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6 Essential Tips for Long-Lasting Scrubs 08 October 15 02:24 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

6 Essential Tips for Long-Lasting Scrubs

Keeping scrubs clean and fresh is a constant struggle for medical professionals. Those pesky stains and nasty discolorations can just about drive you crazy.

Maintain a professional appearance and safely disinfect scrubs with these 6 ways to keep scrubs in good shape.

1. Pre-treat new scrubs – Before you wear your scrubs for the first time, wash them in cold water with half a cup of vinegar. This step helps extend the life of your scrubs and helps prevent fading from frequent disinfecting. As a bonus, vinegar is a natural disinfectant, so this cycle will result in even cleaner scrubs!

2. Wear your scrubs at work only – In order to keep your scrubs sanitary and safe for work, you should only wear them in the workplace. Instead of wearing your scrubs during the work commute, we recommend changing into your work wear after you’ve already arrived at your office or facility. Also, make sure you store clean scrubs in an air tight bag to protect them from germs and contagions before your work shift.

After your work shift has ended, immediately change into your regular clothes to keep that spaghetti sauce off of your scrub top. So you’re less likely to wear them outside of the workplace, keep scrubs in a locker or cubby at work. We know it’s a pain, but this careful behavior can keep your scrubs fresher and cleaner, while also preventing more wear and tear from everyday activities. 

3. Separate scrubs from other laundry – We cannot stress enough how important it is to wash scrubs and other clothes separately. That favorite print scrub top requires more disinfecting than your everyday t-shirt, so you should never mix the two when doing laundry. Since you require a fresh set of scrubs for each shift, it is highly recommended that you buy several sets of scrubs so you can wash them all at once at the end of the week.

4. Use color-safe stain remover – There’s no way around it; your scrubs are going to see plenty of stains. Protect your scrubs’ colors and effectively remove stains by using a color-safe stain remover before washing.

5. Use a hot iron – Once the scrubs are out of the dryer, we recommend using a hot iron to press your scrubs. Not only will this keep your scrubs looking neat and professional, it also helps kill any remaining germs. 

6. Avoid the dryer if possible – It’s better to line dry your scrubs than throw them in the dryer. While this isn’t always possible, line drying can prevent shrinkage and color fading over time. Though, we wouldn’t blame you if you preferred the convenience of the dryer. If you end up using the dryer instead, we recommend using the lowest possible setting to avoid shrinkage. We’re sure you’d like to keep those scrub pants at the right length. 

How do you keep your scrubs looking fresh? We’d love to hear your scrub care suggestions! 

15 Best Things to Eat After a Workout 06 October 15 04:04 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

15 Best Things to Eat After a Workout

After an intense workout, you may want to reward yourself with a nice, tasty treat. But your post-workout snack or meal can make all the difference in your weight loss and energy levels.

Speed up your muscle recovery and improve workout performance with these 15 best foods to eat after a workout!

1. Eggs – As you may already know, eggs are an excellent source of protein. But what you may not know is that raw eggs have no advantage over cooked ones. So, scramble up some eggs for the perfect post-workout meal!

2. Quinoa – For a whopping dose of vitamins and nutrients, look to quinoa. Quinoa offers more protein and fiber than brown rice and it’s easier to make. Combine quinoa with fruit for a tasty quinoa fruit salad.

3. Orange Juice – Ditch the Gatorade and reach for a glass of OJ instead. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and offers more potassium than you’ll get from popular sports drinks. For an even tastier drink, make a protein shake with orange juice and pour it into a travel mug.

4. Bananas – After a sweat session, your potassium levels will be low. That’s why it’s a good idea to eat potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, post-workout. Bananas are also high in carbs that rebuild damaged muscles. Just throw one in your backpack before a run or prepare a banana protein shake.

5. Salmon – Boost your exercise recovery with a protein-packed supper like grilled salmon. In addition to lean proteins, salmon offers anti-inflammatory omega-3’s that help rebuild muscles.  You can pair salmon with fiber-filled foods, such as quinoa or vegetables, for a filling post-workout meal. Try this maple grilled salmon after your next workout.

6. Blueberries – They may be little, but these blueberries can give your body the antioxidants and carbohydrates you need after a grueling workout session. These antioxidants aid in muscle repair and restore energy. For an even tastier snack filled with protein, try adding blueberries to plain, low-fat yogurt.

7. Dried Fruit and Nuts – For a quick and easy snack, grab a handful or two of dried fruit and nuts. You’ll get a healthy dose of protein from the nuts along with simple carbohydrates from the dried fruit. All you have to do is fill up a snack bag and store it in your gym bag for easy access.


8. Kiwi – Even a small serving of kiwi offers large amounts of vitamin C and potassium. This sweet and tangy fruit is also packed with antioxidants to reduce muscle soreness. Before you toss out the skin, you should know it contains even more nutrients!

9. Chocolate Milk – Yes, water will keep you hydrated. But if you want to fully recover after a workout, you should also drink chocolate milk. Chocolate milk offers the carbs and protein you need for muscle recovery, while also keeping you hydrated. Plus, what’s fiercer than a chocolate milk mustache? 

10. Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are a great source of carbs and a variety of vitamins and nutrients. Make this a post-workout snack for a healthy dose of vitamins B6, C, D, iron, magnesium and potassium. Even better yet, add a source of lean protein like a piece of grilled chicken.


11. Grilled Chicken and Mixed Vegetables – After a workout, your body needs to replenish its nutrients, and this dish will do just that. Chicken offers lean protein and carbohydrates to fill you up without bloating, while veggies in olive oil will keep your heart healthy. You can even top this dish off with some low fat cottage cheese.

12. Veggie Omelet with Avocado – When you grow tired of the same old scrambled eggs, mix it up with this veggie-packed omelet. Add a few slices of avocado for healthy fats and fiber.

13. Green Tea – If you’re looking for a boost of energy after a workout, green tea may just be, well, your cup of tea. Green tea is packed with powerful antioxidants to help metabolize fat and curb muscle damage. Plus, it contains less caffeine than other caffeinated beverages, leaving you energized but not jittery. You can brew a hot batch or drink it iced; it all depends on your preference. Just make sure you drink it unsweetened for a healthier beverage.

14. Water – This may seem obvious, but we cannot stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated before, during and after a workout. Drinking water will keep you feeling energized. As a rule of thumb, you should drink 2-3 glasses of water for every pound you lose during a workout. So, fill up your water bottle regularly for maximum benefits!

15. Eat SOMETHING – The main gist of this article? Eat something. After a workout, your body needs to replenish its depleted reserves of fluids, electrolytes and so on. If you don’t eat within 15 minutes to an hour of your workout, your muscles won’t properly recover.

But that doesn’t mean you should grab a high-calorie snack either. There’s a right kind of post-workout snack or meal and a wrong kind. Stick to these healthy snack ideas or similar options, and your workout won’t go to waste!

What type of food or drink do you usually have after a workout? Are you thinking of trying any of these snacks in the future? 

14 Unique Gift Ideas for Nurses 01 October 15 02:49 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

14 Unique Gift Ideas for Nurses

Do you want to thank a favorite nurse for all that they’ve done? Or do you know a friend or family member in nursing whose birthday is fast approaching? Never fear! We’re here to help with some brilliant nursing gift ideas.

If you need inspiration, or simply don’t have the time to look for a gift, these gift items are perfect for any nurse. They’ll show your appreciation and see plenty of use as well.

Nurse Drinkware Gift Items


1. “Have A Heart” Handled Mason Jar Glass In case you haven’t already noticed, mason jars are just about EVERYWHERE. People are eating breakfast out of them, making DIY crafts with burlap and basically obsessing over this drinkware item. I’m actually drinking out of a mason jar at this very moment.

But the mason jar pictured above isn’t any old mason jar glass. You see, this mason jar was designed exclusively for nurses. With its stethoscope heart-shaped design, it’s the perfect gift for a favorite nurse. Plus, it has a nifty carrying handle for their convenience.


2. “Safety First, Drink With a Nurse” Beer Glass - Safety is always a priority. That’s why you should play it safe by giving them a gift they’re bound to love – this amusing beer glass! This glass is so much fun, nurses will want to drink just about anything in it, including their morning orange juice, chocolate milk and my personal fave – apple cider.


3. “Nurse” Coffee Bean Ceramic Mug No nurse should ever live without coffee. That’s precisely why this nurse mug was designed! Whether it’s the notorious pumpkin spice latte or a chamomile tea, nurses will enjoy drinking their favorite hot beverage out of this 11 oz. ceramic mug. And after a long work shift, they’ll appreciate its dishwasher safe design. Because, come on, nobody likes doing dishes.

4. “Registered Nurse” Wine Glass Now here’s a gift they won’t wine about! If you’re looking for a gift that says I’m an amazing gift giver, look no further! Wine enthusiasts will simply love this 10-ounce wine glass, and may even share their favorite vintage as a token of their appreciation.

Nurse Tote Bag Gifts


5.  “Nurse” Zebra Print Tote Bag Ok, picture this: your nurse friend is running through the jungle, fighting off lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) with their bare hands. Now wouldn’t a tote bag filled with books work well as a weapon?

No, but seriously, your nurse friends will go wild for this zebra print tote bag! It’s just the right size for storing all the essentials, and has a pair of sturdy handles for carrying to and from work. Best of all, they’ll look super cool with this chic zebra print bag on their arm. 


6. “This Nurse is Hungry!” Neoprene Lunch Tote If you’ve worked alongside nurses, you know that a hungry nurse is no laughing matter. Hunger can bring out the worst in anyone. Do the right thing – keep busy nurses well-nourished with yummy snacks served from this lunch tote. With its zippered closure and insulated interior, this amusing lunch bag makes a great gift for any nurse.

7. “Keep Calm I’m a Nurse” Insulated Wine Bottle Tote Last minute gift givers, do not panic! This adorable wine bottle tote is all you could hope for in a gift! Featuring a stretchable, insulated sleeve, this tote bag keeps wine at the desired temperature. Not to mention, its built-in handle offers an improved grip during transport. See? You have nothing to worry about.


8. “Nurse – Queen of the Healthcare Jungle” Animal Print Lunch BagOnce they have the “Nurse” zebra print tote bag, they obviously need this matching lunch bag to go with it! I mean, you can’t just have one. With this lunch tote, you’ll tame their wild stomach and allow them to express themselves. Plus, this fun lunch bag also comes in a leopard print for all those leopard fans out there.

9. Embroidered “Nurse” Port Authority® Large Felt Tote Bag You can always use another tote bag, especially when you’re a nurse. There’s nothing worse than having tons of medical supplies and accessories and nowhere to put them. With this polyester felt bag, finding room for tools of the trade will never be an issue. And who will they have to thank for this ample storage? That’s right, you!

Nurse Apparel Gifts


10. Women’s “Registered Nurse” Junior Fit Full-Zip Hoodie Your search for the right gift has officially ended. This full-zip hoodie says, “I’m the best friend in the entire world!” Okay, maybe not, but it’s extremely comfortable and it has two front pockets. As a bonus, you can customize this item with optional embroidery. Need we say more?


11. Ladies “Nursing is a Scream” ¾ Sleeve V-Neck TeeThis shirt practically screams nurse! Your favorite nurse doesn’t have to be an Edvard Munch fan to appreciate this witty tee. Made of comfortable ring-spun cotton material, this nurse-themed t-shirt is great for Halloween or just about any day!


12. “Nurse” Medical Cross Bella Junior Fit Hoodie On chilly autumn nights, your nurse friend will really appreciate having this extra comfy hoodie! They can throw it over scrubs on their work commute or pair it with casual wear. Add a personal touch to this soft hoodie with optional custom embroidery. What more could you ask for?

Nurse Decoration Gifts

13. “I Love Being a Nurse” Magnet What better way to declare their love for nursing than displaying this nurse magnet? Whether they place it on a fridge or a locker door, this fun magnet will look great. The only issue they’ll have is deciding where to put it.


14. “Nursing – When a Profession and a Passion Come Together” Ceramic Tile Nothing shows your appreciation quite like this sentimental ceramic tile. Made from elegant ceramic, this beautiful tile will look lovely in their garden, displayed on a desk or hanging on a wall in their home. It’s a gift all nurses are sure to love!

These are just some nursing gift ideas, but there are many more to be found. For more gift ideas for nurses or to treat yourself, take a look at our full line of nursing apparel, accessories and other gift items.

What about you? What gifts have you given to nurses? Or do you have other suggestions? Let us know! 

16 Signs You Work in a Hospital 29 September 15 01:16 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

Working in a hospital is never easy, especially when it feels like you live there. But take comfort in knowing you’re not alone.

The next time you’re feeling stressed out from work, check out this list of 16 signs you work in a hospital. Hopefully, it will give you a good laugh.

16 Signs You Work in a Hospital

1. You always know what items of clothing you can clip your badge to.

2. You have at least three lanyards, and one of them may or may not be sparkly.

3. You know which bathroom is least used, and you immediately run to it during your break.

4. You have never heard of this outlandish concept called “a break.”


5. For you, snow days are a fantasy. They live in the same realm as fairies and dragons.

6. No matter how bad something smells, you’ve smelled something far worse.

7. You roll your eyes whenever your friends say how hectic their life is.

8. You know the correct way to sneeze, and may even lecture others on how to properly sneeze.

9. You use words in daily conversation that only make sense in a hospital environment.


10. No matter where you are in the hospital, you always know where the nearest coffee pot is.

11. You wear scrubs more than you wear real clothing.

12. Your hands smell like a combination of latex and hand sanitizer.

13. You can only hold onto a pen for five minutes before losing it.

14. You’ve become an expert at falling asleep just about anywhere.

15. You feel like the cafeteria staff, maintenance staff, etc. really get you as an individual.

16. You describe hospital food as a homemade meal.

Are any of these true for your profession? Or do you know of any others that we may have missed? 

36 Ideas for Your Fall Bucket List 24 September 15 01:45 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

36 Ideas for Your Fall Bucket List

It’s officially sweater weather! As you may already know, yesterday was the first day of fall. With temperatures slowly dropping, we’re excited for hayrides, pumpkin carving, haunted houses and everything pumpkin spice!

To celebrate this cozy season, we’re listing some of our favorite fall activities. Take a look at our fall bucket list so you don’t miss out on any seasonal fun!

1. Carve a pumpkin

2. Watch a scary movie under a soft blanket

3. Visit a street fair

4. Bake pumpkin bread

5. Tailgate at a football game

6. Make a yummy crockpot dinner

7. Have a backyard campfire

8. Go to a Halloween party

9. Watch Hocus Pocus

10. Shop for new fall clothes 

11. Drink a pumpkin spice latte

12. Drink mulled wine

13. Decorate your porch or stoop


14. Take a fall foliage drive

15. Enjoy a homemade pie 

16. Knit a fall scarf

17. Add pumpkin to a favorite recipe

18. Bundle up in a cozy jacket

19. Visit a spooky attraction

20. Get lost in a corn maze

21. Sip warm apple cider

22. Go on a hayride


23. Roast pumpkin seeds

24. Take a walk on a foggy morning

25. Wear a Halloween scrub top 

26. Drink pumpkin ale out of your favorite beer glass

27. Go apple picking at a local orchard

28. Jump into a pile of leaves

29. Bake apple crisp

30. Go to a fall festival


31. Bring out the fall scented candles!

32. Create a fall wreath 

33. Go for a fall hike

34. Gobble up Halloween candy

35. Share scary stores by the fire


36. Breathe in the crisp fall air

What are you most excited for this fall? Let us know in the comments below!

8 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Healthcare Professionals 22 September 15 02:15 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

8 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Healthcare Professionals

When you work in the healthcare industry, mornings can be chaotic. You’re in a mad rush to finish household tasks, get the kids ready and make it to work in time. With all this mayhem, your breakfast options most likely consist of anything portable that pops out of a toaster. Or you may dash out the door without even eating breakfast.

Instead of skipping breakfast or grabbing that donut, how about trying some healthy breakfast alternatives? A healthy morning meal can satisfy your appetite, give you a boost of energy and lead to smart eating all day long.

The key to eating healthy in the morning is preparation. Prepare your breakfast ahead of time so you have one less thing to worry about in the morning. If you want to actually sit down and enjoy your breakfast, manage your time wisely by following these 8 tips to start your workday off right. Give yourself more time in the morning by laying your scrubs out the night before and by waking up earlier.

Here’s a look at some healthy breakfast ideas that are perfect for busy medical professionals. Add these breakfast options to your regular diet for an overall healthier lifestyle.


1. Overnight oats – If you haven’t heard of this breakfast craze yet, we’ll give you the scoop. Overnight oats is the easiest breakfast recipe you could ask for. All you have to do is grab a mason jar, throw in some oats, any add-ins (spices, sweeteners, etc.) and your liquid of choice, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, you can add fresh fruit, nuts and other favorite toppings. It’s simple and healthy! If you need inspiration, here are some scrumptious overnight oats recipes!

2. Microwaved scrambled eggs with veggies – If you don’t have time to make eggs the traditional way, you can try zapping them in the microwave. They’ll still taste delicious and you won’t have a skillet to clean. Add some of your favorite veggies for an even tastier dish. Want to try making this? You’ll love this recipe for a microwave egg and veggie breakfast bowl!

3. Breakfast smoothie – It may sound silly, but have you ever tried drinking your breakfast? You can load up on fruits and vegetables and have a tasty drink all at the same time. Start your day off with a strawberry banana, peanut butter banana or spiced pumpkin smoothie. Try different combinations until you find your favorite. Then just pour it in a travel mug and you’re ready to go! You can even prepare these the night before to get a head start on your morning routine. Need some ideas? Try these 10 quick and easy recipes for breakfast smoothies.

4. Avocado toast – This yummy breakfast treat beats buttered toast any day. Just like it sounds, avocado toast is toast covered with smashed-up avocado. You can dress it up with a fried or hard-boiled egg or garnish it with sea salt or crushed red pepper flakes. Breakfast can’t get any better than that, especially since avocado is rich in vitamins and monounsaturated fats. Upgrade your breakfast with this avocado on toast recipe!

5. Breakfast burrito – Skip that breakfast sandwich from a fast food restaurant and try a breakfast burrito instead. Replace regular eggs with egg whites to cut back on fat and cholesterol and add salsa for some extra flavor. Wrap up all ingredients in a whole wheat tortilla for a healthier meal. If you don’t have time in the morning, make breakfast burritos in advance and freeze them for later. Here’s a sweet potato breakfast burrito recipe you’re sure to love!

6. Quinoa fruit salad – Light and refreshing, quinoa fruit salad is a great choice for breakfast. All you need is quinoa and some fresh fruit. Feel free to use blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, peaches, pineapples, raspberries or whatever fruit you have in the fridge at the moment. Top it off with some salad dressing or vinaigrette, and you’ll have a protein-packed meal! Try out this honey lime quinoa fruit salad for a healthy breakfast option.

7. Veggie muffins – If bakery items are your go-to breakfast, veggie muffins may be just what you need. You’ll get a healthy dose of vegetables along with a great start to your day. Bake a batch of healthy muffins on the weekend so you can grab breakfast and go during the work week. Test your baking skills with these 36 healthy muffin recipes!

8. Homemade granola – Before you eat that store-bought granola, you should know that it may be high in sugar and unhealthy fats and oils. By making your own granola at home, you can control the amount of sugar and the quality of ingredients. Plus, it can be fun to prepare your own batch with all your favorite toppings!

When you’re at the grocery store, look for 100% pure whole rolled oats and steer clear of anything that says “instant” or “quick cooking.” These items tend to be highly processed, and, therefore, not that healthy. Add some flavor with dried fruit, fruit juice, honey, Greek yogurt, nuts, pumpkin seeds or natural sugars. You can eat healthier each morning with these 16 healthy granola recipes!

We hope that this post will inspire you to try some of these healthy breakfast recipes. Remember, eating and living healthier is possible with preparation and smart shopping!

Now, we’d like to hear from you! Which of these healthy breakfast foods is your favorite? Or do you have any to add to the list? Let us know!

Top 10 Items Every New Nurse Needs 17 September 15 02:51 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

Top 10 Items Every New Nurse Needs

Ok, so you’ve just graduated nursing school and have now entered the real world. As you join the nursing profession, you may be wondering what items you will need for a prosperous future.

New nurses have enough on their minds already without having to worry if they have all the tools they need, so we came up with a list of the essentials. If you want to be fully prepared for your nursing career, take a look at these 10 items every new nurse needs. Use this as a checklist and you’ll be ready for anything!

1. Medical bag – Every nurse needs somewhere to store the essentials on their work commute. It’s important that you pick out a quality medical bag, purse or tote that offers plenty of pockets for storing medical instruments, pens and so on. The last thing you want is to arrive at work without a writing utensil or that clean change of clothes.

2. Comfortable shoes – When you’re constantly on your feet, you need a pair of forgiving medical shoes or clogs. Stick to the popular brand name shoes, such as Dansko, Sanita or Grey’s Anatomy, as they provide exceptional comfort and fashionable styles. When you’re shoe shopping, be on the lookout for medical clogs that offer arch support, breathing room and a soft footbed. Always choose comfort over trendiness; your feet will thank you later on.

3. Compression socks – Standing for long periods of time can cause discomfort, varicose veins and fatigue. All of this can be prevented by wearing compression stockings. These socks come in different levels of tightness, so you should measure your legs before deciding on the right size. 


4. A water bottle – Your health can fall to the wayside when you have a hectic schedule, but it’s important to stay hydrated. Make sure you carry a water bottle with you at all times as a visual cue to drink enough water. You can store it in your bag or leave it on your desk within reach. You can even make drinking water fun with a stylish water bottle design!

5. A lunch bag – Even the busiest of healthcare professionals need to take a lunch break. When you’re looking for a lunch tote or cooler, pick one with an insulated interior to keep food nice and fresh. Also, make sure you have plenty of storage room so you can fill the lunch bag with some healthy snacks.


6.  Stethoscope – One of the most important tools of the trade, a stethoscope is something every nurse should carry. Stethoscopes come in a range of styles, so choose the appropriate one for your patient population (adult, cardio, pediatrics, neonate, etc.). 

7. Pens – Nurses can never have enough pens. Since pens have a habit of magically disappearing, keep a pack of them in your locker or bag. You’ll be happy you have one when you need to sign something or take notes.


8. Bandage scissors – Now here’s an instrument that will see plenty of use when you’re a nurse. Bandage scissors are generally used for cutting bandages, tape or other tough materials, but they also work well for opening packages and other functions.

9. Penlight – A penlight is a must-have item for any nurse, as you need one to assess a patient’s progress. For the most convenient penlight, choose one with a pocket clip and an easy-to-see pupil gauge. Penlights are the perfect size for fitting into pockets and will come in handy on the job!

10. Comfortable scrubs – Ok, this is a given, but we just had to include this in the list. When you’re shopping for scrubs, make sure you avoid certain scrubs fashion faux pas. Take the time to find the right size for you, as you’ll be wearing these scrubs for long work shifts. Your scrubs should not be too tight or too baggy, and your scrub pants should not be too long or too short either. Once you’ve chosen the perfect scrub set, you’ll be feeling much more confident during your workday.

Now we’d like to hear from all of the nurses out there! What accessories or items do you use on a regular basis? Also, do you have any advice for new nurses?

9 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day 15 September 15 03:00 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

9 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

We’ve all heard the excuses for not drinking enough H2O. Work gets in the way and you forget. Or maybe, you don’t have enough time for bathroom breaks, so you avoid drinking too much.

It may be difficult, but keeping hydrated is important if you want to stay healthy. It's recommended that you drink 8 cups per day, but this can depend on the person’s workout routine and diet. If 8 cups seems like a marvelous feat, don’t despair. Even busy healthcare professionals can find time for drinking enough water with these 9 helpful tips.

1. Carry water with you – If possible, keep water with you at all times. Whether you're at work, home or out on the town, you can have water close by. You could slip a water bottle into your purse, medical bag or tote, and then refill it regularly. Having a water bottle within reach means you’ll be more likely to drink water instead of a soda or an energy drink. That bottle also serves as a visual cue to stay hydrated. Invest in a larger water bottle for fewer refills and sip all day long.

2. Set reminders – Set alarms on your phone or computer to remind you to drink more water. You could have these alarms go off once per hour, so you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day. If you’d rather not rely on technology, or find the alert noises annoying, place sticky notes in obvious places as a reminder instead.

3. Track your water intake with apps - Another option is to download a water reminder app, such as Waterlogged. There are apps that allow you to set daily goals for drinking water and also track your progress. Using these apps will help you develop a regular routine for drinking water.

4. Get an early start – Instead of waiting to drink water when you arrive at work, why not drink a full glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning? After sleeping all night, we need that glass of water in the morning to replenish. You’ll start your day off right as a result!

5. Drink water before meals – Think of water as an appetizer, and get into the habit of drinking 16 oz. before meals. Not only will this keep you hydrated, but it will also have you feeling fuller and will help prevent overeating.

6. Add some flavor – Water isn’t exactly the most exciting drink, so why not jazz it up with some fruit flavor? Instead of buying the flavor packs you find in the stores, choose something more natural like watermelon chunks or mint and use an infuser water bottle. You’ll be more tempted to drink that tasty water than the alternative. 

7. Drink water on the way to work – What better time to drink water than during your long work commute? Keep a water bottle in the cup holder when driving to work, or buy a package of bottled water for your car. If you take public transportation, bring water for the train or bus ride.

8. Use a straw – Somehow, using a straw to drink water seems easier than gulping it down. When your glass or water bottle includes a straw, you tend to drink faster and drink more. Plus, it’s fun to pick out colorful straws! 

9. Make drinking water a part of your daily routine – Do you have a morning routine or a bedtime routine? Make drinking water easier by adding it to a routine you already have. If you watch TV in the evening, keep water on an end table or the coffee table as a visual reminder. If you usually drink coffee in the morning, have a glass of water while it’s brewing. Soon, drinking water will come just as natural to you as any other daily ritual.

What are your tricks for drinking more water? Do you find yourself struggling to stay hydrated? 

14 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep 10 September 15 01:05 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

14 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

No one understands the value of sleep more than healthcare professionals. How you feel during those long work shifts depends on your quality of sleep.

Sure, there is the miracle we call coffee, but caffeinated beverages can only do so much. What you really need is some good night’s sleep. If you’re constantly tossing and turning at night, try these 14 tips to sleep soundly the whole night through.  

1. Develop a bedtime routine – If you want to sleep better, allow some time to relax or wind down before bed. Performing the same tasks before bed sends a signal to your brain that bedtime is approaching. You could soak in a hot bath or lay your clothes out for the next day, as long as you’re setting routines and repeating them each night.

2. Stick to a sleep schedule – If you adopt a regular sleeping schedule, you’ll see a significant difference in your energy levels. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. If possible, keep this schedule on the weekends, even though it may be tempting to stay up late or sleep in. Your body will adjust to this schedule and should start to wake up naturally without an alarm.

3. Manage stress – Residual stress from the day can cause sleep problems. If your mind is racing before bed, take note of what seems to be bothering you. Figure out ways to de-stress after work so you’re fully relaxed by bedtime. You could vent to friends, read a favorite book or buy yourself a fun gift

4. Power down an hour before bed – Going on Pinterest before bedtime may seem relaxing, but it could be affecting your sleep. Avoid the temptation to check your email or tweet right before bed, and turn off all your devices at least an hour before bedtime. The light from your e-reader, smartphone or other electronic device can disrupt your sleep patterns by decreasing your levels of melatonin, a hormone that helps induce sleepiness. It won’t be easy to disconnect from the world, but you’re sure to see a difference in your alertness the next morning.

5. Nap wisely – While naps can be helpful, it might not be the greatest idea for insomniacs. In fact, napping can make insomnia even worse. If you must nap, try to nap in the early afternoon and limit your naps to 30 minutes or less. Also, avoid the temptation to nap after dinner, as you may wake up in the middle of the night.

6. Keep a sleep journal – If you have difficulty sleeping, it may be beneficial to track your sleep habits and patterns with a sleep journal. Here are some suggestions for what to include in a sleep journal:

  • The times you went to sleep and woke up
  • How long it took you to fall asleep
  • How long and well you slept
  • If or when you woke up in the night and how long you were awake
  • How much alcohol or caffeine you consumed and when
  • What you ate and drank and when
  • How many naps you took, for how long and when
  • Any medications you may have taken and when

You could jot down your responses in a notebook, create a chart to fill in regularly or use a sleep diary printable. This way, you can discover sleep issues and adjust accordingly.

7. Ban animals from the bed – No matter how cute and cuddly your furry companions may be, allowing pets in your bed is a huge no-no. Tail wagging or constant purring can disrupt your sleep, while the animal dander can lead to allergic reactions. So, ignore those puppy dog eyes as best you can, and have Max sleep on his dog bed instead. If your pets have trouble adjusting, ask your vet for helpful suggestions.

8. Keep your bedroom dark – The darker your room is, the better you’ll sleep. Hang heavy curtains or shades over your windows to block out any outside light. Is the glow from the digital alarm clock disrupting your shut-eye? Cover it up with a towel, turn it the other way or use a sleeping mask.

9. Sleep in a comfortable position – This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s often overlooked. Try to keep your head and neck as straight as possible when sleeping, and make sure you have a suitable pillow. If you suffer from back pain, place a pillow between your legs to align your hips better.

10. Go easy on the alcohol before bed – While that nightcap can have you feeling sleepy at first, we would advise against drinking alcohol before bed. Even a couple of drinks can disturb the sleeping process. When you drink alcohol right before bed, you may skip the first stage of sleep - rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. On a normal night, you have six or seven cycles of REM sleep. After drinking, you may only have one or two, leaving you exhausted in the morning. So, forget that glass of wine an hour before bed and replace it with some warm milk.

11. Get your caffeine fix earlier – Believe it or not, but caffeine can stay in your system for hours after ingesting it. That’s why it’s best to cut off your caffeine intake in the early afternoon. Be on the lookout for hidden sources of caffeine. Sure, we know that coffee, tea and soft drinks can contain caffeine, but certain weight-loss pills, pain relievers, ice creams and candy bars can have small amounts of caffeine. Take the time to read labels before you eat or drink anything close to bedtime, and fill that coffee mug with some herbal tea instead. 

12. Slip on some socks – If you’re having trouble sleeping, cold feet could be the culprit. It may seem like a random suggestion, but warming up with a soft pair of socks could help you sleep soundly and improve circulation.

13. Avoid heavy foods close to bedtime – Eating heavy foods or meals before bed can affect your sleep and add unnecessary calories. Steer clear of large portions, spicy snacks or greasy foods that could overload your digestive system, and have a light snack of cheese and crackers instead.

14. If all else fails, see a doctor – If you’ve tried everything else and still have trouble sleeping, it may be time to see a professional. A doctor can check for any health conditions – such as asthma, depression, acid reflux or a sleep disorder– that may be affecting your sleep.

The next time you’re struggling with sleep issues, get some much-needed shut-eye with all of these helpful tips. Now it’s your turn to share. What has helped you sleep better in the past?

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7 Ways to Fit Exercise into Your Busy Schedule 08 September 15 02:53 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

7 Ways to Fit Exercise into Your Busy Schedule

As a busy healthcare professional, sticking to an exercise routine can be a challenge. How are you supposed to find time for fitness when long hours and multiple priorities keep getting in the way?

If you’re trying to fit exercise into your busy life, the first step is preparation. Make sure you have a quality pair of walking shoes and some activewear. Stock up on fitness accessories, such as dumbbells, a yoga mat, a medicine ball or a water bottle. Keep some or all of these workout essentials out in the open, where they will serve as motivators to exercise.

Also, remember to make time for exercise. It’s easy to fall back on the excuse that you have no time, but no matter how busy you are, you can squeeze in some exercise time. Take a closer look at your schedule and try out these 7 ways to fit exercise into your daily routine.

1. Work with the time you have – Whether you exercise for an hour or only 10 minutes, every little bit counts. You could squeeze in some exercise time on your lunch break, or do some stretches while watching Scandal. Clear a space between your couch and TV for exercising and do some squats, jumping jacks or crunches. Be sure to keep dumbbells, jumping rope, exercise bands or other fitness tools where you can see them as visual reminders to workout.

2. Ditch your ride – This isn’t possible for everyone, but if you live close enough to work, why not try jogging or biking to work? Store all of your work items and a change of clothes in a backpack for easy transportation. If you usually take public transportation, get off the bus or train a few stops earlier, and walk or run the rest of the way. Or you could park your car farther away, and fit in some exercise time.

3. Plan workouts ahead of time – You schedule work meetings, so why not schedule exercise time? Decide on the best time for working out and enter it into your phone or computer calendar. Create multiple notifications or set it up as a repeat event so you’re less likely to forget or back out. Another option is to leave sticky notes in obvious places as a reminder to exercise.

4. Wake up early – You may be tempted to hit that snooze button again, but why not start your day off right with some exercise instead? You’re more likely to work out in the morning when you’re fresh and alert after a good night’s sleep than you are after a long work shift. If you have trouble waking up, wear your workout clothes to bed so you’re ready to go. This way, you’ll get your daily workout done immediately, and feel ready for the day ahead!

5. Bring the kids with you – Finding exercise time as a parent is difficult, but who says your kids can’t tag along on your next workout? Instead of hiring a babysitter, invest in a jogging stroller and take the kids with you on your next run. For older kids, have them join in, whether it’s running or bike riding. The workout will serve as bonding time while also keeping the whole family active.

6. Step it up – Take the climb and choose the stairs over the elevator. If you live or work in a high-rise building, maybe you could get off the elevator a few floors before your floor and take the stairs the rest of the way. Try to walk up and down the stairs at a fast pace to increase health benefits. 

7. Make it a date – Instead of going to a dinner and a movie, why not go for a run with your significant other? You could try something new together, such as a cycling class, or do something you both have loved for awhile. The experience will only make the two of you closer, and you’ll feel great afterwards!

Now, we’d like to hear from you! What has worked for you in the past? Have you tried any of these tips before?

11 Ways to De-Stress After Your Work Shift 03 September 15 01:29 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

11 Ways to De-Stress After Your Work Shift

You come home from a stressful day at your office or facility, looking for some peace and quiet, only to find the exact opposite. Household tasks, screaming children or a pile of paperwork leaves you tearing your hair out in frustration. So, the question is, how do you find some tranquility in all this chaos?

It’s going to be a challenge, but relaxing amidst all the madness is possible. You might not be going to a day spa every weekend, but you can find time for yourself here and there. Try to carve out a time once or twice a week that’s all yours. Maybe, you could find a babysitter, a friend or a family member to watch the kids, or a roommate or significant other can take charge for the night. Or you could devote certain times of the week to house chores or necessary tasks, so you don’t have to worry about them later. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and there has to be a way for you to find some me time. 

Once you have that free time, what do you do next? If you’ve been looking for stress relief methods, you’re in luck. Today, we’re sharing 8 ways to de-stress after a long work shift. These relaxing activities are sure to come in handy after a hectic workday. So take the time to sit back, relax and read these helpful tips.

1. Read something – There’s no better way to unwind than reading a book. You could pick up an old favorite or that mystery your friend has been recommending for weeks. Even 10 minutes of reading can do wonders for your stress levels. Whether you read a magazine, a medical journal or that blog you follow religiously, hopefully yours truly, is up to you. All that matters is that it’s an enjoyable reading experience.

2. Take a bubble bath or a VERY long shower – Nowadays, we’re in a mad rush whenever we enter the shower. We understand you lead a hectic life, but why not treat yourself to a long hot shower or a nice bubble bath every once and awhile? If your mornings are too busy, run a bath at night instead. Use some peppermint or lavender bath products for a soothing soak before bedtime. 

3.  Do some yoga poses – If you’re constantly feeling stressed, it may be time to bring out that yoga mat and put on some yoga pants. If you’re low on time, there are some simple yoga stretches you can try that don’t even require a change of clothes. The calming routine will help you release any tension from the day.

4. Unplug and recharge – While this isn’t always possible, unplugging from the outside world is a good idea every so often. The incessant buzz of a phone can wreak havoc on your stress levels and disrupt your sleeping cycle. Turn off your gadgets once and awhile or put them on silent and place them in another room. The silence will give you a much-needed break from the outside world. 

5. Drink some hot tea – This has to be the easiest relaxation technique you can adopt. All you need to de-stress is hot water, your favorite mug and a tea bag! Avoid caffeinated teas and choose an herbal tea instead. Hot teas like chamomile, peppermint or lemon balm can help with anxiety, insomnia and chronic headaches among other ailments. The next time you’re having trouble calming down, just make yourself a cuppa! It can make all the difference. 

6. Get some fresh air – We’ve all been there. You come home exhausted and just want to sit on the couch and binge watch Netflix. But it’s important to get some fresh air, especially if you’ve been cooped up in the office all day. You could eat dinner outside, grow a garden or read a book under a tree. Even a few minutes outside can improve your mood significantly.

7. Treat yourself – When you’re taking care of others all day long, it’s nice to do something for yourself at the day’s end. Maybe, you could paint your nails, buy yourself a fun gift or prepare your favorite meal. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. It should just be something you enjoy doing.

8. Play some music – Keep in a positive frame of mind by playing upbeat music. Create a playlist of your favorite tunes and play it while you’re cooking, cleaning or spending time outside. Sing your heart out and even dance to the beat! You’ll be feeling better in no time.

9. Write it down – If something’s bugging you, write it down. Whether it’s in a journal, a notepad or on the back of a receipt, writing can be a very cathartic process. Jotting down your feelings can also help you identify certain stress triggers, and, therefore, avoid them in the future. And if you're writing with this stress relief talking pen, all the better!

10. Socialize – After a long workday, you may not feel up to doing anything, but you should still make time for close friends or family on a regular basis. Spend time with people you actually enjoy hanging out with, and avoid debby downers who will only bring you down. If you’re just too busy to go out on the town, you could call a friend or Skype instead. Who knows? Reaching out to friends may be all the stress relief you need. 

11. Laugh often – It’s true what they say – laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter boosts your energy and releases endorphins, resulting in a stress free you. So, grab a comedy from Redbox, read an amusing book or watch a bunch of funny cat videos on Youtube. What you need to do all depends on your sense of humor.

Did we miss any stress relief methods? Let us know what techniques have worked for you in the past!

Top 6 Scrubs Fashion Blunders 01 September 15 12:45 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

Top 6 Scrubs Fashion Blunders

When you work in the healthcare industry, a professional appearance is essential to your continued success. Stained scrubs or a low-cut top can have others questioning your competence and qualifications.

Many hospitals and healthcare facilities have dress codes you must follow, with some requiring employees to wear certain colors. But even so, there are 6 scrubs fashion faux pas you should always avoid when picking out scrub wear


1. Avoid revealing clothing - Patients expect a certain level of professionalism when they enter an office or facility, and deep v-necks or underwear peeking out of scrub pants can undermine your professional image. If your scrub top features a low-cut neckline, make sure you wear a camisole or t-shirt underneath. Avoid low riders as no one wants to see what underwear you’re wearing, even if it’s your favorite pair. Look for popular brand name scrubs, such as Dickies, Cherokee or WonderWink™. These established brands offer scrub wear that’s tasteful yet chic at the same time.

2. Keep your scrub wear clean – During a normal workday, your scrubs can get covered with anything from food to chemicals to blood. That’s why it’s important that you wash your scrub wear regularly to remove stains and keep them fresh. Filthy scrubs not only appear unprofessional, but also unhygienic. After you’ve washed them, take a closer look at your scrubs and make sure all stains have been removed. Even if you think that stain is barely noticeable, someone is likely to see it.

3. Choose the right pant length – It’s doubtful you’re working in knee deep water, so don’t dress for it. Your scrub pants should end at your ankle and not before. Scrubs come in a variety of lengths, so find a pant size that fits your inseam and be careful you don’t shrink them in the wash.

4. Choose the right size – Scrubs can flatter your figure without being super tight. Save your skin-tight clothing for a night out on the town, and pick scrub wear in a size that fits your body. You’ll feel more comfortable during those long hour shifts and look more professional as well. Scrubs are made in all sizes, so there’s no reason for wearing tight scrub tops or baggy pants. Make sure to try scrub wear on before you buy it or find an online seller that offers free returns.


5. Be mindful of unprofessional patterns  – If your scrub top features a pattern that’s so brightly colored, it hurts the eyes, it might be time to invest in some new scrubs. When you choose your scrubs, consider your workplace and the colors you’re choosing. If you work in pediatrics, then wearing a kid-friendly scrub top is completely understandable. But if you’re in the ER, you might want to wear something other than that Frozen scrub top.

6. Update your scrub wear – If you’re finding rips or stains on your scrub tops or pants, it may be time to retire them. It’s no secret that a healthcare professional’s job can be physically demanding, and eventually, even scrubs of the highest quality will give in to wear and tear. Maintain your professional appearance by updating your scrub wear periodically. When your scrub sets have seen better days, replace them with brand new scrub wear that will have you feeling unstoppable. 

When you’re a healthcare professional, you want to be taken seriously. That’s why it’s important to pick attire that is appropriate for your work setting. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear fun print scrub tops or stylish scrubs if your dress code allows for it, but you should always look neat and professional.

8 Ways to Start Your Work Day off Right 27 August 15 11:10 AM postedby Courtney Feairheller

 8 Ways to Start Your Work Day off Right

You don’t have to be a morning person to start your work day off right. All it takes is a little bit of planning and motivation. Instead of saying “Just five more minutes,” envision everything you can achieve if you wake up and arrive at work earlier.

If mornings just aren’t your thing or you need more than just a mocha latte, try one or all of these 8 tips to start your work day off right. No matter what shift you work, this advice can apply to you.

1. Prepare ahead of time – There’s nothing worse than running around in the morning, trying to do a million things at once. That’s why your best bet is to avoid the morning rush by preparing the night before. Make sure your lunch bag, backpack, etc. is packed and ready to go before you even wake up. Instead of mulling over what to wear when you’re already running late, pick your clothes out the night before. Then you won’t be frantically searching through drawers or crawling on the closet floor trying to find the right top or a missing shoe.

If you have kids, ask them the night before if they need lunch money or your signature for a school trip. Even after all this preparation, calamities may still ensue, but at least you’ll have some tasks out of the way.

2. Wake up early – We all have the best intentions the night before, but when morning comes, that snooze button is oh so tempting. But it is very important that you wake up with plenty of time to spare.

If you have difficulty waking up in the morning, you may want to invest in an alarm clock for heavy sleepers. There’s an alarm clock that forces you to do a certain number of bicep curls, while another alarm clock rolls and bounces around the room until you finally catch it. 

The earlier you wake up, the more time you have for relaxing, completing household tasks and planning out the day ahead. So, remember to set your alarm and go to bed early so you’re less likely to press that snooze button. 

3. Squeeze in some exercise time – All too often, we save our exercise time for the end of the day only to have it pushed back to tomorrow. But what if you exercised at the start of the day? It doesn’t have to be anything intense. You could do 15 minutes of yoga, stretch with exercise bands or maybe go for a short run. You could even have someone join you for some accountability. It all depends on what works for you. Whatever activity you end up choosing, it’s sure to have you feeling energized afterwards and, therefore, more productive throughout the workday!

4. Sit down and eat breakfast – What better way to start your day than sitting down for a healthy, balanced breakfast? Instead of eating at your desk, in the car or skipping breakfast altogether, eat a nice breakfast while sitting on your porch or deck. If outside isn’t an option or the weather’s awful, find a favorite spot indoors, whether it’s at the kitchen table or in a reading nook. Take this time to relax and contemplate the day ahead. Or even better, pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read or talk with family or roommates. You’ll be in a great mood before the workday has even started!

5. Make a to-do list – When you have a lot on your plate, smaller tasks tend to slip through the cracks. That’s why it’s always a good idea to create a to-do list first thing in the morning so nothing is overlooked. Jot down the list in a notepad or planner and keep it with you all day long in a tote bag or purse. Make sure to prioritize your tasks, paying special attention to tasks that have closer deadlines or greater importance. This checklist will allow you to keep track of all you’ve accomplished while also helping you plan out tomorrow’s tasks.

6. Be nice to those around you – You’ve most likely heard the saying, “One kind word can change someone’s entire day,” and it’s 100% true. Even if you wake up with a killer headache or have a ton of meetings later that day, make an effort to be nice to others. It’s amazing how much a smile or a “Good morning!” can help your mood and the moods of others.

If you live with someone, you could compliment their appearance or bring them a cup of coffee. Not only are they more likely to repay in kind, but it will also have you feeling more positive about the day ahead.

7. Leave for work early – This may sound like a no brainer, as there’s always traffic or bad weather to consider, but it’s very difficult to achieve. Something always comes up in the morning, and before you know it, you’re running late and rushing for the door. It’s as if time is always against you. 

Beat the clock by setting up a morning routine and try to stick to it as best as possible. Think about what tasks take you the longest and figure out how you can complete them faster or maybe do them another time. The earlier you leave for work, the more traffic you’ll avoid and the more time you’ll have to get settled when you first arrive.

8. Start with difficult tasks – For most people, the best time to get stuff done is first thing in the morning. Your brain is fresh and alert after a good night’s sleep, and you’re not recovering from a post-lunch food coma or post-meeting anxiety. So, why not use this time to tackle the hardest tasks? With the tough stuff out of the way, you won’t be scrambling to finish everything at the end of the day.

The start of your workday doesn’t have to be all bad. Try these 8 work tips and you’ll be getting off to a much better start.

10 Things You Should Never Say to Coworkers 25 August 15 12:48 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

10 Things You Should Never Say to Coworkers

There are certain things that should never be said in the workplace. Sure, a statement may sound acceptable to you, and you may have heard coworkers say the exact same thing, but it can still be a recipe for disaster. And once those taboo words are out in the open, there’s no taking them back.

Whether they make others uncomfortable or they put your work motives in question, the following 10 phrases are a big no-no in the workplace.

1. “That’s not my problem” or “That’s not my job” – Nothing good can come out of saying this.  In fact, saying these words can make you look stubborn, unmotivated or even lazy. In today’s society, going above and beyond shows initiative and can help you when promotion time comes around. Before you refuse to do something, consider your reasons why. Do you simply not have the time? Is someone else better qualified for the task? If this is the case, find a better way of phrasing this statement.

2. "You're HOW old?" – Saying this to an older coworker could go badly. You may think you’re complimenting their youthful appearance, but no one wants to be reminded that they’re getting up there in age. It can create awkward tension and hurt their feelings. So overall, it’s not a good idea. 

3. “It’s not fair.” – This may be true, but saying it won’t help matters any. Plus, it makes you look unprofessional and can come off as whiny. Instead of saying this, think of reasons why the situation is unfair and create a convincing argument. You’ll be taken more seriously as a result.

4. "Don't tell so-and-so, but..." – Sometimes, a secret is just too juicy to keep to yourself, but telling it can have devastating consequences. Never share something in private at work that you wouldn’t want everyone to know. Word tends to get around, and something you said can come back to haunt you. Also, if someone at work confides in you, be considerate of their privacy and keep it to yourself. 

5. “I’m here to work, I’m not here to make friends” – There’s nothing wrong with keeping your personal and professional lives separate, but that doesn’t mean you should be openly rude to your coworkers or go out of your way to ignore them. It may seem easier to bury your head in work, but in the long run, it will hurt you. Your coworkers are more likely to lend a hand when you’ve treated them kindly in the past. Make an effort to ask how they’re doing or, if you’d like, even go out in a group for happy hour or lunch. 

6. “This may sound stupid, but…” – When you start a suggestion with this discounting phrase, it decreases the impact of the following statement. If you want people to take you seriously, you should sound confident and authoritative. Stand behind your ideas and believe in their value and others will follow suit.

7. “I don’t have time.” – You may be swamped with work, but no one wants to hear that you don’t have time for them. Instead of saying you’re too busy or flat out saying no, ask them if you can meet at a later time. If your morning is filled with meetings, ask if they can talk after lunch when you have some free time. Wear a watch at all times as a constant reminder of what time it is so you don’t miss the meeting.

8. “It’s not my fault.” -  It’s all too easy to assign blame, but it never helps the situation. If anything, it makes it worse. Blaming others can destroy work relationships and hurt your career. Instead of pointing fingers, work on fixing the problem. Once things have calmed down, figure out ways to prevent it from happening again.

9. “It’s all my fault.” – This statement may seem innocent enough, but we advise against using it too often. If you’re taking the fall for every mishap, you may appear incompetent. Only take responsibility for the tasks that fall within your job requirements. If you feel the need to apologize for something, apologize for the situation that someone is in. Offer your assistance and help resolve the problem instead of taking the blame.

10. “Just calm down” or “Relax” – If coworkers come to you with an issue, the worst possible thing you can say is, “Just calm down” or “Relax.” This response tends to have the exact opposite effect. Even worse, it implies that the person is overreacting and can come off as judgmental. Instead of giving into the urge to say this, let them vent and show an interest in their problems. If possible, take the conversation to a private place to avoid eavesdroppers. Your coworker will appreciate that you listened and will feel better after letting off some steam.

Avoid these 10 phrases in future workplace conversations and always remember to think before you speak. Before you say something at your office or facility, consider how you would feel if someone said those exact words to you. If you’re unsure or if you would find it offensive, then don’t say it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Did you say something to a coworker that you shouldn’t have? Give them a thoughtful gift as an apology. It will make all the difference!

8 Bad Work Habits that Healthcare Professionals Should Steer Clear Of 20 August 15 01:18 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

 8 Bad Work Habits that Healthcare Professionals Should Steer Clear Of

We all have them – bad work habits we just can’t seem to kick. Or maybe, habits we don’t want to kick. Sometimes, we just accept them as an inevitable part of life because it seems like they’re impossible to get rid of. Other times, we want to make a change but nothing seems to work. Or, maybe, you’re unaware that you even have a problem.

The first step in fixing a problem is acknowledging that you have a problem. Recognizing that there is an issue can help you eliminate it altogether or even transform that bad habit into something positive.

Here are some of the most annoying work habits that could be holding you back and our possible solutions. If any of these sound familiar, sit back and reflect on your workday and think how you could make a change for the better.

1. Skipping Meals – It happens. Healthcare professionals get caught up in work, and simply forget to eat or fail to make time. There may be patients waiting for you or a pile of paperwork to go through, but it’s still important to squeeze in some time for food whenever you can. Pack small meals or healthy snacks ahead of time in a lunch tote or cooler. Keep food within reach for easy access and as a visual reminder. Also, make sure to give yourself plenty of time before your shift to have a healthy, satisfying meal. If you have to wake up earlier, then do it. It can make all the difference in your alertness and attitude later on.

2. Procrastinating, Then Rushing – Sure, there may be tasks you dread and you keep putting off. But you’re going to have to take care of them eventually, so why not sooner rather than later? Procrastination isn’t helping anyone, especially you. When you wait until the last minute, it affects your performance and can raise your stress levels. Cut back on procrastinating by prioritizing your tasks and setting strict deadlines. Trust us - you’ll feel better when you no longer have those tasks looming over your head.

3. Resisting Change – It may sound cliché, but change is a natural part of life. You may not be comfortable with changes in your work routine or job responsibilities, but they’re going to happen no matter how you feel. So, why not accept these changes instead of fighting them? Instead of saying, “But we’ve always done it this way,” keep yourself open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. You never know – you may find that you actually like these changes in the long run.

If you truly feel that a new method works against your company’s goals, express your concerns, but also come prepared with a better alternative. Don’t just argue for the sake of arguing or because you fear change.

4. Gossiping – Gossiping can be harmless, and it can liven up an otherwise dull workday. But it can also create a negative work environment. Try to keep gossip to a minimum and recognize when you’ve crossed a line. If you’re meddling in your coworkers’ private affairs or making them feel uncomfortable, it may be time to take a step back and consider if you’ve gone too far. If they want to discuss a topic, they’ll come to you.

5. Taking Things Too Personally – Sometimes, criticism can be seen as a personal attack. Instead of immediately taking offense, consider whether or not your coworker is trying to help you or is offering some solid advice. It can be difficult to interpret someone’s tone when talking through email or through online chat, so keep in mind that they may have meant it in a different way then you read it. If you’re unsure, continue the conversation face to face to get a better idea of their intentions. When you receive constructive criticism, remember that they’re trying to help you grow as an individual, and use the feedback you’ve been given to improve your work performance.

6. Putting Your Personal Life Before Work – If the first thing you do when you get to work is log onto your personal Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest or other social media account, you may have a problem. We understand life happens. There will be times when you need to take that personal call, or there will be instances when a family emergency requires you to leave work early. That is perfectly understandable. But when your personal life or social media addiction is constantly interfering with your day to day work, it’s time to make a change.

Instead of updating your Facebook status every couple of hours or taking extended breaks to call friends, focus on your patients and on your work goals. Think about what you could be doing instead of tweeting, and how much your job is helping others.

7. Being Disorganized – Some scattered papers and a couple of Post-it notes never hurt anybody, but there’s a fine line between clutter and complete chaos. A messy workplace can hurt your productivity and leave you feeling unfocused. If you’re having difficulty finding a pen or a medical chart, it may be time to tidy up. It will be so much easier to find everything and finish tasks quickly when your workspace is organized.

Remember to file papers away and keep everything in its proper place. If your office or facility doesn’t provide these items, you may want to invest in a desk organizer, paper trays or plastic bins for storing documents and office supplies. Try to group similar objects together and keep important items at eye level or at close range. If you haven’t used it in awhile or it’s unnecessary, toss it. A clean desk will minimize your stress and make your workspace seem more professional.

8. Isolating Yourself – Yes, you may be more productive when you avoid talking to others, but isolating yourself can have some negative consequences. Instead of ignoring your coworkers, greet them with a smile and a friendly disposition. A nice gesture, a “How do you do?” or a compliment can transform a bad day into a good one.

We’re not saying you have to become BFFs and go to happy hour together. You’re not going to like everyone, and you don’t have to. But it doesn’t hurt to make an effort with coworkers on a daily basis. They’ll be more likely to help you in the future, and it will contribute to an overall more positive workplace.

You may not realize it, but these bad work habits are hurting your work performance and your chances for advancement. Eliminate any work problems by staying aware of them and then taking steps to defeat them. Keep a positive outlook and remind yourself that you can change your behaviors.

So what do you think of all of these bad work habits? Did we miss any big ones? 

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