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How to Stay Mindful At Work

Be mindful of everything you do. When you are with a patient (anyone), focus only on that patient for that time and be more aware of every aspect of him or her. To be mindful is to be truly alive and present with those around you and with what you are doing. Even routine tasks can become a meditation of sorts. To help yourself stay mindful here are some tips and tricks we recommend!

Have a positive morning mantra. Start every morning with positive thoughts. Remind yourself of all that you have to be grateful for and what you plan on achieving in your day, year and life. Write down a positive mantra and leave it where you will see it when you wake up.

Accept What You Can’t Change. Acceptance lies at the heart of mindfulness. To be mindful means to accept this present moment just as it is. And it means to accept yourself, just as you are now. It doesn’t mean resignation or giving up. But it does mean acknowledging the truth of how things are at this time before trying to change anything.

Remember to Breath. As you work through your day keep some focus on your breathing. Try to be aware of each breath in and out, even as you do other things. Deep, aware breathing helps to align your physical and mental states. If you are aware of your breath, you are aware of the present moment.

Make Stress Your Friend. Research shows that people experiencing high levels of stress but who believed that stress was good for them had among the lowest mortality rates. The next time you’re facing a challenge at work, respond to your stress creatively rather than negatively. Be grateful that the stress response is energizing you.

What do you do to help yourself stay mindful and focused on your patients and work?

 

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Stretch it Out: Perfect Stretches for Nurses

A stretch a day keeps tension at bay. When work overwhelms your mind and body, it is time to limber up. Try these light moves that can alleviate your muscle aches, improve blood circulation and calm your mind.

Next time your on shift try these simple yet effective workouts and stretches!

1. Neck stretch

Stand up straight with your head level. Place one hand behind your back as if standing “at ease,” only with the back of your hand on your lower back. Put the other hand on top of your head, and gently pull your head to the side until you feel a stretch. You should feel the stretch in your neck, shoulder, and a little bit in your core. Hold for 20 seconds, then do the other side. Do this once an hour to help keep your neck muscles loose and balanced.

2. Chest and shoulder stretch

Stand up straight with good posture. Put your hands out to your side, and rotate your hands so your thumb is pointing backward until they’re pointing at the wall behind you. Arch your back, pressing your shoulder blades together, and hold for five seconds. If you do this once an hour, it will help prevent back, shoulder, and neck pain caused by constantly leaning over your patients and looking down at their charts.

3. Torso Twist

Inhale and as you exhale twist to the right grabbing your chair to help increase the twist. Holding the twist, set your gaze over your right  shoulder. Challenge yourself to catch a glimpse of as much as you can over that shoulder. Repeat this stretch to the left.

4. Leg Extensions

Grab the seat of your chair while sitting straight up. Extend your right leg straight so that it is parallel to the floor. Point your toes forward and then flex them back five times. Release your foot back to the floor. Repeat with your other leg.

 

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Nursing Trends For 2019

Every new year brings new and different trends in every industry. For nurses jobs will continue to rise and bonuses will continue to grow, so there is a lot to look forward to in 2019! Keep reading to see what other trends are on the rise.

Nursing jobs will continue to rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing job outlook is faster than the average. From a 10-year period from 2016 – 2026, the nursing job outlook is expected to grow by 15%. This means every nurse, will have plenty of opportunities.

Nursing shortage will continue to rise. While there are plenty of jobs available, making it a good opportunity for current nurses, there is some trouble for those interested in becoming a nurse. Schools are turning away thousands of qualified applicants as they struggle to expand class size and hire more teachers for nursing programs.

Hiring bonuses will continue to grow. There are many benefits for nurses. From sign on bonuses to travelers to free housing and tuition bonuses being given by hospitals. In fact, Hospitals and other medical facilities are getting so desperate to recruit and retain nurses they are offering all sorts of pricey perks and incentives.

Nurses will gain more education. As the population ages, there will be more demand for nursing specialties. For nurses to gain more specialties they will need more education. This article by Nursing Education states that nurses with BSN degrees will jump from 50% to 80% by 2020 and nurses with a doctoral degree will double from now to 2020.

Nurses will reap benefits of nurse compact license. More states were added to the eNLC in 2018. This is good news for nurses! It makes it easier than ever to use your home state’s nursing license to get a promising job across state lines.

 

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