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!!

How nurses can balance daily stress

November 4, 2011

doctors and nurses

Everyone experiences stress on the job. The healthcare industry, in particular, incurs a great deal of stress, especially nurses. In fact, according to Nurse Zone, a  nurse’s stress can be physical, mental, or emotional. Physical because of the constant movement and lifting, Mental because of the requirement to accurately administer medicine and answer important questions to patients, and Emotional because of the innate feeling to help patients recover and the sadness when recovering isn’t possible.

Here are a few tips to alleviate stress and maintain healthy life balance.

  1. Balance life between work and play. Utilize leisure time, plan vacations, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy diet. It is also important that nurses don’t overwork in order to keep this balance. Utilize your breaks and try to avoid taking overtime.
  2. Plan ahead. Since stress is unavoidable, think of what future events will trigger stress and brainstorm ways to cope with it. Manage stress through time management by making a to-do list and prioritizing your tasks. Always keep in mind that the list may change throughout the course of the day.
  3. Self-support. Avoid negative thinking and don’t be afraid to give yourself a pat on the back. Remember you are helping others and improving the lives of many!
  4. Let out your emotions. It’s okay to cry or feel angry. Talk to others in the healthcare industry– a fellow nurse, doctor, or administration. Many hospitals have support groups or counselors to improve employee’s mental health. Just make sure you are expressing yourself safely!
  5. Remember that some stress is good for you. Try to strike a balance between being relaxed and energized. Use this energy to fuel your passion for nursing!

Therapeutic Recreation Week

July 12, 2011

This week marks National Therapeutic Recreation week, which was established by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society. The purpose of this week is to spread awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and services, and expand recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions.  These activities are designed to develop and use their leisure time in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

Recreational sports can provide many benefits, both psychological and physiological. Some commonly used therapeutic recreations include: aquatic therapy, tai chi, and animal assisted therapy. Check your local papers for activities in your community.

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School Nurse Day

June 3, 2010

During this week of National Nurses Week, today we commemorate School Nurse Day. Whether in public or private school, school nurses display their passion for children and healthcare daily. They are vital elements within their arenas and help to maintain a healthy environment for children and education professionals.

The purpose of School Nurse Day is established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. Nurses balance a diverse number of medical issues. They may come in contact with thousands of students daily within their school district. Their daily schedule could consist of curing of the common cold, immunizations, screenings, cure the stomach aches, ear infections, hearing and vision testing, asthma, student obesity, preventing the spread of disease through blood exposure, and even helping students cope who are homeless or whose parents are incarcerated. While their job is constantly active, they make sure the environment remains healthy and operates without the threat of potential illness.

This week, let’s honor those nurses that work diligently to keep our children, loved ones, and education professionals healthy.

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National Student Nurse Day

May 8, 2010

Since 1998, National Student Nurse Day has been included within National Nurses Week. May 8th marks the official day to celebrate the contribution and efforts of Student Nurses. Also known as the RN Recognition Day, National Student Nurse Day has bought about awareness for the professions and job market demand is steadily increasing. With the vast need of nurses, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare venues has been able to provide jobs to many within the field.

The National Student Nurse Association’s mission is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, and to convey the standards, ethics, and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession. They are involved with nurse within the United States and internationally. The following schools have nursing programs available: Rasmussen College – School of Nursing, Clemson University, Barnes-Jewish College, Brigham-Young College, Charleston Southern University, Indiana University-Southeast, and Jacksonville State University. Many others are listed on the National Student Nurse Association website.

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National Nurses Week

May 6, 2010

May 6 kicks off the first day of National Nurses Week. Nurses take care of those in hospital, school, religious arenas, homeless shelters, and clinics all over the world. These professionals provide comfort to those they greet and work with daily. They dedicate their time to helping people any in capacity befitting. This week, many nurses will celebrate with those of varied interests, strengths and passions.

Currently, there are nearly 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States. And, 2.4 million of them are actively employed. RNs top the list of the 10 occupations with the largest projected job growth in the years 2002-2012. Research indicates that advanced practice registered nurses can provide 60 to 80 percent of primary care services as well as or better than physicians and at a lesser cost.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses through its nurses associations, its organizational affiliates, and its workforce advocacy affiliate, the Center for American Nurses. The ANA advances the nursing profession by applying high standards of nursing practice, displaying a positive and realistic view of nursing, and bring awareness with the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

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