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The 5 Best Joy-Inducing Video Games for Busy Nurses

New research in the past year alone has emerged to tell us that video games are not as bad as they’ve seemed to be. In fact, game play may help us flourish since it is a plentiful source of stress-relief, and some video games may even help us feel more calm. Gone are the days of intense running, jumping, and button-mashing, here to stay are games that can fit any mood!

Share the Love of Dairy this Valentine’s Day and Everyday!

When it comes to consuming milk and other dairy products, does your heart tell you yes, and your mind tell you no? Lactose intolerance (LI) could be the culprit in the lover’s quarrel that keeps you from the enjoyment of delicious and nutritious dairy foods. Red alert: It doesn’t have to be that way. Many people with lactose intolerance can enjoy these foods- even on a daily basis.

App Highlight: Talking Translator

As a nurse working in a large metropolitan medical facility, I am interacting with several languages and cultures. In short, my work atmosphere epitomizes the expression a “melting pot”. Therefore, it is imperative that patients are provided culturally competent care in their native language. In a perfect world, each non-English speaking patient would be provided an interpreter. However, in actuality this is simply a dream. So, I use an amazing app called Talking Translator to communicate with my non-English speaking patients. Take a look at this app's highlights.

Dating and the Single Nurse

Valentine’s day is coming up and a few nurses may be spending the holiday for lovebirds alone. While it might be a tad late to find a date for Valentine’s Day, nurses aren’t doomed to be alone forever.

Making Health Habitual for Nurses

Tooth Flossing

How are you doing sticking to your New Year’s self-improvement goals? According to a new book about American self-help, Promise Land, 45% of us set well-intentioned goals in January. Then all too quickly we abandon them.

5 Career Lessons from the Olympics

Watching the Olympics can teach even the most driven nurse something new. Viewing the awesome physical feats is stunning, but even more amazing is the invisible, but so apparent, mental focus of these singularly intense world-class athletes.

Great Hand Creams for Dry, Cracked Hands

As nurses and budding students, we are constantly washing our hands with harsh industrial cleansers and sanitizers to inhibit the growth and transmission of organisms. Unfortunately, by the end of the shift, we develop unsightly hands that are rough, cracked, and uncomfortably dry. Find out which products this nurse swears by.

Crowdsourcing Solutions to Nurse Weight Gain

Pink Socks on Scales

Want to lose pounds or maintain a healthy weight as a nurse? Try crowdsourcing a solution. That's the practice of soliciting ideas from a large group of people, especially when done online.

Mobile Health and Online Patient Communication: Where Nurses Fit In

One of the most discussed advances in medical technology today is the mobile revolution, which has opened the doors for patients to use special apps and services to message their doctor electronically. It seems like patients everywhere are thrilled to have the opportunity to text, email, and IM their doctors over HIPPA-compliant communication services.

School Nurses Adapting to Modern Needs

A registered professional school nurse is considered the initiator and leader of health policies and programs within her affiliated school, according to the

Want the Job? Don’t Sell Yourself Short

So you hear about a great job opening and feel excited, until you read the job description. It’s a long list and you lack some of the requirements. What should you do? Apply even if you don’t think you qualify, nursing experts say.

Advice for Older Nurses Seeking Jobs

Are you a seasoned nurse applying for jobs and finding it difficult to get interviews? You are not alone. Understanding job market demands and the differences of the multigenerational workforce are among the tips for older nurses who are job hunting.

Solutions to Stop Nurse Weight Gain

Weight gain doesn't have to be a given for nurses, though it sometimes seems that way. There are so many challenges to eating healthy: working 12-hour shifts (especially nights); eating at oddball hours; not always getting a lunch break; often leaving work feeling starved, etc. Losing weight is one of the most popular new year's resolutions, yet according to many experts less than 10% of us actually achieve our goals. So then, how can nurses rev up their resolutions?

Let Your Voice Be Heard: Rally at Your State Capitol!

Do you have an idea that will revolutionize nursing or health care? Nurses and nursing students should join together at your state’s capitol so our voices and viewpoint stand strong and unwavering.

Making Tax Season a Little Easier

It's the time of year that makes even the most organized people cringe – tax time. Unless you are an accountant who knows all the ins and outs of taxes, this time of year can be confusing.

Essentials in a Nurse's Locker: A Learned Experience

Earlier this week, the southeastern United States, particularly Alabama, endured an unimaginable weather nightmare. Who could envision that ice and snow could bring about such disorder? For instance, roadways were gridlocked causing unforeseen traffic nightmares. All in all, it was a health care worker’s nightmare since nurses and other health care personnel could not leave. Essentially, worker's were stranded at our hospital for 3 days without essentials such as: medication, undergarments, etc. Here is a list of essentials every nurse should have stored in his or her locker.

10 Telltale Signs to Find A New Job

When you think about your job, do you instantly become stressed? Do you feel ignored at work? Is your unhappiness at work interfering with your sleep and family life? Then you know well some of the common signs that it’s time to leave your job.

Why Do Nurses Gain Weight?

There’s been some recent research that suggests nurses are more likely to be overweight as compared to the general population. Maybe you struggle with maintaining a healthy weight yourself.

Job Hunting Amid Fear of a Bad Reference

Are you looking for a job, but haunted by what your former supervisor may say when contacted for a reference check? Were your previous evaluations bad or were you terminated? The good news is you can move forward despite an imperfect work record. 

Healthy Living is Catching

It’s no secret: It’s much easier to reach health goals when friends, family, and co-workers have favorable attitudes toward exercise, sensible eating, etc.


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