3 Strategies for Avoiding Burnout as a Healthcare Professional

The stress of working as a healthcare professional can be taxing, demanding, and at times unmanageable. Though the work is still deeply satisfying, finding strategies to keep yourself nourished and cared for may require an additional layer of focus and attention.

When burnout starts to rear its head, having these strategies in your back pocket will help you fight back. 

1. Be proactive in your own well-being.

Feeling scatterbrained, rundown, and unable to make certain deadlines are tell-tale signs that you need a break. Don’t forget that you also require care. Remember to take the time you need to rest, relax, and re-charge. You will be able to offer exceptional care when you feel you are at your best.

2. Nourish your body with healing foods.

Nutrition is another form of medicine, so do your best to keep yourself healthy and nourished with the right foods. Working in healthcare can mean you are always on the go and awake at unnatural hours. Planning ahead and packing a variety of snacks and foods that can be easily carried with you throughout the day (and night) will certainly set you up for success.

3. Seek an inner calm.

At the end of a shift that may have kept you on your feet and focused on a variety of needs belonging to others, your brain may need help in slowing down. Whether you have enough energy to hit the gym, sit in silent meditation, or relax to your favorite music on the commute home, listen to what your body is telling you it needs. Trust the wisdom you know you have within.

 

3 Benefits of Bringing On a Physician Assistant

If you are looking to add value to your healthcare practice, bringing on a Physician Assistant can be an extremely valuable experience. Here’s why. 

1. Physician Assistants can help ease workflow.

Just like in team sports, you always want that person on your team who can play all of the positions well. PAs are like team players for healthcare practices. They’re flexible, they’re knowledgeable, and they can step up to the plate for complex cases when physicians are in high demand but in short supply.

PAs can see walk-in patients, urgent care cases, and complete routine visits for individuals who are battling diabetes or hypertension. Even in emergency departments, physician assistants can accommodate the stream of patients who either need trauma care or don’t.

2. PAs can help increase efficiency.

In a recent survey by the American Medical Association, the benefits of employing “non-physician practitioners” (NPP), solo practice physicians experienced higher rates of efficiency and better access to care for their patients.

3. PAs increase patient satisfaction.

Patients who are headed to see the doctor generally expect long waits. Why? Because when physicians are in short supply, wait times grow even longer. When you hire a PA, patient waiting times can dramatically decrease. PAs can also offer patients the care and attention they deserve. When they’re needed, PAs can help as patient health educators, nutritionists, and a coach in regards to smoking cessation. Plus, as practice schedules begin to open up, patients will be able to come in at more convenient times, a fact which is appreciated by everyone!

3 Ways to Leave a Positive + Lasting Impression on the Web

You may have heard that the simple things matter.

They do—especially when you’re searching for the right job.

How many of you out there have followed up after an interview by mailing a thank you note or simply typing off a grateful e-mail and hitting send, shuttling it off to individuals who have just had you in for an interview?

The same rules of interacting with people in the “real” world—well, they’re also important on the Web.

When you’re working with a recruiter, you may be wondering just what are the best ways to make a lasting impression. If you’re curious, keep these 3 tips in mind.

1. Every interaction counts.

Even if you never meet in-person, consider each interaction on the Internet as moments that mean something. Edit your emails a second (or third) time for corrections and ensure you’re being as clear as you can be. Just as when an interview starts the moment you walk into the office, take the same approach and serious considerations when business is all conducted over and through digital platforms.

2. Be you.

You’re looking to get hired as yourself, right? Be yourself. Don’t be on the lookout for a job for someone else. You’re working towards and for your own best interests. Don’t sacrifice your talents or your personality. Remain steadfast in what feels right and what feels appropriate for you.

3. Consider your presence on the Web.

What does your Facebook picture look like? What does your LinkedIn profile paint about your personality? Is your right foot forward on all your social media profiles? If you’re hoping to keep information private, make sure appropriate settings have been set.