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Laughter Really is the BEST Medicine!

Did you know?

  • The idea of therapeutic humor is emerging as a beneficial, evidence-based, healthy addition to traditional medicine.
  • Just one minute of laughter equals 45 minutes of complete physical relaxation.
  • Laughing for at least ten minutes a day has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce arthritis pain and promote more restful sleep.

In the healthcare workplace, it can be hard to always keep a lighthearted attitude.  However, just a couple minutes of laughter a day can make a huge impact in your life and in your clients lives!

By studying our inservice, "The Role of Humor in Healing", you'll learn all the ways that you can bring humor with you to your workplace.  Also covered within this lesson are all of the roles that humor plays in the healing process.  Scroll down for a sneak peek into the inservice:

(The following information was pulled from page 9 of the inservice, "The Role of Humor in Healing")

Key Points to Remember

1. Therapeutic humor is any activity that enhances health by promoting playful discovery, expression and appreciation of the absurdity of life's situations.

2. Humor improves people physically, mentally and socially by enhancing immunity, relieving stress, and strengthening relationships.

3. Passive humor is created by observing something funny.  Humor production is the act of finding or creating humor in everyday situations.

4. Humor is an excellent and healthy coping strategy to use between co-workers to decrease stress, build stronger working relationships and increase job satisfaction.

5. Work on your own sense of humor!  By developing your sense of humor, you will be able to bring more humor and laughter to your clients, co-workers, friends and family!

 

CNAs: What's Your Stress Level?

There's no doubt about it...working in the nursing field is stressful.  So, how is your stress level these days?  Try taking this quick little "Stress Test" (developed by clinical psychologist Dan Johnston) to see if you could use a little stress management.  

Remember...when stress becomes a way of life, it can lead to health problems--from tension headaches to heart attacks, ulcers and even cancer.  In fact, up to 75% of disease may be stress-related!

So, if the results of your Stress Test show that you could use some tips on how to reduce and/or manage your stress, consider completing our Stress Management Skills inservice.  It might be the best thing you do for your health this month!

Take good care,

Linda

New Inservice Just Added!

As a nursing assistant, one of your primary roles is to collect and communicate information.  That information is collected by observing clients and communicated by reporting to the nurse and/or documenting in the client's chart.

By being able to recognize what is abnormal, you'll be ensuring a better outcome for your client(s)!  For example:  your client, Mrs. Jones has a slightly reddened area on  her hip that was not there last week.  She tells you that the area is sensitive to the touch.  You know that these symptoms are the early signs of a pressure sore.  By catching and reporting these abnormal observations, Mrs. Jones has a better chance of receiving quick treatment for her developing pressure sore.

To learn more about abnormal vital signs, pain, mental status, nutrition, elimination, skin, and more, check out our NEW inservice: "Recognizing and Reporting Abnormal Observations."

Do You REALLY Love Your Job?

Did you know that the average American spends more than 1800 hours a year at work?  People who are unhappy with their jobs spend those hours feeling stressed, impatient, unfulfilled... and even angry.  People who are satisfied with their jobs are more productive and successful-- and the hours fly by!

If you dislike your job, you are probably shortchanging yourself, your clients and your employerYou are losing out by spending all those hours wishing you were someplace else.  Your clients miss out by not having a satisfied professional caring for them.  And your employer gets shortchanged because you are probably giving less than your best effort.

By studying our NEW inservice "How to Really Love Your Job," you can learn different ways to feel more satisfied at work.  And, you won't believe how easy it is to really make positive changes!

Have You Ever Worked with a Non-Compliant Client?

Did you know that nearly 70% of hospital admissions and 23% of nursing home admissions in the U.S. are a result of non-compliance?

This happens because a client has not followed their recommended plan of care and their disease or condition has worsened tremendously.  So, you can see why it's so important for your clients to follow orders.  However, there are many reasons why these orders may not

be followed, such as:  read more »


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