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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
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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 ...

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Grant Pignatiello, PhD, RN 4162

Nurse scientist prioritizes self-compassion and mindfulness for well-being Physical health is only one part of wellness. Other key parts — including emotional and mental health — are also pivotal for overall well-being. Grant Pignatiello, PhD, RN knows and believes this, which is why he prioritizes what’s happening on the inside to keep himself ...

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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
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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 infection ...

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

Nurse motivated by HNHN creates her own step challenge at her workplace To walk 5 miles a day, you’ve got to walk about 10,000 steps. That’s the baseline many fitness trackers recommend you target per day. And it’s fantastic to strive for a certain number of daily steps. But it’s just as good to simply increase your current step count. Even a small ...

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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 ...

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Added by Personify Admin Blog #healthynurse Spotlight 03/24/2022
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Tammy Robertson RN, BSN 4138

Nurse-turned-business owner switches to whole food, vegan diet and never looks back At the end of the day, it’s about the journey. What a journey it has been for nurse and business owner Tammy Robertson. Over the past ten years, Tammy has prioritized just about every aspect of her health that you can think of — nutrition, exercise, mental health, sleep, ...

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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
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Samantha Roecker, BSN, RN, MSC 4130

Nurse runs 12-17 miles each day, places 3rd at the 2018 USA National Marathon Championship. Nobody’s perfect — it’s the effort that counts. That’s one of the main messages from #healthynurse Samantha Roecker. Samantha knows a thing or two about effort. Ever since she was a young girl, she has turned to running as her go-to form of exercise for both ...

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Philippine Nurses Association Of Metro DC (PNAMDC) 4115

Organization provides Filipino-American nurses opportunities for increased resiliency We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the Philippine Nurses Association of Metro DC (PNAMDC), an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Champion. Resiliency. That’s the trait the PNAMDC has been working to strengthen among its members over the ...

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How Nursing Leadership Can Ease New Nurse Anxiety 4110

Entering the workforce as a new nurse and dealing with anxiety is nothing new. During a seemingly unending pandemic, however, new nurse anxiety has grown. New nurses have little time to adjust to an intense, high-pressure environment. Research shows that long-term exposure to high-pressure environments weakens nurse resiliency and increases ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 02/08/2022
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Karen Laing, MS, BSN, RN, HWNC-BC, CHES, DipACLM 4105

Certified health and wellness nurse coach practices what she preaches If there’s one person who walks the walk, it’s certified health and wellness nurse coach Karen Laing. With a history of working with cardiac patients on disease reversal and prevention, Karen has seen firsthand the healing power of one’s lifestyle. She’s such a firm believer in ...

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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 ...

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Pamela Mulligan BSN, RN, NBC-HWC 4102

Nurse integrates mindfulness and self-compassion techniques Nurses are nurturers. Every day, they are tasked with caring for the well-being of others. Nurse and integrative health coach, Pam Mulligan recognizes the value of integrating caring-healing practices to sustain a compassionate presence and engagement in her work. Since the start of ...

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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
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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 ...

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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
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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
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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 ...

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

Nurse uses aromatherapy, meditation, and deep breathing to improve her own job satisfaction Over the past year, resiliency has become more important than ever for nurses. Building and improving resiliency, however, doesn’t just happen on its own. It takes an intense focus and dedication on habits that will — over time — build a more resistant sense of ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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

Nurse practitioner finds career fulfillment and health improvement in lifestyle medicine Don’t underestimate your health potential! That’s the main message Trey Bennett, Kansas City's only Board-Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, has for himself, as well as for his patients. Growing up, Trey and his family consumed what’s known as the ...

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Amy Madsen, BSN, RN, CCM 4048

Nurse’s daily run streak hits 1,258 days — and counting It can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit . Studies show that after 66 days, that habit can become automatic. Running is certainly a daily habit for Amy Madsen, BSN, RN, CCM, Associate Director of Market Development and Market Clinical Strategies at Humana. She has run at ...

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Are You Up To Date On Your Immunizations, Including The Flu Shot? 4035

The past year and a half, you’ve been busy. You’ve probably worked longer hours while juggling more tasks at home. Some routine tasks, like preventive medical appointments and immunizations, may have fallen to the bottom of your to-do list. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 4 in 10 American adults avoided medical ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 10/11/2021
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Crothall Healthcare, A CompassOne Company 4034

Company creates program that improves nurses’ job satisfaction and well-being We are pleased to shine the spotlight on Crothall Healthcare of CompassOne, an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Champion. There’s much more to nurse burnout than working long hours during a pandemic. Stressful work environments, lack of ...

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Fall Recipe And Meal Planning Ideas For Busy Nurses 4029

The COVID-19 pandemic creates upheaval for many nurses. Those who aren’t in patient care settings probably worked from home most of the past year. Children were also home doing virtual school. Now school is back in session for the fall. What better time to get organized with a meal planning strategy and new homecooked recipes? Your life is already busy — ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 09/23/2021
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Marty Malloy-McCoy, MSN, APRN, CRNA, CNP, FNP-C 4028

Nutrition quality has a major impact on preventing disease. It also plays a role in reversing it.   That’s one of the life lessons Marty Malloy-McCoy has embraced not just as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (board certified in both anesthesia and family care), but as a human being. His journey to nutritional wellness began about 4 years ago when ...

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Flu Shot Fridays:  New 2021-22 Flu Campaign! 4026

FLU SHOT FRIDAYS IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION (ANA) AND SANOFI PASTEUR* TO IGNITE URGENCY AROUND FLU VACCINATION, ESPECIALLY AMONG THOSE 50+ AND THOSE AT THE HIGHEST RISK FOR FLU COMPLICATIONS. Learn more about the FLUSHOTFRIDAYS campaign here . Despite the low incidence of influenza last season, we know that the flu ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/17/2021
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Lataya De Jesus, BSN, DNPS 4025

Nurse uses a plant-based diet and daily exercise to set an example Every nurse is a personal example to their patients, whether they want to be or not. That’s one of the motivators for Lataya De Jesus, BSN, DNPS, as she pursues healthy lifestyle choices every day. A relationship with God, nutrition, physical activity, and sleep form the foundation of ...

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American College Of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) 4011

Organization promotes healthy living through lifestyle medicine events and resources We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) , an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Champion. If there is one organization that wholeheartedly supports healthy lifestyle behaviors as the number one ...

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SEHA Nursing Staff Health And Well-being, Abu Dhabi Health Service Co. 4008

Using HNHN as its guide and inspiration, Corporate SEHA Nursing well-being committees improve the lives of its nurses every day. We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the SEHA Nursing Well-being Committee, a part of SEHA Corporate Nursing health and wellness program , an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Champion. “Your health first.” ...

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Is Your Hydration Lagging Behind This Summer? 4007

Did you know your muscles and kidneys are 79% water? Your skin is 64% water, and 83% of your lungs are made of water, says the USGS Water Science School . You are what you drink — or at least that’s kind of the case with water. But when the blazing hot summer months hit (like now), it can be difficult to drink enough fluids. Are you giving your body the hydration it ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 08/16/2021
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How To Prevent And Overcome New Nurse Anxiety 3990

It’s not unusual for any new employee to feel anxious in their first few months of work, and nurses are no exception. Becoming a nurse and starting your first official nursing job is thrilling, but also overwhelming. Starting your nursing career in the middle of a pandemic has made the experience even more complex. Fortunately, there are things all ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 07/12/2021
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Finding What Moves You: My Journey To Become A Runner 3987

By Alison Cuccia My dad was a runner. He ran cross country in high school and ran throughout his entire adult life. He was the dad who always brought sneakers on our family vacations so that he could sneak in a run here and there. He wasn’t necessarily competitive about it, he just purely enjoyed it.     As a kid this made absolutely no sense ...

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Catching Up On Healthcare Appointments Missed During (And After) The Pandemic 3986

Times are stressful (to say the least) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many routine tasks have gotten pushed to the backburner. Nurses are working even longer hours under excruciatingly stressful circumstances. At home, many nurses also have to deal with virtual schooling or daycare closings for their kids. Loved ones who once worked outside of ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 07/06/2021
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Sue Ferguson, DNP, MBA, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC 3985

How one nurse’s passion for wellness emphasizes immune health Health and wellness go beyond what’s seen on the surface. They’re about what’s happening on the inside, too. That’s one fact that Dr. Sue Ferguson prioritizes. Wellness is her passion, and she keeps in mind the importance of exercising regularly and eating healthy. But she considers both ...

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ANA Enterprise 3984

Nursing association listens to its employees then responds with a fitness-based wellness program, mental health and stress resources — and financial wellness offerings We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise , an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Champion. The COVID-19 pandemic ...

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Nursing:  Is It Your Calling Or Your Kryptonite? 3970

Nursing:  Is it your Calling or your Kryptonite?   R eprinted with permission from ANA\California By Teresa Martin RN, AMFT Taken from "Fly with Me: One Woman's Leap into a Life of Love and Joy" (Braughler Books 2021). Why are we Caregiving Machines?  I’m a nurse.  And nurses don’t lie, cheat, or steal.  They breed that out of you in nursing school.  They ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 06/12/2021
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Nia M. Martin, MSN-Ed, RN 3968

Nurse creates “Therapeutic Thursdays” to focus on her own well-being Choose yourself. If you’re like most nurses, prioritizing yourself doesn’t come naturally. Instead, you’re usually caring for those around you and putting yourself last. But as nurse Nia Martin has learned over the past few years, it’s possible to find balance between caring for ...

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Molly Moran, MSN, RN, CCRN 3967

Nurse becomes intentional about exercise to improve her mental and physical health Tending to your own health is not selfish. That’s the reminder that nurse Molly Moran has gradually engrained into her life. After having two children back-to-back, Molly came to the realization that her own health and self-care needed a complete overhaul compared to ...

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Sarah Abel, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN 3953

Nurse and runner-turned-yoga-enthusiast finds her calling during the pandemic    Your body tells you what you need, you just have to listen. That’s what a lifetime of physical activity has taught Sarah Abel, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN. It started when she was a twenty-something runner and triathlete, spending hours training and running. Despite the many ...

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How To Foster Healthy Relationships & Avoid Toxic Ones In The Workplace 3951

All of our relationships go through ups and downs — even workplace ones. Most of the time you can’t control with whom you work. So, what can you do to ensure the interactions you have with coworkers are healthy and positive? And how do you know if a particular relationship is toxic — and if it is, what should you do? We spoke with Eileen T. O’Grady RN, NP, PhD, ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 05/04/2021
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Erika A. Borlie, DNP, MS, BSN, WHNP-BC, RN-C 3946

Nurse prioritizes clean eating and everyday exercise to stay well Living a healthy life is easy when you’re doing things you love. That’s what Dr. Borlie  says about her lifestyle. For more than 20 years, it’s been filled with an abundance of nutritious eating and physical activity. “I realized 20 years ago that what you eat and how much sleep you get ...

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Sacha Hall, MSN, RN-BC, LNC, FNE-A/P 3934

Nurse makes full recovery from stomach issues through pescatarian diet What you put into your body impacts more than just your weight and what you see on the outside. It plays a huge role in how your body functions (and how you feel) on the inside. No one knows this more than nurse Sacha Hall, MSN, RN-BC, LNC, FNE-A/P. For years, Sacha dealt with painful ...

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Melody Butler, BSN, RN, CIC 3932

Nurse uses her passion to run a grassroots vaccine advocacy organization Nurses are so much more than caregivers. They’re role models and advocates for health. All nurses learn to promote a healthy lifestyle, but they often fine-tune what they promote to what they’re most passionate about. At her day job, Melody Butler, BSN, RN, CIC, works as an ...

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Kendra McMillan, MPH, RN 3930

Nurse finds new outlook on life through healthy living Let go — that’s step one on a health and wellness journey, according to nurse Kendra McMillan. Once you let go of the idea of perfection, you find balance. You let go of the pressures of a perfect body, house, job, and life — and you can see the beauty of imperfection. Letting go of perfection means you can ...

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How To Have More Self-Compassion During A Pandemic And Beyond 3929

As a nurse, your job includes showing compassion to patients. So why is it often overlooked or deprioritized when it comes to yourself? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes compassion as the "sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it." Self-compassion, then, is the ability to become mindful of your ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 03/24/2021
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UT Southwestern Medical Center 3922

Medical center helps staff fuel their wellness tanks We are pleased to shine the spotlight on UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Champion. Living well. That’s what UT Southwestern strives to help employees do year-round — whether they’re going through a global pandemic or not. That’s also why it’s ...

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How To Boost Your Immune System With Wise Choices 3915

DISCLAIMER: The content provided on this webpage is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.  This webpage is for reference only.  Always consult with a qualified health care provider for any questions you may have regarding your health. Now more than ever, there’s a new level of respect for immunity. Your immune system is what keeps ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 03/03/2021
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Kentucky Nurses Association 3914

Nursing organization relies on volunteers and prioritizes safety to help improve life during COVID-19 We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA), an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Champion. KNA is all about helping Kentucky nurses. They’ve been doing it for years, operating at a good pace and ...

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Q & A Blog With ANA President Ernest Grant And Compass One Healthcare, Covering Everything From Nurse Wellness To The Challenges Of Being A Male Nurse 3912

This blog is made possible by Morrison Healthcare, an operating division of Compass One Healthcare. As some of you may or may not know, last year Compass One Healthcare formed a new partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA), which is the nation’s premier nursing organization representing the country’s four million registered nurses. ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 02/22/2021
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Healthy Nurse, Healthy New Jersey (HNHNJ) 3908

Organization switches gears to support nurses during the pandemic We are pleased to shine the spotlight on Healthy Nurse, Healthy New Jersey (HNHNJ), an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Champion. The year 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic changed a lot of plans. This is especially true for HNHNJ, which thrived with in-person events like its ...

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Matthew S. Howard, DNP, RN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN, CPN 3907

Nurse uses moderation to improve his body, mind, and soul Knowledge is power. Before anyone can implement healthy lifestyle changes, they must first know and understand what healthy lifestyle choices to make. That’s why nurse Matt Howard made it his mission to use his knowledge to improve his life. First, Matt got more involved in Healthy Nurse, ...

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What's The Value Of Mentorship? 3900

 “Mentorship is also called sponsorship,” said Vernell DeWitty, PhD, RN, Director for Diversity and Inclusion at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). “When a mentor serves as a sponsor, they act as an advocate seeking opportunities for their mentee.” Having a mentor has the power to influence a nurse’s career right from the ...

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Georgia Nurses Association 3898

Organization goes virtual to build nurse resilience We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA), an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Champion. It began in 2019, when the Georgia Nurses Association joined Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™. The organization kicked off its wellness initiatives with a bang by ...

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Sandra Foley, DNP, RN 3897

Nurse faculty member prioritizes positivity in her health routine with jogging, a triathlon, and…laughter yoga! For Sandra (Sandy) Foley, living an active lifestyle comes naturally. It’s ingrained into her routine, and it has been for as long as she can remember. Going back to her early 20s, Sandy has been a runner. One of her favorite activities is to ...

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Need To Destress? Give Art Therapy A Try 3894

There’s no denying that these past few years have been stressful  — and that’s putting it lightly. You’ve had a lot going on, so it’s even more crucial to keep that stress from building up and causing burnout . Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses can benefit from artistic outlets to gain a sense of calm, get out of their heads, and let go of the ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 12/23/2020
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Sonya L. Clayton DNP, MSN, RN, IBCLC, CCE 3883

Nurse changes her physical and mental health for the better Everyone experiences their own peaks and valleys. It’s a natural part of life. Sonya Clayton knows this, which is why she made changes to set herself up for more peaks. It all began about two years ago when Sonya went on a trip with her husband and son. The family took pictures and, upon looking at ...

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Improve Your Blood Sugar Levels To Improve Your Health 3869

DISCLAIMER:   The content provided on this webpage is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.  This webpage is for reference only.  Always consult with a qualified health care provider for any questions you may have regarding your health. Do you have diabetes, or are you at risk for developing it? Your blood sugar levels are a good ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 11/12/2020
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Association Of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 3866

  Organization offers array of opportunities for nurse wellness We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Champion. It doesn’t have to be Perioperative Nurses Week for AORN to honor its ongoing commitment to employees and members. Through ...

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Is It Just Me? 3862

By Andrea Coyle Mary Smith, charge nurse, was working her second of four 12 hours shifts. When Mary arrived on the unit, she was told by the night shift charge nurse “we had two sick calls and we do not have any nurses available to come in and help.” Sigh…Mary’s first thought was, “How am I going to accomplish all the tasks that are expected of me as the charge ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 11/05/2020
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Self-Care Means Self-Compassion 3857

You may have heard the adage, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” It’s true, you know. You can’t give to others something that you don’t possess. But what happens when your “cup of compassion” runs dry? Where do you fill your cup? Who fills it? You may be surrounded by a group of personal cheerleaders who love to encourage you, but if you’re like most of us, ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 11/02/2020
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How Registered Dietitians And Nurses Are Collaborating To Fight Malnutrition 3826

Registered Dietitians (RDs) at Morrison Healthcare agree that nurses are their greatest ally in fighting malnutrition. To improve patient health, several RDs are taking creative steps to make it easier for nurses to help identify malnutrition and enlist RDs in this battle.  “Nurses are our partners, but they often have a lot on their plates, and ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 10/05/2020
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Ochsner Health – Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation 2020 Update 3819

Throughout the pandemic, Ochsner has been committed to supporting employee well-being.  “I am proud of the many programs Ochsner Health offers to support nurses as they pursue their own journey of health and well-being,” says Tracey Moffatt, MHA, BSN, RN, System Chief Nursing Officer and System Vice President of Quality, Ochsner Health, “but even ...

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The Race To 200M 3816

ANA is excited to share that we are a lead partner on a new educational campaign supported by Sanofi Pasteur focused on driving flu vaccinations this flu season called  The Race to 200M . See the press release here .  As nurses, we know the importance of flu vaccination. This year – given the intersection with COVID-19 – it is more important than ever ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/17/2020
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Tips To Promote Nurse Self-Care Through Skin Care 3814

Heart health, lung health, brain health — these are all essential areas of well-being, but are you neglecting your body’s largest organ? The skin, which acts as a barrier to the external world, is often overlooked when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. But this living organ protects your internal body from all kinds of things in the outside world. Are you ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 09/15/2020
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Food & Nutrition Services And Nursing: Why Collaboration Is Key 3811

Food & Nutrition Services and Nursing might be considered separate departments, but both are more successful when they join forces. That’s because both have one goal in mind: patient well-being. Both want the patient to leave the hospital feeling good about their experience. Nutritious and delicious food is one way to create a positive experience ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 09/02/2020
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The Impact Of COVID-19 On Nurse Communication With Patients And Families 3810

From the moment a person enters nursing school, they’re trained to work in tandem with patients, family members, and loved ones. A patient’s recovery is always a team effort. Yet the coronavirus pandemic threw a curveball at the way nurses must handle communication with patients and their loved ones. Gone are the days when nurses and doctors could ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/01/2020
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Valerie Morrison, DBA, MSA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC 3809

How one nurse never stops striving for better health Make it work for you and your lifestyle. That’s the main message from Dr. Valerie Morrison, who has spent years modifying her diet and exercise habits for each stage of life. Prior to college, Valerie used tap dance and yoga to decompress. She also danced classical ballet and learned to appreciate ...

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Sandra Scott, PhD, DNP, MSN/Ed, RN 3808

Nursing educator changes her lifestyle after open-heart surgery Can you imagine if you developed an illness and were given only a couple of weeks to live? That’s what happened to Dr. Sandra Scott just two years ago. She was diagnosed with double pneumonia and heart failure. Open-heart surgery to replace her mitral valve ultimately saved her life. The ...

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Warning Signs Of A Substance Use Disorder In A Nursing Colleague 3807

DISCLAIMER:   The content provided on this webpage is general in nature and does not constitute legal or medical advice.  This webpage is for reference only.   Laws vary by jurisdiction, locality, state, or country; please follow the laws of your specific jurisdiction and consult with an attorney if you have any questions regarding the laws of your ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 08/31/2020
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Eleanor Pulliam, RN 3806

Nurse cuts sugary sodas from her diet, loses 52 pounds How much of the sugar in your diet is from natural sources, and how much is from empty calories? Registered nurse Eleanor Pulliam drank sugar-loaded sodas and ate processed foods daily. Over time, she noticed significant weight gain and felt unhealthy. When her husband passed away in 2018, she ...

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Food & Nutrition Services And Nursing: Why Collaboration Is Key 3799

Food & Nutrition Services and Nursing might be considered separate departments, but both are more successful when they join forces. That’s because both have one goal in mind: patient well-being. Both want the patient to leave the hospital feeling good about their experience. Nutritious and delicious food is one way to create a positive experience ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 08/19/2020
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Nicole Spencer, DNP, AGNP, APRN 3790

Nurse uses healthy diet and exercise to stay fueled during COVID-19 12 years ago, Nicole Spencer embarked on a major life change: She decided to change careers and start nursing school. What she didn’t realize was that this would be one of many decisions to alter her life for the better. While in nursing school, Nicole also decided to start a more formal ...

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American Psychiatric Nurses Association 3789

Organization puts the spotlight on nurse self-care during COVID-19 We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) , an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Champion. Now more than ever, nurse well-being is essential. As advocates for psychiatric-mental health nurses, no one knows this better ...

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Making It Easier For Nurses To Care For Patients 3788

Reprinted with permission from Morrison Healthcare, an operating division of Compass One Healthcare.  See the original blog here . Making a difference in patients’ lives often starts with working closely with a hospital’s nursing staff. Morrison Executive Chef Marcelo Rubio and Kenneth Lim, a patient dining associate, were recently recognized ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 08/08/2020
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Mindfulness Practices For Stress And Anxiety With COVID-19 3782

By Julia Sarazine Have you experienced increased irritability, felt overwhelmed and exhausted or had difficulty falling asleep in the last month? These are all symptoms of burnout are more common currently among health care professionals due to the increased stress and anxiety from the COVID-19 pandemic as documented in an Italian study (Barello, ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 08/05/2020
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Conquering Stress In Difficult Times 3775

By Brenda L. Lyon The article was derived from the newly released book HAVEN’T YOU SUFFERED ENOUGH? Clinically Proven Strategies to Conquer Stress by Dr. Brenda Lyon, PhD, CNS, RN.   Dr. Lyon’s message is grounded in validated theory, research and her over thirty-year study of stress. We’ve  been experiencing very difficult times in the last four ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 07/29/2020
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Michael L. Jones 3774

Serious diagnoses activate changes in nurse’s health and wellness You have more control over your fate than you think. Michael Jones, PhD, MBA, RN, learned this about 7 years ago (at the age of 36) when he noticed his health spiraling downward. He weighed 215 pounds and witnessed his 59-year-old father’s stomach and colon cancer diagnosis. At the same ...

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American Association Of Nurse Anesthetists 3773

How one organization’s committees dedicate time and resources to CRNA well-being We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists  (AANA) , an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Champion. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new health and wellness challenges for nurses everywhere — and ...

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Michael L. Jones, PhD, MBA, RN 3748

Serious diagnoses activate changes in nurse’s health and wellness You have more control over your fate than you think. Michael Jones, PhD, MBA, RN, learned this about 7 years ago (at the age of 36) when he noticed his health spiraling downward. He weighed 215 pounds and witnessed his 59-year-old father’s stomach and colon cancer diagnosis. At the same ...

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Regina Martin, MSN, BSN, RN 3747

Nurse uses art therapy to prioritize her own and others’ mental and emotional health A healthy lifestyle isn’t just about diet and exercise. It’s also about taking care of your mind. As a 28-year veteran in the nursing field, Regina Martin believes this whole-heartedly. That’s why she turns to her love of painting for clarity, relaxation, and peace of ...

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Winners Of The NYP/WEILL CORNELL Healthy Nurse Sub Committee Self Care Selfie Contest For 2020 Nurses Month 3746

GOLD AWARD: Veronica Pasha, EMPA, RNC-OB, SAFE, Senior Staff Nurse Float from Women and Children’s Health So in non-COVID times, my self- care includes powerlifting. It's helped me in many ways but the two biggest ones are managing anxiety and promoting a positive body image. There is a lot of stigma around women in sports but an even bigger stigma in ...

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How  Nurses Can Use The COVID-19 Pandemic To Organize Their Finances 3744

By Lauren Mochizuki We are living in a very dynamic world right now.  While certain things are out of our control, there are still many things within our  control.  I have previously written about what nurses can do to  emergency-proof their finances.  The process of ensuring a financially  secure future can take several years.  In the meantime, we ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 07/01/2020
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Sabrina B. Anastasio, BSN, RN, CRN, LMT 3743

Nurse uses passion for hydration to promote self-care Did I do anything today that made a difference? It’s a question nurse Sabrina Anastasio ponders at the end of each day. Sabrina changed careers to become a nurse at the age of 50, and now at the age of 57, she makes every effort to practice what she preaches. This mindset began when Sabrina caught herself ...

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Liisa Dewhurst, RN, BSN, MSN, CNP 3742

Nurse focuses on moderation and everyday exercise to instill a healthy lifestyle Her mother, her children, and her own self confidence: Those are the 3 motivators that keep Liisa Dewhurst focused on a healthy lifestyle. When she was younger, Liisa was active in cheerleading and dance. Both helped her stay petite, but soon, poor nutrition set her on the ...

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How Can Nurses Emergency-proof Their Finances? 3735

Lauren Mochizuki is an ER nurse, wife, mother, and financial blogger at www.casamochi.com where she has written about living a great life within your means.  Lauren has been featured on Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, and Good Morning America, and she is passionate about helping other nurses feel confident with their finances. * ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 06/19/2020
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Opportunity to participate in Circadian Misalignment and COVID-19 Study 3716

In the span of just a few months, COVID-19 has become a global pandemic that has redefined our daily lives. So many questions about COVID-19 remain unanswered, and research is essential to bend the curve and save lives especially for nurses and other healthcare workers who are on the front lines of this pandemic. Rush University Medical Center, in ...

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ANA-Illinois 3715

State nurses association focuses on increasing physical activity for nurses and ending nurse abuse. ANA-Illinois is the state affiliate of the American Nurses Association. They represent ALL registered nurses in the state of Illinois, without regard to specialty or practice setting. They have also just upped their partner level with Healthy ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Nurses Called To Prepare And Fight The Disproportionate Health Risks Of COVID-19 In Smokers 3714

By Joelle T. Fathi, DNP, RN, ARNP, ANP-BC, CTTS, NCTTP Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has shone a spotlight on the egregious reality of risk and racial inequities, particularly in current and former smokers and has amplified the opportunity to address these racial inequities through effective treatment of tobacco use disorder and nicotine ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 06/01/2020
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Laura Hall, RN 3709

Nurse changes goal from “healthy enough” to “thriving” Laura Hall, a nurse at Forks Community Hospital, once considered herself “fit enough” and “healthy enough.” But was she thriving? “No,” she says. And she was far from what she’d known as a young, active volleyball player with a strong foundation in health and fitness. But in her early 20s, Laura ...

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8 Ideas To Make Social Distancing More Social 3712

How long has it been since you hung out with a group of friends? Or hugged someone? Or sat down to eat at a restaurant? When not taking care of patients, you’re probably practicing the government’s recommendation of social distancing. Also called physical distancing, the purpose is to slow the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 05/27/2020
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Linda Lowry, RN 3664

Nurse uses career to enhance her own life Walk the walk and talk the talk: That’s what Linda Lowry knew she needed to do when she became a nurse. Prior to getting her nursing degree, Linda was tipping the scales. She was out of shape and unhealthy. Ten years ago, when her son Michael passed away from an asthma attack at the age of 15, Linda used her grief as fuel. ...

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Frances Akubuilo, DNP, RN 3711

Nurse dedicates research project to helping fellow nurses increase physical activity levels A self-care video, developed as a product of Frances Akubuilo’s doctorate research, starts off with the question, “Nurses, how can we take care of our nation, if we don’t take care of ourselves?” This is a question Frances often asks in response to national ...

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How To Incorporate Meaningful Nurse Recognition 3656

Nurses are the heart of healthcare. While National Nurses Week runs from May 6–12 every year, it’s always a great time to recognize nurse contributions. Studies show that meaningful recognition can renew a nurse’s commitment to their profession. It inspires and motivates nurses to keep giving back to patients and colleagues. It deepens a nurse’s ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 04/30/2020
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HNHN Strength Through Resiliency Committee 2020 3650

HNHN's Strength through Resiliency Committee, via the behest of the American Nurses Association's 2019 Membership Assembly, is examining, developing, collecting mental health resources for nurses, including those for suicide prevention.  The Strength through Resiliency Committee is comprised of a Work Group and Review Committee and is ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 04/10/2020
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Mental Health Help For Nurses 3645

During this unprecedented time of fear and stress, nurses are at high risk for mental health issues like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.  Help is available and you are NOT alone. DISCLAIMER: The content provided on this webpage is general in nature and does not constitute legal or medical advice.  This webpage is for reference only.  ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 04/03/2020
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