Gratitude and Compassion

When you get caught up in the clinical side of nursing, it can be easy to lose sight of your patients and their families… and why you went into nursing in the first place. These articles provide a gentle reminder that gratitude and compassion are critical to self-care and patient care.

More than 1.3 billion people across the world lack access to basic healthcare services – mostly because the number of healthcare workers is not rising fast enough to accommodate the demand of a growing global population. The World Health Report says “the right workers with the right skills in the . . .

Tip 6 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

In this last exercise, all you have to do is notice 5 things in your day that usually go unappreciated.

These things can be objects or people; it’s up to you. Use a notepad to check off 5 by . . .

Tip 4 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

This exercise is designed to open your ears to sound in a non-judgmental way, and indeed to train your mind to be less swayed by the influence of past experiences and preconception.

So much of what we “feel” is . . .

Tip 1 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down, and pretty much anywhere at any time. If you can sit down in the meditation (lotus) position, that’s great, if not, no worries.

Either way, all you have to . . .

April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

Author: Kara Theal, MA, BSN, RN-BC

Victor Borge, the famous Danish comedian, pianist, and conductor once said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Infusing laughter and humor into your work life is a powerful tool that can improve communication, reduce stress, foster cohesiveness, and boost overall performance and staff engagement. (See It starts with . . .

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: William Rosa, MS, RN, LMT, AHN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN-CMC

We’ve all had days that push us toward the edge. The chaos likely starts around mid-shift and may go something like this: Radiology calls for bed 3, bed 6 is late for discharge, the emergency department is waiting to send two new admits, and Mr. Gilbert’s wife . . .

November 2016 Vol. 11 No. 11

Author: Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, RN, CNS

Thirty years ago, Brigadier General Sarah Wells began the tradition of gathering nurses together to place flowers on the graves of nurses who served in the U.S. military and are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This biannual tradition continues today.

Wells served as Air Force Nurse Corps Chief from . . .

October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10

Author: Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN

Moral distress occurs when one recognizes one’s moral responsibility in a situation; evaluates the various courses of action; and identifies, in accordance with one’s beliefs, the morally correct decision—but is then prevented from following through.
The literature is replete with the mounting evidence of the incidence and . . .

August 2016 Vol. 11 No. 8

Author: Susan Bartlett, BSN, RN

In a perfect world, we nurses would be inspired daily by our patient experiences. They would come in such abundance that overtime, computer crashes, and 10-minute meal breaks would be minor nuisances brushed off like a piece of lint on our scrubs.

The reality is this: Some days are . . .

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN, and Justin O’Leary, MA, BSN, RN

Groucho Marx said, “Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.” When we mentioned this to a friend of ours, he retorted, “Yes—and life is the chief cause of death!”

In writing this reflection, we revisited the existential question: What is life? More specifically, what do we do with life . . .

June 2016 Vol. 11 No. 6

Author: Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, RN, CNS

One of the most painful experiences for any parent is the death of a child. The family is deeply affected by the loss, and the extended “family” of co-workers, neighbors, and community are also affected. However, not many organizational leaders, including those in health care, are prepared for the . . .