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Valentine’s Treats For the Nurse in Your Life

This Valentine’s Day get the nurse in your life something cute and unique! We put together a list of D.I.Y treats that not only are perfectly tailored to nurses, but are just plain delicious! Go for a more elaborate gift and put your baking skills to the test or put something together quickly by buying something from the store and packaging it in a fun way!

1. Bleeding Hearts Cupcake

Check out these heart cupcakes! Instead of cutesy cups of goodness, you get a cupcake design that would make a nurse proud.

While these Bleeding Hearts Cupcakes might make a regular person squeamish, rest assured that nurses will find these treats bloody fantastic. And best of all, they bleed jam!

2. Chocolate First Aid Package

Now this First Aid is sweet. Just grab some chocolate kisses and print out the text for the bag topper and so on. Nobody can say no to chocolate!

3. HOT Temperature Candy

These hot temperature candy are a snap to put together. Simply bag some cute candies, print the thermometer front and tie with a ribbon. You can change the tag to a personalized Valentine’s message.

4. Lifesavers for Nurses

You can give away these lifesavers to everybody! Simply buy a big bag of lifesavers, pack them individually, and add a witty message to the topper. Be creative and funny!

5. Love Prescription Bottle

Oh no! Looks like your loved one needs a Love Prescription… and some GREEN M&M’s. Fill up a clean prescription bottle with some cute sweets and write out a funny prescription for laughs.

 

Whatever you give the nurse in your life this Valentine’s Day as long as it’s filled with love they’ll be happy!

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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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