How the Opioid Epidemic Can Impact Your Nursing Career

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the U.S. die every day from overdosing on opioids. Misuse and addiction include prescription pain relievers such as Oxycontin, as well as street drugs, such as heroin and synthetic opioid such as Fentanyl. This serious national epidemic affects economic welfare, public health,…


Don’t Be Forgetful! 5 Mental Activities that Help Strengthen Your Memory

As a nurse, you’ll be called upon to remember a number of things. Juggling responsibilities can be difficult, and it’s helpful to use strategies to improve your memory, so remembering the small details at work is not as difficult. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help improve your memory, including focusing your…


Is it Time to Update Your Nursing Credentials?

Adding credentials to your nursing degree gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to provide informed and certified care in specialized areas. It also demonstrates your commitment to the nursing profession. Certifications are offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), whose goal it…


How to Quickly Fit in at Your Next Placement

The key to fitting into your new contingency staffing placement is to quickly recognize the company culture and determine how you can integrate without changing your personality. Company culture matters, and in healthcare, it may matter even more as the ability of teams to work together impacts life and death situations. To do your job…


Looking to Diversify Your Specialties? Per Diem Nursing May Be Perfect For You

“Per Diem” is a Latin word meaning “by the day.” As a per diem contract staff nurse, you have the opportunity to work for different agencies across the city, as you aren’t hired internally, but rather on an as-needed basis to fill staffing requirements for a hospital or facility. There are a number of benefits…


4 Gadgets That Will Make Any Nurse’s Day Easier

Technology can be fun and make your life easier, both as a professional and in your personal life. From smartphones to fitness trackers, integrating technology can streamline and destress your life. Some of these are free and others will cost money, but all will be fun to use and help boost your personal and professional…


Dealing With a Bully at Your Nurses Station

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s a fine legal distinction between being bullied and outright hostility. Although it can take many forms, bullying is a behavior that may be identified by being unwelcome, offensive, unsolicited or objectionable. Bullying can be physical, psychological or verbal, and may be found frequently in healthcare. Although…


Budgeting Tips for Per Diem Nurses

Whether you’re working as a per diem nurse or regularly staffing a unit, a budget is a smart tool in your financial arsenal. Although some think using a budget to manage their expenses leaves them a little extra for miscellaneous charges or entertainment, a budget actually gives you more freedom than struggling from month to…


Stressed at Work? Top Ways to Improve Your Work/Life Balance

Nurses often refer to their profession as a calling, or a deep desire to devote themselves to serving others. However, when your job or career is also calling, it’s easy to overlook balancing your own work and life, and quickly become burned out. Sometimes it’s difficult for per diem nursing staff to achieve balance when…


Best Ways to Prepare for That Upcoming Long Shift

Chs slideshare-04-2019 from Capital Healthcare Solutions Most people work 8 to 10-hour days, mostly sitting in a chair behind a computer. As a per diem nurse, it’s likely you’ll be picking up some 12-hour shifts, or deciding to work the occasional 16-hour double shift. Although these offer significant financial benefits, the long hours on your…