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Manage Stress, Avoid Burnout

The high stress nature of nursing can lead to burn out, and it can leak into your personal life. Learn how to manage that stress so you can have a long career and a happy life.

Limiting the stress that comes with the holidays requires a bit of planning. The Cleveland Clinic offers some suggestions built around the activities that can be the most anxiety-inducing:

• Holiday shopping

• Planning family gatherings

• Scheduling time with family and friends

• Taking care of yourself—eating well and staying active . . .

Tip 5 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

The intention of this exercise is to cultivate contentment in the moment and escape the persistent striving we find ourselves caught up in on a daily basis.

Rather than anxiously wanting to finish an everyday routine task in order 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 . . .

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Maude McGill, PhD, MSN, RN-BC

Jeanette manages to beat traffic, clock-in on time, and begin her day. Everything is running smoothly. Then she and another nurse argue over who should take the next admission. Both of them already have full patient loads. Throughout the day, several more admissions and discharges take place, but Jeanette . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN, and Justin O'Leary, MA, BS, BSN

There’s a story that goes something like this: An elderly man falls down a flight of stairs at home. In the emergency department, he’s found to have four broken ribs, a pneumohemothorax that requires two chest tubes, and a large gash on his forehead that needs 12 stitches . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

March 2016 Vol. 11 No. 3

Author: Kim Horvath, BSN, RN

If you’ve ever floated,  you know the experience can be challenging at times. Wherever you work, you may sometimes feel you don’t have enough hours in the day to complete all your tasks, especially when working in clinical situations less familiar to you.
To float effectively and efficiently . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Kate Sheppard, PhD, RN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

For many of us, nursing isn’t just what we do; it’s who we are. Most of us became nurses because we care about people and want to make a difference in their lives.

Over time, nurses develop a nursing intuition and a working knowledge of disease and trauma . . .

December 2015 Vol. 10 No. 12

Author: Mariana Szumilas, MSN, BSN, CCRN

Those who work in the healthcare industry are well aware of its constantly changing landscape. Healthcare institutions are challenged to balance the provision of safe care with the allocation of essential resources. Changes in healthcare are aimed at increasing the efficiency and safety of care through best practices. Nurses, as . . .

November 2015 Vol. 10 No. 11

Author: Tracey Long, PhD, MS, MSN, RN, CDE, CNE, CHUC, CCRN

Have you ever ridden a bicycle with a wobbly wheel? The ride isn’t smooth, and you notice every bump in the road. As you focus on your discomfort, you may be distracted from the beautiful vistas you’re riding past.

Think of the bicycle as your overall health, which . . .

September 2015 Vol. 10 No. 9

Author: Lois C. Howland, DrPH, MSN, RN, and Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN

Mindfulness is an increasingly common topic in both popular and professional literature. In clinical populations, evidence suggests mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) can reduce symptoms linked to various conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and depression. Among healthcare professionals, mindfulness training can reduce psychological and physiologic stress, emotional distress, and burnout while . . .

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