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.

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 . . .

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 . . .

March 2015 Vol. 10 No. 3

Author: Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN

Your “new” room is now ready—hospital room, that is. Architects are finally designing and redesigning hospital rooms that could match the suites at your local Marriott, with the built-in perk of making patients feel better. The new rooms have been lauded as “simple, airy, and visually arresting.” In . . .