Staying Motivated!



With the cold weather slowly approaching, we all start to frantically pull out our fuzzy socks, cozy sweaters, and stretchy pants. We start getting ourselves ready for “hibernation mode”. Cold weather means staying inside, bundling up with comfy blankets, and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate, with an abundance of marshmallows. Getting out of bed in the morning becomes more and more difficult as the temperature drops. Who enjoys getting out of a warm bed, to step on an icy cold floor to take a hot shower to then be forced to brace the bitter cold to get to work? I will answer that question for you…. no one! While the cold weather does bring great fashion, ultimate comfort clothes, and delicious hot beverages, it does NOT bring motivation.


Practice gratitude

Many believe the winter months are not a productive time, and some believe it can be a waste, but that is exactly the mindset that we need to focus on changing! If you read our last blog post about gratitude, you know that we need to practice seeing the positive aspects of the cards we are dealt, and cold weather happens to be one of those cards. Instead of dreading the “unproductive season” and wishing for it to end, let’s be thankful for what we have during this time. For example, in the winter you don’t have to mow your grass, you get to eat comfort food, you can enjoy winter exclusive activities, and you have a warm place to sleep at night. Appreciating all the gifts one is blessed with during the winter months might even encourage us to help those who are not as fortunate. While we get to sleep in our warm and comfy beds this winter, there are many people that are not fortunate enough to have the same comforts. Take a second to recognize how much we have to be grateful for and then consider doing something to helps others. A grateful attitude is the first step in staying motivated and productive throughout the colder months. And, a grateful attitude can help us avoid becoming a victim of the bitter, cold weather.

Spend time outside

Unfortunately, our lives do not stop for the colder months, we have to keep living. We can’t stay at home all day in the warmth of our bed, we still have to go to work and be productive. This means continuing our fitness routine, maintaining a balanced diet, staying focused and getting involved! This is much easier said than done, when it feels like it is negative thirty degrees outside and all you want to do is eat junk food and watch Netflix. Productivity and motivation tend to be low on the priority list when the cold sets in. And, while staying warm is usually the goal during the winter months, here is a counterintuitive piece of advice, be sure to spend more time outside in the bitter cold. Spending time in the fresh air is beneficial for our physical and mental health. Take advantage of all the sunny days we are given. Take the dogs on a nice walk, go to the park and read a book while sitting in the sun. Go on a jog. These small outings will help lessen the feeling of isolation winter months can bring. Spending a day outside can be especially important for those people who become vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight. When a beautiful sunny day presents itself, make it a point to spend some time outside!

Eat a balanced diet

It is very easy to pack on the pounds during the colder months, because, if we are honest here, who doesn’t love eating hardy comfort food when its cold outside? We must make a conscious effort to eat a balanced diet. We can certainly enjoy our comfort foods but use portion control when we do. We need to follow a nutrient-rich diet, that includes fruits and vegetables! We can also adapt and make new recipes that are lighter, healthier versions of classic comfort foods that we all know and love. All the taste with no guilt! When we eat better, our bodies feel better. It is all about balance!

Exercise

Start a new work-out routine! The gym is an option but not a must! You can do at-home workouts, and don’t use not having weights as an excuse! You can use household objects in place of dumbbells! Your workouts don’t have to be intense training sessions, they just need to be something to get your body moving. Invest in warm workout gear so you can brave the elements. Working out is a mood booster. When you work out your body releases endorphins which increase your feeling of happiness; it also reduces hormones that produce anxiety and stress. It is also great for your mental health; it allows you to escape your everyday routine and focus all of your energy and thoughts into your workout. Getting a workout partner is a great way to keep yourself motivated. It is hard to stay in bed when you have your friend sitting outside waiting for you. You can both motivate each other and hold each other accountable to stay on track.

Keep yourself busy

Keep yourself busy and get involved. Take this time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. Find something you have always wanted to learn and take a deep dive into it. There are so many new things you can learn: knitting, painting, or cooking. There are so many online classes you can sign up for, or teach yourself! You can join a Facebook group or watch YouTube videos, or pick up a book at your local bookstore. Starting a new project makes your time spent inside feel much more productive than sitting on the couch watching TV.

Self-care

Last, but certainly not least, there is self-care! Self-care is taking a second for yourself, and finding something to do that you enjoy. For example, listening to your favorite sports podcast, drinking some hot chocolate, taking a warm bubble bath, getting a massage, or taking a nature walk. In this busy life of ours we forget to take a break and treat ourselves! Try to disconnect from technology for a little bit, snuggle up on the couch with your pets or grab a good book and just “unplug”. Doing some light stretching or meditating are also great self care activities. Practicing self-care will allow you to thrive this winter… not just survive!


Thank you!

The team at Medical Temporaries wants to thank you for your loyalty, hard work, and drive to do things right! We are so proud to call you an employee of Medical Temporaries. Especially during these trying times, your dedication to providing the best service you can, day in and day out, has not gone unnoticed.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the smell of pumpkin spice, the colors of the changing leaves, and the cold weather tend to awaken an attitude of gratitude in all of us. “Gratitude” is such a meaningful word, and as we sit around the dinner table or the computer screen during the Thanksgiving season, it seems to get thrown around more than a hot potato! Yet, it seems the moment the last slice of turkey has been eaten and Uncle Joe has enjoyed his 3rd slice of pie, “gratitude” tends to quickly fall from top of mind for many. Instead, everyone is focused on what big ticket item is finally going on sale on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Is gratitude really an emotion we are supposed to express only one day a year?

Gratitude is not temporary like a season. It is not an emotion you pull out for Thanksgiving dinner and then store back into the attic for next year. There are so many amazing opportunities, interactions, and experiences we have every single day that command a feeling of gratitude but go completely unnoticed. Why is that? Is it because we are too lazy to stop and appreciate what we have? Is it because we are so focused on our next step that we are unable to slow down and appreciate what we have in the here and now? We should practice gratitude daily! Regardless of our situation, there is always something to be grateful for. When living in this fast paced world it is very easy to lose track of all the blessings we have, and it is even easier to focus on what we lack rather than what we are fortunate to have.

Gratitude is not just an emotion we should express daily in our personal lives, we should express gratitude in our professional lives as well. Think of a day at work where you have received absolutely no help from anyone. Trying to find a day where you were working alone may not be as easy as you think. Our coworkers might have picked up some papers we dropped, answered a phone while we were getting coffee, or walked something back to the kitchen for us. Imagine a day where no one helped you with the “little things.” Your day just became more hectic, did it not? Rarely do we think to express our gratitude for those that work around us. Yes, we all get paid to sit at our desk and do our job, but that does not mean we shouldn’t be thanked for our efforts and hard work. Think about your work environment. If you felt your work was not appreciated or went unnoticed, how likely would you be to want to be productive? We want to know that the effort we put into our job is noticed and appreciated. When someone stops to help you with a task, they are taking time away from their job to help you. Showing that you are grateful for their help, no matter how small the task was, spreads positivity in the workplace and makes that person far more likely to help you in the future. Showing gratitude in the work place makes the work environment so much more enjoyable, there is mutual respect for all that work there because everyone’s efforts are appreciated.

You can start off your morning in a positive light before even getting out of bed by listing the things you are grateful for. It is simple and only takes a few minutes, but it reminds us how much we have to be grateful for. It allows us to start off the day on a positive note, making it easier to carry that positivity into the rest of the day. When you come from a place of abundance, gratitude, and positivity, that is what you will see in the world around you. During your busy work day take 5 minutes at your lunch break to make a mental list of what or who you are grateful for that day, and if one of your coworkers appears on that list, tell them! This list helps to remind us how lucky we are and allows us to see the world from a positive perspective, and equally as important, to share that positivity with those around us.

You can download and print this gratitude list as a daily reminder to practice gratitude!

Virtual Interviews

During this uncertain time of COVID, much has changed in both our personal and professional lives. Wearing a mask and socially distancing has become a part of our daily routine. In an effort to stay safe and healthy, almost everything has become a virtual experience. From concerts to business conventions, the new protocol is to rely on the internet to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants. Interviewing is no different! Virtual Interviews are more prominent now than ever before. Unfortunately, for many companies, candidates are having difficulty with this transition. Virtual Interviews are just as important as face-to-face interviews and should be treated as such. Today’s discussion will include tips for acing your virtual interview!

Virtual interviews are just as important as in-person interviews and should be prepared for in the same manner. Being over-prepared for an interview is nearly impossible, yet, being underprepared can be a common occurrence. Showing up to an interview underprepared reflects poorly on a candidate. It says to the interviewer that, on some level, the candidate is either not interested in the position or in the company as a whole. If a candidate is disinterested and lacking enthusiasm on the first meeting what does this mean for his or her future with the company?

Prepare for the interview. Show the interviewer you are excited about the position and the company. Visit the company’s website and read about it. What is its mission and vision statement, do the company’s goals align with your career goals? Create a list of questions to ask your interviewer:

  • What is the company culture?
  • What is the dress policy?
  • What is the device policy?
  • Tell me a little more about the history of the company?

An interview should be a two sided conversation, where both parties take turns asking and answering questions. This is your opportunity to learn everything you need to know about the company.

The next important part of preparing for your virtual interview is finding a good spot to set up your computer or phone. You should find a spot, preferably a room with few distractions. You want the interviewer’s attention to be on you and what you have to bring to the table, not your barking dog in the background or on your roommate’s conversation in the other room. Be sure the spot you choose has good lighting so the interviewer can see you.

One you are in the perfect spot, take a few minutes to get comfortable with the platform you are going to use for the virtual interview. Make sure you know how to log in prior to your interview. Make sure you download or update anything that you need so your virtual interview can run as smoothly as possible.

Lastly, log in a few minutes before the start of the interview. You never want to have your interviewer waiting on you. Instead, you want to be ready to hit the ground running when your interviewer connects.

Rule of thumb: always dress up if you are unsure what the attire is. DO NOT dress down. Business professional is usually what most companies are looking for. An interviewer will never make a negative note if you are “over-dressed” but he or she will most definitely take note if you are “underdressed”. Your interviewer is looking for a presentable, and well-dressed candidate. Dressing for the part gets one in the right mindset, and it shows! Confidence is key, and during a virtual interview one always wants to present the best version of his or herself. If you have to question whether or not your outfit is appropriate, you should not wear it to your virtual interview. Resist the urge to dress more causally or relaxed because you are in your own home and the interview is being conducted virtually. Dress the same way you would dress if you were interviewing in person.

Practice sitting in front of the computer as if you were in the interview. Think about what kind of questions your interviewer will ask you and practice how you would answer. This does not mean create a script and read off of it, you want to be natural and respond honestly to all questions. Practicing will allow you to get some of those jitters out before you interview. It allows you think about your answer without the pressure of someone waiting for your response. Practicing will also allow the conversation to run more smoothly because you are not concerned about what the next question will be or how you want to answer since you have already thought about it in advance.

Lastly, be yourself! You want to be authentic and true to who you are and let that show. Have fun with the virtual interview, show who you are, not just what you are capable of doing. Interviewers want a candidate who is both knowledgeable and has personality. However, remember, being yourself does not mean slacking off on professionalism. You still must remain professional even if you are sitting in your living room. Let your personality shine, stay professional, and have fun!

Emotional Intelligence

In simple terms, emotional intelligence is your ability to control your emotions, understand the emotions of others, and react appropriately to those emotions. Emotional Intelligence is such an important skill but is often overlooked. When people hear emotional intelligence they think it means being “soft” and “mushy”, which could not be further from the truth, it is a multi-faceted skill that is extremely important in whichever field you work in. Employers are looking for employees who are both knowledgeable as well as emotionally intelligent. You may be asking yourself why is an employer interested in my emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is fundamental for creating and maintaining relationships, effectively communicating with others, and ensuring productivity. In short, an employee with strong emotional abilities is often a more well–rounded individual. When hiring and promoting, employers look for individuals who are both knowledgeable and have the ability to lead. This means the employee can manage stressful situations, connect and relate with peers and communicate effectively.

One is not born with high emotional intelligence, rather you develop this through actively using and practicing emotional intelligence skills. Strengthening one’s emotional awareness is not just beneficial for a professional life, but it also adds a valuable component to a personal life. It allows you to communicate your thoughts clearly to others, in spite of emotions you may be feeling, allowing you to build and maintain strong relationships. Emotional Intelligence is composed of five elements: motivation, social skills, empathy, self-awareness, and self-regulation.


Motivation

  • self-motivation, one completes tasks and strives to reach goals for personal accomplishment not because one was told to do so. One jumps on any opportunity and is ready to give 100% no matter the task.

Social Skills

  • Communication: effectively communicate with others, participate in active listening
  • Leadership: the ability to inspire and lead others, whether that be through day-to-day operations or a major company change.
  • Relationship management: the ability to build and maintain relationships through open and honest communication. You nurture and foster relationships and care about each members thoughts and feelings.
  • Conflict management: ability to diffuse conflict or disagreements in a professional manner, through effective communication, leading to an agreement.

Empathy

  • Understanding those around us, understanding their emotions, concerns, and whether or not they are comfortable in their social situation. The key to empathy is being in tune with others, putting yourself in their shoes and trying to understand their perspective

Self-Awareness

  • Understanding your emotions and how they affect you and your decision making. It is also defined as how you come across to others. Being self-aware means you know how you react in certain situations, and what causes you to react.

Self-Regulation or Self-Management

  • The ability to control your emotions, take responsibility, and be accountable. It includes being able to adapt and handle changing circumstances appropriately.

Exercises to strengthen your emotional intelligence

  • Practice taking a few moments before reacting. You want to acknowledge the emotions you are experiencing so you can effectively communicate them, not allow them to control your actions, so as to avoid an impulsive reaction.
  • When communicating, be open and transparent. Showing transparency and being honest with others builds trust; trust is fundamental to building relationships.
  • The moment you start to experience a negative emotion, take a step back. Collect your thoughts and analyze your emotions. Try and fully experience the situation from the other persons perspective.
  • Understand your weaknesses and your strengths, be honest with yourself about your capabilities.
  • Ask for feedback- hearing feedback from your peers will help you strengthen your self-awareness.
  • Practice active listening- this means both listen to the words they are speaking and watch their body language. When engaged in active listening you are giving 100% of your attention to the speaker, shutting down whatever thoughts you might have running through your head, and focusing on their message.

Emotional intelligence is like a muscle, it does not develop and strengthen overnight. It takes implementing these practices in your everyday routine to develop strong emotional intelligence.

Writing Your Own Personal Mission Statement

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As we continue to establish the “new normal”, this is a great time to think about what that means to each of us personally.

Whether you call it a personal mission statement, vision statement, personal philosophy statement or something else entirely, it’s a succinct description of your mission in life in a form that you can use to guide your behavior.

Writing a personal mission statement is a great way both to clarify our life’s purpose and to help us spend our time here on this lovely blue planet wisely. Here are a few reasons why this can be such a helpful tool.

1. It clearly encapsulates your “why”

With all that is going on in the world today, we are constantly asking the question, “why?”. And, since we are unable to come up with a clear answer to this question it’s easy to experience feelings of confusion and hopelessness.

The search for meaning in one’s life is a basic part of the human condition. Taking the time to think deeply about who we are (or who we want to be) and the contribution we’ll make to the world provides a sense of identity and meaning, in turn, this replaces those initial feelings with those of confidence and hope.

You decide what you need to live a life of meaning and significance, instead of relying on what society or peers or even advertisers tell you is needed to be happy and leave a positive mark on this earth. Capturing it in a written statement that you can look back on during the ups and downs of life can inspire you to keep living according to those values, even when the world is telling you to be someone else.

2. Helps you stay focused

It’s all too easy to get swept away by life’s never-ending distractions. The lure of “shiny object syndrome” can see our focus pulled away from our own path as we jump from new venture to new venture, news report to news report, following the herd. And it’s all too easy to wake up one day and realize we’re so far off our path.

Having a personal mission statement can keep you on track. It reminds you of what you’re here for, and what you need to do, be or experience to live a more fulfilled life.

As Stephen Covey said in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, one should start with the end in mind. Your personal vision statement is the “end” – a picture of where you want to be. Having this vision written down helps you cut through the noise so you can focus on the things that are truly in line with the person you’re aspiring to be.

Once you have the big picture in place, you’ll be ready to start making plans on how to get there.

3. Keeps you going through the rough times

When life is getting too complicated or difficult, having a personal mission statement to refer to can help you see the bigger picture, a picture that was painted by YOU. By taking the time to focus on your personal mission, you’re measuring yourself against your own standards instead of life goals and values  that someone else has created for you.

So when life gets a bit dreary and tedious, referring to your personal mission statement refocuses your attention to the ideal future you’re aiming at, and helps you realize that the difficulties you’re trudging through are all moving you towards your higher purpose.

4. Simplifies decision-making

A personal mission statement gives you a standard against which to measure choices. When you have major life decisions to make, your mission statement helps you decide which one is more likely to help you fulfil your life purpose.

5. Lets you set your own reality

Too many of us are swayed into living a life that meets other people’s expectations. Whether it’s manipulative advertisers, self-serving politicians, or even well-meaning friends and family, we’re bombarded with other people’s expectations of what we need to do and how we need to be in order to be a worthy person.

But we all have our own path in life, and taking time for introspection, to clarify your own personal beliefs about a meaningful life, helps you cut through the noise of others’ expectations. You can reclaim the ability to create your own life, and make it one that you love living.

Additional Tips:

Keep is short – At least short enough to remember. Often, we are faced with a situation that creates overwhelming emotions that may temporarily alter our decision-making abilities. When this happens, having a personal mission statement to refer to, can make the difference between staying on track with our core beliefs and taking action that we’ll later regret.

Employers – By doing this exercise of creating personal mission statements with your team, you show that you care about them as individuals and want to help them reach their full potential.

 

 

 

 

 

Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Advocacy

Medical Temporaries and its staff share the pain, anger and sadness felt by so many Americans following the tragic killing of George Floyd. Brutality and racism have no place in America, or anywhere else in the world.

As a partner of the American Staffing Association, we will work with their IDEA group to promote Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Advocacy in the workplace and our community. We will evaluate our own practices, have open conversations, welcome ideas and will work to make a difference.

We believe in the words of Maya Angelou, “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

It is time for changes to be made and we must all be part of that change. As we think about ways to make a difference we must explore options that will change our thoughts in our homes, at work, and in our communities but most importantly, in our hearts. Being able to live without fear and being treated with dignity, decency, and respect are fundamental human rights.

We join Richard Wahlquist, President and CEO of the American Staffing Association, in his statement, “As the employers of 16 million individuals annually of all races, ethnicities, genders, religions, sexual orientations, nationalities, and backgrounds, the staffing industry is committed to continuing to promote inclusion; diversity; and fair, unbiased opportunities for all American workers. And ASA supports the efforts of those who seek to raise awareness and achieve reforms that can lead to a society where all persons are truly treated equally, impartially, and without prejudice or discrimination.

America needs to come together. America needs to change. America needs to heal. With the support and guidance of the ASA inclusion, diversity, equity, and advocacy (IDEA) group and its board of directors, the association is committed to working with business and community leaders as well as government officials to be part of the dialogue to end systemic racism and support sustainable change, unity, and equity for all.”

Recognizing Nurses on National Nurses Day and 365 Days of the Year

In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an employee at the United States Department of Health, sent a letter to President Eisenhower proposing a National Nurses Day. An official proclamation was not made. The following year people began celebrating National Nurses Week on their own.

In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week. New Mexico nurses initiated a resolution in 1981 to have May 6th declared National Recognition Day for Nurses. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors took up the banner and promoted the proposal. In 1982, the United States Congress designated May 6th to be National Recognition Day for Nurses and President Ronald Reagan signed the proposal. The ANA Board of Directors later expanded the celebration in 1990 to a week-long celebration (May 6-12) known as National Nurses Week.

May 6th, 2020, contributed to the history of this celebration by recognizing nurses across the globe who have chosen to overcome the fear of compromising their health to serve those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. This year President Trump, delivered a proclamation stating, “Few times has our reliance on nurses been more profoundly evident than during the coronavirus outbreak.  In the midst of this crisis, nurses have displayed incredible examples of humanity, selflessness, and sacrifice as they have fought to care for their fellow citizens and save lives.  Nationwide, in hospitals, clinics, and other treatment centers where Americans are suffering from the virus, these warriors have steadfastly provided remarkable care and vital assistance to patients.  In spite of fatigue and the threat to their own health, nurses soldier on in combat against this invisible enemy.  Often the first to treat patients in our hospitals, they provide critical support to doctors, alleviating burdens throughout our healthcare system.  They are adaptable and capable of enduring and overcoming unbearable hardship, immeasurable stress, tremendously long hours, and extreme mental and emotional exhaustion so that others may live.  Nurses are awe-inspiring and truly worthy of admiration and praise.”

It is also important to think about how we can recognize nurses 365 days a year. A list of 13 Things Nurses Want, was posted in an article by Onward Healthcare. Several of the items listed included: respect, safe nurse staffing, realistic expectations from staff and patients, adequate supplies, consistent shift scheduling and a simple “thank you”. Let’s remember that all year long, these men and women have dedicated their lives to serve others. Often, they work in stressful, fast-paced conditions helping people who are suffering which can cause fatigue and discouragement. From patients and staff, a good dose of appreciation can go a long way to lift a nurse’s spirits and improve their overall health and ability to do a good job.

For employers, providing a fully staffed work environment can make a huge difference in your healthcare team’s ability to provide quality patient care. Also, offering consistent shift schedules helps to reduce the stress nurses encountered when faced with scheduling childcare and managing family and personal commitments.

All of the staff at Medical Temporaries agree that “nursing is not merely a vocation; it is a special calling to serve others selflessly, particularly in times when help is needed most.” as noted in the President’s proclamation.

Note for Healthcare Facilities: As we get through the fight against coronavirus and start re-opening medical facilities across Hampton Roads, Medical Temporaries is here to provide temporary and long term support. Not sure if you’ll need a full permanent staff right away due to the effects of the pandemic? We’ll be your resource for temporary staff until you know for sure.

April Brings Awareness to Sexual Assault

“If someone would have talked in school about safe touch and unsafe touch, I believe I would have spoken up as a child and not been victimized over and over again for years, but that day never came, which is why my mission now is to protect children from the childhood I could not be protected from.” ― Erin Merryn, An Unimaginable Act: Overcoming and Preventing Child Abuse Through Erin’s Law

This April marks the official 19th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, hosted by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. In its ongoing effort to stamp out sexual assault, the nonprofit organization leads the way in providing information and tools to individuals, communities, and service providers. The mission of the annual campaign is to raise awareness about sexual violence around the world and to educate communities on how to prevent unwanted sexual contact in any other form. In addition to translating research and trends into best practices, the NSVRC also works with the media to promote informed reporting and engage the public in addressing this widespread issue.

The statistics shared by the Darkness to Light organization are sobering—

  • About one in 10 children experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.
  • 60% of children never tell anyone
  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults occur to children aged 17 and younger.

The National Day Calendar shares more troubling stats

  • Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
  • Most sexual assaults happen at or near the victim’s home, often by someone they know, and trust.
  • Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults remain unreported.

Sexual Abuse in Children and Teenagers

Childhood sexual abuse is vastly under-reported, making accurate statistics a challenge. As such, we do not know the precise level of impact it has on our society,” states Danielle Render Turmaud, M.S., NCC.

Due to feelings of helplessness or various fears, including not being believed, being “in trouble” themselves, or bringing repercussions on the perpetrator, many children are reluctant to tell anyone about the abuse.  Knowing the perpetrator compounds these feelings.

Healthcare organizations can improve their effectiveness at being a critical link in identifying at-risk children and teenagers with ramped up staff training. By giving priority status to ongoing internal awareness campaigns, these key points can be emphasized:

  • Direct physical signs of sexual abuse are not common.
  • Some signs are indistinguishable from other symptoms of childhood stress, distress, or trauma.
  • Two of the most telling signs are sexual behavior and language that is not age-appropriate.

These signs and symptoms noted by the Darkness to Light organization should be discussed and referenced often with your staff:

  • bruising, bleeding, redness, bumps, or scabs around the mouth or genitals
  • urinary tract infections
  • chronic stomach pain and headaches
  • “too perfect” behavior
  • anxiety
  • withdrawal
  • fear
  • depression
  • use of alcohol or drugs
  • nightmares
  • bedwetting
  • falling grades
  • cruelty to animals
  • bullying/being bullied
  • running away
  • self-harm of any kind

As explained by Darkness to Light, “Child sexual abuse victims may exhibit a wide range of immediate reactions, both in magnitude and form. Resilient children may not suffer serious consequences, whereas other children with the same experience may be highly traumatized.”

Perpetrator Behavior Awareness

“Most sexual abuse experts agree sexual abuse is never only about sex. Instead, it is often an attempt to gain power over others.” Many times, it’s an adult or older child/teenager attempting to exert power over a child.

Signs from Parent Protect! of this type situation include:

  • Something seems off about the way he/she plays with the child
  • Often favoring the child and creating reasons for them to be alone.
  • Refusing the child enough privacy.
  • An insistence on physical affection such as kissing, hugging, or wrestling even when the child is uncomfortable.
  • Being overly interested in the sexual development of a child or teenager.
  • Insisting on time alone with a child with no interruptions.
  • Spending most of his/her spare time with children, little interest in spending time with people his/her age.
  • Regularly offering to babysit for free or take children on overnight outings alone.
  • Buying children expensive gifts/giving money for no apparent reason.

Training for your staff

Darkness to Light offers a host of training opportunities that address specific areas of this frightening epidemic.

Their flagship program, Stewards of Children, provides in-depth training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The training, available in both online and in-person formats, includes skill development in mandated reporting and human trafficking.

The program includes a framework of steps to prevent child sexual abuse and protect children:

  1. Learn the facts
  2. Minimize the opportunity
  3. Talk about it
  4. Recognize the signs
  5. React responsibly

Let your commitment to protecting and supporting victims of sexual assault be an ongoing initiative that gets prioritized throughout the year, weeks, and months after the official Sexual Assault Awareness month ends.

Medical Temporaries, Inc., is proud to partner with healthcare organizations whose passion for the health and well-being of their patients is their number one priority. You can trust Medical Temporaries to place the most qualified candidates on your team, because our team’s goal is to be the best medical and dental staffing agency in the greater Virginia Beach area. Contact us today.

 

 

7 Tips for Healthier Easter Baskets

As the second sweetest holiday, Easter is a likely a first taste-of-candy-culprit for many a youngster, when they discover a hidden basket of goodies on Easter morning. Because attempts to revamp the candy-laden contents of the traditional Easter basket have proven unpopular, most parents simply turn a blind eye and allow the once-a-year indulgence.

While a no-candy basket would leave Mom and Dad in the doghouse for sure, why not give the revamp another go? There are healthier options that will still bring a smile to their little faces. Sure, some of these take prep time, but with the extra time at home right now, this is a great way to use it.

Chocolate covered fruit

Don’t even think of skipping the chocolate altogether. Instead, give it a healthy kick, wrapped around fresh fruit. Dip whole strawberries, grapes, and banana slices in melted chocolate. Or, for a less chocolatey approach, simply drizzle melted chocolate over the pieces of fruit. For an added crunchy touch, roll the fruit in chopped nuts or sprinkle nuts over the chocolate drizzles. Chill to firm up the chocolate and place the sweet treats in mini muffin papers.

Peanut butter eggs

What would Easter be without peanut butter eggs? Mm-hmm, that’s what I thought. For a healthier option, try making your own with recognizable ingredients and less sugar. Consider using almond butter for a more nutritious spin on this classic favorite.

Lollipops, Jellybeans, and Gummies, oh my!

Again, holidays were made for the occasional indulgence. So, consider these sweet treats that use natural juices for flavor and color, including:

  • YumEarth Organic Gummy Fruits
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Pops
  • Surf Sweets Organic Jellybeans
  • Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears.

A different kind of bunny

Skip the milk chocolate bunny but keep the fun Easter bunny reference with Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies or Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams that come in a variety of great flavors.  Tuck in a crop of bagged mini carrots, just for fun. 

Remember, not all Easter basket contents have to be edible.

  • Outside play accessories: With the promise of warm weather just ahead, fun items such as sidewalk chalk, bubbles, squirt guns, frisbees, a sand pal and scoop, a jump rope, and even pool toys will elicit excitement from children anxious to get outside and play.
  • A character-inspired cup, water bottle, or lunch tote: This past Christmas, the hottest gifts in the “Christmas Bingo” prize box were the assortment of character-inspired plastic cups complete with matching lids and straws. These nifty beverage holders were snapped up even before the few candy treats among the bingo prizes.
  • Coupons: Activities and events make great gifts for kids of any age. Create coupons for “Dinner and a movie,” a “Zoo Day,” “Lunch with Grandpa & Grandma,” an “Afternoon of Fishing.” Tailor the endless possibilities to the likes of each child for a uniquely personal touch. To be used after Covid19, of course.

If the coming of spring has you itching for a job change, the staffing specialists at Medical Temporaries, Inc., can help. Our number one priority is making right-fit matches between qualified candidates and premier healthcare organizations in the greater Virginia Beach area. Give us a ring today!

 

3 Mental Health Coping Strategies for These COVID-19 Times

Six months ago, terms like self-isolation, shelter-in-place, and yes, social distancing had no place in everyday vocabulary. Now these phrases pepper nearly every conversation around the clock, across the globe.

While these necessary measures protect our physical health in this time of viral crisis, they can wield a damaging blow to our mental and emotional well-being.

 “In times of crisis, people have instinctively come together to share experiences, show solidarity, and to help each other,” states psychologist Dr. Ruth Melia. “This social support has proven to be an important factor in protecting against the negative impact that these events can have on our mental health. The outbreak of the coronavirus is unprecedented in that the advice to self-isolate and distance ourselves from others is the exact opposite of what we as human beings want to do in times of crisis.”

A focus on these three strategies can help each of us in the battle to remain mentally healthy.

 Stay connected

Psychiatrist Nikole Benders-Hadi, reminds us that, “Distancing is not the same as isolation.”

Just because we can’t hang out together in body, doesn’t mean we can’t spend time together. Thanks to the marvelous world of technology, we can stay connected through calls, text, and video chats, or gather by groups via Skype, Google Hangout, and WhatsApp.

We can use this strongly-advised downtime to connect with people our regular go-go-go schedules don’t permit. Consider who among your co-workers, friends, family, and even acquaintances may be especially isolated during this time, and you be the one to reach out.

Take breaks from the news and “virus conversations.”

Let’s face it, the serious nature of all this COVID-19 talk can be concerning, disheartening, and overwhelming all at the same. With so many questions and so much uncertainty swirling about, it’s imperative we practice a degree of “media distancing.” Of course, we need to be informed, but a steady diet of nonstop virus updates and woeful financial predictions will do a negative number on our mental and emotional health.

So, make a point to carve out chunks of time throughout each day as “media-free zones.” Yes, that means stepping away from social media as well as news sources. Exercise, read, try a new recipe, clean out a closet, initiate a “virus-free” conversation with a friend or family member, binge-watch a favorite series. Better yet, binge-watch while “hanging out” electronically with a friend who’s watching the same episode. Whatever you do, do not attempt to go it alone.

Take care of your body

Which, for one, means maintaining healthy sleep habits. Structure-less days can wreak havoc with our typical, healthy sleep patterns, resulting in either too little or too much sleep. Cue mood swings, depression, and irritability—the last things our already struggling psyche needs.

Resist the urge to splurge on junk food, desserts, and whatever “comfort food” calls to you during stressful times. Maintain a healthy diet, being mindful of the dangers of overeating due to either boredom, worry, or both.

Make some form of exercise part of the “new” daily schedule. Weather permitting, a walk around the block, or a bike ride can provide a needed boost by offering a change of scenery, fresh air, and the opportunity to stretch those cooped up muscles.

Rest assured, Medical Temporaries, Inc., stands by our clients and candidates during these trying times. We understand the unique stress of the Coronavirus outbreak has placed on both healthcare organizations and job seekers. Now, and in the weeks ahead, reach out to our team with all of your staffing needs.