How Nurses Can Prioritize Self-Care

  Before any aircraft takes off, the hostess gives a demonstration of what to do in case there is a lack of oxygen.  She talks about first putting the oxygen mask on yourself, then helping your child. Many nurses are so caring they want to put the oxygen on the child first; or in this case, the patient, -so they tend to ignore themselves. To take care of others, you need to care for yourself first, so you have the energy and health needed. What exactly is self-care? Self-care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, […]

How Nurses Slip into Substance Abuse

I once worked with a nurse who nobody would have guessed suffered from substance abuse. He was the most pleasant and kindest nurse on the unit. Being an operating-room nurse, his role was to give the patients premedication prior to surgery. The main premedication that was given was Pethidine. Pethidine is a strong analgesic and narcotic, and even though it is primarily a pain reliever, it has the side effects and addictive nature of narcotics. His addiction started when one day, he decided to give himself an IV dose of Pethidine when he was in severe pain. Nobody noticed that […]

5 Steps Nurses can take to handle Negative Attitudes at Work

      There are days when you go to work and are in such a good mood, only to find that one or two of your coworkers are in a horrible mood. They will be complaining or whining about something that the employer has not done, and how everyone is so bad, and life is just so unfair. After listening to them for a while, do you notice how all this negativity starts to affect you? Let’s look at five easy steps you can take to handle negative attitudes in the workplace.   Have boundaries Do not let a […]

One thing that will make you Win

            Many of you chose a nursing career because you wanted to care for the sick. Caring for someone else brings a lot of personal satisfaction and joy. I’m sure you were surprised, like I was, when you realized that you have to work with some overly competitive coworkers. Some of them use very unethical means to look better than you and are not ready to work with you as a team. Many employers would argue that competition is good for the company because it brings motivation and adds productivity. The flip side to this […]

How to Diffuse Tension at Work: Tips to Alleviating Stress

                    Guest Post By Elizabeth Scala   The hospital where I work has many nursing committees. One that I attend, is the nurse research committee. We meet monthly and each functional unit is represented.     There are usually a dozen nurses at the meetings and since they’re all interested in nursing research, everyone is quite brilliant. Well, put a lot of people in a room that are highly intelligent with lots of ideas, you’re likely to have a dispute now and then. This was the case last month.   We […]

Handling the “Write-Up” You Do Not Deserve.

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“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” ~Winston Churchill Some coworkers are very complex and love to write people up. I call them “write-up happy.” They will write you up for the smallest mistake so that you almost feel like you can’t even sneeze in their presence. They will write you up for taking five extra minutes on your fifteen minute break or for letting the telephone ring four times before you answer it. This causes a lot of stress in the work environment, and once others know you are in trouble, they may start to whisper about you. If […]