Holiday traditions from around the world

December 21, 2011

holiday candles

Does your family have unique holiday traditions that have been passed down from parents or grandparents?  Many of us have some traditions that revisit our childhood and when we’re deciding how to make the holidays fun for our children we look to those traditions to help us out.   To celebrate the season we thought we’d take a quick trip around the globe and check out several interesting traditions from other cultures.  Let us know if your family already enjoys some of them and how you make it exciting for your children.

  • In Nova Scotia Canada carolers stroll the streets singing traditional Scottish songs.
  • In Greenland they focus on eating lots of cake, singing carols and playing games.
  • In France they celebrate the holidays with a feast of food, including the buche de nol cake.
  • In South Africa families celebrate with a big meal outdoors with camping over the long holiday.
  • In Japan they recognize the holidays as a time to visit the sick in the hospital and do a service for someone else.

Happy Holidays from all of us at PSA!!


We’re on LinkedIn and getting social

December 14, 2011

nurse on computer

Calling all nurses who are interested in working for the largest pediatric home healthcare agency in the country.  We’re now on LinkedIn and ready to connect with you!  By connecting with us on LinkedIn you’ll be able to learn more about our services, how we support our nurses nationwide and what makes our staff so unique.  And if you’re looking to learn more about our company, we also maintain a Facebook page & Twitter profile.  Both of these are great for nurses and families to stay current with our staffing needs, as well as pediatric healthcare news.

For those you nurses looking to join a top home healthcare agency, we have a great way for you to view our immediate job needs, register with our agency and find which locations have positions available.  There’s also a nurses resource on our website that gives vital information on what we’re looking for, how to add to your pediatric skills and ways to assist you in your managing your personal life as a home healthcare nurse.  Visit us at PSA Healthcare to find out more!

National organizations offer family assistance during the holiday season

December 7, 2011

sick little girl

The holidays are a fun time for all families, however those that are dealing with long term illness, it can also be a tough time to get everything done.  Many families are faced with continuing treatments and surgeries during the holiday season, making it tough to find time for the siblings in the family.  There are several national organizations that assist families with providing outstanding research and care for children; making sure they can enjoy the holidays with their families.  Here’s a list of three that are working to find cures, raise funds and assist with meeting the needs of the entire family:

Do you know of other local and community organizations that are a making a difference in families lives?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Coordinating a discharge plan with your home healthcare nurse

November 23, 2011

doctors and nurses

Have you considered how important it is to have a discharge plan in place?  Or even discussing with your home healthcare nurse what steps need to be taken before bringing your loved one home from the hospital?  According to Family Caregiver Alliance there are several things you should have laid out and coordinated with your home healthcare nurse before bringing your child home from the hospital.  It can mean quicker recovery time and reassuring everyone you have the proper medications prescribed and available.  Some of their tips include:

  • Have a list of diet and activities
  • Discussing home medical equipment with physician and home care nurse; making sure you have everything needed before bringing your child home
  • How will daily duties be handled and who is in charge of what areas, including transportation and chores
  • A written plan and guide, preferably in multiple languages
  • A list of community organizations that can assist with transportation, counseling or even meals

To learn more on how to have a complete discharge plan prepared, visit the Family Caregivers Alliance.

Benefits of utilizing a PSA Healthcare nurse

November 16, 2011

infant vomiting

Having a family member with a long term illness brings about a lot of questions many families rarely face.  However, when the time comes to consider finding a nurse who you trust to care for your child or parent many people are unsure where to begin.  Home healthcare nursing is an intimate situation, due to the time that nurse spends in your home and one-on-one with your loved one.  Keeping this in mind we have worked to make sure we offer families the best home healthcare nurses in the industry.  We work to pair nurses with your family that will make your entire family comfortable and secure.

What are other benefits about working with us to find the ideal home healthcare nurse for your family?  We have more than 3,100 skilled nurses who are trained and specialized in pediatric care.  We make sure our nurses, as well as our families can get their questions answered by reliable, clinical customer support 24/7.  We also offer a multi-disciplinary team approach, giving families the best all around care in the industry.  We pride ourselves on being leaders in pediatric home healthcare and make sure our approach remains family centered.  To learn more please visit us our website or call us at 770-441-1580.

Understanding body language can help home healthcare nurses

November 9, 2011

home nurse with boy

Bridging the communication gap between a healthcare professional and their patient can be difficult, especially when dealing with children and long-term illnesses. Using verbal language is always a great way to relay information to patients and their families, but take it to the next level by being aware of your non-verbal communication. In fact, body language can make or break important conversations with patients and their families, even if it is not intentional. According to Jennifer Ward at Nurses Together, you can implement these 5 tips for positive body language:

1. Always make eye contact. This ensures the patient or colleague that you are giving them your full, honest attention.
2. Avoid finger pointing. It is an obvious signal that this person is your topic of your conversation. Pointing is also considered rude in our culture.
3. Avoid nonchalant stances. Sitting with your hands behind your head or hands on your hips are considered a sign of superiority and unprofessional. Only use these poses when in the presence of close friends.
4. Avoid eye rolling. Even if you are having a disagreement with a co-worker, do not roll your eyes. It is unprofessional, offensive, and is likely to escalate the argument.
5. Avoid invading the personal space of others. This can make your patients and/or colleagues uncomfortable. Keep in mind, the immediate 4 square feet around a person is considered adequate personal space.
For more tips on how to communicate non-verbally with body language, visit HCP Live.

How nurses can balance daily stress

November 4, 2011

doctors and nurses

Everyone experiences stress on the job. The healthcare industry, in particular, incurs a great deal of stress, especially nurses. In fact, according to Nurse Zone, a  nurse’s stress can be physical, mental, or emotional. Physical because of the constant movement and lifting, Mental because of the requirement to accurately administer medicine and answer important questions to patients, and Emotional because of the innate feeling to help patients recover and the sadness when recovering isn’t possible.

Here are a few tips to alleviate stress and maintain healthy life balance.

  1. Balance life between work and play. Utilize leisure time, plan vacations, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy diet. It is also important that nurses don’t overwork in order to keep this balance. Utilize your breaks and try to avoid taking overtime.
  2. Plan ahead. Since stress is unavoidable, think of what future events will trigger stress and brainstorm ways to cope with it. Manage stress through time management by making a to-do list and prioritizing your tasks. Always keep in mind that the list may change throughout the course of the day.
  3. Self-support. Avoid negative thinking and don’t be afraid to give yourself a pat on the back. Remember you are helping others and improving the lives of many!
  4. Let out your emotions. It’s okay to cry or feel angry. Talk to others in the healthcare industry– a fellow nurse, doctor, or administration. Many hospitals have support groups or counselors to improve employee’s mental health. Just make sure you are expressing yourself safely!
  5. Remember that some stress is good for you. Try to strike a balance between being relaxed and energized. Use this energy to fuel your passion for nursing!