5 Ways to Get Excited About Being a Nurse Again

5 Ways to Get Excited About Being a NurseHave you lost the happy feeling that your job used to bring? Are you already annoyed by the thought of your job? Let’s find that joy and smile that you once had from being a nurse.

These 5 tips can make you feel more passionate about nursing:

 

1. Find a Support System. If you hate your job, most likely you will withdraw from the people that you work with. Research shows that your co-workers are the number one reason for loving your job. Find people that have similar interests and values as you. Don’t be afraid to make the first move of initiating a conversation. Smile. Offer help. Be a part of a community.

2. Let It Go. Being a nurse involves a ton of emotions. You, like a sponge, absorb some patient’s pain and that can take a toll. Learn that a patient’s struggle isn’t personal towards you and let that stress go. Focus on the best parts of the day, the good you’ve done for your patients.

3. Avoid Games. Don’t get sucked into office politics. It can be an easy trap to fall into but avoid at all costs. Take the different road and find a different joy in games on your phone or new hobbies.

4. Follow the Sunshine. Work can feel like a beat down after a while. So through the darkness, search for the sunshine. Find the joy in the office. Ask to help with a project or co-worker.
Finding joy in your job is a choice and takes practice. There will be hard days but look for the positive in each one. Remember the hobbies and happiness that is outside of work too.

5. Create a Bucket List – Nurse-Style. Focusing on the nursing goals you want to accomplish can serve as a source of inspiration. While you’re at it, why not make a list of the things you’ve already accomplished in your career – starting with making it through nursing school. Keep your lists with you and refer back to them when you feel the nursing blahs come on. You’ve done a lot and grown as a nurse, so give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it.

 

What helps you get through the hard days? Share with us in the comments.

 

3 Ways Nurses Can Manage Stress at Work

Nurses face a highly demanding career with long hours and stressful situations. About 40% of nurses over the age of 30 experience burnout, anger, frustration and irritation from their job. And it’s even higher for nurses under the age of 30. Here are 3 easy ways to help control your stress when dealing with hectic shifts.

1. Stay organized. Take a few minutes before your shift to check over your work details for the day to help avoid distractions.

2. Work on clear communication skills. Good communication helps improve the care of patients and helps respond to the expectations of patients.

3. Change your perspective. If you’re having a bad day at work, step back and look at your day from a different angle. Being a nurse is a great career choice! It can be tempting to let bad feelings take over, but keeping focus on the positive can help you get through the day.

A nurse’s job can take a toll on your mind and body. With these easy stress reducing tips, you can help refocus on why you love being a nurse.

6 Ways for Nurses to Beat the Winter Blues

Now that winter is here; the winter blues can come fast. It’s not uncommon for this time of year to feel sluggish and sad. About 20% of people above the age of 20 have a hard time through this season. As a nurse, working a 12-hour shift can make the days feel longer, especially if you don’t get to see much sunshine, and feel like the days seem shorter. If you are feeling down during winter, we have tips to help make the season easier and keep the blues away.

 
Eat a Healthy Diet: By eating enough protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals can keep your nutrition on track. Drink enough water daily. Dehydration can cause fatigue and depression.
De-clutter: Take on small jobs of getting rid of clutter to start. De-cluttering will give you a sense of accomplishment that makes you happier.
Laugh: They say laughter is the best medicine, which is a big help if you get blue this time of year. Laughing reduces stress hormones that typically cause sadness for the winter season.
Cheer Someone Else Up: Helping someone can help make yourself better.
Get Enough Sleep: Long shifts can make for long days. If you can get a well-rested night of sleep, it will help lower stress.
Exercise: Getting active can boost your mood and trigger positive feelings.

Being a nurse can be stressful, and having the winter blues doesn’t help either. Even if it means small steps, try some of these tips to help make the season pass and help boost your mood each day.

$1,000 Award to Help Kansas Nurse Re-Energize

The contest was created to thank nurses for the long hours they put in offering comfort and healing to patients and families. Winners can use the $1,000 prize any way they wish: hitting the town in a rented limousine, hosting a party, or taking a relaxing day at the spa. They are only limited by their imagination. Kendra, who is dedicated to making life better for others, is taking time to rejuvenate and visit family in Colorado.

Kendra winner with Dani and Susie

Kendra is the assistant director of Health at Evergreen Community of Johnson County, Kansas nursing home, where she has worked the past eight years. She has a passion for assisting individuals that have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. “I really want to make a difference for people; just making them happy and increasing their quality of life,” said Kendra. “I love my job and can’t picture myself anywhere else.”

“California Casualty protects American heroes, and we want to show our appreciation to the men and women who take care of America,’” said California Casualty Sr. Vice President, Mike McCormick.

“I don’t do this job for appreciation or recognition,” Kendra said. “However, appreciation and recognition is nice.”

The winning has just begun; there will be three more $1,000 Nurses Night Out awards given this year by California Casualty. The entry deadline for the next drawing is June 17, 2016, with a winner announced in July. Complete rules, information and the entry form can be found at www.nursesnight.com.

Other important deadlines are:

  • September 16, with the third quarter winner announced in October
  • December 9, with the fourth quarter winner announced before the end of the year

Entrants must be 18 years old. Residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New York and Wisconsin are not eligible, and winners must be currently employed as or retired as a nurse (RN or LPN) or be a member of the Ohio Nurses Association or the Oregon Nurses Association.

17 Great Coffee Cups for Nurses

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Most of us love to get the morning (or evening if you work shifts) started with a good cup of coffee or tea. As you go through your day, have you noticed just how many mugs have a slogan or saying on them. It seems that what’s on our cup often gives a glimpse of who we are and what we think.

After doing a little research, we’ve assembled a list of some of the best sayings we’ve found on nurse’s mugs:

  1. Nurse: the first person you see after saying “hold my beer and watch this”
  2. How I take your temperature is directly related to how nice you are to me
  3. On a scale of 1 to 10, rate the pain of coming to work
  4. NURSES: We can’t fix stupid, but we can sedate it
  5. Caffeine PO Q4H PRN
  6. RN (Rescue Ninja)
  7. I’m a Nurse, what’s your superpower
  8. What happens in clinicals stays in clinicals
  9. Yes I’m a nurse – no I don’t want to look at it
  10. Behind every stable, well-adjusted nurse….is a patient waiting to change that before the shift is over
  11. DO NOT make me use my nurse voice
  12. Nurses are here to save your butt not kiss it
  13. Don’t mess with me, I’M A NURSE: I get paid to stab people with sharp objects
  14. I’ve seen it, smelled it, touched it, heard it, stepped in it – Retired Nurse
  15. I hate being sexy but I’m a nurse so I can’t help it
  16. Do us a favor, stop watching Dr. Oz
  17. Run, the Joint Commission is coming

What’s on your favorite mug? Feel free to share it with us.

And, just like a comforting cup of hot coffee, California Casualty is a perfect complement to your day. We’ve been protecting American heroes for over 60 years providing auto and home insurance matched to your professional lifestyle. That means these exclusive benefits not available to the general public:

  • Waived or reduced deductibles for vandalism or damage to your vehicle parked at work
  • Rates guaranteed for a full year (not six months)
  • Free identity theft protection with each policy
  • Multiple payment options including EZ Pay and holiday or summer skips
  • Superior customer service satisfaction rating – 99 percent with claims satisfaction of 96 percent

Keeping the Holidays Jolly: Nurses

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There is nothing more heartwarming than spending the holidays surrounded by friends and family sharing wonderful meals, presents and stories. But for many families, their loved one is away working in a hospital or care facility meeting the needs of others and trying to spread a little holiday cheer. As we celebrate the holidays, let’s not forget the men and women who sacrifice to provide hope and healing for so many. While most businesses might be closed for Christmas and New Year’s Day, hospitals and care facilities aren’t; sickness, aging and accidental injuries don’t take a day off, and neither do those charged with providing care.

I was amazed by the loving spirit I observed during the year I worked at our local hospital, but never more impressed than when the holidays came. The corridors echoed with ho-ho-hos and many of the staff adorned themselves with ornaments and Santa hats. While it can be tough to be away from the family during a major holiday, here are some ideas  for nurses and other care providers that can make the day better:

  • Be festive at work – it will raise your spirits and those around you, including patients
  • Play holiday music
  • Share a holiday potluck or meal
  • Take heart that you are helping those who must be in the facility to smile and know someone cares
  • Be thankful that you get to go home to your family and friends when your shift ends
  • Celebrate the holiday with our friends or family on a different day

The rest of us can make those holiday shifts a little brighter for care givers and their patients:

  1. Bring some baked goods for the staff
  2. Deliver some thank you cards
  3. Find ways to volunteer at hospitals and care facilities
  4. Put a note on the Thank-a-Nurse Facebook page

Sources for this article:

http://www.nursecore.com/2013/12/nursing-healthcare-holiday-shift/

http://www.workingnurse.com/articles/Working-the-Holiday-Shift

https://www.facebook.com/Thank-a-Nurse-363285516802/timeline

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