NATIONAL NURSES WEEK is celebrated annually from May 6 through the birthday of Florence Nightingale on May 12, the founder of modern nursing. This offers a special time to honor and thank all nurses for their commitment to promote and maintain patient health and safety. Nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions. Explore the rewarding nursing opportunities at the region's most comprehensive healthcare center. Go to www.samc.org and click on Careers.
Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals.
In honor of National Nurses Week and RN Recognition Day, registered nurses around the country are encouraged to wear the official "RN Pin."
Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.
(From bettersleep.org)There are a few things you can do to try and get a great night’s rest. You’ll be surprised by how your quality of life improves when you learn how to sleep better. Try going to bed and getting up at the same time every day – even on the weekends. This will help keep your biological clock in sync.
Develop a sleep ritual by doing the same things each night just before bed. Parents often establish a routine for their kids, but it can help adults, too. A routine cues the body to settle down for the night. Another hint: Unwind early in the evening so that worries and distractions don't keep you from getting a good night's sleep.
Finally, create a restful sleep environment – sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room on a comfortable, supportive mattress and foundation –and keep all electronics out of the bedroom! The bedroom is for sleep and sex only, so that means no televisions, laptops or smartphones. If you're sleeping as much as you need, but still find that you're sleepy during the day, you should consult your doctor to see if you might have a medical condition interfering with your sleep.
It's important to make an overall commitment to healthy, restorative sleep. Here are some tips to sleep better from the Better Sleep Council for maintaining a healthy sleep cycle and ensuring the best night's rest:
- Make sleep a priority by keeping a consistent sleep (bedtime) and wake schedule, including weekends.
- Create a bedtime routine that is relaxing. Experts recommend reading a book, listening to soothing music or soaking in a hot bath.
- Transform your bedroom into a haven of comfort. Create a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool for the best possible sleep.
- Evaluate your mattress and pillow to ensure proper comfort and support. If your mattress is seven years old or older, it may be time for a new one. In general, pillows should be replaced every year.
- Keep work materials, computers and televisions out of the bedroom; it should be used for sleep and sex only.
- Exercise regularly, but complete workouts at least two hours before bedtime.
- If you sleep with a partner, your matress should allow each of you enough space to move easily. Couples who've been sleeping on a "double" (full size) may think they have enough room, until they learn that each person has only as much sleeping space as a baby's crib!
- Avoid nicotine (e.g., cigarettes, tobacco products). Used close to bedtime, it can lead to poor sleep.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol (e.g., coffe, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime. It can keep you awake.
- Finish eating at least two to three hours before bedtime.
Each month a group of nurses on the SAMC Nursing Research Team discuss research projects to improve nursing practice. Many members have earned National Institutes of Health and Human Research Certifications, a requirement of principal investigators throughout the United States and a pre-requisite for submission of research proposals to SAMC’s Institutional Review Board.
These SAMC nurses are educated on the importance of strict adherence to the principles of human rights when conducting research. Those topics that evolve into research projects are often carried out in collaboration with nursing professors at Troy University and ultimately contribute to the body of evidence-based nursing practice.
There are 21 active members of the SAMC Nursing Research Team who meet monthly on the third Thursday. Members of the group, which organized two years ago, include (front row, from left): Diane Weed, PhD, Troy University; Cathy Flinn, Emergency Department; Doreen Anderson, Patient Care Services; (back row) Ann Gommo Spradley, Two East; Karry Clark, Patient Care Services; Jan Largess, Employee Health & Wellness; Claudia Tucker, Five East; and Tena Knight, Critical Care. All those pictured are RNs.