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Cynthiahowardrnphd has 36 years experience and specializes in Leadership Development.

Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD has over 10 years in critical care nursing along with 5 years in education and management before opening her own private Integrative Health practice. With extensive background in energy healing, certification in Functional Nutrition, Cynthia has helped thousands of individuals with natural solutions to strengthen their energy and performance. Today Cynthia specializes in the development of resilience and emotional intelligence within healthcare leaders and professionals who want to live life to the fullest. Visit www.vibrantradianthealth.com for a Free report, The 3 Biggest Reasons Stress Sabotages Your Influence as a Leader... and what you can do about it.

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    Too Tired to Care: Fatigue in Nursing Has Ugly Outcomes

    nurseonamotorcycle first stop trying to do all of that and sleep too... better sleep = weight loss and many other bene's. I worked nights most of my bedside years (over 10) and I consistently skimped on sleep until I crashed. At that point I almost needed 12 hours of sleep to my 12 hours of work. This is what happens to the body when you compromise - chronic fatigue is real and happens insidiously... drink more water, eat less carbs.
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    Tolerance and acceptace of gay nurses and patients

    I have worked with transgender and all sorts of "alternative" orientations. I have found that as nurses, we care for people. It never mattered what their orientation was to me or my coworkers. I have found tho "prejudice" against myself for thinking outside of the box and not being willing to gossip or fit into the status quo or because I was white (by non white coworkers and patients) so I really wonder if the object of the prejudice is the issue or just that within the rank of nursing we could do an all around better job of accepting.
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    Too Tired to Care: Fatigue in Nursing Has Ugly Outcomes

    firstinfamily, I have said the very thing... I wrote an article on 12 hour shifts once and the pushback was unbelieveable. Nurses feel like i gives them more time off and t does... I personally felt the quality of time was compromised. I see the lack of true 24 hr care the inability of healthcare to truly be innovative...
  4. "Nursing workload a key factor in rising patient deaths" is a headline in an online news blog and cites the work by researcher Linda Aiken. Professor Aiken has published numerous studies linking nurse workload to increased patient deaths. More and more nurses report they get less than 6 hours sleep per night. As we head into the holiday season that number may even be less. Do you compromise on your sleep? If you have a hard time saying no, you may head up shorting yourself on sleep just to get more done. Sleep is actually the time when your body does the repair needed to keep all other systems running well. Did you know that sleep deprivation contributes to weight gain: carbohydrates are not metabolized well and your body stores fat. cortisol is secreted which increases hunger. growth hormone is decreased. Growth hormone helps regulate the ratio of fat and muscle keeping your metabolism optimal and burning fat. Sleep doesn't always seem so important or necessary when you are artificially energized by caffeine, sugar and the adrenaline during sympathetic overdrive. Unfortunately this is short lived and the crash will come. When this happens getting quality sleep is actually more difficult making the matter worse. One of the risks of chronic stress is adrenal fatigue. This is when your body no longer compensates with the flight or fight syndrome energizing your body to handle what is in front of you. Cortisol actually shifts from being secreted in the early part of the day, around 5-6a and is secreted at night giving people a "second wind" when they come home from work. This usually interferes with going to bed at a decent time and getting the sleep they need. A diet high in caffeine, simple carbs and sugars, usually eaten to compensate for fatigue further leads to sleep problems due to the blood sugar instability that can happen with a diet high in sugars and low in fiber and protein. I know that many nurses "know" that getting enough sleep is important and yet, many do not heed their own warning. I know I did not until I hit the wall. The problem is that adrenal fatigue takes a very long time to come back from and it requires a regimen of supplements, diet and meditation or other relaxation practice to reset the adrenals. I know this having had an Integrative Health Practice and specializing in adrenal fatigue with education and certification in Functional Nutrition. I have helped hundreds of people reclaim their lives after losing so much of it due to their lack of energy and interest. This article is also about those lost moments personally and professionally. Fatigue can cost you a precious moment with your child when they want your attention but you are too tired to care. What about times with your sweetheart that is lost because you are too tired? How does this affect relationships long term? Too often nurses are too tired to care. Living a life of constant fatigue not only compromises patient safety, it compromises the relationships and people in nurses' lives that mean the world to them - family. The risk of fatigue to nurses is that when left unchecked, this becomes the new normal; flat, cynical and disinterested. Here are a couple of simple yet very effective suggestions to naturally energize your body. 1. Drink water, not coffee. Water is a natural energizer. Add in cucumber, mint and lemon or strawberries and you will have a burst of flavor. This is also helpful in burning fat! The more water you drink, the more you boost metabolism. Adding in these flavors enhances the process. Coffee dehydrates you and reduces your body's stores of magnesium. This is an important mineral. More reason to drink water and keep your coffee to 2 cups per day. 2. Eat more vegetables. Vegetables are filled with minerals which are the spark plugs of the body's energy-generating machine. Magnesium is an important mineral that has been found to be important in the sleep cycle and also helpful in combating fatigue. It has been found to be involved in hundreds of important functions in the body. When you eat more vegetables you are eating less of the sugars and simple carbs in fast food. Just think about how you feel after eating fast food. Are you energized or do you feel like falling asleep? The ugly truth about fatigue is that the consequences are far-reaching. Patients, relationships and especially the nurse can be harmed when nurses are tired. Fatigue sets up low expectations for life that can be full of potential. As you approach the New Year, make a commitment to yourself to get the sleep you need and do what you have to do to recover from 'having to get just one more thing done' syndrome.
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    12 Tips for Nurses: The Paradox of Getting More Done is To Do Less

    Let the guilt go... you have permission. You said it yourself - you have been there all year long. I am glad and so are so many people who will also feel it is ok from reading your post - that you are taking care of yourself. New beginning and hope. This is the season.
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    12 Tips for Nurses: The Paradox of Getting More Done is To Do Less

    gooselady, BSN you bring up the essential struggle as a nurse and human being. When is enough enough? I like your answer, keep evaluating, stay positive and appreciate what you have done!
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    Making the Most of a Working Christmas

    Great article Lynda! I really enjoyed your suggestions...
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    Making the Most of a Working Christmas

    subsippi, I never wanted to admit it however I thought that very same thing!
  9. Nurses love to fix things, solve problems, take care of people and make everything nice. As a nurse you learn to make do and to find ways around things that do not work. Nurses go out of their way for other people. So in this holiday season, it is easy to see how, as a nurse, you are inclined to do even more for everyone else. In fact, a new word has been coined, Excessmas, that speaks to this season of overdoing. (Harvey Yoder, Mennonite Pastor). As a nurse, the increase in demands is felt at home, at work and personally in the effort to please. Is there a way to balance doing with being or do you withdraw and just hibernate for 2 weeks? One advantage I saw in working the holiday season was I had an excuse that left me off the hook for many of the holiday preparations. It was not the answer because I ended up shortchanging my ability to actually enjoy the season and the blessings of family, love and celebration. We all know about the 12 days of Christmas, here is a twist on that for nurses: 1. Suggest someone sends you pears, oranges and fruit. It will be much healthier to consume and you will not have to cook so much. 2. Open up to receive from others and do not be in such a rush to fill the void for everyone. Bite your tongue, sit on your hands, whatever, to simply sit back and let someone else do - you need to practice "being." 3. Every day tell someone 'No' at least 3 times. You want to give yourself at least twice what you give out. This is practice for the rest of the year. 4. Call an old friend and talk. Share the Christmas spirit with someone you have not spoken to in a while. This is an easy way to make someone feel good and it simply takes a little time. Do not do anything else during the conversation. 5. Go for the gold. What do you really really want? Stop settling and make a decision to go for the gold ring in your life. Write out your dream. You are going to refer to this often. 6. Look for the abundance in your life. Focus on all that is good and ignore whatever is not. Stop telling yourself, "I should not have to deal with this." Whatever is going on is simply a lesson for another day. Be grateful for it and let it go. What you focus on grows. 7. Watch Swan Lake or set up another ritual during this time. This time of year is great for reflection which helps you fine tune what works in your life and helps you discard what doesn't. 8. Hire someone to clean your house. It is not that expensive and is worth it to come home and have your place clean and fresh. Practice deep breathing and enjoy this feeling. 9. Dance. Turn up the music and go for it. No one will watch, everyone is so addicted to their phone, they will not notice, so do not hold back! 10. Set up a to-do list for the man in your life and sit back and enjoy his effort. Do not do it for him just because you can do it better, sit back and simply say, Thank you, darling! 11. Sing Carols and any other song. Sing loud and proud. It is great to release stress, open your lungs and have some fun. Laugh at the silliness. 12. Delegate anything else that you can. Remember, you are practicing for the New Year. And since you are not making any resolutions instead you are going to Revolutionize your life, this is all to prep for the new year and new you. Notice, what is on and not on the list. Wrapping, shopping and other preparation needs to be delegated or find alternatives for these activities. This time of year is a great time to teach your children to prepare food. Skip big dinners and eat more snacks. Keep it healthy and use fruit and veggie trays or raw nuts and dried fruit. Instead of cookies, make your own tortilla chips, use veggies like zucchini, kale, carrots. Make fresh salsa and guacamole. I hear they are making coconut milk egg nog. Keep meals light and you will have so much more energy and fun. Drink sparkling water and add in a frozen raspberry or strawberry for festive color. Decorate your table with natural colors of fresh food. If you do decorate, delegate this job to someone or at least have the taker downer lined up so you only do part of it. Remember you are looking for someone to train because next year, you are going to revolutionize the way you do things. We live in the days when 60 is the new 40 and doing less is doing more. Remember you are in training for the New Year Revolution. Part 2 is New Year Revolution: How to stop making resolutions and finally make those changes you want
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    Is Nursing Killing You or Making You Stronger?

    RNsRWe thank you for this great belly laugh!!! and I agree... it has done both to me also!
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    Is Nursing Killing You or Making You Stronger?

    agcaruso there is a balance. I am sure you can find it. Good insight. I just wrote another articles on being present. https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/finding-perfect-gift-965032.html
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    Is Nursing Killing You or Making You Stronger?

    tsl7286, there is time then for you to more clearly define what you what your career to look like. Take some time and play... you deserve to!
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    Is Nursing Killing You or Making You Stronger?

    gooselady, thank you for your comment. You have expressed what so many feel and have gone through.
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    Is Nursing Killing You or Making You Stronger?

    calivianya, give sleep a chance! If you keep depriving yourself, it only gets worse. Just tell yourself, this too shall pass... with more sleep and rest you may be able to consider options.
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    Is Nursing Killing You or Making You Stronger?

    jrwest, thanks for your comment. you already know that perspective is everything because you care. Knowing you are doing all you can has to be enough. We alone cannot save the world.
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    Is Nursing Killing You or Making You Stronger?

    wow MarkWright you are indeed a nurse and a gentleman. Good advice.
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