You Got to Have Friends to Be Healthy

The 1973 Bette Midler hit song proclaims that you have to have friends to make the day last long. There is something to the song: There’s scientific evidence that having friends can also make your life, and your good health, last long too. The Nurses’ Health Studies launched by Harvard University in 1976 (and others),… [Continue..]

Happy Nurses Week 2016!

This week, as we celebrate Nurses Week 2016 around the world, it’s a good time to reflect on the vital, yet often hidden, role that nurses play in our world. Most people are familiar with the work nurses do in hospitals and medical offices but may not know about the many other ways and places that nurses… [Continue..]

What Nurses Do

This week, as we celebrate Nurses Week around the world, it’s a good time to reflect on the vital, yet often hidden, role that nurses play in our world. Most people are familiar with the work nurses do in hospitals and medical offices but may not know about the many other ways and places that nurses are… [Continue..]

5 Healthy Ways to Start Your Day in 5 Minutes or Less

  You don’t need a rigid schedule or even a lot of time to get each day off to an energetic and healthy start. Try a few of these quick and easy tips to improve your vitality, your mood, and your well-being. These tips are also great to try any time of the day for… [Continue..]

Top Warning Signs You Could Be Dehydrated (and Why It Matters)

Many of us walk around in a state of mild to moderate dehydration because we often don’t consume enough liquids to supply our bodies with the hydration it needs to function at its best. Chronic dehydration stresses our organs and can interfere with bodily functions leading in some cases to illness, irritability, fatigue, difficulty focusing… [Continue..]

9 Ways Nurses Work for You

I had the honor of being a guest on The Dr. Oz Show for a segment titled “Nurses’ Secrets That Can Save Your Life.” Click here to watch the video. During my brief time on camera, I gave a quick overview of the role nurses play in health care and information that is helpful to… [Continue..]

Celebrate National Nurses Week…and Nurses!

As we celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12), it’s a good time to talk about the expanding role that nurses play and will play in the future as health care evolves to meet the changing demographics and health-care needs of the population. While many people think of nurses as “assistants” to the physician, we are… [Continue..]

12 Things You May Not Know About Registered Nurses

National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6 through May 12, the latter date falling on pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale’s birthday. And since misconceptions, misinformation and misunderstandings abound about the profession, here are a few points to set the record straight. 1. There are 3.1 million RNs in the US. We are the largest group… [Continue..]

Are you a Pollyanna?

When someone calls another person a “Pollyanna” it is usually meant in a derogatory way. It implies that the person only sees the positives, and ignores the negatives, in any situation — which some interpret as being naïve or denying reality. Yet the fictional Pollyanna, to whom the term refers, was an optimist who simply… [Continue..]

Learn to Ride the Waves in Life

Bethany Hamilton is a young woman who, while surfing, lost her left arm during a shark attack in 2003. Her case was highly publicized, not only because of the incident but because three weeks later she got back on her surf board and hit the waves again. She made numerous TV appearances at that time.… [Continue..]