Thursday, December 28, 2017

16 Years Running Nurses Most Honest, Ethical Professionals

For the 16th year in a row, nurses were rated the most ethical and honest professionals by the Gallup Poll.  Nurses outpaced 21 other professionals to top this list. Gallup began this poll in 1999 and every year except for 2001 when firefighters were honored, nurses have topped the list. Members of Congress and lobbyists received the most negative rating of all 22 occupations included in the list.

It's always nice to be recognized by the general public for what we do.

Have a very safe and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays!

December always seems to be on steroids and speed! It just flies by. I hope you're having a happy holiday season with your loved ones. Don't forget to stop and breathe! Take a moment to reflect. Holidays are always crazy times and being a nurse makes it even crazier!

Make memories and enjoy the craziness. Take care of YOU. There's a terrible flu season hovering so be cautious. Most of all enjoy the season. And may 2018 bring wonderful new adventures!

Stay safe!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Launches with New CE Courses for Nurses

I want to bring to your attention a new nursing continuing education website from ATI Nursing Education,

They offer courses you can explore for free and then pay for only if you're interested in the ceus for that course.

The website launched Dec. 11. Check it out. There's also many great articles on the blog from some of your favorite nurse writers.

Friday, December 8, 2017

6 Sleep Tips for Night Shift Nurses

By Aaron Alstrom

Night shifts are a polarizing thing for nurses. Some nurses love them, some nurses hate them, and others are simply paying their dues on the night shift until they can switch to the day shift. It’s a rite of passage for nurses; there’s a lot to learn at night in the hospital. Unfortunately, one of the most difficult parts of working the night shift is managing to get quality sleep during the day. Our brains are not programmed to sleep during the day and be awake at night. The circadian rhythm is our sleep/wake cycle; it controls the production of melatonin which makes us sleepy at night. The melatonin recedes during the day, allowing for awake time. Below you will find 6 tips to maximize your melatonin and get high-quality, restful sleep during the day.

1. Go easy on the caffeine.

A good sleep starts well before your head hits the pillow. As hard as it is, stop your caffeine intake hours before the end of your shift. A study found that consuming caffeine six hours prior to bedtime can give you one less hour of sleep. Switch to water about halfway through your shift; chances are, you’re not getting enough water anyway.

2. Limit your exposure to blue light.

Blue light refers to the light that comes from the sun that causes circulating melatonin levels to decrease, which is why you’re awake during the day and feel sleepy at night. Smartphones, TVs, and computer screens all emit blue light leading to decreased melatonin levels and difficulty sleeping. It’s impossible to avoid blue light completely with all the charting nurses do on computers. However, try to cut down exposure to other sources. When you leave work, be sure to wear quality sunglasses. Don’t spend any more time outside than absolutely necessary. Use the blue light filter on your smart phone so checking Facebook doesn’t keep you awake.

3. Invest in blackout curtains.

Limiting sunlight is crucial to sleeping well for more than avoiding blue light. Psychologically, it’s easier to feel sleepy when it’s dark than when the sun is streaming through the windows. Blackout curtains will also block the sound of your neighbors mowing their grass in the middle of the day and keep it a little cooler as well.

4. White noise is good noise.

There are a myriad of ways to get white noise in your bedroom. Fans, white noise machines, and special earbuds can go a long way towards blocking out the dog barking. Additionally, there are endless apps for your smartphone that can transport to the ocean, a mountain stream, or to the middle of a storm.

5. Keep your cool.

Studies have shown that better sleep is attained when the ambient temperature is lower. Exposure to heat increases awake time. Crank down the thermostat, put up blackout curtains, and fire up your fan to optimize your sleeping environment.

6. Take a little help from the store.

Another great option to help you get a good day’s sleep is medicine. A multitude of supplements including melatonin, valerian root, chamomile, and others are available over the counter to make you sleepy. If you’ve tried the drugstore route but are still struggling to get the sleep you need, speak with your primary care provider to get something stronger. It’s vital you get a good night’s sleep - your health and the lives of your patients depend on it.
Aaron Alstrom is the Director of Operations for HealthCare Pros a Nurse staffing and management company with 25 years of industry-specific knowledge, experience, and care. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service and producing positive results for our clients.


Thanks Aaron!