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2201, 2022

Want Your Vision to Stay Sharp and Healthy? Check Out These 11 Preventative Eye Care Tips A Guest Post by Aaron Barriga

January 22, 2022|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , |

A pair of black reading glasses or spectacles on an Snell en eye chart Sharp and healthy vision is extremely precious. Ask those who are not blessed with it! But if you don’t care for what you have, it can go away. So this article is here with 11 essential eye care tips recommended by the experts. A little attention and time towards caring for your eye health will pay you substantially in the long run. Here are 11 ways to maintain sharp eyesight and keep your eyes healthy:- Drink Sufficient Water You must’ve heard a lot about [...]

1001, 2022

Is Meditation In the Workplace a Good Thing or Just Another Wellness Hack? A Guest Post by Vytautas Vaitkevicius

January 10, 2022|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Creating a Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture depends on so many details. Still, there's always a small but meaningful action that you can take to improve it, especially for such stressful yet compassionate professions as a caregiver. Meditation is undoubtedly one of those actions! Is it the ultimate wellness hack? Meditation at Work is a Potential Game-changer Whether it's a caregiver job or any other, meditation can be that game-changer. Over the past few decades, much research and studies have been done on meditation, revealing plenty of science-based benefits! Let's explore meditation at work and what it can [...]

2212, 2021

A Conversation and Q&A with AORN CEO Linda Groah, president of AORN Holly Ervine, and AORN’s Professional Coach Dr. Phyllis Quinlan

December 22, 2021|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Nurses have been identified as "The Most Trusted Profession" in America for 17 plus years. Why are so many of America's most trusted nursing professionals so frustrated and angry and what can we, as leaders, do to reconnect to our passion for nursing? A conversation with real questions submitted by perioperative nurses and answers offered by the American Association of Perioperative Nurses/AORN AORN CEO Linda Groah, the president of AORN Holly Ervine, and AORN's Professional Coach Dr. Phyllis Quinlan   https://open.spotify.com/episode/6oUqq266zgptLeCcdq5pqv?si=aa55d4d3fc874df2&nd=1 

1912, 2021

Creating a Healthy Workplace: Understanding & Effectively Managing the Disruptive Behaviors of Bullying & Incivility

December 19, 2021|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , |

Create a Healthy workplace. Learn how to understand, correctly assess, and effectively manage the disruptive behaviors of bullying and Incivility in healthcare     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBkoY3GnBsI

210, 2021

Breaking Down the 7 Dimensions of Senior Health and Wellness A Guest Post by Gabrielle Baglino

October 2, 2021|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Breaking down and understanding the dimensions of senior health and wellness enables each of us to live our life to what we define as our fullest. While dreams might change as time passes, there are ways to maintain optimum health to pursue them as you grow older. Understanding this basic human aspiration highlights the need for contributing to senior health and wellness. Seniors should never feel limited in capacity due to their health. As a society, we can ensure this by investing in the seven dimensions of senior health and wellness. 1. Maintaining Identity Senior citizens can easily [...]

2606, 2021

Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Seniors: Here’s What Caregivers Need to Know A Guest Post Monika Heft

June 26, 2021|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  According to the National Council on Drug and Alcohol Dependence, there are approximately 2.4 million older adults in the U.S.A. who are suffering from the issues of drugs and alcohol. However, despite its frequency among seniors, substance abuse has been labeled as an invisible epidemic by the (SAMHSA)Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In this critical topic, awareness is essential for a caregiver to protect their older adults as the lifeguard. Caregivers are primarily on the top lines of these issues, after all, by respectability of their duties. This substance abuse has no boundary age; whether [...]

806, 2021

5 Tips To Improve Diversity And Inclusion In The Workplace A Guest Post by Lauren Groff

June 8, 2021|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing, Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Headline Change, concept of Change Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are important issues that require direct address. A diverse workforce provides many benefits, including fresh perspectives and innovation. An inclusive environment enhances employee productivity and leads to a happier, more dedicated workforce. Here are 5 actionable steps you can take to improve diversity and inclusion in your workplace. Review Existing Hiring Practices Diversity and inclusion need to start from the very beginning, meaning that your hiring practices should already reflect these core principles. One of the simplest ways to begin is by making sure that [...]

2705, 2021

Meditation and Yoga: How They Can Help Seniors and Their Caregivers A Guest Post by Beverly Nelson

May 27, 2021|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash When a senior is no longer able to perform daily tasks safely on their own, a caregiver is the person who steps in and takes care of those responsibilities. Caregivers can be formal (paid) or informal (unpaid). Informal caregivers are typically family members caring for their senior relative, a situation that is very common in this country.   Caregiving isn’t easy. It can take an emotional toll on a person, especially if they are watching someone they love lose their agency. Furthermore, the shift in roles, financial pressure, isolation, guilt, lack of [...]

2305, 2021

Knowledge or Nonsense: Workplace Bullying and Creating A Healthy Work Environment with Phyllis Quinlan, PhD , RN, Executive Coach

May 23, 2021|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , |

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edI6WpL2SMA&t=194s&ab_channel=ForeverConsciousForeverConscious   CLICK HERE to purchase your copy of Phyllis’ book, A Delicate Balance CLICK HERE to purchase your copy of Phyllis’ book, Rediscover the Joy of Being a Nurse CLICK HERE to go to Phyllis’ YouTube Channel CLICK HERE to go to Phyllis’ Website Get Your Dose of Resilience by Following Phyllis on https://www.instagram.com/phyllisquinlanofficial/ CLICK HERE to go to Phyllis’ LinkedIn

2105, 2021

Setting Goals & Taking Action: How Much Money Will You Need for Retirement? A Guest Post by Gregory Rozdeba

May 21, 2021|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

2018 goals - handwriting in black ink on a sticky note with a Christmas tree New Year resolutions concept. Retirement planning can be tricky. With average life expectancy increasing, it’s hard to predict how many years of retirement you’ll have, let alone how much money you’ll need. None of us want to be penny-pinching during our golden years. So how much should you budget for, and how big should your nest egg be? Though the answer will vary from person to person, in this article, we’ll provide some guidelines to help get you started. How much [...]

1205, 2021

Nurses, Sleep and Patient Safety: How To Balance Work With Healthy Sleep Habits A Guest Post by Elizabeth Hines

May 12, 2021|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , |

Nurses tend to work around the clock to ensure the safety and care of their patients. In fact, according to Nurse Theory, many nurse work the following shift intervals: 8-hour 10-hour 12-hour, OR 16-hour Even with long hours, many nurses can grow tired at some point. Thus, sleep deprivation starts to become an issue in the healthcare industry. This can only lead to health issues in nurses, such as loss of alertness, insufficient sleep habits, less productivity, and heightened risk of patient endangerment. According to IntechOpen, sleep deprivation is responsible for causing impairment in: Function Cognition, AND Capacity [...]

2404, 2021

Multiple Barriers: The Challenges Faced When Integrating Family Caregivers Into Health Care Teams, And How These Can Be Overcome A Guest Post by George J. Newton

April 24, 2021|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , |

Family members have historically been the primary caregivers to older and vulnerable relatives, and traditionally close-knit families have relied on local relatives for care. Even as the private care industry booms, there are still over 50 million family caregivers operating in America alone. Family caregivers are often close at hand - either living with, or regularly visiting the client in question. This close contact makes them excellently placed not only to provide primary care but to manage secondary functions of care such as acting in an emergency or just monitoring the daily intake of vital medicine. Naturally, integrating [...]

103, 2021

Eldercare Caregiver Update: What Common Chronic Conditions Are Covered by Medicare

March 1, 2021|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: |

Did you know that chronic diseases in America are the leading cause of death and disability? Annually, the government and taxpayers collectively pay nearly $4 trillion to cover the costs of diagnosing, treating, and preventing chronic diseases. Because 60 percent of adults suffer from a chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s or Diabetes, and 40 percent of adults have two or more, the federal government has to provide financial assistance to help citizens deal with the burdens of mounting healthcare costs. So, after decades of legislative pushes to get a federal insurance provision passed, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed [...]

811, 2020

A Delicate Balance: The Tao Te Ching/Verse Thirty

November 8, 2020|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Tao Te Ching: Verse Five The one who uses the Tao to advise the ruler Does not dominate the world with soldiers Such methods tend to be returned The place where the troops camp Thistles and thorns grow Following the great army There must be an inauspicious year A good commander achieves result, then stops And does not dare to reach for domination Achieves result but does not brag Achieves result but does not flaunt Achieves result but is not arrogant Achieves result but only out of necessity Achieves result but does not dominate Things become strong [...]

811, 2020

I Encourage Professional Caregiver to Choose Faith Over Fear When Navigating COVID-19 A Post by Phyllis

November 8, 2020|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , |

There are several definitions of the life-skill of coping circulating these days. Some are simplistic, such as, face it and deal with it! Others expand on that approach to share that coping is being on even terms with challenges as they arise. I agree with both interpretations. The emergency department nurse in me resonates with, just deal with it but, the coach in me also wants to embrace the idea of coping as being on steady terms with the stuff life throws at us; so I choose faith over fear. However, you deserve to be in a better [...]

411, 2020

A Delicate Balance: The Tao Te Ching/ Verse Seven

November 4, 2020|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seven Heaven and Earth are everlasting The reason Heaven and Earth can last forever Is that they do not exist for themselves Thus they can last forever Therefore the sages: Place themselves last but end up in front Are outside of themselves and yet survive Is it not due to their selflessness? That is how they can achieve their own goals                                                                                                                            Lao Tzu There are few moments better than seeing someone find joy or happiness and knowing that you have been a part of that experience. In verse seven, Lao [...]

2610, 2020

7 Tips on How to Make Life More Manageable as a Family Caregiver A Guest Post by Farlyn Lucas

October 26, 2020|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , |

Family caregivers have one of the most difficult jobs in society. Their role in our community is incredibly important, and that’s why it’s important for these individuals to treat themselves well. Too often, caregivers burnout and find themselves fighting an uphill battle. Achieving a work/life balance is one of the most challenging aspects of being a caregiver. But it is possible. Whether you’re caring for a loved one (family caregiver) or you’re a professional caregiver, it makes sense to reduce stress as much as possible. In doing so, you’ll ensure that you continue to provide care in a [...]

2608, 2020

Wound Care Specialists: Who are They, and Why are They So Important for Family Caregivers? A Guest Post by Farlyn Lucas

August 26, 2020|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , |

Wound care specialists are trained to treat all varieties of both acute and chronic wounds. This includes those received from acute injuries, diabetes, pressure sores, and surgery, as well as wounds that require continuous care because they will never heal (which affects an estimated five million Americans). Wound care specialists are particularly important for elderly patients given the rapid increase in their numbers in recent years, coupled with the fact that many require more intensive and long-term care. Becoming a wound care specialist Someone who wishes to become a wound care specialist must first complete the basic courses [...]

207, 2020

Why Leaders Need to Stay Know Staff’s Needs and Adapt When Needed: A Guest Post by Amanda Ghosh

July 2, 2020|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , |

Man Hand writing Who Is Accountable? with black marker on visual screen. Business, technology, internet concept. Nurse administrators are under tremendous pressure, and not just because of COVID-10. Day in and day out, they face the uphill battle of managing a multi-generational workforce, increased competition for nurses, ethical dilemmas, and budget pressures. I imagine them as warriors running into the night ducking, diving, and slaying dragons as they try to make it from one side of the trench to the other. So, while it can seem like a chore to stay connected with staff in meaningful ways, doing [...]

1005, 2020

Using Color Breathing as a Relaxation Technique: Post by Phyllis

May 10, 2020|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There are 7 Energy Centers That run through the middle of you like a string of pearls. Each energy center has its own function and governs its own set of personality traits and emotions (see the illustration above). I would like to share a relaxation technique that I commonly use when I am trying to remain grounded and focused called color breathing. This is a mindful visualization. It is a brief practice that can be done just about anywhere. Ideally, you should try to find a quiet spot where you can have a few private minutes. However, you [...]

605, 2020

Happy Nurse Recognition Week 2020: The Year of the Nurse and Midwife

May 6, 2020|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture, Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , |

Never forget, when the Universe created this Blue Planet, it asked a small legion of compassion, generous, and brave souls to dedicate the careers to taking care of its inhabitants...and your soul said yes. You are doing the universe's work each and every day. You give meaning to the phrase, G-d could not be everywhere so he sent a Nurse. Blessings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64EiIXiMQxk&t=5s CLICK HERE to purchase your copy of Phyllis’ book, A Delicate Balance CLICK HERE to purchase your copy of Phyllis’ book, Rediscover the Joy of Being a Nurse CLICK HERE to go to Phyllis’ YouTube Channel CLICK [...]

2004, 2020

Persistent Uncertainty: What Do I Need to Be Ready for Next? A Post by Phyllis

April 20, 2020|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture, Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , |

It has been about seven weeks since the first Covid-19 related death was reported in Washington State. Since then, everyone in healthcare has been challenged beyond imagination. We are accustomed to developing Action Plans in response to anticipated and unforeseen events. We took for granted the luxury of implementing those strategic initiatives and conducting an analysis of their effectiveness in achieving desired outcomes. Covid-19 forced everyone of us out of our comfort-zones and into a state of groundlessness. We were all about to discover our potential to be agile, flexible, and fluid is response to what realities were [...]

1304, 2020

When the Universe Asked, Your Soul Said Yes: A Post by Phyllis

April 13, 2020|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Remember the moment you decided that a career in healthcare was for you. Regardless of how you were going to manifest your ability to care for others, skilled, clinical, or in an administrative role, there was that moment. Somehow that moment resonated with your purpose, your sense of social justice and dare I say, your sense of pride. You were going to have a career that mattered. You were going to know that no matter how your day went, going to work and doing your best made a difference. Some of us took vows. I remember reciting the [...]

904, 2020

“Only in Darkness Can You See the Stars”, Dr. Martin Luther King A Post by Phyllis

April 9, 2020|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture, Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , |

We have all been through stressful times that has caused us to lose sleep because of worry. However, the challenges of responding to the coronavirus is certainly unprecedented. The magnitude of the pandemic threat and the ever-changing protocols used to meet that threat can make it more difficult than ever to find a firm piece of ground to place your feet and manage your emotions. One of the keys to managing your emotions involves accepting your feelings as they come and go – which they mostly do – so we are not overly attached, reactive, or overwhelmed by [...]

2903, 2020

Growing Up With An Unidentified Invisible Learning Disability: A Guest Post by Raja B. Marhaba

March 29, 2020|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture, Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , |

 Dedicated To: Phyllis S. Quinlan, PhD, RN, NPD-BC I always had a difficult time memorizing information and learning in school from elementary through college. I struggled so much trying to learn but did not understand why it was so difficult for me to remember what I learned in class.  There were times during class lectures I would find myself daydreaming, zoning out while trying so hard to focus but missing important information. I would take notes, write down my homework assignments and when I got home what I thought I was supposed to do for homework or what [...]

1111, 2019

So, Your Teen Is Interested in Becoming a Registered Nurse? Here’s How to Keep Them Inspired: A Guest Post by Andy Earle

November 11, 2019|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s thrilling for parents to see their teen’s light up when they imagine their future careers, and your teen might be interested in a caregiving profession. Whether you work in the caretaking industry or not, it’s important that you research how your teen can get involved with the various occupations that might appeal to them. Your support can help your teen decide if caregiving is the right industry for them, or how they can use their talents to make the biggest impact. Here are some tips to help inspire your teen to learn more, and hopefully take the next step to accomplishing their dreams.

610, 2019

Join Me In Orlando. I Will be Joining Shelia Warnock, Founder of the Share The Care Organization

October 6, 2019|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture, Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , |

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210, 2019

How to Achieve Your Dream of Owning a Fitness Studio: A Guest Post by Emily Woodman

October 2, 2019|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , |

Fitness studio business is booming. With the average American spending an estimated $112,000 in their lifetimes on health and fitness and 87 percent of Americans attending gym and fitness classes regularly, understanding why the health industry is a lucrative field is not a difficult leap. Professional trainers are increasingly looking into opening their own fitness studios - a prosperous business in the long run. However, running just any kind of business calls for investments. In the case of fitness studios, there are initial and recurring costs, both of which are somewhat different from the same categories in other [...]

2809, 2019

6 Self Care Habits That Will Help You Fill Your Cup So That You Have More To Give To Others: A Guest Post by Carmen Comsa

September 28, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Caregivers are the most selfless and caring people in the world, however, they most often tend to forget to take care of themselves. When someone we love is in pain, we focus on them. It’s natural and it’s what caring people do. However, when we ignore self-care, we increase our risk of burnout and we are more vulnerable in the face of physical and mental health problems. Not only that, but no one has unlimited resources so it is important to fill your cup if you want to have more to give. With that in mind, let’s look at some self-care habits that can help you stay motivated and energized to care for others.

2209, 2019

How to Stay Positive While Taking Care of Loved Ones: 5 Ways to Prevent Family Caregiver Burnout: A Guest Post by Brenda Kimble

September 22, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , |

When a loved one is sick, we drop everything to play the nurse. We cook, we clean, we coddle. We do everything we can to ensure that they’re taken care of, regardless of our other responsibilities and even our own well-being. But what happens when that loved one isn’t suffering from the flu or a stomach bug? What happens when that loved one doesn’t have a broken leg or a migraine? What happens when that loved one has a chronic illness and our role as nurse-cook-housekeeper-therapist is never-ending? There’s a name for what happens: caregiver burnout. What Is [...]

1906, 2019

Medicare by MedicareFAQ

June 19, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , |

his article is part of an ongoing series of informative Medicare guest posts written by MedicareFAQ. - https://www.medicarefaq.com/  If you're caring for someone who expects to wait on enrolling in Medicare until 2020, this is great news. Changes to this gap period will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Keep in mind not all beneficiaries enrolled in a Part D plan will be faced with the Donut hole phase. As a caregiver, it’s important to find out whether the Medicare beneficiary you’re caring for could face the donut hole. Every caregiver needs all the information about their patients' health-care coverage. [...]

1506, 2019

Step 7: Balance, Happiness & Long-Term Self-Care Maintenance A Guest Post by Amand Ghosh

June 15, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome back to the series:  Breaking into the Self-Care Mindset for Professional and Family Caregivers! If you’re new, go back and check out Steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 and spend 2-4 weeks implementing the exercises in each step. In total, you should devote about 6 months to practicing what you’ve learned in this series, in order. If you’ve been following along, let’s dive in! Balanced Self-Care The last few posts have been about putting your self-care mindset into practice. We’ve spent time getting to a healthier state of mind and we’ve spent time working through [...]

2605, 2019

Step 6: Get Rid of Guilt and Stop Functioning for Others A Guest Post by Amanda Ghosh

May 26, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome back to the series Breaking into the Self-Care Mindset for Professional and Family Caregivers! If you’re new, go back and check out Steps 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and spend 2-4 weeks implementing the exercises in each step. If you’ve been following along, let’s dive in! The last few posts are all about putting your self-care mindset into practice. Actions, like preparing a healthy meal and going to bed at a reasonable time, are acts of self-care. They’re what we see. They’re the tip of the iceberg. But the self-care mindset is what’s below the surface. It’s [...]

1905, 2019

Matt Cavallo, Host of the Podcast, Patient Activation Network Interviews Phyllis Quinlan on the Subject of Bullying & Incivility in Healthcare

May 19, 2019|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing, Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture, Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , |

https://patientactivationnetwork.com/pan65-bullying-in-healthcare-with-phyllis-s-quinlan-phd-rn-bc/ In this episode of the Patient Activation Network Podcast, we talk to Phyllis S. Quinlan, author, and nurse entrepreneur, about bullying in healthcare. Phyllis has practiced in a variety of emergency services, acute care, subacute care, and long term care settings. She holds national certifications in Critical Care, Emergency Nursing, and Nursing Professional Development; and has held senior leadership positions in administration and education. She is also a Legal Nurse Consultant. She was a regular on the online program, Nursing Success TV http://www.nursingsuccesstv.com in her Ask Dr. Phyllis coaching segment and she was a featured speaker in [...]

3004, 2019

Step 5. Grieving Perfection: Tackle This and Live a Better Life A Guest Post by Amanda Ghosh

April 30, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcome back to the Breaking into the Self-Care Mindset for Professional and Family Caregivers Series! Today we are on to Step 5 in a 7 Step Process. If you are just joining us, please go back and read Step 1, 2, 3, and 4 and spend at least 2-4 weeks implementing the practice exercises for each step. If you’ve been following along, you’re ready to jump into Step 5. So, let’s go! Grieving Perfection I promised that we would begin to explore ways to replace thoughts and behaviors that impede a self-care mindset with thoughts and behaviors that [...]

1404, 2019

Excellent Resource for Healthcare Leaders on Effectively Managing Bullying & Incivility Posted on April 5, 2019 by Beth Boynton, MS, RN

April 14, 2019|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|

Bringing Shadow Behavior Into The Light Of Day – Understanding and Effectively Managing Bullying & Incivility In Healthcare by Phyllis S. Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC This book is a brief, insightful, and practical guide for leaders who are committed to creating a culture of safety. With less than 100 pages, you can read it in one sitting and it is rich with resources and reasoning you will refer back to for the duration of your culture change efforts. This book provides a foundation for long-term meaningful change that will serve healthcare consumers, staff, and systems well. Some key takeaways! A [...]

2603, 2019

10 Tips for New Grads Who Are Still Trying to Land a Job: A Guest Post by Amanda Ghosh

March 26, 2019|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

2018 goals - handwriting in black ink on a sticky note with a Christmas tree New Year resolutions concept. You’ve probably heard more than one person tell you about the nursing shortage. So, you never expected to have to hunt for a job! Unfortunately, despite a real shortage of nurses, the job market is still competitive. So, if you’re a recent grad and you’re looking for your first nursing job, here are 3 tips to help you with your search—in addition to the 7 that Amanda, Keith, and I share in an interview for NursingCE.com. Worry [...]

2103, 2019

Dealing with Your Mind: Step 4 in the Self-Care Mindset for Professional & Family Caregivers A Guest Post by Amanda Ghosh

March 21, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Welcome back to the series on Breaking into a Self-Care Mindset for the Professional and Family Caregiver! So far, we’ve re-connected to our true selves in Step 1, built our self-worth in Step 2, and learned to set boundaries in Step 3. We’ve come a very long way! Let’s give ourselves a pat on the back. If you’ve been doing these exercises, and devoting about a month or so to practicing each, you will have noticed the profound effects of the self-care mindset. Today, we’re going to tackle how our thoughts can facilitate or obstruct our developing self-care [...]

1203, 2019

Making 2019 The Year of Civility in Healthcare: The Performance Improvement Plan

March 12, 2019|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: |

Developing a Performance Improvement Plan is the last thing a person in leadership wants to do. Typically it is the capstone on a fifteen to eighteen-month effort to appeal to someone to choose a better way of conducting themselves at work. Let’s go through the checklist of documentation and interventions that should be captured in the disruptive individual’s HR file before this last resort is taken: Documentation of progressive discipline in accordance with your organization’s policy and procedure. Documentation of a series of ongoing coaching and feedback sessions. A spreadsheet outlining episodes of disruptive behavior and who was [...]

403, 2019

Making 2019 The Year of Civility in Healthcare: Documentation of Bullying and Chronically Uncivil Behavior

March 4, 2019|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|

  Multiethnic Group of People with Feedback Concept   At some point in our nursing career, we were all trained in the cycle of abusive behavior. Whether the topic was domestic violence, elder or child abuse, the cycle was the same. There would be an event followed by a period of expressed remorse and promises of reform. The abuser’s behavior would be repentant and overly kind. Over time, the abuse would become irritable and the potential target would start to become anxious in anticipation that another event was imminent. Then, something would trigger the abuse and [...]

2302, 2019

Learning to Set & Maintain Boundaries: Step 3 in the Breaking into The Self-Care Mindset Series for Professional and Family Caregivers A GUEST POST BY AMANDA GHOSH

February 23, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Hello and welcome back to the “Breaking into The Self-Care Mindset” Series for Professional and Family Caregivers! Today we are going to talk about boundaries. Everyone needs boundaries. They are the invisible barrier between you and your world. They protect your feelings, sense of self, and peace of mind. They help you to interact with others, and your environment, in emotionally intelligent ways. They help you to be assertive, and so much more. The list can go on and on... But, they can be very elusive, and it’s not uncommon for several people to struggle with boundaries. So, [...]

1202, 2019

Making 2019 The Year of Civility in Healthcare: Understanding the Difference Between the Bully and the Chronically Uncivil Employee by Phyllis

February 12, 2019|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|

Stethoscope and broken heart concept for heart disease or illness It is widely accepted that knowledge is power. Therefore, I think it is best to start by raising our awareness into the nature of a bully. I submit that the behavior we label as bullying is actually the mentality and noxious temperament of a narcissist in action. We can all benefit from a closer examination into the personality profile of a narcissist in order to gain insights into the thinking and motivation of a bully. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Disorders (DSM-5), published by [...]

702, 2019

Overcoming Respite Care Guilt A Guest Post by Christian Worstell

February 7, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: |

Follow these 7 tips if you’re a caretaker suffering from respite care guilt. If you have children of your own, you may remember the first time you left them in the care of another. Or their first day of school. Or the day they left home for good. As difficult as it was, you knew it was time. It had to be done. Fast forward to today. You’re a caretaker for a loved one, and you need a break. As difficult as it may seem, you know it’s time. It has to be done. A feeling of guilt [...]

302, 2019

Making 2019 The Year of Civility in Healthcare: Understanding the Issue of Disruptive Behavior in the Workplace by Phyllis

February 3, 2019|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|

I find it frustrating to acknowledge that despite all the work of recent years to implement initiatives aimed at creating healthy and safe workplace environments, that lateral and horizontal hostility still remains within the nursing profession. I think we all hoped that when the idea of Zero Tolerance bloomed into an actual human resource policy the darkest days were behind us. Disappointingly, this is not the case. The pink elephant remains in the room and the reluctance to talk openly about it continues as well. Any form of workplace violence causes the targeted professional to be distracted and [...]

3101, 2019

A Celebration of The Profession of Nursing: The Art & Science of Caring

January 31, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64EiIXiMQxk     Another GoodbyeBy Jennifer Huff, LPN I said goodbye to you today.In my own quiet way.A hidden tear was shed.Tribute to the life you led. Empty chair, an unspoken reminder of you.Too soon to be filled by a patient so new.Numb to the pain of so many goodbyes.Sorrow hidden, secretly brushing tears from my eyes. You joined the others who paved the way for you.The leader, the song-man, the fiesty one, too.The one who decided that he'd just had enough.Saying farewell to you all has been so tough. I like to imagine you are all [...]

2901, 2019

Re-Connecting with Your Self-Worth: Step 2 in Building a Self-Care Mindset for Professional and Family Caregivers A Guest Post by Amanda Ghosh

January 29, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Welcome back! If you’re following along in my installment series here at the amazing Phyllis Quinlan blog than you’ve completed Step One and you’re ready for Step Two in the “How to Build the Self-Care Mindset” Journey! If you missed the first post on Step One, you can read it here. Remember, we’re working on building your self-care mindset, the “secret ingredient” or “driving force” behind a life well-lived, contentment, resilience, joy, and so much more! This process is both art and science. And, it takes time. I highly discourage you from rushing. I hope you spent a good [...]

2501, 2019

3 Human Resource Questions You’ve Been Too Afraid To Ask: A Conversation with Nursing Career Coach Phyllis

January 25, 2019|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , |

This interview with Carina Stanton was originally posted in, The Periop Life Blog published by AORN on January 20, 2019 2018 goals - handwriting in black ink on a sticky note with a Christmas tree New Year resolutions concept.   In my career coaching sessions with perioperative nurses, there are three tough Human Resource questions that many nurses ask me that go beyond asking for a raise: How do I ask for a sign-on bonus? How do I negotiate my salary? How do I ask to go from full-time to part-time? These are important questions that [...]

2001, 2019

Hospice: The Gentle Goodbye by Phyllis

January 20, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Self-Empathy word cloud on a white background. Just after dawn on December 11, 2007, my mother went to God There was a beautiful peacefulness that fell over that bright, winter morning that seemed perfect. Mom had battled several chronic, debilitating diseases that slowly robbed her of her energy and physical function. Her mind was always clear and her determination to live to see her grandchildren grow and to be with her husband of 59 years was intact. Unfortunately, her body had been betraying her. Mom and I were very different. Our life’s journey together could best [...]

1601, 2019

How to Break Into The Self-Care Mindset as a Professional or Family Caregiver A Guest Post by Amanda Ghosh

January 16, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  How can we change our lives through self-care? We start by breaking into the self-care mindset— the “secret ingredient” used by those who have radically changed their lives through self-care. When we think about self-care, we think a lot about action. We focus on what we can do to feel better. Examples include taking a walk, doing yoga, or mindfully savoring a healthy meal. We don’t think much about how our mindset leads to action (or inaction)—a phenomenon I’ve found to be particularly interesting considering 80% of the life-changing results we achieve through self-care are actually the [...]

801, 2019

L.I.S.T.E.N.: The Key To Conducting A Complaint About An Incident of Incivility and Bullying by Phyllis

January 8, 2019|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|

The Key To Conducting A Complaint About Incivility and Bullying   The way you investigate an allegation of bullying behavior must be standardized from the beginning and strictly based on the facts. Here are the key elements to do it right … L.I.S.T.E.N.: The Key To Investigating Incivility and Bullying It’s Monday morning. As you walk toward your office you are met with an unhappy surgeon who tells you about an incident of alleged incivility between two on-call staff nurses that occurred in his OR over the weekend. According to the surgeon, the behavior between the two nurses was [...]

501, 2019

Are You an Older Traveler? Next Time You’re Traveling on Amtrak Consider The First-Class Ticket. By Phyllis

January 5, 2019|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Not too long ago, I traveled to Boston via Amtrak on an extended business trip. I am not accustomed to traveling by train. I much prefer to add to my frequent flyer miles and travel by airplane. However, I’ve never had much luck traveling to Boston by plane. For some inexplicable reason, there is always an issue or delay with my flight. I usually drive to Boston. I enjoy the ride listening to a good book on Audible and I make it a habit to stop at a favorite shopping outlet on the Massachusetts Turnpike along the way. [...]

101, 2019

Happy New Year: This Year Don’t Resolve…Re-Envision Insights from Phyllis

January 1, 2019|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|

I believe the idea of a fresh start is important for people. However, it is vital that the energy that is fueling any new beginning be positive and accepting of all that has come before. Life, as I’ve come to know it, is a series of challenges, choices, and life-lessons. We are charged with trying to navigate our Path to the best of our ability on that given day. If we are lucky, we begin to develop wisdom. This wisdom then can become a reservoir to draw from so that we can meet our new challenges with more [...]

2912, 2018

Closing the Patient Discharge Gap for Your Organization: Share The Care

December 29, 2018|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: |

The video below was filmed during the Annual International Planetree Organization in Boston, Massachusets this past October. The Planetree Organization is committed to quality, compassion, and partnership which is the essence of person-centered care. I had an opportunity to explain how the Share The Care Organization caregiver model can assist acute and subacute healthcare organizations in closing the gap in our current patient-discharge process.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF-SVZVhSOs&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0qq4rqNOXKdNi7sw4a3jOGFBhGuYsifq8VHbeFcTt_BySG_5uxeZgaAwk   To learn more about the STC caregiver model and how it can help to close the patient-centered/person-centered gap in your organization's discharge process or to purchase the book: Contact Shelia Warnock, Founder [...]

1111, 2018

Bullying & Incivility in Nursing, Understanding and Owning Our Complicit Behavior: Insights from Phyllis

November 11, 2018|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|

  Shining Light on Our Complicit Behavior As I traveled across the country in 2016 speaking to nurse leaders, there was agreement on several points addressing disruptive behavior. The nurse leaders estimated that the majority of their nursing staff (85%) demonstrated the practices that align with showing up to work ready and willing to do the right thing. These staff members report to work committed to delivering the same consistent, high quality of care day-in and day-out while maintaining a work atmosphere that is both collegial and civil. It followed then, that the remaining 15% of their staff [...]

2209, 2018

Please Help the Nurses of North Carolina Recover from Hurricane Florence

September 22, 2018|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: |

Hurricane Florence had a devastating impact on parts of North Carolina, and many of our nursing colleagues will need months or even years to recover. The North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) and the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing (NCFN) are teaming up to help get nurses back on their feet so they can get back to doing what they do best: providing quality healthcare to the people of North Carolina. We believe that helping nurses return to their normal lives will benefit the entire state. You can use the donate button below to pay with your debit or [...]

909, 2018

NEW BOOK: Bringing Shadow Behavior Into the Light of Day: Understanding & Effectively Managing Bullying & Incivility in Healthcare by Phyllis S. Quinlan, PhD, RN, NPD-BC

September 9, 2018|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|

Skills and knowledge alone are not enough to ensure the consistent level of staff engagement needed to achieve patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes necessary for success in the 21st-century. Positive attitudes and collegial behaviors are now vital to realizing strategic benchmarks and goals. The distraction of laboring within an unhealthy work environment will handicap the staff’s ability to make a genuine connection with their patients. This book provides healthcare leaders with a guideline for the assessment and management of the disruptive behaviors of bullying and incivility. It is time to definitively address the behaviors that lurk in the [...]

2308, 2018

Professional Development: Emotional Intelligence as a Pathway to Success: Insights by Phyllis

August 23, 2018|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|

  We have come to a time in our profession and industry when skills and knowledge are not enough to ensure sound clinical outcomes, a high level of patient satisfaction, and excellent staff engagement scores. This realization is difficult for me to write, and I am sure it is difficult for you to read. Standardizing the academic preparation for nurses nationwide has been a constant goal put forth by the ANA during my forty-year career. Enabling nurses to practice to the level of their license and academic preparation was a major theme of the Future of Nursing 2010 [...]

2308, 2018

Leadership Development: Emotional Intelligence as a Pathway to Success: Insights by Phyllis

August 23, 2018|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|

We have come to a time in our profession and industry when skills and knowledge are not enough to ensure sound clinical outcomes, a high level of patient satisfaction, and excellent staff engagement scores. This realization is difficult for me to write, and I am sure it is difficult for you to read. Standardizing the academic preparation for nurses nationwide has been a constant goal put forth by the ANA during my forty-year career. Enabling nurses to practice to the level of their license and academic preparation was a major theme of the Future of Nursing 2010 Report [...]

808, 2018

Reducing Incidents of Workers Compensation Claims in the Healthcare Industry

August 8, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , |

One of the costliest risks that afflict the healthcare industry in Australia is injuries suffered by healthcare workers including doctors and nurses. Even though the healthcare and professional liability claims are much more stringent and severe, the annual cost of worker’s compensation claims aggregates to an amount much larger than liability claims in organizations functioning in the healthcare industry. This is the reason why it is incredibly important that these organizations make efforts in reducing their worker’s compensation claim incidents. This is more crucial now as the economic times are tense and more claims are being filed every [...]

3007, 2018

4 Eye Care Tips from Eye Specialists A Guest Post by Personal Eyes

July 30, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , |

To imagine a life without the ability to see all the beauty around us is nothing less than a nightmare. So it’s evident why you need to take good care of your eyes and prevent them from suffering any kind of damage. Even a slight problem with your vision can be very distressful and might be a cause of concern for many people. PersonalEyes eye doctors recommend people to follow these tips in order to protect their eyes. 1.     Maintain a Healthy Diet Did you know that your diet is directly related to the health of your eyes? [...]

107, 2018

Helping a Senior Regain Confidence after a Fall A Guest Post by Natalie Kelly

July 1, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Originally posted August 22, 2017: https://www.fivestarseniorliving.com/blog/health-wellness/helping-a-senior-regain-confidence-after-a-fall   Did you know that once you reach the age of 65 you have a one in four chance of falling? And that falls are the number one cause of injuries for older Americans each year? With statistics like these, it’s easy to see why falling is a major concern for seniors. And just as worrisome for their adult children and other loved ones. Fear of falling represents only one side of the coin, however. After a fall, those fears are compounded because they’ve been confirmed. The result can often be a total lack [...]

2306, 2018

How to Choose the Best Home Care Service for Your Grandparents A Guest Post by Sarah Williams

June 23, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  Old age is inevitable. It is the cycle of time that keeps rotating. It is righteously said that the older members of the family are no less than the children, speaking from personal experience! My grandma is just as stubborn as I used to be in my childhood! But honestly, I feel lucky to have been able to spend my childhood with my grandparents and listen to bedtime stories from them. But the truth of our lives today is that the hectic schedule we have does not leave time for ourselves, let alone for our families. Amidst [...]

2106, 2018

Tips to help you choose the Right Home Care A Guest Post by Sarah Williams

June 21, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Old people need extra help to live at home whether that helps with gardening, bathing, walking or air transport. Sometimes it is not possible for you to physically present to take care of your loved ones. That's why it is necessary to take the help of home care services. Though you will find the various home care services online, finding the right one can be a daunting task. This is why we have mentioned some important tips for choosing the right home care for your loved one. Choosing a home health care service that is certified, insured, and [...]

306, 2018

From Minor to Major: The Complete Guide to Home Modifications to Prevent Seniors From Falling Guest Post by Natalie Kelly

June 3, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

This article was originally posted on https://www.bigrentz.com/how-to-guides/guide-home-modifications-prevent-seniors-falling and reposted with permission. If you have a senior loved one under your roof or living independently nearby, you probably find yourself wondering what you can do to keep them safer. Of all of the risks seniors face, falling is one of the worst. According to the Center for Disease Control, one out of every five falls causes a serious injury, including broken bones or head injuries. The CDC also states that falls are the top cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Americans aged 65 and older. Even when falls are not fatal, [...]

1604, 2018

SHEILA WARNOCK & SHARE THE CARE™ LAUNCHING SHARE THE CARE™ NON-PROFIT IN MIDLIFE

April 16, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

A Reposting of an Interview from NEXT ACT FOR WOMEN by Helene Stelian Tell us a little about your background. I was born in the US and was about to begin first grade when my family moved to Germany a few years following WW II. Under the Marshall Plan (The European Recovery Program), military families were being sent overseas and an American School System was being established. My dad, not in the military, went over as a high school teacher and rose through the ranks of the American Dependent School System. I was, at various points, the Principal’s [...]

2103, 2018

Fearless Caregiver Manifesto from Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Caregiver

March 21, 2018|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: |

I will fearlessly assess my personal strengths and weaknesses, work diligently to bolster my weaknesses, and to graciously recognize my strengths. I will fearlessly make my voice be heard with regard to my loved ones' care and be a strong ally to those professional caregivers committed to caring for my loved one and a fearless shield against those not committed to caring for my loved one. I will fearlessly not sign or approve anything I do not understand, and will steadfastly request the information I need until I am satisfied with the explanations. I will fearlessly ensure that all of [...]

1703, 2018

‘She Let Go’ a Poem by Rev. Safire Rose

March 17, 2018|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|

She Let Go She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go. She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go.  She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go.  She let go of all of [...]

403, 2018

7 Things you Should Never Do Online When You Are a Senior A Guest Post by Sarah Kearns

March 4, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: |

More and more seniors are getting online. It’s a great way to simplify banking and shopping, to learn new things, and to keep in touch with friends and family. Nevertheless, internet use doesn’t come without a few dangers. Here are seven things you should never do online when you are a senior: Blindly Trust Email Correspondence from your Bank Scammers have developed emails and websites that look remarkably similar to those of your bank and may ask you to confirm banking details in order to “verify” or “transfer” your account. Always view with suspicion any email correspondence you [...]

103, 2018

10 Signs Your Parents Need Home Care A Guest Post by Brandon Shamis

March 1, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Changes in your parent’s mental and physical health can deteriorate over time. As you grow old, your parents get even older. This is why you should look out for signs that suggest that your parents need help. Here are some of the most common warning signs that you should keep an eye out for. These signs indicate that your elderly parents need help with their day-to-day activities. Standards Of In-Home Hygiene Are Low:  Unwashed dishes in the kitchen sink, spoilt food in the refrigerator, or unmanaged and messy environment showcase unhealthy living standards. These signs show that your [...]

2602, 2018

7 Bad Effects of Stress and How to Deal with It When You are a Senior A Guest Post by Sarah Kearns

February 26, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: |

Nobody likes stress, but in recent years, the effects of stress as we age has garnered a lot of attention. Health complications, financial concerns, isolation, and loss of friends and family take a huge toll on the lives of seniors. While we evolved our stress response to help us deal with dangers, many older people are discovering that stress itself is one of the greatest dangers to their continued health. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common negative side effects of stress in older individuals, as well as some tips to combat these problems. [...]

1302, 2018

Five Things Executive Coaches and Personal Coaches Understand by Phyllis

February 13, 2018|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: |

Executive and personal coaching became buzz words earlier this decade, immediately showcasing numerous benefits to positioning individuals for success. Helping people become more emotionally competent and effective personally and professionally develops avenues for new opportunities. Executive coaches and personal coaches provide confidence, inspiration, and insight. They also provide the right mindset for professional achievement. Here are five things successful career coaches understand. The coaching process Coaching is a partnership between the coach and the client to provide structure, guidance, and support. The coach: Takes a complete inventory of the client's current professional experience. Assesses self-awareness and identifies core [...]

602, 2018

Dementia and How It Can Affect Your Family A Guest Post by Gary Simmons

February 6, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Watching a parent or loved one slowly succumb to dementia is painful and emotional. It often begins with subtle changes such as forgetfulness, but, in order for you to detect that it is in fact dementia, there must be two types of impairment. The challenge is the fact that these tend to be very subtle changes that can continue to get worse over months, or even years.  Initially, you may find your loved one to be forgetful, such as misplacing keys or not remembering why they walked into a room. Often this is paired with communication issues like [...]

401, 2018

How to Balance Caregiving With a Part-Time or Work From Home Job A Guest Post by Patrick Foster

January 4, 2018|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Caregivers are really the underappreciated heroes when it comes to planning their time and getting the most out of every day. In many instances, juggling an occupation alongside caring for a loved one can amount to what feels like two full-time jobs. And in these circumstances, it can be tough for those looking after people to balance their own needs and personal responsibilities. However, there are many ways in which you can seek help and ensure that you are meeting life’s challenges. And, most importantly, ensure that you as a carer are getting your fair share of respite [...]

1712, 2017

5 Tips for Caregivers of Cancer Patients A Guest Post by Andy C.

December 17, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

If any of your close family members is suffering from cancer, you know how stressful it can be, not just for the patient but also for the caregiver as well as the entire family. Aside from emotional stress, the family members of the cancer patient also have to perform different tasks to take care of the patient. You can always hire a professional nurse for taking care of the patient, but the presence of family members around will help the patient recover soon. The following tips will help you take care of the patient in a better way. [...]

1512, 2017

How Can a Senior Earn Money to Finally Start a Dream Business? A Guest Post by Emma Lewis

December 15, 2017|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|

  Retirement isn’t always the best thing that can happen to a senior. Many seniors look forward to the day they won’t have to wake up early anymore, but when it comes, they find themselves with too much time on their hands. They still have goals they want to achieve, and now that they have more time than ever, they feel like it’s the perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling. If you are a senior who has always dreamed of opening a business, now is the best time to do it. There’s nothing standing in your way [...]

1112, 2017

Therapeutic Massage Benefits for Elderly People A Guest Post by Sara

December 11, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  Getting a massage regularly is not just beneficial for the athletes and the working people but the elderly as well. There are a number of hidden benefits of therapeutic massage for the elderly people. Have a look: Expands bloodstream to limbs: Increasing blood circulation is the most important advantage for seniors. Proper distribution of blood can turn out to be progressively troublesome as the years go by, Therapeutic massage and back rub treatment efficiently increases the stream of the blood into the limbs. Enhances Balance and stride: One of the most common problems for seniors is said [...]

812, 2017

The $3-9 million or more you’ll likely earn over the course of your medical career is surely an asset worth insuring… A Guest Post by Kyle Richert

December 8, 2017|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|

  Most people know they need to insure their life, their car, and their home or condo. But they often overlook insuring their most important asset - their ability to earn an income. Your income is the primary source of funding for a lifetime of things, from basic necessities to the hopes and dreams you have for yourself and those you love. The $3-9 million or more you'll likely earn over the course of your medical career is surely an asset worth insuring. What a nurse practitioner would earn over a 35-year career, starting at $85,000 and getting [...]

512, 2017

Postpartum Body Image: An Important YouTube Posting About Body Image and A Women’s Health by Anna Saccone-Joly

December 5, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

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312, 2017

6 Financial Planning Mistakes to Avoid: Re-Blog from the Senior Living Blog Originally Post June 2015

December 3, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Dealing with money is difficult. Compound interest, complex interest, addition, subtraction, decimals and dollar signs. The stakes are high, too, when it comes to financial planning for a retirement. Retirement is a period in life when we become reliant on our past self and when financial mistakes and bad habits that we’ve been able to get away with for years will fully manifest themselves. Although it’s too late to turn back the clock and do things differently now, you can avoid these planning mistakes by taking a moment to arm yourself with information instead. Financial Planning Mistakes to Avoid Here are six common [...]

2710, 2017

At Their Limit: Therapists dedicate their lives to helping, but what happens when that help exacts a toll? A Guest Post by Denio Lourenco

October 27, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  This article was originally posted on The Brooklyn Ink Blog Site on October 23, 2017 When Drena Fagen started her career as a social worker counseling at-risk and formerly incarcerated teenagers, she knew she would see suffering. She just didn’t know how much. Every one of her clients brought with them years of pain and abuse and were coping with multiple serious traumas. But like doctors, teachers, therapists, and others charged with helping those most in need, she soon found herself juggling hundreds. Like many, 40 hours a week bearing witness to the horrors of others began to [...]

2510, 2017

Mindful self-care for caregivers a guest post by Kristen Heller

October 25, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  Providing care for a family member is an act of love and dedication. When you enter the journey of caregiving (be it voluntarily or by default, suddenly or gradually), your life will change. There are so many things to learn and practice, but among the essentials would be how you as a caregiver can—and should—mindfully provide self-care for yourself. Mindfulness is defined as a state of active, open attention on the present. It is about how you can objectively observe and assess your current condition (thoughts, feelings) without judging anything as good or bad. It is also [...]

1910, 2017

Emergency Alert When the Caregiver is Not Around A Guest Post by Reviews Bee

October 19, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  Long-distance caregiving  has become a rather common phenomenon in the world and this inability to be physically near to the beloved ones reasons for daily stresses as here a caregiver’s mind not only concentrates on what has happened, but is also occupied by the imaginary emergencies which could happen. Of course, in a similar situation you might have tried to repeat yourself “I will be next to them, whenever they need me”, meanwhile having an inner secret fear of being late. And actually, life proves that the cases when an elderly person needs a help require quick [...]

910, 2017

What Family Caregivers Need to Know About FMLA: An Article by Deb Hipp Originally Posted on Senior Living Blog

October 9, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

If you’re a caregiver for an aging loved one, you’ll probably need to miss work at some point to help with medical treatment or unexpected emergencies. In fact, the likelihood is so great that there is even a federal law, The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), that protects your job if you need to take leave to care for a family member. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) The FMLA helps workers balance their jobs with leave time for things like having a baby, major illness or acting as a caregiver for a family member with a serious health condition. [...]

2709, 2017

When Family Caregivers Need Some Care: 8 Advantages of Family Caregiver Support Groups A Guest Post by David Beeshaw

September 27, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  As a caregiver, you may be focused on looking after your loved one rather than looking after yourself. This can easily backfire, as you end up suffering both mentally and physically. If you start feeling lonely, depressed or extremely tired, a support group might be the best way to solve the situation. Here are seven advantages of attending one. They stop you from feeling lonely If you spend most of your time in the house and looking after just one person, you can start to feel isolated from the rest of society. You may feel as though [...]

2009, 2017

4 Steps to Prepare Your Loved Ones for Elderly Care: A Guest Post by Chris Palmer

September 20, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  It is one of the most primary duty for us to think of our parents and their better care.  Parents are like blessing who sacrifice their wills to make our dreams come true. This makes us to be obedient and to be sincere with them for their best care in their old age. If you ever think about what parents are, your answer would always be love and affection. Parents are the ones who work day and night to make our future bright. They work tirelessly leaving all their happiness at one side for the sake of [...]

1109, 2017

Helpful Tips for Wearing Your Colostomy Bag A Guest Post by Gary Simmons

September 11, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

People want to be different, and they want to stand out of the crowd. Most of the time—but not when that difference is based on a health issue or disability. Then, people may fear to stand out, and sometimes withdraw from the company of others. The difference can lead to unhappiness. People who wear colostomy bags may have some of these fears, whether they’re young or old, independent, receiving home health care or in a nursing facility. Colostomy bags are usually placed in an obvious place, potentially visible when clothed and unclothed. They announce to the world a [...]

609, 2017

5 Work From Home Jobs for Family Caregivers A Guest Post by Ruthie Serna

September 6, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Being a family caregiver is a full-time job by itself. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring in much cash. If you’re a family caregiver, you can still earn some money without sacrificing your current responsibilities. There are plenty of work from home jobs that can be quite lucrative, and many of them allow you to make your own schedule. Work out of your house on your own schedule and your own terms. Freelancer Being a freelancer comes with a lot of options. You can do almost anything you do well, and charge rates you feel are fair for doing it. [...]

2908, 2017

What is the difference between a nurse and a caregiver? A Guest Post by Tess Pajaron

August 29, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

What is the difference between a nurse and a caregiver? If you’re asking yourself this question it’s likely that a parent or other elderly loved one is in need of some additional support. Or maybe you’re looking into career opportunities in the care of seniors. In either case, the difference between a nurse and a caregiver is an important distinction to determine before you make any important decisions. Here is some information to help answer your question: Nurse Qualifications: The qualifications required to be a nurse depend upon the kind of nurse you’re looking at becoming or employing. [...]

2208, 2017

Healthy Perspectives: Fearful? Have a little FAITH! A Guest Post by Carol Patterson, MSN, RN

August 22, 2017|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|

  Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1933 inaugural address said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This seems to be something that we probably take too lightly.  Over the years reflecting upon this quotation, it becomes increasingly meaningful.  Fear prevents us from fulfilling our potential (fear of failure is completely paralytic) and moves us away from a state of tranquility and peacefulness of mind and spirit. Consider what happens when a child sees a puddle of water on a cool autumn day. They run to it to stomp and play with carefree abandon.  As [...]

1308, 2017

Giving Your Caregiver a Game Plan A Guest Post by Maggie Drag

August 13, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Nothing makes me happier than hearing about the way our caregivers bring a smile to their clients’ lives. In fact, that is what makes us so dedicated to our work- the men and women that are genuinely excited to spread joy and love wherever they go. After celebrating our 6th Annual Caregiver Party with our most dedicated staff members and caregivers, we felt that it was necessary to bring some inspiration to their daily routine. Here are some tips for each and every caregiver to feel empowered, valued and dedicate themselves to working in “me time” to each [...]

1008, 2017

Caregiving For Dementia Patients A Guest Post by Olivia Wolfe

August 10, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Caring for dementia patients can be frustrating and difficult. Because dementia patients are suffering from a brain disorder, basic communication can be a challenge. With that said, we have partnered with Private Home Care in St. Louis to showcase some things that will help you to communicate with people that have dementia effectively. Communication is the key to excellent care. Get The Patient's Attention When You Enter The Room It's easy for patients with dementia to become disoriented. Even minor surprises can set them on edge. Because of this, it's important to get the attention of a patient [...]

708, 2017

Cardinal Tips For Family Caregivers of Senior HIV Patients A Guest Post by David Beeshaw

August 7, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

In 2014, people aged 55+ accounted for 17% of Americans living with a diagnosed HIV infection. Even if this age group has the same risk factors as young people, they might be less aware of them – especially since most awareness campaigns don't target older adults. Most of the time, they don't think HIV is an issue for them and may be less likely to protect themselves. That's why it's older Americans that are most likely to learn about their HIV infection later in the course of their disease.  As a result, they start the treatment late and [...]

308, 2017

Navigating Medicare – Understanding Medical Supplies vs. Durable Medical Equipment A Guest Post by Rodger Sims

August 3, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Medicare is a health insurance program that covers people who are over 65 and can cover younger people with disabilities and people suffering from kidney failure, known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). With over 71.3 million people enrolled, Medicare is one of the largest insurance providers for seniors in the United States. If your loved ones are enrolled in Medicare, it is important to know how to navigate your options. There are four different parts to Medicare: Medicare Part A Part A covers your hospital insurance. This coverage includes inpatient hospital stays, care in a nursing facility, hospital [...]

2707, 2017

Senior Tips – Best Financial Steps to Take When You Are Forced to Retire Early: A Guest Post by Alana Downer

July 27, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Retirement confidence is at an all-time low with employees working later into their life in the hope that they don’t outlive their savings. A recent Australian report found that 51% of retirees expected to outlive their savings. Because of stats like these, people are aiming to work longer and harder to ensure a comfortable retirement, however this isn’t always the reality. A 2015 study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that in 2013, 47% of workers were forced to retire earlier than planned. Forced early retirement can be more common than you might think. There are many [...]

2307, 2017

Desirable Traits in a Caregiver: A Guest Post by Lara Janssen

July 23, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

One of the most important thing in the caregiving business is to have the seniors and their caregivers get along. Old people are commonly set in their ways, so it is unlikely that they will be ready to change much. That means that the caregiver is the one who will have to adjust to the seniors they are caring for. Not just anyone can do this, however. It is important to have a special personality to make it as a caregiver. Caregiving professionals at A Better Way In Homecare offer some activities which may help the caregiver and [...]

2307, 2017

Alzheimer’s and Incontinence: How They’re Related A Guest Post by Eric I. Mitchnick, MD, FACS

July 23, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive illness of the brain that gradually destroys a person’s cognitive capabilities and, eventually, interferes with the performance of basic daily self-care functions. People in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s tend to experience incontinence, which is loss of control of either the bladder or bowels, or both. However, not everyone who has the disease will become incontinent. The relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and incontinence is complex. Alzheimer’s may cause incontinence by taking away a person’s ability to recognize the need to go to the bathroom. However, Alzheimer’s also can be an indirect cause, by [...]

307, 2017

12 Dietary Choices That May Lead to Restless Sleep A Guest Post By Megan Crants

July 3, 2017|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: |

  Healer's outstretched open hand surrounded by random wise healing words on a rustic stone effect background Sleeping and eating are both critical elements of recovery, but not necessarily in quick succession. Many healthcare providers will encourage putting away all food at 8pm because eating causes the body to go into an arousal state and devote energy to digestion, when ideally it should be settling down for sleep. If you’re starving or hypoglycemic, a small snack is acceptable before bed to avoid mid-night awakenings, but otherwise it’s best to avoid food and drink right before lights-out. [...]

2706, 2017

Natural Healing Methods For A Family Member With Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guest Post by Katrina Jane Rice

June 27, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

First of all it is important to note that no cure has been yet found for Alzheimer’s Disease. Unfortunately science has not yet identified any definite medical treatment that can halt the progression of this disorder. For now all we can do for our loved ones is to give them a better quality of life while doctors and researchers continue to look for a  cure to this lethal disease. Because there is not a single cure for it right now, doctors are gearing towards fighting the symptoms of the disease and the different ways of managing them. The [...]

2406, 2017

Assisted Living Could Mean Better Quality of Life for Seniors: A Guest Post by Paul Birung

June 24, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

the best vision is insight phrase on a vintage slate blackboard When our parents retire, we are so busy with our jobs to care for them at home. It is tempting to put our folks in homes where they can receive round the clock care but mostly, they are against the idea. We may bend to their wishes and keep them at home but as time goes by, their needs increase and it can be quite daunting for the family. Why Assisted Living over Home Care for Seniors? Seniors can definitely enjoy security, contact, and support [...]

2006, 2017

Hospice: The Gentle Goodbye A Post by Phyllis

June 20, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Pair of angel wings on heavenly blue background Just after dawn on December 11, 2007, my mother went to God. There was a beautiful peacefulness that fell over that bright, winter morning that seemed perfect. Mom had battled several chronic, debilitating diseases that slowly robbed her of her energy and physical function. Her mind was always clear and her determination to live to see her grandchildren grow and to be with her husband of 59 years was intact. Unfortunately, her body had betraying her. Mom and I were very different. Our life’s journey together could best [...]

206, 2017

Unknown Facts How Diet Affects Mental Fatigue & Burnout A Guest Post by Katrina Jane Rice

June 2, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  When you first think about fatigue, what usually comes to mind is the physical kind. But there is another form of fatigue that potentially wreaks havoc on your thought processes, motivation and overall success - it is called mental fatigue. Mental fatigue is usually a result of carrying out extensive and difficult cognitive tasks. One good example to mention is studying for the bar exams. If you put your body in this kind of stress day in and day out, you will start to feel a strong case of mental fatigue. They call it burnout. Karla Ivankovich, [...]

2505, 2017

Health Care Bill Endangers Coverage: A Message From AARP

May 25, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Premiums would become unaffordable for many older Americans: Originally published by David Frank, AARP, May 24, 2017|Comments: 14  PLEASE CLICK ON LINK PLAY VIDEO MESSAGE: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-2017/aarp-response-cbo-score-health-care-bill-fd.html New Numbers: Same Bad Bill The Congressional Budget Office just released its report on the health care bill. What does it mean for you? A new analysis of the American Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives estimates that 23 million people would lose their health insurance if the bill were enacted into law. People age 50 to 64 would be hit particularly hard, especially those with lower incomes. According to [...]

1105, 2017

A Senior Caregiver’s Guide to Prevent Falls A Guest Post by Roger Sims

May 11, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Falls are the primary cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in the elderly. Every year, more than two million seniors are rushed to the emergency room after falling. Several things can lead to the elderly falling, such as: Vision problems Difficulty walking Medication side effects that cause vertigo Foot or leg pain Household hazards There is nothing to worry about, as it is easy to eliminate risk factors for falling. Fortunately, falls are easily preventable. Taking the right precautions can make your loved one’s home a safe environment. To ensure the safety of your loved ones, take the [...]

405, 2017

From the AARP Press Room: AARP Remains Steadfastly Opposed to Health Bill

May 4, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Plans to hold Members of Congress accountable while renewing opposition in Senate WASHINGTON, DC — AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond reiterated AARP’s opposition to the health bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would harm American families who count on access to affordable health care: “AARP is deeply disappointed in today’s vote by the House to pass this deeply flawed health bill. The bill will put an Age Tax on us as we age, harming millions of American families with health insurance, forcing many to lose coverage or pay thousands of dollars more for health [...]

2504, 2017

6 Easy Ways To Stay Organized and Productive as a Caregiver A Guest Post by Maggie Drag

April 25, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Being a caregiver is arguably one of the most noble professions out there - but it can also take a serious toll on your personal life. Here are 6 work-life balance tips to help you reduce stress, and ultimately make you the best caregiver for not only your clients, but for yourself, too! 1.) Plan Ahead If you have multiple clients, or work as a live-in caregiver, keeping track of their favorite foods, interests, and medications may seem like a job in itself. Keeping a daily planner can help! If you’re constantly on your phone, try downloading an [...]

2304, 2017

4 Top Strategies for Finding Your Dream Job by Phyllis

April 23, 2017|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Originally Publish Date: March 16, 2017 https://www.aorn.org/aorn-org/surgicalexpo/conference-blog/find-your-periop-dream-job   I want to share some career coaching guidance with you: 1. Build a Strong Resume that Reflects Your Worth Ensure your full name with credentials appears at the top in the header along with your contact information. The correct formatting is, name (middle initial optional), highest academic credential, RN, certification. For example, Mary A. Smith, MSN, RN, CNOR. A summary or statement of intent is no longer advised. Your first section should be Academic Education. Start with your highest degree. If you’re still in school, it’s acceptable to note the date [...]

1504, 2017

10 Hobbies That Make Your Kids Smarter A Guest Post by Anthony Johnstone

April 15, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , |

For most parents, having their kids play and learn is just part of growing up and there is the belief that they will develop naturally. This may be true, however why not give your kids the best possible opportunity to develop through fun and in some ways exciting activities. We wanted to provide a colorful list of hobbies we believe will benefit your kids and assist with their development. Some of these hobbies may be a bit trickier than others to convince your young boy or girl to take up. However, it would be invaluable to your child’s progress [...]

1304, 2017

Nutrition and Meal Planning For the Hurried Caregiver a Guest Post by Breanne Fleat

April 13, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , |

  A caregiver has a vital responsibility of safeguarding their recipient, be it a family member, a friend or as part of their job. Diet and nutrition are some of the basic needs for people requiring such care, in an effort to keep the body strong and energetic. However, diet and nutrition isn’t just important for them, it’s important for you, the care provider too. With our current lives full of deadlines and schedules we usually don’t have the time to design a reliable meal plan or even stick to conventional eating patterns. Looking after your own health [...]

2403, 2017

THANK YOU SeeSee. Florence “SeeSee” Rigney, RN is the oldest working nurse…!

March 24, 2017|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|

https://youtu.be/cVfE0kPjZpQ   Florence “SeeSee” Rigney is the oldest working nurse in the United States. Last May, a video of her 90th birthday celebration went viral. The recording captures her in blue scrubs and a bedazzled “happy birthday” tiara holding back tears among her cheering colleagues. For 70 years she’s worked on and off as an operating room nurse at Tacoma General Hospital. When she first started, she got paid $115 a month. These days, she gets a ton of attention for being a high-energy compassionate nurse who still moves down the halls of the surgical unit faster than [...]

2203, 2017

Make These Urgent Lifestyle Changes To Lower Stroke Risk: A Guest Post by Katrina Rice

March 22, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , |

A stroke is not a medical mystery that strikes patients randomly. In fact, 90% of strokes are due to factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other medical risks which are all preventable. Even so, you do not have to train like a professional athlete, eat like a beauty queen or live like a monk to avoid this heart condition. Whether you are a patient, a patient’s caregiver or simply a person concerned with this risk, by simply making modest alterations to your lifestyle and including wise health habits, you can significantly reduce your risk of stroke. [...]

1703, 2017

Talks with Greg; Conversations In Caregiving – Sheila Warnock

March 17, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , |

  https://youtu.be/lLxStKuKMKU For more than fifteen years, EmblemHealth has been a leader in the arena of family caregiving. Talks with Greg; Conversations In Caregiving is a video series designed to explore topics with experts involved for many years in caregiving. Every episode will have a new guest from a different facet of the professional caregiving world who has been a longtime partner with EmblemHealth. OUR FOCUS IS EDUCATION Caregiving will touch everyone at some point in life yet it often remains in the shadows of the public/media spotlight because it does not make for a picture that melts [...]

803, 2017

HerVoiceIsMyVoice: Celebrate the Women Who Inspire Us Every Day

March 8, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The strength of individual women empowers us all. This International Women’s Day, we’re turning up the volume on female voices and honoring the impact they have on all of us. #HerVoiceIsMyVoice is a moment to celebrate and share the voices of inspirational women from around the world. Show your support on social by sharing the voice of a woman who has inspired you using #HerVoiceIsMyVoice. https://youtu.be/bdX55I9WHDw

2602, 2017

It Is My Pleasure To Introduce You To: Daughters Unite

February 26, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  https://youtu.be/WvGxQZd_LzU   Daughters Unite was created for caring daughters by caring daughters who face the challenges of being sandwiched between their spouses, kids and/or careers and the disabled and aging adults in their lives. Share your story and help a fellow daughter reduce the chaos and craziness in her life! Send a quick "I'm interested" email to Tell My Story. We'll get back to you within 24 hours with all the details about how to submit. We love introducing our friends to one another. Daughters Unite meet Daughterhood. Founder, Anne Tumlinson has spent the last two decades [...]

2202, 2017

Family Caregiver Duties: Effective Financial Planning A Guest Post by Samantha Stein

February 22, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Family caregivers are no stranger to financial issues. When you assume the role of your family member’s primary care provider, it includes tackling the costs of their care as well as their expenses and necessities. On top of this, you also have your own finances to contend with. This is why a significant amount of financial planning is necessary to become a successful family caregiver. To help you get started, ALTCP shares an in-depth look at the issues that caregivers face as well as a comprehensive guide to financial planning. Who Are the Family Caregivers Now? According to [...]

1902, 2017

How Proposed Changes to Medicare Could Affect Your Wallet and Your Health Care: AARP Bulletin, January/February 2017 Issue

February 19, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

  En español | MEDICARE WORKS WONDERS for millions of American families, providing affordable access to today’s most advanced health care. Poll after poll invariably confirms its popularity. But will Medicare continue to work for us and for the next generations? That’s the question that Congress and the Trump administration will be asking in the coming months. At AARP, we continue to believe passionately in this program, which has allowed our citizens to age with dignity. In this special report, we detail what the state of Medicare is today and provide what you need to know about the [...]

1802, 2017

Senior Care: Balancing Marriage and Caring for a Parent A Guest Post by Samantha Stein

February 18, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , |

Caregiving can strengthen the bonds of relationships within the family. It can bridge gaps and heal decades-long conflicts through the connections that form during the care. However, it can also cause strains within the family. In marriages and relationships, no one really thinks of their partner caring for an aging parent until it starts happening. And in this day and age, providing senior care can put all kinds of stress that will shake the foundations of for better or for worse. Marriages and partnerships already go through so many challenges that either strengthen or break the bond. For [...]

1102, 2017

How to Determine if Someone is Having a Stroke A Guest Post by the Health Services Blog for Slidell Memorial Hospital in Louisiana

February 11, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , |

  Were you aware that strokes are a type of disease? Strokes influence arteries that lead to the brain, as well as those within it. Another horrifying fact: A stroke can occur in anybody. Enough with the bad news, here’s some good news: You can learn just how to detect a stroke with the signs below. Knowing these signs can help you save a life—whether it be your own, or that of a loved one. Defining a Stroke Strokes occur when blood vessels that transport nutrients and oxygen to the brain either rupture (a hemorrhagic stroke) or its [...]

402, 2017

“Avoiding Falls in the 3 Most Dangerous Rooms of Your House” A Guest Post by Jessica Hegg

February 4, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , |

Sometimes, a fall is inevitable for an older loved one. They simply fall off balance, or the toll of the years or past corrective surgeries puts them in a situation they can’t easily escape from. According to an NCBI study, approximately one-third of adults aged 65 or older fall every year – and only about half of those falls can be attributed to “environmental” factors – something out of place about the environment that directly caused the fall. However, despite the fact that a fall can sometimes be unavoidable, it’s extremely important that you minimize the risks of [...]

402, 2017

Message from AARP: We’re Building a Movement to Protect Medicare by John Hishta

February 4, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , |

Online and on the ground, people are lining up to fight with us! by John Hishta, AARP, February 3, 2017 If you’ve been paying attention to politics lately, you’re certainly aware that social media is playing a huge role in our national conversation. Just think about how our new president uses Twitter to get his message directly to the American people. And how a simple Facebook post launched a nationwide women’s march last month. So I’m not at all surprised to see the way AARP’s social media channels have exploded in the week since we announced our new campaign [...]

3101, 2017

AARP Will Battle Proposals to Gut Medicare: by John Hishta Originally Posted by AARP Advocacy January 2017

January 31, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , |

http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-2017/aarp-battles-proposals-to-gut-medicare-jh.html?intcmp=AE-POL-ADVO-HMC-SL2-JHM17&cmp=SNO-ADV-FB-AO-MAV&socialid=794778664 If you’ve been following the news lately, you know that President Trump has had a busy first week in the White House. As he signed executive orders, appointed high-level staff and hosted meetings in the Oval Office, our 45th president has made it abundantly clear that he’s eager to deliver on the promises he laid out during his campaign. At AARP, the promise we’re focused on: his pledge to protect Medicare.  As you probably know, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program. “I am going to protect [...]

2201, 2017

Keeping Social Security Strong: Originally Posted by AARP December 14, 2016

January 22, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , |

Social Security is a contract with American workers that must not be broken. AARP will continue its fight to ensure that current and future generations get the benefits they’ve earned. We have always opposed — and always will oppose — turning Social Security into risky private accounts. These are the principles that will guide us once there is a legislative debate about the future of this vital program. Achieve long-term solvency and adequacy. Social Security should be sufficiently financed to ensure solvency for the long term. Solvency proposals must ensure meaningful benefits for future generations. Reaffirm Social Security’s [...]

701, 2017

5 Tips from Experts on Caring On Caring for Elderly Parents at Home A Guest Post by Jessica Hegg

January 7, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , |

  Each year, millions of Americans find themselves caring for their elderly parents or aging family members at home for the first time.   **Currently, there are more than 34 million family caregivers in the U.S.   If you are one of them, clearly, you are not alone. While the initial prospect of caring for a parent or other aging relative (or friend) can be daunting, you can take some steps to make the caregiving easier, both for you and your care receiver. We know that this can be a rocky adjustment period so we gathered our geriatric experts [...]

101, 2017

The Cost of Family Caregiving: Out-of-Pocket Spending Surprisingly High A Guest Post by Christina Ianzito

January 1, 2017|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: |

Originally published by AARP: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-2016/caregiving-out-of-pocket-cost-report.html?intcmp=AE-HF-CRC-FFY-SPOT1 Our country's 40 million unpaid family caregivers devote a large portion of their own money toward the care of their loved ones. They're spending an average of $6,954 a year — nearly 20 percent of their income — on out-of-pocket (OOP) costs related to caregiving, according to a new AARP study, "Family Caregiving and Out-of-Pocket Costs: 2016 Report." Hispanic/Latino and low-income family caregivers spend even more: an average of 44 percent of their total annual income. And that's on top of other financial strains many caregivers face, such as needing to cut back on [...]

2612, 2016

Medicare Vs. Medicaid – The Definitive Guide A Guest Post by Kayda Norman

December 26, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Originally published on Quote Wizard at https://quotewizard.com/health-insurance/medicare-vs-medicaid Every year, millions of Americans receive medical assistance through a pair of government funded programs: Medicare and Medicaid. Although they are often confused, they were created to help two separate groups in need of medical coverage. Medicare provides health benefits to senior citizens. Those receiving care usually have to be at least 65 years old. Medicaid helps low-income families or children in need. Eligibility is generally based on income levels. We’ll compare Medicare and Medicaid by looking at the history, eligibility, and benefits of both programs below. History and Recent Changes Medicare [...]

1012, 2016

A Financial Advisor’s Perspective on Aging:How to Prepare for Senior Care Cost A Guest Post by Andy Smith

December 10, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , |

  ORIGINALLY POST IN A PLACE FOR MOM SENIOR LIVING NEWSLETTER http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/conversations/financial-discussions-with-aging-parents?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWm1Wa016Vm1NREkzTkRkaSIsInQiOiJNRFBwbVArTUZ1cUp2dzA5cFJXTWdYbzFJM0loSnFQMmVXQlhSSDNxS0NzeXdvSWc4Z2s0ZEpja0x0amdQOWxLUHhERldMdzg2SzhveUtqZ2xORGdIMm1TMW5wcXpzRnR3WmdyekZKcUlJRG1mUDV3RXZJWDFhOFRvbndoV1I0OCJ9 Going home to your parents' house is a wonderful time where we get to spend quality time with our family. For those who live away from our parents, coming home can also be a time of recognition that they are getting older and may need extra help. This year, take time to discuss aging, retirement and end-of-life affairs so that you hear directly from Mom and Dad about their specific wishes, enabling you to act on their behalf if anything happens. You'll have the chance to [...]

512, 2016

Bed Sore Treatment: The Ultimate Guide A Guest Post by Tiffany Rubin, R.N. BSN

December 5, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , |

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY JESSICA HEGG ON VIVE HEALTH: https://vivehealth.com/blogs/vive-blog/bed-sore-treatment Bed sores are, unfortunately, one of the most common ailments resulting from mobility issues. It's important to begin bed sore treatment at the first sign of any symptoms.  Pressure ulcers are much easier to deal with when they're caught early.  Even better, if you understand a risk is present you can take precautions to reduce the likelihood of occurrence. 6 Crucial Tips for Successful Bed Sore Treatment Your healthcare provider will want to examine the affected area or areas when diagnosing suspected bed sores. Surgery is usually not recommended [...]

412, 2016

A Geriatric Psychologist’s Perspective on Aging Parents: Guest Post by Dr. Melissa Henston

December 4, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

5 STEPS TO TAKE DURING A VISIT Spending quality time with loved ones is usually something you look forward to. But when you have aging parents or loved ones, going home to see them can sometimes signify a rather different, and at times, stressful experience. You may already have an inkling that Mom, Dad or a favorite aunt or uncle is having trouble with everyday life, but sometimes seeing changes in family members after months - or maybe years - of not seeing them can be disquieting. People change in their later years, and sometimes they can decline [...]

412, 2016

4 Basic Facts About Medicare : Guest Post By GoHealth

December 4, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , |

Originally Post on Senior Living Blog: October 16, 2016 http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/10-06-16-basic-facts-about-medicare/ Basic Facts About Medicare But what exactly is Medicare? What are your coverage options? Why do you need it? We take a look at four basic facts you need to know before enrolling in Medicare coverage. 1. Different plans cover different benefits. So what are your different Medicare insurance options? Original Medicare – or Parts A and B – covers hospital and basic medical care. Once you turn 65, you will be automatically enrolled in Part A. Medicare Supplement – or Medigap – plans can help you pay [...]

2411, 2016

The Cost of Family Caregiving: Out-of-Pocket Spending Surprisingly A Guest Post by Christina Ianzito

November 24, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: |

Our country's 40 million unpaid family caregivers devote a large portion of their own money toward the care of their loved ones. They're spending an average of $6,954 a year — nearly 20 percent of their income — on out-of-pocket (OOP) costs related to caregiving, according to a new AARP study, "Family Caregiving and Out-of-Pocket Costs: 2016 Report." Hispanic/Latino and low-income family caregivers spend even more: an average of 44 percent of their total annual income. And that's on top of other financial strains many caregivers face, such as needing to cut back on work hours or take [...]

1511, 2016

Answers Your Top Medicare Coverage Questions A Guest by GoHealth

November 15, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|

Whether you’re a first-time Medicare buyer or a long-time enrollee, finding the right Medicare coverage can be confusing. In an effort to help you find the right combination of plans, we’re answering the top consumer Medicare questions, including what your first step should be, your prescription drug coverage options, and much more. Top 10 Medicare Coverage Questions 1. If I have Part A, how do I add Part B? In order to complete your Original Medicare coverage and enroll in Part B, you must contact the Social Security office and actively enroll. Once you have both Parts A [...]

1511, 2016

Guide to US Veterans Benefits An Article Originally Posted on A Place for Mom Blog

November 15, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , |

  ACCESS UP TO $2,000 PER MONTH IN VETERANS AID The Veteran’s Aid and Attendance (VA&A) Pension provides benefits to veterans and their spouses to help pay for costs of care – both in-home care and senior housing. At A Place for Mom we work with many families who are not aware of the benefit and miss out on key financial support that help pay for senior living and home care expenses. The benefit is anticipated to change next year and could impact the number of families eligible for this financial support. We encourage families to take action [...]

611, 2016

How to Escort Seniors to the Voting Polls A Guest Post By : A Place for Mom Staff

November 6, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Originally Posted in the Senior Living Blog: Posted On 24 Oct 2016 The United States has a proud democratic tradition dating back more than 200 years, and that tradition is based on the right to vote. Unfortunately, many older people who are receiving care at senior living communities aren’t always able exercise that right. Seniors may be intimidated by the thought of getting to the polls and potentially waiting in long lines. Some might even wonder whether, as long term care residents, they’re still allowed to vote. Learn more about how to escort seniors to the polls during this election. Escorting Senior Loved Ones to [...]

2810, 2016

Highlights from the 2016 OR Today Magazine Convention’s Key Note Presentation: An Interview with Phyllis

October 28, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , |

Original Article Featured in OR Today Magazine, November 2016 Edition Do you believe that workplace bullying and incivility are the same? No. Workplace incivility can best be defined as low-intensity unpleasant behavior that is rude, impolite, or inconsiderate. While the target can feel insulted or angry; an actual desire or intent to harm the other person is ambiguous. Anyone has the potential to behave inappropriately towards a coworker given the right circumstances coupled with a lack of self-management. Workplace bullying however, is ongoing, offensive, abusive, intimidating or insulting behavior or actions directed at a person(s), causing the target to [...]

2610, 2016

7 Items Nurses Should Carry With Them:A Guest Post by Beth Martel

October 26, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , |

Being a nurse is a job that demands you to be prepared for different patient situations and you might need different items on hand at all times. If you are new to this profession, this article might help you to prepare your bag with all the items that signify your identity as a nurse. Following is a list of 7 items nurses should always carry with them: 1.                      SCISSORS: Being a nurse, you need medical scissors for cutting tape and dressings. A nice pair of scissors that is especially for nurses comes in handy and ensures the safety [...]

1010, 2016

Share The Care Organization wants to make you aware of a special opportunity from Road Scholar

October 10, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

STC wants to make you aware of a special opportunity from Road Scholar The Road Scholar Caregiver Grant has a rolling admission - and asks that applications be submitted at least 4-6 weeks before the start of the program. For example, for a program starting on December 8, 2016, it would be ideal to have the application in by November 4th. At this time, we have almost 770 US-based programs open for enrollment all the way through December of 2017, so there's a lot to chose from. Who is Road Scholar?  Not-for-profit Road Scholar is the world's largest and [...]

710, 2016

Meet Super Nurse Who Dresses the Part to Put a Smile on Sick Children’s Faces

October 7, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/meet-superhero-nurse-who-dresses-part-to-put-smiles-on-patients-faces-767183427954 "Super Nurse" Tobin Matthew has played all sorts of good guys at his Chicago hospital over the years, including hanging upside down as Spiderman - anything to put a smile on a sick child's face.

410, 2016

4 Self-Care Tips for Family Caregivers A Guest Post by Rebecca Kennedy

October 4, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Family caregivers who neglect to take care of their own needs can quickly experience burn-out and exhaustion. Here are several important self-care tips for family caregivers to keep in mind. There are many warnings signs that your senior loved one may be on their way to needing in-home care, such as difficulties in mobility, disorganization in the house, and forgetting to take important medications. As these signs become more and more apparent, family members can be faced with a difficult choice regarding who they will appoint as the primary caregiver of their aging loved one. In many cases, [...]

2909, 2016

Four Programs Designed to Give Caregivers a Helping Hand A Guest Post by Max Gottlieb

September 29, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , |

  Too often we only think of the person receiving care when we think of caregiving. If you do a quick Google search for the word caregiver, you’ll find a vast amount of information on how to hire professional help, or how to best to give care for certain conditions, but only a handful of sites dedicated to providing information about caring for the caregiver. We’d do well to remember that caregiving is a two way street. As a caregiver, you’re already the type of person who is willing to put someone else’s needs first, but that doesn’t [...]

1909, 2016

One of the Most Powerful Messages I’ve Ever Heard on Manifesting Your Dreams

September 19, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  https://www.facebook.com/GymBlogCentral/videos CLICK ON  Share this with ALL your athletes and coaches!

1909, 2016

The CARE Act: Helping Family Caregivers From Hospital to Home

September 19, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally Posted on 03/07/2016 by AARP http://blog.aarp.org/2016/03/07/the-care-act-helping-family-caregivers-from-hospital-to-home/  In preparing Mom’s medication, my 90-year-old Pop would fill a syringe using the light of the kitchen window to see if the dosage was correct. He set up the nebulizer on a table with handwritten step-by-step instructions to remind him how to operate it. Today, millions of family caregivers like Pop perform complex medical tasks that at one time would have been administered only by medical professionals. 21 states and counting Two years ago, AARP proposed the idea of the CARE (Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable) Act to support the 40 million [...]

1709, 2016

Commencement Remarks to the Touro College School of Health Science 2016 Graduates offered by Phyllis on September 13, 2016.

September 17, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Graduates in Cap and Gown --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis   Dean Primavera, distinguished faculty, honored guests, proud parents and family and my newly graduated colleagues... I want to begin my guidance to you this afternoon by reminding all of you of just how unique and wonderful you all are. You see many people care capable to feel empathy for someone given the right circumstances. It is the rare few that cannot feel something when the news is filled with stories of the survivors of an earthquake or a picture of a five year old stunned [...]

1409, 2016

Video: Caregiver Engagement: A Pathway to Deliver Patient-Centered Care

September 14, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edpPx4CtRac   Listen closely to what can happen when caregivers are respected, heard and treated as team members and not employees...Fabulous!

1109, 2016

Medicare vs Medicaid

September 11, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally Posted in A Place for Mom: Senior Living Newsletter   MEDICARE Medicare is national health insurance that all Americans receive when they turn 65. Disabled people who are under 65 can also enroll in Medicare without paying premiums. Medicare is usually not helpful to those looking for a solution to long term care needs. MEDICARE COVERS ONLY SHORT-TERM CARE Medicare can cover short-term rehab stays at a nursing home, for example, after a hospitalization. It can also pay for rehab and therapy at home for a limited period of time and when prescribed by a doctor. But [...]

809, 2016

An Interview with Phyllis

September 8, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally featured in Women of Distinction Magazine: September 8, 2016 http://go.epublish4me.com/ebook/ebook?id=10090395#/0 Healer's outstretched open hand surrounded by random wise healing words on a rustic stone effect background Q&A Q: A good deal of your coaching practice is centered on working with family caregivers. What are some of the challenges facing family caregivers today? A: Their biggest challenge is to have a life of their own while caring full time for their loved one and not self-destruct in the process. I think it is so important to remember that in most cases, family caregivers never saw this [...]

509, 2016

Caring is a Delicate Balance: Let’s Talk About Advance Illness Management

September 5, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The goal is self-determination and a peaceful death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXRDGzGyKf8

409, 2016

Teresa of Calcutta: A Life of Caring and Service

September 4, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mother Teresa Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNhaPykSky8 Life as a Young Sister Captivated by stories of missionaries, Agnes left her family home in Skopje in 1928 at the age of 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto. “Be so kind to hear my sincere desire,” she humbly wrote to the Loreto Mother Superior. “I want to join your Society, so that one day I may become a missionary sister, and work for Jesus who died for us all.” Needing to learn English first, the young postulant spent six weeks in Loreto Abbey in Dublin, Ireland. She set sail for India on [...]

109, 2016

Patient Experience From the “Other” Side of the Bed A Guest Post by Maxine Legall

September 1, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally Posted on LinkedIn on August 17, 2016   I am a patient experience professional and I’m very passionate about sharpening my skills in this people based field.  I am relatively new to the field but I can talk patient satisfaction scores with the best of them.  I can facilitate a patient experience class in my sleep and I do my best to not only talk the talk but walk the walk.  As excited and engaged as I’ve been, the relevance and importance of what I do didn’t resonate with me until I had an aunt who required acute and [...]

2608, 2016

America’s Family Caregivers Can’t Wait: Tell Congress to Pass the RAISE Act Now Guest Post by Nancy A. LeaMond

August 26, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally Posted www.blogAARP.org on 08/22/2016 After Labor Day, when Congress returns from its summer recess, there will only be 33 working days left for the U.S. House of Representatives before the end of the year. That’s not a lot of time to address some of our nation’s biggest challenges. One item awaiting action that should be an immediate priority is the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) Family Caregivers Act.  This bipartisan, commonsense step to aid America’s greatest support system — family caregivers — is long overdue. Passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, the RAISE Act would develop [...]

2508, 2016

VIDEO: Save one life, you are hero. Save 100 live, you are NURSE

August 25, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  This beautiful video says it all...no other words are necessary.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6h2C47VFHk

2108, 2016

Free Veterans Eligibility Calculator Guest Post Originally Published in Senior Blog Living

August 21, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  There are many benefits out there for veterans, but sometimes determining eligibility can be confusing. VeteranAid.org recently released an eligibility benefit calculator for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit to you help simplify the process for you and your loved ones. Get started to discover how your family can save both time and money. The VA Aid and Attendance Benefit and Veterans Eligibility Hundreds of thousands are eligible for this little-known, yet incredibly helpful, VA benefit, including spouses of veterans. Funds can be used to help pay for senior care and offer financial aid to the veterans and [...]

1308, 2016

13 Dangers of Caregiver Denial Guest Post By Dana Larsen

August 13, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally Posted on A Place for Mom: Senior Living Blog on September 28, 2015   Denial is a normal human emotion, especially with symptoms as heartbreaking as dementia or Alzheimer’s, as no one wants to confront the disease for which there is currently no cure. But there are risks to caregiver denial. Dangers that go along with caregiver denial are two-fold. Not only is your loved one at risk; but also you, the caregiver, is at risk. Learn more about the 13 dangers of caregiver denial and get some survival tips from acclaimed author and caregiver, Elizabeth Lonseth. [...]

808, 2016

INCIVILITY VS. BULLYING: KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: AN INTERVIEW WITH PHYLLIS

August 8, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Originally published in the AORN Periop Insider Weekly Newsletter  July 28, 2016.      Authored by Carina Stanton The term “bully” is often used incorrectly to classify both bullies and those expressing incivility. Understanding the distinction between the two can help to put structure around communication and action in attempts to weed out bad behavior in perioperative nursing care, according to nursing Career Coach Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC. “The 10% of nurses who are true bullies have a personality defect,” Quinlan says. “Knowing the distinction is key to protecting your staff and deciding whether to develop a plan [...]

208, 2016

Top 8 Activities For Caregivers to Enjoy With Those They Care For: A Guest Post by Anna

August 2, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Being a caregiver means not only taking care for someone’s physical needs, but also communicating effectively with this person. No one wants to be sick and/or old and you need to cheer up the one you want to help. Since caregiving is not an easy task, here is a list of top activities which you should do as a caregiver. Thus, you will be able to make the life of the one you are caring for really better. Listen to music together This is something which does not require a physical effort and is great for the soul. [...]

3107, 2016

Dear Nurses Your are Appreciated: A Ballad by a Physician

July 31, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHwFuksUvYE Dear Nurses, Thank you. For doing what you do, and for doing it even when understaffed, exhausted, and set upon on all sides by the assembly line machinery of Healthcare 2.0. Thank you. For living up to the ancient Latin meaning of your chosen profession’s name, to nourish. Even when you yourselves go hungry on a shift with no breaks. Thank you. For standing up for those who are most vulnerable, even when you are so tired you can barely keep upright. You are a gift for which we doctors are eternally grateful. Even if we all-too-often are pretty terrible at [...]

2907, 2016

Thank you Alice: Nurse Makes History Retiring At 93-Years-Old After Working For 72 Years

July 29, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm72aVctQQI   Published on Jul 20, 2016 93-year-old Alice Graber has been patient her whole life. She just decided to finally retire after spending her entire career caring for others as a nurse.150 people came out to eat celebratory cake at her retirement party. Alice, born in Nebraska, landed her first job in 1944 after completing a 3-year nursing program. She married, had two kids and moved to South Dakota. She started working at an assisted living center in 1996. At retirement she was the oldest nurse in the state.

2707, 2016

6 Ways to Restore Your Nursing Resilience: An Interview with Phyllis

July 27, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Publish Date: July 20, 2016 in Periop Insider by AORN written by Carina Stanton Nursing in the twenty-first century requires a new set of tools to go the distance, according to nursing Career Coach Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC. “To have the vitality and resilience to practice nursing today, we need to pay attention so our insides match our outsides.” Quinlan says nurses need to realize that technical skills and knowledge are not enough to truly meet the needs of patients without their well of nursing compassion running dry. “We have done an excellent job of getting technical certifications, championing [...]

1507, 2016

A Brooklyn, New York LPN Takes a Stand for Social Justice

July 15, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  The now-iconic photo has since been hailed as a symbol for peaceful demonstrations against police brutality. It has also been likened to photos captured in past civil rights protests as well as one of the takeover in Tienanmen Square in China that captured a man staring down the tank. For Evans, the comparisons give a powerful sense of a purpose."It means that God has chosen to put me in a position to make a difference, make a change," Evans said. "It is more than me, it is more than myself. So here I am, I have a [...]

2506, 2016

5 Foods that Can Help You Manage Your Incontinence A Guest Post from Hartmann Direct

June 25, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , |

If you suffer from incontinence, you will understand how difficult it can be the manage the symptoms on a daily basis. It seems like you spend your day planning every toilet visit and making sure you have plenty of incontinence products to manage any accidental leaks of urine. The good news is that there are plenty of treatments and options for incontinence, from pelvic floor muscles exercises, bladder re-training, medication and the possibility of surgical intervention too. However, there are smaller changes that can have big impacts on incontinence, and that is the food and drink we consume. [...]

1406, 2016

5 Warning Signs of Bad Nursing Home Care A Guest Post by Samantha Stein

June 14, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    We live in very busy times where we are ruled by our own schedules. When this happens, we often have little time to care for our aging loved ones. Luckily, nursing homes are an option for many of us. When we cannot provide the care that our elderly relatives need, these facilities will fill in the gaps and make sure that they receive the assistance that they need. Nursing homes have always been a big part of our society. For years, we have placed our trust and our family’s well-being in their capable hands. These facilities [...]

306, 2016

The Profession of Nursing is Not a Sprint, It is a Marathon

June 3, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

the best vision is insight phrase on a vintage slate blackboard   Understand the Emotional Intelligence need to stay connected to the joy of your nursing practice. It takes: The ability to adapt The ability to make ans sustain relationships The ability to be resilient   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg6XboIJLSQ     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPtKt94woQQ   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgru2Af-afI   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6zp0z9k3tw

3005, 2016

5 Products to Help An Elder Stay at Home Rather than Move to a Aged Care Facility A Guest Post by Andy Caton

May 30, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  For many elderly people, the thought of moving out of their beloved house and into an aged care facility or retirement home is repellent. Not only do elderly people want to remain in homes in which they may have lived for decades and which are full of memories, they also want to retain a sense of independence. Yet it's painful for family members to see elderly loved ones shrugging off the idea of an aged care facility and staunchly insisting they can manage fine, when it's plainly obvious they are struggling to manage tasks within the home. [...]

2205, 2016

Video Tribute: It’s A Nurse

May 22, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Please remember that The Universe only asked a very special few to dedicate their lives in the service of caring for other...and you said Yes.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64EiIXiMQxk   Healthcare professionals across the country give of themselves every day. They are dedicated to serving you—our neighbors, friends and family. Their goal is to provide those in need with courteous and compassionate care. Patients and their family members often send us letters expressing the impact we have made on their lives. A mother recently wrote a letter to Health First nurses that humbled us like no other. We were [...]

2105, 2016

SINGING NURSE RAISES THE SPIRITS OF HER PATIENTS ON STATEN ISLAND GUEST POST BY STACEY SAGER EYE WITNESS NEWS

May 21, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Self-Empathy word cloud on a white background. http://abc7ny.com/health/singing-nurse-raises-the-spirits-of-her-patients-on-staten-island/1335466/   One nurse is using her talent to bring out smiles and make connections with her patients. Whether it's Elvis or Italian, 33-year-old Kathleen Sarnes is nursing her patients back to health one note at a time. "She diverts your attention and before you know it, everything is done," said Tom Delfino, a patient. But it's far more than hand holding, she is every bit the registered nurse at Northwell Health's Staten Island University Hospital. It's just that nurse Kathleen is good for both body and soul. "I [...]

2105, 2016

Veterans Benefits: Paying for Senior Care Guest Post by Jeff Anderson Originally Post in Senior Living Blog

May 21, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  Are you a senior veteran or an immediate family member of a veteran? Do you know about the veterans benefits you or a loved one have earned? Learn about the top secrets to paying for senior care. A Place for Mom has helped guide more than 410,000 veterans in their searches for senior housing and senior care. Part of this assistance involves making veterans and their families aware of VA benefits that they have earned but may not know about. Learn more about benefits like Aid and Attendance, which can provide substantial assistance to veterans who require care but [...]

1705, 2016

Thinking About Retirement: Looking Forward to Life Beyond the OR?

May 17, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A large number of perioperative nurses are nearing the end of their career and are looking forward to life after retirement, where they can focus on family and *gasp* themselves. If you are a nurse who is 55 or older, and are beginning to think about retirement, you should ask yourself a few initial questions to see if you’re ready and how you should prepare for the transition, according to Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC, a practicing nurse and professional coach known to the nursing community as Dr. Phyllis. Are you financially ready? Think about how much money you [...]

1405, 2016

Caring Is a Delicate Balance: Cohen Children’s Medical Center is Now a Magnet Facility

May 14, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  On April 27, 2016, the Cohen Children's Medical Center got the call that their Magnet Journey was now over. CCMC has officially attained Magnet Status as awarded by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center. Congratulations! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re1Gaq2DiAY&feature=youtu.be

705, 2016

Ellen DeGeneres Celebrates Nurses and Says Thank You To Nurse Kelley Johnson, RN

May 7, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Miss America 2016 - While other contestants sang, danced or played instruments for the talent competition on the second night of preliminaries in Atlantic City, Kelley Johnson, Miss Colorado, delivered a unique monologue about experience as a nurse.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYoCW1DQWQE   Listen To Kelly Johnson share that Ellen is able to be funny without offending anyone... Miss Colorado had so many nice things to say about Ellen during the Miss America pageant, it only seemed fair to let her elaborate in person! Ellen and her friends at Shutterfly happened to have something nice for her too. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R123lqKBBOU&w=560&h=315]

605, 2016

Caring Is A Delicate Balance: Creating Caregiving Circles with The Share the Care Organization

May 6, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The Mission of Share the Care is to improve the quality of life for anyone who needs support and to reduce the stress, depression, isolation and economic hardship of their caregivers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61CcOCQBQYw&feature=youtu.be

2404, 2016

7 Ways to Voice Criticism Without Being Negative A Guest Post by Anna Johansson

April 24, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing, Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Multiethnic Group of People with Feedback Concept Criticism is sometimes treated as a dirty word, but think about two indisputable facts about our lives: nothing is perfect, and the only way to improve something is to find and correct its flaws. Knowing this, we can infer that everything should be open to criticism, and that criticism is necessary if we ever want to improve anything. It may not be fun, to give or receive, but if you want to make things better in your career, your relationships, and your life in general, you have to fight against [...]

1104, 2016

Cover Story: Bullying in the Workplace A Guest Post by Don Sandler

April 11, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The topic of bullying has gotten a lot of attention in recent years as the negative effects of the bullying suffered by children have become more apparent. Children are being encouraged to report bullies and stand up for friends who are bullied. Unfortunately, children aren’t the only ones who are suffering at the hands of bullies. Bullying has long been an under-the-radar problem in the OR, but it is starting to attract more attention in the health care industry. It’s going to take courageous souls willing to speak up and courageous hospital leadership that’s willing to implement regulations [...]

904, 2016

4 Tips to Ensure That You Fuel Your Caring Nature From a Full Heart and Not Fumes

April 9, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing, Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dearest Caregiver Acknowledge and Respect Your Compassion Nature Most people have the capacity to feel empathy for another person when there is a tragedy such as a plane crash or mass shooting. Some people have the capacity to rise to the occasion and offer a helping hand to someone in need. However, very few people have the ability to mobilize their compassion into the action we call caregiving. The uncommon ability to be a caregiver is the highest form of generosity. It is a gift and it needs to be honored for the gift that it is. This [...]

3103, 2016

An Antidote to Incivility A Guest Post by Christine Porath

March 31, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Resilience sign with a road background   When I was 22, I scored what I thought was my dream job. I moved from the snowy Midwest to sunny Florida with a group of fellow former college athletes to help a global athletic brand launch a sports academy. But within two years I and many of my peers had left our jobs. We had fallen victim to a work culture rife with bullying, rudeness, and other incivility that was set by a dictatorial head of the organization and had trickled down through the ranks. Employees were at [...]

2003, 2016

When the Nurse Becomes the Patient

March 20, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Published on Mar 20, 2016 Lynn Bartos has been a nurse at the Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for the past 44 years. However, after developing an illness, she became a patient in the hospital, and is being treated by a former patient. Steve Hartman has more. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYsMfA4Wx2A&w=560&h=315]

2003, 2016

March 20th: Happy International Day of Happiness

March 20, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Background Speaking at the High Level Meeting on "Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm" convened during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that the world “needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define gross global happiness. The meeting was convened at an initiative of Bhutan, a country which recognized the supremacy of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross [...]

2003, 2016

Pennsylvania Nurse Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

March 20, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published on Oct 5, 2014 Sometimes in the darkest of hours, exactly the right person to deal with our hardship just happens to appear. Steve Hartman meets a Pennsylvania woman who - soon after being diagnosed with cancer - claims to have seen an angel.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2K-RuWSCNw&w=560&h=315]

1903, 2016

7 Best Traits All Authentic Leaders Have in Common A Guest Post by Adrienne Partridge

March 19, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  You have most likely heard the word authentic used in conjunction with leadership. Is authentic leadership just a buzz phrase or something you should actually care about as you continue to develop yourself as a leader? It is definitely something you should care about and here's why: Authentic leadership is genuine leadership. Business growth is more apt to come about with authentic leadership because it is transparent and promotes a growth mindset instead of fixed mindset, while authenticity instills a work culture of personal growth, accountability, and innovation. Here are seven characteristics that all authentic leaders share: #1: You know who you are and [...]

1303, 2016

18 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence A Guest Post by Travis Bradberry

March 13, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Diagram of emotional intelligence   When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: People with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly-held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success. Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that we know 90 percent of top performers have high emotional [...]

1203, 2016

When Being the Caregiver Is Not an Option

March 12, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Self-Empathy word cloud on a white background.   According to The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, there are 66 million unpaid adult family caregivers (29% of the adult population in the US) providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. While the number of male caregivers is steadily growing, female caregivers still outnumber their male counterparts two to one. As the age of the population in the US increases, so is the mean age of caregivers.  In 2012, female family caregivers, on average, were 48 years old and lived alone. They rendered approximately [...]

1103, 2016

The Fearless Caregiver Manifesto A Guest Post by Gary Barg

March 11, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I will fearlessly assess my personal strengths and weaknesses, work diligently to bolster my weaknesses and to graciously recognize my strengths. I will fearlessly make my voice be heard with regard to my loved ones care and be a strong ally to those professional caregivers committed to caring for my loved one and a fearless shield against those not committed to caring for my loved one. I will fearlessly not sign or approve anything I do not understand, and will steadfastedly request the information I need until I am satisfied with the explanations. I will fearlessly ensure that [...]

903, 2016

NEW DVD: Sustaining the Joy in Being a Professional Caregiver

March 9, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    I am so very happy to announce that my lecture entitled: Sustaining the Joy of Being a Professional Caregiver is now available on DVD. You can learn more by going to my website https://mfwconsultants.wpengine.com/ and clicking on the SHOP Tab

403, 2016

Incivility & Bullying Within the Profession of Nursing: Is Peace In Our Time Possible?

March 4, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

wooden numbers forming the number 2016 and a heart-shaped chalkboard with some wishes for the new year, such as peace, love and happiness, on a rustic wooden surface   I find it frustrating to acknowledge that despite all the work of recent years to implement initiatives aimed at creating healthy and safe workplace environments, that lateral and horizontal hostility still remains within the nursing profession. I think we all hoped that when the idea of Zero Tolerance bloomed into an actual Human Resource policy the darkest days were behind us. Disappointingly, this is not what I [...]

303, 2016

Why Diversity Matters In Nursing Campaign 2016

March 3, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8oMmlxGmVc&w=560&h=315] JOIN THE CONVERSATION http://www.fornursesbynurses.org/ 

203, 2016

3 Habits of Remarkably Focused People A Guest Post by Danny Iny

March 2, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hand writing Time to Reinvent Yourself with white chalk on blackboard.   The ability to focus is a game-changer. The more laser-focused you are, the more you can get done, and the better the quality of your work will be. We all have the same 24 hours every day, but those who are focused squeeze more meaningful work out of their day than the rest of us. Focus matters even more for CEOs and other leaders. Daniel Goleman says, in Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, that leaders need to be able to direct the attention and efforts of their [...]

2802, 2016

Caring Is A Delicate Balance: Let’s Talk About Advanced Illness Management

February 28, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to my Vlog, Caring Is A Delicate Balance. This Vlog is dedicated to informing professional and family caregivers, raising their awareness for the need for good self-care and celebrating the compassion and generous natures of these caregivers. https://youtu.be/SXRDGzGyKf8

2102, 2016

Want to Be a Highly Respected Boss? 20 Things to Do Every Day Guest Post by Bill Murphy Jr.

February 21, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Multiethnic Group of Hands Holding Motivate   Think about the best boss you've ever had. Maybe you're fortunate, and we're talking about the person you call your boss today. Maybe it's someone you recall fondly from years ago. Regardless of who this person is, I'm confident I can describe him or her. That's because highly respected bosses often have a lot in common with one another. Here are 20 of the key things they do almost every day. 1. They share their vision. The most important thing a leader can do is provide his or her team with a goal that [...]

902, 2016

13 Unprofessional Behaviors Real Leaders Should Eliminate A Guest Post by the Young Entrepreneur Council Originally Printed in Inc.

February 9, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

With the stress of running a business while simultaneously keeping up with your clients and team, you may fall victim to some less-than-professional behaviors in response to the constant demands on your time. But luckily, there is a way to bounce back. Thirteen entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share the worst faux pas they've committed while in a position of leadership, as well as their best advice for rebounding from these sticky situations. 1. Not listening. In the earliest stages of building a company, it's often easily to lose sight of what constituents (employees, vendors, clients, partners) [...]

902, 2016

12 Signs of Emotional Maturity A Guest Post by Carthage Buckley

February 9, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Diagram of emotional intelligence   Emotional maturity refers to your ability to understand, and manage, your emotions. Emotional maturity enables you to create the life you desire. A life filled with happiness and fulfilment. You define success in your own terms, not society’s, and you strive to achieve it. Your emotional maturity is observed through your thoughts and behaviours. When you are faced with a difficult situation, your level of emotional maturity is one of the biggest factors in determining your ability to cope. 12 Signs of emotional maturity Each person has a different level of [...]

302, 2016

Quit Playing Games and Choose the Simple Option A Guest Post by Carthage Buckley

February 3, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Healer's outstretched open hand surrounded by random wise healing words on a rustic stone effect background   Unhappiness comes from a set of beliefs that we learn and perpetuate. Therefore; isn’t it logical to you that we can become happier by challenging and changing those beliefs? We can make some basic decisions and implement them on a daily basis. At some point, we can even replace the old thinking with new thinking so that choosing the option for happiness becomes automatic. There will always be new challenges to our thinking, but we can meet those challenges [...]

2901, 2016

6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership A Guest Post by Andrew Newberg M.D.

January 29, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When you use compassionate communication in your conversations, something quite surprising occurs: both your brain and the brain of the person you're talking to begin to align themselves with each other. This special bond is a phenomenon referred to as "neural resonance," and in this enhanced state of mutual attunement, two people can accomplish remarkable things together. Why? Because it eliminates the natural defensiveness that normally exists when people casually converse. The capacity to deeply relate to others is a key to all forms of relational success—at work and at home. If you find yourself in the position [...]

2801, 2016

7 Habits of Highly Resilient Women A Guest Post by Zaheen Nanji

January 28, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing, Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Resilience sign with a road background In 2011, George S. Everly, executive director of Resiliency Sciences Institutes at the University of Maryland, was asked, “What’s the difference between those who choose to sink or swim in times of adversity?” He stated two factors: a) A lack of perspective stemming from inadequate preparation and tenacity. b) A negative attitude He further explained that resilience can be taught and self-esteem can be earned through personal accomplishment in the face of a challenge. Resilient women are not brought down by challenges or setbacks; instead they thrive on them because it [...]

2401, 2016

Caring Is A Delicate Balance: A New Year’s Resolution…Inviting Sleep

January 24, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture, Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Welcome to my Vlog, Caring Is A Delicate Balance. This Vlog is dedicated to informing professional and family caregivers, raising their awareness for the need for good self-care and celebrating the compassion and generous natures of these caregivers.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CADyAnpaPn0&w=560&h=315] CLICK HERE to go to Phyllis' YouTube Channel

2201, 2016

EQ in the Workplace: A Positive Antidote to Bad Behavior A Guest Post by Lisa Aldisert

January 22, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Most of us have experienced incivility in the workplace. Inappropriate behavior toward coworkers typically stems from a variety of factors: increased workloads resulting in stress and fear, inflated self-importance, the desire to win at all costs, and insensitivity to the needs of others. But what it all boils down to is a lack of respect for colleagues. Many of my executive-coaching assignments have been triggered because talented professionals simply treated their coworkers badly. The worst part is that these managers weren’t even aware of how inappropriate their actions were. The good news is that a hopeful countertrend [...]

1801, 2016

5 New Year’s Practices for Women to Experience More Presence, Passion & Joy A Guest Post by Devaa Haley Mitchell

January 18, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The holidays can often be an overwhelming time... especially for women.   However, if we look beyond the frenetic buzz, there’s often a desire to replenish ourselves and create a fresh chapter in the new year. We have the chance to start anew — with 12 months ahead to create and explore so many opportunities. Some of us are focused on new work and creative projects while others are focused on family matters. Some are planning adventures to exotic lands while others are volunteering at local organizations. And some of us want to call in a new [...]

1501, 2016

10 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence A Guest Post by John Rampton

January 15, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have an unlimited amount of success in both their personal and professional lives? It could be because they possess high emotional intelligence. According to Psychology Today, "Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others." This usually involves: emotional awareness, which includes the ability to identify your own emotions as well as those of others; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks such as problem solving; the ability to manage your emotions, such as being able to [...]

1101, 2016

9 Success-Killing Decisions Exceptional People Refuse to Make A Guest Post by Jeff Haden

January 11, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Perspective always clears away the fog. When we look forward, the path seems uncertain and the future unpredictable. When we look back, all the dots seem to connect. The key is to never be forced to look back and regret certain decisions -- and that means standing strong in the face of challenges, adversity, and stress. Here are nine decisions that successful people refuse to make. 1. Choosing to give in to fear. Being brave doesn't mean you aren't afraid -- in fact, the opposite is true. Courage without thought or meaning is simply recklessness. Brave people [...]

801, 2016

Caregiver Fatigue & Emotional Fatigue To deal With It: You Need to Recognize It A Guest Post By Eileen Beal, MA

January 8, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, says there are four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. There should be a fifth on the list: Those who don’t realize they have begun the caregiver journey – and their ranks are growing daily. “They are helping Mom balance her checkbook, phoning Dad every morning to make sure he takes his cholesterol-lowering, diabetes, and arthritis medications, picking up groceries for a disabled neighbor [...]

801, 2016

BBC South Primary School Introduces Meditation Classes Into Program

January 8, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hundreds of primary school children in Berkshire have had meditation classes introduced into their timetables. As Nikki Mitchell reports, the 'mindfulness' teaching aims to help them manage their own behavior and anxieties, and improve their concentration   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9x_NBxQdAY&w=560&h=315]

701, 2016

Fire Up Your Energy Chakras for the New Year

January 7, 2016|Categories: Creating A Happy & Inspiring Workplace Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Healer's outstretched open hand surrounded by random wise healing words on a rustic stone effect background   By Phyllis S. Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC Originally Posted on December 21, 2015 by Christine Crosby in Grandparent News  Fire up your energy chakras to rebalance your energy and feel more alive.   As someone who counsels caregivers, I’ve found that many suffer energy deficits that I can “see” in their aura. Everyone has an aura, an enveloping, protective field of electromagnetic particles that can extend from a few inches to as far as several yards beyond our physical body. [...]

601, 2016

5 Things Mentally Tough People Do Every Day A Guest Post by Jessica Stillman

January 6, 2016|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Resilience sign with a road background   Grit, science says, is more important than innate ability when it comes to achieving success. Maybe that's why a post I wrote back in October listing psychotherapist Amy Morin's habits to break if you want to be exceptionally mentally tough seemed to strike a chord with so many readers. A follow-up piece with advice from Morin on how to tell if you have above average levels of grit was equally popular. Mental toughness, it seems, is something nearly everyone would like to have -- and which many of us [...]

201, 2016

Caring Is A Delicate Balance: 2016 Resolution…Inviting Sleep

January 2, 2016|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Welcome to my Vlog, Caring Is A Delicate Balance This Vlog is dedicated to informing professional and family caregivers, raising their awareness for the need for good self-care and celebrating the compassion and generous natures of these caregivers.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CADyAnpaPn0&w=560&h=315]

3112, 2015

Sincere Good Wishes to All Professional and Family Caregiver Much Love & Blessings Phyllis

December 31, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    happy new year 2016 golden text in lights glitter background

2812, 2015

12 Things You Need to Really Get Rid of in the Next 12 Month A Guest Post by Lolly Daskal

December 28, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hand writing Time to Reinvent Yourself with white chalk on blackboard.   In 12 months you can be a more successful, more productive, more effective leader. You just have to get rid of these 12 bad habits Changing a habit, especially a bad one, is among the most powerful forces you can employ to make your life and business better. Here are 12 habits many of us repeatedly struggle with. If you recognize yourself in any of these, you really need to get rid of them--and this time next year, you could be free of the consequences [...]

2112, 2015

Congratulations Nurses on Being Named Most Honest & Ethical Profession by Gallup for the 14th Year in a Row!

December 21, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Congratulations Nurses on Being Named Most Honest & Ethical Profession by Gallup for the 14th Year in a Row!

2112, 2015

8 Keys to Building Resiliency in Life and Business A Guest Post by Chantal Bechervaise

December 21, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Resilience sign with a road background   Why do some people bounce back from adversity and misfortune while others fall apart? How can some companies and businesses keep up with changes or setbacks, while others have difficulty managing? Resilience is not only a person’s or organization’s ability to bounce back, but it is also about growing and thriving during adversity, challenge and change. These eight keys provide answers on how resilient individuals bounce back in life and business. Emotional Resilience The first step to building resilience is understanding how to manage your emotions and release yourself [...]

2012, 2015

New Book: Rediscover the Joy of Being a Nurse

December 20, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Purchase your hard copy at https://mfwconsultants.wpengine.com/shop/ or Kindle Version at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B017YO0Y50 

1812, 2015

6 Money Strategies for the Sandwich Generation A Guest Post by Kimberly Palmer

December 18, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  When her father was diagnosed with a respiratory disease about seven years ago, Joy Frank-Collins juggled work and parenting demands to maximize the time she spent by his side. Frank-Collins, a 41-year-old who heads her own communications firm in Marietta, Ohio, also coordinated with her siblings to pay for expenses that weren't covered by insurance. "If you know your parents will need your help, you have to think, 'What can I set aside to provide the necessary support for my parents?'" she says. After a long fight with his illness, her father died at age 75 in January. As a [...]

1512, 2015

9 Tips for Dealing with Passive Aggressive Behavior A Guest Post by Carthage Buckley

December 15, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Passive aggressive behavior is a common problem in communication. We are accustomed to dealing with aggressive people. They are not very difficult to deal with, once you have some experience, because they are expressing their feelings and so, you know what the issue is, which allows you to deal with. Passive people tend to keep their problems to themselves but with a little skill and some gentle coaxing, you can get them to open up and tell you what the problem is. Again, once you know what the problem is, you can set about dealing with it. [...]

1312, 2015

To Be a Success You Have To Stop Making THESE 8 Mistakes A Guest Post by Lea Bullen

December 13, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hand writing Time to Reinvent Yourself with white chalk on blackboard.   I know it sounds crazy. How could you be blocking your own success, you want it more than anything. You’re always thinking about how you want things to be, how you feel they should be by now, but somehow they’re not. And it doesn’t seem like you’re getting any closer. It’s like running on a treadmill. You’ve been doing it for hours, you’re sweating profusely, and the machine even says you’ve covered a number of miles but you’re still in the same place. You [...]

1212, 2015

How You Can Make Your Life Exceptional A Guest Post by Mike Rodriguez

December 12, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Life can seem like an endless void of living an average, basic life at times, making it difficult to be enthusiastic about living. Mike Rodriguez wants to teach you how to change this. He wants you to be able to live an exceptional life, teaching that “you are where you and what you are because of what has gone into your mind.” Following this line of reasoning, it would be logical to conclude “you can change where you are and you can change what you are by changing what goes into your mind.” Rodriguez believes this is [...]

1012, 2015

How to Catch a Professional Bully Nurse A Guest Post by Dr. Renee Thompson

December 10, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Stethoscope and broken heart concept for heart disease or illness   Peg is a legend. Not because of how great she is. Peg is a legend because of how HORRIFIC she is! Peg is a bully and everyone knows it. Her stories are legendary and are told by her victims around the campfires of the 21st century – Starbucks and wine bars. Peg befriends new nurses until she gains their trust and then she stands back and watches them drown. Peg deliberating withholds important details (like the patient needs to lie flat for 4 hours) when [...]

1012, 2015

7 Personality Traits of a Great Leader A Guest Post by Jim Rohn

December 10, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the gifts, skills and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as a parent.  What’s important in leadership is refining your skills. All great leaders keep working on themselves until they become effective. Here’s how: 1. Learn to be strong but not impolite. It is an extra step you must take to become a powerful, capable leader with a wide range of reach. Some people mistake rudeness [...]

812, 2015

FNN: Jon Stewart is Fighting for 9/11 Healthcare for First Responders

December 8, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Respect Ethics Honest Integrity Signpost Meaning Good Qualities   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUcLynPE0-s&w=560&h=315] Published on Dec 7, 2015 December 7th, 2015 Jon Stewart made a pretty huge return to The Daily Show tonight to lobby on behalf of 9/11 first responders for a health care bill being held up in Congress.December 7th, 2015 READ MORE: http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2015/12/03/9-11-first-responders-fight-for-extension-of-health-care

612, 2015

14 Easy Ways to Get Insanely Motivated A Guest Post by Geoffrey James

December 6, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

These simple strategies can keep you energized both on and off the job. Here’s a column that I guarantee will make you more more successful in both your professional and personal lives.   Here are 14 quick strategies to get and keep yourself motivated: 1. Condition your mind. Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts. 2. Condition your body. It takes physical energy to take action.  Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan. 3. Avoid negative people. They drain your energy and waste your time, so hanging [...]

412, 2015

9 Phrases That Will Sabotage Your Confidence A Guest Post by Lolly Daskal

December 4, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

the best vision is insight phrase on a vintage slate blackboard   Confidence is crucial. If yours is in short supply, maybe it's time to change the things you're saying. Are any of these confidence-killing phrases familiar?   Confidence comes easily to some--but for most of us, it involves some degree of struggle at least once in a while. When you're not feeling confident, your mind goes in directions that will feed that uncertainty if left alone. These phrases are signs pointing toward those bad directions. If any of these sound like something you can hear [...]

312, 2015

Ultra Successful People Know These Two Career Secrets A Guest Post by Dawn Rasmussen

December 3, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Multiethnic Group of Hands Holding Motivate   There are a lot of theories and formulas out there that tell you how to plan and execute a successful career. But if you talk to the real achievers, those who have dramatically increased their professional standings and earnings, there are two – that is all, exactly two – career secrets that ultra successful people know help them get ahead. Remember these tips, and think about how you can implement them to advance your own goals: You Are Solely Responsible for Your Professional Metrics Only you know, at the micro-level, [...]

312, 2015

PERIOP INSIDER: THE ONE KEY TO TRUE SUCCESS

December 3, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

                                                                                                                                              Are you getting caught up in the metrics of your job? If so, you could be focusing too much on the doing and not enough on the [...]

212, 2015

The Heart and Stethoscope Necklace from Heart a Nurse: Created to Support Nurses Everywhere

December 2, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Created to Support Nurses Everywhere   <iframe width="480" height="360" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15332657/the-heart- We are excited to bring you our first product, the Heart and Stethoscope necklace. As co-founders of this socially conscious brand, we need your help to make our first product available and launch the charitable aspect of our brand. The first objective of Heart a Nurse is to increase awareness and support of the nursing profession. We’ve made this clear by exhibiting two things that nurses use most, their heart and their stethoscope. The second intent of our brand is to assist the vulnerable populations that nurses care [...]

212, 2015

Something to Consider: 21 Differences Between A Winner’s and Loser’s Mentality A Guest Post by Gabriel Rocheleau

December 2, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Some people view life in a way that guarantees them perpetual failure while others seem to constantly draw success in their lives. What is it that sets these people apart? If you observe successful people, you’ll notice that they see life highly differently that people who aren’t. Without further ado, here are my top 21 differences between winners and losers! Winners focus on solutions – Losers focus on problems Winners are confident – Losers self doubt Winners take responsibility – Losers blame the external world Winners dream in the day – Losers dream in bed Winners work [...]

3011, 2015

Enjoy a Moment of Stillness: Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation

November 30, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Meditation & Relaxation Video with Tibetan Singing Bowls. Master percussionist Emile de Leon of Temple Sounds playing one of the largest and highest quality Antique Tibetan Singing Bowl collections in the world. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cHds_l_c3g&w=560&h=315]

2911, 2015

What Physicians Call Burnout, Others Call PTSD A Guest Post by Edwin Leap, MD

November 29, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Stethoscope and broken heart concept for heart disease or illness   “Gunshot wound to chest, pulseless, 20 minute ETA.” When that’s the EMS report, it gets your attention.  Despite the wonderful theatrics of modern medical shows, and the best efforts of real-world, sweat-drenched paramedics, those of us who have done this long enough can translate that report.  For the layperson it means:  “Dead.” I saw that last week. And the week before I saw another tragic, unexpected death in a man not much older than me. Twice I walked into a small room, looked into someone’s [...]

2911, 2015

8 Success Lessons Richard Branson Didn’t Learn in Business School A Guest Post by Lolly Daskal

November 29, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Resilience sign with a road background   Success comes in many forms. For Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, the path to success was not the conventional one. He went on to build eight separate billion-dollar companies in eight different industries, but business school was difficult--especially because he suffered from an acute combination of dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. He says, "Had I pursued my education long enough to learn all the conventional dos and don'ts of starting a business, I often wonder how different my life and career might have been." The success [...]

2911, 2015

Causes of Conflict Between Siblings Caring for Elderly Parents A Guest Post by Jeff Anderson

November 29, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Respect Ethics Honest Integrity Signpost Meaning Good Qualities   Family dynamics are infinitely complex, but two underlying themes run through most sibling disputes about their parent’s care: injustice and inheritance. 1. Injustice When one sibling shoulders a disproportionate burden of Mom or Dad’s care, that sense of unfairness can foster resentment. Often, by virtue of distance, the siblings who live further away are “off the hook” when it comes to caring for an aging parent, while the nearest siblings are obliged to take on a caregiving role. When the caregiving sibling asks for help from other [...]

2511, 2015

8 Powerful Questions We Should Ask Ourselves A Guest Post by Alex Myles

November 25, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud [...]

2411, 2015

Violence in the Emergency Department is on the Rise: We Need a Better Plan for the Emergency Treatment of the Mentally Challenged

November 24, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

ER Nurse Recounts Being ‘Slapped, Pinched, Spat On’ By Patients   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEh64gjRw2U&w=560&h=315] LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — As an emergency room nurse, Elizabeth Hawkins has seen it all. “I have been slapped, pinched, spat on,” said Hawkins. “I want to make sure that I’m coming home to my family every night. That the other nurses go home to their family.” In 2013, Hawkins suffered a concussion and severe injuries when she was attacked by a mentally ill patient. “It took four grown men to hold him down,” she said. Hawkins didn’t return to work for three months. The patient [...]

2411, 2015

7 Ways to Stay Strong When Everything Goes Wrong A Guest Post by Marc Chernoff

November 24, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Healer's outstretched open hand surrounded by random wise healing words on a rustic stone effect background   When life is “falling apart,” it could actually be falling together… for the very first time.  Which is why it feels so darn uncomfortable.  Consider that what’s in front of you may be serving you in valuable ways you don’t even understand right now. “Today, on my 47th birthday, I re-read the suicide letter I wrote on my 27th birthday about two minutes before my girlfriend showed up at my apartment and told me, ‘I’m pregnant.’  She was honestly [...]

2211, 2015

A Geriatric Psychologist’s Perspective on Aging Parents: 5 Steps to Take When You Are Home for the Holidays A Guest Post by Dr. Melissa Henston, Geriatric Psychologist

November 22, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Going home for the holidays brings many visions to mind. From a crisp climate and festive music to comfort food and conversations by the fireplace - spending quality time with loved ones for the holidays is usually something you look forward to. But when you have aging parents or loved ones, going home for the holidays can sometimes signify a rather different, and at times, stressful experience. You may already have an inkling that Mom, Dad or a favorite aunt or uncle is having trouble with everyday life, but sometimes seeing changes in family members after months [...]

2211, 2015

7 Strategies for Dealing With Negative People A guest Post by Jacqueline Whitmore

November 22, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  We’ve all experienced the side effects of a negative friend, colleague or co-worker. Perhaps you work with someone who complains endlessly about his job but never offers any solutions. Or, a good friend speaks unfavorably about others in your circle and creates drama. These negative people are markedly pessimistic and will exhaust anyone. Destructive energy and drama follow them everywhere. If you’re not careful, they can pull you into their chaos -- disrupting your focus and sidelining your goals. Use these seven strategies to better deal with negative people in your life. 1. Set boundaries. Don’t feel pressured [...]

2211, 2015

13 Habits of Exceptionally Likable People A Guest Post by Travis Bradberry

November 22, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

business strategy concept infographic diagram illustration of emotional intelligence components   Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ). In a study conducted at UCLA, subjects rated over 500 adjectives based on their perceived significance to likeability. The top-rated adjectives had nothing to do with being gregarious, intelligent, [...]

1911, 2015

12 Signs of Emotional Maturity A Guest Post by Carthage Buckley

November 19, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Emotional maturity refers to your ability to understand, and manage, your emotions. Emotional maturity enables you to create the life you desire. A life filled with happiness and fulfilment. You define success in your own terms, not society’s, and you strive to achieve it. Your emotional maturity is observed through your thoughts and behaviours. When you are faced with a difficult situation, your level of emotional maturity is one of the biggest factors in determining your ability to cope. 12 Signs of Emotional Maturity Each person has a different level of emotional maturity. It is something which [...]

1711, 2015

The Delicate Balance: Embrace Your Fear

November 17, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Inspired by the ancient book of wisdom; The Tao Te Ching: Verse Thirty Five Hold the great image. All under heaven will come                                   They come without harm, in harmonious peace                                               Music and food, passing travelers stop                                             [...]

1711, 2015

NOVEMBER is National Family Caregiver Month 5 Ways + 1 You can Help a Caregiver this Month A Guest Post by Valerie Sobel

November 17, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers Day in and day out, 90 million family caregivers in the United States fulfill a vital role on their loved one's care team. No one else is in a better position to provide comfort and support, to advocate on behalf of the patient, and to ensure continuity of care. At the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation we are proud to celebrate the single parent caregivers and their families that we serve. In recognition of their vital role, we encourage [...]

1611, 2015

5 Ways We Give Away Our Power and How to Get It Back A Guest Post by Michele Knight

November 16, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

the best vision is insight phrase on a vintage slate blackboard   The life that you create is a reflection of the power that you are able to use. As you are already a part of the whole and a shard of the divine, you already have all the power you need – but we can give it away, often without meaning to. Becoming conscious about how we can give our power away means that we can make choices about how to hold on to it so that we can use it for better things. So [...]

1511, 2015

My Wife is a Nurse. My Wife is a Hero. A Guest Post by Bobby Wesson

November 15, 2015|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  My is wife taking a nap. In an hour she will wake up, put on her scrubs, and get ready for work. The tools and items she needs to perform her job will be gathered and checked meticulously - her hair and makeup will be done quickly. She will complain that she looks awful. I will disagree, emphatically, and get her a cup of coffee. She will sit on the couch with her legs crossed under her and try to drink it while happily playing with the toddler that's crawling all over her. She will occasionally stare [...]

1511, 2015

6 Ways Work Will Change In 2016 Guest Post by Jared Lindzon

November 15, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hand writing Time to Reinvent Yourself with white chalk on blackboard.   Most major workplace trends don’t evolve overnight, and if you know where to look, you can already witness their approach. Many of the trends that will come into focus in 2016 already exist today, but their significance is expected to grow and become mainstream in the year to come. While such trends used to be set by the world’s largest companies, today many are championed by the smallest. Freelancers and independent employees need to stay ahead of future needs to ensure they are up [...]

1411, 2015

Learning to Trust My Intuition: The Art of Self-Love A Guest Post by Mary Pritchard

November 14, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  I was asked to speak at an online women's retreat this past summer. As I love the host and her message and we've worked together before, I immediately said yes. She told me the topic of the series was trusting your intuition and asked me what I wanted to talk about. I responded immediately: self-love! She asked me, "What does trusting your intuition have to do with self-love?" My answer: Everything. Let me break it down for you. In my 20s and 30s, I struggled with endometriosis, infertility, osteopenia, and an eating disorder. All of this culminated [...]

1411, 2015

McAuliffe: Virginia is First State to ‘Effectively End’ Veteran Homelessness Guest Post by JOHN RAMSEY Richmond Times-Dispatch

November 14, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frr2kTCihvk&w=560&h=315] Virginia provided housing to 1,432 homeless veterans last year, more than double the 620 identified in January as part of an annual one-day count of the homeless. That qualifies Virginia as the first state in the country to effectively end veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. State and federal leaders acknowledge that the achievement, known technically as a “functional” end to homelessness, doesn’t mean that no veterans in the state are without shelter. But it’s still a tremendous achievement, they say, that the state now [...]

1311, 2015

Let Us All Pray for the City of Lights Tonight

November 13, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Please pray for the first-responders, nursing/medical staff, law enforcement and military personnel that are doing the Universe's work tonight.  May the Universe Bless the French Caregivers Tonight Pray for Peace On Earth

1211, 2015

3 Traits of Cultures that Motivate A Guest Post by Samuel Bacharach

November 12, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Multiethnic Group of Hands Holding Motivate   Entrepreneurial ventures are based on motivation. Leaders who cannot motivate others inevitably remain holed up in their caves with their great ideas. Motivation isn’t simply a question of extrinsic rewards--big bonuses, great salaries, and trips to Hawaii. While many people successfully use extrinsic rewards to build motivation during a period of growth, what happens when things get tough? How do you motivate when there is no bonus, or when you’re downsizing? This is when you need is commitment based on intrinsic rewards. What you need is a culture of [...]

1211, 2015

8 Types Of Coworkers Who Can Derail Your Productivity A Guest Post by Joshua Miller

November 12, 2015|Categories: Building A Healthy Work Environment In Nursing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether you work in an open space office environment or sit at a desk enclosed by the timeless (and design-less) grey and beige cubicle walls - one similarity exists...you work alongside other people. Nowadays companies are looking for more collaboration and interaction and it's up to you to focus and get your job done while avoiding certain types of distractions. Enter the disruptive and annoying coworker. Yes, you know whom if which I am speaking of. We have all endured them at one point in time along our career paths. Sure the movie industry has well documented certain [...]

1111, 2015

Hiring Home Care Providers for Your Loved Ones Doesn’t Have to Be a Dicey Process Guest Post by Ron Burg

November 11, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

      If you are looking to hire specialized care for your loved ones, it will partially depend on the sort of help you require, and partly on your location. For instance, someone who might be the perfect fit for providing travel or shopping assistance may not be the best choice for in-home or live-in care. However, there are some basic tips that you can follow to ensure that the time you spend interviewing the applicants, is time well spent. Interview Many Candidates, In Person – If you do not want to call the candidate to your residence, [...]

1011, 2015

Long Distance Caregiving: Assessing Needs A Guest Post by Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer for Caregiver.com

November 10, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  It is easy for most people to notice when a loved one is slipping, such as in their declining care in appearance, personal hygiene, home organization, etc. For the long-distance caregiver, these little hints suggesting a need for assistance are harder to detect. Many times a visit can be emotionally charged and consist only of spending the limited, quality time together. It is essential, however, for a long-distance caregiver to be practical and take care of the caregiving “business” while visiting, to establish support for after they’re gone. In this article, learn how to make the most [...]

1011, 2015

Why is Respite Care Beneficial? A Guest Post by Kim Linder, CSA Family & Professional Caregiver Coach

November 10, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

              Over the years I have received countless email updates from Jill Kagan Director of ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center based in Annandale, VA on how she and her organization are getting support from various political figures and national organizations. Her passion is to help family caregivers find the best and most accessible respite resources for you. Here's a note from one of her latest emails: 2015 Caregiving in the U.S. 2015    The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP released the 2015 Caregiver Survey results in June 2015. The survey [...]

811, 2015

10 Essential Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents A Guest Post by Jeff Anderson

November 8, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether an unexpected illness leads to a hospitalization or a fall requires rehabilitation at a nursing home, it’s vital that your parents have their essential legal documents in order so that you have a good picture of their state of affairs.   Are you prepared to handle difficult decisions on behalf of your aging parent? Do you know what legal planning you should have in place? You can’t predict when something might happen to your aging parent, so preparation will help in making legal and medical decisions for your loved one. Here are 10 questions to ask your [...]

811, 2015

New Book: Rediscover the Joy of Being A Nurse by Phyllis S. Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC

November 8, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Kindle Version Available at:  http://www.amazon.com/Rediscover-Joy-Being-Nurse-Compassion-ebook/dp/B015VFW1WS Printed Version Available at: https://mfwconsultants.wpengine.com/shop/

511, 2015

10 Behaviors You Never See in Successful People A Guest Post by Steve Tobak

November 5, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

the best vision is insight phrase on a vintage slate blackboard   When you spend decades working with executives and business leaders, you really can’t help but observe what works and doesn’t work over the long haul. One thing I’ve noticed, it’s not intrinsic characteristics or personal habits that determine whether you’re successful or not. It’s your behavior. What do I mean by “behavior?” How you react under long-term stress. Whether you meet your commitments or not. How you interact with others. Your attitude toward customers. How hard you’re willing to work to do the job [...]

411, 2015

Be a Leader, Not Just the Boss A Guest Post by Robert E. Moritz

November 4, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  I hesitated to take on this topic. I’m not a fan of the word “boss” and, more to the point, I’m not sure how relevant the idea of “being the boss” is as everything around us changes so quickly. I would argue that our world doesn’t need more bosses, but it certainly needs more leaders. My reaction probably has something to do with my profession. As a partner at PwC for 20 years, I’ve grown up in a culture of collaboration. It’s the nature of a partnership that we’re accountable to each other, to the partners who [...]

111, 2015

10 Signs You Have Exceptional Mental Strength A Guest Post by Jessica Stillman

November 1, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Just a few weeks ago here on Inc.com we published advice from psychotherapist Amy Morin laying out bad habits you needs to break if you want to achieve incredible mental strength. But what if you read the list and were inspired to give your brain a workout, axing unhelpful thought patterns from your life and boosting your resilience? Certainly, you'd want to be able to gauge how you were doing. Are you average when it comes to mental strength or has putting in some effort made you more resilient than most? In a follow-up piece on Business Insider, Morin [...]

111, 2015

Caring Is A Delicate Balance The Essential Skill: Focusing on Resilience not Endurance

November 1, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to my Vlog, Caring Is A Delicate Balance. This Vlog is dedicated to informing professional and family caregivers, raising their awareness for the need for good self-care and celebrating the compassion and generous natures of these caregivers.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6zp0z9k3tw&w=560&h=315]

2910, 2015

Video Post: A Special Celebration of the Life and Advocacy of Jessie Gruman, the Founder of the Center for Advancing Health

October 29, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For more than twenty years, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) had the privilege of adapting our friend and colleague, Jessie Gruman’s important work into the development of the cancer policy work that we engage in. Jessie’s vision of patient engagement was always ahead of its time, and her books and blogs and participation in numerous conversations in our community over the years contributed enormously to the evidence we now have about the engaged/empowered patient. The Jessie Gruman Award for Patient Engagement was established with a grant from the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH) to honor the [...]

2810, 2015

5 Visionary CEOs and Their Key Traits That Every Leader Should Master A Guest Post By Chuck Cohn

October 28, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Aspiring CEOs often view the work of visionary leaders such as Elon Musk and Alan Mulally and promptly place them on a pedestal. You may believe that the leaders you admire are smarter, luckier or more creative than you, but the traits that make them wildly successful can be honed over time. These characteristics have dictated how these leaders have responded in the face of adversity, maximized available resources and made the decisions that set them apart. Here are five CEOs I admire and the traits entrepreneurs can hone to duplicate their success. 1. Elon Musk: Relentless innovation Elon [...]

2710, 2015

Caring Is A Delicate Balance: Essential Skill: The Ability To Build and Sustain Relationships

October 27, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to my Vlog, Caring Is A Delicate Balance. This Vlog is dedicated to informing professional and family caregivers, raising their awareness for the need for good self-care and celebrating the compassion and generous natures of these caregivers. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgru2Af-afI&w=560&h=315]

2510, 2015

How to Find the Joy in Caregiving A Guest Post from Brenda Avadian, M.A. as Printed in U.S. News and World Report Health

October 25, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Resilience sign with a road background   To avoid 'caregiver dementia,' it's important to find joy amid the devastation and frustration   Elisa cared for her husband who lived with dementia. When she couldn’t care for him at home any longer, she arranged for him to live in the only Alzheimer's care facility in our community. My father eventually moved there too, and she and I became good friends after meeting at a caregiver support group session. We’d visit each other’s loved ones. This reduced the feeling of needing to be there all the time, and still [...]

2510, 2015

Caring is a Delicate Balance: Adaptability: The Things They Did Not Teach You In Nursing School

October 25, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to my Vlog, Caring Is A Delicate Balance.                                                                This Vlog is to be dedicated to informing professional and family caregivers, raising their awareness for the need for good                                                                             [...]

2210, 2015

Why a Positive Outlook is Important for Caregivers A Guest Post by Max Gottlieb

October 22, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  For many years, research has shown that a positive outlook directly benefits one’s health. Researchers have found that people who view things in a positive manner are able to better handle day-to-day stress. This sounds insignificant, but stress leads to ailments such as headaches, inflammation, obesity, and insomnia just to name a few. Research has found that positive thinkers handle stress so effectively that there are no lasting side effects after the occurrence of a stressful event. Regardless of whether or not a positive mental attitude is your natural state, working on keeping a positive outlook is [...]

2010, 2015

5 Ways Mentally Strong People Conquer Self-Doubt A Guest Post by Amy Morin, LCSW

October 20, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Don't let insecurity get in the way of your goals. Insecurity kills more dreams than lack of talent does. Believing things like "I'll never get promoted" or "I can't compete with the other businesses" will turn your self-doubt into a self-fulfilling prophecy. All of us experience self-doubt sometimes, no matter how confident we are. But, mentally strong people don't let self-doubt prevent them from reaching their goals. Here's how to keep self-doubt from holding you back. 1. Embrace a little self-doubt. Don't worry about a little self-doubt, because slight insecurity could actually bolster your performance. A 2010 study [...]

2010, 2015

An Unexpected Legacy: Art Therapy Breakthroughs in Engaging Persons Living with Dementia A Guest Post by Mara Botonis

October 20, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the story of Lester Potts, a man living with dementia who through an engaging art teacher realizes a gift for painting even though he had NEVER before picked up a paint brush in his life. So much of our thinking and actions during a typical day as caregivers of persons with dementia invariably gravitates to compensating for deficits.  We look for eroding skill sets and abilities in our loved ones like sailors search the sky for hints as to what the weather might bring us next.  We scrutinize the familiar face that has become our horizon [...]

1910, 2015

Caring is a Delicate Balance: The Profession of Nursing is Not a Sprint, It is a Marathon

October 19, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to my new Vlog, Caring Is A Delicate Balance                                                     This Vlog is to be dedicated to informing professional and family caregivers, raising their awareness for the need for good self-care and celebrating                                  the compassion and generous natures of caregivers.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg6XboIJLSQ&w=560&h=315]

1710, 2015

UK Nurse With Ebola Critically Ill Again A Guest Post by Tim Locke

October 17, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Oct. 14, 2015 — Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who survived the Ebola virus and was thought to have made a full recovery, is now critically ill, officials say. Cafferkey, 39, was discharged from the high-level isolation unit at London's Royal Free Hospital in January, but she's now back there receiving treatment for what doctors say is an "unusual late complication of her previous infection by the Ebola virus." She became ill last week, but her family says an after-hours doctor sent her home rather than referring her to a specialist for treatment. Cafferkey had gone back to [...]

1510, 2015

What is the Sandwich Generation? A Guest Post by Dana Larsen

October 15, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sandwich Generation Caregivers Even if you’ve never heard the phrase “sandwich generation,” chances are fairly good that if you’re reading this article, the term describes you. In the United States, from 1900-2000, life expectancy increased from 47-76 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since humans are living longer, the 21st century has produced a large population of older adults, creating a need for more caregivers. Family members, predominantly female family members, have provided the majority of care to their aging loved ones. Today, there is a generation of middle-aged adults, known as the Sandwich Generation, who [...]

1510, 2015

New Book: Rediscover the Joy of Being A Nurse by Phyllis S. Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC

October 15, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

From the author of The Delicate Balance A Mindful Approach for Self-Care for Professional and Family Caregivers Rediscover the Joy of Being a Nurse A Holistic Approach to Recovery From Compassion Fatigue  By Phyllis S. Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC I’ve conducted numerous coaching sessions both privately and at conferences around the country. I am struck by the number of seasoned nurses in true pain. Many no longer seem to have the same sense of mission or derive the same sense of satisfaction from rendering care as they once did. A growing apathy has steadily replaced their empathy and practicing nursing has become [...]

1310, 2015

The #1 Trait Women Need To Soar Is… A Guest Post by Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD

October 13, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  To master her external environment, a woman must first master one internal skill:  Courage.  It takes courage for a woman to push herself forward into a world that often feels unwelcoming (if not outright hostile). Without the support and encouragement of our sisters, few of us would carry on. While we strive to be more courageous, it’s also important to take time to bring our women friends together to celebrate our successes. Affirming our progress together encourages us to tap into our feminine skills, unlock our personal power and create a better world. Author and courage expert [...]

1110, 2015

Anger Management Tips and Techniques for Getting Anger Under Control: A Guest Post by Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Melinda Smith, M.A.

October 11, 2015|Categories: Overcoming Caregiver Fatigue|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The emotion of anger is neither good nor bad. It’s perfectly healthy and normal to feel angry when you’ve been mistreated or wronged. The feeling isn't the problem—it's what you do with it that makes a difference. Anger becomes a problem when it harms you or others. If you have a hot temper, you may feel like it's out of your hands and there's little you can do to tame the beast. But you have more control over your anger than you think. You can learn to express your emotions without hurting others—and when you do, you’ll not [...]

1110, 2015

Celebrate The Profession of Nursing: Join Me at the 2015 Association of Rehab Nurses (ARN) Convention in New Orleans

October 11, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Join Me at the 2015 Association of Rehab Nurses (ARN) Convention in New Orleans   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FQu700Wm7k&w=560&h=315] Published on Oct 7, 2015 Welcome to my Vlog, Caring Is A Delicate Balance. This Vlog is to be dedicated to informing professional and family caregivers, raising their awareness for the need for good self-care and celebrating the compassion and generous natures of caregivers. I invite you to SUBSCRIBE, leave a COMMENT and click the LIKE button Website: www.mfwconsultants.com Email: mfwconsultants@gmail.com Order my book: The Delicate Balance: A Mindful Approach to Self-Care for Professional and Family Caregivers athttps://mfwconsultants.wpengine.com/shop/ or the Kindle [...]

710, 2015

5 Ways to Avoid Addiction Relapse A Guest Post by K. Mitchell Naficy, M.D., FAAFP

October 7, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Relapse may occur as a consequence of some circumstance such as financial crisis, social influences, and marital issues or other losses or conflicts. Preventing addiction relapse or drug abuse relapse is possible with effort and support. Staying sober is the key to a happy and complete life. Inability to face hard situations Avoid places and situation that may trigger a desire for alcohol or drugs and can cause a relapse. Do not keep company with substance abusers. Avoiding visiting clubs or places where you may get an easy access to drugs. It is good to assure yourself that [...]

510, 2015

The Caregiver Bill of Rights Adapted from the book, CareGiving: Helping an Aging Loved One, by Jo Horne, published in 1985 by the American Association of Retired Persons

October 5, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Healer's outstretched open hand surrounded by random wise healing words on a rustic stone effect background   I have the right…to take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my relative. I have the right…to seek help from others even though my relatives may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength. I have the right…to maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she [...]

410, 2015

13 Dangers of Caregiver Denial A Guest Post by Dana Larsen

October 4, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Denial is a normal human emotion, especially with symptoms as heartbreaking as dementia or Alzheimer’s, as no one wants to confront the disease for which there is currently no cure. But there are risks to caregiver denial. Dangers that go along with caregiver denial are two-fold. Not only is your loved one at risk; but also you, the caregiver, is at risk. Learn more about the 13 dangers of caregiver denial and get some survival tips from acclaimed author and caregiver, Elizabeth Lonseth. Dangers of Caregiver Denial It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been through the [...]

310, 2015

Caregivers Run Towards the Fire: Forget Oregon’s Gunman, Remember the Hero Who Charged Straight at Him Guest Post by Michael Daly

October 3, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No amount of murder seems likely to result in gun control any time soon. So let’s do what we can to stop the lunacy—by reserving the limelight for the vet who rushed Thursday’s shooter. Forget the person who murdered ten innocents at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning. The one to remember is 30-year-old Chris Mintz, the student and Army vet who was shot at least five times while charging straight at the gunman in an effort to save others. Mintz did so on the sixth birthday of his son, Tyrik. “It’s my son’s birthday, it’s my son’s birthday,” he [...]

310, 2015

10 Tips To Self-Love A Guest Post by Sue Parry-Jones

October 3, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

1.    Always accept compliments Do you struggle with receiving compliments? Many of us do. I know that often if someone would tell me that something looked good on me, I would shrug and almost wave the compliment off, as if they were being ridiculous to suggest such a thing. All the while hoping it was true! What a twisted way of thinking? Really of course it speaks to the huge insecurity we frequently feel after being abused; the self-doubt and the sense that we and anyone else for that matter, could never really be satisfied with us. Learning [...]

110, 2015

13 Approval Seeking Behaviors You Need to Stop A Guest Post by Cartharge Buckley

October 1, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Approval is like a killer drug. It becomes addictive and you quickly develop a need for more. When you have a need for approval you value the beliefs, opinions and needs of others above your own. Their opinion of your is far more important to you than your own view of yourself. Receiving disapproval becomes a painful experience. Your entire decision making processes are eventually taken over by your need for the approval of others. You cannot take any decisive action without their approval. You sacrifice your own dreams and ambitions in order to have their approval.  [...]

3009, 2015

Celebrate the Profession of Nursing: Emotional Reunion for Nurse and Woman Badly Burned as Infant

September 30, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A photo taken in 1977 shows a nurse cradling a badly-burned infant, Amanda Scarpinati, at an Albany, New York, hospital. The patient recovered and spent years searching for her mystery caretaker. Scarpinati and nurse Sue Berger were reunited Tuesday. Michelle Miller reports. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBv2n5WN350&w=560&h=315]

2709, 2015

Dementia: What YOUR Local Police Department Needs to Know A Guest Post by by Mara Botonis of Caregivers Blog: Senior Care Support

September 27, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  An emergency call comes into dispatch from a grocery store manager that requests police assistance during a shoplifting incident in which a woman fills her purse with items from their shelves before attempting to leave without paying. A terrified mother and son dial 911 to report a home invasion in progress and hide in an upstairs closet until Law Enforcement responds moments later with guns drawn to find a confused senior insisting that the officers “get out” of his home. A frantic young female worker at a local donut shop reports a potential sexual predator engaged in indecent [...]

2709, 2015

All the Universe Want Is For Us To Care for One Another A Guest Post form HUMAN the Movie

September 27, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Pair of angel wings on heavenly blue background Born in 1933, Francine Christophe was deported with her mother at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Released the following year, she continues to share her experience and memories, particularly with the younger generations. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXGfngjmwLA&w=560&h=315]

2709, 2015

Teaching Patients and Their Caregiver: 4 Tips to Support Healthy Patient Partnerships with Health Literacy A Guest Post by Dr. Terri Ann Parnell

September 27, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Better health care for your patients involves much more than simply finding the right diagnosis and treatment. Great health happens when patients feel empowered, knowledgeable, and supported by their practitioners. Strong health literacy skills are at the heart of this approach. How do you foster this kind of healthy partnership between healthcare practitioner and patient? Here are four ways to improve patient experience and nurture a trusting partnership between you and your patients. 1. Sit down and remove barriers. One of the first ways to gain trust from a patient is by truly being present. This means sitting [...]

2509, 2015

It Is Now Time To Care For Mother Earth: Pope Francis’s Full Speech At The UN General Assembly

September 25, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“The ecological crisis, and the large-scale destruction of biodiversity, can threaten the very existence of the human species.” “Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity,” [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTjyCj2Cn5U&w=560&h=315]

2509, 2015

30 Leadership Lessons From My Wife A Guest Post by Bruce Rhoades

September 25, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lessons Are All Around Us Leadership lesson are all around us if we look for them. In my case, my wife is one who has shown me a lot—by simply managing her own life! Over the years, I have observed my wife balance many competing priorities. She has managed a career with her own business, raised our children, developed friendships and run a household all while being a great wife and partner. As we progress through life together, I have noticed leadership traits that she naturally employs as an effective, successful businesswoman, mother, friend and wife. Sometimes we get very [...]

2509, 2015

Beyond Politics and Religion: We Are all Brothers & Sisters of This Universe and We Need To Care For Each Other

September 25, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, the first pontiff in history to address both chambers. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBM7DIeMsP0&w=560&h=315]

2209, 2015

14 Easy Ways to Get Insanely Motivate A Guest Post by Geoffrey James

September 22, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hand writing Time to Reinvent Yourself with white chalk on blackboard.   These simple strategies can keep you energized both on and off the job. Here’s a column that I guarantee will make you more more successful in both your professional and personal lives. Here are 14 quick strategies to get and keep yourself motivated: 1. Condition your mind. Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts. 2. Condition your body. It takes physical energy to take action.  Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan. 3. [...]

2109, 2015

International Day of Peace September 21, 2015: Dr Goodall’s Message for the 2015 United Nations

September 21, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  In this video, Dr. Goodall encourages individuals around the globe to participate in the United Nations International Day of Peace which is celebrated on September 21 each year. This year, an especially auspicious one with the UN's celebration its 70th anniversary, will have the theme of, "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All." Click here to learn more about Dr. Goodall's role as a UN Messenger of Peace and how you can participate in celebrating in the annual Day of Peace. Visit our website at http://www.janegoodall.org/   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYVZPAnI7xA&w=560&h=315]

2009, 2015

An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg….We most certainly WERE Listening A Guest Post by Rebecca Goldberg

September 20, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Since I saw The View’s so-called “apology” clip on social media, I’ve given this post a tremendous amount of thought. My first instinct and knee-jerk reaction was to sit down with my laptop and blast them with full force…unload my anger  and outrage onto the page…err…computer screen…so I cou