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Four Ways to be Merry While Working on Christmas Day

Are you on a hospital shift this Christmas? It stinks, but you have to shake the feeling of irritation or it will hound you all day. Even though the occasion should be celebrated among loved ones don’t let the Grinch steal your joy. Look at the bright side: there are patients and coworkers in the same boat. Instead of being the sullen one, take it as an opportunity to show the true spirit of the season. How can you make the holiday work merry? Plan ahead The work rotation didn’t happen overnight, it was released in advance so plan ahead. Notify your family and make adjustments, rearrange some of your valued Christmas traditions to a time when you are not working. If you are scheduled on the day shift to celebrate on Christmas Eve. Kids don’t mind opening presents any time, so open these when you’re around and leave some behind for Christmas Day. You might find a co-worker who is willing to trade shifts. Trim your workplace Christmas celebration is about decoration that makes a place cheerful. Decorate the pantry or the nurse station it will bring a festive atmosphere that will bring joy to you and your coworkers. Have each coworker bring a decoration that they would use at home, it’ll go a long way. Remember, it’s the season to celebrate, enjoy the moment. Rub the Christmas spirit...

17 Reasons Why Many of Us Will Have A Mid-Life Crisis

1. You’re trying to live a lifestyle beyond your means. You’re always buying fancy things you can’t afford, like medicine or a bed. 2. You’ve come to the crushing realization that your current occupation isn’t just a temporary arrangement, but a career.Which isn’t exactly good news, since you’re unemployed. 3. You’re starting to look older. You get really depressed when you don’t get IDed at the club, so now you make sure the bouncer sees you getting dropped off in your mom’s Honda Odyssey. 4. You’re ridiculously over-critical of potential mates. You recently ended a first date before the main course came out, explaining, “I love you, but I’m not IN love with you.” 5. Everyone around you is making serious life decisions. Your friends have started to have babies and you really resent them for it. The babies, that is. “I wish you were never born,” you whisper into their little baby ears, cradling them while the parents exchange concerned glances. “Your existence makes me feel inadequate. Can you say ‘inadequate’?” 6. You can’t drink like you used to. You’re still hungover from New Year’s Eve 2014. 7. Weird old people things are happening to your body. Your back went out last weekend and you finally realized why your dad was such a dick all the time. 8. You’re single. And not like, “fun, no responsibilities” single. Like, “spinster” single. On your taxes, you tried...

Five Medical Student New Year’s Resolutions

Now that 2017 is almost at its end, and the new year is waiting for us, it is the time to sit and reflect on what we have done the past year and what we want to do differently the coming year. For most of us, new year’s resolutions are all about losing weight, adopting more healthy eating habits and exercising, the case for medical students is different. Medical students lead a unique life and thus their new year’s resolutions ought to be different from others too. If you haven’t yet decided about what your new year’s resolutions are going to be for the coming year, here are some the medical student New Year’s resolutions. 1.    Make a Sleep Schedule One thing that tends to get affected the most when you are in the medical school is your sleep cycle. Early morning lectures and late night study sessions lead to irregular sleeping hours. The cycle leaves you tired and you are unable to concentrate, which is the basic thing you need to do when in medical school. As your new year’s resolution for 2018, you should try to sleep well, and most importantly at normal hours. Your mind and body needs rest. Thus, make a resolution that you will make a sleep schedule and try to stick by it. 2.    Preview the Materials before Class We all have made...

All You Need to Know About Medical Uniforms

Medical uniforms, or scrubs, are essential if you are working in either a sterile or even a partial sterile environment. Selecting as a group to buy medical scrubs could actually show to be less expensive than purchasing these medical uniforms as independent trousers and tops. Yet another advantage of acquiring medical scrubs as a group is the fact that you usually have a related set when you are seeking to use them rather than when you have obtained them independently as surfaces and bottoms. Medical scrubs are used for two main things. First, these ensure that your normal clothes are secured from any organic fluids such as blood or vomit that you may come across while you are working.Another function of these medical uniforms is that they protect the individuals you tend to from getting infected with any contaminants that may be clinging to your block clothes. For these causes, medical scrubs are necessary for any individual who is employed in the healthcare sector. Although they’ reconsidered to be a common location for nurses, they’ re also adorned by doctors, orderlies and other medical care representatives. In certain facilities, even the secretaries and receptionists might be necessary to wear them in order to make certain that they don’t poison assessment rooms or areas when they’re ushering in people or using the patient’s details. Medical scrubs have been used in medical care sector...

How to Make the Most out of Working During Christmas and The Holidays

The holidays are a time when people make happy memories with their loved ones and give presents. However, it is not always fun and games for the brave souls who work in the medical field. Medical emergencies don’t take the day off and neither do the doctors, nurses and other health care providers who can manage them. Most are on active duty during the holidays even when others have the day off. Across the country, thousands of HCPs will be spending Christmas in health care facilities. Those who do return home will be on call for emergencies which they have to drop everything to attend to. For these professionals, finding balance between their career obligations and family can be the biggest stressor of the year for them. So how do they do it? Here are some ways HCPs across the country are making their holiday season as jolly as they can without ignoring their duties. Bringing festive cheer to work Just because they don’t have to be home for the holidays doesn’t mean they cannot bring the holiday cheer with them. It is not uncommon to see hospitals and clinics decorated for Christmas with decked out halls twinkling with lights. Each employee brings their own ideas to the table not only for themselves, but also for the patients who are nursing their own ailments in the hospital. This speaks...

Giving Thanks During The Holidays

The holidays are all about gratitude and thanks. I can’t help but think about the people and experiences that have shaped my academic year and helped me grow as a health care professional. This year, I was lucky to travel to new places for district and national conferences. I am grateful for the students and colleagues on the district and national leadership who planned and executed these large-scale professional events despite having their own exams and academic commitments. Thank you also to the speakers who left their families and loved ones and work obligations to attend these conferences and inspire us and motivate us to be better professionals. I am thankful for the staff members that work in the supply room. Despite the daily demands of maintenance and upkeep for a brand new lab, these two women never show stress or frustration when students ask them the same question multiple times. I feel like I always turn to them when I have a problem whether or not they know how to solve it. I am very lucky to have made new, loyal friends in a new city when I started my program. There are a handful of friends who get me through the day, every day, and make the stress of school a little more enjoyable. Recently, a friend of mine shared traditional Malaysian food for lunch because she...

Four Qualities that Unlock Positive Mental and Emotional Health

The journey to becoming a doctor is a marathon, not a sprint, we are often told. I am three years into a potentially 8-13 yearlong journey toward becoming the physician and researcher that I aspire to be. In this short glimpse into what will undoubtedly be a challenging and rewarding experience, I have learned there are a few important qualities that every student should obtain – both to be a better future doctor and a happier student in the process. These traits have been picked up by seeing my friends who possess them, mentors and advisors that dispense wisdom to me, and through self-evaluation. While many of the qualities are easily obtainable and maintainable, sometimes the hardest part about self-reflection and improvement is taking the time to do it! In 2018, one of my goals is to practice self-reflection more often as a way to monitor my mental and emotional health. Here are some of the qualities that I think make life better, happier, and easier. Humility It is so easy to get caught up in the competitive, sometimes cut-throat nature that fosters itself among high-achieving and highly successful students. In these times, I have found it imperative to practice humility among your accomplished peers. While this quality is often resisted because of the need for self-validation, I believe the best feeling of accomplishment is in the celebration of...