Summer Nursing Trends
The summer is here and summer sunburns, heatstrokes, and poolside accidents will be filling up urgent care centers very soon. People who usually have no experience being patients start to have all kinds of unusual scrapes and need urgent care and referral appointments at an alarming rate. This, and the heat and healthcare insurance contingencies can make managing a nursing work week challenging. The Emergency Room staff and associated referral specialists will growing their practice at the same time they are trying to go on vacation. Travelers will want healthcare in places they never came to ask for services before.
Medical Providers of all types should be ready for sudden increases in full schedules. Patients may have not been seen for months may suddenly have new conditions and medical problems created by the heat. Many diseases and health problems tend to emerge when recreational activities and unusual sports and trips make new kinds of injury risks proximate. And aging people are still trying to do things they never had a problem with before.
Seniors living alone can have especial health risks in summer heat if they do not have a functional living environment with proper ventilation, HVAC, and hygiene standards. They may try to drive when they are tired or suffering from heatstroke. Seniors may be too impatient or forgetful to take necessary medications, causing blackouts, faintness, chest pains, and the like. Blood pressure due to excitement, drinking, indulgence in recreational medication or drugs can turn a family event into a midnight trip to Urgent Care. Emergency Rooms see a lot of unusual things during the summer, when the heat can overwhelm good judgment and put personal safety and health regimens at risk.
A variety of nursing opportunities will be heating up here and around the world. Summer means travel, and travel for many people with physical disabilities or medical conditions means an opportunity to go somewhere new and stretch their tourist dollars. And many families who have spent a lot of time looking after a relative or patient at home must make other arrangements. This is a good time to engage a part-time gig that fills in the time between regular nursing scheduled hours.
When the summer starts, family and business responsibilities fade. Home health nurses and career nurses can change their schedules to match the needs of others, and this occurs just as many student programs end. A lot of new hires sudenly come a cheaper hiring option for many career nurses. The drop in hours can be made up with private working assignments in the field. The staff roster of many a hospital and long-term care facility will start to change every week. Soon a regular nursing schedule begins to look like a checkerboard, with vacation days, medical appointments, special occasions and personal days across the staff calendar.
This leaves hospitals, nursing homes, and teaching clinics empty of staff and but needing faculty to service patients and intake volumes throughout the summer. The progression of many nurses to new jobs, new places of residence, and new coursework can rearrange even the most stable group of staff nurses. These are the highs and lows of the occupational field of nursing. Highly capable and skilled nurses should scan the job listings and keep abreast of new opportunities in the nursing world.
The high volume areas for new hires in summer nursing positions are hospital emergency rooms near beaches, resorts, scheduled athletic events, and places where a given sports recreation area holds regular events. This type of place is where the bulk of intakes from one event can fill the E.R. locally and back up into nearby clinics. And there are urban areas where one car crash an hour can fill an entire local Emergency Room with victims.
These days, emergency can occur anywhere and any time. Incidents make a neighborhood hospital anywhere the subject of national scrutiny. preparedness is the watchword. Metropolitan areas will need emergency room staff specialists, phlebotomists, nursing attendants, dialysis and feeding-tube techicians in great volume. These nurse staffing volumes are the ones that demand critical care staff as well as secondary staff, like nursing attendant and RN specialists for best quality in continuing patient care.
New student nurses come to the end of their labors in June. Before the new grad rush starts, it may be helpful to solicit referrals from professors or instructors. Their experience with your skills can open doors. The nursing community sees ritual posting of job ads come the end of summer from all over the country for this reason. Many facilities look over thenew crop for skills and personalities that fit their vacancies. But in asking the staff present of these hospitals the question of whether or not there is a permanent vacancy or the temporary space needs filled can be a riddle.
No nurse, especially one new to the field wants to play hospcotch in the critical early years of their career. But summer work opportunities can fill out a resume, even if they are at the intern or junior assistant nurse level. Longevity in certain key positions can lead to enhanced responsibilities and advanced pay grade status.