Wellness

Relax…

“Relax” is sometimes easier to say than to do. As an ED nurse I have managed to elicit anger and frustration from patients and coworkers with this single word—it was as though I were...

Into the community

Beyond being trusted by the public for their roles in hospitals, ambulatory clinics, schools, and other settings, nurses have a long track record of using their expertise and passion to strengthen the health and...

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...

Advocating for protections

Self-care also critical during COVID-19 pandemic. We’re living and working in tumultuous times since coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) took hold in communities across the nation. As I write this well in advance of publication, nurses...

Blink…and our world changed

How to manage and stay healthy in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has much of the world in lockdown right now. You go to work and put in the hardest days you’ve ever encountered in your...

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...
nurses clapping

If you’re grateful and you know it clap your hands!

It starts with a distant sound of palms smacking together, then joined by more doing the same, leading to an undeniable crescendo of applause. Thrown into the mix are hooting, honking, whistling, and clanging...
mental health nurse

Too much work and not enough time: Suggestions for the harried professional

Nurses are typically busy people, and the COVID-19 pandemic has added to our burdens. In many cases, we are home schooling children, and our significant others may be laid off from work, which creates...
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...