Nurses have a hard job. They need advice that works. Being a nurse is physically and emotionally demanding; the shifts are long and grueling, there are always more tasks than time, and both your patients and coworkers can be difficult. It’s no secret that a nurse’s life is hard. But finding ways to cope is hard, and most self-help books just aren’t written for nurses. If you’re working 12-hour shifts, you barely have enough time for basic needs, much less elaborate self-care routines designed for people with normal working schedules. Habits for Nurses is different, because it was written by a registered nurse with a degree in psychology. In this book, Beau Salts, RN draws on years of experience to provide you with effective, concrete steps you can take to improve your quality of life. This guide includes practical advice on: ● The surprising way that a gorilla can help you destroy your negative mental energy ● Building emotional resilience and managing stress ● The little-known percentage that will build your inner strength ● How your wall can streamline your laundry routine ● A principle from nursing school that will minimize the time you spend on household chores ● Priceless wisdom on dealing with difficult people, including difficult patients ● And much more! Salts knows these tips work, because he uses them himself. Habits for Nurses is a book with honest, practical advice from someone who’s spent plenty of time in the trenches, just like you. Nurses have a uniquely challenging job. They need tips tailored to their needs, from someone who knows how things work. Pick up Habits for Nurses and start building healthy habits today!
Registered nurse Salts (New Dad Words of Wisdom) shares a comprehensive collection of hard-won professional and personal advice for fellow nurses. Taking a folksy just-between-us tone, Salts advises nurses to establish routines, concentrate on self-care, use visualization techniques, get enough quality sleep, and remember to laugh: “We are going to dig deep within ourselves, find our inner strength, allow it to come to the surface, and shine it on the world.” He opines that communication—whether at a hospital bedside (when in doubt, smile and reassure) or communicating with other professionals (be firm but nonconfrontational with workplace bullies)—is key for success. Physical health strategies, such as avoiding back trouble by intensive stretching and relaxing with yoga, are also covered. A particular highlight is Beau’s clever “nurse workout” tailored to time-crunched professionals (including push-ups, lunges, and squats), as well as more involved routines for nurses looking to build strength and endurance. With its bounty of suggestions and exercises, this is a great resource for nurses or anyone who’s on their feet all day. (Self-published)