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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Ongoing Training for Nurses: A Priority
Jun06

Ongoing Training for Nurses: A Priority

The healthcare field is changing all of the time. New equipment, new procedures and safety regulations, along with new doctors and specialists make the field of nursing one that must be current. As a result, it is very important to stay on track with any trainings recommended to you by a manager or your health system. Certifications to pursue additional specialties are also something that you should consider if you want your career to...

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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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5 Tips on Helping Patients Reduce the Risk of Falling
May24

5 Tips on Helping Patients Reduce the Risk of Falling

When any patient falls, it’s bad. Not only can they sustain injuries, but a fall can also create a fear of moving at all! This can lead to withdrawal from normal activities, which creates a whole other bucket full of issues. As a nurse, you are often turned to as the authority on day-to-day activities, whether it is a litany of questions from a patient being discharged from the hospital after hernia surgery or one who comes into your...

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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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Shift Work Offers Harmony and Havoc … at the Same Time
May13

Shift Work Offers Harmony and Havoc … at the Same Time

Like police, fire and some factory work, the medical field is driven by 24/7 care. That means someone’s got to work nights. Often it’s the rookie, or the person who is coordinating a work schedule with a spouse so that someone is always home with the kids. Whether you asked for a night shift or not, your body may ultimately decide whether it is something you can do easily, or if it will be a battle. Fact: our bodies have a certain...

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