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On July 29, 2020, the New York Times reported that at least 150,909 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. since the pandemic gained a foothold in mid-March. There is another ongoing count...

Health and happiness depend on each other

New research published in Psychological Science provides new evidence to the claim that a happy outlook can have an impact on your physical health. The study, conducted by researchers from Georgetown University, the University of...

How to manage COVID-19-related emotional distress

Today, there are over 15 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 624,000 deaths worldwide. In the U.S., the country with the most cases, there have been almost 4 million confirmed cases and more than 143,000 deaths—numbers which,...

An uptick in number of cases of broken heart syndrome is associated with COVID-19

Stress cardiomyopathy, often called broken heart syndrome, is a condition “caused by intense emotional or physical stress leading to rapid and severe reversible cardiac dysfunction.” A new study appearing in JAMA Network Open seeks...

Link between dementia and repetitive negative thinking identified

A new study published in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia journal has identified a possible link between repetitive negative thinking (RNT) and dementia. RNT, according to the study, is centralized around repeatedly thinking about the past...

Emotional rollercoaster of providing COVID-19 care

The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for a variety of emotions, including fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, despair, and grief. But as a member of a nurse educator team for three pop-up “surge” ICUs, I feel...

Top mental health apps for nurses

Whether you personally struggle with mental health concerns, or your patients are, your phone can be a valuable tool in the efforts to work through anxiety and stress. To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month...

Supporting nurses when patients die during a disaster: What leaders can do

Our communities are under unprecedented stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonessential personnel are isolated and quarantined at home. Some people may have to drop off an extremely ill family member to a hospital’s emergency...
COVID-19 mental health

Easing the psychological impact of COVID-19 for nurses

Nurses are at the forefront of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, providing life-saving care for affected patients. Psychological distress can be significant for nurses and other healthcare workers who provide direct care for...
nurse prayer

Prayer: Proselytizing or providing comfort?

The omnipotent yet invisible coronavirus causing COVID-19 is bringing the world to its knees (to use an interesting metaphor). It is forcing many to face fears, frailty, disconnection, and possible death. When humans face...
suicide prevention

Simulation for suicide prevention training

A unique approach to large group training. Takeaways: Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. The preferred method of learning by most adults is simulation. Micro-training learning occurs in several minutes to 1 hour. According to...
spiritual care

Contemplation, connection, collaboration: Keys to compassionate spiritual care

Build a foundation for nursing students and practicing nurses to care for their patients and themselves compassionately. Takeaways: Incorporating contemplation, connection, and collaboration into the workplace or classroom can improve nurses’ ability to provide compassionate...
FOMO

Confronting the fear of missing out

This addictive habit can lead to leader burnout. Takeaways: Fear of missing out (FOMO) can lead to extreme stress and an inability to make commitments. FOMO is a type of anxiety disorder experienced when individuals...