April 11, 2018
Nursing in-services are a requirement for health care facilities and recommended for healthcare workers as a way of continuous improvement and keeping up with the ever changing dynamics of technology and healthcare.
The methods, skills and techniques that worked a few years or even months back, may not necessarily be what works in present day. Therefor as healthcare workers, the responsibility both to our patients and ourselves is to ensure that we are best capable in meeting challenges, situations that arise and if not, that we find ways to meet them.
This article is going to focus on how to make In-Services Impactful for the recipient
The educational in-services should be focused based. While there may be temptation to cover a lot of topics in a very short time space, avoid it. Using the Pareto Principle, pick the best focus that is bound to have the most impact on care provided. Covering too much information may mean that you are all over the place and no one retains any of the information
Drive home the focus points by using the method of story telling. Story telling only makes it more memorable and while people may not always remember the topic independently, tying it to a story or some memory makes it easier to retain the message of jog the memory into remembering.
Bullet Point Handouts
If you have an in-service blitz, remember that is a more stressful environment and people will retain little to no information. Be sure to have little take-away in bullet format which participants can take along with them and read on their own downtime.
Create Focus Boards
Selecting a high traffic area, create simple boards that reiterate the focus of the in-services keeping it fresh in the minds of the participants. Remember to keep it simple and put only focus points on the board.
Make it Fun
Almost everyone likes to have fun, so make your in-services fun. Your participants are always your customers, so create a nice educational in-service for them. Have finger foods at the ready and make sure that your Clinical Education coordinators makes it a point to mix and interact with participants and be on the ready to respond to questions with no judgment
Do all these and you should ensure that you have a successful and positive filled in-service for your participants.
April 5, 2018
We have bias when we see that patient that constantly requests for pain medication and we automatically label them, “drug-seeking”
We have bias when we see that patient that frequently comes through the doors of the hospital and we label them, “frequent fliers”
We have bias when we see that old lady that frequently uses her call light and we label her, “trouble some”
We have bias when we see that family that is afraid and are trying to advocate for their family and we label them, “difficult family”…the list could go on.
At some point in time, we have to stop and take a hold of ourselves and deeply examine if these labels are apt or that we have become so inured to the situation that we no longer take the time to look beyond the labels. Remember that once you give a person a label, you have impersonalized the person and no longer feel a connection except that to which your labels best fit.
Beyond the label is most times, a patient (someone) with a genuine need, who may not always necessarily be capable of expressing it. And sometimes it may be up to you, to dig a little deeper.
The next time you want to quickly give your patient a label, stop and think- is this really apt or is there something that I can do differently. And if you MUST label, find some thing positive- you just might be surprised at how a positive connotation changes your attitude or response to that person.
December 20, 2017
The financial benefits of becoming a travelling nurse cannot be overstated but it also depends on how financially savvy you are are. Becoming a travelling nurse affords one the opportunity to earn a lot in a very short period of time depending on how far you are willing to travel. With a travelling nurse, and depending on how your travelling nurse company operates, you can either get paid the stipend or get affordable housing or if you choose to travel to a city where you have friends or family, then you can easily pocket the housing allowance.
Five Benefits of Becoming a Travelling Nurse
- You get to pick your location- As long as you are able to get the license of the state that you plan on travelling to, it becomes very easy to travel anywhere. Even more better for you is if you hold a compact RN license- the opportunities are plentiful.
- More Experience: Imagine having to walk into a completely different settings with different equipment, culture, and PEOPLE! It’s almost a freak out, right? Wrong! As you take on more travel opportunities, the more adept you will become in communication and managing different experiences that you come across.
- Financial Gain- The financial gain is not to be underestimated especially when you are willing to pick overtime here and there. It does add up! The main thing is to be sure not to spend it all but to be able to save and then invest it into a good opportunity, in this way you savings is not lying dormant in a bank somewhere but is working for you.
- Networking- With being a travelling nurse, you get to network and meet new people and opportunities everyday. Who knows? You just might come across one that would be too hard to resist. Put yourself out there and get to meet people and let them meet you and always remember to put your best foot forward.
- See New Places- If you are considering a relocation, a travelling opportunity allows you to travel to that place to check it out WHILE still earning income. What is there not to love?
But before you do go on your first assignment, make sure to research all the companies and find one that best meets your needs. Ask friends, google it up…just as much as you want to invest your skills and expertise in travelling, you need to make sure that you find a company that does likewise. Travel nurse companies are in existence because of nurses- don’t let anyone short change you!
December 14, 2017
Before I started nursing school, I was very personable and jovial. People always loved to be around me. Fast forward to two years after becoming a nurse, my personality has become moody and disgruntled. When I started nursing school, I was all gung-ho and hyped about the amazing experience that it would be but what I was told and what I actually experienced have been two very different things.
I am very discouraged now and considering leaving nursing. Please help!
Hello Discouraged Nurse,
It is always a great progress when people can recognize what they feel and are able to put it down on paper. Kudos ! Unfortunately, what you are currently experiencing is not unique to you- many people go into nursing with honorable and great intentions but the reality of the work place sometimes beats them down. But understand this- THESE FEELINGS WILL PASS. Most nurses have been through this stage- I went through it myself. It is only a hump that if you keep determined, you will overcome.
Here is one tip to help you over that hump- diversify. I need you to do something different (nursing related) from what you are currently doing now- it could be travel nursing, dialysis etc, but it needs to be different from what you area you are currently in now. One of two things will happen- you will either love the new area or you will grow a greater sense of appreciation for what you are currently doing now.
Please keep us informed on how this goes- I am rooting for you all the way.
My Nurse Consultant
December 7, 2017
Four ways to create a positive orientation experience is a guideline targeted towards employee retention. It is a very true saying that, “knowledge is power” but we need to realize that not all persons are good at impacting knowledge.Knowledge does not translate into being a good instructor!
A good orientation can make or break a new employee- they already have enough to learn, don’t make an already hard situation even harder.
- A Good Preceptor- Consider having your preceptors as being voluntary with adequate compensation. Plan ahead with the preceptor, make sure it is acceptable with them. Some people love to teach and make excellent preceptors and best of all are willing, it is these people that should make preceptors.
- Make it formal- The best way to make sure that learning/techniques are standardized is to make certain that it is written down. The guidelines have to be reproducible every single time- this best helps new employees on a formal policy or technique to refer too when they are independent and questions arise for them.
- The Experience- A good and solid foundation is the best for any new employee- it creates a positive experience and such employees are better firmly grounded and willing to withstand difficulties within the workplace should those happen. A positive past experience (orientation) will make the employee better willing to be loyal to you.
- Get Feedback- Make it a point to formally and informally engage with your new employees. Ask them about their orientation experience, make changes when needed but keep confidential whatever is shared in secret with you otherwise the trust will be broken.