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Is Per Diem Work Right for You?

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Per Diem Healthcare WorkerPer diem work provides a variety of pros and cons. Could your schedule use a change?

What is the Meaning of a Per Diem Job?

Have you ever considered working per diem? Not sure what per diem actually means? “Per diem” is latin for “per day” or “for each day.” In healthcare, it is a type of position in which the professional’s work hours vary from week to week, depending on how much the professional prefers to work and how much work the facility needs. Many medical professionals work per diem to pick up some extra money in addition to their full-time positions, but others choose to only work per diem shifts without having a full-time job. Continue reading “Is Per Diem Work Right for You?”

Handling a Challenging Flu Season

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve certainly heard that this flu season is one of the worst in recent history. With widespread cases of influenza in virtually every state, all at the same time, health care providers everywhere are fighting to stay on top of the heavy patient load they are facing with this epidemic. This creates a stressful situation for both physicians, nurses, support staff, and patients.

So how do you handle such a challenging flu season? While you likely can’t avoid feeling the strain, there are some things that you can do to help protect your patients and yourself from further spreading illness.

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Maintaining Healthy Patient-Provider Relationships

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No one wants to feel like nothing more than an ID number on a file or a time-slot in a daily schedule. As a care provider, it is up to you to develop healthy relationships with your patients in order to give them the best quality care possible. Outcomes are often improved when there is a solid, trusting relationship between doctor and patient, so it’s worth your time to work to develop these connections. Here are a few important points to keep in mind as you work with your patients each day.

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Managing Patient Expectations

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When a patient initially comes in for care, their end-goal is to be free from whatever illness or injury is plaguing them. Though this can be the case after a period of treatment, sometimes even the simplest illnesses require more intervention than expected. Patients can become frustrated when they aren’t seeing progress in their treatment, and they may begin to question doctor’s orders and treatments. Communication can help to manage these expectations and create an environment that allows for discussion and change of direction, as well as a better understanding of possible outcomes.

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Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine

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When patients are diagnosed with a condition that requires extensive or long-term treatment, going the “take two of these and call me in the morning” route might seem the simplest way to go, but it can be detrimental to their personal outcome. Patient education is a very important part of the diagnostic and treatment process that should not be overlooked or glazed over. In fact, some hospitals and practices employ patient educators whose specific job it is to work with patients to improve their understanding. Those who have a better understanding of their condition, how it can affect them, things they can do to improve their own outcome, and the why and how of their diagnosis and prognosis are better patients and will have a better outcome and outlook as they go through treatment. Continue reading “Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine”

Physicians’ Safety Checklist for National Safety Month

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June is National Safety Month, and all across the country, the National Safety Commission is urging everyone to take a look at their environment and ensure that safety standards are being met. What does this mean for you as a physician? As every office and practice is different, it could mean a lot of different things, but here are a few things that you should go over as you’re inventorying the safety of your practice. Continue reading “Physicians’ Safety Checklist for National Safety Month”