Nurse Life Spring Clean

Nurse Life Spring Clean

There’s no doubt that we as nurses are amongst the busiest professionals on the planet. If you’re involved in healthcare of any kind, the chances are that you’re more concerned about other people than yourself.

We’re now three months into the new year and it might just be time to look at back at those resolutions you made at the end of 2018:

  • Did you resolve to make healthier choices?
  • Did you promise yourself you’d get more exercise?
  • Or perhaps you decided that it was time to move on from your current job

As we approach the first day of Spring, it’s high time you gave your nurse life a good spring clean. After all, Spring is a time which signifies new life and renewed energy!

Are you happy in your job?

Are you still happy in your current role, or do you wake up every day dreading going in? Do you feel like you need a change and a different challenge? The nursing job market is pretty robust and there are plenty of choices out there. You just need to put yourself out there and circulate that CV!

You might want to work for an agency that pays higher rates and helps you deliver great care to your residents. At Go Nurse, you can earn between £17 and £26 per hour as a fully trained nurse. Maybe you simply want to find a job that better suits your work-life balance.

Perhaps you want to improve your qualifications and have something more to put on our CV. CPD is vital to delivering good nursing care. Widening your horizons and improving your skill base can give you access to a range of higher paid jobs in the healthcare sector.

Are you maintaining a healthy nurse life lifestyle?

In a high stress environment like nursing, it can be difficult to focus on your own health. Are you getting enough good quality sleep at night, for instance? If you’re tossing and turning and thinking about your day when you should be sound asleep, the chances are you need to do something to change things.

Nurses often have bad eating and drinking habits too (nurses are often on the move). If you’re changing shifts often, that can affect your eating habits as well. Varying shift patterns also make it difficult to maintain a consistent exercise regime. A report by the Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN) found that nearly a quarter of nurses were actually considered in the obese range.

If your health resolutions have slipped a bit, now is the time to relook at your diet, exercise and overall nurse life situation.

Managing Your Stress Levels

Another major issue in the lives of nurses and healthcare workers is stress. Long hours and high pressure working environments do really put pressure on the individual. The trouble is that we get used to it. Nurses are masters at soldiering on and ignoring the consequences to their own health.

Make sure you take your break at work, manage to get the right amount of exercise and eat and drink healthily. If you have trouble coping with stress, trying a few new practices like meditation might help – it’s a lot easier than you think! You can even download mediation apps onto your mobile phone and use them at any time during the day to centre yourself.

Spring is a great time to take a step back and look at your work habits and health. Nurse life can be stressful and challenging at the best of times without adding poor health and job dissatisfaction into the mix.

Go Nurse is The Stress Free Nursing Agency for London nurses. Our nurses accept shifts, update availability, see upcoming shifts and find shift locations simply via our easy to use mobile phone app! Is it time you made a change? Register online today for nursing shifts across London.

Healthy Nurse Lunchbox Ideas

Healthy Nurse Lunchbox Ideas

A 2017 survey among healthcare professionals found that 1 in 4 nurses in England are obese. While we as nurses spend most of our time looking after others, it seems we often neglect to care for ourselves. Job stress and long hours in addition to other factors tend to lead to us having poor eating habits and making poor food choices.

We often depend on unhealthy canteen food or grabbing a snack on the go. Now and again grateful patients bring in boxes of chocolates and biscuits which means surgeries and hospitals are rarely short of sweet snacks to tempt staff during a shift.

Nurses, it’s time to take control of what you eat! To start, you need to focus on your daily diet and pack yourself healthy lunches and snacks rather than relying on the local canteen. While it takes a little preplanning and effort, it’s actually an easy process to put in place if you want to lose weight and take more control of your health.

Not only can this have an effect on your overall wellbeing, it can also make a big difference to your finances!

Healthy Nurse Lunchbox Planning Steps:

  1. Sit down and plan your meals for the week. Get your partner/roommate involved, doing it together to save money and plan meals together.
  2. Swap unhealthy snacks for healthier ones, for example, rather than eating crisps, choose nuts and dried fruit instead. Bin the fizzy drinks and high sugar sodas and drink water.
  3. Buy a set of food storage containers to store food for the week and find time to prepare your meals in advance. Prepping and having food ready means you aren’t tempted to run out the door without grabbing your healthy options. 
  4. Buy a good size insulated lunch bag. This will help keep your food cool even if there isn’t a fridge at work.
  5. To save money you can buy things like meat and veg in bulk and prepare large recipe batches ahead of time.

Don’t Have Time to Prepare Healthy Food?

There’s actually no real excuse for this, even if you aren’t an experienced cook. Go online and you’ll find a whole range of simple and easy to prepare recipes that are better for your health than canteen food and snacks. The fact that many of these can be prepared beforehand means all you need to do is set a few hours aside once a week to get everything prepared.

Here are some great websites with simple recipes you can easily prepare for your healthy nurse lunchbox:

Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes

Healthy Wrap Roll Recipes

Healthy Salad Recipes

Healthy Soup Recipes

2019: The Year of the Healthy Nurse

As nurses, we are well aware that a balanced, nutritious diet is important. A combination of disruptive shifts and long working hours may well be contributing factors to unhealthy choices. That and the fact that sweet treats are always easily accessible!

Making better choices about what we eat is not something other people can do for us. It’s about making personal changes to your diet and sticking to them. Obesity can lead to many other health problems including high blood pressure, the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, to name a few

If you’re bringing one big change into your life in 2019, perhaps it’s time to make your healthy nurse lunchbox a reality. You’ll be surprised how easy it actually is.

 

Go Nurse is The Stress Free Nursing Agency for London nurses. Our nurses accept shifts, update availability, see upcoming shifts and find shift locations simply via our easy to use mobile phone app! Is it time you made a change? Register online today for nursing shifts across London.

Nurse Christmas Gift Ideas

Nurse Christmas Gift Ideas

We’re well into December and that means many people are looking for gifts for family members and colleagues! We’ve been on the hunt for unique and quirky nurse Christmas gift ideas that are sure to be loved!

Whether you buying for a nurse colleague, friend or loved one, here are some nurse Christmas gift options that will be appreciated into the new year:

 Personalised Silver Fob Watch

With all the technology that we use in nursing and healthcare nowadays, the old fashioned nurse fob watch is still loved and used daily!  This stainless steel fob watch is a good choice and you can have it personalised with your favourite nurse’s name! The recipient of this gift will remember you each time they use their fob!

Nurse Bag

If you’re looking for something that’s quirky but also useful, you can’t go wrong with a nurse bag! Nurses always have a range of items to carry around with them! Made from durable, hardwearing material, these are a range of colourful and convenient bags. The company, Goodies for Nurses, make a whole range of useful, eye-catching products which are designed to make life easier for healthcare workers.

Nursing Mug

Few things are as important as the vessel that holds a nurse’s coffee or tea, and everyone should have their own mug for work. If you want to bring a smile to your nursing colleague’s lips every time they brew up then this is the perfect gift, and there are many designs to choose from!

A Relaxing Spa Voucher

Nursing is an incredibly rewarding, however stressful profession. We can say with complete confidence that a spa voucher will hit the mark every time! Allow your nursing colleague or family member the opportunity of letting someone else look after them for a change.

Water Bottle

Another fun but very functional choice of nurse Christmas gift is a water bottle. Support your nurse colleague or family member with their new years health resolutions with a cute water bottle to encourage and remind them to keep their water intake up during shift!

Nurse Bath Duck

Nurses love a long bath to ease tired muscles after a long shift, why not get them a nurse bath duck to keep them company! Alternatively, it can be used as a desk ornament. This quirky little fella not only looks cute but you are supporting the Florence Nightingale Museum charity at the same time!

Go Nurse is The Stress Free Nursing Agency for London nurses. Our nurses accept shifts, update availability, see upcoming shifts and find shift locations simply via our easy to use mobile phone app! Is it time you made a change? Register online today for nursing shifts across London.

 

Responsible Nurse Social Media Usage

Responsible Nurse Social Media Usage

Social media is probably the most powerful and widely used communication tool in the world today. We use it to contact friends, find out what’s happening in the news, watch videos and post quirky images of our pets. For nurses, sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are great for keeping up to date with the latest developments in the healthcare sector and for networking with other nurses or taking advantage of various support organisations. One of the problems with social media, however, is that a word or two out of place can quickly go viral. What might seem like an innocent post can, in actual fact, be something that contravenes the nursing code.

While we all need to engage with it responsibly, for any nurse, social media can be potentially dangerous. That’s why the Nursing and Midwifery Council have come up with guidance to help nurses navigate the pitfalls of posting online to their friends, family and other work colleagues.

 

What is the Code of Nurse Social Media Usage?

If you are thought to be acting in an unprofessional or even unlawful manner, it can affect your registration with the NMC. Where social media is involved, this can include:

  • The sharing of confidential information about a patient, either intentionally or through negligence
  • Posting comments about individuals, including patients, that is inappropriate
  • Posting images of patients or people receiving care without their permission
  • Pursuing inappropriate relationships with patients online

The NMC already has a code of conduct and the new guidance on social media falls in line with this. Paragraph 5 of the code, for example, clearly states: “As a nurse or midwife, you owe a duty of confidentiality to all those who are receiving care.” That, of course, includes what is transmitted over social media.

 

How Social Media Can Be Dangerous for Nurses

Sharing confidential information online may be problematic mainly because you can’t always be sure who is reading it. Let’s say that you wanted advice on how to deal with a particular patient – normally you would talk to another nurse or a doctor, all in confidence. If you ask that same question or have a discussion online, however, you are risking that information being seen by your entire following.

Communicating on social media goes beyond the simple confidentiality of the patient. Nurses, according to the code, should always practise in line with the best evidence. They should not be giving advice on medical matters on social media if it falls outside their competency, even if they are simply trying to help a friend.

Should a patient follow you on Facebook, for example, you may also be contravening the NMC code of conduct, even if it’s perfectly innocent. You have a duty to act professionally and building a relationship on social media can mean that this line becomes blurred.

Nurses have a responsibility to protect and respect the patients under their care but they also have a duty to guard their own professional reputation. The NMC suggests that all nurses should ensure they can competently use any social media platform and understand how it works. You should think carefully before you post anything and consider how it may affect your professional standing and whether it goes against the NMC code. Finally, you should also be careful about who you associate with on social media and realise this could be detrimental to your career.

While it is undoubtedly a very useful tool and a great way to communicate, make sure you are diligent and responsible when using social media. You can read the guidance from the NMC here.

 

Go Nurse is The Stress Free Nursing Agency for London nurses. Our nurses accept shifts, update availability, see upcoming shifts and find shift locations simply via our easy to use mobile phone app! Is it time you made a change? Register online today for nursing shifts across London.

Nurse Self Care – The Importance of Exercise

Nurse Self Care – The Importance of Exercise

Nursing is certainly one of the most stressful and demanding jobs you can ever hope to do. It’s also one of the most rewarding. Nurse self care is vital in this role, and one important factor in self care is exercise.

Of course, when you’ve been working a long hard shift, the last thing you may want to do is exercise. Yes, you know it’s good for you, but do you have the energy? Many nurses naturally have a level of exercise as part of their daily routine, particularly if they work in an area like A&E or have a district nursing job.

Unfortunately, at least one study has found that as many as 1 in 4 nurses are thought to be overweight. It’s led to calls for employers such as the NHS to do more to keep their staff in good health.

Nurse Self Care: The Benefits of Exercise

  • Even a small amount of exercise improves physical fitness and boosts energy levels
  • Regular exercise as part of a healthy eating routine is the best way to ensure that you maintain a good weight
  • Exercise actually makes you feel good, releasing endorphins that put you in a great mood
  • When you exercise regularly, you look good and that can give your self esteem a big boost
  • Exercise builds endurance, something that’s important in many aspects of healthcare work

It’s not just the physical side of things that exercise helps with. It has been shown to reduce stress and promote good sleep leading to a better sense of overall well-being.

Nurse Self Care: How to Bring Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

There are plenty of ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and it doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. For a start, a brisk walk once a day for just 15 minutes can get your blood flowing and improve energy levels. The trick is to find something that suits you and which can be easily incorporate into your life. If you love going to the gym, that’s great, but not everybody does. The good news is there are excellent ways to practise your nurse self care and exercise at home.

You could jump on an exercise bike or simply buy yourself a skipping rope, for example. Both are great for getting the heart rate up. You can even exercise while you’re at work. Doing a few squats, side stretches or jumping jacks when you have a spare moment help release all those endorphins as well as shake off the pressures of the day. Could you walk to work instead of driving or taking public transport?

Department of Health guidelines suggest that we should all be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. What does moderate mean? If you’re getting slightly out of breath while doing your exercise, then you’re probably doing it just right.

Here are a few exercise options you may want to consider:

  • Joining an exercise club: There are many that operate outside nowadays in parks and on promenades around the country and they’re great if you want to join in with other people (you may even make a few new friends locally!)
  • Take up yoga: It’s perfect for stretching those limbs and muscles but is low impact enough to not be too strenuous on the body
  • Try hill walking in the country: The countryside is beautiful, and its free. Just get yourself a pair of comfy walking shoes and you’re ready to go (this will also help you to unwind mentally)
  • Go for a swim at your local leisure centre: This is one of the best all-round exercises and also not too impactful on joints
  • See if high intensity training is right for you: HIIT involves quick bursts of exercise and has been show to improve fitness quickly. It’s also a great exercise option for those who are short of time

If you’re working in healthcare or you are in need of nurse self care, it’s never too early or too late to start creating your own special exercise regime. Start with a few simple changes and you’ll soon see a difference.

 

Go Nurse is The Stress Free Nursing Agency for London nurses. Our nurses accept shifts, update availability, see upcoming shifts and find shift locations simply via our easy to use mobile phone app! Is it time you made a change? Register online today for nursing shifts across London.

Nurse Self Care – Get Enough Sleep!

Nurse Self Care – Get Enough Sleep!

If you can’t remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep, you’ve got something in common with about 68% of the population. In our over-stressed world, it seems we’re getting less than our allotted 8 hours a night and that can have a huge impact on overall health and well-being. Any nurse who has looked closely at their own nurse self care may well highlight lack of sleep as a problem. The issue with many jobs in healthcare is that they do not run 9 to 5. Nurses can find themselves working long shifts at different times of the day or night. This in itself can impact on the natural sleep cycle and make it difficult to get the required rest.

In the stressful environments that most nurses operate, it’s no surprise that many often suffer ongoing sleep deprivation. Many nurses also just accept this as the norm rather than trying to do something about it.

Nurse Self Care: The Importance of Sleep

  • Good sleep means that you wake up feeling refreshed and recharged
  • Those who experience poor sleep tend to eat more and are likelier to exhibit signs of obesity
  • A bad night’s sleep can impact on concentration and productivity in the workplace
  • There is some evidence that poor sleepers are more likely to suffer from heart problems
  • If you are at risk of diabetes 2, not getting enough sleep can affect your glucose metabolism
  • Lack of sleep can affect your immune system and is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle

Stress can also be a bit factor in sleep problems. Learning to cope with stress is vital if you want to improve your health and well being. Of course, if you’re always working odd shifts, the lack of continuity can also add to your problems.

Nurse Self Care: How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

It is recommended that you get, on average, 8 hours sleep a night. This doesn’t count however, if you are tossing and turning all night and not actually resting. Chances are you’ll wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed.

If you work shifts, the main thing you have to contend with is the changing time of day when you go to bed. We all have a natural sleep rhythm and this can really become unbalanced when working nights and then switching to days. A lot depends on whether you can settle into a routine and what your work schedule is like. It also depends on you as an individual.

  • You might, for instance, if you work regular shifts, experiment with the time you go to bed to see what works best for you
  • If you’ve been on nights for a while, coming home and having a short sleep and then getting up and going to bed early may help you get back into rhythm
  • If you are about to go on your first night shift, having a short sleep beforehand may ensure that you stay alert during the early hours

One major impact for nurses and those working in healthcare is that lack of sleep can lead to lack of concentration. That means mistakes may be made at critical times.

Take your nurse self care seriously and attempt to find solutions rather than continuing to live in a sleep deprived way. The are many great resources online that you can use and adapt to help yourself get a better nights sleep.

Here are just a few to get you started:

 

Go Nurse is The Stress Free Nursing Agency for London nurses. Our nurses accept shifts, update availability, see upcoming shifts and find shift locations simply via our easy to use mobile phone app! Is it time you made a change? Register online today for nursing shifts across London.