What is the most challenging part about being an awakened holistic nurse?

Since you are here reading this, I want to play a little guessing game! I believe that you are a nurse. 👩‍⚕️ I sense that you love yoga! 🧘‍♀️ I know that you searched for “yoga” and “nursing” and you found us! Your YogaNurse tribe! 🤭 How did I guess? A nurse never reveals her secrets! 🤐 Here’s a better question. What made you search for such a curious combination of words?  “Yoga” and “Nursing” sounds…

How nurses can namasleigh the holidays and make peace with stress

How nurses can namasleigh the holidays and make peace with stress

The holidays are here and almost everyone is taking a pause. People are buzzing with joy, party vibes, travels, fun, family, friends.  And for more and more folks, there is the other side of joy. Work, stress, pain and suffering.  Nurses do not get to pause. Medical emergencies and sick patients do not wait for Christmas to pass.  To make things worse, the holidays brings with it a higher rate of casualties from drunken brawls,…

Your YogaNurse tribe prescribes cows for anxiety

Your YogaNurse tribe prescribes cows for anxiety

You are a beacon of light in a very dark world, darling nurse. You are caring for people who are suffering. This is truly a noble profession. We have greats like Florence Nightingale and we can only hope to go down in history as a pioneer and a caring problem solver. Even if it’s only among our own patients, we want to know that we made a difference.  Except…we can’t always achieve this due to…

Nurses, here’s ONE thing to remember when you’re forced to deal with circumstances beyond your control.

Nurses, here’s ONE thing to remember when you’re forced to deal with circumstances beyond your control.

I recently experienced a power outage in Montreal, Canada. It was so bad that the mayor had to cancel Halloween.  The winds were wild, the storms were unforgiving and the power outage kept me apart from my much beloved cuppa coffee. I couldn’t cook, I was struggling to stay in touch with my team and I was salvaging every last drop of battery power on my phone to try and finish up some of my…

Are you a nurse with compassion fatigue? Here’s what your heart is aching to tell you.

Are you a nurse with compassion fatigue? Here’s what your heart is aching to tell you.

The Struggle: Dodge the Lawsuit. What does your day as a nurse consist of lately? Paperwork, sacrifice and skipped lunch breaks? Ringing phones and chronic staff shortages? Paperwork. Damage control. More paperwork.     It’s almost like we’re playing “dodge the lawsuit” daily. We’re so far removed from the primary function of a nurse – caring for our patients.  We imagine we’d get time to talk to our patients, get to know them, form a trusting relationship…

This Halloween…nurses are on the menu and energy vampires…are hungry.

This Halloween…nurses are on the menu and energy vampires…are hungry.

It is spooky month and everyone is dressing up as a vampire this Halloween! They aren’t the blood sucking types but they still feed on you. They come from nowhere and everywhere and they feed on your energy. Sometimes they can even take the shape of an object or a life event or a place or memory. It doesn’t even need to be a tangible thing, energy vampires are everywhere. Nurses are especially vulnerable to…

Nurses, here are 7 mindful gifts to give that your future self will thank you for!

Nurses, here are 7 mindful gifts to give that your future self will thank you for!

I am nurse. I care about others and how well they’re eating, how well they’re sleeping, how much they’re exercising and I bend over backwards to ensure they have those needs met. Now, while bent over backwards, breathe in and bring awareness to how much that actually hurts your back. Ouch!  If you’re still young, your body will serve you well, so it might not be clear just how much harm you are causing to…

How to Bring Mindfulness to Bedside Nursing

How to Bring Mindfulness to Bedside Nursing

What is Mindfulness? MIND·FUL·NESS noun a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Nursing is all about therapeutic techniques. BUT nurses are all too often overwhelmed with tasks which bring their minds to a state of stress and anxiety. Overwhelm. Practicing mindfulness immediately helps to calm the anxious mind and make the nurse more present…