November 25, 2010

Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy

Posted in Nursing Tips tagged , at 6:25 am by Nursing Tales Team

Whether you work in a hospital, clinic or medical office, chances are the excitement over the upcoming holidays is getting stronger with every passing day. The holidays are a time when co-workers and colleagues can boost morale, become better acquainted and enjoy a little bit of fun at the office. However, because life is simply very busy during the holidays, it may seem too difficult to pick up anything other than a gift card to the local coffee shop for the holiday gift exchange.

There is no need to stress over holiday gift giving! With ID lanyards, you’ve got all the options you need to buy for anyone and everyone on your holiday shopping list. The lanyard is making a real statement in the medical profession, since most medical professionals wear an ID badge of some sort. Were it not for ID lanyards, every badge would be clipped to the work uniform and that would be that.

But because nurses and other medical professionals have shown their desire to look and feel great at work, the lanyard has become a highly fashionable item that enhances overall professional appearance even when the work uniform consists of scrubs.

No matter whom you have to buy a gift for, even if the gift is for a white elephant gift exchange, where each person draws a random gift to unwrap. This fun game is all that much better when the gifts are so good that they are “stolen” several times. ID lanyards featuring retractable badge reels and a chic design are some of the most popular gifts for this or any type of gift exchange. A lanyard with a retractable reel allows the medical professional to avoid bending to reach an electronic card reader when their ID badge seconds as a key to secure areas.

Planning ahead for your holiday gift giving allows you to eliminate the stress of purchasing gifts for everyone at work. Want to be sure and remember everyone? Go online and buy ID lanyards for everyone!

An important thing to remember when it comes to giving gifts to co-workers is to be considerate of culture and feelings. If you plan to participate in a department or office-wide gift exchange, be sure to purchase a gift that would be suitable for any person in the group. If there is someone special you would like to give a personal gift to, give them their gift away from the group so there are no hurt feelings. Also, gifts for the boss should be discussed, and a decision made by the whole department as to whether a gift will be given from the group or individually.. Gift giving at holidays or any other time of year is fun for both the giver and the receiver. With the lanyard being such a popular item in the medical setting, this one item is ideal for all of your co-workers. It provides a useful purpose, and when decorated with sophisticated or fun designs, enhances professional image as well.

November 23, 2010

Tips for Making the Most of Travel Assignments

Posted in Nurse Fashion tagged , at 6:24 am by Nursing Tales Team

Tips for Making the Most of Travel Assignments

Working as a travelling nurse comes with certain advantages – and certain challenges. Successfully navigating this career choice is dependent upon creating those habits that enable you to take full advantage of the perks that most interest you. Here are some tips for making the most of travelling nursing assignments.

1. Pack Wisely

When air travel is required to get to your job destination, packing light is key. Airlines have strict guidelines when it comes to baggage, and you don’t want to pay too much, if anything, to get your necessities to your destination. Learning to take the bare essentials is necessary. The essentials that you will need are dependent on how long you will be on the job. There may be some instances in which you will want to pay extra for baggage so that you have a wide ranging wardrobe.

To keep your work wardrobe up to date and fun, packing jewelry lanyards to hold identification is a great idea. The Id lanyard is a big part of any nursing job since you will wear an employee badge on the job. When you’re in a new location meeting new people, jewelry lanyards that feature fun designs gives you a little pep and makes you feel great. Jewelry lanyards have served to break the ice in plenty of situations, and travel nursing is just one example.

Packing an ID lanyard for every occasion is easy to do, since these items take up very little room in your suitcase. There are plenty of other tips for enjoying travelling nursing; but the point to this ID lanyard tip is to have more fun, to show off your stylish side and give yourself and others something to smile about.

2. Get the Lay of the Land

Visiting any new city is fun and exciting, even when work is involved. Many travelling nurses suggest that you arrange to arrive in new cities a few days early. By doing this, you give yourself time to settle in and even relax by the pool or go site-seeing before the hectic schedule of work begins.

When working as a travelling nurse, work is intense and busy. Many times you may be learning new skills. At the very least, you are learning new people, cultures and ways of doing your job. Each new job may come with its own unique set of circumstances and expectations, so taking time to relax when you’re not working is essential. Focusing only on the job defeats the purpose of travelling, doesn’t it?

3. Stay Connected

Although working as a travelling nurse has many perks, there is the issue of loneliness to deal with. For some, meeting and engaging with the new people they meet keeps them going. For others, the absence of tangible familial support can take a toll. It is important to find ways to stay connected to loved ones back home, especially if your assignment will keep you away for several months. Online tools such as Skype allow nurses to visit with family and friends “face to face”.

Working as a travelling nurse is not for everyone. But those who choose this as their career path, even for a short amount of time, will reap great rewards and create memories to last a lifetime.