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Happy Belated Nurse's Week to all you Nurses out there! I mean ALL of you - STUDENTS too! ALSO a big congrats to all of you graduating this spring...nursing and other professional also. Pat yourself on the back - it's a huge accomplishment!
We had some fun this week where I work to surprise our nursing staff and make them feel appreciated. I may be biased, but I'm fairly certain we have the best team around...
Some cake pop magic happened here on the home front. Was my first attempt! But I think they turned out pretty cute and everyone seemed to approve. We also did k-cups and bagels one morning - i'm telling you. Caffeinate and feed the nurses and we will be happy!
Nurses Week got me thinking back to my graduation FIVE years ago - seriously...where does the time go. Thought the timing would be perfect to give my own top five advice...
Nurse's Don't Forget ...The Top Five
1. Coffee. Learn to drink it. Learn to love it. It will be what gets you through those night shifts and it's the simple thing that has brought me joy! Try NOT to load it full of crap like 2 lbs of creamer and sugar - if you do - work on weaning yourself off. I promise you will thank me for the gut ache i'm preventing you.
2. Do what you can to the best of your ability. Even the simple things. I'm NOT saying you have to do them perfectly. But do your best. There are always be patients and things you really can't fix - and you have to be ok with that. Is it easy? Absolutely not - but if you know you are and have done your best there is no way you should be disappointed. Do you job with dignity and give your patients dignity even on their last breath. Grab the extra warm blanket. Push for the MD to give you the orders that you want for them. You can always be proud of a job well done and it shapes the legacy you will one day leave behind.
3. Families. They are going to drive you absolutely bonkers. A million questions. You will repeat yourself seventeen thousands times because now Uncle George who hasn't seen your patient in fifteen years now wants to know every detail of the plan of care. While you need to have patience..and believe me it's not easy..know that it's ok to set boundaries. Have the balls to talk to the family about someone being the representative. Have the balls to limit family time - patients need rest. Be the patient advocate - and while its AWESOME to have family involved in care - there also needs to be limitations also.
4. Don't be the crabby nurse. We will all have our days...Nursing is stressful and you need to find something to keep the joy and the spark alive. We are HORRIBLE patients. But you NEED to sleep. You NEED to exercise. And while we are on our feet a lot i'm talking about SUSTAINED ELEVATED HEART RATE for 30 minutes at least five days a week. You NEED to drink water and you NEED to eat a healthy balance. There is gonna be crap food all around - so plan ahead. Stop shoving donuts down your face and shove some almonds, protein bar or even better some Shakeology down your throat. Your energy will be better and believe me..no one wants a hangry nurse.
Find something outside of work that brings you joy. For me - it's coaching. It's helping people in a different way and building my dream outside of a nursing lifestyle. Like I was saying - nurses and medical staff usually are the unhealthiest bunch. I host challenge groups monthly where I help people on the road to a healthier lifestyle...and you know what profession is so very common? NURSES. We don't often practice what we preach...it's time to change that. An unhealthy person in both mental and physical aspects can NOT help others. You simply can't pour from an empty cup? Want to hear how I can help you?
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5. Final word of advice. Versed. If you got it for your anxious patient...by all means use it.
Where are my nurses at? Did you do anything special for nurse's week?
What advice would you add to the list?
Thought it would be fun to share some new finds from this week and what I've been loving -
i was a bit skeptical...but I gave it a go! I'm really glad I did! I'm not a big fan of black beans in their "regular form" but I have loved them if they are "hidden" in tacos, or as the spicy bean dip from Trader Joes, and I'm now a fan of them in chips! They have a ton of flavors and it was hard to choose! "Vegetable" chips seem to be all the rage lately..and I've tried a few! I have the terra vegetable chips and the sweet potato ones as well. Of course fried chips are fried chips - so while not ENTIRELY super healthy these were delish! And they had extra fiber and protein vs regular potato chips. It was a nice treat this week and they are really good with guac! (what isn't though)
I'm a big fan of Bolthouse's regular ranch and I love spicy so I thought I would like this one too! I was definitely right! I seem to be on a mexican food kick lately and this will be perfect on anything..especially taco salads! Love their products...has anyone else tried any of their other salad dressings?
It's no secret that I love peanut butter and this vanilla almond butter is DELISH also! It has some added cane sugar to add just a bit of sweetness and I dare you to try it on your eggs... don't knock it until you try it! Other peanut/almond butters I have been loving include the protein peanut butter from The Lion's Choice: birthday cake and maple donut both have my approval!
Seriously give me all the broccoli lately. Roasted, Steamed, Grilled - whatever! My go-to is the steamer bags that are in the fresh produce section. Stab the bag, nuke for 3 minutes and done! I love it topped with butter or coconut oil and sprinkled with any type of seasoning...especially garlic powder! - Roasted is super easy too. Drizzle with oil, season and roast on 400 for about 15 minutes flipping every 10 minutes. Broccoli dipped in ketchup is bomb.com - especially Annie's ketchup. Again - don't knock it til you try it!
Like I said - I'm on a mexican food kick! I decided to give this seasoning a go! Salt free for those watching sodium intake. I figure I get enough salt in a day and don't need any extra - so this is a great choice! B gave it his approval too and said it had a little bite to it! I literally dump cayenne and crushed red pepper on everything so I didn't think it was bad at all! Great for the shrimp I grilled the other night!
Tried something new this week! Thaw out salad shrimp and add to sprayed foil. Add seasonings (such as the Mrs. Dash above) and I also added chopped onions and peppers! Drizzle with some olive oil - fold the foil and grill for a few minutes until hot! It was great on those Beanitos chips and guac. - doesn't this look amazing???
What are your fun food finds for the week?
Any weird food combinations you enjoy? -
Eggs and peanut butter - ever tried it?
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