As a travel nurse, flu season can be a great opportunity to land high-paying contracts. However, it can also be a great opportunity to come down sick. And getting sick sucks. Fortunately, here are 5 simple tips to help you stay healthy this flu season.
1. Get Your Flu Vaccine
Not only do most hospitals consider this a requirement for working at their facility, but it’s the best protection when it comes to the flu. Stay healthy, and land competitive assignments, all with one little shot.
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2. Minimize Stress
We know it’s easier said than done – especially if you’re in the medical field – but try to relax. Once stress becomes chronic, it can lead to a lot of problems. Finding time to minimize any extra stress can be super helpful to keep yourself in tip-top shape. Try exercising, getting a massage, or downloading meditation or journaling apps.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is a huge factor when it comes to your health. And as a travel nurse, we know that odd shifts, time-zone changes, and new housing can make getting the recommended 7-9 hours difficult. If you find yourself struggling, here are a few tips and tricks:
- Buy black out curtains to make your room nice and dark
- Avoid caffeine 6 hours before bed
- Turn on a fan or wear ear plugs to block out noise
- Stick to a sleep schedule – don’t put off going to bed
4. Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
Eating a well-balanced diet and drinking enough water goes a long way in keeping you feeling good. Try carrying a reusable water bottle and packing your meals for lunch. Meal prepping for those 12 hour shifts can help ensure you’re fueling your body properly.
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5. Understand Your Destination’s Flu Trends
Although there will be cases of the flu nationwide, it will largely vary state by state. Understanding the flu trends where you currently are, or are headed, will help you stay safe. It will also provide you with information to pass on to your patients.
In order to best care for your patients, you have to care for yourself. Practice these 5 tips to stay healthy this flu season.
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