More than half of nurses are obese, and more than one in 10 smoke. High stress levels and difficulty sleeping because of long, irregular workdays contribute to these poor health habits. “We tend to help others before we help ourselves," said Suzy Harrington, RN, DNP, MCHES.
A call to wellness by Eileen P. Williamson, RN, MSN
As nurse leaders, we’re familiar with employee wellness and illness prevention programs. But in January, the American Heart Association told us that’s not enough and called for the creation of “cultures of health” built on best practices in a report titled, “A Call to Action: Creating a Culture of Health.”
Super Foods for Busy Nurses
Experts say the biggest problem with the eating habits of nurses during work hours is usually not that they eat too much — it’s that they don’t eat enough.
Breathing Is Underrated: Yoga Tips for Nurses
Nurses know taking a deep breath can help their patients under stress, but do they follow their own advice? Three RN yoga instructors share quick, simple techniques that can help nurses relax and renew in just a few minutes a day.
Smoking Cessation by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, RN, MSN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN
Smoking cessation programs can help adults in their fight to quit smoking; however, they must target people from diverse backgrounds and healthcare needs. This program assists healthcare providers in devising a plan to help patients quit smoking.
Surviving Caregiver Stress Syndrome July 25 by Cynthia Saver, RN, MS
Have you ever felt depressed, guilt, or even anger during your career as a healthcare provider? It might not be "burnout". You could be suffering from Caregiver Stress Syndrome. Learn how you can help yourself and help the families of patients who may also be suffering from this.
Night Shift Woes: How to Stay Healthy July 26 by Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, ASCM
Night shift is infamous for causing impaired memory, poor sleep patterns, and even weight gain. Learn important facts on these issues and possible solutions.
Play Happy Nurse!
Nurses need opportunities to "de-stress." Play the free, stress-busting game "Happy Nurse" to help you unwind. Offered by The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future, the game is available for download as a mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, or you can play online.