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Burnout - From the ER and Beyond, Healthcare Workers at Risk

With a rising awareness real mental health, one of its aspects seems to lack practical application in the workplace. Nursing, and healthcare professionals, know that their job is fast-paced, sometimes at break neck speed, role that demands significant focus and investment in all ways. That includes mental and physical weight that can have adverse effects if nothing seriously. We have seen many healthcare professionals, not the least of which are nurses, have to take long extended leave, or worst, leaving the profession entirely because of burnout. The question for discussion is this: How does your workplace treat burnout? The startling reality is that burnout happens, and you need to take care of yourself. However, workplaces seem to ignore this reality and do not have adequate mechanisms in place to help their employees. The culture of overworking is one that's leaving unhealthy nurses in its wake.

 Are there programs in your workplace that are helping?

What have you seen wo…

Growing Violence in the ER (and other nursing departments)

Have you noticed a growing level of violence in the workplace?

In your situation, career, and workplace what are some of the primary causes of violence?

Some of the top factors include:


A rise in the opioid epidemic and violent patients. Coworker or manager violence, be it bullying or verbal.Dementia or mental health patients. What do you commonly see your workplace?

Resources for Transitioning from Student to Practitioner

Some of the most daunting moments in a nursing career is when you started a new position. The most stressful may be when starting a brand new career. Nursing students who make the shift to practitioner face numerous insecurities and steep learning curves particularly around competency. Knowing what assessment to make and having confidence in that result are things only experience can help with. No amount of book study or internship will qualify you when you're out caring for patients on your own.

Here are some basic resources, albeit heavier reading, on areas to watch out for and ways to succeed, when starting a new role as a nurse.

Best practice principles for the transition from student to registered nurse - https://www.collegianjournal.com/article/S1322-7696(08)60073-6/pdf

A Process of Becoming: The Stages of New Nursing Graduate - http://nursingthefuture.ca/assets/Documents/Stages2008.pdf

Work Unit Transformation To Welcome New Graduate Nurses: Using Nurses’ Wisdom - https://w…

How nurses are wired - ER vs ICU

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Eyeballing Better than Testing in ER

A new report conducted that surveyed 6000+ ER nurses has determined "eyeballing" patients in the waiting room was more effective in determining patients who needed the most urgent care.

https://emj.bmj.com/content/36/2/66

Simply eyeballing a patient may be more effective than using a formal structured assessment (algorithm) to prioritise those who are the sickest and therefore most in need of urgent medical care, finds research published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. A basic clinical assessment seems to better predict those most at risk of death, even in the hands of healthcare professionals with relatively little emergency care experience, such as phlebotomists and medical students, the findings indicate.
More here: https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/simply-eyeballing-patients-may-trump-formal-assessment-for-prioritising-seriously-ill/

Of course, why would there be a test to eyeball in the first place? It has to do with costs, and ways to reduce intake time and car…

Coloring Therapy for the Hospital

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The current rage in art therapy models is the coloring book craze, particularly the adult coloring book market, which has exploded over the past couple of years with new titles. Some coloring books are marketed with 'art therapy' label suggesting coloring is a viable means to not only calm the mind, but offer therapeutic benefits as well. Art therapy is a useful tool to help caregivers, therapists, and other health care providers. Certain patients who do routine mindfulness exercises have been reported to experience benefits. Whether that's  directly because of self-identified 'art therapy' coloring books, is debatable. Mind you, the Mayo Clinic has noted the benefits:

Nobody can discount the craze that is the current norm. Coloring books benefit both the patient in a therapeutic way, but also help anybody de-stress. Given their popularity, eventually there may be something to color for everybody. The top coloring books on the market right now, apart from the cla…