A Salute to Labor Day

The Labor Day holiday came to official recognition in 1894 thanks to the labor union movement who advocated for eight hours of work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. Labor Day’s original intent: to commemorate the social and economic achievements of the American worker, paying tribute to the vast contributions’ workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

For most folks in 2019, Labor Day celebrations commemorate the unofficial end to summer over a long weekend spent with family and friends, taking advantage of the dwindling opportunity for summer recreation. A break from work, fun in the sun, relaxing and enjoying life round out the agenda for many across this holiday weekend that stretches to include the first Monday of September. Lots of folks will choose to honor the American worker with a backyard BBQ and afternoon at the pool, lake, or ocean.

But let’s not forget the dedicated men and women for whom Labor Day is just another day on the job. The police force, emergency response teams, and firefighters who are committed three hundred sixty-five days a year to the safety and well-being of the communities they serve. The medical professionals who staff hospitals, long and short-term care facilities, and emergency clinics, 24/7 all year long, to provide healthcare services to the sick, the injured, and those who can no longer care for themselves.

At Medical Temporaries, Inc., we proudly salute the generations of men and women whose dedication to their job and their family have contributed to this United States of America. We are especially grateful for the millions who work within medical facilities and organizations across this country, dedicating their lives to meeting the healthcare needs of young and old. Thank you for your passion and commitment.

Across this long holiday weekend, we hope everyone finds time for that backyard BBQ or an end-of-summer picnic. Here’s a quick, healthy, delicious, and colorful recipe to include on the menu, using the fresh produce of the season.

 OVEN-ROASTED VEGETABLES

Preheat oven to 450°.

Ingredients –

  • 1 envelope Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Savory Herb with Garlic Soup Mix
  • OR 1 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash Garlic and herb and ½ tsp. salt
  • 6 cups assorted fresh vegetables (such as zucchini, yellow squash, red, green or yellow bell peppers, red potatoes, carrots, celery, onion – cut into similar sized chunks
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions –

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until evenly coated.
  • Spread in a jelly roll pan (or divide between two 9X13 pans)
  • Roast, stirring once, 20- 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Waging War on the Measles

“Imagine the action of a vaccine not just in terms of how it affects a single body, but also in terms of how it affects the collective body of a community.”  — Eula Biss, On Immunity

This year’s August recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month comes amid the country’s worst measles outbreak in over 25 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The current outbreak, the worst since 1992, puts the country at risk of losing its “measles elimination” status. The highly contagious virus, which can cause blindness, deafness, brain damage, and death, was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. Data from the CDC states that from January 1 to July 11, 2019, 1123 individual cases have been confirmed in 28 states, an increase of 14 from the previous week. Indeed, a drastic jump from the 120 reported in 2017 and the 372 reported in 2018.

How did this outbreak occur?

Because the measles virus is still prevalent in some parts of the world, travelers visiting the U.S. may bring the measles with them into this country. Also, residents of this country may contract the measles while traveling abroad and brings it back home. In a community where many people have not been vaccinated, the disease is likely to spread quickly, which the CDC reports is the case with the current outbreak.

Health officials have attributed the recent outbreak to low vaccination rates in certain tight-knit groups that are skeptical of vaccines, such as the Orthodox Jewish community in New York or Russian-speaking groups in Washington. Nationwide, the anti-vaxxer movement has grown more organized, aided by the dissemination of its claims on social media,” states Rachel Sandler.

Even though all fifty states, and the District of Columbia, make vaccinations a prerequisite for kindergarten enrollment, they also provide medical exemptions to these requirements, while some states also offer religious and philosophical exemptions.

“Most of the measles cases are concentrated in New York, where two outbreaks have been raging in Rockland County as well as in Brooklyn and Queens. Most of these cases have involved members of the Orthodox Jewish community,” notes Nathaniel Weixel.

As of June 10, Rockland County had 262 confirmed reported cases of the measles. New York City confirmed 566 cases, as of June 3, since the outbreak began last September.

What about Virginia? 

Health officials reported in early June that a child who traveled abroad contracted the measles and brought it back to Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia.

In mid-June, “out of an abundance of caution,” northern Virginia health officials warned of potential exposure to the measles virus at Fauquier Health’s emergency department on Monday, June 17 at 3:10 p.m. to Tuesday, June 18 at 12:35 a.m. Officials determined that anyone infected from this exposure, the development of symptoms could have occurred as late as July 9.

Waging War Against the Deadly Virus

The mission of every healthcare facility should be a commitment to fight diligently against the measles in their local community, with the first step being to educate every member of their staff extensively. Be advised that many adults are unfamiliar with the disease as they were fortunate not to live in an era when the measles was prevalent.

The Red Cross and Virginia Department of Health have issued these need-to-know facts—

  • The measles virus lives in the mucus of an infected person and can spread through coughing and sneezing.
  • The virus can live for up to two hours in a space where an infected person coughed or sneezed, contaminating the air and surfaces.
  • Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.
  • Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears. Immunocompromised patients may spread the virus for the duration of their illness.
  • Symptoms may begin from 7-21 days after exposure, with the average being ten days. The rash usually appears within 14 days of exposure.
  • Complications, including ear infections, pneumonia, croup, and diarrhea commonly occur in young children. Encephalitis can strike in a small percentage of cases. Death due to measles is very rare in the United States, occurring in 1-2 of every 1,000 cases.

Misinformation spread by anti-vaccine factions, who often target pregnant women and the parents of very young children, has worsened this year’s outbreaks. For decades health officials have urged parents to vaccinate their children, refuting the one tiny, deeply flawed study by Andrew Wakefield that linked the MMR vaccine to autism. In 20 years of research, that particular study has never been reproduced. And numerous papers, examining the medical records of hundreds of thousands of children, have found no association between the MMR vaccine and symptoms of autism.

“We cannot say this enough: Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent this disease and end the current outbreak. The measles vaccine is among the most-studied medical products we have and is given safely to millions of children and adults each year,” declares Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

An informed well-trained staff is your facility’s best offense in fighting this and other vaccine-related situations. Instruct everyone from the front desk attendant to the CEO to be on the lookout for confused, doubtful parents as well as anti-vaccine enthusiast and urge them to bring the situation to the attention of nurses and doctors who can intervene.

At Medical Temporaries, Inc., we prioritize excellence and professionalism in every candidate we recommend to our healthcare and dental facility clients. Upon request, we perform occupational health screenings, including PPD, MMR, and Varicella Titers. We will comply with any client’s work-related health requirements. Give our team a call today to see how partnering with Medical Temporaries, Inc., can streamline your hiring needs.

Choose a Career in Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting is one of today’s hottest career choices. These positions offer a pleasant working environment, excellent pay and benefits, and the chance to make a difference in people’s lives. A myriad of opportunities awaits medical assistants in physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and many other healthcare environments.

The employment outlook for this multi-faceted occupation continues to be outstanding as demand in this area is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average rate of growth for most other occupations.

A perk to this position is the variety of duties that keeps the job from becoming humdrum, as medical assistants cross-train to perform administrative and clinical duties, including—

  • Answering incoming calls
  • Welcoming patients
  • Updating and filing patient records
  • Completing insurance forms
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Organizing arrangements for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Taking medical histories
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during exams
  • Performing basic laboratory tests
  • Instructing patients about medication, special diets, treatment plans, follow-up visits

In addition, medical assistants are instrumental in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office, a role that allows them to act as a liaison, explaining the physician’s instructions as well as bringing patient concerns to the doctor’s attention.

Other key reasons to consider a career as a medical assistant—

  • High demand, good pay

The high-demand nature of the healthcare industry in general, and in specifically medical assisting positions means job security for this position. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for medical assistants in 2018 was $16.16 per hour or $33,610 per year. Several factors influence the pay scale, including experience, certification, and the area of the country. Check here for additional information on these factors at eMedicalAssistance.

  • Opportunities available everywhere

Looking to relocate? The chances are excellent that your medical assisting skills will readily find a home in virtually any region across the country.

  • A stepping-stone career . . . or not

Some individuals discover lifelong careers as medical assistants, loving the variety and opportunity to meet the needs of others that the position allows. Others, however, use the role as a stepping-stone into a career in a more advanced healthcare position, such as nursing, laboratory technician, or physician’s assistant on the medical side, or an office manager, transcription supervisor, or healthcare administrator on the administrative side.

You may earn the Certified Medical Assistant credential through the American Association of Medical Assistants. Once certified, recertification is required every 60 months. The Registered Medical Assistant credential is available through the American Medical Technologists. Once the credential is received, members must pay an annual fee and meet continuing education requirements every three years.

Whether you are in the market for temp to hire, temp/PRN work, or direct hire, Medical Temporaries, Inc., is your one-stop staffing agency for employment in the healthcare or dental field. Join the Medical Temporaries Talent Network today to stay up to date on our current openings as they become available.

Keep a Cool Head in the Summer Heat

Hot weather not only takes a toll on our bodies, but it can also hurt us emotionally and mentally as well. As the mercury rises, tempers tend to flare. A “hot under the collar” situation physically often morphs into the other kind of “hot under the collar” scenario.

“Everyone’s fuse is going to be a little bit shorter,” notes Nancy Molitor, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Hot and especially humid weather is known to be associated with increases in aggression and violence, as well as a lower general mood.”

First, here are four tips for keeping the body cool this summer.

Close the windows

While a breeze is always welcome, unless the air outside is significantly cooler than the inside temperature, opening the window only ushers in more heat and humidity. When it’s hot, keep windows closed, curtains and blinds drawn, and utilize a fan to circulate air.

Eat small meals

The energy it takes to digest a large meal pushes your metabolism into overdrive, a scenario that will warm rather than cool the body. So, plan to eat small meals and incorporate snacks throughout the day to fuel your body without creating a revved-up metabolism.

 Stay hydrated

Lindsey Dean suggests these creative hydration strategies—

  • Include water-saturated foods like celery, strawberries, watermelon, and pumpkins, as well as the super-hydrating cucumber and zucchini known for their refreshing, light taste and essential nutrients.
  • Consider unsweetened sparkling and flavored water for an alternative to plain H2
  • Freeze fruit to use as ice cubes for a bit of extra flavor.
  • Track your water consumption with a mobile app and launch a challenge among your co-workers to see who earns the title of “hydration champ.”

“Drinking water boosts energy, helps you keep cool, and is often really what your body needs when you’re feeling hungry,” reminds Dean. “Consider this your step number one for a sane and cool summer.”

Keep cool – emotionally

Take a proactive stance to keep “hot under the collar” behavior in check with these “cool head” strategies.

  • No skipping lunch OR break time: Instead, soak up every possible minute away from the demands of the job. Quiet your mind with music, a power nap, or quiet moments in a secluded corner.
  • Activate your “Mood Monitor”: Watch for heat-induced irritability and general testiness to rear its hot head in the day-to-day interactions with co-workers. Be alert to your mood swings as well as those of your close-proximity associates. Before an escalating situation heats up too much, take a step back, walk away, or encourage a teammate to do so.
  • Choose to let it go: Adopt the attitude that most everyone will be on the grouchy side, so choose to let comments, eye rolls, and under-the-breath mutterings roll off your back. Remind yourself that cooler days will come and with them more pleasant and cooperative connections with co-workers.

It’s easy to be cool about employment decisions when the staffing experts at Medical Temporaries, Inc., utilize their relationships and resources to get your foot in the door with leading medical facilities. Take the heat out of your employment search with one call to our office.

 

6 Strategies for Assisting Anxious Patients

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” –William Osler

Raise your hand if you enjoy doctor appointments. Dental visit? Hospital procedures? If you enjoy being sick, get that arm in the air. How about a lengthy hospital stay? Anyone??

Of course, we don’t enjoy such things. Visiting the doctor or undergoing medical or dental procedures can be extremely stressful, causing high levels of anxiety and fear. We’d rather be healthy and enjoying life at home. We’d rather be anywhere else, as long as it doesn’t involve being poked and prodded, or carry the potential to reveal bad news.

There are many ways healthcare organizations and their staff can assist patients in dealing with these very common, sometimes debilitating, anxiety, and fears.

Strategy #1 – Begin with the reception area.

When greeted warmly by smiling individuals who make eye contact, a fearful patient’s anxiety drops a notch. For a second, he/she is distracted from the stress that has his/her pulse-raising, palms sweating, and fingers trembling. In contrast, if the receptionist remains focused on charts, paperwork, or the computer screen while mumbling a greeting and thrusting a clipboard at the patient, the patient’s anxiety will increase.

Ensure the person who receives patients is a genuinely warm, friendly individual who understands the importance of making patients feel welcome comfortable. He or she can set the tone for the entire experience.

Strategy #2 – Create distractions

While you can’t mute the internal monologue that fuels a patient’s anxiety, you can drown it out with distractions.

NexHealth suggests, “investing in some beautiful coffee table books for your receptions space – think relaxing landscapes, photography, and other attention-grabbing images. Make sure you have good, engaging music playing, as well – no elevator music – or better yet, encourage your patients to listen to their playlist on headphones. It is another good way to let your patients feel in control.”

This is one time where distractions play a positive role.

Strategy #3 – Train staff to prepare for anxiety-ridden patients

Remind staff that unfamiliarity breeds anxiety. It’s too easy for healthcare workers for whom the medical environment is “old hat” to forget that few patients will be as comfortable in these settings as are the workers.

Train them to be mindful of nervous behavior—a quavering voice, sweating, excessive fidgeting, trembling or twitching. While some degree of nervous tension is to be expected, brushing off all signs of anxiety as “normal” can lead to a more critical situation.

Strategy #4 — Don’t tell patients to relax — show them how

Insisting that an anxious person calm down, does not help. It creates a dismissive atmosphere that is likely to escalate his/her state of anxiety.

“Some patients will be able to tell you what they need. If they cannot tell you, then help them with some relaxation techniques. Give specific directions like ‘breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth,’” suggests Crystal Gustafson, critical care registered nurse.

Other ways to help—

  • Dim the lights
  • Find a place for the patient to lie down
  • Offer water or a cup of tea or coffee
  • Offer to stay with the patient
  • Retrieve family members/friends to be with the patient

Inform other staff members who will have contact with this patient that he/she is struggling with anxiety.

“As a health care professional, I know when I display empathy towards patients, they are more likely to trust me and tell me more about themselves rather than if I am less engaged in a conversation. It is important to make every patient interaction, no matter how short, meaningful,” shares Anna Morrow.

Strategy #5 – Explain the what and the why

The unfamiliar environment and the uncertainty of what to expect both contribute significantly to anxiety. “The majority of patients with anxiety are not frequent fliers,” reminds Gustafson. “To help minimize anxiety, let your patient know everything that you are doing and why you are doing it.”

Take the time to explain the rationale behind the prescribed medications and the procedures ordered. Prepare patients on what to expect from today’s procedures as well as those scheduled for later. Encourage their questions. Give them contact information for problems that may arise later.

Strategy #6 – Get them to talk it out

Before an exam or procedure begins, ask, “How are you feeling right now?” Inviting the patient to open up about their anxiety can have a calming effect. Listen, acknowledge his/her fears, and probe for additional questions. Continue to inquire throughout the procedure, offering to make adjustments whenever possible to increase the patient’s comfort.

“Showing that you’re ‘on their side’ and demonstrating good chairside manner can work wonders for anxious patients,” notes NexHealth.

An awareness-trained staff can enhance the experience of a fearful patient by tuning into their anxiety and offering support. And that’s where Medical Temporaries, Inc., can help. For over 25 years, we have provided clinical and clerical healthcare workers to many of the area’s leading medical facilities. We understand the need for caring, compassionate employees in every position within your organization. Let us partner with you in attaining the most qualified staff to meet your patient’s needs.

Be Safe and Healthy this Summer!

Ah, the wonder of summer.

Fun in the sun. Relaxing in the backyard pool and around an evening campfire. Vacationing with family and friends. Whether your days are long and lazy or packed from dawn ’til dusk with activities, mark this summer with safe and healthy days.

Use this checklist to ensure a season that’s memorable for the right reasons!

Know the signs of dehydration

Even when you think you’re drinking an adequate amount of liquid; you may not be. That’s why it’s crucial to know the early signs of dehydration, including—

  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Extreme thirst
  • Low blood pressure

Don’t be beaten by the heat

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year.  Heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, are dangerous for all ages but pose the highest risk for people under age 4 and over 65. Those with a pre-existing medical condition as well as anyone who lives in a home without air conditioning are also at greater risk.

During extreme heat, make the wise choice to forego outside activities in favor of the protection air conditioning provides. Make cool, light-colored clothing your wardrobe of choice all summer. And take the advice to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate seriously.

Beware the burn

Every instance of sunburn is evidence of damage to the body’s largest organ. Remember that unprotected skin can burn in as little as 15 minutes, but it may take up to 12 hours for the burn to be visible.

Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15-30 for all persons six months of age and older, even on cloudy days. You may apply small amounts of sunscreen to the faces and backs of hands-on babies under six months of age. The use of hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves offer additional protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Keep bugs away

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) shares these tips to protect against stings, bites, and insect-borne illnesses—

  • Use insect repellent: Choose a repellent that contains 20 to 30 percent DEET and apply it to exposed skin and clothing. If also wearing sunscreen, apply the sunscreen first, let it dry, and then apply the insect repellent. The AAD does not recommend products that combine sunscreen and repellant, as sunscreen must be applied liberally and often, while insect repellant should be applied sparingly.
  • Wear appropriate clothing: When activities involve nighttime hours or if hiking in a densely wooded area, cover all exposed skin as much as possible with long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks, and closed shoes. Ideally, pull socks up over pant legs and tuck shirts into your pants.
  • Use bed nets: If your summer fun includes sleeping in the great outdoors, use bed nets to protect against mosquitoes. Look for one that’s pre-treated with pyrethroid insecticide and tuck the bottom edge under the mattress for maximum protection.

This summer allow Medical Temporaries, Inc., to build a bridge toward your career goals. Let our 29 years of staffing experience in the medical community open doors to job opportunities for you. Contact our team today.

A Summer “Stress Check-up”

If you’re thinking the words “summer” and “stress” paired together in the same sentence must be an oxymoron, rested assured those two words do indeed have something in common.

Yes, we look forward to the “lazy days of summer,” complete with visions of the pool, the beach, backyard BBQs, and vacations. Especially after the likes of never-ending winter, just thinking about sunshine and the great outdoors warms not only our toes but our souls as well.

That’s why one would imagine that winter—the snow, the cold, the shorter days—would equate to the most stressful season of the calendar year. But it turns out “one” would be wrong.

In the study presented at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego April of 2018, researchers found that women had higher levels of cortisol—AKA the “stress hormone,”—in summer than they did in winter. “We, of course, see seasonality in animals, but more and more results show that seasonality also connects with human beings,” lead study author Dominika Kanikowska, MD, Ph.D., told the New York Post.

One culprit is thought to be a lack of sleep. According to a SleepRate survey, one-third of Americans found summertime to be more stressful than any other time of the year, mostly because summertime means less sleep. Multiple social obligations per week, coupled with planning for a vacation, and adjusting to a new schools-out routine added up to less slumber in the summer.

Worker Care concludes, “For some of us, summer is the most stressful time of the year. Kids are out of school, relatives are visiting, the temperatures outside are rising, and co-workers are taking vacations, leaving you to pick up the slack around the office.”

Both men and women tend to tack on extra to-do’s during the summer months as well. For Dad, it could be the yard work and gardening, and of course, the home improvement projects screaming for attention. For mom, the children’s schedules and activities have her managing a chauffeur service, shuttling the offspring to their ballgames, play dates, swimming lessons, and nature day camp. Or the roles may be reversed. Regardless, these extra tasks can pile on the stress.

This summer, choose to focus on breathing. Long, deep breaths will tell the brain to turn off the “fight or flight” defense that gets triggered by stress.  Breathe in, breathe out and—

  • Set a routine for going to bed and getting up for kids and parents too.
  • Choose the activities your family most enjoys and don’t be afraid to say “no” to events and social functions that overwhelm you and turn your calendar into a maze that only a sprinter could navigate.
  • Make a family effort to maintain realistic expectations and be flexible with who does what. If the mowing gets pushed back a day in favor of watching your son/daughter’s t-ball game, so be it.
  • And then ENJOY SUMMER!

At Medical Temporaries, Inc., we have the connections and resources to get your foot in the door, so why not let us assist you in reaching your career goals this summer and throughout the coming year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting the Needs of Our Aging Population

“Old age may have its limitations and challenges, but in spite of them, our latter years can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling of our lives.”                    – Billy Graham

By the time the last of the Baby Boomers reach retirement age in 2029, the Pew Research Center projects 18 percent of the U.S. will be at least 65.

By 2050, the global population of people older than 60 is expected to jump to two billion.

By 2060, the number of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to reach nearly 100 million.

As a result of this aging demographic, the demand for health care services is predicted to rise more than 200 percent.

The reality of caring for our aging population poses many questions and presents what some consider to be the most daunting of healthcare challenges to date.

As clinicians and healthcare facilities prepare to confront this challenge, senior-specific healthcare is becoming more than a casual topic of conversation, due to stats like these:

  • Seniors who account for about 15% of the total population, contribute to more than 21% of healthcare expenditures.
  • Seniors experience more and longer emergency room visits than younger folks.
  • Studies revealed 5.6% of geriatric patients visited an ER at least six times throughout a year.

Progress toward more and better senior-friendly facilities

“The hospital can be a hazardous place for anyone, but particularly for the elderly,” said Dr. Diana Anderson, a trained architect who is completing her internal medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. “Hospitalization is one of the major risk factors for older people. We can end up seeing an irreversible decline in their functional status after they’re admitted. This decline cannot always be attributed to a progression of their presenting medical problem.”

Some healthcare organizations are striving to address the specific needs of their elderly patients better; to lessen the negative impact of the scenarios many seniors face in today’s world of healthcare.

Geriatrician and University of Maryland professor Dr. William Thomas notes that “Loud, clattering, chaotic, confusing places are simply not good for older people.”

The busy, sometimes chaotic surroundings cause problems such as blood pressure irregularities and increase disorientation and anxiety. Facilities that have implemented senior-friendly strategies utilize dimmers to reduce glare that causes eye strain, have installed non-skid surfaces to decrease fall risk, and have minimized the use of intercoms, beeping monitors, and other noisy distractions.

In addition to changes that improve the facility’s atmosphere, game-changing organizations are seeking to impact care with senior-specific screenings.

At Exempla Lutheran Medical center in Colorado, seniors are interviewed by a social worker who delves into underlying causes for each patient’s visit. At this eight-bed senior-specific ER, staff screen elderly patients for depression, dementia, fall risk, nutritional deficiencies, and medication interactions as part of the routine assessment process.

“This is an important distinction because seniors may need referrals to a behavioral health specialist for depression, a pharmacist to evaluate potentially harmful interactions of multiple prescriptions or specialist services for the patient and family caregivers when there are signs of dementia,” states Brent Walker.

The Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, a 33,000-square-foot emergency and trauma center was designed with elderly patients in mind. Features of the facility include glass doors instead of open entrances for patients’ rooms to reduce noise and maintain privacy, beds with extra-thick mattresses, alarms to alert staff of potential fall risk, and a 16-bed “clinical decision area” where older patients receive specialized support from staff members trained in geriatric medicine.

“There is seldom a day when we’re not seeing five, 10 or 20 people over 90 years old in here. It’s incredible,” says Dr. Shawn Evans, a longtime emergency physician with a front-row seat to a dramatic shift in America’s demographics.

As healthcare organizations scramble to prepare for a growing population of geriatric patients, partnering with a trusted, experienced staffing agency like Medical Temporaries, Inc., makes good business sense. With over 25 years of providing clinical and clerical healthcare workers to the leading medical facilities in Virginia and Iowa, Medical Temporaries’ various programs can meet all your unique staffing needs. Ring up their team of staffing experts today.

Focus on Dad’s Health this Father’s Day

Before President Nixon signed a measure creating a permanent national holiday to observe Father’s Day the third Sunday of each June, the paternal holiday received sporadic attention. The 1972 declaration “urging the people of the United States to offer public and private expressions of Father’s Day to the abiding love and gratitude they have for their fathers” finally gave the commemorative occasion firm footing.

Today, Father’s Day traditions cover a gamut of activities with a focus on Dad and family. As you gear up for this year’s Dad’s Day, consider how you can help ensure that Dad will be around for many more celebrations.

Because, although he takes his role as provider, protector, and fixer-of-all-things seriously, men tend to be less committed to their wellbeing. “When it comes to maintaining his car, he’ll schedule a tune-up. Taking care of his finances? He’ll arrange a meeting with his financial planner, of course. But finding time to stay on top of his health? This is one area many men overlook,” states Melissa Glidden.

Larry Richmond, MD, concurs. “Men are 24 percent less likely to visit the doctor for regular check-ups than women. Additionally, they’re 22 percent more likely than women to neglect their cholesterol tests. That’s a key reason why men suffer more heart attacks in their 50s than women.”

So, this year, kick off Dad’s special day with a year-long focus on his health and wellbeing.

When was Dad’s last checkup?

Too many folks, especially men, only see a physician when something is wrong. Encourage Pop to remain diligent about healthcare screenings that will monitor the “Big Six”, as identified by the U.S. Preventative Task Force:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • cholesterol
  • obesity
  • depression
  • colon cancer

Is he getting enough exercise?

Whether you’re 16 or 36, invite Dad to join you for a physical activity that you can both enjoy. Buy him the necessary equipment—a tennis racket, a new pair of running shoes, a bicycle. Establish a routine that works with your schedules and commit to holding each other accountable. Exercise and bonding time—a win on the physical and emotional side for both of you.

What does Dad do for fun?

It’s all too easy to be so caught up in providing for the family and meeting their needs that often Dads find little if any time to relax and just have fun. Many feel guilty if they take time for themselves, not realizing that it’s in everyone’s best interest if Dad gets some much-deserved R & R.

From walks in the woods to fishing, from golfing to reading to woodworking, encourage Dad to make time for activities he enjoys. If he’s hard-pressed for ideas, help the guy who may have never given hobbies a thought, to discover and unearth an interest buried for too long.

At Medical Temporaries, Inc., we salute the hardworking men who provide for their families and serve the community’s healthcare needs as well. Dad, are you looking to make a career move? We would be honored to assist you in attaining your career goals. Contact our office today.

Trends in Nursing for 2019 and Beyond

The question humming through many a mind is this: Will the healthcare industry be able to meet the demand for nurses? The growing emphasis on preventative care coupled with an aging baby boomer population and increasing rates of chronic conditions have those in the business of healthcare declaring, we’re going to need a lot more nurses.

Reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics back up this sentiment. From 2016 to 2026, the need for these specific nursing positions is projected to increase by double digits.

  • Registered nurses (RN) by 15%
  • Licensed practical nurses (LPN) by 12%
  • Nursing assistants by 11%

These stats are particularly telling when it’s noted that growth across all occupations is only expected to be 7% in that same time period.

That a nursing shortage is “trending” is further corroborated by the 2017 report from the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. Their findings noted by 2030, the number of registered nurses needed in the U. S. is estimated to skyrocket by 28.4% from 2.8 million to 3.6 million.

What are other nursing trends those in the know are predicting for 2019 and beyond?

  • Nurses will be seeking baccalaureate degrees

“The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) emphasizes that hospitals hoping to earn Magnet status must provide proof of plans to increase the BSN workforce to 80% by 2020,” advises Nightingale College. Several national healthcare organizations are promoting an increase in BSN-educated nurses as well.

While a clear push toward more BSN-degreed nurses is indeed trending, each state may have various practice requirements. Check here for additional information regarding requirements and pending legislation in your state.

  • Specialty skills will be in demand

Nurses with specific skills and expertise in areas such as oncology, pediatrics, critical care, and surgery will likely find many job opportunities as demand in these areas will remain high. Those with experience as travel nurses will also find their skill set in demand.

  • Many opportunities for multi-lingual nurses

As the U.S. population’s demographics continue to diversify, the number of people for whom English is not their first language will steadily increase. Those rising numbers will intensify the demand for health care professionals fluent in a variety of languages. While translation devices can assist where language barriers exist, personnel who can converse in person with non-English speaking patients provides a better level of both satisfaction and compliance.

  • Growth in technology will continue

“In 2019, you’ll notice technology expanding in every area of nursing. New technology might range from scheduling software to devices to obtain diagnostic information to complex nursing equipment,” notes Janine Kelbach, RNC-OB.

From the basics of computer literacy to the more advanced applications such as remote monitoring and robotic surgery and improved radiology techniques, more of a nurse’s daily routine will involve technology.

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