Today we’re celebrating World Mental Health Day! Mental health is so important and it is something we often don’t prioritize in our busy lives. So, to celebrate this special day, we will discuss the history of this day, the importance of mental health, and 5 tips for improving your own mental health!
World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first observed in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in many countries.
Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. So, without a healthy mental state, it’s hard to live one’s life to their fullest.
Mediation is the practice of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time. While there are many forms of meditation, the ultimate goal is a feeling of relaxation and inner peace, which can improve mental health. Mediation guides can be found online and apps for your phone are available as well!
Staying active is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health as well. This does not always mean intense workouts either. A simple walk in the park is just as beneficial. Just find activities that you truly enjoy and can do for about 30 minutes 5 times a week!
Talking about your feelings with others isn’t always easy, but it’s a great way to cope with any problems you’ve been dealing with internally. If you don’t quite feel comfortable talking about your feelings with friends or family, seeing a therapist is especially helpful.
Lack of sleep has the potential to affect our bodies and mind in so many ways, including affecting our mental health. It is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Even going to bed 30 minutes earlier each night can greatly improve your mood and mental health.
Let’s be honest, working in the healthcare field takes a lot out of you. As much as we love our jobs, it’s important to take a break every now and then. Taking a vacation or even just a quick weekend getaway helps you clear your mind and boost your mental health.
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It is year 2018 and technology has come a long way in making our lives easier and honestly, a bit more entertaining. Amongst the face-scanning iPhones, self-driving vehicles and 3-D printed houses, technology has also entered various industries on a global level to increase precision and effectiveness as needed. We see this tech evolution making a huge impact in the healthcare industry, where nurses are able to give patients a higher chance at a longer life in parts of patient care that weren’t an option before. Here are some different angles of how tech and nursing are getting along:
Karen Higgins, nurse of 28 years and past President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association chimes in on technology being an essential advancement for ICU patients:
“People ask me what is the biggest change in nursing over the years, and my answer is advancements in both technology and medications and also the patients themselves. Many of the patients I care for in the ICU would not be alive 10 or 20 years ago. New technology and medications are wonderful in that they give more patients a chance to survive and live longer[…]” –
Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse expresses that while technology advances in healthcare are a given, nurse education needs to catch up:
“Technology improves the practices of medicine, and nursing. It will continue to advance year after year. In order to prepare students to handle such changes, nursing education needs to evolve accordingly. Embracing these new technologies enables us to become nursing professionals who are prepared to provide the best possible patient care.”
USA TODAY in an article called, Career Advice: 4 Ways the Nursing Profession is Changing talks about the benefits of Electronic health records(EHR):
“Electronic health records (EHR) systems have become the norm, making updated patient data accessible instantly. And non-invasive diagnostic tools have started taking hold as well, changing how nurses interact with patients. Nurses need to be tech-savvy, from the latest medical technology to mobile phone apps that can help them organize their schedules and coordinate patient care.”
To reiterate the benefits of taking health records into the digital space, Elika Salimi, 3rd Year Health Scholar at HOAG Hospital states,
“I’ve seen the positive impact that having an electronic medical record system has had at HOAG hospital and the healthcare industry overall. Sharing information about patients amongst providers is easier and more efficient than ever, which directly results in optimum patient care.”
An article on The Gypsy Nurse called The Latest Trends and Technology in Nursing 2018 talks about hospitals implementing technological command centers to serve as a second set of eyes for nurses:
“Inspired by NASA, many hospitals are implementing command centers that serve as a ‘mission control’ for all of the services and functions related to patient care. Today’s nurses are finding themselves able to interact with a second set of eyes and also have help in managing daily bottlenecks.
It’s fascinating to see how technology being implemented into our industry can impact so many different levels of our industry besides directly with the patient. However, the truth we can all agree on is that despite all of the tech upgrades to the industry, tech will never come before the compassion and instinct that serves as the lifeline of the healthcare industry.
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This week we’re coming at you with another awesome Recruiter Spotlight. Meet the one and only Pablo Di Carlo! Pablo is a Senior Manager Recruiter here at KPG, as well as an awesome team member to work with. Pablo’s philosophy as a Senior Manager Recruiter is that in order to be a great consultant, one must understand the Providers’ perfect work scenario and then work above and beyond to achieve it, while taking the time to understand each individual’s goals and career path. We couldn’t have said it better, Pablo!
To get to know Pablo a little bit better, we had a Q&A session with him. Check it out!
What’s your favorite thing about being a Healthcare Recruiter?
Having the opportunity to help Providers everyday by making positive differences in their lives. This can be by increasing their overall compensation or helping them attain a better work/life balance.
What differentiates KPG?
Commitment, passion and dedication to our Providers and Clients. I can say that KPG is by far the best organization that I have been a part of in my career.
Tell us your favorite memory from being a part of the KPG team?
Our last Christmas Party was a blast! It was great meeting everyone’s extended families and the employee organized theater entertainment was phenomenal.
Tell us about a Provider that made a difference in your life.
There have been many Providers that have made in impact in my life, but one in particular was going through a very hard time with an ill family member and I was able to help throughout this time with their employment and commitments. It is very rewarding when business relationships become personal relationships and I am able to help in any way that I can.
What, in your opinion, can an applicant do to stand out?
I think having a positive attitude is the key to everything. Experience, education and credentials of course play a big part, but the differentiator is a positive and open minded approach to all potential opportunities.
Where’s your favorite place to travel?
All-Inclusive Caribbean destinations with my wife and two kids.
Let’s talk food. What’s your favorite cuisine?
I love food! I don’t have one particular cuisine that I prefer. I like trying different foods from all cultures and enjoy them all!
What is an interesting fact about you?
I am ambidextrous and can write perfect with both hands!
Writing with both hands!? What a talent to have, Pablo!
We love showing off our awesome KPG Recruiters and hearing about their favorite parts of their job makes us so incredibly happy.
We’ll catch you next time. Until then, make sure to keep up with us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!
The KPG Healthcare Team