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Many nurses suffers from bullying every day, both vertically and horizontally. Nurses can be bullied by their manager or superior; and/or a colleague. As for a travel nurse, bullying is an intensified problem as she is placed in an otherwise work setting, and mostly seen as a threat to the system.

Travel nurse bullying can be prevented to improve patient safety. I will give with a few tips and facts on how to stop nurse bullying. (more…)

nurse bullyingJust like many nurses in the world, travel nurses come across bullying. It is, however, an intensified one.

Incidence and Prevalence

In the U.S., one in six nurses is bullied in her lifetime. But the exact figures of travel nurse bullying cannot be determined exactly as most shrug the incidents off. There are no documentation or reports given to the administrator, or HR Department.

Newbies in the nursing world say they have experienced bullying from their senior nurses.¬†According to a study, almost 90% of new nurses are at higher risks of bullying. (more…)

dusan-petkovic_shutterstock-com_dentistry-2As a travel nurse, you expect the unexpected especially when one department has staffing issues or if your place of work demands more of that department. True to me experience here in the land full of sands, I was assigned to the Dental Department, a week after I got my hands dirty in the Emergency Department (E.D.). (more…)

Travel NurseTravel nurses enjoy a number of benefits from their job, but these perks are also accompanied by frustrating things. So in this post, which took me months to post, I will share to you some of upsetting things a travel nurse encounters. (more…)

Goodbye Crazy Obnoxious Weird 2016!

Posted: December 31, 2016 in Nurse
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Before I will officially utter my goodbye to 2016, I want to share some things about it. (more…)

Nursing follows or is based on different laws. One of them is Murphy’s Law.

It’s mind boggling, isn’t it?

As a member of the health care team, a nurse is prone to develop varicose veins and spider veins, because she stands, walks and runs through concrete or hard surface for long periods of time. And spider veins are creeping in my lower extremities now! 

Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins

These two types of vein problems, varicose veins and spider veins, are usually caused by weak or damaged valve of the vein, causing poor blood circulation, sweeling and pain in the affected part. 

Varicose veins are usually seen on older people, and may looks like a twisted tube of intravenous fluid. It appears generally because of a damaged valve in the vein, causing blood to pool in these veins. As the blood retains on tne valve, the vein becomes larger over time, and at times painful. 

Spider veins differs from varicose veins in size and appearance. They look like spider, thus the name, or branches of a tree with may look like purple, blue or red. These veins appears following blood accumulation and leakage around the veins.

Prevention and Management

I tried a number of things to prevent them, but it seems spider webs were appearing on my legs. So, I will share both.

Prevention of Varicose Veins

Compression Stockings for Nurses

Because of being prone to varicose veins and spider veins, compresiion stockings are made spcecially for nurses. They are neat stockings that let nurses move and work efficiently without discomfort. Nurses are ussually adept in where to buy and what brand to choose from when talking about compression stockings. As for me, I don’t usually choosw through brand. As long as it is tight, helps in preventing varicose veins without discomfort, I buy and wear it.

Exercise

Usually I was tired after a shift, so exercising was not a choice upon arrival at home. I just lift my legs higher than my butt or put them on the coffee table for 15 or 20 minutes. This practice was not effective, I found out later on. I saw an article in registerednursern.com couple of months ago, that says to prevent varicose veins you have to perform ‘leg exercises that use resistance’ like squats or leg curl machine. I did 30 to 50 squats, and I must say it’s paying off.

Management of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Because I see spider veins as a cosmetic problem, I researched on how to reduce, and eventually get rid of their appearance on my legs. 

Massage

While I rest and lifted my legs with a pillow or with a table, I massage them with an oraganic oil. Coconut oil is a good choice here. This is a simple way to improve circulation, and thus helps in getting rid of spider veins.

Ginger

Known to improve blood circulation because of its fibrinolytic function, ginger is an effective treatment of choice for spider veins. It aids in the break up of blood protein fibrin, that accumulates in weak or damaged valve of the vein. Blood pressure medicines or boood thinners are not friends with ginger, so consult your doctor first before taking ginger.

How to make ginger as a treatment for spider veins? tophomeremesdies.com suggest to make thin slicies of ginger, and put them on 2 cups of water, then boil. Afterwhich, set it aside for 10 minutes, and add honey. Drinking the concoction while warm is advisable.

Yoga

There are yoga poses that helps prevent and manage varicose veins and spider veins. I actually prefer mixing yoga and exercise for 30minutes a day. I’d do yoga poses first, then squats. Boat pose (Naukasana), fish pose (Matsyasana), legs up the wall (Viparita Karani) and shoulder supported stand ( Sarvangasana) are among my favorite yoga poses when I am treating my spider veins. I felt a glorious yet calming ‘burn’ after my session.

Seems simple, right?