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Fight the Un-Daylight Savings Blahs with Caffeine

Cup of Joe

OK,  this Sunday morning's switch-over, with its bonus hour of sleep, wasn't as painful as when we "spring forward" and lose one. Still, the change in time can leave us feeling drab or jetlagged.

In the Spotlight: Dr. Richard Cowling

Coming from a childhood that was full of children – including his seven brothers and sisters and plenty of foster children his parents cared for – it is no wonder Dr.

New Initiative to Promote Healthy Habits for Nurses

Are you curious about how your health compares to nurses across the nation? Ever wonder how safe and healthy your workplace is? Learn the answers from the American Nurses Association (ANA) HealthyNurse™ program, which is scheduled to officially kick off mid-November.

Candy is Dandy, But...

It’s that time of year again – Halloween, when most of kiddies (and many mommies and papas) will scarf down bags of candy. As a nurse, you want to make sure that this celebration, which opens the sweets-heavy holiday season -- doesn't bust your health goals, or those of your family.

Make Change Easier at Work

We all know fresh ideas often spark long-lasting and workplace-changing solutions. Maybe it comes from a new employee who has seen different procedures, a long-time employee energized by a class, or just someone who routinely performs a task more efficiently than others.

Combating Stress and Anxiety With Three Smart Strategies

Well, another week is upon us and–if you’re anything like me–you’re probably feeling that familiar hint of anxiety that precedes the start of the Monday routine. We’re not alone. In fact, many people suffer from this type of anticipatory anxiety and stress.

MTV's "Scrubbing In" Rattles Critics

They flirt. Fight. Curse. Party. And that’s some of the behavior in the trailer of MTV’s Scrubbing In, a new reality show about a group of twentysomething traveling nurses in Orange County, Calif.

Make mine a double-Nappaccino, please...

A “nappuccino” is a double-delight -- you sip a delicious caffeinated brew before laying down your sleepy head for a short nap. The coffee takes effect just as you wake up, so you're refreshed, not groggy. A delicious luxury!

Nurses Face Greater Risk for Depression

Nurses deal with a spectrum of emotions on any given day. As caregivers, you see your share of gut-wrenching moments. Stressful occurrences are constant. With time, you learn coping skills to protect your heart, your sanity, your life. But what if the “blues” or a “bad day” lingers too long?

National Black Nurses' Day: Call for Nominees

Black nurses practice in all areas of nursing: clinical, education, administrative, research, government and private enterprise. Black nurses past and present are known for providing quality health care services, and they play an integral role in delivering health care within the United States and its territories. Since February is the month that has been set aside to honor the contributions made by Black Americans to this country, it is only fitting that Black nurses be recognized and honored, during this time, for their outstanding contributions to their community and country. Contact the National Black Nurses' Day Committee and nominate an outstanding Black nurse today! Deadline for nominations is December 8, 2013.

How To Transform A Health Crisis Into An Opportunity for Growth

Now more than ever, the promise of control appears to be everywhere. Every new magazine or book seems to say: "Take charge of your personal development, relationships, finances, and career with the push of a button." We download the apps, we make calendars and budgets, and we track our miles and our achievements with pedometers. But all the technology and planning in the world can't prepare us for the unexpected challenges of a health crisis.

Nursing + Stress + Less Sleep = Weight Gain?

It can be a struggle to embrace healthy habits after an exhausting day at work. The reasons are all too familiar: erratic hours, high stress levels, skipped meals, and, lack of motivation.

The Emancipation of the Patient

Huge changes are sweeping the health care landscape; electronic medical records (EMR), the resurgence of clinics as the point of care delivery, the medical home, care disparities, cost and financing issues, the Affordable Care Act, and the market-driven nature of medical care. But their significance, however, is not matched by one that is passionately mentioned in that list. It’s the primacy of the patient and their satisfaction.

7 Ways to Boost Your Creativity: A Guide to Discovering Your Artistic Potential

Whether we're just starting on our path to serve in the health care industry, or already in service to our communities, there's no better time than now to remember that taking time to nurture our creative sides can be an asset to our careers.

Break a Bad Habit in Five Easy Steps!

We all have bad habits and, luckily, most of them are very forgivable. After all, we are all human and not perfect. But at work, employees' bad habits can lead to conflicts with coworkers and even being overlooked for a promotion.

Cancer Resources for Hispanics

Perhaps there's no disease as feared and diagnosis as dreaded as that of cancer. Here are a few health resources that your Hispanic patients can turn to for information, guidance, or help dealing with a possible or actual cancer diagnosis.

Hispanics and Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the #1 cause of death among Hispanics in this nation. (It overtook heart disease as the leading cause in 2012.) 

Nurse Residency Program: The Next Adventure

In three weeks I will begin the nurse residency program and take a step closer to my fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a nurse. Last month I received the coveted phone call from a facility I had applied to. After a long telephone interview and two panel interviews that spanned three months, I was offered a position in their nurse residency program. For those who do not know what a nurse residency program is, it is a bridge that takes the newly graduated nurse and aids in the transformation into a confident practitioner.

Q&A on Diabetes and Hispanics with Dr. Angelica P. Herrera

Angelica P. Herrera, DrPH, MPH,an Assistant Professor in the Center for Aging Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, knows all too well the havoc that diabetes plays in the Hispanic community.

Nurses as "Champions of Coverage": Part 2

Today, October 1st, is the beginning of enrollment in online health insurance marketplaces nationwide. The exchanges are at the center of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the largest healthcare expansion this country has seen in nearly half a century.

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