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Recent Discussions in Quality of Life

Jeanette Childers
I tend to use my IPad games as down time, this is not very productive. I aim to only use my IPad for emails and my bible reading. 
Hi Jeanette Childers ‍ - Are you using you iPad to help wind down? I have read that looking at phone, tablet, or ...
Lindsay Davis
Journals and doodles, imagination and reflection covers many pages of spiral bound notebooks... the notebook that captures the free-hand words and images of both, my  refreshed and exhausted minds.  It is interesting to review the ...
Lindsay Davis Jun '18
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN)
We are working on a mindfulness challenge and are wondering how do you stay centered in your life? Do you practice meditation or journal? Does a hobby help you keep your calm? Let us know below what you do to help you keep calm and present on ...
Deep breaths, venting with friends, then letting the negative energy go!
Jamesni Jamesni May '19
Time on the ocean, time with friends/family
I mentor. I find this helps me remember, reevaluate, and renew myself.
I have been thinking about the Screen Time Detox.  I know that mindfulness practices are very helpful.  They help reduce stress and anxiety.  I have also been thinking about how often I "mindlessly" pick up my phone or other device and ...
rnscholar Feb '20
abbyeed abbyeed Feb '20
Putting my device down (iPhone, iPad, turning off the TV, looking away from my computer at work) has definitely ...
    ChristiM ChristiM Feb '20
    rnscholar ‍ I know that when I worked in an office setting and was in front of the computer the whole day, I absolutely ...
    rnscholar rnscholar Feb '20
    Again today the Screen Time Detox Challenge encouraged us to practice Mindfulness.  It seems so simple to be ...
    How good are you to yourself? Are you taking care of YOU? I know that I prioritize others around me too often over myself and it really begins to show in my emotional well being, and eventually my physical health too. This year I have been ...
    ChristiM Apr '21
    ChristiM ChristiM Apr '21
    If you need ideas on how to be kinder to yourself, make sure you're signed up for the upcoming  Show Yourself ...
    Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN
    Hi everyone!  I am Holly Carpenter and I work closely with Jaime Dawson on all things Healthy Nurse!  One of ANA's 2017 initiatives is "Year of the Healthy Nurse".  Each month will focus on a specific topic(s) for nurses to improve ...
    February's topic is Cardiovascular Health.  Visit ANA's webpage to view all sorts of resources and activities to ...
    This is a great resource! Thanks Holly Carpenter ‍ 
    Our shared governance committee is working on this year's topic and pushing the information to our colleagues so ...
    Aieda Solomon
    I just read this 2010  Generational Differences Among Newly Licensed Registered Nurses article and was wondering how do you feel about generational differences across your team or unit? Does it make working with each other more ...
    Aieda Solomon Jul '17
    One obvious difference I've noticed is a sense of restlessness/impatience in younger RNs. They are more prone to ...
    I definitely agree with George Waldref ‍ . It seems like the younger the nurse, the more likely he or she will ...
    George Waldref ‍ do you feel like anything can be done to ease this "trend?" Also, how do you feel that this affects ...
    Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN
    Webinar- Promoting Nurse Self-Care: Emotional and Mental Wellbeing (free for ANA members) Wednesday November 15, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT (log on at 12:30 p.m.). The webinar will focus on strategies that will help nurses ...
    Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN ‍ I am sorry I missed this. Are we able to still listen to it? 
    Heidi Rye, BSN, RN ‍ Not sure if it is still free, but let me look into it for you.
    For any questions on any of these webinars, here is the # to call: 


    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
    Finding more peace   We all feel it – the world seems to be filled with nothing but bad news. Each day presents new reasons to feel anxious, ungrounded and fearful. And our nervous systems are feeling this constant pull of stress. ...
    Walking outdoors helps restore my sense of peace after a tough day.
    Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN)
    If you're feeling grateful today, let someone know. Check out today's tip in the Get Your Gratitude On challenge. Post photos of your thank yous below or on Facebook Tagged:  Amanda Elizabeth Landolfi ‍,  Laura B ‍,  Anna Hjortland ...
    HNSRN17 HNSRN17 Dec '18
    I recently reached out to a friend I haven't talked to in a while.  We are fortunate to have the kind of relationship ...
    HNSRN17 ‍ Continue to be courageous in your friendships. Don't underestimate the power of a simple hello or I was ...

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    Quality of Life Blogs

    Simple Ways To Relieve Stress Today 32

    Did you know workplace stress impacts nurses with nearly the same frequency as infectious disease agents, on-the-job falls, and workplace violence combined?  Alleviate your stress by trying out these easy-to-implement strategies shared by Nicole Vienneau, RN and board-certified integrative nurse coach at Blue Monarch.  

    Added by Aieda Solomon Blog Quality of Life 05/24/2017
    Are You Depressed? Know The Signs 40

    Nurses often work in high-stress environments and deal with life and death situations. This makes us almost twice as likely to experience depression as people in other professions. That's why it is important understand the signs and know how to get help. The good news is that since we’re in the health care industry, we have access to the treatment and ...

    Added by Aieda Solomon Blog Quality of Life 06/05/2017
    How Employers Can Help Keep Nurses Healthy 41

    When employers provide the right tools, employees can create and foster healthy habits both at work and at home. Whether an on-site fitness center, weight loss plan reimbursement, or free cancer screenings, wellness perks all contribute to the health and longevity of staff members. Take a peek at what hospitals and other employers nationwide are ...

    Added by Aieda Solomon Blog Quality of Life 06/05/2017
    Women’s Health Update 42

      Despite working in health care and advising patients to get routine screenings and check-ups, 25 percent of nurses are not staying on top of their own health screenings, according to the American Nurses Association’s 2016 Health Risk Appraisal. R easons for this include feeling overwhelmed, putting the care of patients and family members before ...

    Added by Aieda Solomon Blog Quality of Life 06/05/2017
    Men’s Health Update 43

    Not sure when to get what checked out? Use this blog and its resources to help make sure you’re up to date with your preventative care.

    Added by Aieda Solomon Blog Quality of Life 06/05/2017

    Quality of Life Blogs

    • A Look Back At 5 Years Of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™
      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 ... more
    • How Nursing Leadership Can Ease New Nurse Anxiety
      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 ... more
    • How Do You Routinely Practice Self-Care?
      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 ... more
    • 7 Ideas To Create An Environment Of Kindness At Work
      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 ... more
    • How To Reset And Renew Yourself For The New Year
      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. ... more