Coronavirus – Nursing Agency Advice

Coronavirus – Nursing Agency Advice

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Update 18th March 2020 – Go Nurse Current Position to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Go Nurse UK head office is now working remotely and fully operational. All HQ staff are working from home in support of Government best practice.
When you telephone our office on our single 24/7 number 02082617261 you will divert to our central call service, who will then direct your call as requested.

  • As guidance expands we request all Go Nurse locums to complete the COVID-19 self declaration form in case of any change OR to advise us of fitness.
  • All locums are advised NOT to travel in uniform, but change into clean uniform at arrival of your shift.
  • In addition we can confirm that all active locums have completed and passed an updated infection control training focused on Coronavirus.

Locums are advised to contact the office with any CV instances, interaction, self isolation or to discuss all concerns.

Update 13th March 2020 – Go Nurse Current Position to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a responsible organisation, we aim to support our clients, vulnerable end users and valuable locums in care homes and social care settings. To this end we openly disclose the below comments to help our team make the right personal decision based on the best information we have available.

  1. Many care services are now closed for non-essential visitors including friends and relatives.
  2. Go Nurse supports this as a protective measure for residents, staff and agency locums.
  3. Go Nurse will proactively ask each client on receipt of a booking whether they have any instances of self isolation or Coronavirus cases.
  4. Any known information will be passed to any Go Nurse locum to allow them to make a personal informed decision on whether to accept a shift, including self isolations on site, suspected COVID-19 cases or known COVID-19 cases.
  5. If in any doubt whatsoever, we encourage all locums to ask upon shift arrival the latest site information and availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If this information is not available, contact the office 02082617261.
  6. Go Nurse office based in Twickenham is fully prepared in case of full or part closure to work without disruption to our locums or clients.

Update 12th March 2020 – NHS Update

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

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Working for a Nursing Agency – Play Your Part in Managing the Coronavirus: Covid-19

Nurses, care staff and support workers are all aware of the current threat posed by the contagious and potentially deadly Coronavirus. We all work with potentially vulnerable individuals, therefore we have to remain extra vigilant in light of current threats. If you current work for Go Nuse you will be contacted to take urgent infection control refresher training and asked about recent travel.

The World Health Organisation has declared this as a public health emergency of international concern and certainly infections are now spreading rapidly outside of China.

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus causes more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

As healthcare locums you are naturally in the front line of treating and supporting ill and vulnerable adults, and therefore it is imperative that you take as much precaution to protect yourselves. At the same time, it is our duty to protect our clients, many of whom are elderly and vulnerable.

Go Nurse is dedicated to maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our locums and our clients, and so would like to draw your attention to the points below and ask you to act accordingly:

Practice Good Hygiene: this has never been more critical!

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  2. Stay at home if you are sick
  3. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  5. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  6. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty

Recommended Hand Wash Regime 

 

Mention any travel that could compromise your health status:

Self Isolation

If you have been asked to self-isolate and are unsure what this means:

Update 6th March 2020 – Go Nurse Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of advice and concerns we are taking the virus threats seriously in order to protect our staff, clients and the vulnerable people receiving care in the varying environments in which our teams work.

Due to the very nature of agency work, we advise all our staff to follow the guidance provided by the client at the beginning of each shift. This may vary from unit to unit and day to day, therefore confirmation should be sought before commencing duty if not initially apparent. It is the responsibility of the individual to act within their best intentions at all times and any concerns should be reported.

As a provider of staff to the healthcare sector, Go Nurse has taken the following precautions:

  • All staff have been made aware of this update and advise
  • All staff have been requested to inform us of any recent or future travel plans
  • All staff have been allocated infection control refresher training to include Coronavirus updates in line with the latest government guidance
  • The office team is taking the opportunity to discuss concerns, potential travel and virus contact with locums prior to booking on a shift
  • This information is being constantly updated in line with the latest government and NHS guidance

Any requests or concerns should be directed here

Nurse Self Care – Healthy Eating Habits

Nurse Self Care – Healthy Eating Habits

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Nobody is more aware of the benefits of healthy eating than a nurse. The trouble is, with the demanding and stressful job of nursing, it is easy for nurses themselves get into bad habits. Eating on the go, opting for quick but unhealthy food and working odd shifts can all have a huge impact on dietary habits. Nurse self care very much includes healthy eating options.

survey by the Nursing Times a couple of years ago found that stress is a big driver when it comes to unhealthy eating habits in nurses. While 80% confessed to having missed important meals because they were working, nearly half also admitted to grabbing a quick bite on the move, usually something unhealthy like a burger.

While many nurses do make the effort to eat healthily because they know how important it is, many find it difficult. After a long, hard shift, it’s so easy to pick up a takeaway because it’s a quick and easy comfort food rather than having to prepare a balanced meal. There are other issues that get in the way of developing those healthy eating habits. If you are also a parent, this can be another factor affecting the time you have to spend on planning and preparing for your own nutritional needs.

For most nurses it is not that they don’t know what healthy eating is but that life simply gets in the way. The good news is that a few simple changes and planning techniques can make an enormous difference!

Nurse Self Care: Keep a Food Diary

We often underestimate the amount we are eating and are unaware of what we are actually putting into our bodies, and it can be difficult to keep track. That’s why starting a food diary will make a big difference and help you address any problems such as having too many unhealthy options on your plate. At the end of each week, read back through your food diary – you will be amazed at how many unhealthy options creep in!

Nurse Self Care: Don’t Try to Change All at Once

It can be a major challenge completely changing your diet in one go. Break your nutritional goals down into smaller ‘bite-size’ chunks and address each meal and each day individually.

Nurse Self Care: Increase Your Water Intake

Most people who lead busy and stressful lives, tend to have a problem with hydration. While that fizzy drink or coffee may seem highly appealing, swapping for a healthy bottle of water can leave you more energised and awake. Regular drinking of water will also help you manage your appetite as often when our body tells us that it is hungry, it is actually telling us that we are dehydrated.

Nurse Self Care: Opt For Healthy Snack Options

Healthy snacking does not have to mean boring or tasteless. That may have been the case in the past but there are plenty of different options to choose from today that give you a tasty, energy boost without damaging your health. Here is a list of healthy snack options that are quick and easy to prepare.

Nurse Self Care: Cut Out Processed Food

A big, modern day health challenge is eating too much processed food – not only does it contain high amounts of sugar and salt, it’s also not nutritious. While a ready meal might sound appealing, try to get into the habit of eating fresh produce as much as you can – it’s much tastier anyway!

Nurse Self Care: Sit Down to Eat

Do you spend most of your time eating on the go? Take time to sit down and enjoy your meal without any interruptions. When your shift ends, don’t slump down in front of the television with a tray, sit down and have a proper meal at the dining table – or try to do this at least 4 times a week.

Nurse Self Care: Plan and Prepare

Any nurse will tell you – there is never enough time! However spending a bit of time planning meals, will actually save you time in the long run. You can plan and prepare meals that you can freeze and then just defrost and heat to eat. Each week plan your shopping list and prepare meals for the following week, so you don’t end up buying last minute unhealthy snacks and take aways.

Planning makes it much easier to make healthy choices and that includes what you take to work with you to snack on. Make it a priority and you should discover that you find it quicker to get into healthy eating habits.

 

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 Life Spring Clean

Nurse Life Spring Clean

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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

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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

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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

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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.