How to keep your resolution this year

December 28, 2011

list of goals

We all make resolutions, knowing many times we won’t keep the majority of them.  However, each year we focus on the typical resolutions of losing weight, exercising and reducing stress.  But what if this year we all did something different, something that has positive potential for our careers and patients.  Sarah Eder gave several wonderful suggestions earlier this year about how to make a resolution and stick with it.  Her blog post on ONS Connect shared tips on how to make a resolution and keep it.  Simply choose one that will enhance your career and you’re more likely to keep it.

Some of her tips include setting measurable goals that you can easily obtain throughout the year.  Also consider seeing your resolutions as something positive rather than giving something up.  You can also make your resolution about a specific outcome rather than a task, giving yourself a better chance of achieving your goal.  What tips do you have for other nurses who are wanting to keep their New Year’s resolutions in 2012?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.


Holiday traditions from around the world

December 21, 2011

holiday candles

Does your family have unique holiday traditions that have been passed down from parents or grandparents?  Many of us have some traditions that revisit our childhood and when we’re deciding how to make the holidays fun for our children we look to those traditions to help us out.   To celebrate the season we thought we’d take a quick trip around the globe and check out several interesting traditions from other cultures.  Let us know if your family already enjoys some of them and how you make it exciting for your children.

  • In Nova Scotia Canada carolers stroll the streets singing traditional Scottish songs.
  • In Greenland they focus on eating lots of cake, singing carols and playing games.
  • In France they celebrate the holidays with a feast of food, including the buche de nol cake.
  • In South Africa families celebrate with a big meal outdoors with camping over the long holiday.
  • In Japan they recognize the holidays as a time to visit the sick in the hospital and do a service for someone else.

Happy Holidays from all of us at PSA!!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 4, 2011

Sexual Assault Awareness Month,  is an annual campaign that strives to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. This year’s campaign, “It’s time … to get involved,” incorporates a bystander approach to sexual violence prevention and encourages everyone speaking up as another prevention method. This primary prevention approach helps to create environments where people are safe in their relationships, families, neighborhoods, schools, work places and communities.

This year’s campaign brings together resources and information, thus offering everyone the opportunity to address behaviors before sexual violence occurs.

To learn more visit:

Holiday Weight Gain

January 4, 2011


Excited about the holiday treats this year? Christmas is a great time for eating, but also a great time for gaining weight. According to Dr. Oz some people gain up to 5 pounds during the holidays. Take a look at these 5 tips on how to stay fit for the holidays:

1. Weigh yourself and keep a food diary

2. Drink lots of water before you eat so that you will be more full

3.  Do not drink alcohol on an empty stomach

4. Eat breakfast

5. Continue to be physically active

Happy Holidays

December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Seasonal affective disorder

December 8, 2010

The holidays are a time for joy, love, peace and fellowship. But they also are a period of stress and depression for some. Many things cause the stress including: financial hardships, loss of loved ones and memories of the past. When we are stressed during the holidays this can often lead to seasonal affective disorder. While winter is one of the most common seasons for seasonal affective disorder, the onset of the holidays definitely impacts the disorder.

Do the holidays make you get stressed out?

Healthy holiday eating

November 2, 2010

Scared about gaining weight over the holidays? We have 10 healthy holiday eating tips for you to consider during Thanksgiving this year:

1. Don’t skip breakfast or lunch on Thanksgiving day

2. Think of Thanksgiving as regular dinner and NOT a buffet

3. Enjoy time with your family outdoors before and after dinner to get in extra exercise

4. Increase your calcium intake to reduce acid reflux

5. Modify some of your recipes and make them healthier

6. Use a regular sized plate, not an extra large one

7. Socialize with your family during the meal

8. Don’t pig out on leftovers

9. Drink extra water to keep full

10. Remember to give thanks and focus on your family instead of food