Wellness

Who Can Do Shift and Night Work?

By Carolyn Schur / May 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Who Can Do Shift and Night Work?

Those who are most successful with shift and night work do appropriate self-care have supportive family and friends have no sleep disorders or have sleep disorders that are treated are physiologically well-adapted to shift and night work Those who are not coping well may experience frequent acute or chronic illness overwhelming stress depression dependence on […]

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Sleep Problems and Addictions

By Carolyn Schur / June 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

Poor sleep and sleep deprivation are known to adversely affect health, performance and safety. Poor sleep and difficulty falling asleep are also associated with addictions. This may be because an addiction can impact sleep but it can also be the case that someone with a sleep problem develops an addiction.

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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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How to Engage Shift Workers in Wellness Programs

By Carolyn Schur / February 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

Achieve changes in health behavior, organizational wellness goals and the ROI to justify your efforts.

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TedX Talk

By Carolyn Schur / January 19, 2017 / 0 Comments
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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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Sleep Loss and Brain Damage

Will Sleep Loss Damage Your Brain?

By Carolyn Schur / May 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

According to new research, the answer appears to be ‘Yes.’ We know that sleep is critical for the optimum functioning of our brain, though we are only now starting to understand why this is. One research group explored the mechanisms of the brain in both a waking and sleeping state. They found that the brain […]

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Hospital Trauma Area

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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Present, But Not Awake

By Carolyn Schur / April 7, 2014 / 0 Comments

Present, But Not Awake: Sleep Deprivation and its Workplace Consequences According to the National Sleep Foundation, 38.5% of us go to work feeling exhausted every day. As well, employee health assessments indicate that as many as 70% of employees report that they ‘don’t get enough sleep’ or are ‘often tired at work.’ “How often during […]

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Impaired – Due to Alcohol or Sleepiness?

By Carolyn Schur / February 16, 2014 / 0 Comments

In a recent case, an employee in a safety-sensitive position was fired because he was found to be impaired by alcohol. This employee went off the highway on his way to work. The attending police officer smelled alcohol and the employee gave a breath sample that measured .045. In the Canadian jurisdiction in which this […]

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