10 Feelings All Nurses Have

When you’re a nurse, every day is unpredictable. But there are a few experiences all nurses have had at least once. Here are 10 feelings all nurses have felt:

 1. Nursing School Was More Than a Little Overwhelming

Overwhelming

You eventually became a master of pulling all nighters, which came in handy when you started working the night shift.

2. You Were Overcome with Joy When You Officially Became a Nurse

Happy Dance

After countless pots of coffee, hundreds of hours spent studying, and lots of worrying, you finally reached your goal. That type of achievement calls for a happy dance.

3. That Moment You Realized That Coffee is Your Best Friend

Coffee

Coffee is there for you, even in the toughest of times. It got you through school, and you’ll stay best friends for the rest of your career.

4. But Then You Realize You’d Be Nowhere Without Your Nurse Friends

Best Friends

Because once someone has helped you clean up bodily fluids, you’re bonded for life.

5. When You Finally Find Scrubs That Look Flattering

Beyonce

In comfortable, good-looking scrubs you are basically unstoppable.

6. When You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Took a Bathroom Break

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It’s been at least 10 hours, but you’re more worried about the patient who hasn’t peed in 6 hours.

7. When You Save Someone’s Life for the First Time

Supergirl

You’re basically a superhero now, but still waiting on the movie to be made about you.

8. Every Single “Code Brown”

Eww

It’s not the most glamorous part of the job, but it has to be done.

9. Watching All the Unrealistic Medical TV Dramas

Nope

That’s not how any of this works. Looking at you, Grey’s Anatomy.

10. Knowing That You Make a Difference Every Day

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Priceless.

5 Ways Nurses Can Stay Happy at Work

Passion and purpose drive nurses to do amazing things every day. There’s no doubt it is a rewarding career. However, it can be equally as challenging at times. When nurses don’t take care of their own needs, they can become stressed and unhappy.

At NurseCore, we strive to make sure our healthcare professionals are happy, so they can experience all the joys and fulfillment that comes with this incredible profession. Here are a few things you can do in your every day life to stay positive:

1.Make Yourself a Priority

Naturally, the healthcare industry attracts people who like to put others first. It’s what drives nurses to care of patients in the amazing ways they do. However, you must remember to make yourself a priority from time to time.

Take a few breaks to eat, use the restroom, or just breathe deeply. Do whatever you need to do to stay on track. Not only will it make you happier, it will make you a more attentive nurse.

2.Focus on the Good

During any given shift, good and bad things will happen. As clichéd as it may seem, try to focus on the good. Remember the smile on your patient’s face as you relieved their pain. By making a point to look at all the good, you will notice more of it, and that’s sure to improve your day.

If you’re struggling with this, challenge yourself to find one great thing in every day for 100 days. Tell your friends and family about this challenge, and promise to post on social media what made you happy each day. It will keep you on the lookout for joy and hold you accountable.

3.Have a Daily Meditation Session

New research shows that regular mediation can help nurses stay calm and happy at work. Taking time to look inward lowers cortisol levels and reduces the chances of developing PTSD and anxiety. Just a few minutes of meditation in the morning could make your whole day.

4. Remember the Good Times

Keep a few pictures of loved ones or happy memories with you. When you’re feeling down, take a moment to peak at your photos and remember everything that is good in your life. A simple photo can elevate your mood and bring a smile to your face. You can keep these pictures on your phone or in your wallet; it doesn’t matter, as long as you can access them when you need to.

5. Remember Why You Do It

Remember the pride you felt the first time you saw a patient get better. Think back to that one patient you’ll never forget. You are making a difference in this world, one patient at a time. They will remember how you made them feel better in their darkest moments. If you can hold on to why you became a nurse, you can get through the most challenging days.

What do you do to stay happy at work? Let us know! You can contact us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Heatstroke: Signs, Treatment and Prevention

Heat in the City

There are plenty of reasons to despise the triple-digit temperatures that summer brings. Your car becomes an oven, it’s impossible to get comfortable in work-appropriate clothes, and let’s not even talk about all the sweating. While all of these are irritating, there’s one summer risk everyone needs to get more familiar with: heatstroke.

As nurses well know, heatstroke is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. If left untreated, heatstroke can be fatal. The elderly, infants, athletes, and people who work outdoors are particularly at risk. Anyone in these groups and their caretakers should become familiar with the signs and know what to do.

 

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Symptoms

The hallmark symptom of heatstroke is a high fever, sometimes up to 106 F. Because people suffering from heatstroke are dehydrated, they cannot sweat to cool the body off. Therefore, the body temperature continues to rise. Other signs to look out for include:

  • Dizziness or feeling light-headed
  • Dry skin – not sweating, despite the heat
  • Flushed, hot skin
  • Weakness or cramping of the muscles
  • Throbbing headache
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Seizure
  • Loss of consciousness

If you notice someone experiencing these symptoms, call for help right away. Until help arrives, there are a few things you can do, whether you are a healthcare professional or not.

 

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Treatment

The first step in treating heatstroke is to move the patient into the coolest area available. Ideally, this would be in an air-conditioned building. If no such place is nearby, at least move the patient to the shade. Then remove any clothing that is unnecessary.

Bring the patient’s core temperature down:

  • Wet the skin with cool water and fan the patient.
  • Place ice packs on the patient’s neck, back, groin and armpits.
  • If at all possible, emerge the patient in a tub of cool water.
  • If the patient is able to, have them drink cool water or other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated liquids.

 

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Prevention

The best way to beat heatstroke is to prevent it entirely. Here are a few preventative measures everyone should take:

  • Stay hydrated!
  • Avoid vigorous activity when it is hot and humid outside.
  • If you must be outside during hot and humid weather, drink even more water than normal. Replenish with electrolytes as well.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing.

By knowing the signs, treatment, and prevention methods of heatstroke, you can look forward to all the fun parts of summer. You can take a dip in the pool, enjoy more daylight in the evenings, and have an awesome cookout while keeping everyone healthy and happy.

How Nurses on Social Media can Avoid Violating Patient Confidentiality

Social media is a double-edged sword for healthcare professionals. On one hand, nurses on social media can network with fellow professionals and educate people on healthcare topics. However, when used improperly, these communication outlets can also spell big trouble for anyone in the healthcare industry.

It seems like every week there is a story on the news about someone posting something inappropriate on social media. All too often, it’s someone from the healthcare industry. Many of these stories involve HIPPA and confidentiality violations, which can mean serious consequences for everyone involved.

So, how can nurses enjoy the benefits of social media without risking any of the trouble? The first step is to avoid posting any identifying information about a patient online. While this may seem obvious, it is more complicated than many people realize.

Of course, nurses know not to post a picture of a patient with a caption like, “This is Jane Smith. She has XYZ disease and is being treated in Room 123.” However, it may not be so clear when a nurse posts a picture of a small child leaving the hospital with the caption “I’m so relieved that Timmy beat cancer! It was a pleasure to help this brave little boy.”

This seems innocent enough, sure. But think about what is being revealed in the post: the boy’s name, what he looks like, the hospital he was being treated at, and the nurse who attended to him. According to HIPAA, this identifying information violates the patient’s privacy.

As all healthcare workers have heard, consequences for HIPAA violations are often severe. Hospitals can face hefty fines and lawsuits. Healthcare professionals who violate the law can lose their jobs and licenses.

Here are a few simple rules to keep nurses out of trouble on social media:

  1. Do not take pictures of patients on your personal devices. If they want a picture taken, do so on their phone or camera.
  2. Do not discuss patients online. While talking about your job in general terms is typically acceptable, discussing patient specifics is just asking for problems. Stick to things like, “I’m so glad my job allows me to help people in need.”
  3. Don’t be friends with or follow patients on social media sites. This can lead to blurred lines and possible mishaps.
  4. Know HIPAA and your employer’s guidelines. Defer to those rules whenever needed.
  5. If you aren’t sure, don’t post it. No social media post is worth risking your career for.

Nurses should have the same access to social media as everyone else. However, due to the sensitive nature of their occupations, they must take a few more precautions than many other people. By thinking before posting and using common-sense guidelines, healthcare professionals can thrive on social media and avoid making mistakes.

Choosing the Right Nursing Shoes for You

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Your feet are literally the base of your movement. So, if they aren’t happy, neither is the rest of your body. Ill-fitting shoes can cause persistent problems in your hips, back, knees and feet. This is why well-fitted shoes are especially important for nurses, who spend up to 12 hours per day working on their feet.

However, finding just the right shoe can be an exhausting exercise. They have to meet your employer’s standards, protect you from spills, and remain comfortable all day long. It’s a lot to ask from a shoe. But with the right information, it can be simple to find the best shoe for you.

Pick a Style

There are three basic styles of nursing shoes: sneakers, slip-ons and clogs. It’s best to consider your workplace guidelines, type of nursing and personal preferences when choosing a style. Each offers benefits for different types of nurses.

Sneakers are the typical athletic shoes designed to withstand lots of wear and tear. They are perfect for nurses who work in a fast-paced setting, such as an ER. If you choose sneakers, you can go to a specialized running store to find them. They will analyze your feet and the way you walk to determine the best shoes for you.

Slip-on shoes for nurses have supportive backs like sneakers, but do not have laces. They are great for nurses who do not want to deal with the hassle of re-tying shoes constantly, but who need plenty of support.

Clogs are open in the back, but closed in the front, offering plenty of room. The best clogs will offer a strap around the back for some extra support, however. These shoes are often specifically designed to relieve pressure points in the foot and are great for nurses who prefer a little wiggle room in their shoes.

Find a Shoe as Unique as You

What works for your best friend might not be the best choice for you. Your body will have different needs, and it’s important to take those needs into consideration. Here are a few physical factors to consider:

Foot size – Measure your feet to make sure you’re getting shoes that are the proper size. It’s best to measure them after a long day walking around, that way you take into account any swelling that may occur.

Weight – Nurses who are heavier should look for shoes with more padding and cushioning. This will help the shoes last longer and help you stay comfortable all day long.

Arch – Some people have high arches, other people have flat feet. Make sure you are buying shoes that cater to the shape of your foot. If you have a lot of trouble with this, consider getting specialized insoles for added comfort and support.

Injuries – If you are recovering from a lower-body injury, or have chronic pain in your back, legs or feet, get shoes with extra support. The ideal shoes should offer a lot of stability and cushioning while your body heals.

A Few Extra Tips

  1. Good shoes don’t have to be broken in. You should feel comfortable when you try them on. If you don’t, they are either the wrong size or style.
  1. Change your shoes every 500 miles. With a lot of use, shoes wear out and their support fades. Replace your shoes often to ensure proper support.
  1. Look for slip-preventing shoes. Nurses work around all kinds of substances that can spill and cause slips. Be sure to find shoes with great traction that will keep you free of falls.

If you continue to have trouble finding proper shoes, consult a specialist. It’s important to take care of yourself while you’re taking care of others. This means giving your feet, knees and back a chance.

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Helpful Apps for Nurses

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It’s no secret that technology has changed the healthcare industry in incredible ways. New treatments and techniques are being discovered all the time, leading to better and more efficient care. We see these advancements everywhere from the operating table to the pharmacy counter.

We even see technology advancing healthcare with apps on our smart phones and tablets. There are many apps out there designed to help nurses and other healthcare professionals perform more efficiently and effectively. Below are a few of these apps for nurses:

Epocrates

It’s easy to see why this app is consistently ranked among the most used and most helpful apps for healthcare professionals. In the free version, users can easily access information on specific medications, drug interactions, healthcare providers, and formularies. There is also a great feature that allows users to easily identify stray pills. The paid version has even more helpful information like ICD-9 and CPT codes.

Price: Free or $159.99

Supported on: Apple and Android devices

Nursing Central

This app by Unbound Medicine is a one-stop shop for medical information. It contains a medical dictionary, a drug guide, and information on diseases, disorders, and laboratory tests. The one-year subscription to Nursing Central gives users access to all of this information through the mobile app and website.

Price: $169.99

Supported on: Apple and Android devices, all major web browsers

MediBabble

This app allows English speaking nurses to provide thorough care to non-English speaking patients like never before. The MediBabble translator breaks down the language barrier, allowing nurses to obtain more complete and robust medical histories. The app has a large database of common questions that only require gestural answers. It currently translates to Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, and Russian, with plans to add more languages.

Cost: Free

Supported on: Apple devices

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What apps do you use to make your shift more efficient? Will you be trying any of these? To find more helpful information, tips and inspiration for healthcare workers, be sure to follow NurseCore on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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