It’s National Pet Day.
Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants get extremely busy during the holidays. A variety of cases increase during the holidays, and not all of them pretty. That means that the best time of the year can become one of the most difficult times of the year. If you want to survive the holidays, try using these tips.
One of the things that is bound to happen during the holiday season is call outs. That means that you need to be prepared to be flexible. Who knows when you might need someone to step up for you. Plus those extra hours mean that you can do more during the holidays. Maybe get an extra gift for that special someone.
If you haven’t already learned, these overtime shifts and last minute carryovers are just part of working in the medical field. It just gets harder to do over the holidays. Another way to help you get over these extra hours is to view them as helping someone make their holiday season better.
As we already mentioned during the holiday season there will be all kinds of cases that come up, and the not so pretty ones are included in that. You need to be mentally and emotionally prepared for whatever comes through the door. Because we expect the holiday season to be cheery we tend to be a little bit more vulnerable during this time. By preparing we can be ready to take on what comes without having consequences afterward.
Most of us know that it is great to have a steady tempo of patients but when trauma cases or combative psych patients come in, it can be the worst on the holidays. When you do your best in each case, though, you should feel good. You are applying yourself to one of the most noble careers out there.
Decorate At Work (And Everywhere Else)
Holiday decorations can make the holiday season a little jollier for everyone. Try to decorate at work as well as at home. Depending on where you work, you might have to have more generic decorations but anything is better than having a bland office during the holiday.
Don’t decorate by yourself, though. Get your coworkers to join in the merriment. You might even see if your boss will let you take a little time to decorate before or after work when you aren’t busy.
Don’t forget to throw a little bit of season cheer on your locker, your scrubs, and your ID tag. You never know whose day you might brighten with that little bit of holiday flair. Sometimes that one NP or PA who wears the Santa hat on Christmas day can make a big difference in their patient’s experience.
No matter when you work, you will want to celebrate with your children. Don’t let that hinder your holiday celebration. While you work, celebrate with your coworkers. Tell people to have a good holiday, smile, hum, sing, do whatever you can to spread the holiday cheer. Others will pick up on your positive attitude and do the same.
It also is a good idea to arrange some sort of holiday celebration with your coworkers. This could be a potluck at work (medical field potlucks are the best). You could also arrange to go to a meal after work with them. A last idea is to do a gift exchange or secret Santa event. All of these ideas not only spread joy but build team spirit.
Don’t Forget Your Patients
When you get into the medical field you think that it would be hard to forget your parents. When spreading holiday cheer that isn’t hard, though. You might focus too much on cheering with your coworkers. But instead, make sure that you are cheerful with everyone you encounter, whether that be the security officer doing rounds, the janitor, the administrator, or most importantly the patient.
Remember that whether you are the NP, PA, doctor, charge nurse, RN, or the patient, you are still a person on the holiday season and those around you are too. Get ready, get set, save someone’s holiday!
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Everyone here at AVA Search Group wishes you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving! Here is one of our favorite quotes for this special day!
“An Attitude of Gratitude Brings Great Things” — Yogi Bhajan
Over the years, American Association of Nurse Practitioners has been playing a vital role in the healthcare situation of our country. Just about a year ago, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first NP program. And now, based on numerous research works that have been carried out, we’ve been able to estimate that there are now more than 350 programs around the country, and this, of course, sums up a compelling story.
This year, Nurse Practitioner’s Week will be November 13 – 19, 2016! Here’s a little more in this article to give you a general overview of what the nurse practitioners’ week 2016 would look like and also additional awareness about the amazing benefits of having an NP as your health care provider. Being the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties, ANNP represents the interest of over 222,000 nurses, and this includes approximately 70,000 individual members and over 200 organization. The Association provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy, maintaining and promoting excellence in practice, education and research, and establishing firm standards that best serve NP patients and other health care beneficial. * Still standing as the voice of nurse practitioners, AANP stands out to represent the interests of nurse practitioners of high quality, cost- effective, comprehensive, patient- centered health care. Now that 21 states and the District of Columbia have granted full practice authority to nurse practitioners, patients now have the advantage of a more direct access to the primary, acute and specialty care services that they provide. Want to learn more about the services nurse practitioners provide? Just enormous, they provide a full range of services: ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions, prescribing medications and treatments, managing overall patient care amidst other lifesaving services. Trust me, we are equipped and learned; so the next time you’re going for a checkup, be assured that the nurse practitioners handling you have got some skill as a master’s degree holder; not only that, there are a lot of them with doctoral degree, coupled with advanced education and clinical training. One could say that nurse practitioners emphasize the general health and well- being of the whole person in their own approach. What does this mean? They tend to assist patients in making educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices, and this has resulted to the huge confidence patients have grown in nurse practitioners, with more than 870 million visits each year. It’s worth checking out.
November is Nurse Practitioners Week!
Now to the GOOD NEWS! The national nurse practitioners week which would be coming up in November; starting from the 13th to 19th would be one to remember. The week comes around with numerous opportunities to help educate lawmakers and the general public about the importance of NP- delivered health care. As stated earlier, with 21 states and the District of Columbia already accessing patients to NPs care, the week is going to be yet another way to demonstrate the benefits of all states having this access. Your help in relating the nurse practitioners value messages will go a long way to assist the state legislative about nurse practitioners role. During the week, the role of nurse practitioners will be showcased, as all of them across the country will be celebrating 50 years plus of practice. Different events to be held in communities around the country will enlighten local citizens about the role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost- effective, personalized health care and also the importance of choosing a nurse practitioner as your partner in health. In an aging population consisting of boomers turning out to be seniors in growing numbers over the next ten years, making choices about health care providers will turn out to become even more important. In conclusion, the national nurse practitioners week is aimed at bringing visibility to the role of the nurse practitioner, helping patients across the country make wise choices when choosing their health care provider.
When you are offered a job you feel a certain obligation to take the job, you have interviewed and taken the time to get to that point. Sometimes the offer isn’t right, though. This is when it is time to decline the job. How do you decline a job offer politely though? Let’s take a look.
It should be obvious that you need to be polite in order to politely decline a job offer but the reasons behind this are more than just because it is the right thing to do. The world may be big but it is also well networked. The people that you have interviewed with may be connected to people who you may encounter later on in your career. A good (and popular) way to phrase this is to never burn bridges.
It is important that you be honest with the company when you declining the offer. They might make you a better offer. But most importantly, it helps them to learn as to why people aren’t taking the job. There are various reasons that people won’t take jobs and knowing them can help a business improve.
There is no need to write an essay or go on and on about why you are not taking a job. Keeping your reasoning brief looks professional and makes it more likely to be listened to. They don’t need to hear what every red flag you have seen is or the specifics about the job you were offered. That is, unless they ask. If they do ask, make sure that you keep it professional and don’t nitpick, stick with the facts.
Being friendly doesn’t mean that you should ask your interviewer out to the bar for an apology. What it does mean is that you wish them the best of luck in finding the right candidate, and thank them. Both of these common courtesies are often overlooked.
Be Ready To Use Phone and Email
Almost every company feels better with email documentation of all stages of business, so an email is always an important part of politely declining a job offer. However, before you send that email you should pick up a phone and let the interviewer know that you are declining the offer. Make sure that you mention that you will follow up with an email for their records.
Be Able To Offer Candidates
This one isn’t a requirement but it never hurts to be able to offer candidates. If you can recommend a person or a couple of people who might be right for the job, it makes declining the offer less of an impact for the business.
Turning down a job offer might not always be easy but sometimes it is the right thing to do. When you follow these tips you will be turning down a job offer politely and professionally. This can make the difference in the professional world and maybe you will benefit from it later in life.
In the healthcare industry where jobs continue to rise, it’s important for job seekers to keep their resumes current and completed in way that will get them noticed. Whether you are connected to this industry, looking for better opportunities and job roles, or have newly joined the health care industry, the competition and high standards sought, require a greater set of skills and experience. Portraying your skills and experience in an effective way on your resume, leaves you with smart job options. Here are a few tips you can follow to help sell your skill set to potential employers and recruiters!
Use your full title and licenses with your name
Whether you are a DR, RN or PT, you must be specific in your name title when writing a resume to leave healthier impression on the recruiters. Always list your licenses along with the states you are eligible to work within. This will allow employers and recruiters immediately identify if your licenses are a fit for the current position.
Go for a profession Email address
Professional email address means that it should start with your first name and end at your last name when able. It definitely does not resonate well with a potential employer or recruiter when an email address has a weird name such as “coldbreeze@ yahoo.com”. These are the initial things to notice when presenting your resume, your email must be professional and simple.
Objective statements are outdated
It was a trend in previous decades to present an elaborated objective to will help you to impress the interviewer. It’s already understood when you present your resume that you are searching for better opportunities that will enhance your expertise and skill set. Therefore, an objective statement should only be added in your cover letter when you are switching to a different field or industry.
Use bullets to list your skills
Bullet points makes it much easier to go through entire resume and avoid distraction for those who review hundreds of resumes in a day. These points help to summarize your past experience. Try keeping your points to 10 or 15 lines. Use bold and italic point style only to differentiate between companies and job titles.
Identify each and every certification
Whether it is ACLS, D.A, D.C or any other certification it must be included in your resume to save time for everyone involved. If this is not done, the employer or recruiter might skip you while reviewing the resume simply thinking that you don’t have the required qualifications.
References mean a lot
It is not mandatory to add your current references in to your resume because the space should be used to describe your expertise and education history. Instead you should make it available to provide whenever it is asked for. References should not include friends or co-workers rather it should include your former supervisor and management staff.
Personalize / customize everything for each job
You must customize everything whether it is you resume or cover letter. By this – we mean that you should make sure your resume is customized for every position you are applying for. Using keywords from the job description you are applying for can be a great help!
Be descriptive with your employment dates
Always insert the month and year from where you started and ended each position you held, so that the interviewer can easily see your work history at a glance.
Your resume is the only thing which comes to a recruiter before you reach to them in person. So, make it as elaborated as you can whether you were a physician, worked as midwife, have intern / resident experience, it should specifically describe the departments where you worked such as ICU, PACU, and Surgical ward to further showcase your skills and experience.
Last but not the least, you should present your resume in a professional manner. When submitting resumes through email the .pdf formats work best when sending resumes along with the cover letter.
When your resume is completed – be sure to check out our national healthcare positions here: Healthcare Open Positions Nationally
You are looking forward to getting that new job but they didn’t offer you the salary that you were looking for. Now is the time to negotiate that salary, don’t wait until later. Negotiating a salary isn’t an easy task. Talking about money is difficult alone for many people. Use these tips to negotiate the salary you want.
Let Them Make The Initial Offer
Never give the number that you want first if you can avoid it. This allows you to get a general feel for the salary range that they are willing to offer you. It also gives you grounds to negotiate on. You don’t want to start the negotiation process before they are ready, so as hard as it is, just wait for them to start it.
Do Your Research
You should know what people with similar experience in similar job positions are getting paid. It is great if you can figure out this information about people who work at the company you are negotiating with. It gives you even better grounds to negotiate on. One tool for this is Glassdoor, a website and app that lets employees rate their employers, both past and present.
Don’t Be Rude About It
You might have viewed that low salary offer as a slap in the face to your experience, education, and training but it wasn’t. Any business that knows its business starts low and expects you to defend the salary that you want. Throughout the negotiation process you should be polite but willing to take a stand for what you need and want.
Don’t Get Personal
Your future employer doesn’t need to know why you need your salary, they need to know why you deserve it. Avoid bringing up the personal reasons that you need or want your salary. When you beg or give personal explanations for needing a salary it comes off as desperate and needy. Both are things that you don’t want your employer to think about you.
Don’t be set in complete stone. You should have a number that you won’t go below and a number that you want. Remember that you are just starting with this company and you will have room to grow. They don’t know you yet and most companies have policies set forth for salary evaluation at the end of the year. Don’t forget to highlight what you do throughout the year in an unobtrusive way so that your boss knows that you have earned a salary raise.
Talk Full Compensation Package
You should make sure that you talk with your employer about your full compensation package. Compensations other than cash can help make up for a lower offer. For example, if you are in a higher level position a company car might be a perk. Discounts can also help to make up for a gap in what you were expecting and what you are being offered.
You are the only person who can determine whether or not a salary offer is right for you. Remember to be flexible when you are starting out at a company though. This looks good for you and gives you room to grow. Know when low is too low though, you need to worry about yourself.
We all have our goals and ambitions. So what makes you any different than Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey? What sets you apart from the mom who just made a big paycheck from her in home business or the guy who made his first million with his new invention? They set goals, and met them. You can too! Here are some easy steps to guide you to a better tomorrow.
Choose your big goal.
This won’t be an immediate goal. This is something that is going to take a lot of hard work and smaller goals along the way to achieve. Typically this would go along with your five year plan. This could be a job you have always wanted, switching specialties or maybe buying a house.
Set a timeline.
Set specific markers that need to met in order to achieve the goal. What needs to happen before this goal is accomplished? Do you need additional continuing education? Do you need to find a higher salary to save for a house? Figure out 3-5 steps that need to be met in order to accomplish your goal.
Write it all down.
It is great to have an idea or a dream, but until you write it down it is less tangible. Once it is written down it tends to become more real and you are more adept to reach the small steps to get you to your big goal. Write down the steps, make commitments to help you along the way, sign up for classes, contact a realtor. Make those steps into actionable items.
Stick with it.
If you are training for a marathon in a year, you don’t just run for a month and then quit until a month out and then hope you make it. You train throughout the year and you keep increasing your times and stamina. You continue to work at it. Most often than not, people set a goal and begin with amazing strides but after time they lose momentum without continuous reward. At that pace, you will probably never meet your main goal. This is why the little steps and goals along the way help as well.
Do something daily.
Everyday do something that is aimed at the main goal, and keep track of it. This is a daily reminder of your end game and it is also a tangible thing that you can touch daily to keep you on task and from giving up.
Most importantly, don’t ever give up on your dreams and goals. No matter how crazy or outrageous they may seem, you could very well be the person who changes the world!