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5 Reasons to Love Being a Nurse

In honor of Valentine’s Day being this week it’s only appropriate that we put together a list of 5 reasons to love being a nurse! Nursing can be stressful and it can be hard, but it is important to remember the things we love about it from time to time!

You will be making a difference in people’s lives.

One of the greatest and most inspiring reasons to love being a nurse is that you get to help others! It’s incredible knowing that you are constantly adding value to society, and that your job matters. It’s true that nursing is one of the most satisfying careers in the world. You know that no matter how hard the workload can be, at the end of the day you get to go back home knowing that you were able to give that extra helping hand to a person in need.

You will have job security and a stable salary.

While it’s necessary to love what you do as a nurse, it’s also a nice perk that you have job security. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nurse employment is expected to grow 19 percent by 2022. Also nurses, especially those with more experience, have the opportunity to make really good money. The 10 percent of Registered Nurses who are the top earners in the U.S. make more than $96,320 a year!

You can work in many different types of workplaces.

You are not limited to just one type of work facility when you are a nurse – in fact, there are many unique environments where nurses are required. Just take a look at the different services and environments that KPG Healthcare offers, including – hospitals, medical centers, technicians, etc. Your nursing qualifications can also land you a job anywhere around the world!

Your nursing knowledge will come in handy outside of work.

It’s safe to say that your nursing degree will never go to waste. Your extensive knowledge will help guide you through the rest of your life and you will always be there to lend a hand to friends and family. You will know how to keep up a healthy lifestyle, how to help out in an emergency or accident, and to give advice and care for your closest friends and family.

Every day is different and challenging.

With so many different areas within nursing, every single day will be completely different. The healthcare industry is full of different settings and you will be able to find a specialty that best suits you. With so much diversity and variety in the workplace, you will be learning something new every single day, as well as constantly facing challenges and improving your skills.

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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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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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