It’s that time of year when we begin turning up the
heating, digging out the thick jumpers and preparing for the Winter months. As
a carer you have a few extra considerations to make too, like when would be the
best time to contact your GP for that free flu jab?
For many of us the flu (or influenza) can be an
inconvenience – a few days off work or a particularly rough couple of weeks.
For someone who is elderly, ill or disabled, or who already has a weakened
immune system, the flu could be deadly.
We recommend that all our carers have an annual vaccination
to protect themselves and those in their care.
Because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents
are all at risk of infection. Should you contract flu and need time off there
may be no one who can step in and provide care in your absence – especially if
you are not the only one sick.
For this reason, any frontline health and social care worker
is eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine. This includes all carers, NHS nurses
and care home staff.
You can contact your GP and make an appointment to receive a jab there or check to see if your local pharmacy offers flu jabs.
We can’t guarantee that all our carers will have the time to
see this post, so we urge anyone who works with, lives with or knows a carer to
spread the word and keep our carers and care receivers safe.
And remember, even if someone has had the flu jab, as a lot
of our clients do, there is no 100% guarantee they cannot contract the virus
from someone they interact with. Double the chance of a flu-free winter and get
yourself booked in for a vaccine.
This month we received this thank you card from the family of one of our home care clients, Nora, who has now sadly passed away.
Working in a care profession can often be very difficult. It is a physically and mentally challenging career where the reward is the knowledge that our clients are happy, healthy, comfortable and safe. The loss of any member of the Fosse Family is tough, so we were touched to receive this card from Bobi and Maria, thanking our Derby team for their time spent with Nora.
Derby branch manager, Amanda Glaister, commented, “I have worked with Nora and her family for six years from when she moved over to Fosse from another company in 2013. We are all very sad to see her go; Nora will be truly missed by all the carers who worked with her and by everyone here at Fosse Healthcare Derby; we wish her family all the best”
The first day in a new job can be tough, and with their ever-changing hours and environments agency nurses can find it particularly difficult to settle – especially if they don’t know what to expect.
We wanted to make the process of moving to a new team, procedure or environment as simple and stress-free as possible for our nurses, so we’ve put together this three-step preparation guide to ensure you get the best experience of your time with us.
First and foremost, we advise that for any of our nurses to be in peak physical and mental condition to look after others, they must first look after themselves.
With varied shifts it can be difficult to adopt a night-time routine, but if you’re not meeting your sleep quota of at least seven hours of sleep a day, both concentration and productivity could be affected. When caring for others you can’t risk a lapse in concentration so be sure to rest up.
Even with seven hours of sleep a long shift can cause a dip in your energy levels. To keep your brain and body active and healthy you should be eating well, eating often and eating a varied diet.
Limit the chance of a stressful first shift by ensuring you are fully prepared. Do you have your ID badge, uniform and equipment?
Have you planned your route or know where you will need to park? Having an idea of who and where to report to when you arrive can also take the pressure off what will no doubt be a busy day.
Prepare for your first shift by getting a full night’s sleep (or day, depending on your shifts) and stock up on healthy snacks, such as seeds and nuts, dried fruit or rice cakes to give you an energy boost throughout the shift.
Finally, don’t overthink it. No one is expecting you to know Everything on your first day and Fosse Healthcare is here to help if you need us, so don’t begin your new placement shouldering any unnecessary worry.
Beginning your first shift
With the right preparation you will have arrived on time with your ID badge and equipment, ready to begin your first shift on the job; this is probably the best time to introduce yourself to the team.
Start building a rapport with your new team by introducing yourself to management and any colleagues you will be spending the day with. It’s important to also familiarise yourself with the nurses from the previous shift so you can be as informed as possible of the patients you will be spending your time with.
When speaking to management, get an idea of the procedures and policies of the location where you are working. It’s always helpful to know whether there are any processes you will be expected to follow and a heads up on where equipment is stored could save you valuable seconds in the event of an emergency.
We hope you have a fantastic first shift and enjoy your time working with Fosse Healthcare.
Last but not least, pace yourself. This isn’t always easy on a busy ward but remember the rest of the team are there to help. Never take on more than you are capable or qualified for and to stick to The Code when unsure.
One of the many perks of being an agency nurse is the flexibility of shifts and locations available to you. Should your first day not go quite as expected, or if you would like to look into any of the other shifts we have available, contact our healthcare team on 0116 279 1600 or email@example.com.
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