Omaha, NE (May 11, 2016) - Those in nurse practitioner jobs know better than anyone how important it is to stay alert at work. Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, shares a few strategies for NPs to stay alert and ready on the job.
As the American Association of Nurse Practitioners highlighted, NPs counsel and educate patients, order and perform tests, make diagnoses, create treatment plans and prescribe medication, among other duties. With so many responsibilities, it's vital for NPs to fuel their minds and bodies to provide optimal care for patients. Here are just a few strategies NPs can employ to get that energy boost:
of water during nurse practitioner jobs
If you start to feel drowsy as your write a script or interpret test results, reach for a glass of water. Consuming fluids throughout your shift ensures you stay alert and focused. It also helps lubricate the joints and alleviate aches, which is ideal for NPs who are on their feet all day.
Even if you can't carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, be sure to keep one nearby. Opting for a bottle makes it easier to track how hydrated you are, which is important for healthcare workers who are constantly on the move and may forget to fuel their bodies.
As a nurse practitioner, you probably already know that eating several light meals is better for your health, weight and energy than sitting for a few large ones. As research in the Medical Journal of Australia pointed out, healthy meals and snacks help with cognitive function, giving your brain the boost it needs to stay focused at work. Plus, snacks are easier to consume on the job – you can eat them while you walk!
Choose the right foods
As noted, nutrition plays a big role in how effective those small meals are. Opt for snacks that are healthy and deliver an energy boost to stay fueled during your shift. Reader's Digest listed nuts, dark chocolate and fruits as ideal for this purpose. Not only will these put the pep back in your step, but you can easily grab a handful of cashews or eat an apple within a few minutes (which may be all the time you have to spare).
Continue reading for more ways to stay fueled in nurse practitioner jobs.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.