Debrief, How to Handle All the Stress as a Nurse

Depending on where you work, the nursing career can be one of the most strenuous of all professions.

ER nurses are no exception, in fact, unless the shift is quiet, it's a collision of chaos from start to finish. (And honestly, how often is there a dead shift?)

The life and times of the career ER nurse is generally short. After all, it's much easier to have the predictability or the relative ordered chaos in some of the quieter units.

Nonetheless, ER nurses, and all nurses in general, need to have some type of outlet. Let me rephrase that, a healthy type of outlet. Self-medicating problems or stress is a slippery downward spiral. If you're not mindful about the alerts in your body the stress can shut you down.

And to get it out in the opening, regular (or heck just any) therapy qualified registered psychologist can do wonders to keep you sane and healthy mentally. Physical health is another key to ensure longevity and to extend, literally, the years on your life.

What are some testing tricks that you can share with others on how to deal with the ongoing stress, the incredible stories, and the incredible trauma you face in a normal work week?


Coloring Therapy for the Hospital

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 classic books from the 'pioneers' of the adult coloring book craze, include coloring swear words, the perennial animal books, and the monotonous patterns of zentangles and mandalas.

 One of our sponsors for this blog is releasing their first book soon as well, this one with a religious focus. We've seen an advance copy and it's certainly beautiful! Details are below.

 What kind of things do you routinely try to do as a positive unwinding tool from a hectic shift?


 This is a post from one of our sponsors, RoBarry Publications. Their upcoming inaugural publication is a Christian adult coloring book called, "Soul Coats: Restoration". Visit them on Facebook as well.


Have you ever, or how many times, thought about quitting nursing?

Let's be frank, you've seen a lot of $hit. And there are days when you just want to throw in the towel. High stress jobs that require a high level of competency routinely put people over the edge. In a case of nursing there aren't very many professions where wonky hours, high trauma, sometimes questionable pay, unruly patients, unruly coworkers, etc., all collide to make for a challenging career.

It may be not be therapy, but what are some stories or scenarios that nearly made you end your career as a nurse?


Nurses Week 2016 Freebies and Other What nots

Happy National Nurses Week to all of the selfless nurses on the interwebs. It's a special and resolute calling to become a nurse, so hats off to you on your week! (Let us know if it comes with a special check or something in the mail.....I guess accolades are enough, right....right?)

If any of you were dying to know a brief history of National Nurses Week, check out this pdf.

And here's a list of freebies for nurses (in the US) from Allnurses



Craziest Things You've Done to Stay Awake on a Night Shift

I'll go first, an anecdote a 'friend' told me, to stay awake on the drive home, roll your window up on your hair so if you doze off mid-drive you get a quick hair pull......YOUR TURN!