Wellness

Poor diet increases risk for late-stage age-related macular degeneration

A new study from the British Journal of Ophthalmology has revealed a link between poor diet and the increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is irreversible and affects the central vision, impacting...

Acupressure improves QOL in nurses with chronic back pain

A study published in Applied Nursing Science details how acupressure may help nurses who experience chronic back pain. Nurses face extreme working environments on a daily basis, frequently working 12-hours shifts. These extreme conditions can...

The HealthyNurse® Leader

Nursing leaders—including managers, directors, and executives—are dedicated to advancing nursing excellence and inspiring and empowering teams. They must analyze nursing knowledge and practice environments, and strategize to ensure that safe, evidence-based nursing care is...

Nurse suicide: Prevention and grief management

Addressing suicide when it occurs and assessing for risk are key to prevention. Takeaways Nurses are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. Grief after the death of a colleague by suicide can...

Workplace violence prevention legislation passes in U.S. Houseadvisors

The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309) in November 2019. This legislation will require...

Nurse fatigue: Short on sleep, short on safety

Shift work, organizational barriers, and nurse preferences continue to challenge nurse wellness. Takeaways: Shift work—including long shifts, rotating shifts, double shifts, evening and night shifts—has the potential to cause health and safety risks for nurses...

Celebrating nurse wellness at Magnet® Conference

Opportunities abound for engaging in self-care. WHAT HAPPENS when you bring 10,500+ nurses together, mix in some magic from Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ theme park, add plenty of wellness offerings from ANA Enterprise’s Healthy Nurse,...

New guidelines for exercise during cancer treatment

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released new guidelines for exercise prescriptions while patients are undergoing cancer treatment. The updated guidelines include the following points: Exercise is an important tool for cancer prevention,...
4 steps to repairing a toxic culture

4 steps to repairing a toxic culture

Psychological safety, shared vision, staff ownership, and success celebration Takeaways: Signs of a toxic culture include: gossip and negativity, high absenteeism and turnover, bullying and incivility, leadership distrust, lack of transparency, unreported errors, lack of teamwork. ...

How to manage stress and pressure

I work in critical care, and pressure is something I had to find a way to manage. The second I come to work until I walk to my car to leave, the entire 13-hour...

Grief management after a nurse’s death

Creating a workplace bereavement plan. Takeaways: When a nurse dies the team grieves. Developing a bereavement team and protocol will support the organization through the grieving process after a colleague dies. Providing adequate support during...

Do alternative therapies help with menopause?

A recent study examined the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help women as they transition into menopause. These CAM therapies included nutrition-based options, physical treatments, psychological therapies, herbal medicines, and folk...

Reiki: Hand in hand with nursing

Caring for your patients and yourself. Takeaways: Reiki is grounded in the transmission of energy through a practitioners’ hands to restore the body’s homeostasis. Nurses can learn to be Reiki practitioners by receiving training from...