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When working with adolescents, it is important to communicate clearly, interpret their need accurately and to provide education on topics that are sometimes overwhelming.

 

Adolescents pose a challenge to health care professionals. Whether it be stubbornness or unwillingness to accept that their actions have consequences, or difficulty to communicate clear and factual information, working with adolescents often creates unique obstacles.


Posted January 10, 2018busy-nurses-station-in-hospital

 

It’s a nurse’s duty to care for patients and improve the overall health of others, but how often do you stop to think about your own health?

If you’re in the majority of nurses, you don’t focus on your own health often enough — and it’s leading to medical errors when you treat patients at work.

A recent study by The Ohio State University showed more than half of U.S. nurses are depressed, making them prone to medical errors.


Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: COD Newsroom (Flickr)

Photo by: COD Newsroom (Flickr)

Learn to recognize the signs of PTSD so you can get help if you need it.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Nurses

We became, or want to become, nurses because we want to care for other people. Our career goal, and the joy that comes with it, is helping an ill person regain their health. Unfortunately, even the best care does not always bring about the desired results, and we lose patients. If you have become attached to that patient, which we all do because we care, the loss can be even more traumatic. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is on the rise in the health care professions, and nurses are particularly prone to this debilitating condition.


Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by Fractured Studios (Flickr)

Photo by Fractured Studios (Flickr)

We all suffer from the “winter blues” every once in a while, but many people suffer from a more severe form of the winter depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. The acronym fits, doesn't it? As a nurse, you might notice a change in your regular patients' moods during the winter months. Some might come into your care a little more tired and a little less enthused about life. Don't make the mistake of assuming they are stuck in a winter funk. Take the time to assess whether your patients are suffering from SAD or just the winter blues.


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