perhaps there is nothing that needs to be changed) but being a shining example to others of how an IntelyCare nurse handles him or herself is something that is firmly within your grasp.

Become an IntelyCare nurse

Start working in as little as 72 hours: create your profile on IntelyCare today.

How to de-stress after a hard shift

How to de-stress after a hard shift

As a nurse or CNA, your job is pretty tough. But it’s incredibly rewarding, too, and it’s likely you can’t imagine yourself doing anything else – it is your calling, after all.

Nurses have a unique ability to heal both the mind and the body, giving the patients in their care the benefit of their empathy and compassion when it really counts.

But after week upon week of overtime shifts in high-stress conditions, it’s easy to see how burnout can set in. Even the most dedicated nurses can reach their breaking point.

Nurse burnout is real but preventable

If stress levels remain high, you may have the urge to leave your job or leave nursing entirely in favor of something a little less demanding. If you’re exhausted, irritable, and not thinking clearly, you’re not going to be 100% there for your patients, either.

Bottom line: you need to commit to practicing a little self-care – both so you can shed the stresses of the job, and so you can show up for those in your care.

The good news is, it’s not that difficult. But you do need to be diligent, consistent, and committed to it. Make a promise to yourself, and your patients and colleagues will benefit from it also.

Here are some tips to help nurses and CNAs manage stress effectively:

1.      Eat good food

There’s a saying that goes something like “you can’t nourish others unless you yourself have been nourished”, and it’s true. Your brain and your body need nutrients in order to work properly. Buy organic fruits and vegetables, and treat yourself to some indulgences every once in a while – it’s good for your soul, which is, in turn, good for your patients.

2.      Seek out pleasurable activities

Do you like music? How about live theater? Horseback riding? Do you have friends who make you smile? Make a point of spending time doing these things and connecting with people you love. It will make your working hours much more satisfying if you can truly get yourself as far out of work mode as possible.

3.      Take up yoga

If you have never experienced yoga, sign up for some beginners Hatha yoga classes to get started. Yoga is a total mind and body experience, and it will help you find a peaceful place within yourself where you can rejuvenate, de-stress, and refresh. It’s also an excellent way to build strength and inner peace – something all nurses and CNAs need!

4.      Practice mindfulness

One of the most difficult things for most nurses to do is detach from the emotional trauma they go through on a daily basis. Mindful meditation can help take your mind out of the job and replace these stressful emotions with peace and calm. Mindfulness can be practiced while sitting quietly with your eyes closed and listening to the sounds around you while walking, eating, or doing any activity.

5.      Find the clinical environment that’s right for you

You may love your job, but it could be that the clinic or hospital you are working in just doesn’t have the right culture for you to thrive in. A company culture is the sum total of the way the entire team works together as a whole. Do you feel supported? Is there a person you can go to if things get difficult? Is there good communication between staff members, doctors, and administrators? If the answer is “no” to any of these questions, you might want to think about finding another job, because chances are the situation isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Sign up for IntelyCare and work on your terms

IntelyCare offers professional nurses and CNAs like you real options, with per diem and temporary opportunities based on your geographical preferences, shift preferences, and your specialties. It’s easy to get started, and you could start working and get paid as soon as 48 hours after your application is accepted. Register for your account today, and start working your way.