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How FleetNurse Helps Healthcare Professionals Find Occupational Wellness

What is Occupational Wellness?

Occupational wellness is about focusing on your ability to balance life and work. Stress is a part of life, and it is important to address the stress you experience at your workplace. This is especially true for healthcare workers. Juggling personal life and work can be difficult, while at the same time, it is vital that when you are working you are in the best mental space possible. Healthcare workers have to deal with high levels of burnout and COVID-19 has not helped. FleetNurse has some key tips to help you work on your occupational wellness:

  • Seek a job that fits the criteria you are looking for.
  • If you look forward to working and find joy in your career, you will find joy in your everyday life as well.
  • Look for a job that fits your lifestyle, goals, and interests and the results will be worth it.
  • Create healthy relationships with coworkers and management.
  • Find ways to reduce stress at work. This could look different for every person so find what works for you!
    • Take a moment for yourself. 
    • Stay hydrated and fueled.
    • Create an open line of communication with management.
  • Make time for things outside of work! Maintaining mental well-being means finding a balance of work and play.
  • Enjoy your job! Enjoying your job will boost every area of your life. 

How can FleetNurse help you improve your occupational wellness?

By achieving occupational wellness, you will enrich your life, relationships, and self-satisfaction. This all is easier said than done, but FleetNurse is here to help. We understand the need for work-life balance, flexibility, and the need to work around other commitments in your life.

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As a FleetNurse healthcare professional, you have the opportunity to work when you want to work with no minimum work hours. You have the power to work shifts that fit with your schedule. With this flexibility that FleetNurse provides, you can experience decreased burnout and higher occupational wellness overall.

FleetNurse is changing the healthcare staffing service status quo by providing exceptional experiences for both healthcare clinicians and facilities. When you join FleetNurse, you have the option to pick up PRN per diem shifts. As healthcare facilities request coverage, you will get a notification via the FleetNurse app with the location, time of the shift, and the rate. If you decide that you want that shift, all you have to do is confirm the shift and it is yours.

Especially in these unprecedented times, we value your safety, health, and overall well-being in all aspects of your life. We currently have positions open in Texas, Oregon, Arizona, and North Carolina. For more information on the current job opportunities with FleetNurse, visit https://www.fleetnurse.com/for-providers/job-opportunities/.

Staffing During a Pandemic

By: Kevin P. Harris, MSN-HCSM, RN, NE-BC

The year 2020 has left a lasting impact on us all, but especially the healthcare industry.  Uncertainty and fear of the unknown were a constant over the past eleven (11) months. Daily treatment changes of how we respond to COVID-19, lack of appropriate PPE, minimal testing kits, an exhausted frontline staff, and confusion in reporting or who to test, all lead to a restructuring of how we deliver care to our patients.

A Little About Me

I manage the Central Staffing office, Nursing Administration Operations, and System Flex for a large HealthCare system in the Texas Medical Center.  I have been a nurse for seventeen (17) years and have been in some form of leadership for the past eight (8) years.

Staffing is a passion.  I see it as one of the most important factors in providing safe and quality patient care.

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COVID-19 Pressures 

Early March we began to experience daily increases in our COVID-19 positive cases system-wide.  Reaching almost six hundred at one point.  The Texas Governor called for a complete shutdown. We canceled all elective procedures, limited visitors, and began to implement screening stations at all our entrances.  Not only were our cases of COVID-19 increasing but these patients were sick (ECMO, CRRT, etc.). These patients began to fill the majority of our critical care beds.  We began to open up old units to make room for the increasing COVID-19 population.

This put an extreme amount of pressure to provide adequate and competent staff due to the complexity of these patients.

Solutions

Since all elective and outpatient procedures were canceled, we developed classes for our surgery, cath lab, and ancillary departments to take to get them back to the bedside. We also trained ancillary staff on how to prone patients and staffed runners to assist the bedside RN.  Even with the additional staff, our frontline staff began to test positive. We had already started hiring travel RNs, but the pressure was on us to onboard qualified contract nurses on the floors as quickly as possible.

We contracted with several agencies and formed a hybrid onboarding process. This allowed us to get nurses at the bedside in five (5) days.

Currently, our numbers are consistent, but no one can predict the future.  As an organization, we are committed to learning to adjust to the new normal of COVID-19 and keep all services open to our community. That is our obligation to all patients and our employee’s livelihood. As we continue to learn daily, keeping our patients at the center of all we do should be at the forefront of our thoughts and actions!

If you have any questions please email me at Kevinrn24@yahoo.com