Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 21st, 2016
When is the last time that you swayed, relaxed, breathed deeply and allowed yourself to renew and replenish? That is exactly what I am doing right now–and why I bought this hammock to help. How will you find your relaxation place? You deserve it!
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Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 18th, 2016
Younger women who practice selfcare and exercise just 2 ½ hours a week may cut their risk for heart disease by up to 25%.
The choices they make in the first half of their lives determine their well-being and health in the second half, according to a study from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Higher levels of physical activity have been shown to reduce heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes and many other chronic health conditions.
Researchers collected data on more than 97,000 women, aged 27 to 44, who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study 2.They proved that women who were the most physically active during their leisure time had the lowest risk for heart disease , 25% lower than women who exercised the least. Even moderate exercise, such as taking a brisk walk, was associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Women who seemed to benefit the most exercised the most, at least 150 minutes a week. And, it didn’t matter what weight a woman was when she started exercising.
Many young women are often so busy caring for others, they don’t take time to exercise and care for themselves. Yet they are often the gatekeepers of health for their families. So when women are healthier, so are families, communities and our world.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 13th, 2016
Young men who get stressed out easily appear to have a greater risk of high blood pressure later in life, all the more reason for good selfcare habits now!
Researchers found that, among 18-year-old men, those who had the lowest stress-resilience scores were 40% more likely to develop high blood pressure later than those with the greatest ability to cope with stress.
They also found that being overweight was linked with an even greater risk of developing high blood pressure.
The research was based on data from more than 1.5 million men who joined the Swedish army between 1969 and 1997 at age 18. Their health was followed until the end of 2012. None of them had high blood pressure when they entered the military and all were assessed then for their ability to handle stress. Their body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight, was measured too.
Men who had low stress-resilience scores and a high BMI at age 18 had a more than tripled risk of high blood pressure later in life.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 11th, 2016
Around a million registered nurses are older than 50, meaning one-third of the current nursing workforce will reach retirement age in the next 10 to 15 years. More than half a million are projected to retire by 2022…that’s 6 years from now!
Many nurses postponed retiring during the downturn in the economy, but now they are starting. But filling those vacancies isn’t a simple one-for-one proposition. Nearly 158,000 new nursing graduates entered the workforce in 2014, a substantial increase from a decade before. But the nursing education system hasn’t kept pace. According to an American Association of Colleges of Nursing report, U.S. nursing schools turned away 79,659 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2012 due to insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraints. Adding to the problem is that many nursing faculty are approaching retirement!
Most nursing faculty require a doctoral degree, and can’t be quickly or easily replaced.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 6th, 2016
Hospitals with more registered nurses and doctors per bed can reduce patient death by as much as 20 percent, according to researchers in England.
Having more nurses and doctors overall is not enough, as researchers found having more unregistered nurses increased the death rate at hospitals.
The researchers focused on cost-cutting measures, either reducing staff or hiring unregistered healthcare support workers to reduce workload, as at fault for some part of mortality rates.
For the study, published in the British Medical Journal, researchers reviewed administrative data from 137 acute care trusts in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, as well as surveys of 2,917 registered nurses at 31 of the trusts, which included 46 hospitals and 401 wards.
The researchers found death rates were 20% lower when nurses were responsible for six or fewer patients, as compared to nurses responsible for 10 or more patients.
The researchers caution the study does not show a cause-and-effect scenario, but indicates more careful staffing with an emphasis on training could help reduce mortality rates.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 4th, 2016
Today, 78% of employers think stress is an issue among their employees, manifested in lower engagement, increased absence, lower productivity, and low participation and success rates in employee wellness programs.
Employers are realizing it saves money when they reduce employee stress, offering programs to determine root causes of stress, and providing tools to help them be more resilient.
Highly resilient workers report 46% less stress. Twice as many employees with low resilience reported one to three absences in the past month than those with high resiliency. Individuals with low resilience are twice as likely quit in six months. Those with high resiliency are four times more highly satisfied with their jobs. Employees with low resilience are more than twice as likely to be overweight.
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Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 29th, 2016
The prospect of a national nursing shortage is alarming. Due to an aging population, the rising incidence of chronic disease, an aging nursing workforce, and the limited capacity of nursing schools, this shortage is on the brink of crisis.
America’s 3 million nurses make up the largest segment of the health-care workforce in America and nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations. But the demand is outpacing supply. By 2022, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects, there will be more than a million job openings for nurses, a deficit twice as large any in the past 50 years.
The primary driving force is the aging of the Baby Boomers. Today, there are more Americans over the age of 65 than at any other time in U.S. history. And in 15 years one in 5 Americans will be a Senior Citizen. In 2050, an estimated 88.5 million people will be 65 and older!
And the need for health-care services will soar. About 80 % of older adults have at least one chronic condition, and 68% have at least two, creating the perfect storm driving demand for nurses.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 27th, 2016
While some leaders think that having employees respond to emails after work and on weekends is a good way to increase productivity, encouraging them to do so actually hurts their job performance and disrupts their life balance.
New research suggests that employers damage their employeesꞌ well-being and work-life balance and weaken their job performance when they create those expectations.
Creating an “always on” culture during non-work time may prevent employees from ever fully disengaging from work, leading to chronic stress and emotional exhaustion, the study’s authors wrote. This lowered ability to disconnect translates into poorer work-family balance and causes emotional exhaustion which, past research has shown, negatively affects job performance.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 22nd, 2016
Employers are doing a poor job of reducing employee stress and creating a less stressful workplace culture, according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Among working adults who said they experienced a great deal of stress at work in the past 12 months, 85 % rated the efforts of their workplace to reduce stress as fair or poor.
Overall, 43% of working adults said their job negatively affects their stress levels. Others said it affected their eating habits (28%), sleeping habits (27%) and weight (22 %).
About 22% of working adults say something at their jobs may be harmful to their health.
“The takeaway here is that job No. 1 for U.S. employers is to reduce stress in the workplace,” said Robert J. Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard Chan School, who directed the survey.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 20th, 2016
The key to increasing employee engagement, health, happiness and well-being lies in establishing a workplace culture of wellness, according to a study by Humana and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The study, called “The Wellness Effect: The Impact of Workplace Programs,” explored the impact of workplace wellness programs, as well as the challenges and opportunities that continue to shape their development.
Here are five findings from the study.
- Some 67% of employees said participation in wellness programs increased their engagement in their employer’s mission and goals.
- Ninety-one percent of employees participating in wellness programs have improved their fitness while 89% said participation has improved their overall happiness and well-being.
- Employers and employees agree (46% and 51%, respectively) the biggest obstacle to increased participation in wellness programs is lack of time.
- About 44% of employer respondents said stress management programs would be the single most effective way of establishing a culture of wellness.
- While only 14% of employees regularly participate in stress management programs, some 71% said wellness programs have had at least a moderate impact in lowering stress.