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.




The HOW and WHY of Exit Interviews

“Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun, while ignoring the crux of the matter: people don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.”                                                                                                                                            –Travis Bradberry

We get it. Even thinking about losing valued employees raises beads of sweat across the back of your neck. But no matter how much you wave the wishful-thinking wand, you simply cannot escape the fact that some employees will choose to terminate their employment status with the company this year. Next year too.

Glassdoor found that 35% of those doing the hiring do so with the expectation that more employees will be quitting in the coming year. While it’s discouraging to know that those doing the hiring are already picturing over one-third of their hires walking out the door, this is not a case of rampant pessimism, but a realistic view of these candidate-driven, shortage-laden times. Some of your most-valued employees will move on.

HR departments that understand today’s medical workforce will grasp the importance of exit interviews. They understand how insights gained during exit interviews can be a tool in your employee retention toolbox. And trust me, those folks know what they’re talking about. Though often overlooked or poorly managed, these sit-down discussions can have a huge, positive impact on the company going forward.

The WHY of exit interviews

As a step to reduce turnover, increase retention, and protect profits, exit interviews simply make sense.

“Asking employees for feedback to understand the reasons behind their behavior, motivations, and intents is the first step to predicting and preventing turnover,” states William Mahan. “Organizations must prioritize asking former employees for feedback to build a foundation for predicting turnover.”

Yet, many companies bypass this critical tool. Others toy with the concept but fail to implement it, by conducting interviews, but not collecting the data. Some do record the data, but don’t take the next step to analyze it. A third group completes the data analysis, but they fail to share the insights with their management team. Only a few collect, analyze, and share the data, and take the final step to follow up with action.

Maybe the real question to be answered here is, “Why not?”

The HOW of Exit Interviews

The “how” actually begins with a “who” question. Who should conduct the interview? Most proponents of exit interviews advise that the employee’s immediate supervisor or a colleague he/she worked with closely not be the one to handle the conversation. A person further removed from the employee’s daily work routine will elicit the most candid answers. The “where” should provide for a wholly non-threatening and distraction-free setting.

The interviewer should be present, tuned in, and engaged. His/her plan should be to listen more than talk. Begin the session by expressing appreciation for the departing employee’s work. While it’s fine to state that the company will miss the employee, this is not the time to heap on guilt. Murmurings such as, “I have no idea how we’ll function without you . . .” or “We never dreamed you could leave us . . .” will not create the open environment that will invite honest sharing.

Shelley CohenRN, BSN, CEN suggests the following sample questions—

  • Was there one key reason for your decision to leave?
  • Is there anything that could have been done or changed that would have prompted you to stay?
  • Do you feel you received adequate training for your job?
  • If you could change one thing about this organization, what would it be?
  • If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?
  • What about your job satisfied you the most?
  • What about your job was the least satisfying for you?
  • What does your new job offer you that we were unable to provide?

This process should prompt the company, the HR department, and the management team to ask themselves some questions as well.

  • Were we honest about our expectations for this person?
  • Did we hide or sugar-coating aspects of the job?
  • Did we provide adequate training and support?

Consider using third-party and follow-up services. Mahan insists on an outside interview. “Research says that exit survey or interview data collected by the organization itself at the time of employee departure is subject to substantial response bias. Also, these reasons for leaving change significantly after departure and when asked by a third party.”

He suggests conducting interviews—

  1. Through an independent third-party to remove biases
  2. After the employee has left to get to the real reasons for leaving
  3. Using a mixed-methods approach to ask “Why” in an open-ended, qualitative manner
  4. With research instruments designed to double-probe in questioning to solicit multiple responses and selection of the most important reason.
  5. In a manner that categorize themes from qualitative data and analyzes responses quantitatively to reduce bias and maximize causal understanding.

Follow-up surveys or questionnaires can complement whatever type of in-person interview is utilized by uncovering additional information on the employees’ motives for departure. This second step also demonstrates the company’s commitment to creating a positive work environment and improving retention.

A partnership with Medical Temporaries, Inc., can be an additional defense in the battle for retention. Our experience and resources enable us to place right-fit candidates in a timely manner across all departments in medical and dental facilities. Give our team a ring to see how Medical Temporaries can assist with all your hiring needs.


EQ/EI: The “Other” Skillset

The proper education, training, and experience are critical factors in qualifying for many employment opportunities within the healthcare sector. But just as crucial is an entirely different set of skills labeled and categorized as “emotional quotient” (EQ) or “emotional intelligence” (EI).

Elaine Houston, positive psychology researcher and writer describes it as, Emotional intelligence (EI) forms the juncture at which cognition and emotion meet, it facilitates our capacity for resilience, motivation, empathy, reasoning, stress management, communication, and our ability to read and navigate a plethora of social situations and conflicts. EI matters, and if cultivated, allows one to realize a more fulfilled and happy life.”

A well-developed emotional quotient results in a myriad of positive life applications, relating to both personal and work scenarios. EQ inspires more exceptional performance, lessens the prevalence of burnout, and promotes a better work-life balance to name but a few of the perks.

Consider the realities of working in a healthcare facility:

  • The prevalence of stressful situations.
  • The tendency for emotions to run high.
  • The weight of long shifts and serious responsibilities.

Factor in the need for efficient teamwork and the importance of effective communication, and the value of the EQ skillset becomes crystal clear.

“But what if I’m not blessed with emotional intelligence? What then?”

The good news is that emotional intelligence is not something you must be born with. These sought-after skills can be learned and developed.

“Although some people have a natural gift for EI, anyone can improve his or her ability to understand and wrangle emotions,” says Falon Fatemi. “The first step is to want to empathize with others and understand his or her own feelings better.”

Fatemi offers these strategies for gaining a better grasp of emotions and their impact.

Slow down

Instead of making rash decisions and letting impulse reactions call the shots, force yourself to step back and breathe. Consider why it is you’re angry, overwhelmed, distressed, etc. Recognize what triggers such emotions, and over time, strive to redirect your reactions into thoughtful responses.

Listen like you mean it

Fatemi advises, “When people talk to you, give them your full attention. Notice their body movement and tension. Are they excited to talk to you? Are their palms sweating? Do they want sympathy, or are they just blowing off some steam?” Such attentiveness will help you notice both overall and individual patterns, which will enable you to tailor your communication attempts to specific occasions and scenarios.

Be open-minded

“If you can think through the various possibilities for why you or someone else are acting a certain way, you’re much more likely to identify a solution that is rational, fair, and elegant,” suggests Fatemi. Again, a slower, more thoughtful approach will yield valuable insights.

Because understanding the unique needs of medical facilities is the primary goal of Medical Temporaries, Inc., we have honed the process of matching quality candidates with positions that fit their skills and employment needs. Let Medical Temporaries assist in making your career dreams come true. Contact our team today.

4 Strategies for Success as a Home Health Nurse

With 75 percent of Americans over age 65 and coping with the chronic health conditions related to aging, the growing need for home health care can only increase. In fact, according to CNBC, the job outlook for home health care nurses is expected to grow by 26 percent from 2016 to 2026,  much faster than most professions. 

According to Bayada Home Health Care, “Trends in insurance reimbursement and the growth of the US population all point to the home setting as the new epicenter of health care delivery. It means that today and into the foreseeable future, there will be more opportunity for nurses to work, advance their skills, and pursue leadership careers in the field of home nursing than ever before.” 

In addition to plentiful opportunities and job security, home health care nursing offers many other perks.

  • Flexible schedules
  • Opportunities for one-on-one care that allows relationships to develop
  • Fewer distractions for both caregiver and patient in the home setting
  • Scenarios better suited to educating patients about their health

For many nurses, the sum of these perks provides the rewarding experience they sought when entering the profession. But to be successful in this branch of nursing requires attention to several areas, which those practicing in a doctor’s office or hospital setting need not be concerned with.

Dependable transportation

Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape by adhering to a routine maintenance schedule and addressing issues as quickly as possible will be a must. Something as simple as establishing a habit around filling the fuel tank will guard against emergency stops for fuel that could interfere with your scheduled home visits.

 The essentials, please . . .

With an understanding that the list will include entirely different items for the on-the-go nurse. Such things as a flashlight for any number of situations, dog treats for making up with clients’ pets, disinfectant wipes handy for a myriad of scenarios, and better toss in a can of bug spray for late-in-the-day summer calls. A spare pair of scrubs and a change of shoes will almost certainly be needed at some point.

A mindset toward preparedness and exceptional organization

The bag that totes your patient care and administrative supplies will become your best friend. At least it will if it keeps everything you need at the tip of your fingers. Think durable, with many easily accessible compartments, and don’t forget comfortable to carry.

Admin supplies that are readily available at the nurses’ station must find a place in this bag. Pens, highlighter, post-its, and paper clips are just the beginning of the list. Remember the pamphlets and educational brochures, forms, forms, and more forms. You get the idea.

Be prepared to arrange, adjust, and shift until you arrive at the perfect set-up.

Next-level professionalism

While boundaries in a health care facility are clearly defined, the home setting requires nurses to be on high alert for scenarios that can’t be described in the handbook. The goal should always be to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct while delivering the best care in a friendly manner.

For more than 20 years, Medical Temporaries, Inc., has been building bridges to help healthcare workers reach their career goals and assist premier medical facilities with recruiting and hiring. We have the relationships and resources to make these best-fit connections in a timely manner. Give us a call today to see what Medical Temporaries can do for your career.


5 Strategies for Lovin’ on Your Employees

“When a manager recognizes an employee’s behavior, personally and sincerely, both feel proud, gratified, and happy. There’s a human connection that transcends the immediate culture to create a shared bond. The power of this bond is stronger than you might think; indeed, it’s the power that holds together great organizational cultures.”

 – Erik Mosley and Derek Irvine, co-authors of The Power of Thanks: How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work

While Valentine’s Day is most known for a focus on couples, there’s no reason the “love” holiday can’t inspire the management team to shower some love on their staff.

Smart leaders and managers know that it’s always the right time to show employees appreciation, but knowing about and acting upon a valuable principle are often two very different situations. The best of intentions gets pushed aside the urgent.  But really, what’s more important than boosting the morale of your workforce with well-deserved praise and recognition?

The Human Factor Inc. reminds us that, “Recognition doesn’t have to be big, time-consuming, or expensive. In fact, the most meaningful recognition often comes simply from saying ‘thank you’ for a job well done. But there are times when the situation calls for more than just a simple verbal acknowledgment.”

So, stop letting the day-to-day routine of customer service, meetings, and deadlines interfere with the critical need to demonstrate appreciation to your staff. Why not make a conscious effort this month to go all-out in showing appreciation to your hard-working team? Let these ideas get the appreciation ball rolling.

   1. Take the extra time to listen

To concerns, ideas, complaints, pie-in-the-sky dreams. Whatever’s on their minds, take time to hear it. Of course, an open-door policy just makes sense, all year long, but why not make February heart-to-heart month. Or March. The when isn’t as important as how and why. Encouraging employees to get to the heart of whatever concerns them will have positive effects.

   2. Share a meal

 Plan a breakfast or lunchtime gathering. If the company can spring for all or a portion of the food and beverages, awesome. If that’s not possible, then make it a potluck and extend the time frame. Create a light, fun mood. Make a speech, expressing that without the group of dedicated workers, the business wouldn’t exist. Because you understand that, right? Offer door prizes—even little things will add to the occasion. Introduce idea #3.

   3. Spread the love around

Strongly encourage everyone to consider with whom they can share a note, an email message, or an in-person word of appreciation. Nudge them with examples to get them thinking. Help them remember that time when someone stepped up, reached out, stayed late, went the extra mile—the list is endless. Leadership can and should set the pace with notes, messages, and in-person conversations expressing appreciation. Supply blank cards and pens to encourage here-and-now participation.

   4. Make appreciation the norm

Establish a “recognition box” where both management and staff can drop in a note of appreciation to a co-worker. Institute a monthly or quarterly “High Five” award to be given to an individual or team in honor of their recent efforts/attitude/success. Methods of recognition are only limited by your imagination. So, ponder what scenarios best fit your company’s culture and get cracking.

   5. Celebrate Valentine’s as long as the candy lasts

Hit the clearance aisle on February 15, or soon after, and snatch up the price-slashed little boxes of chocolate, the “Conversation Hearts,” the big boxes of chocolate, the Valentine napkins, and plates, etc. And don’t pass up packages of the wee Valentine’s Day cards elementary-aged lasses and lassies give to their classmates. Share the stash over the next couple of weeks in the break room. Or better yet, place a sweet treat on each desk/at each workstation. Leave the package of kiddie Valentine’s on the break room table with instruction to “Share words of appreciation with a co-worker!”

Let this Valentine’s-Day-inspired appreciation campaign be the kick-off for a year of loving on your greatest company asset: the men and women who fill the positions in your workforce.

Medical Temporaries, Inc., appreciates the opportunity to partner with the premier health care facilities in the greater Virginia Beach area, to meet their staffing needs. We strive to make every candidate/employer connection the best fit possible because, ultimately, your success is our success. Contact our team of staffing specialists today.

A Valentine’s Day Salute to Better Health

Love is on many minds as the dreariness of February dons the red and pink hues of Valentine’s Day. Although expressing love and affection between family members and friends garners a slice of Valentine’s Day attention, the holiday is most known in this country for a focus on romantic love, with millions of Valentine’s Day cards and gifts exchanged between sweethearts.

Some argue the February 14th holiday is but a scheme for the card, candy, and flower vendors to dupe folks out of their hard-earned cash. And while the commercialization of Valentine’s Day has, undeniably, increased, that’s no reason to forego celebrating the loving relationships in our lives. One significant motivation for celebrating all things love related is the myriad of health benefits experienced by those who find themselves surrounded by love.

When it comes to friendships, Kirtly Parker Jones, MD, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Utah Healthcare, notes, “People involved in loving, philia-based relationships have [fewer] doctor visits, shorter hospital visits, have less pain, and have more positive emotions.” 

The romantic-couple kind of love is powerful as well“We are social creatures, and we do best when we have strong social support systems,” explains Baran Kilical, MD, a cardiologist at Anne Arundel Medical Center. “Being in love can affect everything from your stress levels to your heart health.”

Specific health benefits related to loving relationships include—

  • Longevity

Social ties and longevity have been positively linked in numerous studies. “People, particularly men, are healthier when they’re married, and they live longer,” says Jones.

Factors such as reduced stress—a benefit in and of itself—as well as a willingness to give up bad, health-harming habits to support the relationship, result in better health. And notes Dr. Helen Riess, author, and director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, “Couples encourage each other to go to the doctor when they don’t want to.”

  • Improved heart and lung health

The old ticker gets a big boost from loving relationships. Married folks experience half the risk of death from heart disease over their unmarried or divorced counterparts, along with a lowered risk of death following a heart attack. Strong, loving relationships tend to lower blood pressure and heart rate, likely due to a decreased stress response.

The same goes for the lungs. Being married can help ward off complications and death from pneumonia, shorten hospital stays, reduce the likelihood of ventilator support, and the need for admission to an intensive care unit.

  • Less anxiety, less loneliness

“The feeling of loneliness stimulates anxiety, which is mediated by different neurotransmitters, like norepinephrine,” states Riess. “Also, cortisol and adrenaline levels rise when people feel insecure and threatened.” But close, loving relationships lessen both loneliness and anxiety.

So, this February, make a point to appreciate and nurture the loving relationships in your life. Your physical, mental, and emotional health will thank you.

Medical Temporaries, Inc., is proud to partner with the premier health care facilities whose priority is to provide state-of-the-art health care services to the greater Virginia Beach community. Our goal is and has always been to recruit and staff qualified, reliable, and professional health care workers for our client facilities. Contact our team today.




Safety Tips for a Hazard-Free Winter

It’s that time of year again when our focus shifts to wintery weather.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac editor, Janice Stillman, “For some parts of the country, frigid and frosty conditions will last well into spring, bringing little relief to the winter-weary. It could feel like the never-ending winter, particularly in the Midwest and east to the Ohio Valley and Appalachians, where wintery weather will last well into March, and even through the first days of spring.”

Despite the beauty of a fresh blanket of powdery white flakes, winter comes with a hefty share of hazards. Being mindful of the dangers and intentional with safeguards will make this winter a safer season for you and your family.

Beware of falls

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in adults 45 and older? Consider these fall-prevention tips from Hinsdale Chiropractic Health Care.

1. Choose the right footwear. Shoes/boots with excellent traction and a proper fit. Consider snow boots or hiking boots for the best protection. 

2. Leave early. Allow plenty of time for comings and goings as falls are more likely to happen when one is rushing about.

3. Walk like a penguin. Take short steps and walk as flat-footed as possible on icy or slippery ground.

4. Keep your hands free. Avoid carrying heavy loads or stowing hands in your pockets as “hands-free” will offer better balance.

5. Keep walkways free of snow and ice. Shovel, scrape, and apply ice melt frequently.

6. Utilize exterior lights. A lighted pathway is always safer. 

7. Keep your cell phone with you. Even on quick trips to the mailbox or the car, a phone will allow a call for help should a fall occur. 

 Beware of shoveling and snow-blowing injuries

Shoveling snow or using a snowblower are among winter’s most grueling activities. High levels of activity in cold temperatures put many people at risk of heart attack, especially those that have inactive lifestyles,” warns the National Safety Council.

Dress in layers being mindful of the need for adequate protection of the head, face, and hands.

Share snow removal responsibilities among family members. Take frequent breaks and head inside at the very first sign of over-exertion, pain, or lightheadedness.

Beware of the dangers of outside play

Of course, the kids want to play in the snow! But in their enthusiasm, little ones may be a bit careless about the hats, hoods, gloves, and boots that will protect them from winter’s cold. Waterproof coats and pants or snowsuits will be their best defense against the cold, wet snow we expect them to roll about in as they play. 

The threat of frostbite and hypothermia are very real dangers regardless of the outside activity or the age of the participants.

“Frostbite can happen within minutes,” warns the National Weather Service. “If people suspect frostbite, they should head to a heated location and begin warming up using warm water or body heat, seeking medical attention for severe frostbite.”

“Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature drops below 95 degrees,” advises the National Safety Council. “Hypothermia is most associated with exposure to extreme cold, but it can also occur at higher temperatures if a person becomes chilled from being soaked with rain or submerged in water.”

Medical Temporaries, Inc., encourages safe enjoyment of the great outdoors this winter. Remember to contact our team of staffing specialists for assistance with both sides of the employment equation.