How Yoga Can Help Nurses

yoga for nurses

Although it is certainly rewarding, nursing is one of the most difficult careers a person can have. It is as physically demanding as it is emotionally challenging. If nurses do not take steps to address these difficulties, it can be hard to reap all the rewards of a nursing career. But what can you do that will relax the mind, heal the spirit, and nurture the body?

For some nurses, the solution is a regular yoga practice. Whether done in a class at a gym or at home with a video, yoga can help relieve many of the troubles nurses have.

It’s natural and understandable that nurses seek outlets to cope with the stress of the job. It can feel like you are taking on stress for your patients and their families, and all of that tension has to go somewhere. Many nurses turn to habits like smoking, overeating, or drinking in order to compensate for the stress of the job. Yoga offers a healthier, more productive alternative to coping with stress.

Having a regular yoga practice can teach you how to remain mindful, control your breath, and find calm in the chaos. Those are great skills for a nurse to have when call lights are beeping, doctors are calling, and you still can’t get that one patient to cooperate. While others may take time out for a smoke break, you might find that a “yoga break” is more helpful in channeling your energy.

This doesn’t have to be a full-blown workout, of course. Who has time for that? Practicing yoga can be as simple as minding your breath, turning inward, and gently stretching for just one minute. This single moment can help bring your focus back, making you not only happier, but also more effective.

Of course, the stress of being a nurse is not only emotional. Many nurses will say that back aches and sore legs are just part of the job. However, regular stretching and yoga can help keep these symptoms at bay.

By strengthening your muscles and improving circulation, yoga can help relieve “nursing back” and other aches that come with the job. Plus, your body deserves a little break after you spend 12+ hours on your feet, don’t you think?

If you don’t have time for a complete yoga practice every day, that’s OK. Just a few moments of deep stretching before and after every shift can greatly improve your physical well-being. Here are just a few poses that you might want to try:

Wide Child’s Pose

Wide Childs

This relaxing pose relieves lower back pain by stretching the back, hips, and front of the thighs. Click here to see instructions for this pose.

Bridge Pose

bridge pose

Bridge pose stretches the whole spine, from the tailbone to the back of the neck. As a mild inversion, it may also help relieve stress and headaches. You can find instructions on this restorative pose here.

Legs on the Wall Pose

legs on wall

This pose is as straightforward as its name suggests, but it offers many surprising benefits. After being on your feet all day, this pose will help bring more circulation back to the upper part of your body and provide immediate back pain relief. Learn more about this pose and other poses for nurses here.

Of course, you should talk to your doctor before beginning any new health or exercise routine. You may also consult a yoga expert on what type of yoga practice would be best for you. There are many different forms of yoga, and it might take a few tries before you find the type that is right for you.

Will you be trying to incorporate some yoga into your busy schedule? Let us know! You can follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter for more updates, tips, and insights.

4 Medical Breakthroughs to Look Forward to This Year

Medical Breakthrough

It seems like every day a new invention is released and the headlines proclaim that the future is here. With everything from virtual reality to self-driving cars, it’s easy to feel like we’re living in a science fiction movie. However, some of the most incredible advancements aren’t coming in the form of new toys. Perhaps the most impactful innovations are taking place in the medical field.

In order to keep up with this growing industry, it’s important to take some time to research the amazing inventions that are coming down the pipeline. Periodically, we like to do just that and break down our coolest findings in a blog just for you. Here are four breakthroughs that are going to change everything soon:

1. Transplant Medicine

Transplant medicine has been around since 1954, when the first kidney transplant took place. However, it wasn’t until 51 years later, in 2005, that even a partial facial transplant was completed. 10 years later, the first full facial transplant took place and was a major success.

The success of last year’s groundbreaking transplant is sure to mean big things for the medical world. The surgeons were able to match tissue type, skin color, and hair color to help a firefighter recover from burns sustained on the job. After 26 hours of surgery, the hero had a new face, complete with a scalp, ears, and eyelids. Standing on the shoulders of this achievement, scientists will be able to make great strides in transplant medicine soon.

2. Gene Tuning

Our DNA is what makes us who we are. Our genes tell a detailed story that includes everything from our hair color to the shape of our toes – and yes, even the diseases we may develop. Thanks to powerful new tools developed for researching DNA, doctors may soon be able to “turn off” certain genes that make us ill.

In 2015, scientists were able to correct the DNA of human embryos in order to stop inherited diseases before they could begin. In a more recent case, a leukemia patient was successfully treated thanks to gene editing. Immune cells had their DNA tuned specifically to fight infected cells in the patient. The potential for effective, personalized treatment is enormous in this field.

3. RIBA

This one is for all the busy nurses out there. (Is there such a thing as a nurse who isn’t busy?) We consistently hear that life as a nurse would be easier with an extra set of hands. It sounds like scientists have been listening.

RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) is coming around the corner to save the day. This robot helper is being made to gently move patients to and from wheelchairs. The hope is that this will reduce fall risks for patients while saving nurses from back pain and injury. RIBA could very well be your next best friend at work!

4. Cancer Vaccines

Each year, millions of people receive the flu vaccine. This shot (or spray) teaches our bodies how to identify and attack that year’s flu. Could a similar theory be applied to cancer? Some researchers believe so.

The idea is to piggyback on other vaccines, like the one for tetanus, and train the body to fight of certain types of cancer. Currently, the FDA has approved this technique to help treat cancer and melanoma. Perhaps the most anticipated vaccine is for lung cancer. Work on the lung cancer vaccine first began in Cuba, but it is well underway in the United States.

What breakthroughs are you most looking forward to? For more industry insights, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

5 Healthy Recipes for Spring

After much of the country experienced a relatively mild winter, spring has sprung! Of course that means beautiful flowers are beginning to bloom and birds are starting to sing. Most importantly, spring brings a lot of fresh ingredients and fun recipes to try out.

As your local grocery store starts stocking more in-season fruits and vegetables, why not try out some new recipes? Here are 5 healthy spring recipes that will keep you energized:

1. Grilled Asparagus with Caper Vinaigrette

Grilled Asparagus

Since its peak picking time is in April, asparagus makes a delightful spring side dish. Both the grill and the vinaigrette add a tangy flavor to this healthy veggie, making it a great side for all of your cookouts. Make sure to choose asparagus that has a vibrant green color and isn’t at all mushy. Ready to add this to your menu? You can find the recipe here.

2. Warm Snow Pea and Chicken Salad

Snow Pea Salad

Forget everything you think you know about snow peas. No longer must you reserve these tasty greens for the occasional stir-fry. This recipe gives new life to snow peas by combining them with chicken, cashews, and a creamy Asian dressing.

Snow peas can be found year round, but they are at the peak of freshness from spring to early summer. Packed with protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins C and K, these peas are sure to keep you healthy and happy all day long.

3. Lemon-Mint Snap Peas and Lima Beans

Snap Peas and Lima Beans

It’s good to be green! At only 137 calories per serving, this simple side salad will give you 5 grams of protein, a bunch of potassium, and 30% of your daily vitamin C needs. But it doesn’t stop with the awesome nutrition. This delightful dish combines the freshness of lemon and mint, the crunch of snap peas, and the creaminess of lima beans to provide a peppy springtime snack. You can find this one-of-a-kind recipe here.

4. Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Baby Artichokes

Artichokes and Potatoes

Peak season for delicious artichokes is from March to May, perfect for some springtime cooking. This recipe combines hearty potatoes and artichokes with light lemon juice and olive oil to create something everyone will love! While this may look like a calorie-heavy side, each serving will only set you back 123 calories. Artichokes also give you a nice dose of potassium, folate, and vitamin C.  To give it a go, check out the recipe here.

5. Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

fruit salad

Looking forward to all the fruit spring has in store? This fruit salad is for you. Strawberries hit their peak freshness from April to June, just in time to enjoy this cool dish. Coat the fresh fruit in a mix of honey, lime juice, lime zest, and poppy seeds for the perfect spring dessert. Ready to dive into this colorful dish? Here is the recipe.

Which recipes are you going to try this season? For more healthy living tips, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

The Benefits of Being a NurseCore Nurse

As a national leader in medical staffing and home care services, NurseCore takes pride in the healthcare professionals we employ. We know that our dedicated medical professionals strive to provide only the best, most caring service to each of patient.

In return, we make it our mission to allow each member of our staff to grow in his or her career, take on challenges, and learn new skills. Becoming a NurseCore nurse means becoming part of a team that encourages and supports you. Here are just a few benefits of teaming up with NurseCore:

1. Develop Your Existing Skills

Improve Skills

As this anonymous NurseCore employee wrote, our agency gives employees the opportunity to hone in on existing skills. This allows our healthcare professionals to provide top-notch medical care to their patients and gain the knowledge necessary to become leaders. Even the most experienced nurses can find room to expand and grow in their skills with NurseCore.

2. Work with Great People

Personable

Each member of our office staff is dedicated to the success of our medical staff. Once you join the NurseCore team, our staff will work hard to make sure your unique needs are met – all with a friendly smile. We’re proud of the efforts our team makes to help our nurses thrive.

3. Learn from New Challenges

Challenges

As grueling as nursing school can be, it can’t teach you everything about the human body and every condition a patient might present with. However, working with NurseCore can provide you with challenges that push you to learn new skills. Often times, our nurses set out to teach patients something and end up learning from the patients.

4. Enjoy Flexible Scheduling

Schedule

We understand that your time is valuable. That’s why we allow our healthcare professionals to tell us when they are available, so that we may schedule accordingly. Whether you prefer the night shift, weekends, or weekdays, our office staff will work with you to find a schedule that fits your needs and the needs of our patients.

5. Do Work that Matters

Fulfilling

Many people pursue a career in healthcare because they want to make a difference. Our nurses are no exception. Our patients are in need of quality care and a kind person to provide that care. If you’re looking for work that is as fulfilling as it is challenging, NurseCore is the perfect place for you.

Are you ready to join the NurseCore team? What benefit do you look forward to receiving? To find an office near you and apply today, click here. For more industry news, healthy living tips, and other important information, follow NurseCore on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Type 2 Diabetes Management Tips

Diabetes Management

According to the American Diabetes Association, 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes each day. With numbers like that, each nurse is bound to care for many diabetes patients throughout his or her career. Because healthcare professionals strive to treat the whole patient, it’s important for nurses to understand the lifestyle changes their patients may need to make in order to manage this chronic condition.

Of course, nurses should always encourage patients to take all prescribed medications. What other lifestyle changes can nurses recommend to type 2 diabetes patients? Here are five things patients can do to help manage this disease:

1. Make Healthy Food Choices

Vegetables

Jenny De Jesus, RN, CDE, a diabetes educator told Everyday Health, “Staying healthy with diabetes is all about making choices.” One of the most important choices diabetes patients can make is to consume healthy foods. To start, patients should choose low-fat and low-sugar foods.

Furthermore, people with diabetes should make sure to get plenty of fiber and focus on consuming lots of vegetables. Once the right foods are chosen, the patient can then focus on portion control, making sure to eat in portions that facilitate a healthy weight. Eating smaller portions throughout the day, rather than a few large meals, can also help manage diabetes.

2. Stay Up-to-Date on Diabetes Information

Ask Your Doctor

New breakthroughs in treating diabetes are being made all the time. From medications to lifestyle changes, the range of treatment options available continues to grow rapidly. Patients can benefit from keeping an ear to the ground and reading up on new treatment options as they become available.

To help keep patients well informed, healthcare professionals should encourage patient engagement and questions. Make sure that your diabetes patients fully understand their treatment plans, feel comfortable making the necessary changes, and know that they can ask questions. Keeping the line of communication open between the patient and his or her healthcare team is an important step in chronic disease management.

3. Exercise Regularly

Exercise Regularly

Getting regular physical exercise can help patients manage blood glucose levels, get to or maintain a healthy weight, and keep blood pressure in a healthy range. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times each week. If a patient has little or no exercise experience, nurses may suggest that the patient take brisk walks five times per week. Every bit of exercise can help the patient manage his or her condition.

4. Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

If your diabetes patient smokes cigarettes, it is important that you recommend that the patient quit. Smoking is risky to all patients, but it is a particularly dangerous behavior for people living with diabetes. The CDC  reports that smoking increases blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. Stopping the smoking habit can lower the patient’s chances of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.

5. Have a Strong Support System

Support System

A competent and caring healthcare team is an important part of a patient’s support system. Additonally, having family and friends support the diabetes patient in their lifestyle changes can make all the difference. Nurses should emphasize the importance of an outside support system.

Remember that your newly diagnosed diabetes patient may be fearful or unhappy about making these changes. Having family and friends in his or her corner can help make these frightening changes easier, thus making the patient healthier.

What tips have helped your diabetes patients in the past? For more tips, information, and medical news be sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Zika Virus 101

Zika Virus

Before 2016, most Americans had never heard of the Zika virus. Now that the virus is spreading rapidly through certain parts of the world and threatening to spread to parts of the United States, it is on everyone’s radar. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a public health emergency in relation to the virus.

It’s important that healthcare workers and the general public stay informed about this dangerous virus. After all, education is one of the important first steps in fighting any outbreak. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about the Zika virus.

How it Spreads

The Zika virus is spread to humans through the bite of two particular mosquito types called Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. These mosquitoes are also responsible for transmitting dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever. They feed both indoors and outdoors, often during the day. These insects, like many mosquitos, breed near standing water.

At this time, there is some debate as to whether the virus is transmittable from human-to-human. Until recently, experts believed that this type of transmission was not possible. However, a recent case in Dallas points to human-to-human transmission being possible via sexual intercourse.

Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1 in 5 people infected with the Zika virus will experience symptoms. These symptoms are often similar to the flu and can include:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache

Typically, these symptoms remain mild and last a few days to a few weeks. Although the virus is unpleasant, hospitalization and death due to the Zika virus are very rare.

For Pregnant Women

Although symptoms in most people are mild, the Zika virus can have major ramifications for pregnant women and their unborn children. The virus is believed to cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly.

According to the CDC, “Microcephaly is a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected. During pregnancy, a baby’s head grows because the baby’s brain grows. Microcephaly can occur because a baby’s brain has not developed properly during pregnancy or has stopped growing after birth, which results in a smaller head size.”

Sometimes, the microcephaly is an isolated condition. However, it can present with other symptoms including:

  • Seizures
  • Developmental delays
  • Problems regarding movement and balance
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hearing and vision difficulties

For these reasons, it is extremely important that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant avoid areas where the Zika virus is present. In fact, some countries that are dealing with the virus have asked women not to get pregnant for several years.

Treatment

Currently, there are no vaccines or medication available for treating the Zika virus. Patients with symptoms are advised to get rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take acetaminophen for the pain. Patients who may have contracted the Zika virus should not take any NSAIDs, at least until dengue fever is ruled out by a healthcare provider.

Prevention

 Although no locally transmitted cases have been found in the United States, some experts believe it could spread to Gulf Coast states as temperatures rise. Currently, mosquito bite prevention is the best method for stopping the spread of the Zika virus. Whether or not the virus spreads to the Unites States, it’s always a good idea to prevent mosquito bites, as the insects can carry other diseases such as West Nile virus. See the CDC’s guidelines for more information.

What are you doing to prepare for the Zika virus? For more tips, news, and industry information, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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