Meditate to Relieve Stress
Sep27

Meditate to Relieve Stress

The act of meditation can be a moving target of sorts. It can bring up images of sitting cross-legged with fingertips touching thumb, eyes closed and chanting a mantra. Sure, this is meditation. But so is going for a walk in nature. So is making the bed. So is chopping up vegetables for dinner. So is sitting by a lake or the ocean and gazing out. And so is closing your eyes for 30 seconds to center yourself, allowing negative emotions...

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Sleep: Finding a Balance when Working Midnights
Aug03

Sleep: Finding a Balance when Working Midnights

Improving patient safety and care begins with you. As an integral member of the overall care team for any patient, your health and state of mind can – and do – directly impact the quality of care delivered to all of your patients. This is something that every nurse takes seriously. But it is also something that can become a challenge when working varying shifts week-to-week, or even just working the midnight shift over a long period...

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Should You Care for Patients When You are Sick?
Jul13

Should You Care for Patients When You are Sick?

It’s the ultimate Catch 22. A conundrum that has no easy answer (hence, the use of the word: conundrum). But it is certainly a hot-button issue that must be addressed. Should you go to work when you are sick? For the majority of people in this world, going to work when they have a minor illness is left to each individual. If they come in to work when experiencing symptoms of the flu or a bad cold, they risk infecting coworkers. If...

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Pay Attention to Your Breathing
Jun21

Pay Attention to Your Breathing

This is very basic stuff, but it’s worth stating: Breathing is important to your health. Of course, everyone needs oxygen – and CO2 – to survive. But it is also important to breathe correctly to make sure you’re getting the proper balance of both. Taking shallow breaths, unconsciously holding your breath or breathing rapidly can impact the brain, the nerves, your organs and alkaline levels and the way you can function. It is usually...

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Squeezing in Exercise to Your Busy Schedule
Jun01

Squeezing in Exercise to Your Busy Schedule

In a perfect world, walking up and down corridors at a hospital while caring for patients would burn enough calories to help our hearts and keep our thighs, abs and butts clear of fat and taut with muscle. But alas, it does not. Add to that 12-hour shifts, family obligations and innumerable priorities and stressors on the job, and it’s a recipe for weight gain. In fact, according to a 2014 study, healthcare workers rank among the top...

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Managing Your Emotions on the Job
May19

Managing Your Emotions on the Job

  When you choose nursing as a career you understand on an intellectual level that you will be seeing people who are not well and may never get well. The draw is that you doing your job can help innumerable people heal and return to their lives. Still, it is not easy to handle the emotions of being witness to your patients at their weakest and most vulnerable moments. You get attached. You care. You’re human! So how can you learn...

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