category: mind and body

Spring Cleaning for Body & Mind April 2012

Dear Fellow Nurse, When my friend Jean was going through a difficult time, Barbara, a mutual friend said to her, “Just as a few spring showers and warm days bring the grass and flowers back to life after winter, with a bit of care and attention to your needs it won’t be long before you’re in a brighter place.” I…

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think

I recently had a big weight lifted off of my shoulders. For weeks, I postponed calling the parents of a college student – one of my son’s best friends and roommate – who was late in paying rent for a condo we own in Colorado. He wouldn’t return our phone calls or emails and was two months late in paying…

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Creating Positive Change February 2012

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Dear Fellow Nurse, The women in this photo are fellow nurses who are interested in holistic nursing and meet monthly to study various healing modalities and to share experiences. At last month’s meeting, we harnessed the power of our mind to promote positive change in our life by creating “vision boards.” Some of us focused on healthy behaviors while others…

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Holistic Practices for Holiday Stress Relief December 2011

Dear Fellow Nurse, I recently saw some interesting findings about the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among nurses. A study published in the online version of Health Services Research in August found that 83 percent of nurses useCAM, compared to just 63 percent of the general population. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that so many of us…

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Blessings or Burdens? November 2010

Dear Fellow Nurse, I was devastated when my hospital nursing career was cut short because of a severe allergy to latex. I had worked as a registered nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for 12 years when my allergist told me it was too risky to continue working in a clinical setting. To be honest, back in 1994,…

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