Work Stress and Burnout – Bio-Clinical Markers

By Carolyn Schur / May 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

Work stress can manifest for many reasons – long hours, work overload, unrealistic expectations, conflict and toxic workplace cultures to name just a few. If not curtailed, this stress can lead to burnout. Though commonly thought of as a condition of ‘emotional’ exhaustion, burnout can be considered as extreme emotional, physical and mental exhaustion. Psychological […]

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Nurses and Presenteeism

By Carolyn Schur / April 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Nurses and Presenteeism

(This is an article from: AUTONOMIC NURSING DIGEST April 17, 2018 ~ Ray) Which nurse hasn’t turned up to work feeling “under the weather”? It is considered usual practice that nurses soldier on no matter the consequences. Nurses know the consequences to themselves and to their patients from this behaviour. Yet they continue to do […]

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Why are Nurses Tired?

By Carolyn Schur / October 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

When we think of the health, safety and well-being of nurses, the first thing that usually comes to mind is 12-hour shifts. When I do presentations about shiftwork, the first question I am always asked is “What do you think of 12-hour shifts?” A recent social media post picked up on this exact issue by […]

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Can You Recognize an Alcoholic?

By Carolyn Schur / May 25, 2014 / 0 Comments

Earlier in my career, I worked at a community college where I shared office space with the nurse educators. I became friends with many of them and even joined one of them – I’ll call her Sharon – for some social events outside the college. One day, while at work, I noticed that Sharon seemed […]

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Win! Win! Win!: Stress and Absence Management in Healthcare

By Carolyn Schur / May 8, 2014 / 0 Comments

Anyone working in healthcare recognizes that healthcare workplaces are very stressful environments. Excessive workloads, extended hours and overtime, staff shortages, demanding patients and families and uncooperative colleagues, all contribute to high levels of stress. This is why some have found that buying from places similar to an online dispensary canada to acquire cannabis has helped […]

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Shiftwork, Breast Cancer Risk

Shiftwork and Risk of Breast Cancer

By Carolyn Schur / March 7, 2014 / 0 Comments

Research has found a relationship between shiftwork, particularly shiftwork involving nights, and an increased risk for cancer. This has led the International Agency for Research on Cancer to conclude that shift work is a probable carcinogen. For women, the specific concern is the risk of breast cancer. Using data from the Nurses’ Health Study in […]

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Hours of Work

By Carolyn Schur / February 16, 2014 / 0 Comments

In the last century, there has been a drive to shorten not only the total hours worked per week but also the total hours worked within a 24 hour period. As a result, we gradually saw the shortening of the work day to 8 or 7.5 hours and many work weeks are customarily 40 hours […]

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It’s Nurses Week – Take a Nap!

By Carolyn Schur / February 16, 2014 / 0 Comments

Nurses will appreciate the acknowledgment they get during Nurses Week, but instead of chocolates and flowers, consider a gesture that would enable a nurse to take a nap or get a full 7 -8 hours of sleep. You will be a hero and the nurse in question will be healthier and happier.

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Excessive Overtime

By Carolyn Schur / February 16, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Saskatoon (Canada) Star Phoenix recently reported that two nurses working in the local health system were among the highest paid employees in the organization. They achieved this ranking by working not only the full-time hours associated with their regular position, but also enough overtime hours, at double pay, to constitute another full-time job. Though […]

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