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

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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 ❤

 

 

A Nurse’s Plea to the People

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Hi everyone!  I am super excited to share another piece featured in American Nurse Today.  American Nurse Today is the official journal for the American Nurses Association. They are the largest nursing union in the U.S. that continually fight for nurses’ rights and patient safety.  This piece is close to my heart.  It should be the right of every human being to have reasonable access to healthcare.  Thank you to my sweet sister and Aunt Donna for being the inspiration behind this. And thank you Sweden for caring for it’s residents. Heja Sverige!!  

A Nurse’s Plea to the People

 

A Nurse’s Vow to Her Patients

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Hello from sunny Florida ❤  Every winter, I head home for the warmth and light, embrace of family, and to remember where I come from.  Since coming home, I have been a little lax in my posting.  As a result, I will now be inundating you all with back posts 🙂

For me, being a nurse is so much more than having the skill to place an IV, the ability to detect subtle changes in a patient’s status, and the ability to deal with the multiple personalities one is confronted with on a daily basis.  It is equally important to be a good listener, strive to continually learn, and take the time to educate and advocate for one’s patients.  Our patients are not only those we treat at the bedside, but those we  are surrounded by in every day life including friends, family, and community.  A nurse is never truly off-duty.

In the last year, I have transitioned more and more away from my role as a bedside nurse to the role of maternal/infant health and education.  Patient education has always been my passion and in the last year I have been honored and privileged to offer maternal and infant education courses to expectant parents living in Gothenburg, Sweden, through a fledgling maternal/infant and wellness company.  My vow to each and every student is the same I offer my patients.  I strive to leave my own struggles behind and greet them with undisturbed enthusiasm.  I will learn from them as they learn from me and guide them with care and consideration on the journey to their baby.

The following is my vow to those I serve in my role as nurse  whether through care at the bedside or through community outreach ❤

A Nurse’s Vow to Her Patients

The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

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I have been teaching Prenatal Yoga now for six years.  My first student was my baby sister and since then I have had the privilege to teach many of my dear friends as well as women in my community during one of the most important times in their lives.  The benefits of prenatal yoga are endless.  Some of the most significant findings are the reduction of depression and cortisol levels.  If  anyone you know who is expecting, the greatest gift you can give them is a gift card for prenatal yoga.  Read just some of the benefits below in my latest post for AWHONN.  Thanks for reading ❤

The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

July Nurse Feature: Ladies on a Mission

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It’s always intriguing to me discovering what drives an individual in their path of life, particularly in nursing.  Aside from the cliche desire to help those in need, what plants the seed?  Is it not interesting knowing the story behind the person?

This month’s nurse feature is of one of the first nurses I met after graduation from nursing school.  She was one of my preceptors as a new graduate on the Postpartum unit at Halifax Health in Central Florida.  A quick witted lady, she always made the work day fun-often joking and being silly, but equally skilled and serious.

Nancy, originally from Pennsylvania, has worked the last 14 years as a Labor & Delivery nurse.  Yearly, she makes her way to Guatemala with her friend and obstetrician, Cecille, where they treat women in desperate need of surgery and educate local midwives.

How long have you been a nurse?

I have been an RN since 1989. I took several years off to raise my family then returned to nursing full time in 2000.

What area of nursing do you work in?

I have been working in Obstetrics for 13 years

What inspired you to be a nurse?

I worked as a CNA while attending college, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, what I wanted to be. I really enjoyed experiencing the caregiving aspect of nursing. I worked alongside some great RNs who encouraged me to become a nurse.

What advice would you give to a new nurse?

I would encourage you to jump up and volunteer to take every “difficult” patient or complex case, because by doing so, you will learn so much.

What advice would you give to a tired nurse?

Volunteer to precept a new nurse and teach her/him all you know. Their enthusiasm and fresh perspective can help give a boost to your approach to nursing. Also, volunteer to go on a medical mission trip to renew your love of being a nurse.

To read more about Nancy’s mission work with Cascade Medical Team in my latest AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses) post….

Ladies on a Mission ❤