October 23, 2014
sexy nurse halloween costume

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Nurses have been sexualized in the media for decades. The “naughty nurse” stereotypes have been fed to our culture so much that when Halloween rolls around each year, we always expect to see some “sexy nurses” roaming the streets. The now traditional sexy nurse Halloween costumes has become a staple in our society every fall.

The creation of the “sexy nurse.” Where did this stereotype come from?

The sexy nurse has always been a stereotypical part of American culture. In fact, it’s always been part of every Western-society. If you think about it, a nurse has always been conceptualized as an image of pure health, right? Health, of course is associated with youth, motherly nurturing and attractiveness. This is what contributed to the creation of the sultry and overtly feminine nurse. Currently, the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland is featuring an exhibit that just opened in September entitled “Pictures of Nursing.” The exhibit is compiled of postcards that indicate early 19th century nurses were used as almost advertising, recruiting, and even propaganda in the field.

According to the Smithsonian website, the early 1900′s nurse had a distinct stereotype in Britain and the U.S. This was the young, white, middle-class, and Christian young women. Nurses that didn’t fit into that category were ignored in the popular media. By the 20′s and 30′s, relevant actresses of the era played nurse roles while the male-counterparts played soldiers or dapper doctors. When television became available in the 1950′s and 1960′s, nurses began being portrayed in racier lights than ever before. By the 1980′s, society accepted and perpetuated the sexy nurse image. And of course now, every costume shop or adult dress-up website has a risque nurse costume in stock.

What do nurses think of the sexy portrayal of their profession every Halloween?

We can expect to see the revealing cartoon-like versions of nurses at almost any Halloween party we attend. But, how do actual registered nurses feel about this portrayal of their career? Opinions are torn down the middle. While some nurses find it extremely disrespectful to tarnish the image of their beloved livelihood by portraying it by  adorning themselves with lingerie-like garb; some are okay with it.  Additionally, some believe it is sexist to make nurses be associated with the “sexy” identity just because the majority of nurses still are women. With the shortage of nurses and the progression of our modern society, it is seen as taking steps in the wrong direction to assume that nurses are all women anyway.

Others find no reason to find fault in it. In fact, some nurses support the notion of a vixen nurse. They feel that there’s no reason to be insulted. Sexy costumes are made for any type of jobs these days. And its not even just the quote on quote “feminine” jobs that have scandalous portrayals every Halloween. Construction workers, firemen, and even lumberjacks have sexy costumes manufactured and sold these days. It’s just a fun part of our culture to be able to dress in a sexy manner once a year, in some people’s opinions.

What do you think?

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October 15, 2014
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The first healthcare professional to contract Ebola in the U.S. has been identified as Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse in Dallas, TX. Ebola has been causing a whirlwind of worries now that it has been spread inside our home country. It is shocking that now Pham and the nurse assistant in Madrid have so quickly gone from caretakers to patients from this frightening illness. And, it brings up some major concerns. How much do we know about Ebola safety precautions? And, how much are hospitals training our healthcare professionals to handle this?

CNN reported a shocking statistic from a survey of 1,900 nurses where they found 76 percent of the hospitals they were employed in failed to communicate any sort of protocols for receiving inpatients that were infected with Ebola! And 85 percent said their hospital has not educated nurses about Ebola, with the chance to ask questions, according to the Dallas Morning News.

National Nurses United, the largest union for nurses in the U.S., is pushing for more education, equipment and training in the midst of this pandemic infection. Pham contracted Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who contracted the disease in Liberia and later died in the Dallas hospital where she worked. The CDC is concerned with how patients are entering the hospitals. Employees in the front-lines are clearly are at a higher risk of infection. Additionally, despite Pham wearing the protective gloves, mask, and shield; the CDC reported some inconsistencies in her use of the safety garb. In order to keep hospital employees safe, we should focus on how Pham contracted it.

What could have caused nurse Nina Pham’s infection?

Pham is currently receiving blood transfusions from an Ebola survivor. As the reportedly “clinically stable” nurse fights for her life, our entire country needs to know how she contracted the deadly infection. The Center for Disease Control is investigating how she removed her protective clothing. It is possible that during the process, Duncan’s infected fluid may have been on her precautionary gloves, mask, or shield and then was transferred onto her. Now, the CDC is pushing for spotters to observe hospital employees removal of protective ware to ensure they are using the proper procedures.

“When you have potentially soiled or contaminated gloves or masks or other things, to remove those without any risk of any contaminated material … touching you and being then on your clothes or face or skin … is not easy to do right,” said Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC.

Pham’s apartment complex has been decontaminated and all the neighbors have been alerted via reverse 911 calls. Also, even Pham’s beloved dog, Bentley, has been quarantined. The brave nurse has even been able to post socially about her pet’s precautionary care. However, it is unknown how canines react to Ebola. Although, the treatment for an Ebola-stricken dog is far different than the dog of the nurse’s aid in Spain who was swiftly put to death after the owner contracted the disease.

ebola and pets

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A National Nurses United press release from October 13th said the following:

“As of Monday afternoon, 2,200 RNs at more 750 facilities in 46 states and the District of Columbia have responded to the NNU national survey. 

Current findings show:

  • 85 percent say their hospital has not provided education on Ebola with the ability for the nurses to interact and ask questions – a percentage that remains largely unchanged
  • 40 percent say their hospital has insufficient current supplies of eye protection (face shields or side shields with goggles) for daily use on their unit; 38 percent say there are insufficient supplies of fluid resistant/impermeable gowns in their hospital – both numbers are increasing as more survey results come in
  • 39 percent say their hospital does not have plans to equip isolation rooms with plastic covered mattresses and pillows and discard all linens after use; only 8 percent said they were aware their hospital does have such a plan in place”

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October 10, 2014
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Travel nurses are always there to bridge the gap in light of staffing needs and shortages. October 10th 2014 is the day designated to the flexible and spontaneous men and women of nursing that are not afraid to spice things up in their career! Let’s take a moment to thank the awesome travel nurses all around the U.S. (and world!) Let’s get together and celebrate Travel Nurse Day 2014!

Why We Love Travel Nurses

Travel nurses are fierce, hardworking, and adventurous. They have the talent and compassion to help out in hospitals that are desperately under-staffed while having the ability to feed their insatiable urge to explore! Travel nursing is ideal for smart individuals that know they actually earn more money than working in permanent positions, but also realize that if they find a location that complements their lifestyle that they can just as easily set-up camp there for the long-run. Travel nurses are smart cookies and fast on their feet. Travel nurses are social butterflies that have amazing personalities that vibrantly shine through many changing atmospheres.

Ways We Can Thank a Travel Nurse

  • If you’re working in a hospital with travel staff, be mindful of their circumstances. Traveling healthcare professionals may not know anyone in the area or have work-relationships with employees yet. Why not make a new friend that’s a travel nurse? Grab a bite together and learn from a new perspective.
  • If you see a travel nurse who is unsure about where things are, help them out! We all have been thrown into new places before so we all know how appreciative we can be when someone shows us the ropes or lends us a hand.
  • Recommend good local places. Anyone can use TripAdvisor or UrbanSpoon, but locals are the ones who really know the best joints in town.

So to celebrate Travel Nurse Source’s spectacular RNs that travel all around the country, we want to offer you some fun ideas on how to celebrate; even if you yourself are working in a location that is foreign to you.

Fun & Affordable Ways to Treat Yourself for Travel Nurse Day

  • Cook yourself a juicy steak and chase it down with a glass of red wine. (Of course if you don’t eat red meat, indulge in your favorite substitution meal.) Red wine is the healthiest alcoholic beverage to indulge in so if you’re making a toast, might as well make it in a body-positive way!
  • Explore a new museum! Add some more culture to your life on Travel Nurse Day and appreciate new muses you will keep with you for a lifetime.
  • Take an epic nap. And, if you aren’t scheduled to work, spend the afternoon in your pajamas–you deserve it. Have a lazy day if you choose!
  • Find a nearby nature retreat and spend time enjoying the fall foliage.
  • Find a recipe or DIY project on Pinterest and actually complete it for once. (Even if it doesn’t turn out as perfect as the picture.)

Wanna Join the Travel Nurse Movement?

If you feel that you too are ready to practice in a new location and earn spectacular benefits today, getting started could not be easier. All you need to do is browse the plethora of open positions by specialty and location right here.

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October 3, 2014
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Ask any nurse if they have any memorable patients and they’ll instantly recall at least a few people that truly impacted their lives. Healthcare professions have strict policies against crossing professional-boundaries, but also reward ones that are able to positively connect with those they are treating in order to aid in their recovery. However, as you can read in “Blurred Lines: Proper Nurse and Patient Boundaries“,  the line between compassionate-care and inappropriate behavior can be a difficult one to distinguish.

The Florence Nightingale oath all nurses must take, establishes rules of fairness that nurses must follow. For example, nurses should never be spending more time attending to patients than others in order to keep a fair practice in place. But, as human beings working in these sensitive environments, it can be easy to accidentally have minor slip-ups.

Sarah Horstmann, R.N., wrote about a patient that had a strong similarity to her own grandfather who had recently passed away that she found herself unconsciously doing things that may be considered unethical. Sure, none of her actions were harmful in anyway. But, still she had created a bond with the elderly man that before she knew it she was checking in on him more frequently than other patients. As the case with most older patients, one day he was gone and it made her wonder if she should have ever let him know how she felt about him and how he reminded her of her own loved one. She felt a sadness as if her grandfather had once again departed from this world. But, as his nurse she knew she could not deviate from her professional demeanor to share that.

“Nurses and patients move in and out of each others’ lives so quickly, but we are nonetheless changed by every encounter,” said Horstmann,  “I became a nurse because I want to care for people and make a difference. Being touched in return is an added bonus.”

Bonding with patients on emotional levels can be mutually beneficial. When nurses are able to build friendly relationships with those they are treating, they are able to develop a trust. Trust is a very important aspect in healthcare. Many patients are in such devastated positions; worried about their well-being that the best thing you can do is comfort them and make them feel at ease.

How to Build Trust: A Brief Nurse’s Guide

1. HOW you say things is almost as important than WHAT you say

Body language is a very important way to develop (or lose) trust. For example, don’t appear enthusiastic when you tell bad news. That makes patients feel as if you are insensitive. Instead, save those elaborate gestures for when you are sharing positive results.

2. Do Not “Oversell” Your Abilities

There’s no good that comes for lying to patients about your abilities. Installing false hope in being able to treat them is a terrible practice and will lose any trust they may have had for you. Instead, don’t be afraid to ask other healthcare professionals you work with if they could be better at helping them. No one is perfect and you shouldn’t be afraid to honestly admit when you are feeling inept.

3.  Listen More than Speak

One huge way to build a bond with patients is to act with transparency. Maintain eye contact, nod to show you are being attentive, and actually listen to what they are voicing. It is important they know you are willing to consider what they have to say. It shows a positive character on your part and the patient feels secure that their needs are being taken care of.

Bonding with patients is a great way to show them they are being genuinely cared for, but it also can put emotional distress on the nurse who can accidentally develop attachments. But, remember; there is a line between compassionate care and wrongful practices when it comes to nurses bonding with patients.

 

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September 26, 2014
job outlook for nurses

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Once upon a time there were bountiful jobs in the education field. Little boys and girls in America went to school to pursue jobs in education. But, as more and more bachelor-degree equipped grads flocked to jobs; they began requiring additional training such as particular training in a specialty of education to teach. Now, teaching is no longer the once desirable industry to study in a four-year school that it once was. Unfortunately, nursing is beginning to follow  similar pattern.

One of the reasons nursing is such a wonderful workforce to joining right now, is the ongoing nursing shortage that has made nursing one of the most popular fields of study for college kids in recent years. In fact, according to the Princeton Review, nursing is the 3rd most popular major for college students. Healthcare is a field that can never be outsourced and people will always demand the service, but yet medical school is expensive and difficult. Therefore, going for nursing degrees is a practical profession even during a recession.

But, as more people are filling the little, white nursing shoes and older nurses are staying in the field longer instead of retiring; where will the future of nursing be? Will we ultimately end up with too many qualified staff, but not enough positions? Or, will the job openings continue to increase as our population grows? It’s hard to tell if the job outlook for nurses will be just sunny skies or become a bit more cloudy. So the debate lives on for the topic of the nurse job forecast.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), by 2020 we should expect employment of nurses to increase by 19%. This is more than for most occupations (which is only 14%.) But, as in the trend that happened with teaching, it looks like a future may be weary for job outlook. Already, we have seen LPNs be pushed out of hospitals to be filled by a combination of more and less qualified individuals. We have seen

So if healthcare shifts and competition grows fierce, what can you do to keep an edge? One thing I would suggest is exploring specialties in preventative medicine. Our society is now shifting into a preventative and wellness revolution. And, with help from the Affordable Care Acts push of these health measures, more people have benefits that allow them to receive this care.

Outpatient and long-term care in addition to other nontraditional nurse settings are becoming more sought after, too. So as institution policies get more strict and nurses postpone retirement, its important to get creative. Innovation is the key to a whole new world of nursing. However, these kind of positions do not allow much room for advancement in the field. RNs have the luxury of being able to choose to receive more training in order to obtain advanced degrees or specializations. Jobs like nurse anesthetists, for example, make an more than $150,00 on average annually.

Additionally, travel nursing jobs are a great way to secure temp0rary positions while traveling….even in competitive job markets. Plus, recruiters can keep your employment constant as you get to explore as many locations as you choose. Travel nursing is one of the best ways to control your career (and on average, earn more than nurses who aren’t in travel slots.) If you are a registered nurse looking for employment assignments in exciting places all over the country, you can apply within a few brief minutes right on the Travel Nurse Source page. Find opportunities perfect for your lifestyle today and live happily ever after!

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September 12, 2014
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Recent studies show that more than half of nurses are classified as overweight. Researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing found that 55 percent of the 2,103 female nurses they surveyed were obese. The causes seem to stem from job stress and the effect on sleep of long, irregular work hours (source: ABC News). The study looked at body mass index estimates and also affected the quality of care the patients received.

Nurses are just as prone to health issues as their patients.

We all know the stresses of work and weird, long hours can take quite a toll on our health and habits. As a healthcare professional it is your responsibility to take care of patients and make sure they are following the heath guidelines provided to them. However, in the midst of everything, some nurses forget about how important it is to make sure they are taking care of themselves first.

Bad habits are likely to form with nurses hectic schedules, and always making sure your patients are on the right track to recovery from whatever issue they may be dealing with, can cause you to stray away from your personal needs. Well, it may be time to take the time to listen to what your body is saying.

Breaking bad habits.

It is believed that it takes 21 consecutive days to make and break a habit. The 21-day rule originates from “Psycho-Cybernetics,” published in the 1970s. Granted, it is much easier to make a habit rather than break one. But luckily, we are here to give you some tips on breaking some unhealthy habits your busy nursing schedule may have created.

Some of the unhealthy eating habits that may have formed since you agreed to your busy work schedules could be caused by sleep deprivation, fatigue, and/ or lack of motivation.

1. The key to breaking any bad habit you may be battling with is to take small steps!

Typically, things that change overnight do not stick for very long and in order to perform your best, you want these bad habits to be a thing of your past. Try to start by bringing yourself immediate success through small advances. Work out for 15 minutes or eat a banana and yogurt for breakfast rather than cold pizza. It’ll help you feel better about yourself and make you want to keep it up!

2. Keep a record of your success.

It’s really helpful to track your progress and improve your areas of struggle if you keep a journal! That will help you to better focus on the habits you’d like to change and will bring awareness as to why you are doing the things you are. You can keep track of what you’re eating, when you are falling asleep, when you are waking up, exercising, etc., and get yourself on a successful track to healthy in no time!

3. Schedules are your best friend.

You may be constantly on-the-go from the time you wake up and right until you lay back down at the end of the night to get some sleep and do it all over again the next day. Creating a schedule can help you feel less stressed and keep on track with your eating and exercise. For example, if you know you’re going to have a 30 minute break in between patients, pencil in “eating time” and make sure you stick to it. Skipping a meal can cause your body to go into fasting mode, and in turn make you store fat and gain weight. So staying on an eating schedule can help your metabolism and give you energy throughout the day.

4. Plan ahead.

Eating healthy may be an obstacle when the hospital cafeteria limits your options. Stock a lunch box with healthy food options and pick from it throughout the day. You can pack your food the night before, that way, you can just wake up, grab your lunch box and have healthy items to snack on throughout the busy day. It will be mindless work and keep you going til your shift is over!

 

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August 28, 2014
fall travels

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A new season is upon us. The nights are getting brisk, the kids are going back to school and the leaves soon will change color and fall. For a natural-born adventurer like a travel nurse, its prime time to pick up your belongings  and head to a new place  to enjoy the autumn harvest.
 

Where to Travel this Fall

New England

The New England region is a marvelous place to be in the fall months. As the foliage begins to paint the avenues with vibrant yellows, oranges and reds its a spectacular time for anyone who enjoys nature. Photographers can take in the simplistic, small-town beauty and share masterpieces they capture while on a travel nurse assignment. Take a day to explore a pumpkin patch or go pick some top quality, fresh apples and bake the most superb pies. Celebrate some Halloween activities in October while on a travel nurse assignment in a New England state. For example, visit Salem, Massachusetts to see the spot of the notorious Salem Witch Trials. Or, scare the you-know-what out of yourself at the site of the Amityville Horror House in New York state where an entire family mysteriously was murdered and what inspired several twisted major motion pictures.

New England is legendary for its Indian Summers and bright, dynamic foliage. Take a tour of the breathtaking sites or go off hiking on your own to see all this grandeur by traveling to a New England this September on a travel nurse assignment!

East Coast Beaches

Are you a person who loves the tranquil sound of waves crashing on the shore but hate to experience it with all the loud overcrowded tourist beaches? Well, then take on a travel nurse assignment after Labor Day. This way, you can temporarily live in the gorgeous popular beach towns without the annoyance of loud crowds and traffic jams. Plus, the weather is starting to cool down in September and October so its less excruciating to spend time laying on the beach. Grab a book and a light sweater to indulge in a super relaxing afternoon on the sand! September is the best time to experience East Coast waterfronts. Just be careful of hurricane season!

Denver, Colorado

If you’re an avid beer snob, you may find yourself hankering to soak up the suds more than the sun. In the fall, Denver is an awesome city to live in if you want to check out some of the best beer festivals in the country. According to travelandleisure.com, “Fall here brings a chockablock lineup of sudsfests: the Denver Oktoberfest, the Denver Beer Fest, and the Great American Beer Festival, featuring 2,000 different beers from more than 400 brewers.”

Nashville, Tennessee

The Music City is a prime location for travel assignments in the fall months. Get out there early so you can experience the best the rockin’ city has to offer. Countless autumn music festivals are paired with farm-to-table fresh cuisine in the Nashville fall months. Food, wine, music, and book festivals are some of the reasons Nashville is one of the best places you could visit in September for a travel nurse assignment.

 

If you’re an RN looking to find some cherished moments of the season, explore some job openings in some of the regions above with Travel Nurse Source.

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August 27, 2014
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Savor the last weekend of summer!

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and you know what that means: BBQs, yard games, bonfires, and hopefully a three-day weekend! Labor Day weekend serves as the nation’s last Hoorah as the carefree season comes to a close. So whether you’re hosting a party personally or attending a friends’, it’s always a great idea to have everything you’re going to cook or contribute sorted out ahead of time so you can be sure you have all the ingredients and save yourself from having to stress out or running around last minute!

Hosting or attending big cookouts such as those organized during Labor Day weekend attracts a lot of people with different tastes, so here’s a compilation of quick grilled dishes that are guaranteed to make everyone’s mouth water!

Chicken & Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers:

These poppers make for a great finger food snack or appetizer; it’s perfect for cookouts. It’ll provide a little kick among the other dishes you may be serving, and the fresh jalapeño will savor the flavor of summer!

Ingredients:

  • Large, fresh jalapeño peppers
  • 1/3 cup shredded chicken
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. pepper
  • 1 Tsp. minced garlic

Instructions:

  1. Cut the jalapeños in half (length wise), removing the seeds and tops. Make sure you don’t leave any of the seeds unless you like it EXTREMELY hot.
  2. Mix the shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, corn, and spices together to make the filling.
  3. Scoop enough of your filling to fill the jalapeño halves.
  4. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of each popper.
  5. Using tongs, place them on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes on medium heat or until the cheese starts to brown.

Recipe by: Saving Cents with Sense.

Hawaiian BBQ Burger:

This burger is delicious and takes about 5 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook! The ingredients listed below serves 4 people, so adjust measurements according to how many you plan to feed. This burger is light, quick, easy, and provides amazing flavors of summer with the added pineapple!

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/4 bottle of KRAFT barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. pineapple juice
  • 4 slices of KRAFT singles
  • 4 pineapple slices

Instructions:

  1. Shape ground beef into 4 burger patties.
  2. Place burgers on a heated and greased grill.
  3. Whisk together KRAFT Barbecue Sauce and pineapple juice.
  4. While burgers are cooking, brush pineapple KRAFT Barbecue sauce mix on top until satisfied.
  5. Flip burgers and cook for an additional 5 -6 minutes (or until desired doneness).
  6. Place a slice of KRAFT Singles on each burger (about 1-2 minutes before burgers are finished).
  7. Grill pineapple slices and place on top of burger.

Recipe by: Made to be a Momma.

Fish Tacos:

This recipe is fresh, simple, and some of the best fish tacos out there! Takes about 15 minutes to prep and just 5 minutes to cook. This recipe serves 4 people, so if accommodating more be sure to adjust the measurements; it’s also gluten free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime
  • ½ sweet onion, finely chopped
  • ½ Tsp. salt
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix or green or red cabbage, sliced into narrow strips
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. whitefish – Tilapia or other whitefish
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 tortillas (use corn if gluten free)
  • 1 avocado, cut into strips

Instructions:

  1. Cut lime in half; juice one half and slice the other half into wedges.
  2. Combine tomatoes, cilantro, onion, jalapeño, onion, ¼ teaspoon salt and half the lime juice in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, and remaining lime juice.
  4. Combine coleslaw mix/ cabbage with 2 tablespoons of yogurt sauce in another bowl.
  5. Set extra yogurt sauce aside.
  6. Sprinkle whitefish with chili powder, black pepper, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt
  7. Grill fish, cook 3 minutes on one side then flip and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Serve by placing whitefish on top of tortillas and then adding homemade salsa, cabbage mix, avocado, and yogurt sauce.

Recipe by: Everyday Savvy.

Banana S’mores:

This is a dessert sent from above and super easy to make! Takes about 10 minutes to prep and grill, and your guests will LOVE it; it’s a perfect way to end your cookout!

Ingredients:

  • 1 peeled banana
  • 2 Tbsp. mini marshmallows
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. slightly crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal

Instructions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  2. Slice banana lengthwise and slightly open. Place on aluminum foil.
  3. Insert marshmallows and chocolate chips into sliced banana.
  4. Wrap banana in foil and grill for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Unwrap banana and top with cereal.

Recipe by: Tablespoon.

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August 18, 2014

 

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Almost as quickly as it came, summer is sadly coming to an end. Each year, we all make summer bucket lists but in reality, do you ever really get through everything you wanted to do? Most people get too caught up in their work flow or just forget to take the extra time to experience the new things they had hoped. Maybe you had some awesome events planned for the summer months and, like the majority of the population, just never got around to doing them…well summer may be closing in on us but it’s not too late to make an end of the summer bucket list and actually follow through with it!

Typically summer bucket lists include vacations and other ideas that take time to plan and some extra cash. But savor the last weeks of summer and try some of these ways to live it up and give your brain a rest from you busy work days!

[End of] Summer Bucket List:

  • Have an all-day Netflix binge. Nothing is more relaxing after a long couple of days helping patients than not moving from your bed all-day and binge watching your favorite series. Lucky for you, this bucket list item doesn’t require any money or planning. Some of my favorite series include Breaking BadRevenge, and Parks and Recreation. Even if you don’t have a Netflix account, they happily provide you with a one-month free trial–Just be sure to set a reminder to cancel your subscription before your free month is over or you will receive a $7.99 bill!
  • Volunteer. Whether there’s an animal shelter near you or a soup kitchen, volunteering can help you to learn a lot about yourself and those you are helping. Knowing that you’re making a difference in someone else’s life is just one of the many rewards you could experience.
  • Have a cook out. On your next day off, invite your friends, coworkers, and/or family in the area and have a huge cook out. Fill your yard with fun games and put those delicious Pinterest recipes you’ve been pinning all summer to good use! This will relieve any stress you may be holding in from the past couple days of work, a nice day with family and friends is sure to be the cure you’re looking for! Hey, you might even catch a tan as well!
  • Bonfire. So maybe you can’t catch a break from work and spend the day playing yard games and cooking out with those around you. If you’re working through the day and into the evening, a bonfire is the perfect way to relieve stress and relax with friends. Don’t worry, you can still use some of those awesome Pinterest recipes. Here’s some awesome ideas for campfire get togethers.
  • Try something you’ve never done before. Summer is all about being care free and having fun, so why not try something you’ve never done before! Whether it’s somewhere you’d like to visit, a new type of food you’d like to taste, getting a new hairstyle, trying out a 5k, etc., trying something new will always keep your mind open to new experiences! And who knows, maybe this new experience will become one of your favorite hobbies!
  • Watch the sun rise. If you’re stationed by the beach or even if you’re not, one of the most beautiful things in nature you can experience is a sunrise. The colors will absolutely blow you away and give you a feeling of peace. It really is the perfect way to start your day!
  • Do something crazy. So dealing with patients all day can get vert stressful and sometimes that stress is hard to relieve. Get your endorphins going and do something crazy for one night. Go back to your high school and college days and pull an all-nighter, go skinny dipping, have a little more drinks than normal, etc. Anything that kicks your adrenaline into gear is great for forgetting your troubles and having fun!

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August 15, 2014

early fall travel essentials

Summer’s been a blast. I’ve hit the beach, rode my share of gut-wrenching roller coasters, and peeled some hardcore sunburn; but as September draws near, I can’t help to be pretty stoked for the up coming season. Personally, fall is my favorite time of the year. Apple picking, the vibrant leaves falling, all the good horror movies on TV and pumpkin spice lattes making their much-anticipated return to my daily rituals. But, as in every new season, there are different things we need to remember when we live the jet-set lifestyle. The following are some of my personal necessities I absolutely NEED in the autumn months and that any traveling nurse should be sure to keep with them at all times! Any smart traveler knows all the in’s and out’s of all the early autumn travel essentials.

What to wear, what to wear…

It’s all about layers. Be prepared for chilly mornings, warmer afternoons and brisk evenings. Early fall is so tricky for knowing the appropriate things to wear. Is it going to be cold on my morning commute? Do I want to really be stuck lugging around a heavy jacket at the airport when I get too warm? I know. Dressing for the temperature becomes quite the predicament.

Keep it light, but versatile. Windy fall days can make your teeth chatter, but wearing camisoles, wife-beaters or light tees layered underneath tops can add a level of cozy on-the-go! Ladies, bring a light linen infinity scarf that can brighten up your outfit and keep you warm without being too cumbersome to throw in your purse if need be. A beanie or slinky knit hat are great accessories for travelers in the fall as well. Plus, you can totally conceal a bad hair day while keeping your head warm. Win-win!

Be prepare with a cardigan or sweatshirt even on warm days just in case you need one later on. Light jackets that have lots of pockets are a great clothing staple to add to your wardrobe in later fall when the weather begins cooling down.

Bag it up. Men can carry bags, too! Check out L.L. Bean for some uni-sex tote bags that are perfect for keeping with you while traveling. Also for under $10 more, you can get your bag personally monogrammed so that it can’t possibly get mixed up in transit. A lightweight bag can help you can keep tickets, a water bottle, a light hoodie, phone charger, tablet and any other important things with you while on catching flights, trains–what have you. If totes aren’t your style, a trendy messenger bag is appropriate for both men and women.

Keep your skin prepped for cold weather…

In warmer weather, you may travel as more of a minimalist. But, when the wind gets colder in the early fall, its time to start thinking about keeping your skin hydrated. You’ve got to start bringing an SPF chapstick or lip balm with you to keep your lips kissable, not cracked. My favorite is Burt’s Bees because its natural, has SPF and leaves my lips feeling tingly and protected. Plus, even when the sun is out in the fall, you can still get sunburn on theold smoocherooney! Additionally, be sure to carry a travel size lotion at all times. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a scent-free variety.

Be ready to alleviate any fall allergies…

If you suffer from allergies during seasonal transitions, you’ve got to also keep yourself on your toes for any allergy flair ups. Make sure you are fully ready with tissues, eye drops, cough drops, decongestants, antihistamines, etc.

Kick off the early fall with the right shoes…

When traveling and walking around a lot, a comfortable pair of kicks is key. Also, in a nursing career, its crucial that your feet don’t end up with blisters or soreness from uncomfortable shoes. Both men and women can keep their feet feeling warm and comfy in a pair of moccasins or boat shoes. My personal favorite early fall shoes for comfort are definitely classic Minnetonkas–it makes me feel like I’m wearing slippers that are appropriate in public. When fall really gets going, ladies can wear comfortable brown leather or swede boots as long as they don’t have an uncomfortable heel. I adore my classic brown leather boots and they also keep my legs warm. Flats and tennis shoes are also nice to rock when you are being active on your journey.

Whether you’re a constantly flying off the seat of your pants or more of a complacent-type nurse, its always a must that you can make the smooth transition into the fall weather without any problems.

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