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Halloween Time at KPG Healthcare!
Halloween Time here at KPG Healthcare!

Halloween time is arriving fast and KPG Healthcare is a lover of costumes. Check out our #TeamKPG's favorite Halloween memories!

October is the time for pumpkin-spiced everything, fall foliage, and Halloween! Halloween is an opportunity to show your creative side while creating memories that will last a lifetime with friends and family. 

Here at KPG Healthcare, we wanted to share some of our favorite Halloween memories throughout the years. Let’s get spooky!

Halloween Time!

The goodest boy, Bedner, dressed as hot dog accompanied by all the necessities – ketchup, mustard, relish and hot buns!

This is Samantha – well Samantha’s dog, Bender! Bender is a Golden retriever, and the goodest boy, dressed as a hot dog for Halloween in 2017. Decked with everything – ketchup, mustard, some relish and, of course, some big fluffy buns!

Veronica as Little Bo Peep without the sheep and her Shepard’s Cane, but we still love it!

This is Veronica! Veronica is one of our Account Specialists Managers for our Travel Nursing Division. This is her first. Costume. Ever. She went as Little Bo Peep but had to skip the Shepard’s Cane because it wasn’t allowed at school! She also had to stand all day in order for her dress not to pop upward…on the plus side, she can’t wait to dress her daughter this Halloween!

This is Anjelica’s (spooky) family! Her husband, top left, Anjelica, top right, Anjelica’s son, top right, Anjelica’s daughter, bottom right, and her two dogs!

This is last year’s Halloween for Anjelica’s family! Anjelica is part of our Las Vegas team! Her husband, top left, is dressed as Billie the character from the viral Youtube dance video called “Billie Bounce,” her daughter was Vamparina, her son was a pumpkin, Anjelica was a scarecrow, and their dogs were Winnie the Pooh and a Redskins player. They love dressing up for Halloween and making sure they include the entire family – even the fur babies!. This year they will be various scary movie villains. Spook on Anjelica!

This is Peter as Superman during last year’s Halloween!

This is Peter! Peter is a Junior Recruiter for our travel Nursig Division and this was taken at the LA Times parking lot in 2014. The top of the parking lot was empty, and he was dressed up on his way to work and thought, “Seriously.. how about that view?”  It would have been wrong not to take a pic.

This is Marc as Batman as he stares deeply into his reflection contemplating his heroic duties.

This is Marc – young Batman Marc. Marc is part of our Allied Health Professionals team. Here is what he had to say about his favorite Halloween memory. “Halloween is my favorite holiday and aside from celebrating horror movies my favorite part is putting a makeshift costume together. Growing up my mom would help me put together a Batman costume out of a T-shirt, ski mask, black towel, and plastic mask. I was Batman almost every time I went trick or treating, with the exception of one year when I was a tiny Freddy Krueger. To this day every costume is DIY and I refuse to use store-bought costumes.”

Baby “Teeks” dressed as a ninja from Mortal Kombat. Watch your backs.

Tiko is part of our Travel Nursing Divison as the Recruitment Manager. Here is what he had to say about his Halloween memory. “I was a little karate kid, martial arts was my favorite sport until I hung up my hat with a black belt and switched to wrestling. I always wanted to be a ninja when I grew up & I loved Mortal Kombat so it was only natural that I dress as a little warrior!” Fight on little Teeks.

From everyone here at KPG Healthcare, we wanted to wish you a Happy Halloween! 

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Prepare For a 12 Hour Work Shift

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.

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Smartphone Apps We Recommend for Nurses

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.

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