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Aimee has been selected as June’s Nurse Spotlight of the Month and we couldn’t be any happier to have someone like her be part of the KPG Family!
Aimee proudly calls Louisville, Kentucky home but she’s currently enjoying her new California lifestyle while on assignment in beautiful Northridge! She’s a “jack-of-all-trades” since she specializes in a handful of nursing specialties, such as MedSearch, Step Down, Intensive Care Unit, and more! Although, she didn’t start as a nurse at the beginning of her healthcare career – spanning more than a decade – but began as an aide. Through the years of being an aide in healthcare, she realized there were more opportunities for her in nursing through the abundance of specialties she could learn and grow from. Plus, having to work three days of the week was also a bonus when deciding on shifting her career, can you blame her?
Like all workplaces, there are challenges that Aimee faces, but overcomes. The biggest challenge for her is being able to handle the many different opinions, attitudes and perspectives of fellow coworkers, patients and the patient’s families. “You have to be assertive,” Aimee said, “You have to be able to stand your ground and be nonchalant when going through the motions of being a nurse.” Another challenge she faces is time management because that can have an effect on patient care – to be able to provide the same level of care for each patient.
With all the hard work Aimee does as a nurse, she devotes time to unwind during her days off or after a shift. From drinking a nice glass of red wine to hanging out at the beach, eating a well-balanced breakfast to taking a hot bath, Aimee finds time to take care of herself, always. #SelfCare. One of the reasons she has fallen in love with California has hugely been because of her recruiter here at KPG Healthcare, Tiko! Tiko has been a huge help to her transition here when she arrived back in 2017. In fact, she has enjoyed her time in California so much she has extended the same contract that brought her here! 24 weeks and counting!
Her one and only assignment with KPG Healthcare has been a dream and it’s been her favorite assignment, so far. Although, if given the chance, she would LOVE to take an assignment either in Dubai or Bali (me too girl), but “California is already a dream!” Aimee said.
As if nurses aren’t already superheroes because of what they do, they definitely are because of how long they do it for. Most adults only work 8 hours a day, but most nurses work 12. Preparing for 12 hour shifts as a registered nurse is easier when you plan ahead and make smart choices throughout the day. Here are some tips to help make your shift better!
Pack Your Food & Eat Right
When you’re struggling through a long day, you might want to reward yourself with a sugary snack from the vending machine or a greasy burger from the cafeteria. These momentary pleasures ultimately lower your energy level and spell disaster for your day. If you want to know how to survive a 12-hour shift, the first thing you should address is your diet.
You should pack healthy meals to eat during your shift so you’re not tempted to indulge in unhealthy options. Include several small snacks as well. Package these conveniently so you can grab a bag of nuts and an apple, or a banana and peanut butter even when you don’t have much time to spare. You should focus on high-energy snacks and whole foods that will keep you going instead of drag you down.
Get Ample Rest
It’s important to get a full night’s sleep before a long shift. You shouldn’t drink alcohol or caffeine at night before bed so that you can enjoy a restful evening. If you have a break of 20 minutes or more during work, consider taking a quick nap. Data from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies reveals that a 20-minute nap during a 10 hour shift can improve performance by 50 percent.
Use Your Breaks Wisely
A lengthy shift can put you under a lot of mental strain. You should make the most of all breaks allowed by employee scheduling. You can find a quiet spot to meditate and clear your mind, listen to a relaxing track of nature sounds on your phone or MP3 player, or read something you enjoy. You should avoid stressful activities, like watching crime drama snippets or reading intense thrillers, where you’ll have to stop in the middle of the action to return to work.
Wear compression socks
That’s right, compression socks aren’t just for your post-operative patients. Being on your feet for long periods of time puts you at a high risk for varicose veins, and wearing compression socks can help reduce that risk. Compression socks can also help reduce fatigue by improving blood flow and reducing lactic acid build up. If you find that your calves are sore and your ankles are swollen after working, you may want to try slipping on a pair of compression socks before your next shift. Your legs will thank you later!
Take Smart Supplements
The right supplements can make a big difference in how well you can handle a long shift. Low vitamin D levels can lead to fatigue. You can get vitamin D from salmon, tuna or fortified food products, but a supplement might be more effective if your levels are low. Vitamin B can decrease fatigue as well. Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to brain cell development and can help you stay on top of your game. A well-rounded multivitamin is always a smart choice. Speak to your doctor about the best supplements for your needs.
Surviving 12-hour shifts might be difficult, but you can make these long days easier on yourself by preparing for the challenge. Packing healthy foods, getting enough rest, partaking in relaxing entertainment for your breaks and taking a few smart supplements can make the shift go smoothly.
Nurses are always on the move. Whether you are a student running between classes or a professional running to patient rooms. Nurses are constantly running around. One way nurses are able to stay on top of their game is by using their smartphone. Whether you are studying for an exam or cross-referencing a specific drug, mobile apps have provided a variety of functions for nurses. Check out the apps we recommend for nurses below!
Diseases Dictionary. Diseases Dictionary is complete offline and FREE app. This app is a great reference for medical disorders and diseases. Learn all information about symptoms, treatments, and medical terminology. Over 27,000 people have used and reviewed this app.
Nursing Central. Nursing Central is the leader in providing disease, drug, and test information. This is the complete mobile resource that delivers answers to you anytime, anywhere. Whether you are a student or professional nurse, this app allows you to input symptoms and be served a list of possible conditions.
Symptomia. Similar to Nursing Central, Symptomia allows you to input symptoms and learn possible conditions based on those symptoms in 2 taps. Symptomia allows the user to look up more than 50 symptoms and is perfect at bridging the gap between patient and healthcare professional.
Nursing Essentials. This is a great app for students and graduate nurses. It is a helpful resource and easy to use. Nursing Essentials is a great resource whether you are studying for specific coursework or just need to brush up on general information. Nursing Essentials also offers bookmarks, notes sections, and a medical calculator.
Nurse’s Pocket Guide. Make accurate diagnoses and develop effective care plans with this comprehensive app. This mobile app includes 440 medical conditions with associated nursing diagnoses. Care plan guides and an index to search allows for quick navigation. Nurse’s Pocket Guide also features NIC and NOC labels for each diagnosis.