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Yoga, Meditation, Self-Care, and Why I Started This Journey

What is our purpose in life?  This is a question I have found myself asking many times over the years, first arising during my senior year in nursing school. I was anxious, depressed, and numbing myself with various substances to avoid the pain I did not know how to handle.   Wake Up Call My clinical rotation that fall semester had me in an inpatient psychiatric unit, where we would start the day off with an AA meeting. I listened to my patients as they shared their stories of serving in the military and how they were not equipped with the…

5 Self-Care Ideas for Managing Mental Health and Increasing Wellbeing

Self-care and mental health are essential for anyone that wants to live a happy life. An extensive definition of self-care means taking an active role in safeguarding one’s well being and happiness. Below you will find 5 great self-care tips for travel nurses to manage their mental health. It’s about putting yourself and your mental health first in times of stressful occurrences. As simple as it sounds, several people struggle with sufficiently taking care of themselves. 5 Self-Care Tips to Improve Your Mental Health and Wellbeing General self-care includes getting adequate sleep, eating well, and exercising. But when it involves…

#StayHome: Self-Care Tips

Self-care in a pandemic has me thinking about the saying ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’. Regardless if the hair salons or massage business is closed, we have to make ourselves a priority and find the time for our revamped self-care routines. Here are some ways I’ve been staying sane while ‘staying home.’ Self Care Starts with Self Love <3 To love means to learn the art of nourishing our happiness. If we think of things as loving ourselves and pouring into our own cups no matter how small, it changes the thought process behind it to “I love…

Care for Yourself First: Self-Care Tips for Travel Nurses

Nursing is considered one of the most stressful professions. In fact, 92% of nurses report moderate to very high-stress levels. Travel nurses face additional challenges – being away from home, working at an unpredictable schedule, and saying goodbye – all of these can add to the stress and lead to job burnout. Whether you are a new travel nurse or have been in this profession for a long time, here are some self-care tips to deal with chronic stress and job burnout. Self-Care Tips: Physical Self-Care Health is wealth, so they say. Physical self-care involves activities that help you stay fit and…

Be Your Own Advocate: 8 Self-Care Tips for Smart Travel Nurses

This article provided by: OneStaff Medical As rewarding as the nursing profession can be, most nurses acknowledge that it can also be very stressful. Self-Care Tips for Travel Nurses In one study by the American Nurses Association, for example, 82% of nurses who responded agreed they were at significant risk of workplace stress. By the same token, 68% reported that they put their patients’ health, safety and wellness before their own. A significant 56-57% reported frequently working through breaks and/or arriving early or staying late to accomplish their work, and 51% reported having musculoskeletal pain at work. “The results show there is…

4 Self-Care Tips for Travel Nurses While on Assignment

As travel nurses you are always caring for others but taking care of yourself is just as important, if not more important. If you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be able to care for those who rely on you. Being on the road while on a travel nurse assignment can make it harder to care for yourself.  Not being familiar with the area may be a concern but it doesn’t have to be.  To help you while you are on the road The Gypsy Nurse team has put together a list of 4 self-care tips for travel…

Travel Nursing Self-Care: Carve Out More “Me Time”

This Article is Sponsored by LRS Healthcare ® Nurse life, in general, can naturally wear a person down. You basically give all day in almost all ways—mentally, emotionally, and physically on top of socially and professionally. On the rewarding flip side, you’re literally a lifesaver some days and a galvanized link between patients and the care they need to achieve the best outcomes. Now add travel to the mix. New city, new people, new living space, new work environment—all of which come with a mixed bag of pros and cons, you know all too well. The life of a travel nurse…

Top Nursing Trends That Will Transform the Industry in 2021 and Beyond

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 3 million registered nurses in 2019, with employment expected to continue growing faster than other professions through 2029. As demand for nurses continues to rise, familiarizing ourselves with the trends that are poised to transform the industry can help provide valuable insight into the growth and potential of the US’s largest healthcare profession. 1. Demand for Nursing Specializations Will Rise Focused expertise on specific areas of medicine for nurses is on the rise. Nursing specializations allow the nurse to deliver skilled and expert care in a specific niche.…

Why Do We Provide Better Preventative Maintenance for our Cars Than We do For Ourselves?

Self-care or preventative maintenance has a long list of benefits: optimizing your immune system, relieving stress, improving resilience, having a more positive mindset, greater well-being, improved sleep, better able to manage chronic pain, reducing your risk of heart disease, and enjoying a better quality of life. It is enjoyable, makes us feel better, and is easy to access. So why don’t we do more of it? People have misconceptions about self-care, thinking it takes too much time, is costly, or is selfish. People often question where the line falls between self-care and self-indulgence. Why do we provide better preventative maintenance…

The Effects of COVID-19 on the Role of the Psychiatric Nurse

The pandemic and its effects have caused stress and fear for all due to uncertainty and loss. Nurses are in a particularly difficult situation, caring for COVID-19 patients often in understaffed environments with limited resources. It is not surprising that many nurses are experiencing high rates of burnout and anxiety. The experience of a psychiatric nurse in the midst of a pandemic is an interesting one. They may not be treating the physical symptoms of the virus, but rather the complex mental health issues patients are facing. The additional stress of COVID-19 has expanded the number of patients requiring psychiatric…