Wellness

Ethics in a pandemic

Nurses need to engage in self-care to reduce moral distress. Takeaways: The COVID-19 pandemic brings many ethical dilemmas for nurses and their patients. The ethical framework used during a crisis remains significantly different than...

Long-term effects of napping on cardiovascular health

We all need a nap every once in a while—but the effects of frequent napping have remained controversial in the scientific community. Over the years, different studies have yielded different results, but a 2019...

The relationship between a plant-based diet and aging

Over time, plant-based diets have grown more and more in popularity. While the choice to eat a plant-based diet is based on personal considerations, there may be certain health implications which relate to healthier...

True magic

This year in nursing school I have had to perform many magic tricks to cope and survive. The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has given me a new outlook on life. During quarantine, my...

Keeping well during COVID-19 pandemic

One nurse’s story. When Sarah Oerther, MSN, MEd, RN, FRSPH, was selected for ANA Enterprise’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) #healthy­nurse spotlight in late 2019, she had no idea how her wellness would be tested...

Improving the health of mothers living in poverty

Implementing nurse-led healthy lifestyle classes. Takeaways: Mothers experiencing poverty likely have a history of trauma, so healthcare providers should use trauma-informed care. Nurses can collaborate with mothers experiencing homelessness and implement healthy lifestyle classes to...

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,...

Nurses need to heal: Addressing COVID-19 related burnout

From inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to caring for sicker patients, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the United States healthcare system in an unprecedented way. Under normal circumstances, nursing and physician burnout affects up...

Leadership challenge: Learning to let go

Holding on to the past can sabotage your future. Takeaways: Learning to let go of our expectations and the demands we place on ourselves can be challenging, but it’s frequently essential to moving forward. Letting...

Why exercise is so important during menopause

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s National Nursing Workforce Study, about 91% of RNs are women, and their average age is 50. In fact, almost half of the full-time and...

Nurse preceptors and new graduate success

Use these strategies to enhance new nurse clinical reasoning skills. Takeaways: The stress associated with the transition from nursing school to clinical practice can lead many new graduates to leave the profession. A hospital transition-to-practice...

Study suggests replacing prolonged sedentary periods with sleep or light activity to feel happier

A study appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine studied the effects of replacing sedentary time with light exercise. The study tracked the activity levels of 423 participants for 10 days. The participants were...