Monthly Archives: February 2016

When the professional gets personal: illness and identity

Those of you who read my blog, “Head Nurse,” will know that this is the six-month anniversary of my being diagnosed with oral cancer. Those of you who don’t read “HN” (and I pity the fools!) know it now. A … Continue reading

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Your mind playing tricks on you

Dieting stinks. Exercise is either on the top of your list, or on the bottom. We all want to be healthier, but with our work schedules and trying to maintain some sense of a life outside of work…what the heck … Continue reading

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10 offbeat stress-relief ideas for work and after your shift

How many times have you complained about stress only to have someone make the half-hearted suggestion “Go get a massage.” Not that massages aren’t great, but who has the time? There have to be other options out there for nurses … Continue reading

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Dealing with stress in nursing school

The stress level of nursing students is higher than those in most other academic programs, and some studies have even suggested that their stress levels are higher than their counterparts in medical school, social work and pharmacology programs. The workload … Continue reading

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Stress busters for nurses

Stress: It’s everywhere. And stress isn’t always a bad thing. Studies have shown that students perform better on exams when they feel some stress, for example. But bad stress is something else. Whether it’s caused by the phone ringing with … Continue reading

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A nurse’s 60-second stress buster

A little stress can motivate us toward action. It can make us faster and more efficient nurses. But when we’re overstressed, we tend to only use the upper part of our lungs to breathe. This keeps our shoulders tight and … Continue reading

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Is your employer ‘blowing smoke’?

veryone knows and is cognizant of the detrimental health effects caused by smoking. No need to expand on the subject. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you know how I personally feel about smoking and everything tied to … Continue reading

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