6 Best Anatomy Coloring Books (updated for 2021)

6 Best Anatomy Coloring Books (updated for 2021)

During the COVID-19 shut down in California, I found myself looking for more creative outlets at home. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I suddenly had to home school my two and 4-year old children, or I had been suppressing the urge to start coloring, but I found myself doodling in my daughter’s anatomy coloring books almost as frequently as she was.

I first discovered anatomy coloring books as a nursing student many years ago.  At the time, I was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information I was expected to memorize.  I wasn’t sure why, but putting markers on paper helped me remember the anatomy and physiology better than anything else could.

I later learned that coloring the body and its systems is the most effective way to study the structure and functions of human anatomy according to research. 

Here I am now, in the middle of a global pandemic, and I’m coloring again.  My point is that coloring isn’t just for kids. I think coloring with a crayon or marker should be considered a relaxation or stress-relieving technique.  I am surprised that I am just figuring that out now.

A great anatomy coloring book has every body system

•  The Integumentary System
•  The Skeletal System
•  The Muscular System
•  The Nervous System
•  The Endocrine System
•  The Circulatory System
•  The Lymphatic System
•  The Digestive System
•  The Respiratory System
•  The Urinary System
•  The Reproductive System

By coloring each of the body systems, you can learn how the systems affect and work with one another.

Benefits of coloring

Reduces stress and anxiety – coloring helps to relax the brain, in a similar way that meditation can.  In fact, coloring can be a type of meditation in itself.  When you color, it forces you to be still and quiet, which can help generate mindfulness – especially after a stressful day of work, school, or parenting.

Improve focus – Coloring requires attention and allows you to live in the moment.

Improve sleep – Coloring is always better than looking at blue-light electronics like cell-phones; it also much better than browsing through social media, which can cause more stress and keep you awake at night.

Coloring a kidney will help you understand its anatomy and function.

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Colors and meanings

Since color impacts memory, it is important to know what different colors mean or symbolize.

  • Red: anger, passion, danger, vigor
  • Green:  money, eco-friendly, peace, environmentally friendly, jealousy, envy, fertility & healing
  • Blue:  peace, knowledge, cool/cold, trust
  • Black:  mourning, elegance, death, evil, negativity
  • Purple:  spirituality, royalty, wisdom, intelligence
  • Yellow:  clarity, intelligence, energy, freshness
  • Pink:   girly, romantic, feminine, playful
  • Orange:   warmth, joy, success, balance, freedom

Emotional and Psychological Meaning of Colors..

 

6 Best Anatomy Coloring Books:

 

#1.  The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book: A Visual Guide to Form, Function, and Movement

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This fun mix of coloring book and instructional guide demystifies anatomy for the yoga enthusiast!  This book is great for yoga teachers learning anatomy used in all different yoga poses.

The creator of The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book is a yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, and anatomy teacher Kelly. The workbook provides an entertaining and informative journey through the human body, focusing on the bones, joints, and muscles used in yoga.

After an overview of helpful terms, Kelly covers the skeletal system, joints, and connective tissue, followed by the muscular system. Each anatomical feature is illustrated with a beautiful black-and-white drawing of a yoga posture, or asana, to color.

Coloring the bones and muscles, and their names, will help you to remember their location and function, and 32 perforated flashcards enable readers to quiz themselves and study yoga anatomy on the go.

#2.  Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book

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This anatomy coloring book features detailed illustrations of the body’s anatomical systems.  Plus, Color Guides on every 2-page spread offer instructions for best coloring results so you can study effectively.  The Amazon description states this coloring book has:

  • More than 450 detailed, realistic medical illustrations, including microscopic views of cells and tissues
  • Exclusive perforated, flashcard-format illustrations of 96 muscle structures to color and study on-the-go
  • Clear, descriptive overview on the page opposite each picture, with key learning terms in boldface
  • Self-quizzing for each illustration, with convenient same-page answer keys
  • Full coverage of the major body systems, plus physiological information on cells, tissues, muscles, and development

 

#3.  The Human Body Coloring Book: The Ultimate Anatomy Study Guide

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The Human Body Coloring Book takes an interactive approach to human anatomy that will help users learn, understand, and revisit the subject with ease.

Drawing on an unparalleled library of state-of-the-art specialist anatomical illustrations, The Human Body Coloring Book is structured system by system for ease of use, with comprehensive coverage of the human body from cell to system.

The Human Body Coloring Book is a unique study aid that provides students with an innovative approach to learning. At the same time, the opportunity to self-test maximizes the ability to recall knowledge.

 

#4.  The Princeton Review Anatomy Coloring Workbook, 4th Edition

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Another great book that helps with a concise understanding of anatomy.

The Anatomy Coloring Workbook includes:

• 126 coloring plates with precise, easy-to-follow renderings of anatomical structures
• Comprehensive explanations of the pictured structures and anatomical concepts
• An introductory section on terminology to get you started and coloring suggestions to assist you
• A glossary of standard anatomical terms
• New injury & ailment appendices, with additional memorization techniques

 

#5.  Anatomy Student’s Self-Test Coloring Book

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This Student’s Self-Test Coloring Book includes hundreds of anatomically accurate line illustrations to help you learn the human body.

Coloring the anatomy systems helps you learn the shape and location of each body part, making it easier to visualize, retain the information. In addition to clear explanations and instructive content, it features

  • New to this edition: Clinical points text boxes to illustrate the medical significance of the structure
  • 144 two-color pages that lie flat for easy coloring.
  • 16 new pages of text
  • Extra-heavy paper that minimizes show-through
  • Includes every body system and part
  • All parts labeled with correct anatomical names

 

Conclusion

Any of the anatomy coloring books on this list are very detailed and helpful for learning.  Or, if you just need a coloring outlet to relieve stress that also allows you to learn something new, any of these works perfectly.

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Charge Nurse Role: What You Need To Know

Charge Nurse Role: What You Need To Know

Hospitals and other medical institutions depend on great leadership to work effectively – and with nearly 4 million working nurses in the United States, having a great charge nurse in no exception.

The functionality of the nursing unit depends on having a charge nurse with the skills to lead, ensure that the unit is meeting its goals, giving excellent patient care, and ensuring that staff gets their work done. Great charge nurses are known for keeping the department organized and running efficiently while encouraging great teamwork and inspiring a team of nurses to perform at their best.

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”
-John Maxwell

 

What is a charge nurse?

A charge nurse is a nurse who oversees an entire team of nurses in a particular hospital unit or department. They serve as a liaison between staff nurses, upper administration, nurse educator, and other hospital clinicians.

Charge nurses are needed to manage hospitals, residential care facilities, nursing homes, surgery centers, and outpatient units. Although they can give direct patient care- and often do if the unit is short-staffed – they mostly work peripherally to bedside nurses and within a more administrative role.

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities usually have several charge nurses who are responsible for different departments and specialty units.

Charge nurse duties and responsibilities

Charge nurse duties include:

  • Managing nurses
  • Supervising and assisting nursing staff when needed
  • Providing administrative support
  • Assigning nurses to patients
  • Creating nurse schedules
  • Managing the in and outflow of patients to a unit
  • Being flexible and responsive to nurses needs on the unit
  • Prioritize patient care needs, especially during urgent or emergent situations
  • Document nurse performance
  • Work with upper administration to address any hospital issues or issues with staff

Other ancillary charge nurse roles might include:

  • Checking the crash carts daily in the unit
  • Counting medications in the Pyxis or other automated drug dispenser once a shift
  • Work with the facility’s patient placement
  • Attend a daily staff meeting with social work, physical therapy, nurse practitioners, doctors to make sure patients get what they need for discharge and ensure a timely discharge

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

How to become a charge nurse?

To become a charge nurse, you must already have several years of nursing experience and deep understanding of the workflow and patient population where you work. You need to master your nursing skills, and if possible, become as involved as possible with team building activities in your workplace.

It is also imperative that you express your desire to be promoted to management and ask them precisely what you need to do to earn the position.  Each facility is different.

Note:  It is more challenging to start a charge nurse role on a unit where a nurse has never worked before, even if they have many years of practice under their belt. It helps to know many of the nurses already personally, as it helps to build trust as a leader. Knowing other ancillary staff, such as respiratory therapists, social workers, case managers, nurse practitioners, and doctors on the unit, will also help you get started on the right foot.

Other tips to prepare yourself for a charge nurse role:

  • Become certified in your nursing specialty
  • Master your workflow as a nurse
  • Become an expert on nursing skills needed on your unit
  • Offer help to other nurses whenever you can
  • Become a preceptor for new nurse graduates on the unit
  • Express your desire to be promoted into a charge nurse role to administration
  • Take leadership classes, either online or through your facility if they have them
  • Join the Unit Practice Counsel UPC – if your unit has one
  • Offer to help in all team building projects on your unit

The difference between a charge nurse and a unit manager

A unit manager is sometimes referred to as a unit director. And while both charge nurses and unit managers are leadership positions, they are still very different positions and require different levels of education.

A unit manager oversees the entire nursing unit, including all of the charge nurses. Unit managers also handle more of the business management of the unit than charge nurses do. Also, unit managers work more closely with the upper hospital administration to keep the unit aligned with the goals of the entire organization.

Charge nurses must have an ADN or BSN to hold the position.  A unit manager often holds a master’s degree (MSN) or higher, usually with an emphasis on leadership and hospital management.

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What is a charge nurse’s salary?

Charge nurses often make a few dollars an hour more than floor nurses.  However, it varies depending on your location and facility.

According to the U.S. Beurua of Labor Statistics, the median pay for nurses in the United States is $71,730 per year or $34.48 per hour. It is essential to keep in mind that many states pay much higher, or much lower, depending on local nursing rates and cost of living.

For example, nurses in California or New York make a higher hourly wage, while other states, such as Illinois or Iowa might make less than the median U.S. pay.

Excellent qualities of a charge nurse

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”  -John Maxwell

There is no question that a charge nurse role is extremely challenging at times. But a great charge nurse needs to be able to see through the stress and inspire nurses to rise above and perform at their best. Here are three qualities of a great charge nurse.

Resilience – When the work gets tough, great charge nurses get even tougher and push through.  Some days will seem impossible, but resilient leaders persevere.

Emotional Intelligence – The dictionary describes emotional intelligence as: “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and sympathetically.” Many great leaders say emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success.

Decision-making capabilities: Charge nurses need to be able to make quick decisions. The hospital setting moves quickly, and patient safety depends on taking action fast, especially in an emergency.

Certifications to be a charge nurse

To become a charge nurse, you must first be a registered nurse who has graduated from an accredited program. There are several ways to do this – including achieving an associate degree  (ADN), a 2-year degree) or Bachelors Degree In Nursing (BSN), which takes four years to complete.

While many of the same topics taught at the ADN level are covered in a BSN, a four-year program will provide a deeper set of skills and education. The field of nursing is becoming more competitive and more employers require newly appointed R.N.s to hold a BSN.

There are no national or state certifications to become a charge nurse. However, many charge nurses are certified in the specialty floor where they work. In most cases, the charge nurse worked as an R.N. on the floor for several years and has a clear understanding of how the unit functions.

 

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Beurua of Labor Statistics, the nursing profession is expected to grow by 12% from 2018-2028, which is much faster than average. That means that there will also be plenty of opportunities for nurses to take on charge nurse roles.

Conclusion

Taking on higher leadership positions, such as charge nurse, can help you create a satisfying and long term healthcare career, earn a higher salary, and open up more opportunities away from the bedside. If you have any additional questions, please leave a comment below.

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Perks Of Becoming A Nurse Writer

Perks Of Becoming A Nurse Writer

What do nurse writers and bloggers do?

RN writers create healthcare content and manage online websites containing helpful information that readers are searching for.  They are usually, but not always, developed based on the creator’s medical niche or personal interests.

One benefit of becoming a nurse blogger or freelance writer is that each post or article can be written from a unique perspective, as nurses work in so many different specialties with diverse patient populations.  Also, nurses have different skillsets and experiences that they can bring to their writing. Nurses have unique skills and helpful information to share.

Nurse writers have som much to share from many perspectives: working mom and nurse lifestyle, nurse finance, nursing informatics, new graduate nursing, nurse humor, nursing apparel, nursing specialties…and the list goes on and on.

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Perks of being a nurse blogger or nurse freelance writer Perks of being a nurse writer or healthcare blogger.

Benefits of becoming a nurse writer or blogger:

  • Set your own work hours and schedule
  • Complete creative control over your content and products
  • Better writing chops: each time you write a new piece, you improve and continue to develop your writing skills.
  • Better thinking abilities: the writing process helps you to stop and think deeper.  You will find yourself having more definite opinions about nurse topics that matter.  You will also discover thoughts and ideas about nursing that you didn’t even know you had.

Perks of becoming a nurse writer or freelance blogger:

Nurse bloggers and freelance writers are also entrepreneurs who run their own businesses.  Many often also have full-time positions and do their writing/website design in the evenings or weekends.  There is no set schedule; therefore, you can decide to work or not work whenever you want.  It is important to note, however, that successful bloggers and freelance writers must work incredibly hard to get their businesses up and running, often for years before making any money.

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5 Best Nursing Report Sheets & Notebooks (In 2021)

5 Best Nursing Report Sheets & Notebooks (In 2021)

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Nurse organization is essential for patient safety.

At my first clinical rotations as a nursing student, I was so in awe of how nurses were able to remember so much information.  It is hard to explain to a non-medical person how much data nurses have to remember unless you see it or experience it first hand.

I saw my first nursing brain sheet during my first pediatric ICU rotation.  The nurse I was working with was very professional when working with her patients and their families.  She seemed very busy, but not overly stressed, which was impressive considering the high acuity and age of her patient population.

That was also the first time a nurse explained how to keep a patient’s medical information – using a nurse’s brain sheet – organized in a way that made sense.

These days, hospitals are mostly paperless and use interactive computer systems – such as EPIC – to chart patient information.  Computer charting software is essential so that patients’ medical information is in one place. Also, there is less paperwork to get lost, there is no messy handwriting to decipher, and the patient’s information can be shared among all ancillary staff:  doctors, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, case managers, etcetera.

But even with substantial technological advances in paperless charting, it is still beneficial for nurses to keep essential information at their fingertips.  This is where a nursing report sheet comes to play.

What is a nursing report sheet?

Nursing report sheets keep nurses organized and helps keep patients safe.

A nurse report sheet, also referred to as a nursing brain sheet, is a piece of paper that contains organized information on your patients.   The sheets will look differently depending on what specialty you work in at the hospital.

Some of the information on a nursing brain sheet includes history, diagnosis, medications, allergies, DNR status, lab values, NPO status, family phone numbers, and any other patient care notes you need to remember during your shift.

Many nurses get used to using a particular nursing report sheet early in their careers – and then they keep using it throughout their entire careers no matter what specialty they move into. Although different hospital specialties focus on specific patient information, and you may want to use one that is specific to your specific patient population.

For example, a neuro nurse who cares primarily for patients with traumatic brain injuries will have a different brain sheet then a cardiac ICU nurse.  Each patient population focuses on a different organs, lab values, medications, treatments, and usually have different benchmarks that they strive for during each shift.

Here are the top 5 best nursing report sheets under $10:

#1.   My Nurse Vital Signs Flow Medical Report Notebook

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If you are looking for a nurse assessment notebook, home health nurse notebook, hospice nurse notebook, little notebook for nurses, or registered nurse notebook, this might be a great fit for you.

This notebook features:

  • Background Information
  • Vital Signs
  • IV access and Drips
  • Neuro
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Urinary
  • Labs and Tests

The notebook is 7X10, with100 pages white paper,  and boxed prompts for each system.

 

#2. Nursing Report Sheet Notebook (Brain Sheets For The Floor)

This notebook features: Background Information Vital Signs IV access and Drips Neuro Cardiovascular Respiratory GastrointestinalUrinary Labs and Tests Additional Information: Sized at 8.5X11 110 Pages White Paper Boxed Prompts for Each System Cute Lil Creatures

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This cute nurses report assessment sheets notebook is just what you need at the beginning of another LONG 12 or 8 hours of feeling like a “Zombie.” This nurse inspired notebook is great for any RN, LPN working in the medical field.

This notebook features:

  • Background Information
  • Vital Signs
  • IV access and Drips
  • Neuro
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • GastrointestinalUrinary
  • Labs and Tests

Additional Information:

  • Sized at 8.5X11
  • 110 Pages White Paper
  • Boxed Prompts for Each System
  • Cute Lil Creatures

#3. Report Sheet For Nurse #Nurselife:

Nurse Assessment Report Notebook with Medical Terminology Abbreviations & Acronyms

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This notebook features:

  • Background Information
  • Vital Signs
  • IV access and Drips
  • Neuro
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • GastrointestinalUrinary
  • Labs and Tests

Additional Information:

  • Sized at 7X10
  • 100 Pages White Paper
  • Boxed Prompts for Each System

 

#4. Zombie Nurse Patient Report Sheets: Change of Shift Patient Care Nursing Report 

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This cute nurses report assessment sheets notebook is just what you need at the beginning of another LONG 12 or 8 hours of feeling like a “Zombie.” This nurse inspired notebook is great for any RN, LPN working in the medical field.

This notebook features:

  • Background Information
  • Vital Signs
  • IV access and Drips
  • Neuro
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • GastrointestinalUrinary
  • Labs and Tests

Additional Information:

  • Sized at 8.5X11
  • 110 Pages White Paper
  • Boxed Prompts for Each System
  • Cute Lil Creatures

 

 

#5.   My Nursing Brain Sheets Notebook: Medical-Surgical Patient Care Nursing Report

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This cute nurses report assessment sheets notebook is just what you need at the beginning of another LONG 12 or 8 hours of feeling like a “Zombie.” This nurse inspired notebook is great for any RN, LPN working in the medical field.

This notebook features:

  • Background Information
  • Vital Signs
  • IV access and Drips
  • Neuro
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • GastrointestinalUrinary
  • Labs and Tests

Additional Information:

  • Sized at 8.5X11
  • 110 Pages White Paper
  • Boxed Prompts for Each System

 

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5 Best Nurse Jobs For Moms

5 Best Nurse Jobs For Moms

What are the best nurse jobs for moms?

Having a baby changes everything.  New mothers may want to think about alternative nurse careers that provide more flexibility for their growing family.

Fortunately, there are so many flexible nurse careers out there for nurses who are ready for a change or just want to step away from the bedside.

Becoming a mother is a full-time job in itself.  Depending on your work-life situation, you might want to consider working in a nursing field that is more flexible and offers you the balance that you need.  Childcare can be a challenge for nurses, especially for moms who work 12-hour shifts.

In no particular order, here are 5 of the best nurse jobs for moms:

#1.  Per diem nurse

The best nurse jobs for moms- per diem nursing

#1. Best nurse jobs for moms: per diem nursing

To work “per diem” means to work “by the day.” Per diem nurses are essential to every hospital organization because they allow the administration to fill in gaps where they don’t have enough nurses scheduled to work.  It also will enable nurses who don’t have a very flexible schedule, like new moms, to pick the exact hours and days that they can work.

Per diem nurses are often required to work a specific amount of shifts each month.  As a per diem nurse myself, I am required to work a minimum of four shifts in a thirty day period.   However, I can ask to work as many shifts as I want.  It puts me in an excellent position to earn money-  I work on all of the days that I have childcare scheduled, and I don’t have to worry about being scheduled on the days I don’t.

Also, per diem nurses are usually able to call off within a specific time frame before a shift starts.  For example, if my child becomes sick 12 hours before the start of a nursing shift, and I know I will be unable to work the next day, then I can cancel myself.  It leaves a lot of wiggle room for me to schedule or unschedule myself when I need to be at home with my children.  Most working moms don’t have that kind of flexibility, and it helps relieve a lot of stress.

The one drawback to per diem nursing is that you are only paid on the days that you work – you don’t have an allotment of sick days.  Also, if the facility does not need any additional staffing, then you might get canceled.  Which might not be OK if you were depending on the money you were going to earn that day.

Why being a per diem nurse is one of the best nursing jobs for moms:

  • Total flexibility over work schedules
  • Ability to call-off at the last minute
  • Higher per hour pay then career nursing

 

#2.  School Nurse

The best nurse jobs for moms- school nurse

#2.  Best nurse jobs for moms:  school nurse

School nurses work in educational facilities, including public and private schools (K through 12).  They support students and staff who become ill at work or need other kinds of medical attention.

Also, many school nurses are educators and teach various health topics to kids, such as healthy eating and the importance of physical exercise.  School nurses address the physical and mental needs of students, which helps them succeed in school and sets them up for success in the future.

Becoming a school nurse is an excellent job for nurses who are mothers because you would work during regular school hours -the same hours that your children would be at school.  It also means that you wouldn’t have to work weekends, night shifts, or holidays.

Many school nurses find the career rewarding because you are able to help start kids out on the right health track from their early years.  Many studies show that long term health has a greater success rate when children are taught healthy habits from an early age.  School-age kids are impressionable, and nurses can make a significant impact on how they take care of their health as they grow up.

Why being a school nurse is one of the best nursing jobs for moms:

  • Only work during regular school hours (no weekends, nights, or holidays)
  • A rewarding career helping children develop healthy habits from a young age

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#3.  Case manager

The best nurse jobs for moms- case management

#3.  Best nurse jobs for moms: case management

Case management is another great opportunity for working moms because you can help patients through planning, care coordination, facilitation, and advocacy of patient’s medical needs.  Case managers collaborate with all outside aspects of patient care to make sure the patient stays safe and gets the care they need.

According to the Case Management Society of America, “Case Management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive health needs through communication and available resources to promote patient safety, quality of care, and cost-effective outcomes.”

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#4.  Telehealth nurse

The best nurse jobs for moms- teleheath nurse

#4.  Best nurse jobs for moms:  teleheath nurse

Telehealth nursing is when nurses can give nursing care, information, or advice to patients over the phone.  It also helps to improve efficiency in the healthcare system and help to treat patients in remote areas who otherwise would not be able to receive care.

Telehealth nurses work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and for corporations.  It is becoming more widely used in recent years due to improvements in technology and an ncreasing need to help patients remotely.

Why telehealth is one of the best nursing jobs for moms:

  • Ability to work remotely from home
  • Able to help patients without having to work strenuous shifts in the hospital

#5.  Advice Nurse

Best jobs for nurses - advice nurse

#5.  Best jobs for nurses:  advice nurse

When patients are not feeling well at home or have a question about a medical issue, advice nurses are used to help field questions via phone.  One of the most significant benefits to patients is that it helps them determine what kind of medical care they need before they come into the hospital.

Why advice nursing is one of the best nursing jobs for moms:

  • Flexible hours
  • Sometimes a work from home position
  • Less strenuous then 12-hour work shifts at the hospital
  • Ability to help patients remotely

In conclusion

There are so many alternative nurse careers for nurses who are moms.  In fact, that is one of the best reasons to become a nurse – the nursing profession offers so many unique career opportunities that other professions simply do not.

Take care of your family first, and fit your nursing career in a way that serves your family best.  Good luck!

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Working Mom Guilt Is Stupid.  Here’s Why.

Working Mom Guilt Is Stupid. Here’s Why.

Do you feel guilty because you are a working mom?

Many working mothers worry if their kids will end up OK.  Especially when they are constantly “leaning in” to the workplace and home at the same time.

But the kids will be alright.  Truly.  Even if you have to spend many hours away from them every day.

The reality is that 70 percent of mothers with kids under 18 work outside the home, and 40 percent are breadwinners.  With the high cost of living in some cities, many moms have no choice but to work.

There is, however, good news, according to recent evidence.  Many studies show that having a working mother is not only suitable for financial reasons – but the situation has several positives for kids and the family as well.

Additional recommended reading:  Simple Mom Self-Care Goals You Need Now

There is no need to have working mom guilt, according to several studies

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As an ER nurse, I often see firsthand how lucky I am just to have healthy children.

Every single day I work with the parents of kids who are unwell. It’s hard to feel sorry for myself as a working mom when I see how hard they struggle. It’s a perspective that I wish more people had because it puts the challenges of working motherhood into perspective.

There are so many societal pressures about what mothers should be doing.  Many of these pressures have become unspoken rules that we find ourselves following even though we don’t realize it.   Likely, we are just so ridiculously busy that we don’t have time to examine these thoughts and feelings to see if they are even true.

But these insidious thoughts about working mom guilt feel genuine, and that’s why we feel so guilty about them.  But while our children are the centerpieces in our lives – especially when they are little – it doesn’t mean that they can’t function without us looking over their shoulders each minute of the day.

My kids don’t need me every time they color in their coloring books or create art; they don’t need me spoon-feeding them their meals.  They will figure out a way to get in their mouths if they are hungry.

They certainly don’t need me welcoming them with Pinterest-friendly snacks every time they come through the door.

Giving our kids space also gives them autonomy to learn on their own, in their way.

Children build self-esteem by figuring out how to do things by themselves.  It makes them feel good,  and they like to repeat the things that make them feel good about themselves.  It is a recipe for healthy personal growth and self-development.

Maybe, as mothers, we just need to get out of our kid’s way and let them do their thing.

And finally, for once and for all, let’s just stop feeling guilty.

there is no need to have working mom guilt, according to evidence

Working mom guilt is unnecessary, according to evidence.

Here is more evidence for those with working mom guilt:

#1.  Studies show that daughters and sons benefit from having a working mom

According to a Harvard research study, daughters of working moms are more likely to advance in their careers, and sons of working moms go on to spend 50 minutes more each week caring for their own families.

As a working mother of both a daughter and a son, it was good to hear that working would positively benefit my children’s participation in both work and home. The study showed that having a working mom did not influence the future careers of sons one way or another.  However, mother’s employment is essential to how much their sons participate with their own children later on in life.

The take-away is that working mothers have a chance to help their daughters be more financially independent as adults -and teach sons to participate as fathers.

#2.  Kids of working moms are just as happy

The same Harvard study later showed that kids of working moms wind up just as happy in adulthood as the children of moms who stayed home.

The belief that having a working mother is somehow damaging their children is just not true. For mothers with concerns that their working outside of the home is somehow making their children unhappy, this should bring some relief.


#3.  Working moms may be happier

The outrageous amount of multitasking that many mothers are required to do to have a career and care for children can be overwhelming.  However, despite the challenges that come with finding a work-life balance, many moms who work say they’re healthier and happier than moms who stay at home.

This tells me that mothers can – and should-  do what makes them happy.  If that means staying at home, great!  If having a career works better for you and your family, then that is OK too.

#4.  Being out of the workforce for even a few years causes women’s earnings to plummet

Many women already earn 70 cents to the dollar than men in similar jobs.  But add time taken off for childbearing years, and women are also paying something known as “the mommy tax.” Being a stay-at-home mom costs a lot of money.

Ann Crittenden wrote a book called The Price Of Motherhood:  Why The Most Important Job In The World Is Still The Least Valued.  She makes a few interesting points: about the cost of mothers leaving the workplace:

  •  A couple with a total income of $81,500, and two equally capable partners, could lose as much as $1,350,000 in lifetime income if they have a child.

And another about how stay-at-home mothers receive fewer benefits then nannies:

  • Nannies qualify for Social Security benefits, but mothers at home do not. Unpaid caregivers are not covered by the same social safety net that covers other workers.

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It is OK to enjoy being a working mom

Don’t succumb to the guilt of being a working mom. It’s OK, really.

Being a working mom often provides many women with cerebral stimulation that they don’t get at home.

I love being an emergency room nurse and a science geek at heart.  I am challenged and stimulated while I am working with patients in a way that I’m not at home.   I have had the opportunity to see more disease states, complex injuries, and unusual diagnoses than I ever could have imagined even existed.

It would not be an exaggeration to say I learn ten new things every day at work. Also, I am surrounded by some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. Many of my co-workers have the same drive for helping people I do. They motivate me to keep learning.

The bottom line is that it is essential to do what is right for your family.   Doing what works for you to keep your family functioning, healthy, and happy is what matters.

It may mean lowering the bar in some other areas of our lives.  There is no winner for the cleanest house.  Saying that your home is messy because you play with your kids is a privilege.  And I am so grateful for that privilege on the days I don’t work.

Whatever kind of mom you are – free yourself of the judgment that what you are doing is wrong or bad.  And funnel that energy into creating a family life that engages, inspires, and invites joy into your days.

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