Are you a vending machine sinner?

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Every day, all of us make choices about how to satisfy our need for food. Unfortunately for many of us in nursing, and despite the fact that we’re often called upon to counsel others about their poor eating habits, vending machines are often our only sources of meals during long shifts and heavy patient loads.

The good news is that all vending machine contents are not created equal, and more food suppliers are attempting to offer nutritious food. And while the majority of vending machines may be full of candy bars, creamy cupcakes and blood sugar-rising donuts, healthier alternatives such as apples, oranges and turkey sandwiches are becoming more commonplace.

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Quick tricks to take you from a bad to a good mood

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When was the last time you took inventory of your recurring thoughts? Studies have shown that freeing your mind of negativity is one immediate way of reducing stress that can have lasting effects on your health and mental well-being.

Whether it’s the first thing that flashes across your mind in the morning or those troubling “what ifs” that crop up during your busiest shift, examining these thoughts and reframing them in the positive can have a powerful effect on your mood.

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Compassion fatigue checklist

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As a nurse, you witness the fear, pain and suffering of others every day. But when you get too immersed in the lives and trials of your patients, you can become a victim of “compassion fatigue.”

Use the checklist below to assess if you are suffering from this condition, then read the five strategies to help you or a coworker cope with compassion fatigue.

You can also download these two important resources:

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Taking it to work – snack and meal ideas

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Here are tips from your fellow nurses for perfectly packable snacks and meals that are guaranteed to power you through your shift!

SNACK TIME

Three best mid-morning snacks

WAKE-UP TIME

15 energy boosting snacks for nurses on-the-go

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Why nurses smoke

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Nurses…of all people…unfortunately trend trend toward being unhealthy.

In my original post Top 5 Reasons (Excuses) Why Nurses Are ‘Unhealthy’, here are the top 5 reasons I hear from other nurses as to why they aren’t more healthy:

I don’t have the time/ I have no place to go
Smoking helps me relax / I can quit if I wanted to
I’m too tired
My back (or insert your favorite body part) hurts too much
I’m not dieting – I hate dieting
We’ve visited reason #1, so now let’s tackle reason #2:

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Five skin health tips for nurses

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Long hours, dry hospital air and a job that is often emotionally intense can all wreak havoc on your appearance over time. Your skin may start to show stress that makes you look and feel less than your best. Here are some ways you can help keep your body’s largest organ in good shape.

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Four common allergens at work—and how nurses can combat them

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According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), more than half of Americans test positive to at least one allergen. This means that more than half of the individuals in any one occupational group—including nurses, of course—are probably allergic to something.

There’s the biggie of course – latex gloves – but you may be surprised at the other allergens you’ll find in the sterile environment of hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Here’s a look at four major allergens in the nursing environment and how you can deal with them.

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