Using a healthcare support worker agency to find a new role within healthcare is considered by many as a useful and convenient way to locate your perfect position, if you’re based in Warrington, we have plenty of positions going.
Many healthcare workers are restricted by location. After all, if you’re settled in the North West, it’s difficult to leave your life behind for a job elsewhere. This article will explore the importance of location in relation to nursing and support workers, and considers why you should consider a healthcare support worker agency.
Many nurses and healthcare support workers spend the majority of their day on their feet. In fact, A study published by MEDSURG Nursing in 2006 monitored 146 nurses and found that they averaged 4–5 miles during a 12-hour shift. To put this into perspective, the average American walks 2.5–3 miles during an 18-hour day, while a poll by YouGov found that 52% of UK adults walk a mile a day or less during the week. Our article detailing the number of steps nurses take, and health tips on how to support it is also available here.
Walking isn’t the only activity healthcare workers carry out each day. For many nurses and support workers, more risk-associated tasks such as lifting and moving patients are part of the job description. This directly impacts the whole health system as well as its staff, nurses back injuries cost the NHS 400 million annually.
Nursing and other healthcare roles can be incredibly physically demanding. But how does location play into it? If there’s an additional long commute at the start and end of a long, physically demanding shift, it can begin to take its toll on more than just the physical aspects.
As healthcare workers often work long shifts, a long commute is going to leave little time for rest and recuperation. If a nurse works a 12-hour shift, and has a total commute time of 2 hours per shift, and has family obligations on top of that, work-life balance is going to be completely disrupted. They won’t have enough time to get a healthy amount of sleep, never mind being able to relax and implement proper self-care.
43% of UK workers believe their commute negatively impacts on their stress levels, which increases to 73% for 25-34-year-olds. The upcoming healthcare workers are therefore probably better suited to working locally, rather than partaking in a high-stress commute.
Long commutes impacting on the mental health of health workers are going to have a knock-on effect to the quality of their performance at work and be a cause for higher occurrences of mental health-related sick leave.
A recent study revealed that workers with long commutes are 33% more likely to suffer depression, 37% more likely to have financial worries, 12% were more likely to report multiple aspects of work-related stress, and 46% were more likely to get less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep each night.
Overall, the evidence appears to confirm that long commutes can induce poor health, and working locally has a lot of benefits relating to work-life balance.
If you’re in search of a better work-life balance and live in Warrington, or the North West, do it with a healthcare support worker agency and get in touch with Ivers to help you find your perfect healthcare position near you.
You can email Ivers Care Services at email@example.com or you can click here to fill out an enquiry form. Alternatively, call us on the following numbers. Warrington: 01925 899 405, Sheffield: 01142 094 024, Middlesbrough: 01642 035 035 or Birmingham: 01214 812 781.