Celebrating Nurses, Our Front Line Heroes

Celebrating Nurses, Our Front Line Heroes

Even before the coronavirus began its swift spread across the globe, the World Health Organization had declared 2020 the ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife,’ and the American Nurses Association (ANA) named it ‘Year of the Nurse.’ The annual observance of Nurses Week—from May 6-12—has been extended from one week to the entire month.

These designations underscore something we’re acutely aware of these days:  Nurses are an incredibly important pillar of our health system, and we rely on them every day for compassionate, skilled, expert healthcare.

We also trust them immensely:  For 18 years in a row, the vast majority of Americans have rated nurses as the most honest and ethical of professions.


The Many Ways Nurses Keep Us Healthy

Most people know nurses as the trusted health professional they see for health exams, emergency visits, chronic conditions, and life events such as maternity and cancer care. However, many don’t know the vast range of roles nurses play throughout the health care system—or that, numbering almost 4 million, they comprise the largest segment of health care workers in America.

This annual observance celebrating nurses is a great opportunity to highlight some of those many roles that nurses play in advancing the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and our country at large.

Direct patient care — Every day across the country, nurses care for and treat patients in a range of care settings. Although there’s no such thing as a “typical” day for a nurse, their job entails administering medications, managing IVs and other interventions, observing and recording patients’ conditions, advocating for and educating patients and their families, and providing advice, guidance and emotional support. They work in inpatient care settings, primary care, prenatal care, schools and universities, outpatient settings, palliative and hospice care, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics, and more.

Research — Nurse researchers are scientists who design and conduct studies looking at health, illness, and healthcare, aimed at improving health outcomes and delivery of care. They work in hospitals, medical clinics, and research laboratories, as well as in academic settings where they often teach.

Informatics — In this unique field, nurses blend nursing science with expertise in information technology and analytics to improve nursing practice and patient safety. Nurse informaticists are health tech innovators who create and maintain the digital health systems used by consumers, medical professionals, and public health officials.

Population Health — Population health focuses on the ways that health systems, organizations, and local agencies collaborate to drive better health outcomes at the community level. Nurses, with so much time and experience in direct patient care, readily see the patterns of health behaviors and disparities. They leverage this expertise to positively influence their patients and communities’ health in roles such as health coaches and educators, care coordinators, care navigators, and care managers.

Administration and leadership — As leaders and executives, nurses are advancing improvements to healthcare at the highest levels. Bringing their clinical expertise and management experience to bear, they are transforming care delivery and improving patient safety through their leadership roles within healthcare facilities, hospitals, institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, health systems, and private companies.

As the nation honors and thanks nurses throughout the month of May (and beyond!), join the movement and thank the nurses in your life for their many contributions to our health, well-being, and safety. For ideas on how to help them out during this time of crisis, check out these tips.


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How to Help Nurses in Your Community

How to Help Nurses in Your Community

Nurses, doctors, and health care professionals are our frontline heroes in the fight against coronavirus. With almost 4 times as many nurses as physicians in the U.S. (3.8 million vs 1.1 million, respectively), nurses are the largest segment of providers seeing, treating, comforting and providing ongoing care for the patients that are and will continue coming into hospitals and clinics.

Nurses know they will be hit hard, yet they are stepping up heroically in the face of incredibly long hours, heartbreaking care cases and increased personal risk. So, it’s time for the rest of us to step up and support them by doing our part to keep our healthcare workforce strong, healthy and resilient, we can help turn the tide on the crisis.

Here’s how you can help nurses in your community.

Stay Home

Across the country, various forms of shelter-in-place and social distancing orders have gone into effect. The basic idea is that by limiting exposure to others, we can significantly limit the spread of coronavirus infections. That will help us “flatten the curve” and prevent our hospitals from getting swamped beyond capacity. What you do matters. Stay updated on your city’s instructions by visiting its website, TV channel or social media channels.

Donate Supplies

Many facilities are in need of gloves, goggles, N95 masks, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, gowns, and other PPE. Look through your closets and garage and see if you’ve got extras (new and unused) you can donate. Check your local news pages, public health agencies or health care provider’s social media pages for specific needs and drop off instructions. Some are even asking crafters to sew masks!

Follow the Care Protocol

If you feel you might be sick, contact your doctor or advice nurse about your symptoms, then follow their instructions. Given the pressure on the health system, they are working hard to provide high-quality, personalized care to their insureds via telehealth, while also ensuring that high-risk and vulnerable patients have access to emergency and hospital services. And if you haven’t done so already, cancel or postpone any elective or routine care appointments.

Be a Good Neighbor

Many of us know nurses and health care workers personally. Whether they’re in your family, friend circle or neighborhood, make a point to reach out (virtually) and check-in. See if there’s anything you can do for them or their families. This could be something like picking up groceries, walking their dog or picking up their takeout. They are and will continue to be overwhelmed—physically, mentally and emotionally. Let them know you’re there for them.

As nurses and other healthcare professionals treat more and more patients, their risk of infection increases. That’s a real danger—both to their own personal health and to the number of providers that will be available to take care of patients in the months ahead.

Never in our modern lives have our personal choices made such an impact on the health of our greater community, that is why it is so important that you help do what you can today.


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How Nurses Can Reduce and Relieve Stress

How Nurses Can Reduce and Relieve Stress

Stress is something every person has to deal with. Some professions and fields entail greater levels of tension anxiety than others, however.

Nurses, in particular, are prone to high levels of stress and some of them aren’t skilled or conscientious about managing their symptoms. Whether it’s the long hours, staffing shortages, or having to deal with difficult patients, there’s rarely an easy day for an on-call nurse.

As a result, if you’re a nurse, you need to know how to cope with stress while you’re on the job.

Identifying the sources of stress

 Can you accurately name the cause or causes of your stress? As a nurse, there are any number of possibilities, and it’s vital for you to recognize what sets you off.

Common causes of stress in a medical setting include long shifts, emotional encounters, exposure to physical trauma, and the fast-paced nature of the job. Properly handling your stress is key to both your own personal health and the health of the patients under your care.

According to a study on stress in the health-care professions, “225 physicians reported 76 incidents in which they believe patient care was adversely affected by their stress.” In other words, that means that on average, one out of every three physicians can name a time when his or her own level of stress affected the care of a patient.

That’s a striking statistic and cause for alarm if it’s not taken care of.

 Strategies for coping with stress

Do you know what the fifth tenet of the American Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics says? It requires nurses to attend to their own needs and to “preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth.”

Therefore, in order to abide by the code, you must learn how to reduce and relieve your stress. Here are a few tips on ways to do that:

  • Get enough sleep. get sleep As a nurse, you probably spend your time telling patients to rest up and get some sleep, but are you following your own advice? You should aim for seven to eight hours of sleep between each shift. As you well know, your body uses this time to recover, and sufficient sleep will give you the energy you need to tackle issues and challenges with greater stamina and clarity.
  • Learn to say no. say no One powerful word — no — could change your life. When you’re stressed out and anxious, having learned to say no can be a lifesaver. Whether you’re responding to a friend asking you to enjoy a night out just before a shift, or a boss asking you to extend yourself further than you’re comfortable, it’s important to acknowledge you can’t do everything and make choices accordingly.
  • Maintain social relationships. Eight- and 12-hour shifts can leave you wanting to curl up in your room by yourself, but it’s important to maintain social relationships and enjoy your life outside of work. Use this time to talk about things other than your job, and focus on separating yourself from your responsibilities.
  • Take a step back. When you feel stress building up inside of you, don’t be afraid to take a step back and breathe. Simply walking outside for a few minutes can give you a little time to recharge and avoid making poor decisions.
  • Eat a balanced diet. eat a balanced diet Finally, a well-balanced diet is critical to diminishing stress. Try reducing processed foods and incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. If possible, bring your own meals to work and avoid the temptation to eat vending machine selections and fast food.

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Night Shift Nurse – 5 Ways to Get the Best Sleep

As a night shift nurse, your schedule is anything but normal (not that a nurse’s schedule is normal). While the rest of us are sound asleep in our beds, you – the night time warrior of the caring – are on a different time shift.

Nurses who have to sleep during the day face troubles people wouldn’t think about at night, all the lights are off, it’s mostly quiet outside, and usually, everything seems calm BUT as a night shift nurse, everything is backward. Because your night time is during the daytime, you need the know the secrets to getting the best sleep you can.

Turn off the distractions: Put your phone on silent, turn off the tv, and get your mind ready for some sleep.

Darken the room: Hang up dark curtains, grab an eye mask to wear, and even consider earplugs to blackout the light and noise.

Exercise Daily: Hit the gym or just go on a 30-minute walk, anything that will help you release stress and pent up energy.

Cool Temperature: Keeping the room at a cooler temp can help your body relax.

Avoid Caffeine: As the shift winds down, slowly stop drinking that coffee or soda and by the time you get home your body won’t feel as stimulated.

Exercise:  Eating right, exercising daily, and drinking water also keeps your body on a natural daily routine.

The more you make your environment look and feel like nighttime, the easier it will be for your body to adapt for daytime sleeping.

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Discounts for Nurses

Discounts for Nurses

Nurses work long hours around the clock to save lives and provide patients with the best level of care; however they do so much more than just physical care. Nurses provide emotional support and educate patients and families on conditions, they create high-level treatment plans and assist doctors and patients with everything from surgery to simple everyday activities, and they even find time to provide support and soothe the anxious. Nurses do all of this and more while working with multiple patients at the same time!

Being a nurse is a highly emotional job that really takes its toll, yet nurses go into work every day expecting the unexpected with a smile on their faces. Nurses are at the heart of the healthcare system, yet they often don’t get the recognition they deserve. So, we have rounded up a list of companies that offer discounts to nurses as a, “thank you” to these strong men and women.

Each store is linked for you convenience, just click on the stores name, and it will direct you to their discount page!


Scrubs & Accessories

Happy Feet: offers discounts on shoes for hospital workers and free shipping

Uniform Advantage: offers discounts on shoes for hospital workers

BH Uniforms: offers wholesale prices on all medical attire

Comfort Scrubs: offers wholesale prices on scrubs

Sheehan Sales Inc: offers wholesale prices on nursing uniforms and scrubs

Discount Medical Uniforms: offers discounts on scrubs, shoes, and medical accessories

Lydia’s Uniforms: offers discounts on scrubs, shoes, and medical accessories

Medical Scrubs Mall: offers 45% off scrubs

Pulse Uniforms: offers discounts on scrubs that you can personalize

Scrubs & Beyond: off discounts on scrubs and accessories

Scrubs Gallery: offers discounts on scrubs


Medical Supplies

allheart, America’s Medical Superstore: offers nurse kits with carrying cases for a discounted price

EpiPens4School: offers registered school nurses at k-12 public schools 4 free epi-pen injectors, epi-pen trainers, and a storage locker

Dollar Days: offers discounted wholesale nursing supplies

Medical Wholesale: offers discounted wholesale nursing supplies

Quill: offers wholesale prices on medical supplies

Medex Supply: Nurses are available for discounts when they apply online and provide valid credentials


Healthcare Products & Samples

Bayer Consumer Health Products: free samples to medical professionals on brands like Aleeve, Bayer Aspirin, Claritin, Coppertone, Flintstone Vitamins, MiraLAX, One a Day Womens: Prenatal, Phillips’. Restrictions apply.

Aveeno: offers free patient samples and support material for medical staff

Eucerin: offers free product samples, patient education material, and coupons for medical staff

Clorox: offers free product samples, kits, and training material for medical staff. Restrictions apply.

Ilovefreebies.com: offers free healthcare product samples for medical staff

P&G Personal Healthcare: offers free samples for medical staff

Tylenol: offers free product samples to medical staff with physician signature

Zyrtec: offers free allergy medication samples, resources and coupons for medical staff



New York & Co.- offers you and your spouse 15% off your in-store purchase for nurses

TOMS: offers a 10% discount to nurses when verified through SheerID

Sleep Number: offers 25% off select mattresses for nurses

Kirklands: Registered Nurses get a 10% discount on home décor on all service holidays

Sprint: offers discounts on monthly service to Registered Nurses through the Sprint Discount Program

Verizon: offers 15% off your monthly plan for nurses

Texas de Brazil: offers 20% off discount to nurses

Positive Promotions: offers discounted prices for bulk orders of the Nursing Survival Kit, which includes notes and candies

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort: offers special room rates for Registered Nurses with proof of employment

GovX: offers discounts to nurses for sporting and concert tickets, hotels, resorts, movie theatres, events, tours, and more when you sign up through their site


*Hundreds of more discounts for nurses (on food, clothes & accessories, travel, lifestyle, and technology)  are available through ID.me when you sign up and verify your nurse status.


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5 Ways to Get Excited About Being a Nurse Again

5 Ways to Get Excited About Being a Nurse Have 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.


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