How nurses can eat healthy on the job

January 25, 2012
nuts and fruit
Nursing is a demanding profession that requires physical, mental, and emotional engagement each shift. Therefore, being healthy is an important aspect of your job. Intellectually you know the importance of eating healthy, but it is human to slip up every now and then! Here are a few food options to keep your mind and body alert :
– Red Peppers: To keep up your energy levels, lower cancer risks, and boost your beauty, crunch on red peppers. They provide vitamins A and C, as well as lycopene. Red peppers are so beneficial to your health, as well as delicious. Next time you are just craving a crunch, grab red peppers instead of reaching to the vending machine for a processed bag of potato chips.  

– Organic Dark Chocolate: For those of you with a sweet tooth, try organic dark chocolate to satisfy your craving. Sweets high in sugar can slow you down during the day. Dark chocolate provides antioxidants that will keep you energized throughout the long hours of your shift.

 – Apples: As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the  doctor away, and although you may work side-by-side with them, you definitely do not want to be in the patient’s seat.
They are packed with vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and polyphenols. These antioxidants will keep you healthy and on point while at work.  
– Hummus: Are you a fan of dips? Instead of a creamy onion dip or ranch, try dipping your healthy veggies in an equally healthy dip–hummus. Made of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, this snack is packed with amino acids and calcium.
– Pumpkin Seeds: Loaded with magnesium, calcium, vitamin K, protein, and iron, pumpkin seeds will get you through your longest days. Whether you are forever away from your lunch break or are working the night shift, pumpkin seeds will hold you over until your next meal.
– Oatmeal: A great way to start your morning is with a bowl of oatmeal. A healthy carb, oatmeal will give you a natural surge of energy. Add blueberries or cinnamon into your oats for extra health benefits.

A small change in your eating habits can make a big difference! What tips can you add to helping your fellow nurses stay healthy?


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!