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…

#1 The Most Essential Practice of Your Job as a NURSE 

#1 The Most Essential Practice of Your Job as a NURSE 

HAPPY SPRING! Trusting you have weathered the Winter storms, both in the outer life and the inner life. I feel compelled to share some contemplative thoughts to stir your soul. Plus a few resources to consider on your life journey.    #1 The Most Essential Practice of Your Job as a NURSE  As a nurse or indeed as a human being with any job, there are those days. Yes, those days where we get sucked into the mire…

God’s Eye View when life kicks the sh*t out of you

God’s Eye View when life kicks the sh*t out of you

I read Facebook posts from my friends, including lots of nurses and see a lot of stress, anxiety, pain and suffering. I call this SAPS- in our YogaNursing model of care, cuz it plain saps the life force out of you. Had a long phone convo with my brilliant nurse buddy and best selling author Carol Gino, author of the much loved and controversial book- The Nurses Story. She read this to me over the…

Yoga therapy- the ultimate relaxation

Yoga therapy- the ultimate relaxation

People practice yoga for a variety of reasons. Many yoga practitioners are interested in the health benefits that come from regularly performing the routines. Others want a state of harmony between inner and outer self. Still others practice yoga primarily to relax. The majority of my students adore the relaxation benefits. A State of Harmony The profound relaxation available through yoga includes a state of clarity of mind, and of compassion, harmony with and understanding…

On Nursing Burn Out, the Nursing Staffing Shortage and Safe Patient Care

I’ve been on this soap box for years. Hospitals are hooked on investing in technology that costs millions and cutting on investing in nurses. This terrific info-graphic from Soliant Health captures the message. Thank you Soliant Health for caring and creating this big picture on ‘working short’. Hey health care consumers. YOUR health care is in YOUR HANDS. Tell your Hospital CEO to HIRE more nurses for safer patient care and excellent patient outcomes. Hospitals…