Saturday, June 13, 2015

4 Ways to Ensure You Are Drinking Enough Water

By Jeff Bellinghausen, a health and fitness fanatic and founder of, a resource for aspiring nurses. 

You're running from patient to patient, it's a typical busy day on the ward. Suddenly, that little niggly headache pain comes across you. You take a quick glance at the clock and it's still two hours until your shift is complete. It's going to be a loooong two hours.

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Sound familiar? It's highly likely that the little niggle you feel is a direct result of not having taken enough water on board.

The absolute fact is that nursing staff, many of whom juggle shift work (and busy shifts at that!), family and other life commitments. Because of the constant rush, maintaining adequate water consumption throughout the day can be a struggle.

To help you get through your next stretch of shifts, minus the niggle in the head, here are 5 ways to ensure you are adequately hydrated throughout the day!

This is not a drink more water lecture.

Yes, you've heard it before and of course you know that water is essential for maintaining normal bodily function. You're a nurse so you don't need a lecture on the way the human body works!

Let's look at a simple tactics for getting enough water on board during the day.

How to Ensure you Drink Enough Water

  1. Get ahead early: Make drinking a full glass of water immediately in the morning a priority. Do you make a coffee early on? While the pot is boiling or the coffee machine is making that all-important morning coffee, drink a cup of water. This puts you on the right track early.
  2. Make meal time drink time: Apply the same principal to the beginning of meals. Let's say you have a morning snack and then lunch, by simply consuming a glass of water before you start to eat, or at the very least, whilst you eat will give you another two cups on board before lunch.
  3. Give yourself a visual: In addition to your pre-coffee and pre-meal water consumption, giving yourself a visual reminder to drink is a great way to keep it top of mind so carry a drink container with you throughout the day. Having it with you in your vehicle will give you a constant reminder to sip away and taking it into work with you provides the same reminder. If you give yourself a goal to consume the contents of the water container prior to dinner, you are well on your way to enough water consumption!
  4. Finish up early: Of course, you don't want to be getting up throughout the night so the last thing you want to happen is having to constantly head to the bathroom! Setting yourself a goal to have your last major water consumption taking place during dinner will ensure that you get enough water during the day, along with enough sleep at night!
Wrapping Up:

Reading is one thing, doing is another. Make yourself a diary note to try one or more of the tips above and enjoy the benefits of feeling fresher throughout the day!

Thanks Jeff for this info!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Time to Kick Start Your Nursing Career?

Are you truly HAPPY with your nursing job? If not, do you blame others for it? I know I have. That awful manager who never listens, or the CEO who pockets all the money and leaves us working so short-handed and with our licenses at risk never mind the patients. Grrrr I hated my job!

I have spent years working in jobs I hated and blamed it on everyone else. The worst part of the jobs were that the most mundane parts felt like a trained monkey could do them. They were wasting my skills talents and abilities. And to top it off,  they wanted me do even MORE of the mundane part! Oh joy! There were good parts and perks to those jobs, but it never felt like they outweighed the boring, mundane, parts that seemed to stretch on and on.

I wish I had had a book like Your Next Shift, How to Kick Your Nursing Career into High Gear by Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN back then. Scala speaks from her heart and leads the reader through exercises which require honesty and hard looks at the whole picture.  And then she provides tips and ways to turn all of the fears, doubts, and negativity into positive outlooks and the means to make the changes necessary to have FUN being yourself while learning to LOVE your nursing career again.

"What we say is simple, doesn't always turn out to be easy to do in practice," strikes a chord with me. It's never easy to take a long hard look in the mirror and be completely honest with yourself. But to find your true desires, needs and goals, it's a necessity. Setting goals and making plans can be the easy part. Carrying it out, can be nearly impossible if you don't have the motivation. This can be especially true when "I didn't even know what I didn't even know." Time to take a breath and work on this process.

Scala hits the nail on the head in this book as she did with Nursing From Within. Her writing style is conversational which makes it easy to read and follow. And in the fall of 2015, she will bring it all together with a fantastic Live Workshop on October 26-27. 

This wonderful book is another MUST READ and must have for your nursing and personal care library. The missing component in nursing school is the self-care module. It's vital to the survival for any nurse. And if you're a nurse entrepreneur, your success can also be greatly enhanced by the tips Scala shares.

Buy your copy today! You'll get a discount for the live workshop when you purchase from the website. You can also find a few sneak peeks there too.

This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour. Follow along and see what others are saying about this terrific book.

Watch a trailer about the book and coming webinar series on You Tube.