With the UK firmly in the grip of the New Year cold snap, there has been a significant rise in the demand for agency nurses across the country. Mayday Healthcare are specialists in recruiting for nursing staff, working with the NHS and healthcare organisations to connect nurses with jobs where their help is needed the most. Challenging, yet rewarding positions are available in a variety of locations, and our team are on hand 24/7 to explore suitable nurse jobs to suit your preferences.

There are opportunities available that will make positive changes to families, groups and communities

The chaos of the festive season has died down, but the winter continues to put pressure on our healthcare system. Already, nurses will be no strangers to treating overindulgence, trips and falls from the ice, respiratory complications and a whole host of other conditions exacerbated by the cold weather. The NHS has been working on contingency plans to cope with the extra pressure put on nurses over the winter months. Agency nurses will be familiar with the challenges of adequately staffing healthcare organisations over the winter months. There are opportunities available that will make positive changes to families, groups and communities all over the UK.

Making a difference and have a real impact

To meet the surge in demand and maximise support, measures are being put in place. The aim is to prioritise patient care and the safe, effective and prompt discharge of those who can go home or move to another environment.  Working as an agency nurse during these times will give you the opportunity to be at the forefront of making a difference and have a real impact. Mayday Healthcare have seen a large increase in demand for ad-hoc agency nurse work, in addition to a variety of contracted positions across a variety of specialties.

It’s also important to remember that in order to fulfil your duty of care to others, you also need to take care of yourself. It’s crucial to have confidence in providing safe care of the highest possible standard, whilst also looking after your own health. Things to consider for agency nurses include:

  • Keeping warm (in line with your uniform rules) at all time. You can buy discrete thermals, or layer up.
  • Staying healthy and eating well. It’s tempting if you’re short on time to eat quick and easy meals, but we all know this isn’t always the most nutritious option. Incorporating fruit, vegetables, grains and nuts into your food will boost energy and keep your immune system in check.
  • Fight off winter blues as much as your fight off winter bugs! Take a walk, chat to a friend – whatever helps you to take a break and find some peace.
  • Be safe when travelling. Prepare your vehicle and check weather updates – particularly district and community nurses.

Winter poses a number of challenges for agency nurses, but despite this, providing care and support to patients in the most difficult months of the year remains a rewarding career choice.

Your can explore our agency nurse jobs here.