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…