By Kelly Imbody, CTR, Cancer Information Specialist, CHAMPS Oncology
Some say sitting is the new smoking. And whether you work as an on-site CTR at a hospital or a remote CTR at home, the majority of your work is probably done sitting at a desk for at least eight hours a day.
Those of you in a hospital setting might find it a bit more necessary to get up and walk to the printer or physically go to a meeting, but if you’re a remote CTR working from home, you don’t have those built-in stretches sprinkled throughout your day. Instead, it takes mindful and deliberate effort to get up and stretch. Whatever it takes, we all need to be aware of how much our workspace design and habits affect our health.
Whether it’s lower back pain, wrist pain, a really tight neck or lack of mobility…when we spend all day at a desk, our bodies pay a price. Here are a few workstation tips I’ve collected during my years as a remote CTR that will help you take it easier on your body:
For laptop users, utilize a separate keyboard and mouse to alleviate cramping and prevent you from hunching over.
Consider an adjustable workstation if it’s in your budget.
Stand and stretch during phone calls, meetings and webinars.
Do an extra lap around the kitchen island when you refill your water bottle.
Aim to maintain a straight wrist position while you work. To do this, if you sit in a forward or upright position, tilt your keyboard away from you at a negative angle. If you are reclined, a slight positive tilt will help.
Position the top of your monitor approximately 2-3 inches above your seated eye level. If you wear bifocals, lower the monitor to a comfortable reading level.
And the list could go on and on! With so many remote CTRs working across the country, at CHAMPS Oncology we’ve even developed a Pinterest board for our team that is devoted to tips like these and other resources for working from home. I encourage you to check it out!
What advice do you have for a remote CTR or anyone working at a desk all day?
CHAMPS Oncology will attend, exhibit and present at the National Cancer Registrar Association's (NCRA) 46th Annual Educational Conference that is taking place Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23.
CHAMPS Oncology Regional Manager Amanda Harvey-McKee, BA, CTR, will be presenting during the Registry Management Symposium portion of the conference. Her presentation, Transform Your Cancer Program with the Data You Collect, will take place during the conference. Check back for more details on her presentation as the conference date approaches!
Visit our booth to learn about our cancer registry careers and see if you have what it takes to join our team!
Learn more about the NCRA 46th Annual Educational Conference by visiting their website.
Where: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL
When: Sep 21, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
50th Annual OCRA Educational State Meeting
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the 50th Annual OCRA Educational State Meeting.
To learn more about OCRA's Annual Meeting, visit their website.
Where: Holiday Inn Strongsville, OH 44136
When: Sep 10, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 45th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit.
Follow the hashtag #AMCCBS to stay connected or visit their website here.
Where: Washington Hilton, DC
When: Mar 4, 2020 -
June marks #MensHealthMonth. This month is all about raising awareness about health issues affecting men — such as cancer.
Knowing about the most common cancers that affect men and how to lower your risk can save your life. Additionally, following cancer screening guidelines can result in life-saving early detection: https://bit.ly/2Mj1qnT
Are you looking to bring personality and a wealth of knowledge to a cancer registry team with over 40 years of experience? Visit https://lnkd.in/e44jwmJ to learn more about opportunities with CHAMPS Oncology. #Oncology#RemoteWorking