The nurse’s guide to buying shoes

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I see many healthcare providers in my chiropractic office, including nurses who work eight- to 12-hour shifts. Nurses spend their days walking or standing on a hard surface that wreaks havoc on their feet as well as their knees, hips and back. Heel pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain, low back pain and many other aches and pains are quite common among this hard-working group.

One of the best ways to give your poor tired and sore body a little relief is to choose the best shoes you can to support you from the foundation up while at work.

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Mental illness is not prejudice—it can happen to you

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Don’t call me NUTS!
Over the course of the last 20 years as a mental health nurse, I have seen a lot of true mental illness issues. The staff on board, the public and even the doctors at one time or another have called some clients “nuts.”

Mental illness has a very long history of being a hidden and shameful illness that has been around since the Bible was written. It’s the most stigmatic illness in the medical field. It’s an illness that no one really wants to talk about.

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5 ways to control portions on the go

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Making compromises is usually a good thing, but not when it comes to food. And your hectic nursing lifestyle—12-hour shifts, double shifts and those night shifts that are particularly notorious for wreaking havoc with your eating habits—may lead you to make too many compromises about eating.

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Nurses are non-compliant?

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Coughing my way to the nurses station, I plopped down next to a couple of my coworkers and took a swig off my diet soda while popping a couple Advil.
“What’s wrong with you guys?” I asked, noting that one of my coworkers had her feet up, shoes off and pained look on her face while the other was crunching on some Tums. Both nurses lamented on the state of their current health (foot problems, upper GI upset) and the fact that neither of them had seen a doctor for their ailments. I could hardly chastise them as I was on week 4 of a never-ending cough and was limping on feet that were in dire need of some podiatry.

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Double duty breakfast for nurses!

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Our print magazine scored our online readers a special recipe from Food Network star and bestselling cookbook author Ellie Krieger, featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Scrubs.

This decadent smoothie is perfect for nurses because it does double duty: It’s your coffee fix and a filling breakfast, all in one glass. What a way to rev up!

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The nurse who lives and works with arthritis

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It started with eczema, a fairly common chronic skin condition. That was the diagnosis that registered nurse Terri Eggeman received in the late 1990s. But in early 2008 her skin lesions started to change, plus there were more of them and her medication seemed to be ineffective. She headed to the dermatologist who was treating her eczema, and a biopsy revealed that Eggeman now had psoriasis.

“I didn’t really know what psoriasis was, so I had to look it up on the Internet,” says Eggeman, who learned that it’s an autoimmune disease in which overactive T cells (a type of white blood cell) cause skin cells to grow at an abnormally rapid rate. These cells rise to the surface of the skin, where they appear as thick, red, scaly patches.

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Yummy Rx for aches and pains

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Fifty million Americans suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis. With the long-term physical nature of a nurse’s work, chronic pain is an issue that every nurse should work to prevent before it happens. However, if you’re already experiencing aches and pains, there are some delicious way you can ease your discomfort three times a day.

We all know that comfort food feels good, but research shows that relief to pain symptoms can come from certain yummy foods that also happen to be healthy!

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