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Valerie Tiu
What kinds of things do people do for vacations to relax? Does anyone find it difficult to relax on vacations? Sometimes when I go on vacations, I worry about my unit hoping that they are staffed well or that they don't have patients that ...
Valerie Tiu Feb '17
It is very difficult sometimes to leave work at work espically when we are caring for patients 24/7. One thing I have ...
Hi Valerie,

​You're concern for your workplace, your patients, and your peers are a sincere sign of your ...
Thanks all, great thoughts. My resolution this year is to be more selfish, but it is very hard! I always tell my ...
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN)
Way to go Toni! I am always inspired and motivated when I see your yoga and cycling adventures with your friends! ...
Thanks Heidi Rye, BSN, RN ‍!   More indoor yoga and cycling on the way!!
You are awesome Toni L Scott‍!!
Valerie Tiu
I used to work on a med/surg floor that took care of a lot of older patients who may not have had a lot of family nor did they have a large support system. These patients would end up staying in our care for months or maybe years. We had a ...
Valerie Tiu Jun '17
This can be so hard as so many patients occupy a special place in our hearts even as we maintain good professional ...
Ellen Martin ‍ I am glad the EAP program was helpful to you. 

Valerie Tiu ‍ The Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing ...
Ellen Martin ‍ I will have to check with the hospital to see if we have something like that. I'm glad it helped you. ...
Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN
Good morning Healthy Nurses!

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is observed in September, but the need for awareness and resources is not bound by time or date. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is committed to meeting ...
Thank you for posting this! There are so many great resources in here. I found the section on nurses returning to ...
ChristiM
Have you been struggling with your mental well being? Have you been looking for some help? ANA has created the  Coronavirus Resource Center  that has a lot of great information and other resources to aide nurses. I was really ...
ChristiM 24d
SUZANN
First day:: 1.   I am thankful for my family  husband, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren.
                 2.   I am grateful for my faith in God and how it grows daily.
                 3.   I am grateful for sunrises and new days with new ...
SUZANN Aug '20
ChristiM ChristiM Aug '20
SUZANN ‍ These are beautiful gratitudes! Make sure to post them in the challenge message boards! 
Your Gratitude ...
Thank you for sharing, Suzann, My gratefulness is exactly like yours minus the grandkids and daughters. 
My ...
Amen sister. Without my faith, these days would be very hard indeed
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN)
Tell us how you are feeling about a returning semester. What are some of your pain points? What worries you most about going back to school? What are you feeling good about? Reply below to let us know.
MarthaVB MarthaVB Aug '20
I am not a nursing student, rather I am a nursing instructor- there are mixed emotions about returning for the ...
olgabel olgabel Sep '20
Due to the fact that clinical was online since March, I am nervous about being unprepared as we start clinical back ...
ChristiM ChristiM Sep '20
Make sure to check out the new September Challenge,  #WeAreInThisTogether Student Challenge  for tips and ...
ChristiM


The Department of Labor says that Labor Day "constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country". Nurses have been one of the biggest contributors ...
ChristiM Sep '20
nurse_mkay nurse_mkay Sep '20
I spent it relaxing and spending time with my family. 🙂
skightlinger
What is some advice you would give to someone who goes to work when scheduled or not even though they don't feel good??
I go to work everyday even when i dont feel well cause of under staffing at my job,  i fell the residents deserve the care
skightlinger Aug '20
ChristiM ChristiM Aug '20
My advice is, you can't truly take care of others effectively if you are not taking care of yourself. If you are sick ...
nurse_mkay nurse_mkay Sep '20
You sound like a very dedicated employee, so there is something to be said about that for sure. I do agree with ...
ChristiM
What works for you for relieving stress?   I find that I am getting stressed out faster than I usually do lately. Things that hadn't really bothered me before, are starting to really eat at me. I have been trying to find time to take just to ...
ChristiM Jul '20
Hi ChristiM ‍ I just did a challenge for a couple of weeks about incorporating mindful pauses into your day. It ...
ChristiM ChristiM Aug '20
Mrs Sheena D Pracyk, RN ‍ Thank you so much for so many great ideas! I already tried the hand exercise and really like ...
nfekete nfekete Sep '20
I signed up for Headspace (not in a routine of using it yet).  I work in a clinic, so when things get tense, I turn on spa ...

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    Conquering Stress In Difficult Times
    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 ... more
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    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 ... more

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