Wellness Tips for the Busy Nurse

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It’s been too long, nurse friends ❤ In the last six months I have embarked on a new endeavour in life making the transition from bedside nursing to business owner.  My passion project,Om Baby & Wellness , began out of the urging of expat friends here in Sweden.  There was a need for infant and maternal wellness and education in English in the community.  What started as a few Prenatal Yoga lessons with friends in my living room has evolved into a full time job.  Change feels so good.  I am still using all of my education and experience as a nurse, just in a different capacity and I LOVE IT!!  It is proof that not only is there life outside of bedside nursing, but also that you should always follow your heart.

I will still continue to offer any advice or thoughts to those in need and am still looking for contributors to Neonurse.  In the meantime, here is my latest for AWHONN…

 

Wellness Tips for the Busy Nurse

Happy Spring

IMG_5330Happy spring from northern Sweden!  For many of us here, spring has shown itself through some of the most beautiful sun filled days.  While the cold remains and the forecast predicts snow, with help of lighter days and spring blooms we can begin to feel  winter behind us.

With spring comes a sense of renewal, planting of new thoughts and ideas, and perhaps setting new intentions in life.  With that in mind, I am looking to plant seeds of inspiration and intentions in some of you.  Is there anyone among you that would like to contribute to Neonurse?  I am looking for volunteers whose ideas align with the heart of this blog-inspiration, observations, and advice.  Are you an individual that loves to write?  Do you find inspiration in others?  Do you have advice you would like to share with fellow nurses?

I am  looking for the following:

  • Students Nurses
  • Specialty Nurses (Geriatric, Pediatric, ICU, NICU, O.B., Women’s Health, E.R,)
  • Travel Nurses
  • Retired Nurses
  • Disaster Relief Nurses
  • Nurse Volunteers (Operation Smile, Doctors Without Borders)

The intention is to have monthly or bimonthly contributors.  No previous experience is necessary.  Let’s chat ❤

 

 

Betina Austin: ‘Life should not be taken for granted’

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So proud of the amazing work one of our previously featured nurses, Betina, continues to do.  Her courage to help otherwise helpless infants makes her a nurse hero.  Read about her experience working with Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan.  Way to go, Betina!  Keep up the amazing work ❤

Betina Austin: ‘Life should not be taken for granted’

Change is Good

IMG_4614Happy New Year, nurse friends!!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season ❤  2018 has already presented itself with some huge changes.  Mighty Nurse, the online nursing community that I have been writing for over the past couple years, has been absorbed by a much bigger company and as such will no longer be offering an online platform for nurses, nursing students, and other healthcare professionals.

It has been a wonderful experience where I was able to share my experience as a nurse with nearly one million readers every week.  Mighty Nurse gave me a platform and the freedom to write.  I will be forever grateful to Brock and everyone there for giving me the opportunity.

My first thought was what next?  Fear of change and the unknown can be paralyzing to some, but it is just the reality and evolution of life.  The best thing is to mourn it and move on.  Embrace change.  You never know what is just around the corner.

My hope is to continue offering you sound advice and tips for navigating life as a nurse both here and elsewhere.  You will still find me contributing to American Nurse Today, AWHONN, and The Gypsy Nurse.  I am always open to suggestions from any fellow bloggers out there as well.  Anyone know of a good next step in the online nursing community? Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

Hugs,

Lori

New Site, Same Girl…

IMG_2747Hi everyone ❤  Happy Thursday!  I am taking a moment from a  crazy busy teaching schedule and sick day to catch up a little and reach out.  What do you think of the new site?  Any thoughts and constructive criticism are very welcomed!!  Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend.

Hugs,

Lori

P.S. Feel helpless with all the hatred and disaster in the world?  You can do your part.  Help is still needed in the form of donations for the people of Puerto Rico and don’t forget to donate blood if you can.  There is always a need the world over ❤

Help Puerto Rico

Donate Blood

The Necessity of Teamwork

imageShowing up to work does not mean that you are gifted a neatly wrapped patient assignment. The same goes for your coworkers. What may seem like the smooth sailing assignment can easily shift to the assignment from hell. Working as a team is essential on any unit. No one person can possibly manage an emergency alone, sudden unexpected admission alone, or the sick call that leaves the unit short staffed. It is the strength of many that keeps the unit running.

The Necessity of Teamwork

Nursing Bag Essentials

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Whether you are a nurse or a nurse in training, you are likely a well-organized individual. It comes with the territory. It is important to have routines. One routine that is well worth having is a designated nursing bag that you can easily grab on your way out the door without thinking twice about its contents. I have been asked time and again by my coworkers what exactly is in my work bag. I thought, why not share with you? The following are just a few of my own personal essentials….

Nursing Bag Essentials

 

Ingredients of a NICU Nurse

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A NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) nurse is a special breed of nurse. We care for the tiniest population on the planet. Our babies are the most fragile patients. One tiny baby can challenge us most intensively in one shift. So what does it take to be a NICU nurse? A careful ear, meticulous eye, and gentle hand are just a few key ingredients……

Ingredients of a NICU Nurse

Dinner With a Nurse

img_0348My boyfriend is an engineer which means he knows about as much about the medical profession as I do convolutional codes.  Over dinner the conversation often starts with, “how was your day?”  Most of you can probably relate here.  The non-medical partner talks about the meeting that never ended or the inundation with emails.  When the conversation is then turned to the nurse, an unfiltered play by play is given of the previous shift or memory.  It is a raw recollection that is sometimes neither welcomed nor stomached entirely.  Sometimes it borders on too much information, but it is all in a day’s work for a nurse…..

Dinner With a Nurse