The Nurses Station, Episode 15, Starlight Children’s Foundation

The Nurses Station

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Host Jim DeMaria speaks with Claudia Linh of Starlight Children’s Foundation.

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, the day-to-day joys of childhood take a back seat to the rigors of treatment and hospitalization. For more than 25 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness. To learn more CLICK HERE.

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Jim DeMaria Interviewed in Scrubs.com

Nurses Station host, Jim DeMaria sat down with Scrubs.com to discuss how nurses can better cope during these tough economic times. This is a great new site for nurses and we highly recommend you check it out.

 

Coping During Layoffs


A Q&A with Jim DeMaria, RN
 
Layoffs. Inflation. Recession. Economic meltdown. “The worst financial crisis in a generation.” These are all things that are being said about the state of the American economy. With the economic downturn that we are currently in, many nurses may have to think about layoffs. We asked Jim DeMaria of Renal Care Registered Nursing Services for his advice.
 
Scrubs: What are some tactics for nurses who’ve been laid off?
 
Jim: Most nurses are “go-getters” by nature, meaning they usually find a way to get the job done, often thinking in new and creative ways, to accomplish the task before them. It is this attitude or mindset that one can use to overcome layoffs if they occur. There are options for nurses getting laid off right now. Staffing agencies are on the constant prowl for new nurses for understaffed hospitals, and travel staffing agencies are also seeking nurses who are flexible and adventurous.
 
Scrubs: Give us the pluses and minuses of staffing agencies.
 
Jim: On the plus side, there is usually a wide range of positions available for nurses at staffing agencies. Ask yourself…”Am I marketable?” The more nursing specialties you are familiar with, the more opportunity there will be for work. The US Marines have a saying that Marines adapt, improvise, and overcome. I believe the same attitude applies to nurses. On the negative side, when you join a staffing agency you may be put in the unenviable position of working at your former place of employment.
 
Scrubs: Is that why a nurse should choose travel nursing?
 
Jim: Travel nursing is also a wonderful option for the recently laid off nurse. Travel staffing agencies often pay well, and offer nursing positions in many desirable areas of the country. If you’re truly adventurous, you may find yourself nursing abroad! As an added bonus there is usually a stipend for rent included in your contract with the agency that you work for.
 
Scrubs: Tell us about a typical travel nursing gig.
 
Jim: Usually these jobs last about 3-4 months. Then it’s onto another location, and another job. This type of nursing could be very exciting, as it provides us with a constant change of scenery, and can help give us a fresh perspective about what being a nurse is all about. Travel nursing also can be an excellent learning experience, as we often work in different areas of expertise adding to our overall nursing experience, and “marketability.”
 
James DeMaria, RN, BSN, is Vice President of Renal Care Registered Nursing Services, located in Nanuet, N.Y. Founded in 1991, Renal Care Registered Nursing Services provides acute kidney dialysis services to some of the northeast’s largest hospitals and caregiving facilities. While having had no formal business training, James has excelled as an entrepreneur, a role he must balance with his responsibility as a nurse, husband and father, and is always on call, explaining, “You never work harder than you do for yourself.” He is also cohost of “Nurse’s Station,” a new audio podcast by and for nurses.

The Nurses Station, Episode 14, Stress Management Tips For Nurses. An Interview with Khadi Madama

A Podcast For Nurses and By Nurses.

This episode is brought to you by Renal Care Registered Nursing Services of Nanuet, NY. Providing Acute Dialysis and Plasma Exchange Services to Metro-NY area hospitals for two decades.

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Host Jim DeMaria chats with Khadi Madama, who offers some amazing tips on stress management for nurses. Let us know your thoughts. Leave a comment here or share this show with your nursing friends. And thank you all for making The Nurses Station the #1 podcast for nurses in iTunes.

A pioneer in the field of Yoga Therapeutics, Khadi Madama began her career as a Yoga Instructor in 1969 and is a Registered Yoga Instructor with the Yoga Alliance, logging over 10,000 teaching hours throughout her career. She holds a certificate in Tian Tao Qi Gong and is an affiliate instructor of the National Chinese Qi Gong Institute. Madama has developed specialized therapeutic Yoga Stress Management programs for esteemed health care institutions. She hosted Yours Truly, Yoga from 1996-2000, and India has recently recognized her with the esteemed title “Acharya Sri” with the Jewel of India Award for the longevity of her teaching career and spreading the philosophy of Yoga. Currently she is a Wellness Consultant and Complimentary Therapy program designer for Genesis Rehabilitation and Health Care Services for Tai Chi and Yoga/Qi Gong, and at the Ocean County Massage Institute, she taught “Six Yoga Principles for Massage Therapists”, a state board approved CEU course.

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The Nurses Station, Episode 13, Interview with Deb Savage of Savage Solution$

The Nurses Station–A Podcast by Nurses and For Nurses.

This episode is brought to you by Renal Care Registered Nursing Services of Nanuet, NY. Providing acute dialysis and plasma exchange services to Metro New York-area hospitals for nearly two decades.

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This week Jim DeMaria speaks with Deb Savage, Accredited Certified Coach, has been coaching since 2006. She is the President of Savage Solution$, a member of the International Coaching Federation and the Heartland Coaching Chapter.

Deb has a special package just for listeners of The Nurses Station. Check it out.

Recession Buster Discounts for 40 Coaching Packages:

For RN’s and LPN’s Deb is offering 20 “Coaching Packages”

6 or 8 coaching session’s total, on the phone, 50 minutes in length, scheduled every two weeks.

6 sessions paid in advance at 50% discount = $300.00

Package 1 for RN’s

8 sessions paid in advance at 50% discount = $375.00

Package 2 for RN’s

For Nursing Students Deb am offering 20 Coaching Packages:

6 or 8 “Academic Coaching Sessions” total, on the phone, 50 minutes in length, scheduled every two weeks.

6 sessions paid in advance at student discount = $250.00

Package 1 for students

8 sessions paid in advance at student discount = $325.00

Package 2 for students

As a special bonus, those that contact Deb and prepay for coaching and get on her calendar for coaching by Friday, April 17th at 5:00 pm central standard time will have the opportunity to “Pay it Forward”. This is an opportunity for those of you that have currently hired her as your coach to pass this “Recession Buster Discount” on to a friend at the same prices. If you find that your coaching is beneficial and helpful you can PAY IT FORWARD TO A FRIEND!