IntelyCare’s #WinItWednesday

win it wednesdayCan I get a drum-roll please?  No need to dream of winning the lottery – IntelyCare is giving away a $500 Visa gift card to one lucky IntelyPro during each week in December, and a grand prize of an $1,000 Visa gift card.

How does it work?

Beginning on December 4, all IntelyPros must work 1 shift per week and have perfect attendance. If both requirements are met, your name will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card. The promotion will occur each week in December, and reset after a winner was announced. Each additional shift worked past the 1 shift minimum will allow for additional entries: 5 shifts = 5 entries.

Did someone say a grand prize?

Sure did. If you pick up a minimum of 1 shift every week and have perfect attendance throughout December, you will be entered to win a $1,000 Visa gift card. Heighten your chances to win the grand prize by picking up multiple shifts per week, and receiving multiple entries.

Is it possible to win this promotion and the Nutcracker promotion?

Absolutely. Pick up as many shifts as you desire, and you may be walking away with a $500-$1,000 gift card, and tickets to see Boston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker or a special, holiday gift basket. Learn more here.

When will the winners be announced?

The week of December 4 to 11: December 13 The week of December 11 to 18: December 20 The week of December 18 to 25: December 27 The grand prize winner will be announced on January 3
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.

Healthcare technology provides clear benefits for nurses and CNAs

Healthcare technology provides clear benefits for nurses and CNAs

The healthcare tech landscape is advancing at breakneck speed. From wearables to EHRs, there are many technological tools that provide value to nurses and CNAs, changing the way they administer patient care.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

EHRs have already freed up a lot of time for doctors and nurses alike, reducing the amount of paperwork and admin tasks, and freeing up more time for patient care. Additionally, patient records are available to caregivers in real-time, reducing medication errors and providing access to details such as allergies, test results, diet preferences and more.

Communication apps

Most hospitals use advanced communication systems that connect their workforce via smartphone applications such as Cortext by Imprivata. Apps such as Cortext provide a secure, HIPAA compliant platform for nurses and CNAs to communicate more effectively, replacing the pager, reducing inefficiency, and improving productivity. Using apps of this type can potentially save a caregiver 45 minutes a day or more.

Remote patient monitoring devices

Being able to monitor patient vitals remotely not only saves time in recording vital data but can reduce emergency calls to a large degree. Metrics that include blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar, and blood oxygen levels can be transmitted to care professionals in real-time, and can allow a patient under care to remain in their home environment longer, thus supporting a better quality of life, reducing time in hospital, and lowering the cost of care across the board.

GPS tracking devices

GPS is not just useful for tracking patients, it is also handy for tracking staff and locating diagnostic tools like defibrillators, infusion pumps, wheelchairs, and so on. A simple IoT (internet of things)-enabled badge placed on a person or an item can then help nurses locate the people and tools that they need quickly and easily through a connected application – a feature that could potentially save a lot of time and a lot of lives.

Positive patient ID with biometrics

Biometrics can be used in a myriad of ways to provide value to nurses and CNAs, but one of the most exciting applications is in patient identification. Being able to positively identify a patient prior to drug administration or a procedure will greatly reduce errors in care, reduce medical record duplication and prevent medical identity theft. Biometric technologies include palm-vein identification, which can be used even if the patient is non-responsive, and iris scan identification.

Drug delivery systems

Implantable drug delivery systems can be programmed to release medication to the patient at the proper times and with the proper dosages. This, in turn, reduces medication errors and fortifies compliance, allowing nurses to focus attention on other areas.

Intelycare: empowering the next generation of care professionals

These technological advances are just scratching the surface of the long list of tools that are helping nurses and CNAs perform more efficiently and improve quality of care for so many.

If you are a nurse or CNA looking for work in your area, apply to Intelycare today. We work with America’s top hospitals and care organizations, providing them with qualified, on-demand staffing solutions every day. Apply today, and you could be working within 48 hours.