How To Advance Your Career As A Staff Nurse

One thing that we are often asked here at Three Q is how to advance your career as a staff nurse. This month we are celebrating Three Q’s 19th birthday, so you know that we have years of experience in helping Staff Nurses to advance their careers. You may love your job as a staff nurse, but sometimes you may feel like you have more potential than your current position.So without any further ado, here are our top tips on how to advance your career as a staff nurse.

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Clinical Nurse Managers- Two Difficulties They Face Managing in Hospitals

Clinical Nurse Managers- Two Difficulties They Face Managing in Hospitals

 

The Clinical Nurse Manager has a tough role – they have to manage a department’s staff to provide the best care possible to its patients. This job of managing a team of nurses comes with problems that the clinical nurse manager must overcome. I’m going to be talking about some of the areas that a CNM will have to deal with working in a hospital with a  team of nurses.

 

 

The clinical nurse manager has a reoccurring problem. That problem is understaffing. The CNM has to manage their team effectively to treat their patients which will continually prove to be a challenge. Many hospitals struggle with staffing problems and CNM’s often have to manage it by giving overtime to their nurses and sometimes  involves the unpleasant task of asking their team to work on their days off.

 

Dealing with Conflict

Fortunately, this problem that management in nursing deals with is not as common as it could be considering the stakes can be very high in the hospital. Conflict in the hospital staff is often dealt with by the nurse manager. The clinical nurse manager will have to become adept at dealing with conflict appropriately. There is considerable pressure on nurses which can ignite conflict or balloon it’s size making it essential that the CNM can treat conflicts in her team or with management effectively.

 

Here’s a helpful link to a really informative journal article on conflict management strategies for nurse managers:  https://journals.lww.com/nursingmanagement/fulltext/2012/02000/Keeping_the_peace___Conflict_management_strategies.13.aspx

 

You could imagine how the two mentioned challenges faced by clinical nurse managers can be interrelated. A shortage in staff causing a conflict. A conflict causing a shortage in staff. It is fortunate that conflicts among the team are rare and treated carefully and nurses are flexible in work often taking on overtime and extra days when it’s unwelcome. This certainly makes the job of the clinical nurse manager that bit easier.

 

Detox Nurses – Treating Compulsive Gamblers

Detox nurses are mostly commonly understood to help those who are looking for aid with dealing with their alcohol and drug abuse. However, alcohol and illegal substance abuse are not the only addictions that detox nurses treat. After all, the science is in on gambling addiction and brain activity for gambling addicts is comparable to substance addicts such as heroin and cocaine and they suffer similar withdrawal symptoms to drugs abusers too. I will be discussing how a detox nurse treats patients that suffer from gambling addiction.

 

 

Acceptance

Unlike with other addictions, compulsive gambling will not drastically affect physical appearance and physical health, so it can often go unnoticed and untreated. The addict themselves may also be reluctant to admit that they are addicted and it is the work of the detox nurse to help their patient come to the realisation that they are addicted and they need help before treatment can start. The detox nurse needs to know that their patient truly wants to help themselves work on controlling their compulsive gambling.

 

Changing Behaviour

The detox nurse knows that a patient acknowledging their addiction, and acknowledging that it is a problem and sincerely wanting it to change is the first step, but it is not enough. Nurses that specialise in addiction will work on helping their patients’ habitual behaviour that is not helping their pursuit to control their addiction. There will be activities and behaviours for a gambling addict that make it difficult to resist their urges. The detox nurse will help their patients recognise their behaviours that do not help their treatment.

 

Treatment Plan

A detox nurse develops a treatment plan that’s tailored to their patient’s needs. A treatment plan a detox nurse prescribes will be the roadmap for their patient. They have a plan that they issue to their patients and will explain to their patients each step and action involved and continually manage the patient’s progress.

 

Detox nurses treat all kinds of addiction in their patients. As you can imagine, they all require different approaches and treatments. This means detox nursing requires a wide range of knowledge on addiction and many ways to treat it. Gambling addiction provides its own specific problems to patients and to the nurse treating them. It is remarkable that detox nurses can treat a wide variety of patients effectively.

Preparing For Your First Job As A Nurse In Dublin

Preparing for your first job as a nurse can be daunting . Here at Three Q, we’ve been helping newly qualified nurses to get their first job for years, so we know just how nervous of a time it can be. Although it may seem scary, with team Three Q, you’re in safe hands, and you’re sure to get off to a great start. If you’ve just graduated from your nursing course and are about to start your first shift as a nurse, you should be feeling equal parts excitement and nervousness. The best way to combat your anxiety while your waiting to begin your first job is to prepare for success. Here at Three Q, we’ve put together our list of the most important things to remember as you begin your new job as a nurse in Dublin.

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Psychiatric Nursing and Excellent Communication Skills?

Communication Skills are Essential for Psychiatric Nursing – 3 Reasons

 

When you think of Psychiatric Nursing, communication skills may not come to mind. But communication is an essential part of the job. Psychiatric Nurses must speak effectively to patients on a range of matters who all require tailored communication styles. Psychiatric Nurses must be able to tell that their guidance has resonated with their patients. Furthermore, they require excellent communication skills not just for their patients, but also for their family members. One of the roles of the psychiatric nurse is to impart instructions to the patient’s family. Here is a list on some of the key roles communication plays in a psychiatric nurse’s daily job:

 

Dealing with Patients in Distress

Of course, dealing with patients in the psychiatric ward will pose some difficulties. Some patients can become distressed, threatening and aggressive. Psychiatric nurses deal with tough situations by staying calm themselves. Psychiatric nurses have a consistent ability to treat patients that convey a variety of emotions. This ability is an indication of their level of compassion and empathy they have for their patients. Psychiatric nurses will continue to communicate calmly and effectively to put their patients at ease and guide them towards returning to a more stable state.

 

Treating Patients

Communication is a two-way street. Both nurse and patient listen and respond to each other. People in psychiatric nursing do just as much listening as instructing.  A psychiatric nurse must diagnose mental disorders in their patients. This involves taking in information from their patients. Nurses provide a comprehensive mental health service ranging from supportive counselling to delivering medication and in each of these responsibilities they must engage in effective communication with their patient – be it by understanding their mental distress or providing supportive guidance and remedies. Another element to this area is knowing that they understand the message being sent. Psychiatric nurses will ensure their patients are taking in their medical support.

 

Instructions for Family Members

Family members often visit their loved ones in psychiatric units and when they do, psychiatric nurses are great at informing them on their patient’s progress. The nurse will share information on the disorder, the patient’s recent behaviour and information on the medication they’ve been taking. When a patient is ready to return home, the psychiatric nurse will provide instructions to the family regarding medication schedule and other advice on how to manage the situation.

 

Clearly, a lot of the work that psychiatric nurses do relies on and trains communication skills. They become skilled at dealing with a wide range of situations with different parties. Treating their patients, dealing with patients in distress and talking to their family members means they will speak and listen in a variety of ways throughout a single day. Many positions that are more associated with excellent communication skills wouldn’t have this versatility that psychiatric nurses have. I hope I’ve communicated my appreciation for nurses effectively.

 

If you want to communicate your appreciation for nurses or see what others have said, you can go to: https://celebratenurses.ie/

 

Theatre Nurses: 3 Reasons Why Nurses Move Towards the Operating Room

We can all agree that nurses work hard enough as it is! So why do some nurses take on extra work to make the shift towards becoming a theatre nurse? I’m going to list three reasons why nurses in different fields take on extra training and education to get into working in surgery as a theatre nurse. Although the salary isn’t to be ignored, these are some of the most appealing non financial reasons why different types of nurses take steps towards becoming a theatre nurse:

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Job Interview Tips For Nurses – Making an Interview Work for you

Job Interview Tips For Nurses – Making an Interview Work for you

Job interview tips for Nurses is something that is regularly asked by candidates coming to Three Q.  Because there is sometimes a skills test along with the formal interview that candidates have to go through, it can be daunting to Nurses, especially those who have just graduated and haven’t been interviewed before. However, Three Q have been helping to match job-seeking Nurses with Employers for years so we know a thing or two about job interviews. Any job interview can be a nervous time for candidates so we’ve put together our list of top tips in preparing for that Nursing interview in confidence.

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The Role Of An Acute Care Nurse

The role of an acute care nurse is a very important one within the healthcare system. Nursing job opportunities in Dublin are becoming more competitive.  Here at Three Q we help acute nurses to find their perfect career from our job listings compiled by our clients. Whether you’re looking for Permanent or Temp work, we’ll help you to get your ideal acute nursing job. If you’re a nurse who’s unsure what specialty you’d like to pursue, or maybe are just curious about what the job entails, we’ve put together some of the aspects of what an acute care nurse is responsible for.

Acute care is a nursing specialty and nurses generally only work with patients for only a short amount of time. Typical duties include treatment after surgery or for a chronic illness. An acute care nurse must be an NBMI registered nurse. Acute nurses are highly skilled and in demand. This is due the need for acute nurses to be fast learners and adaptable to change, as an acute nurse you will learn something new each day . You must be able to solve conflicts with time management as it is a fast paced job and the job will change continually change due to new developments in health care.

What is acute care?

Acute care falls under the broader category of secondary care – the stage after primary care (when a patient makes first contact with medical professionals). Acute care involves the treatment of patients diagnosed with short term but serious conditions – and might take place in a number of clinical settings like Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care and Neonatal Care. Typical medical conditions an acute care nurse may be called upon to treat range from severe injury and chronic illness, to strokes and infectious diseases.

Day-to-day responsibilities

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Like other nursing roles, acute nurses work with patients, perform administrative tasks and assist other medical professionals, like doctors and consultants. A typical day might include: the assessment and monitoring of patient conditions, checking symptoms and vital signs and arranging diagnostic tests, developing ongoing care plans, administering intravenous drips or different types of medication, checking and using specialised equipment such as monitors and ventilators

As an acute nurse working in hospital wards, GP surgeries or community care centres, no two days will ever be the same – and you should expect surprises. Acute nurses may be first on the scene when a patient’s condition changes – for better or worse – and should be prepared to administer emergency first aid. Conversely, acute nurses deal frequently with patients whose conditions are improving – which could mean contacting family members and support services or arranging transfer to different facilities.

Skills and qualities

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Acute care professionals deal with a huge number of patients presenting with a wide range of conditions so an ability to be caring, compassionate and patient is crucial. Acute nurses may have to deal with patients with learning disabilities or those suffering from dementia –  these situations demand excellent communication skills. Given the fluid nature of the role, nurses should be prepared to think quickly – and on their feet – and adapt to the demands of on-going medical situations.

The starting point of an acute care nursing career is the a bachelor degree of science in nursing and an NBMI membership. Many hospitals now offer acute care orientation and internship programs.  By taking positions in acute care subspecialty areas such as oncology, cardiac care, or geriatrics, acute nurses can advance their careers. A majority of these positions require acute care nurse practitioners.  

Further Your Career

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Acute care nurses have plenty of opportunities for career advancement and increased salary.  A number of job boards show an abundance of available jobs. These nurses are highly skilled and enjoy great demand, and openings are in available in a variety of settings beyond hospitals.  Continued hiring growth makes the outlook for this nursing specialty a truly positive one. Additional steps on the career ladder include advancing to a charge nurse or becoming a nursing educator or administrator.

Acute care nursing promises new challenges every day, but for committed and capable nurses, offers a long, rewarding career. To keep up to date on the industry developments and find vacant acute care positions, check out our roles and read the latest from us at Three Q. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, please email sales@3reqruitment.ie or phone +353 1878 3335 .   

Experienced Nurse Recruiter Role – Remote & Office Based Job

We are currently looking for a candidate to fulfil an Experienced Nurse Recruiter for a remote and office based job. Here at Three Q we don’t just recruit for other companies, but we often need to find people for our own team too. If you’ve ever wanted to work with a company who values teamwork, and their employees we’re the place for you. Three Q cares about its team, has a huge emphases on CSR and believes in people helping people.

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