June is National Safety Month and a good time to take a look at the environments we work in to see just how safe they are and how safe they should be. For nurses this means taking a closer look at the clinical setting and noting if certain standards are being met.

There are some aspects of caregiving which pose higher safety risks than others. The American Nurses Association considers the following three areas as crucial for workplace safety.

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We all do our best to incorporate healthy habits into our day, but restrictions can often limit the ones we get started on as well as those we see to fruition. As a nurse, you’re well aware of the restrictions in your day. But, although there can be obstacles, the rewards for following a few healthy habits can pay off, both immediately and in the long run.

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While nurses are dedicated to caring for others, they must also remember to care for themselves. Learning to grieve is an integral part of emotional well-being as most nurses will experience the loss of a patient at some point in their career. It is important to take steps to help prepare for those emotionally difficult moments.

“I encourage all nurses to have a grieving plan in place so they can process this loss in a healthy way,” said Susan Waltz, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing who has professional experience as a grief counselor.

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The core of nursing is care for others. While it is a rewarding and fulfilling career path, it can be exhausting for nurses who do not care for themselves in the same way they would care for a patient. While giving care to others, nurses tend to neglect care of themselves.

The stresses of a healthcare work environment can be particularly challenging for nurses because the profession is always changing. The role of the nurse is not stagnant, and with any rapid change comes stress.

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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, around 2.3 million men and women are incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons. It’s a population with complex and diverse healthcare needs – injuries, chronic conditions, even palliative care.

Providing nursing care to this group of patients, and in this setting, is not a job for everyone, said Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, a correctional nursing specialist and visiting professor in Chamberlain’s MSN program. However, for the right nurse, it can also be extremely satisfying and rewarding specialty.

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Did you know that the number of nurses with informatics in their title doubled in the last three years? Or that 81% of nurse informaticists are satisfied with their career choice?

In the latest survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), these topics and others are covered in an in-depth look at the continued growth of nursing informatics. This year’s survey examines current professional status and practice trends while highlighting changes that have occurred over the last decade.

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Pamela Matthews is a woman with a big heart and career aspirations just as large.

A native Bostonian, she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work and began working with a local hospital, managing residential sites and group homes for people who were developmentally delayed. Pamela was responsible for all of the behavioral components of her caseload and acted as a liaison between her patients and their medical care teams. Concurrently, she volunteered with the Special Olympics, working with kids and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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The Nurse Life series of blog posts examines real world experiences of both current and prospective nurses as they share their stories of what drew them to their career and what has made it meaningful.

Emily Sizemore, senior career services advisor for Chamberlain’s Chicago campus, recently spoke with Chamberlain Instructor Mary Beth Sakis about her career experiences.

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