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3 tips to lessen stress

A new book by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee called The Stress Solution offers some advice that you might want to practice in your own life and share with your…

6 tips for calm in chaos

A recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution touched on something that I’ve thought about before: How do nurses maintain their calm during what has seemed to me like…

A stubborn case of supraventricular tachycardia

JAKE KARCHNER, age 65, is admitted for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia. Because of his history of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), the physician has ordered telemetry monitoring. When you…
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Career Wellness

Burnout, stress, and dissatisfaction at work should prompt an evaluation of your career wellness. Several on-the-job strategies can help you re-evaluate your career, cope with change and stress,…

Combatting stress

Nurses know stress—it seems like a defining characteristic of the profession. In a recent ANA Health Risk Appraisal survey of more than 10,000 RNs and nursing students, 82%…

Deliberate leadership during COVID-19

Three strategies nurse leaders can use Fear, resilience, unprecedented, unknown. These are just a few words now circling our vocabulary with the onset of COVID-19. In a short…
Examing nurse comfort eating

Eating better to help manage chronic stress

Like many nurses, you may experience stress frequently, both on and off the job. Chronic stress can alter your equilibrium (homeostasis), activating physiologic reactive pathways that cause your…
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Emotional wellness

A little stress is good for the body and mind to grow and build resilience, but without good stress management techniques and regularly acknowledge emotions, normal stress can…
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Environment, health, & safety

Challenges are motivating. When we meet and overcome challenges, we learn new skills that help us master our job. However, challenges shouldn’t be confused with job stress. Both…

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. (more…)

Helping nurses cope with postcode stress

Understanding how nurses cope following the death of a patient after CPR may help identify nurses most at risk for postcode stress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according…
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How the brain balances feelings of stress and calm

An imaging study published in the Nature Communications journal focused on how different regions of the brain, specifically the hypothalamus and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, react to stressful images.…

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…
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How to practice mindful nursing

Do you ever feel panic at the end of a long weekend or vacation, wondering where the time went? Do your days, weeks, and months blend into one…

How working nights can work in your favor

Shortly after I completed my master’s degree in nursing, I spoke with my nurse mentor about my career decisions. At the time, I was working as a night-shift…

Leadership challenge: Learning to let go

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 go is a…

Mindfulness reduces depression

Eight weeks of mindfulness training helped alleviate depression and reduce stress in African-American women with lower socioeconomic status, according to a study in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.…

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,…
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Occupational stress

All work environments have the potential to cause stressful situations, but are healthcare settings particularly demanding? According to a 2008 report by the National Institute of Occupational Safety…

Power of positivity

An intervention to enhance nurse leader engagement and coping ability Takeaways: Positive thinking skills training may present an innovative opportunity to combat stress and improve coping. Nurse leaders…
Preventing preceptor burnout

Preventing preceptor burnout

New graduate nurses are vital to the success of healthcare organizations. We need their “new blood” to fill workforce gaps. But it’s not easy to help novice nurses…

Resiliency rising!

This article describes 10 just-in-time self-care strategies to help nurses take a mini-recess from life’s hectic and stressful situations and to reset with a renewed sense of strength…

Tap your way to fast relief

Want to reduce physical and psychological stress? Emotional Freedom Techniques may be able to help.

Who are you?

You probably have many labels—nurse, wife, mother, sister, aunt (or husband, son, father, brother, uncle), neighbor, or volunteer, for instance. But who are you—really? When the day is…

Your doctorate and the path to persistence

High attrition rates for doctoral nursing students (reported to be as much as 50%) in the face of an increasing demand for PhD-prepared nursing faculty is a growing…

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