Wellness

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...
nurse value

Seven values that ensure a good life

According to Spanish philosopher Sergio Munoz “… In every religion, in every country, in every region at every time, there are some basic principles. We all know what good is, what correct is, what...
COVID-19

Nurses, NPs, and other APRNs on the front lines of COVID-19: How do we...

Today, we cannot escape the turmoil of living every moment of every day immersed within the chaos of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and other advanced practice registered nurses...

Creating a positive workplace

Countless research studies show that having a positive attitude leads to good health, happiness, and feelings of wellbeing and self-worth. Research also tells us that positivity in the workplace helps everyone feel better about...

‘Health’s Up’ podcast is the dream of a wannabe school nurse

Health’s Up is a podcast that explores healthy choices through child voices.   Health’s Up is an experiment in health education. The brainchild of Kristi Westphaln, a pediatric nurse practitioner doing her post doctoral work at...