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Helping Patients Form Healthy Habits

As a nurse, you’re in an excellent position to offer advice to patients about establishing healthier lifestyle habits. The question is: What’s the best way to provide guidance on habit-formation? Here are some best practices on health education.

Five Ways To Burn Fat and Tone Up at Work

Do you find yourself too pooped after work to exercise? Get in line. And it is a rather lengthy one. About half of the adults across the nation say they fail to get the suggested 30 minutes, five days a week of moderate activity or the suggested 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times week, according to a survey by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Drive Changes in 2014 With A Theme Word

With spring less than a month away, now is a good time to assess your progress with your resolutions for this new year. How are you doing? If you are having trouble remembering exactly what your resolutions are, there is ample time to regroup and pursue the life you desire.  

Working with the Enemy

Have you ever had to deal with a disrespectful coworker who makes your life miserable on the job? Know this: you are not alone. Nine out of 10 workers say they have experienced uncivil behavior and have witnessed it.

Choosing the Perfect Pet: The Best Companions for Nurses

After a long day, there’s nothing like coming home to a friendly face. But with long shifts, studying, and traveling from office to office or house to house, it can be hard to keep up with the needs of a creature. Here are a few pets that will warm your heart, each one picked specifically for the lifestyle of a nurse.

4 Tips to Age-Proof a Younger Resume

There's lots of advice for job-seeking older nurses who need a little help reshaping resumes and keeping up with the changing employment and recruiting market.

Steps to Protect Your Health at Work

When it comes to work-related injuries, nurses get more than their fair share. So, what are you doing to protect your health?

Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul

Looking for reading material in all the wrong places? Feeling like you’d like to read something other than a textbook? (don’t we all…)  These books will refresh your soul and offer a few new perspectives in patient care.

21 Days to Better Health Habits?


For a long time we've been told that in 28 days we could count on a new habit sticking for good. But not so fast -- does scientific research back up that claim? No, it turns out that figure is a considerable underestimation.

4 Tips to Age-Proof an Older Resume

When you apply for a job, do you ever wonder if the hiring manager might think you are too old? Can you really age-proof your credentials so your talents and your capabilities shine thorough and not your age?

Sticking to a Budget

So you've decided to take your out-of-control financial situation firmly in hand. You've identified your spending "hot zones," set some motivational savings goals, and created a budget to get you where you want to go. Now the trick is: Sticking to it. 

3 Ways to Rein in Spending


Like most Americans, your financial situation may feel out of control. Maybe you overspend for big-ticket items – like a car payment. Or more likely, your money problem is little purchases here and there that add up over time. What financial gurus call the “latte factor.”

Dress for Success

It’s amazing what self-confidence can help one accomplish. Self-confidence can come from receiving a compliment, losing weight, accomplishing a goal…just about anything.

Study Reports Diabetes Is Top Concern for Latinos

Latinos Lives and Health, a poll released last month by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health, found diabetes is

The Benefits Everybody Should Know About Nursing Aide Jobs

certified nursing assistant

Are you considering a career in nursing, but afraid of the financial and time commitment necessary to obtain the degree? Consider becoming a certified nursing assistant. It requires less training and can be a great stepping stone for those who want to test the waters before committing to years of training and school.

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.

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.


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