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Navigating Implicit Bias As A Nurse 4288

As a nurse, you help others heal and stay healthy. But what if you realized your upbringing and life experiences might be causing you to treat some patients and coworkers differently? That kind of bias, called implicit or unconscious bias, is something that every nurse and every human being lives with — you may not even be aware of it. But it can impact the ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 11/30/2022
Joseph (Joe) Treimel 4287

Retired nurse continues beekeeping, running, cycling, and cooking to stay well

Varsha Singh DNP, APN, CT-CP, NEA-BC, FAHA, FAANP 4286

Nurse follows a prescription for self-care and promotes caring for the environment

Strategies For Preventing Diabetes & More 4277

More than 130 million American adults live with diabetes or prediabetes — and nurses help all those people prevent or manage diabetes. But knowing how to lower the risk of diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean you’re taking those actions yourself.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 11/10/2022
Children Living With Obesity 4275

Authors:   Elizabeth Coleman, MSN, CRNP, CPNP-PC, Nursing Instructor &  Loretta T. Lee, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE, Associate Professor and  Department Vice Chair Family, Community & Health Systems at the UAB School of Nursing,  University of Alabama at Birmingham Ms. Coleman is pictured below.

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 10/31/2022
Understanding Food Labels To Go Green And Eat Clean 4274

Have you ever stopped to read the nutrition labels on foods in the grocery store? Do you see words like humanely raised, grassfed, or cage-free? And if so, do you know what they mean?

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 10/31/2022
Sian Howells, BSN, RNC-OB 4271

In 2018 I did a Dry January, and it changed my relationship with alcohol forever. I had done plenty of health challenges that involved cutting back or eliminating alcohol before, but this time, the contrast between how I felt drinking and not drinking was too dramatic to be ignored.  

How Nurses Can Engage Men In Preventive Care 4270

Men and women tend to take very different approaches to their health care. Women generally seek routine care for gynecology issues and childbearing. On the other hand, most men don’t typically have a pressing need for regular health care once they leave the pediatrician. But self-awareness and preventive action are essential in detecting many ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 10/17/2022
Core Strength: Fundamental For Nurses’ Health 4269

Nursing can have physical demands such as moving equipment, reaching, and hours-upon-hours on your feet. And at the center of it all (pun intended) is your core. 

The Power Of Camaraderie: How Socialization Strengthens Nurse Well-Being 4255

You know that emotion you get after an enjoyable, productive, or heart-warming conversation? Maybe it’s a feeling of satisfaction, contentedness, or joy. However you describe it, those emotions happen when we feel a connection to someone. And there’s no denying the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of social connectedness.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 10/03/2022
Nicole Vienneau MSN, RN, NC-BC 4254

Nurse puts good into the world by coaching others on self-care

Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN 4253

Ernest Grant, ANA President and #healthynurse, leads by example


Not Today, Flu is a collaboration between the American Nurses Association (ANA) and Sanofi . Its goal is to encourage everyone eligible 6 months and older to get their flu shot this upcoming season to help prevent the flu and flu related complications including  cardiovascular events, pneumonia, and hospitalizations. (4) 

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/28/2022
7 Ways To Encourage Breast Cancer Screening 4242

It’s no secret that screening can help find breast cancer at an early stage — when the chances for successfully treating the disease are the greatest. Unfortunately, those facts don’t always get passed on to patients, and many are reluctant to participate in breast cancer screening.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/28/2022
Katie Carroll, BSN, RN, CHC, CPT 4232

Nurse and wellness advocate prioritizes her own well-being so she can help others.  Katie Carroll, BSN, RN, CHC, CPT , is a staff nurse at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health.

Shaquita Starks, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC 4213

Daily planning keeps nurse Shaquita Starks on track

Press Ganey 4212

Organization champions wellness through data, insights, and action

Aundrea Mills, RN, BSN, MHL 4211

Chief Nursing Officer practices what she preaches when it comes to wellness

Nurses Obesity Network (NON) 4208

Nurses Obesity Network aims to change the conversation about obesity, among nurses and across the nation

Help Your Patients Stay Vaccine Current During National Immunization Awareness Month 4207

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of healthcare professionals  to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 07/21/2022
Debunking 4 Common Hydration Myths 4206

Let’s talk about water. You know it’s a vital nutrient for every cell in your body. You know hydration plays a crucial role in health, like helping to regulate internal body temperature and lubricating joints. But how much of what you know about hydration is the truth? And how much is misinformation that’s been spread around society through social media ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 07/07/2022
Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN 4204

For #healthynurse Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, wellness is all about the 2 “M’s.”  

What You Can Do To Promote Antiracism At Work 4202

Racism is harming nurses, and it’s an ongoing problem. January results from a survey of over 5,600 nurses found that almost half of nurses say there’s a great deal of racism in nursing. Sixty-three percent of nurses surveyed have personally experienced an act of racism in the workplace, with the wrongdoers being either a peer (66%), a patient (63%), or a ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 06/16/2022
Melinda Taylor, DNP, BSN, CDP, AGNP-C 4184

Nurse creates a resiliency room as a resource for health care professionals With the right approach to self-care, nurses can buffer daily stress. That’s the idea #healthynurse Melinda Taylor pursued during her DNP project. Resilience is crucial for nurses who will inevitably face hardships and adversity on the job. However, it can be difficult for ...

R³ – The Renewal, Resilience, And Retention Of Maryland Nurses Initiative 4183

Organization boosts nurse resiliency with online learning lab We are pleased to shine the spotlight on R³ – the Resilient Nurses Initiative of Maryland . The R 3 team is providing a 3-part nursing faculty workshop series for its R 3 Faculty Champions from their partner schools of nursing. The goal is to prepare faculty to authentically deliver content ...

Try A New, Hydrating Recipe From Compass One Healthcare! 4181

You can hack your hydration in ways beyond drinking water. Experts recommend that 80% of fluid intake comes liquids.  However, the remaining amount may come from foods that you are already eating. Today, try one of these recipes loaded with refreshing, hydrating ingredients! Want to easily print these recipes? Download the recipes by clicking on the ...

Nurses Obesity Network Announcement Release: Leading Nursing Organizations Launch Coalition To Address  Challenges Of Obesity Within Nursing Community And Beyond 4165

 Date Issued: April 27 Nurses Obesity Network will engage, support, and activate nurses nationwide as patients living with obesity, caregivers, and advocates calling for better care across diverse communities. Washington, D.C. — In recognition of National Minority Health Month , members of the leading nurse advocacy organizations are joining ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 05/03/2022
ANA Enterprise Wellness Committee 4163

Committee encourages employees to take advantage of available wellness opportunities We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the ANA Enterprise Wellness Committee. The committee is made up of 14 members with one common goal: The well-being of their colleagues. Each of them attends monthly meetings with an open mind and heart — and a willingness to ...

Grant Pignatiello, PhD, RN 4162

Nurse scientist prioritizes self-compassion and mindfulness for well-being

A Look Back At 5 Years Of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ 4161

On May 1, 2017, ANA Enterprise launched a bold, new program — The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge, now simply known as Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN). The goal of HNHN is to transform the health of our nation by first improving the health of its 4 million RNs. In the first 5 years, we’ve accomplished much more than we ever thought ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 04/28/2022
Infection Control Training: An Ongoing Necessity For Health Care Workers 4160

For nurses, infection control practices are nothing new. Nurses first learn about these policies and procedures in nursing school. And they routinely follow the practices at work. But that doesn’t mean every nurse follows infection control procedures consistently and confidently. The COVID-19 pandemic raised the level of concern for i nfection ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 04/25/2022
Chanel Griffin, RN, BSN 4155

Nurse motivated by HNHN creates her own step challenge at her workplace. Chanel Griffin, RN, BSN, is a nurse at Atrium Health Anson in Wadesboro, NC.

MedStar Health 4146

Organization with 8,000 nurses launches wellness initiatives for work and home We are pleased to shine the spotlight on MedStar Health, an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Champion. What does it mean to prioritize your employees’ well-being? MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing (MCW) can answer that. The center launched in ...

Tammy Robertson RN, BSN 4138

Nurse-turned-business owner switches to whole food, vegan diet and never looks back

Trailing Thoughts? Expert Advice On How To Worry Less And Sleep More 4137

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – Wendy Mass Not only are our “battles” challenging while we’re awake, but they can also disrupt our sleep. Americans continue to lose precious sleep due to daily struggles. The daily struggles of nurses across the country are compounded even further with the pandemic. They ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Rest 03/16/2022
Samantha Roecker, BSN, RN, MSC 4130

Nurse runs 12-17 miles each day, places 3rd at the 2018 USA National Marathon Championship.

Philippine Nurses Association Of Metro DC (PNAMDC) 4115

Organization provides Filipino-American nurses opportunities for increased resiliency

Karen Laing, MS, BSN, RN, HWNC-BC, CHES, DipACLM 4105

Certified health and wellness nurse coach practices what she preaches. Karen Laing, MS, BSN, RN, HWNC-BC, CHES, DipACLM, is a Health and Wellness Nurse Coach for All Heart Coaching, Inc.

American Association Of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) 4103

Nursing organization creates monthly programming to promote nurse well-being We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Champion. Nursing has always been a field with high stress and burnout. But the past 2 years of the pandemic have taken ...

Pamela Mulligan BSN, RN, NBC-HWC 4102

Nurse integrates mindfulness and self-compassion techniques. Pamela Mulligan BSN, RN, NBC-HWC, is an integrative health coach, Founder of Replenish Mind Body Spirit, LLC., and Co-Founder of Replenish at Work.

How Do You Routinely Practice Self-Care? 4089

This was the question the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) team asked of nurses who attended the 2021 ANCC Magnet and Pathway to Excellence conferences. Our goal was simple: to spark a conversation. We wanted those who came by our booth to think about their own self-care practices and feel inspired and empowered by their peers. The HNHN team brought ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 01/19/2022
Wanda M. Williams, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, CNE 4087

Nursing professor changes lifestyle for the better after breast cancer treatment Health is fragile. Sometimes a serious diagnosis, such as breast cancer, can work as motivation to change lifestyle habits for the better. That’s what happened to Wanda Williams, PhD, RN,WHNP-BC, CNE. Her breast cancer diagnosis was made in an early stage, and her ...

7 Ideas To Create An Environment Of Kindness At Work 4086

Daily habits focused on positivity are how nurses can contribute to a better working environment. But especially during a pandemic, keeping a positive attitude is challenging. As a nurse, you’re busy and stressed out. How do you find the time and energy to contribute to happiness at work? The key is kindness. Small, sustainable, daily acts of kindness ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 01/03/2022
How To Reset And Renew Yourself For The New Year 4074

Over the past two years, you’ve experienced unprecedented levels of stress and burnout. You’ve emptied your cup by filling others’ time and time again. The last thing you have time for right now is self-care. We see what you’re giving up to focus on others. We hear you. But by reading this blog, you’re making yourself a priority for at least a few minutes. ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 12/02/2021
Christine Pabico, PhD, RN, NE-BC, FAAN 4071

Nurse prioritizes her wellness through faith, gratitude, and social connection Faith, gratitude, and social connection. Those are 3 motivators that keep Christine Pabico, PhD, RN, NE-BC, FAAN, aiming for a healthy lifestyle. All 3 play a role in helping Christine prioritize her well-being, especially during times of stress. As Director of the ...

Ashley Johnson, MSN, AGPCNP-C, DNP(c) 4063

Nurse uses aromatherapy, meditation, and deep breathing to improve her own job satisfaction .  Ashley Johnson, MSN, AGPCNP-C, DNP(c), works in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF Health).  

Make Healthy Substitutions, Powered By Compass One Healthcare 4058

This holiday season, get more cauliflower into your diet by substituting it for starches in common recipes. Here are two holiday favorite recipes that incorporate cauliflower. What are your favorite healthy substitutions for ingredients in common recipes? Join us in a discussion in the Healthy Holidays challenge powered by Compass One Healthcare ...

Standing Desks: How Much Of An Impact Do They Have On Sedentary Nursing Jobs? 4052

(Pictured: Roni Adams) Are you among the 1 in 4 American adults who spend more than 8 hours a day sitting? If you have a sedentary or work-from-home job, the answer is probably “yes.” At Humana, many roles work from home, including their large population of nurses. When Joanie Howard, M.Ed., BSN, RN, CMCN, Director of Clinical Strategy & Practice at ...

Trey Bennett, MSN, BSN, RN, NP, DipACLM 4049

Nurse practitioner finds career fulfillment and health improvement in lifestyle medicine. Trey Bennett, NP, is the founder of Vitality Lifestyle Medicine and is double board certified in Lifestyle Medicine and Adult Gerontology.

Amy Madsen, BSN, RN, CCM 4048

Nurse’s daily run streak hits 1,258 days — and counting. Amy Madsen, BSN, RN, CCM, is the Associate Director of Market Development and Market Clinical Strategies for Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions at Humana.




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It isn't easy to find time for healthy eating. One average, nurses consume less fruits, veggies, and whole grains than other Americans. This domain covers recommended guidelines for dietary health, managing diet at work, and overcoming barriers to nutrition.

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@Demonmutt74 I don't know if you already do this, but really try to make your commute time your own. When I had a long commute, I ended up loving that time for myself. I would get books on tape for the car (listened to all of Game of Thrones hah), made a bunch of different playlists for different moods/styles of music, or figured out which friends/family would b...

I did the standing calf raises, the push ups and took the stairs between documenting on patients. 

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Cardiovascular Health for African Americans in Kent County, Maryland

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world (WHO, 2021). The rates of Cardiovascular disease (CVD) are higher in the African American population throughout the United States, and this is reflected in Kent County, Maryland as well....

Taking care of self is not always easy, so today I challenge myself to indulge in Self Care. Be Well!

I've been doing the mini quiches and they are awesome and easy! I haven't frozen any yet but I hear big batches freeze easy too!