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    8 Reasons Nurses Can’t Eat Healthy

    It’s good to eat healthy, right? Yes. Do you eat healthy? We try our best. So why is it so hard for us to do it? Here’s 8 reasons: 1. Stress! We have stressful jobs. We’re not Walmart Greeters (no offense to Walmart Greeters). What we do on the job makes a difference: legally and physically. There is no room for mistakes. And…what relieves stress better than eating? Just about nothing. 2. Everyone Donates Junk Food: Why is it that the large majority of foods people like to donate to staff are sweets? Donuts, chocolate, cookies, and even candy seem to always appear when you most need it (or rather,…

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    New Year’s Resolutions for Nurses

    It’s a new year, and you may have decided that it is time to turn over a new leaf in your life.  While you may pledge to hit the gym more or spend more time with family, you can make some resolutions about your nursing life, as well. Some resolutions, we just can’t get.  For instance, vowing to never work overtime in the coming year could be bad for you financially and may put your job at risk if it is required. However, some resolutions we can make about our careers, about nursing, and about how it impacts our lives.  Here are four, but feel free to make up your…

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    The Crazy Language of a Nurse

    Nursing has its own distinct language. Aside from the normal medical jargon, such as MI, BID, QID, and HOB, we have our own way of communicating to each other that those outside of the profession just wouldn’t understand. Code Brown – We all know what a code blue is, but a code brown can be worse in some cases. This is when a patient’s BM reaches epic proportions and requires a dedicated crew to clean up. CTD – This stands for circle the drain, and it is often used in critical care areas. Essentially, it means that a patient is progressively getting worse and that their death – or crash…

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    Big Nurse Mistakes During a Double

    Working doubles: this is something that most, if not all, nurses deal with. It’s even harder when your double shift includes a night shift. Staying awake and being able to think critically amidst fatigue is no small feat. You probably have plenty of things to do that keep you awake, but are you making one of these common mistakes? Here are some big no-no’s when you’re stacking those shifts. 1.     Gorging Down a Big Meal Don’t have time to eat? Make time. It’s never good to eat huge meals at once. It’s bad for your health. It makes you gain weight. It makes you sluggish and sleepy afterwards. Instead, take…

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    Top 9 Things Nurses Secretly Pocket

    The pocket of a nurse during a shift gets filled with random items and well, some of those items make it home. 1. Juice, Milk, Crackers, and even Ensure. It seems like every facility has these “nutritional staples” to appease the snacky patients. Well, patients aren’t the only snacky ones around. There is nothing like downing an ice cold juice cup after running yourself sweaty at work! And yes, sometimes the Ensure if you’re desperate. 2. Hospital Socks. You know those non-slip socks? Aren’t they great? They are thick, warm, colorful, and…non-slip! And they match your tacky holiday sweaters. Why wouldn’t you snatch one? 3. Alcohol Pads. This you just…

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