5 Superfoods to Power You Through Your Next Shift

A healthy diet is important to staying alert, energized, and focused. However, when you work crazy hours, it’s easy to skimp on meals, order takeout, or go through the drive-thru on the way home. Usually, these options do not provide the nutrients that prolong and sustain energy. You need superfoods that will keep you working hard all shift long.

5 Superfoods to Power You Through Your Next Shift
5 Superfoods to Power You Through Your Next Shift

If you don’t know what superfoods are, they are extremely efficient in providing health benefits to the consumer. This is because they are nutritiously dense. Many vitamins and nutrients are packed into every bite. Superfoods can make you feel ready to tackle your busy schedule, and prevent burnout. Here are a few quick and easy ways to incorporate superfoods into your diet:

Almonds

Almonds are a great source of calcium and protein, and these nuts are an easy snack to throw in your bag quickly before work. You can even pack them the night before to save you time in the morning (They call that meal prep, right?). These small nuts have enough health benefits to give you a little pick me up when you’re in the middle of a crazy shift.

Snack packs of almonds already come in a convenient serving size package for an easy on the go snack!

Blueberries

Blueberries are great during flu and cold season because they are filled with antioxidants. With their intense flavor and tangible health benefits, blueberries will easily become one of your favorites. Try adding them on top of a spinach salad for a vitamin-packed lunch.

Salmon

This protein is fantastic for boosting heart and brain health. In addition, salmon can be prepped and cooked quickly, making for a quick, and healthy dinner. Even better, try packing the leftovers for lunch the next day! This recipe is perfect for a hassle-free weeknight meal.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes taste delicious, have great health benefits, and can be cooked in five minutes! Just pop them in the microwave for a quick and tasty side dish that any busy nurse will love. You can also slice them thin, toss them in some olive oil, and bake them. Just sprinkle the slices with salt and pepper after they come out of the oven and you have a healthy potato chip alternative. Sweet potatoes are versatile and can be incorporated into any meal!

Avocados

This versatile little fruit is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to keep your cholesterol levels healthy, thus improving overall heart health. Add slices of avocado onto your next sandwich or mash them up and make guacamole. Avocado is a great superfood to incorporate into your meals because it curbs your hunger and provides sustained energy throughout your day!

Making homemade meals or preparing snacks may seem impossible, but by just taking a few extra minutes for self-care, it can huge health payoff.  You are not only improving your health, but also saving money. See you later fast food; hello superfoods!

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10 Hilarious Nurse Quotes to Get You Through the Week

Laughter is the best medicine! When life and work get hard, be optimistic and try to find the humor in it all. So, take a minute to read these hilarious nurse quotes, and add some laughter to your day!

  1. Ahhhh yes, the Golden Rule!Nurse Quote #1- Nurse Rule Number 1: Never Look Freaked Out
  2. Sometimes someone just has veins that are so nice…you can’t help but look. You’re not creepy though! It’s all for science!Nurse Quote #2 - Ever find yourself admiring a stranger's veins?3. Night shift workers are a special breed of nurse! Even they need a vacation sometimes.
    Nurse Quote #3 - Night shift workers on vacation be like4. Understandable…You gotta do what you gotta do to get some peace and quiet. Nurse Quote #4 - Keep Out! Nurse Sleeping! Do Not Disturb!5.  To all the people that think nurse and nurse aide jobs are easy because they’re not a 9 to 5…Nurse Quote #5 - Of course I'm not tired. I only work three days a week. Said no nurse ever.6.  Don’t jinx it! Please don’t jinx it!Nurse Quote #6 - The look you give when someone says, "It sure is quiet."7. Scrubs can be worn out to date night right? Nurse Quote #7 - When you try to look cute but you don't know what to wear if it's not scrubs8. Remembering just now to get that guy a glass of water. Should I drive back to work?

    Nurse Quote #8 - I forgot to get that one guy a glass of water!9. The hidden benefits of being a nurse/nurse aide and a mother. Nurse Quote #9 - I'm sorry, honey. Mommy is a nurse, so we only go to the doctor when we're dying.10. Northeast Med Staff makes sure that this doesn’t happen to your facility.Nurse Quote #10 - When I get to work...and we are three nurses short.

 

 

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46% of Nurses Are Burned Out: The Epidemic

Everyone has been tired before. Sometimes life feels like too much, family responsibilities take its toll, and work adds additional stress. Being burned out, however, is vastly different and causes a lot more harm.

Burnout is a condition caused by an overly exhausting workload. Working long hours, picking up too many shifts, and physical exhaustion can all cause burnout.

46% of Nurses Are Burned Out: The Epidemic
46% of Nurses Are Burned Out: The Epidemic

Burned out nurses feel disengaged with their job. This causes nurses to lose their passion and job satisfaction. Not only is this mentally and emotionally exhausting for the healthcare professional, but the patient also suffers. Nurses that are burned out are groggy, lethargic, and unmotivated, and therefore cannot provide their best care to patients. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent this condition BEFORE it happens.

Know the Symptoms

The first step in preventing burnout is knowing what the symptoms are. The first symptom many people notice is feeling completely disengaged with both work and personal life. Prolonged exhaustion is another symptom that is a red flag. Additionally, many nurses who are suffering from burnout have said that they feel a lack of empathy for their patients. Clearly, when a nurse is feeling the effects of burnout, everyone suffers.

Self-Management

When you begin to recognize these symptoms, it is important to take the necessary precautionary measures before burnout takes over. Whether you talk to your supervisor about your workload, or just switch up your schedule, it is important try different techniques to understand what is causing burnout. To take care of others, you must take care of yourself first.

Self-Care

In your time off, keep your own health up to par. Make sure you are getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. This can be difficult for those working long shifts, and for those working nights. However, sleep is necessary. Take naps if you cannot get the recommended amount of sleep at night.

Be sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Most importantly, don’t overwork yourself! One of the benefits of working per-diem is the schedule flexibility. Give yourself scheduled days off. Plan time for rest and relaxation. Do whatever you can to feel your best!

With these tips, we hope to reduce the amount of burned out nurses. By taking preventative measures, the nurse’s, patient’s, and facility’s well-being will all improve.

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