Thursday, August 30, 2018

Best New Grad Preceptor

Becoming a preceptor is an honor for many nurses. Yes, it’s going to be more work and you probably won’t get out on time while you’re doing it, but it can be quite rewarding in many ways. Like any new challenge, you need to prepare, and the better you prepare, the easier and more successful the outcome.  

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Onboarding a new nurse whether a new grad or even a seasoned nurse, needs to be a positive experience to make for a well-prepared, happy new employee. You need to help her/him learn the ropes and the culture of your facility and feel welcomed into the community with a strong understanding of the expectations and responsibilities for quality evidence-based patient care.

Take note that not all situations work out perfectly, and many times no one to blame; it just wasn’t a good match. Keep your manager informed throughout and be honest and subjective. Read more....




















Monday, August 27, 2018

Flexi Clip Giveaway Winners!

Thanks again Laurie Young for your Lilla Rose Flexi Clip Giveaway.

The 2 winners are Carol Chiocchi and Josette Stegmair. Congrats! Laurie will be in touch with each of you. Enjoy your Flexi Clip! Thanks for all the great entries.

If you didn't win, I hope you'll keep Laurie in mind and support her business. These are really nice products.










Sunday, August 19, 2018

Flexi Clip Give Away


Hello!  My name is Laurie Young.  I have close friends and family members in the nursing field and have always admired their patience, gentleness, and genuine hearts.  I know you are under-acknowledged and under-appreciated which is why I am so excited that you are discovering the world of Lilla Rose and even more that I get to give away TWO of our amazing Flexi Clips to the lucky winners (one to each winner)!  
The Flexi Clip
The Flexi Clip is the product that I fell in love with several years ago and caused me to become a consultant with Lilla Rose. It is a patented, one-piece, flexible hair clip that works in all types of hair, from baby-fine to extra-long and thick. It comes in 7 sizes, and enables you to do a variety of simple hairstyles, from a half-up to a full french twist, in less than 30 seconds!  It is perfect for anyone who needs their hair to stay put, out of the way, all day long…my nursing friends have fallen in love.

For our complete line of beautiful, versatile, & durable hair accessories, visit my website or my Facebook page.  Both sites have videos showing a variety of 30 second hairstyles.

This double giveaway includes 2 winners, one flexi clip each!
To enter, complete my online form here:
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Entries will be accepted until midnight (EST) Sunday night, August 26, and the winners will be chosen on Monday morning, August 27.  Winners will be chosen at random. 

Winners will be announced here on The Nursing Site Blog, as well as my Facebook page. The winners will be announced on the blog Monday evening, August 27. Good luck and have a wonderful day!

Thanks Laurie!
~Kathy


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Nurse CEO Success Summit in Los Angeles

I'm excited to be a speaker at the Nurse CEO Success Summit in Los Angeles on September 29, 2018!  The event will bring business experts together to share how they have hacked technology to create a better business, process, environment, or world! All entrepreneurs are welcome to come! I hope to see you there. http://www.nurseceo.co/successsummit



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Life-Work Balance and Self Care

In keeping with the self-care theme this week, I would like to bring your attention to a terrific Work/Life Balance Guide I received a link to a few days ago. From GroomandStyle.com this guide to decreasing stress is just what nurses need! There's tons of ideas to work on and ways to gain control of your life and the situations that seems to drive you up the wall! Check them out and see if you can find a path to clearing out some of the major stress from your life.

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It's not rocket science and for nurses it's not new. It's about prioritizing, delegating and reviewing the success or failure. But it provides some very realistic ideas and best practices for attaining and managing the goals. Check it out. Namaste!







Friday, August 10, 2018

Smiling sorrow – The repercussions of masking chronic anxiety


Guest Post from Ariel Taylor

Many people outwardly display happiness and exuberance. In reality, they may be concealing inner turmoil and depression. Depressive people fear that others may notice they’re flawed personalities. They fear people close to them may become judgmental if the depth and intensity of depression is revealed. People try to avoid being labeled as a depressive character or manic worrier as that becomes the quickest route to social and workplace isolation.

Hidden anxiety could provoke obsessive behavior or impulse control disorders

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Hiding worries or repressing negative emotions may be a big mistake because the underlying anxiety could provoke OCD and body focused repetitive behavior such as Trichotillomania (TTM) which is a compulsive hair pulling disorder triggered by deep seated anxieties that people avoid confronting. For more information on Trichotillomania and treatment options visit TrichStop.com.

The worst assumption depressive people make is to believe that the dark mood is just a phase, a passing cloud, or momentary discomfort that will go away if they chose to ignore it. Avoidance only generates a wave of loneliness and unremitting sadness. This is the harsh reality of smiling sorrow.

Environmental factors that encourage anxiety repression

The behavioral quirk of concealing depression is more widespread than society thinks. It has a lot to do with the way we are conditioned to hide our innermost feelings. Society encourages people to become an agony aunt, a kind of sounding board (or battering ram) for others to unburden their sorrows. Somehow, we don’t enjoy the same freedom when it comes to sharing our personal feelings of loss and anguish and seeking help for the same.

This is a good time as any to reflect whether you or maybe someone you know is falling prey to smiling sorrow. If matters are not brought under control, it becomes difficult to control obsessive compulsive disorders that erupt collaterally.

Six sure signs that people are hiding anxiety

1. Viewing life through the harsh prism of intense pessimism
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), depressed people tend to view their lives more negatively than normal people. Such people are programmed to latch on to the negative aspects of their lives, and the problems that plague society around them. Depressive realism describes this attitude. Such people take on a realistic view of their situation and how it impacts their lives, but their analysis is heavily tinged with pessimism.

Normal people, on the other hand, tend to have realistic expectations and temper their world view with optimism. Depressive realism fundamentally changes one’s attitude from “Sara will definitely achieve her goals, given time and encouragement” to “I’m pessimistic about Sara’s chances of achieving what she desires.”

Action point: Keep the conversation positive and gently encourage people to view their situation in a brighter light.

2. The happy countenance hides behind a stream of excuses

The signs are unmistakable; the individual seems to be forcing a smile. As you spend more time with this person, the mask drops sooner than later. To hide their depression from prying eyes, such persons spend as little time as possible with others, preferring the anonymity of isolation. The excuses come fast and thick why they cannot meet you, come for dinner or attend a function. It’s only a genuine heartfelt conversation that unearths the depression and gets the person to spill the beans on what anguishes them.

Action point: Break the barriers of isolation and encourage the individual to engage socially with you and mutual friends.

3. There’s a conscious attempt to escape from the realities of life to philosophical thinking

Speaking to these troubled souls, you get the feeling that they wax philosophical about abstract topics such as their goals in life, and how they struggle to find meaning and purpose in their lives. A little probing might reveal hidden thoughts of violence, fear of death and the urge to inflict suffering on imagined foes. Theirs is a constant search for happiness without the willingness to tread the path leading to fulfilling lives.

Action point: An emotional plea and a spiritual renaissance would do wonders to dispel the darkness within these souls.

4. Binge eating, addictive behavior, and sleep disorders may indicate hidden turmoil

Any behavioral change that sharply deviates from the normal may indicate hidden depression. Sound sleep is essential to physical, mental, and emotional health. Changing sleep patterns are reliable signals of distress. Too little sleep or excessive sleeping both signal silent suffering. Clinical studies prove that sleep deprivation can aggravate depression.

Where the normal person eats frugally to live, a depressed person may find himself living to eat. The urge to binge frequently beyond normal cravings creates a feeling of fullness that calms the depressive mind. The problem is worsened by withdrawal symptoms following alcohol or drug intoxication. On occasion, the extreme opposite may happen - total disinterest in food because there is ‘no joy in eating anymore.”

Action point: Encourage such persons to follow a proper diet, juxtaposed with plenty of exercise and fresh air to drive away the cobwebs of despair.

5. The depressed soul is desperate for assistance, but will fight shy of asking for help

Chronic depressives will be mortally scared of revealing their darker anxieties and will fight tooth and nail rather than disclose their mental handicap. The fear of being exposed makes them retreat into their shell of exclusivity. On the rare occasion they open up, you will catch a glimpse of a troubled universe. In such moments they may respond to persuasion either to seek personal help or professional counseling.

Such individuals may end up knocking on the doctor’s door, only to retreat into their world thinking that they’ve gone too far, and others may judge them poorly. The very thought that another person would be probing their weak spots discourages many from seeking the help they desperately need.

Action point: Handhold the person through personal or professional counseling, assuring them constantly that it is for their benefit.

6. The depressed soul exists on an emotionally hypersensitive plane

It is the norm for the depressive mindset to express emotions strongly. Such individuals could suddenly break into a flood of tears on watching an emotive reel life episode. They become unduly aggressive in the face of the slightest provocation, situations that normal people would calmly ignore. The close friend who is unusually calm may suddenly express his abiding love for you. It is as if the troubled soul has boxed up so many depressive thoughts inside that genuine emotion somehow escape through the gaps to see daylight.

Action point: When such individuals hyperventilate, respond calmly and allow them to seek emotional fulfillment. You can always try humor to bring the situation under control.

The Bottom-line: One cannot assume that each of these symptoms is a definitive sign of hidden depression. Some people are naturally introverted or introspective or irritable. What you need to watch out for is chronic worrying mentality that could aggravate more dangerous as obsessions and impulse control disorders. When you see this happening, you need to step in and take corrective action.





















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