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Nursing CE Central is an ANCC accredited, online continuing education provider based out of Lexington, Kentucky. We specialize in creating high-quality, relevant, and timely content that not only fulfills our users' CEU requirements but encourages them to continue learning outside of their respective fields!

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  1. Written by: Morgan Curry, BSN, RN Nurses are people too – overworked, burned out, and exhausted. As a result, their physical and mental health is suffering. Regardless of if you love your job or hate your job, there are things you still must do to maintain a happy and healthier lifestyle. Nursing is hard, and when you are at work, taking care of your patient takes priority over everything else. But when the shift ends, you must remember to take care of yourself because you cannot continue to provide and give your all to your patients if you are not catering to your own needs, too. Of course, that is easier said than done, but to help you begin coping with stress and exhaustion from work or life in general, here is a list of the top three things you should remember when caring for yourself! #1- Food is Fuel Ensuring that you fuel your body with the proper nutrition is so important. Are you filling your body with fried food, sodas, energy drinks, and sweets? As a result, are you feeling sluggish? When you provide your body with the proper nutrients, it will respond positively. It will bring you energy, provide immunity, decrease your blood pressure, and more. I cannot stress this enough, but make sure you eat before your shift! If you can, try to steer away from the fast-food drive-thrus and go for something fresh and wholesome. Now, I know that is not always possible, and life can get busy, so it may be helpful to prep your meals ahead of time, so it is one less thing to worry about on your tight schedule! Packing proper healthy snacks to munch on throughout your shift will help maintain your blood sugar and fight off cravings for sweets or caffeine. Fresh veggies, nuts, granola bars, and Greek yogurt are all great snack options! Last, but most certainly not least, remember to drink water! Water. Water. Water. Drinking coffee and energy drinks cause you to dehydrate. #2- Get the Rest You Deserve According to an article from The American Nurse, "sleeping 7-8 hours per night is linked to a wide range of better health and safety outcomes." I know it can be hard to prioritize yourself when you are used to giving and caring for others. Trust me, I have been there, and it's extremely hard when you get stuck working the night shift. Trying to flip back and forth between day and night hours can make you feel terrible. It has been proven that exhaustion and fatigue lead to decreased immune function, higher rates of depression, heart disease, and mood disturbances. With that being said, get some sleep! Your patients need the best version of you, but more importantly, you deserve it, too! #3- Stay Active Not everyone is into the workout scene, I totally get that. But staying active outside of work is essential for your mental and physical health. It does nothing for your body to work a 14-hour shift, go home and sleep, and then be a couch potato for the next two days. Get outside and take a walk. Go for a hike or a jog. Go to a workout class, a gym, or yoga. Take a bike ride with your kids. Explore the great outdoors. Staying active and exercising are proven methods to relieve stress, increase energy, and control weight. If you do not have the motivation to do it yourself, bring a friend. Maybe you'll find something that you love! We are so busy taking care of others that we don't stop to take care of ourselves. As you go through your career, you learn things from mistakes and experiences. Take these three things as guidance to lay a solid foundation for yourself to create or maintain a healthier lifestyle! We truly believe it will make all the difference. Do you have any health tips? Let us know!
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    When Will the Nursing Shortage Be Over?

    Written by: Morgan Curry, BSN, RN It feels like the nursing shortage has been around for a while, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the issue. Now that we have made it through what is arguably one of the most difficult seasons in our entire nursing careers, we are feeling the impacts of the nursing shortage now more than ever. So, the question is, ‘when will the nursing shortage be over?’ The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the employment of RNs from 2019 to 2029 is projected to increase faster than any other occupation at 7%; the national average for all occupations is about 4%. Healthcare systems globally have been strained by the influx of patients, lack of resources, and extreme working conditions; but there is one major outlier that we cannot prevent. Time. No matter what we say, do, or believe, there is nothing that can stop it. Our nursing population is aging, and more nurses are beginning to retire each year; although this is a significant problem to the industry, there are many more factors that come into play that we must address. In order to fully understand why the nursing shortage is increasing, let’s break this down some of the most prominent contributing factors. Why the Nursing Shortage is Continuing to Worsen Large Aging Populations and Workforce The American Association of Colleges of Nursing outlines that the average age for an RN is 50 years, which poses significant risks for the next several years. As the Baby Boomer and Generation X populations begin to retire from the workforce and potentially present health complications that require care, the nursing industry may be hit with more than they can handle. Burnout A 2018 JAMA Network Open cross-sectional survey determined that out 50,000 nurses, 31.5% of respondents reported leaving the profession due to burnout. A recent Nurse Burnout study from Nursing CE Central identified that out of over a thousand nurses, 95% of respondents claimed to be burnt-out, while 47.9% are actively searching for a less stressful position. Turnover In the 2020 Nursing Solutions Inc. Health Care Retention Report, nurses have the highest turnover rates of all the allied healthcare professions; and it is continuing to rise. For example, the percentage of national RN turnover in 2019 was 15.9%, and 18.7% in 2020. When Will the Nursing Shortage Be Over? Rather than improving, the nursing shortage is only growing, so, unfortunately, there is no right or wrong answer to this well-deserved question. With increased pressures of the nursing shortage, fatigue, and job dissatisfaction, nurses will only continue to leave the profession. So, what can be done about this issue? Through the pandemic, hospital institutions along with other employers have been incorporating hazard pay as well as retention and sign-on bonuses to serve as monetary incentives. Of course, all of these are not bad options; however, money can only go so far, and it is only a piece to the entire job satisfaction puzzle. Nurses want to feel appreciated and respected; work environment, safety, and work-life balance are major factors that contribute to their job satisfaction. Nursing burnout should be addressed as the leading cause of turnover first and foremost. When this national crisis is addressed by employers and hospital institutions, only then will the shortage begin to improve. When managers and institutional executives address the root cause of the problem by taking the time to investigate shortcomings, it will allow them to strengthen their team, increase retention, and decrease burnout. Nurses, remember why you entered the nursing profession in the first place. Your compassion, strength, and grit for the field are unmatched and appreciated more than you know; do not lose sight of this. I know the past year has been extremely difficult for you but try your best to persevere. Keep your patients and your nursing philosophy at the root of your care and practice.