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Stressed? Breath in & Count to 5...

As a nurse, you most definitely know the meaning of the words Stressed Out! If you're anything like me, you've also tried all sorts of techniques for getting a hold of yourself so that you don't Burn Out.

Back to the Past: Recognizing Our Potential in the Moment

Every now and again, I find myself thinking about the next routine or task seemingly without any recognition of the present moment.

World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero!

Every year on December 1st, world communities unite in the fight against HIV/ AIDS. On this special day, we unite and show our support for those living with HIV/ AIDS and pay tribute to individuals who have died from this disease. Though countless medical advancements have been made to end this pandemic, approximately 25 million lives have been lost since 1981. Globally, roughly 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. Sadly, the incidences of new cases are on the rise. So, what can you do on World AIDS Day?

Beyond the Bedside: Nursing Careers on the Rise

Are you interested in career opportunities beyond the bedside? These prospects are great alternatives to the traditional path!

The Newbie Nurse’s Guide to Coping with Stress

The nursing profession is a high impact, high stakes field. As nurses we cope with staffing shortages, high patient acuity, and stressful work environments. Moreover, these things can interfere with productivity and adversely affect patient care. In particular, new nurses who experience high levels of stress may become physically ill or experience emotional burnout. Although I am a new nurse, I utilize stress-relieving techniques while working during my shift. Early on, I grasped that I would face many situations that are out of my control, and I have discovered that these techniques aid me in coping with existing and potential stressors.

Eating Hacks for Party-Happy Holidays

Now that the three-month long holiday season is in full-swing, we could all use a few tips on how to curtail holiday noshing.

Conquering the Night Shift as a Newbie Nurse

Many new nurses start their careers working the infamous night shift. As a new nurse, making the transition to a night schedule was difficult. For instance, after I completed my 3-day stretch, I found it challenging to readjust to my normal schedule. So, I asked seasoned nurses on methods to successfully navigate my path. With a positive attitude and an open heart, I applied their recommendations. Within a few days of applying their advice, I felt more revitalized and productive. Listed below are the recommendations. Hopefully, these tips will assist nurses struggling with their transition to a night schedule.

A Guide on Making it Through the Holidays as a Newbie Nurse

I understand that working on a holiday is difficult, but you can get through it! Below is a guide on making it though the holidays as a new nurse!

Jumpstart 2014 Resolutions in December

In another month, most of us will announce to family and friends the resolutions we plan to pursue, achieve and maintain in 2014.

Flu Season has Started: Tips for Fighting Influenza

Protect your health and the health of your patients with a flu shot – ASAP! Flu seasons are unpredictable – viruses are constantly changing so we never know what will turn out to be a particularly nasty flu season. In addition, flu is inherently unfair to at-risk communities; there are more cases among Hispanic and African American patients, for instance.

Nurse Informaticists in Demand

 Are you techno-savvy, interested in leading the transformation in healthcare and looking for an in-demand job with a good salary?

Consider a career as a nurse informaticist.

Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving! I used to say "happy turkey day!" until a friend of mine told me it made her sad to hear that. "What's wrong with focusing on our blessings, and not the bird?" Ah, blessings, indeed.

Thanksgiving Day Guide

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is marked by family reunions, gratitude and reflection. It can also be a day of incredible stress with high expectations and tension with some relatives. To help you make the most of the holiday, use this appropriately named list as a guide.

6 Tips to Beat Job Interview Stress

Congratulations if you are getting ready for an important job interview! The preparation to make a good impression, form the best answers to questions, and to find out about a new organization can be time consuming and stressful.

The Case for Compassion

One of the astonishing realities of nursing is the inherent exposure to human vulnerability at its extremes. Whether bearing witness to candid joy or profound loss, the role of the nurse as a champion for compassion is essential to the profession’s social benefit.

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Part #2

Horn of Plenty

Thanksgiving is only seven days away! Whether you’re an old pro at hosting dinner or this is your first time out, getting a traditional meal on the table -- and on-time -- is a challenge. Here’s a handy One Week Checklist to help make preparations for the big day a bit less stressful.

Set Your Sights on a Management Position

If you've ever thought of making a career move into management, it is worth the time to make a plan for leading your career in that direction.

Coping with Seasonal Depression

Putting aside all of the glittering lights and decorative storefront window displays, there’s something in the winter air that we don’t often talk about. For some, this time of year is a challenging one with a tricky combination of diminishing available light and plentiful stress triggers. Too frequently dismissed or marginalized, seasonal depression is very much a real concern. The causes of seasonal depression vary, but thankfully so do the options for coping successfully.

Is There Really a Nursing Shortage?

Everywhere you look there’s talk about a nursing shortage. Those already in the field complain about short staffing on the units they work, while new graduate nurses aren’t being hired for their first job as quickly as they thought.

A Reflection of Human Dignity

Although bladder problems are publicly and openly discussed on TV, in print, and on the Internet, they are still a well-kept secret and source of humiliation. Men and women with bladder dysfunction often feel ashamed and are reluctant to discuss the problem with their family or doctor. During November, National Bladder Health Awareness month, encourage a sensitive dialogue with them to facilitate prevention and treatment. Education can help break through the incontinence stigma.

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