The importance of staying hydrated – Watch out for dehydration signs !

Most of us are not monitoring enough the fluid intake we drink per day. When talking about fluid, it is not about water contained in your food (soups included), it is about the real amount of water you drink in between. Teas and coffees do not count. Have you ever counted how many glasses do you drink per day ?

Our body needs water to function well. If deprived or supplied in lower quantities, chronic dehydration sets in and stresses the metabolism. Body functions are no longer sustained properly and problems start to occur. Constipation is a common sign of chronic dehydration for instance.

Are there signs that you should monitor that will tell you if you are dehydrated? Yes there are plenty but you must note that paying attention to your feeling of thirst is not reliable enough as a sign to tell you if you need to drink water or not. Obviously, if you live in a warm country or if your physical activity is above average, you need to drink even more, unless your doctor did put you on fluid-restricted regimen,
Among thirst signs, you should monitor how dark or concentrated are your urines. Feeling dizzy or having a headache could be a sign of dehydration too. Dry skin and/or dry mouth are generally indicating you have not drunken enough. Cravings of snacks or sweet food are often also a sign of dehydration.

Remember that to help your fluid intake and retain the water in your body, you should complement your diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Also, to make sure you are reminded to drink up more, place a bottle of water or a glass close to your work place or in your bag. This will ensure you remember to take a sip here and there and it helps to calculate the quantity you ingested as you remember how many glasses you had.

 

Read also 10 best quotes from nurses.

Cutting down on Caffeine

Cutting down on Caffeine

 

Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system stimulant

It causes some mild physical dependence. It may interact with other stimulants such as alcohol, tobacco or drugs (oral birth control, for instance). However caffeine, unlike other conventional addictive drugs, does not threaten your life. If you wish to evaluate your level of addiction to caffeine, you can find specific websites that help you test the caffeine impact in your life.

To break away from caffeine could do you good. Such a detox will help you save money. Just for the fun, have you ever calculated how much your coffee break cost you per year? A latte everyday at some Starbucks or similar joints cost over USD $1300 per year! So besides helping your wallet, cutting on caffeine will help you lower your blood pressure; sleep better; decrease your anxiety; you will have better and more stable moods; your body is less acidic; you have less headaches; your teeth are healthier, … etc, etc.

Convinced? Here are a few tips to help you in your detox

  1. If you cut caffeine, cut it completely but gradually. It will be more comfortable. Some side effects might be stronger if you stop caffeine all at once.
  2. Know that you may experience some headaches or mood swings. Fatigue is also a symptom. They all subside within 10 days.
  3. Get your friends and family to help you stick to your new challenge and warn them you might have your moments in the days ahead!
  4. Try to start your detox on holydays or your days off so that you do not had your work stress on your body or mind at the same time.
  5. Find replacement drinks you like and make sure they are caffeine free.
  6. Remember caffeine is not bad. It does come with a lot of benefits but the excess of it generate side effects that should be controlled.

Save time and organize your finance, Nurses !

Save time and organize your finance, Nurses !

The good news is that there are many apps and solutions out there to simplify your life. Did you know you that today you can deposit checks, have a look at your bank balance and send payments while you are outside on a case ?

Here are a few solutions you might want to consider :

1) Your local bank’s App

Today most respectable financial institutions have invested tremendous amounts of money in automating their operations online. Go to your bank website and see what app has created and what is available for you. Most of the modern apps allow you to do way more than just check your account balance.
You can send money, pay bills and make transfers. These apps are supported on multiple devices such as desktop, I phones and Android phones and require the same login and password on which ever device your prefer. Security is fine with mobile IDs, encryptions, security questions and sometimes fingerprints.

2) Setting up an account with an internet bank

Internet banks are becoming more and more interesting and prominent. The rates they offer on interest-bearing checking accounts are often better than conventional banks and their internet platform are very user friendly.
Here are four examples of internet banks that offer interesting rates. Do check them out and see which one would suit you best :

3) Budget your expenses to stay in control with Mint and Digit

I do not know for you but usually it is very easy to overspend. It is very hard to budget and stick to your plans. Most of us prioritize our expenses wrongly. In fact, who really sit down and do a proper budget?
The good news is that some clever Apps have been launched to simplify planning our finance and better use our resources. I suggest you check these 2 websites and see if this solution would work out for you : https://www.mint.com

And, if your difficulty is more in saving money rather than budgeting your expenses then I suggest you ckeck out Digit : https://digit.co

Save time and organize your finance, Nurses !

Tips for Nurses : Best Supplements and Anti-Inflammatory Foods to sustain your health

With their super demanding job and life pace, they need to make sure they stay clear out of any diseases whether it is the flu or nastier diseases settling down over years of over stressed lives.
Diet is one of the key factors that can truly help to sustain one’s good health. Balance food at every meal is very important. However when one has no time to eat or is regularly skipping meals for various reasons, one should supplement his/her diet to compensate the imbalances and bring the necessary nutrient to the body to sustain good health.
Here are 4 tips to consider for you to remain fit and healthy :

Citrus fruits

Have you heard of lemon juice first thing in the morning? This is a simple trick that works wonders. Make sure you take it on an empty stomach with warm water. It cleanses and gently detox your body while draining your liver. Sometimes, it even clarifies your mind and your thoughts. Make sure you wait 15 to 20 minutes before your food and rinse your mouth to protect your teeth for the lemon acidity right after drinking your diluted juice.

Seeds and nuts

These treasures bring you fibers and essential fatty acid to lubricate your brain and your guts. They are known to be rich in Vitamin E which will also help your skin to stay strong. Make sure you diversify your nuts and seeds. To name a few : pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, walnuts, chia seeds, black sesame seeds, pecan nuts,….

Spice it up !

Chili, curcuma, ginger, galangal, cinnamon and cloves are all reducing inflammation and help you rejuvenate your damaged tissues. Off course do not over do it. Alternate. A bit of ginger today, curcuma tomorrow! You can also be creative such as adding them in smoothies or infuse them in warm water or tea.

Vitamins A, B6, K and C

As you know vitamins are powerful antioxidants. They repair your body and sustain your organs.
For instance, Vitamin A amd K are powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients and your protect tissue. Vitamin B6 is good for joints and brain. Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals.
Remember that it is best to get you vitamins from natural sources and check online which particular food will bring you the highest sources of the vitamin you wish to stock up.

10 best quotes from nurses

10 best quotes from nurses

“You know you are a nurse when,…..”

 

  • “You know you are a nurse when you wash your hands all the time even before going to the bathroom!”
  • “You know you are a nurse when you check the pulse of your husband when you hold his hand!“
  • “You know you are a nurse when you talk about your patient all the time with your colleagues and joke about them (nicely)!“
  • “You know you are a nurse when your friends and family call you all the time to help them with their health issues!”
  • “You know you are a nurse when you look at people arms in the street or at the supermarket and assess their veins to poke!”
  • “You know you are a nurse when enjoy talking about body fluids or other discharges when realizing that is not the right time or place!”
  • “You know you are a nurse when you can go on forever over lunch with colleagues about the wound dressing strategy of a patient!”
  • “You know you are a nurse when you are totally at ease with a palliative care patient and wish to stay after your shift!”
  • “You know you are a nurse when you get mad during TV fiction series that are not accurate with the real nursing acts they show!”
  • “You know you are a nurse when you really do not see yourself doing another job!”

Various type of nurses for various specialties

Various type of nurses for various specialties

That is the reason why when you need a nurse, it is important to understand your needs and chose accordingly within the specialties that will best suit your need .
Let’s go through some of the nurses types and their qualifications :

a) Hospital nurse

This category falls under general nursing. It is rather broad as it covers many areas and many skills but let’s assume that typically a nurse without specific skills would fall under this category.

b) Freelance nurse or agency nurse

Independent nurses are often tie up to an agency or work as freelance. These nurses are highly skilled and know how to take initiatives. They are their own bosses and are not afraid to work on their own for long hours.

c) Wound nurse

Wound management is rather complex and nurses falling under this category are driven by their passion for dressing wounds. Further training is absolutely required to manage wounds properly and close them faster.

d) Phlebotomist

These nurses are specialized in drawing bloods and veins problems.

e) Orthopedic nurse

Rehabilitations of all kinds and movement recovery are their forte.

f) Midwife

Obstetrics and woman health. Further training for a few more year is mandatory in this field to be able to deliver babies.

g) Ambulatory care nurse

This category is broad but most nurses working in doctors’ private practices are doing ambulatory procedures.

h) Intensive care unit nurse

Highly skilled and further trained for at least a year or two, such nurses are fast, with excellent analytic skills. They know generally well how to prioritize their tasks.

i) Emergency nurse

These nurses have rather the same skills as intensive care unit nurses.

j) Geriatric nurse

In this field a tue passion for elderly people is key. Patience and dedication is challenged a step further than in other categories of nursing .

Nursing specialities are numerous. In fact the list is rather long. Here are other category you might want to consider :

k) Gastroenteroly nurse
l) Case coordinator or case management nurse
m) Triage nurse
n) Military nurse
o) Nurse practitioner
p) Oncology nurse
q) Pediatric nurse
r) Research nurse
s) Psychology nurse

The most important is to remember to employ the right nurse for the right job. Ask your doctor if you need more information. If you have any further questions you may also send us an email at info@curanobis.com

Busy schedule and time management is key for home nurses

Busy schedule and time management is key for home nurses

If you are a home nurse or a freelance nurse, here are a few tips that might help relieve your busy schedule.

1) Proper planning is vital

Before your day starts, sit down and plan ahead. Even if you think your plans will certainly have to be reshuffled later, the planning you do in advance will help you analyse and prioritise what comes first and when. Planning will get you do more thing s done in a day.
You must plan by tasks and not per hour or time. Once you have written down your tasks then gage the duration of each items on your list. Sitting down to think before your day starts will give you a better sense on how to get organise your time and help you reduce your stress later.

2) Prioritise as much as convenient

The nurses’job is of unpredictable nature. That said implies that the nurse has to triage what is most crucial at this very moment. She prioritised what has to be done first. Off course, the nurse must also keep in mind the bigger picture but nonetheless, eliminating or delaying details and less important things helps greatly to be more efficient. Remember that when you accomplish important tasks on your list, you can enjoy a sense of accomplishment that reduces anxiety and stress level.

3) Accept last minute changes without losing your focus

A typical nurse’s day is constantly interrupted by unforseen events or by third parties trying to catch the nurse’s attention. The nurse must remain foccussed and not lose the sense of priorities. Chats with colleagues or families, emails, cell phones checks are all secondary at times and one must not be polluted. Know how to gracefully say « no » or « later » whenever required.

4) Be tidy and organised

Self discipline is key in the matter of finishing every task one after the other . When you are organised you save yourself a lot fot time. You find your nursing items swiftly. Your papers are in order and your are not behind schedule to do your reports. Before your start your day, do check that all your equipments are ready to use and that you have sufficient supplies to last you a day.

5) Delegate whenever possible

Because you prioritise and you stay focus, you know what tasks can only be performed by yourself, which ones are important and which ones are less important and can be performed by others. Thus all unecessary items on your list should be delegated to third parties to save you time and stress.

How to use Curanobis if your are a Healthcare Professional looking for work  or freelance hours ?

Our web platform allows you to chose when you want to freelance/work, for the duration you decide and at the rate you set.

There is no subscription fee and we welcome qualified nurses, caregivers, therapists such as physiotherapists or nutritionists and doctors to find home bound patients or hospital floor duty.

 

There are only10 easy steps for you to start freelancing:

  1. Log on to our website and click on « Start Freelancing » at the bottom of our home page.
  2. Follow the link that will guide you through that process of creating your profile. Make sure you verify your email and your mobile.
  3. Very important : you must fill up at least 60% of the information requested in your profile for you to be advertised and become elligible for booking.
  4. To be frank and as a tip, only the profiles that are the most detailled and well groomed are the most successful.
  5. Set your rate and upload a picture
  6. Tell us when you are able to work and take up cases. You might not be selected every time by patients or their families. However, if you set that you are available, the platform will display your profile in the selection of Care Recipients will see when making a care booking.
  7. You will receive an email and a sms the minute you are booked for a care session.
  8. Go to your patient’s location on time.
  9. Fill up a quick feedback form we send you automatically right after the care session and tell us how it went.
  10. Withdraw your money from our web platform.

 

If you have the slightest question or if you wish to be assisted in any way, our team will be happy to help you by email, by phone or skype.

https://curanobis.com/en/contact

How to use Curanobis if you are someone in need of care ?

How to use Curanobis if you are someone in need of care ?

Curanobis.com is an online care booking platform.

Our website help families and patients to find qualified home help and care professionals swiftly. There is no subscription fee.

We help you book nurses, caregivers, therapists such as physiotherapists or nutritionists and doctors.

 

There are just 10 easy steps to follow:

  1. Log on to our website and search for care on our home page.
  2. If you had not created a profile yet, a pop up window and link will guide you through that process. Just fill up the required fields and verify your email.
  3. Once your profile is created, you can start booking care.
  4. Select the Care Professional you prefer for the duration of the care you want. Please note that you will see the price per session set at the rate the Care Professional set.
  5. You can book several care sessions in advance.
  6. Care sessions are prepaid but the money is transferred to the Care Professional only after the care session occured and only once you told us that everything went well.
  7. Check out your cart via pay Paypal or credit card
  8. At this point, you will get a confirmation and wait for the care sessions to happen. Enjoy the help !
  9. The minute your Care Professional has left your home, you will receive an automated message and a link to your profile to fill up 5 simple questions about the care session. You are free to tell us if you wish to publish or not the comment and the rating you will give to the Care Professional.
  10. If you wish to book the same Professional for your next care session just log back on your profile’s dashboard and book the same person again !

 

If you have the slightest question or if you wish to be assisted in your booking, our dedicated team will be happy to help you by email, by phone or skype.

https://curanobis.com/en/contact

5 Insane Truths about Home Nurses

5 Insane Truths about Home Nurses

1) Home nurses are always scared the first time they step into a new patient’s home

Imagine you go to someone’s home for the first time. You barely know the condition and the pathology of the patient. You are entering a new enviromnent. You do not know if the patient is nice or unkind. You apprehend how the family will react to having someone sick at home and a nurse around. You have been trained but there are so many unknown variables in the care process that you just don’t know what to expect. All this questionning increase the level of stress a home nurse might have before stepping in for the first time in a new case.

2) Home nurses are their own boss

Most of the time a home nurse steps in alone. There is little or no supervision. There is no extra help and no one to guide the nurse. He or she can only rely on his or her skills and the equipment she is bringing. Home nurses must react fast and swiftly take quite a number of important decisions. They are at stake with medical malpractice if they make a mistake and yet they have to take responsibility for their acts. This fact very much shape the type of individuals who are able to step in as home nurses. Not every nurse can take the pressure, the pace and have the guts to care for patients in a home environement.

3) Family members sometimes can be a pain

The stress of having a patient at home increse the pressure and the stress for the whole family. So when the nurse finally arrives she might be the victim of all the family’s stress and frustrations. If some family members consider the home nurse as an ally, other might consider the nurse as a maid and not show her the respect she deserves. Such situation are very frustrating for the nurses and often lead to a resignation of the nurse. Why should the nurses cope with the bad temper of relatives when they are for the patient ? So family members please refrain to complicating the nurse’s work with inappropriate behaviors and please be polite with your nurse !

4) Home nurses work with too little equipment at times

One would be surprised to see how families are sometimes under equipped while having a relative sick at home. Nurses should always bring their materials and supplies just in case the family does not have the necessary items for them. Even the best nurse needs proper tools to do his /her work well. Can a cook prepare the food without a knife ? It is the same for nurses they must have the proper equipment in order to care well.

5) Home nurses are doing wonders

Home nurses are vital for the Community. Without their great work, how would we sustain or rehab patients in their own environement ? The emotion and the heart home nurses put into their work go beyond words. The conforting moments they bring to their patients sometimes at the end of their lives goes a long way and greatly help in supporting them during complicated moments. Wonderful examples of loving kindness happen every day and the first person benefiting from the satisfaction of care are also the home nurses themselves.

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