Saturday, November 4, 2017

Having Confidence Is Not as Hard as You Think

In my women’s coaching circle, one of the women was sharing about a work situation and expressed that she “needs to work on being more confident.” She believed that she would be more respected in her company if she communicated like the other employees who she perceives as being more confident.
Can you relate? Are there situations in your life where you wish you felt more confident?
We have all had moments of mild to extreme self-consciousness where the feeling of confidence seems about as far away as Jupiter. Those awkward moments or instances where we feel judged by others often make us believe that we need to “work on” becoming more confident.
How have you “worked on” being more confident? Perhaps by taking public speaking classes? Rehearsing things you want to say in front a mirror? Getting a coach? Buying a new outfit?

While all those things are wonderful forms of self-support, feeling more confident actually takes way less effort. I explain in more detail in my blog below, but here is the bottom line: the only reason that you do not feel confident is because you are judging yourself. Period. Really.


When Compassionate Care Takes A Turn Toward Fatigue

Fatigue, emotional distress, or apathy resulting from the constant demands of caring for others: today’s nurses are facing new levels of compassion fatigue. Empathetic, passionate, and caring nurses can fall victim to the continual stress of meeting the needs of not only their patients but their families as well. This can pose serious safety concerns on two sides of the spectrum. It can lead to errors and issues in patient care, and overall nurse burnout can drive more skilled nurses out of the profession.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 13 percent of newly licensed RNs were working in a different career within one year of their licensing, and 37 percent indicated they were ready to change jobs. Lack of staffing, trouble with management or salary issues aren’t the only things pushing nurses from the bedside. Significant, ongoing emotional stress is a key contributor that can often go ignored.

Defining the Issue

Multiple terms have been used to describe compassion fatigue, but in its simplest terms, compassion fatigue implies a state of psychic exhaustion where caregivers face severe sense of malaise that results from caring for patients who are in distress over time. Traumatology expert and senior faculty at the Figley Institute, Dr. Charles Figley calls this phenomenon the “cost of caring” for others in emotional pain.

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Are We Helping Others While Ignoring Ourselves?

She was a registered nurse. She was the mother of four children. She was also an alcoholic and a benzo addict, with Valium being her drug of choice. That person was my mother, and her alcoholism and prescription pill addiction may have had much to do with her desire to be of service to everyone else, and in all that helping, she lost herself.

My mother was a dedicated nurse, until she wasn’t anymore. Her addiction started when a doctor prescribed Valium to calm her frazzled nerves to help her cope with four small children and a crazy Italian husband. Addictions often start this way: an innocent motive sets the ball rolling, and for my mother it was all downhill from there. Her addiction went on for more than 25 years. She saw numerous doctors and therapists, but none diagnosed her with alcoholism. The devastation heaped on our family, not to mention that the demoralization that she experienced due to her addiction, was epic. The catalyst for recovery came only when she fell down a flight of stairs while drunk and broke her neck. Rehab finally entered the picture.

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Carers under 10 and in their 80s saving the State billions


A hidden army of more than 195,000 carers, including children under 10 years of age, are saving the State billions of euro through unpaid work.
The latest Census figures show that some 3,800 of this number are children and some of the country's 195,263 carers are aged in their 80s.
The shocking figures highlight how 29,311 carers are pensioners, which is a rise of 18.5pc in just five years.
As the population ages more older people are being cast in the role.
These pensioners are providing 1.43 million hours of care per week - a rise of 12pc in just five years.
There was a 34.7pc rise in carers aged 85 or older - an increase from 1,318 to 1,776 in five years.
The Family Carers Ireland organisation say the real number is likely to be 160,000 more because many don't identify themselves as carers until in crisis.
It is estimated that one in 20 people in Ireland is a family carer, collectively providing €10bn in unpaid care each year.

Disciplined diet reversed my diabetes, says hotelier Francis

Celebrity hotelier Francis Brennan has reversed his type 2 diabetes with a life-changing diet that has seen him shed almost two stone in weight.
The hard-working owner of the Park Hotel in Kenmare, Co Kerry, and no-nonsense rescuer of hostelries on RTÉ's 'At Your Service', was diagnosed with the condition in March last year.
"I had no symptoms," said Francis who is lucky to have a vigilant GP who was monitoring him with regular blood tests.
The 63-year-old was put on medication but he was determined to try to control his blood-sugar levels by adopting a new eating regime and cutting portions.
"I had a constant headache for the first six weeks. I would say to others who are embarking on the same road that this is the time when the battle is won or lost."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Mind-Body Problem: The Brain as filter for universal Mind




The official scientific view of humans is we are just lumps of meat and consciousness is just a side effect of a ferment of activity in a certain part of any given lump of meat. And this picture has taken humanity a long way. But like all paradigms it must have its limits and the relationship between body and mind is where it runs into problems.
There is however an increasing body of evidence that indicates mind is not just activity in the meat we call our brain.
Kastrup [1] presents an overview of the filter theory of consciousness. Kastrup is not concerned with quantum physics but the filter theory is consistent with the requirements that Dossey cites theoretical physicists as claiming to be essential features of mind required by quantum physics. It may also be consistent with the notion that a complex 8 dimensional space time metric known as Complex Minkowski Space may offer some explanation of Psychic Phenomena [3].
While one must look to philosophy for possible explanations of consciousness, philosophical investigations must be constrained by observation to some extent and must explain the observation that normal mental experience is strongly correlated to brain state.
There is evidence that under unusual conditions this correlation breaks down which suggests either that the brain does not cause all mental experience, or, and Kastrup considers this more likely, that the brain is not the cause of mental states.
The filter theory of consciousness explains not only why mental events are normally correlated with neural activity but also helps explain those times where mental activity seems to be independent of the brain and indeed of space time.
This is consistent with a view this author has held for a long time, that the brain is an interface used by the mind to drive the body, a notion consistent with the apparent hijacking of subjects's free will by using electrodes connected to the brain to control a subject's muscles contrary to their will: such an experiment is like remotely controlling a car that is normally under driver control.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Do we need more men in general practice nursing?

  • Have we done enough to rid the health service of prejudice among staff?
  • When was the last time you saw a male practice nurse?
  • Where does the perception of practice nursing as a destination for the final years of your career come from?
  • Would having a wider demographic represented in community nursing enable the NHS to serve the population’s health needs better?
I always think of nursing as a very inclusive profession. Nurses treat everyone fairly – regardless of their race, age or religion. I have heard nurses talk about treating the victim of a crime and the perpetrator with equal respect and attention in a moving and remarkable way.
And yet, when it comes to nurses themselves, I am not always sure they gain that same respect.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy International Nurses' Day 2017 from the Nursing Times


From the moment you joined this profession you made a commitment to deliver the highest quality care for your patients.
So, on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday we're giving you FREE access to the following subscriber articles that highlight inspiring achievements or tips to help you propel your performance.

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Helping homeless people move forward with their lives

Gabrielle Bleidorn used to spend every Christmas volunteering with the homeless. So when a nursing post came up a year and a half ago to improve healthcare for homeless people, she knew it was the job for her

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nurses get training to cope with stress


Overworked nurses in danger of burn out are practising mindfulness to help them cope with the stresses of the job.

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Carmel Sheridan’s The Mindful Nurse was published last year and has already been included on nursing training courses in the UK and the US.
The Galway-based psychotherapist says she was inspired to write the book when she realised how many people coming to her for help were nurses.
She told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “I’ve been teaching mindfulness around the country and more and more healthcare workers were enrolling.
“I saw there was a very high level of burn out for nurses who are not only struggling with their workload but also struggling with their own emotions.
“They are experts in caring for everybody else but they tend to be not so great in caring for themselves as a result.
“A lot of them are physically and mentally exhausted, have difficulty sleeping and have very high anxiety and stress levels.”

Friday, April 28, 2017

USA Nursing Associations

USA Nursing Associations (list from Smartscholar.com )

As with many professions, you will find that professional nursing associations provide abundant information about career responsibilities, choices, licensure and certification, professional development and links to journals, articles and other publications. Refer to the list below to get an idea about some of the organizations and resources available to you as a professional nursing or nursing student.
American Nurses Association (ANA) – The leading organization for registered nurses, ANA offers nursing students and licensed professionals links to industry news, a career center, job search tips and other helpful resources.
American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) – From conferences and webinar series to certification and continuing education information, the AACN provides all of the details you need to know about being or becoming a critical care nurse.
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators – Find information about professional development opportunities and public advocacy activities for those interested in becoming or currently working as community health nurse educators.
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) – As the definitive association for clinical nurse specialists, this organization provides conferences, advocacy news, education information and links to relevant publications for those working in or interested in learning more about this field of nursing.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) – A professional organization for those pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing education, AACN offers advocacy services, conferences, webinars and information about industry standards.
National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) – An organization devoted to providing support to those pursing initial RN licensure, NSNA offers members links to relevant publications and hosts meetings and conferences focusing on career planning, workshops and advocacy.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cycling to work ‘could halve risk of cancer and heart disease’

Commuters who swap their car or bus pass for a bike could cut their risk of developing heart disease and cancer by almost half, new research suggests – but campaigners have warned there is still an “urgent need” to improve road conditions for cyclists.
Cycling to work is linked to a lower risk of developing cancer by 45 per cent and cardiovascular disease by 46 per cent, according to a study of a quarter of a million people.
Walking to work also brought health benefits, the University of Glasgow researchers found, but not to the same degree as cycling.

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