Is Your Facility Covered for Upcoming School Vacations?

Is Your Facility Covered for Upcoming School Vacations?

 

Most of us in the Tri-State area have eagerly begun counting the days ‘till Spring arrives. We’re tired of shoveling snow and walking over icy sidewalks to get everywhere. Let Old Man Winter blow his chilly winds someplace else! But before you cross another day off your calendar, its time to ask yourself: is your facility or hospital ready to cover upcoming school vacations?

 

Both public & private schools from pre-K to grade 12 typically take one week off during the spring. There also may be a short break for the Passover and Easter holidays, depending on the calendar and the school’s preference for scheduling breaks. These spring breaks are peak times for families to plan that fun vacation to visit a theme park such as Disneyworld or to visit Grandma a few states away from home. So more than likely, your hospital or facility will have quite a few employees asking for time off during these school breaks.

 

Getting time off when an employee wants it is considered one of the top benefits. BusinessWeek.com reports that Gallup reported on how unhappy employees cost companies in the U.S.A. more than $300 billion a year. Keeping your employees happy is one of the best ways to contribute to their productivity levels. And giving them a day or week off when they’ve requested it is a very helpful way to do this.

 

Your hospital or medical facility needs to be prepared for the upcoming school holidays, such as spring break and the religious holidays. Now is also the ideal time to plan for summer vacation, as schools typically break for three to two and a half months, and many families take a one to two week vacation during this time. Getting coverage plans organized well in advance is the proactive and practical solution, so there is far less stress for everyone working on the unit or the floor.

 

Those school holidays will be here sooner than you think. Contact Meridian Nurse Recruiters today at 718-255-5830and let us know how we can help with your spring and summer vacation coverage!

 

Source:http://www.businessweek.com/debateroom/archives/2012/02/employee_happiness_matters_more_than_you_think.html

New York State Government Site Helps Families. Know What to Look for in a Nursing Home

If you manage a nursing home, you’ll want to be aware of the New York Government site nursinghomes.nyhealth.gov. At this site, families can find great information to help them find a nursing home for their senior family members.

There is a map, showing the NY state and a search feature people can use to find nursing homes and facilities by specific types of care that they offer in their area. They also can specify the distance from a zip code that they would like to find this facility.

One of the features we recommend nursing homes review is Questions to Ask when Choosing a Nursing Home. It is ideal to have answers prepared for each of these questions, so that families can receive the information that they are seeking. Reading this section may help some nursing homes discover exactly the specific areas that concern families when they choose a nursing home, and which questions they are being guided to ask when reviewing facilities.

There are many sections for question topics, including Health Care Decisions, Residents’ Rights, Safety, Cleanliness, Food, Medical/Nursing Care and Dementia Units/Alzheimer Units to name several. Questions can be found here: http://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/nursing/select_nh/

Take for example, their questions about Staffing:

  • How many staff work on the unit my loved one will live in, on each shift?
  • How do you ensure that staff really know the resident they are assigned to?

These are all excellent questions to ask about how staffing is managed at your facility. If you have any staffing needs, let Meridian Nurse Recruiters be a helpful resource to you. We offer nurse and healthcare recruiting for Temporary & Permanent Staffing, Short & Long Term Coverage, Direct Hire Services, Temp to Perm Staffing and 24/7 Staffing. Meridian can act as your HR department – without the burden of maintaining one. Visit our site to learn more: http://www.meridiannurse.com/, then give us a call.

Sources: http://nursinghomes.nyhealth.gov/,

Hurricane Sandy – True Nursing At It’s Best!

NY have battled many in its history, but none were prepared for this. Hurricane Sandy on 10/29/12 unleashed a fury that ignited fears and courage all over New York. I have witnessed personally the devastation brought upon NY by this natural phenomenon and I have seen the true nature of dedication Nurses have to their community.

Our clients are wide and vast and I must commend the RNs, LPNs and CNAs for banding together in this great time of need. I’ve heard so many stories that I lost count. Stories of nurses abandoning their vehicle in waist-high water to make it to work, nurses working four plus shifts and not willing to leave until the danger is adverted. I’ve even heard about nurses opening their homes (those that weren’t affected much) to comrades for shelter just to make it to work the next day.

Many hospitals were evacuated due to various unforeseen circumstances, but no matter the challenges, the Nursing bond could not be broken. Not one report of failed nursing attempts while evacuating during the torrential down pour, vast flooding and many other constraints thrown at them.

When we say Nurses, the titles are long and wide. From the head – Director of Nursing Services down the ladder to CNAs were all hands on deck.

Today We Salute You…The Nurses Of NYC!!!

Growing Up … and Old Without Nursing Homes

In modern and busy US and most European countries there are numerous nursing homes, adult-care facilities and assisted living centers whose primary goal is to care and provide the best living conditions for the elderly or disabled patients whose skills for daily living have greatly depreciated either by old age or prolonged illness. The nursing homes or Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) employ healthcare professionals such as nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse assistants, therapists and many others that work hand-in-hand in caring for the patients 24/7.

The situation is exactly the opposite in the Philippines and many other third world nations where economies aren’t humming as fast as America and Europe. Nursing homes are simply not the status quo for many reasons. Foremost reason is that these countries, like the Philippines, has a culture that expects the kin and a huge extended family to care for their elderly.  Just as parents are expected to provide for the children and make sure they have the best education possible, the children/grandchildren are expected by society to ‘give back’ by taking care of their parents in their twilight years. Traditionally, one person in the family is designated to care for the parents. A daughter is expected to care for both parents in their senior years, thus oftentimes ending up a matron. This was a practice that was probably brought to the Philippines by the Spanish conquistadores who were in the country for more than 300 years or for some other countries such as the Trinidad, India, Haiti, Caribbean Islands, Guyana, etc… simply an old-age tradition that just wouldn’t go away.

Click here for a video clip of the critically acclaimed book-film Like Water for Chocolate that required the protagonist to undergo such practice of requiring a member of the family to care for the parent/s.

In modern times, when the children started working abroad and inevitably leave the parents at home, they will setup a living arrangement for a distant relative to care for their ailing parents in exchange for lodging and minimal financial support. The more affluent ones will hire  professional nurses that manage the daily needs of the elderly patient. The goal is for the old folks to remain comfortably cared for in their own homes as they await their final days.

Historically, there was an exodus of foreign healthcare professional since the 1960s to the early part of the 1990s. The nurses and therapists were petitioned as either immigrant or on work visas by hospitals and for the most part, nursing homes. When they came to American shores, these new workers expected to be assigned at hospitals and other similar short-term care facilities. Little did they know that a lot of them will be performing jobs that is second nature to them — caring for geriatric patients.

Click here to view a Philippine McDonald’s commercial showing a granddaughter caring for her grandfather with Alzheimer’s condition. Subtitles are included.

NYS Nursing

Nursing

There are three distinct licenses within the nursing profession in New York State: Registered Professional Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse and Nurse Practitioner.

A Registered Professional Nurse (RN) may:

diagnose and treat a patient’s unique responses to diagnosed health problems;

perform health assessments to identify new symptoms of possibly undiagnosed conditions or complications

teach and counsel patients about maintenance of health and prevention of illness or complications;

execute medical regimens as prescribed by licensed physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and podiatrists, and,

contribute as members of an interdisciplinary health care team and as consultants on health related committees to plan and implement the health care needs of consumers.

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) provides skilled nursing care tasks and procedures under the direction of an RN, physician, or other authorized health care provider.

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an RN who has earned a separate license as an NP through additional education and experience in a distinct specialty area of practice. Nurse practitioners may diagnose, treat, and prescribe for a patient’s condition that falls within their specialty area of practice. This is done in collaboration with a licensed physician qualified in the specialty involved and in accordance with an approved written practice agreement and protocols. Nurse Practitioners are autonomous and do not practice under the supervision of the collaborating physician. (Nurse practitioner specialty areas: Acute Care; Adult Health; College Health; Community Health; Family Health; Gerontology; Holistic Nursing; Neonatology; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Oncology; Palliative Care; Pediatrics; Perinatology; Psychiatry; School Health; Women’s Health)

Read more about the nursing profession.

via NYS Nursing.

Licensed Practical Nursing Course for FREE| Health Care

Licensed Practical Nursing | Health Care.

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An accredited New York State program, which combines classroom study and clinical experience. The course content combined with successful program completion qualifies the student to take the National Council State Board of Nursing Examination (NCLEX) for Licensed Practical Nurses. It is a comprehensive training program that encompasses direct patient care in acute and long term care facilities.

 

Courses:

 

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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: English Version | Spanish Version

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Prerequisites:

High School Diploma or GED

Requirements**

 

FAQ’s:

Q: What is the cost of the program?

A: The program is tuition-free. Please contact the Admissions department for additional information.

Q: Can I get a license?

A: The State reviews each case separately after the graduate passes the NCLEX.

Q: What are your class hours?

A: Class hours: Summer 8AM- 1PM, September – May: 8AM – 2:30PM

Career Options:

Nurse in a doctor’s office, long-term care facility or acute care facility; clinical nurse; private duty nurse; mental health nurse; school or daycare nurse.

Career Outlook:

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