Wellness

Are school nurses OK?

We are certainly in extraordinary times, as exemplified by this “Public Advisory” issued from the Washington Education Association. The message specifically speaks to the well-being of the state’s school nurses. Are school nurses ok?...

From trauma to post traumatic growth

My 94-year old grandfather told me a story of a mentor from his church. She was a nurse during the 1918 influenza pandemic that infected nearly 500 million people, killing 50 million globally. She...

Embracing digital minimalism

Reduce technology use to reduce anxiety and increase productivity. Takeaways: Technology can make us more productive, but it’s also distracting and cause stress and anxiety. Changing your relationship with digital devices requires a mindset change...

The power of self-care: An ENERGY model to combat clinician burnout

It’s more important than ever for nurses to take care of themselves. Takeaways: Clinicians are experiencing alarming rates of burnout. Self-care is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship with oneself and others. The ENERGY model...

My brain is on overload… How about yours?

The antidote to the overworked brain. Lately, I find myself regularly and voluntarily distracted and not because I’m multitask­ing. I’m being “multi-informed” through a bombardment of information coming from so many different sources: land line...

American Nurse welcomes Cherissa Jackson, “America’s Combat Nurse”

Live at the Table interview with Navy Veteran, Denetra Hampton Often times women are omitted from board room discussions or asked to be a part of major discussions. Women Veterans even more so have this...

My preparation ritual includes Sara Bareilles, tears & tissues

It took about 2 hours for my heart rate to return to normal after my interview with Lisa Ling. When I am preparing to do something high stakes, I listen to Sara Bareilles sing Brave over...

State of pandemic: Coping with daily change

The morning of March 4, 2020, was a bit different from my usual workday routine, although it didn’t start off that way. When my alarm sounded at 0500, I said my morning prayers, got...

Sense of loss

In third grade I asked my Dad whether we would be thrown out of our home and into the street. My Dad, a chemistry, physics, biology, and math teacher and a track coach, explained...

Transform trauma with ACEs Sciences Film Festival & follow-up discussions

ACES Connection, The Relentless School Nurse, and the Center For Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) has joined forces to create a trauma-informed virtual film festival! Our program will run quarterly through June of 2021. We will feature...

400 years in 15 minutes: Why depression screening in primary care is vital for...

Have you ever had an African American patient walk into your office and say, “I’m tired, just tired”? Or treat a young Black patient for uncontrolled hypertension? As a primary care provider (PCP), would...

Coping with emotional stress

Supporting nurses through unprecedented times. Takeaways: In a survey with 18,000 respondents, 79% of nurses rated themselves at high risk for workplace stress. High nurse burnout rates are linked to decreased job satisfaction, increased turnover,...

Half of frontline nurses emotionally overwhelmed by COVID-19

As the United States experiences surges in COVID-19 cases across the country, half of nurses on the frontlines providing patient care and responding to the pandemic feel emotionally overwhelmed. That’s just one finding from...