Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween is here!

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It’s Halloween tonight! What does that mean for nurses? For some it means the night off, parties, friends, family, tricks and treats. For others, it’s just another day in the eventful life of a nurse. For the latter it means dispensing meds, being there for a patient, holding in their pee, being puked on and many other less-than-pretty nurse happenings.

Can you bring the spirit of Halloween to your floor or job even if you’re working on Halloween? Absolutely! It can be upsetting to have to work when it seems like the rest of the world is having fun and socializing. You can have that too. Get out of the gloom and bring the Halloween spirit on! With just a few, cheap and quick ideas, you can have Halloween on your dreadful shift!

halloweenDress Up. This doesn’t have to be a major costume. You can wear a cute tutu above your scrubs, a sassy tiara, a funky wig, or crazy colorful eyelashes. These items can be purchased at a low cost or can be even found in your home! Your patients and fellow nurses will catch the Halloween spirit too!

Dispense Some Goodies. Since some patients have dietetic limitations, candy or candy bars may not be the greatest idea. Getting something universal, like a little Halloween toy, may be your best option. Bendable miniature Halloween people, small plastic ghosts and witches, or eyeball glasses can be fun for everyone. Although a goody this small is seemingly insignificant, it’s the thought and the spirit that counts with this one. No need to go over the top.

Halloween Lingo. Bring the Halloween spirit on by using words such as “boo” and “spooky”. You can also use a play on words to make the context lighter. You can say “spooktacular”, “boo-tiful” or “hell-arious”. The options are really quite endless.

So get out of the funk and bring the Halloween spirit on!

We would like to thank the devoted and caring nurses all around the world who are saving lives while others are enjoying their holiday time. Nurses rock – angels in scrubs!

Pumpkin Spice There & Everywhere!

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pumpkin spiceThe smell of pumpkin spice just makes me feel so cozy and warm. It puts me in a comforting place of beautiful hues of red and orange foliage, incredibly smelling coffee shops, and warm, oversized clothes. It makes me in the mood to sing to Christmas carols, and shop great sales at the magnificently decorated malls while snow is falling to the ground. Pumpkin spice is the heart of fall and start of the winter. I think if not for pumpkin spice, fall would be a whole lot more damp and dreary in our minds.

Pumpkin spice.  It’s a smell and flavor. Weird that it can change my whole outlook on winter. Because literally without that, I would be seriously grieving the loss of summery weather and dreading the cold, and I mean very cold, early nights. In my mind that don’t make much sense. A fragrance can change my mood? Apparently, heck yeah!

Science has proven that smells can be a huge trigger for memories and feelings. This is scientifically known as olfactory memory. The olfactory bulb, the vertebrate forebrain involved in the perception of odors, is situated closely to the amygdala, the area of the brain that experiences emotion. You may have wondered why when smelling a specific perfume odor that you’ve last smelled 7 years ago, you are filled with joy and content. Or maybe there is a certain aroma that brings up sad, or harsher feelings. The smell of the spice fenugreek, reminds me of sweet, older Indian neighbors I had when I was 5 years old. Every single time I smell it. Now that’s powerful!

No wonder why pumpkin spice changed my whole outlook on Fall! Pumpkin spice has historically been around in the fall at thanksgiving dinners, just about everywhere when the leaves have started to fall, and when our attire gets thicker and cozier. While I do miss the hot weather and wish it would get dark later, I’m easing into winter with a toasty cup of pumpkin spice coffee in my hands. That’s all I need! Well, I still need my scrubs and stethoscope to keep me going but other than that -I’m good.

What If?

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Do you ever wonder what if? The world is wide, wide open to what-ifs. What-ifs can be super duper exciting or really freaky. Going down the road of what-ifs is always fun if you stay on the positive side of things.

What if the whole world wore scrubs? Oh! The world would just be such a comfortable place! We would all be crashing in comfy pajamas everywhere. Maybe fashion competition would go down because the options in scrubs are far smaller than the apparel options available today. Maybe I’d be tired of just wearing scrubs and would want to wear something more…

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What if there were actually money trees? Our moms would definitely not be able to tell us, “Money doesn’t grow on trees, sweetheart”. That would be the life! Money here, money there, money growing everywhere. There would have to be some sort of rules and regulations system regarding which trees you can pick from and which you can’t, otherwise the world would be quite chaotic. Money on trees still sounds like a good idea to me!

What if humans could fly? Highways would have to be built up high, that’s for sure. We would see the world by just soaring. We’d have the opportunity to go to our favorite places in the world without paying a expensive price tag for travel fare. That would be quite the joy!

What if you can get one wish when you turn 60? I’d probably change my mind many times over throughout my life until I turned 60! What would your wish be? Maybe you’d want wings, maybe ready-made delicious food for the rest of your life, maybe health, maybe love.

What if you shared the what-ifs you’re thinking of? Have you ever thought of any? What are they?

Happy Boss’s Day!

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Boss's DayAlthough many people may not know this, it’s Boss’s Day on October 16th. This holiday is gaining more popularity each year. I can see why! Can’t you?

Boss’s Day is dedicated to bosses and supervisors. Flowers, cards and gift certificates can be seen in various workplaces that observe this holiday. If I was a boss, I’d sure like it! As an employee, I’d feel obligated but also kind of grateful for this observance. It is an opportunity to show your boss gratitude. I’m sure some employees take advantage of this holiday to get on the good side of their boss’s and win their respect with a lavish token of appreciation. Gifts can be nice in any relationship, but usually not tactful if used as a bribe.

In most cases, sucking up to your boss won’t get you far. Your boss will sense it and possibly end up losing appreciation for you. If you don’t want to brown nose your boss or supervisor in order to be acknowledged, here’s how to gain your boss’s recognition in a balanced way.

Be Committed. Show up to work early, leave when your day is over – not a minute earlier, and keep to your lunch break limit. Although a few minutes here and there seem to be no big deal, commitment shines through when you arrive at work a few minutes before excepted. You’ll be showing your employers that you value your work time and aren’t flippant about it. Be sure to schedule as many personal appointments after hours so that you can be committed at work once you are there.

Maintain a Good Attitude. I get it, sometimes work can be stressful and the pile-up of work can be so agitating and overwhelming. Even though you may not feel happy about getting that extra task thrown onto your plate, smile anyway and complete the job as best you can.

Communicate. Of course communication is also important. You don’t have to swallow your stress. So if you feel overwhelmed and like you’ve been given too many projects to juggle at once, speak your truth in a respectful way.

Quality Work. Try hard to produce quality work. Give it your all and you will be valued.

Be grateful. Sure, you deserve your paycheck. You work hard and you earned it. That doesn’t take away from the fact that your bosses paid you. Thank your employer when you receive your paycheck.

You in the medical field? This Boss’s Day maybe buy your boss some of the latest scrubs on the market. Dickies Xtreme Stretch is a complete new line of super comfortable scrubs.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Here!

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Breast Cancer AwarenessEveryone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s the month when breast cancer is on the forefront of our minds. Whether it’s about being reminded to have a plan to detect the disease or the marathons and donations that are taking place, it just seems like pink is all over!

Support is not only about the mula. You can support the Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer patients and breast cancer survivors even if you don’t have the big bucks. If donations seem like a costly way to support breast cancer, you can take the cheaper route and show your support by donning a pink ribbon. You can pray for those afflicted, too. Nurses are already running marathons, so joining an athletic fundraiser for the cause is most likely not feasible. Instead, while running a marathon at work, wear scrubs that will show what you care about.

Breast Cancer AwarenessThe best cure for breast cancer is detection. If detected in early stages, it can be so curable. According to the National Career Institute, when breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%. Additionally, statistics show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Contrary to popular belief, men can also be affected by this disease. Although rare, it does happen. So go ahead, get you early detection plan on the Breast Cancer Foundation’s website if you haven’t yet. Welcome to 2013 – you can also download an Early Detection App!

Let’s make noise! Let’s continue the fight!