What's new

July 2016

Poster: "Self care for those who care".

Learning Module: De-stigmatizing Practices & Mental Illness

As health care professionals we are responsible for the care and safety of our patients, which also includes advocating on their behalf. As an advocate, you have the unique opportunity to help address the stigma associated with mental illness. By completing this educational opportunity, you learn more about mental illness from a patient's perspective.

May 2016

Thank you, nurses

Every year, national nursing week offers the chance to celebrate the role of nursing in health care delivery and building health and wellness for individuals and communities. While nursing week always includes May 12th - Florence Nightingale's birthday - this year, it starts on May 9th (and runs until May 15th).

Click here for the thank you video featuring music by Johnny Reid

A special thank you to critical care nurses…and from the critical care program

The Winnipeg Region has experienced an influenza outbreak since late February, which is now largely over. While we experienced a lower than average number of Influenza cases this year, the people who did need admission to hospital were more acute, requiring in most cases admission to Critical Care Units many requiring ventilation.

Click here to read Lori Lamont and Jodi Walker Tweed express their gratitude

What losing sleep does to your mind

If you’ve ever been tired and cranky after a sleepless night, don’t miss this read…click here

Do you need a break?

The modern, pedal-to-the-metal lifestyle produces chronic stress and tension, and related physical and mental health issues. It also crowds out creative pursuits, friendships, recreation, spiritual life, and time for children and mates. Read this piece that advocates we need to take more breaks

There are many health benefits when we take care of our mental health and well-being such as, better sleep, improved ability to manage everyday pressures, and more life satisfaction. Want some ideas of how to support your mental health and well-being? Check out these 21 Ways to Enjoy Life More

Get engaged and share your thoughts

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Accessibility survey

If you’re one of the nearly 200 people who has already taken 10 minutes to complete the accessibility survey, thank you. Some interesting themes are emerging around accessibility issues in the Region.

If you haven’t taken the survey yet, there’s still time. Please share your thoughts on how we can improve accessibility in the Region.

Steps for playing big

If you’ve ever wanted to play bigger, you may be interested in discovering tools to work with fear or quiet self-doubt.

What’s beeping in your life?

This writer offers an interesting story about trusting your gut, and advocating for yourself…even when it feels uncomfortable and you need to ask more than once.

A feel for living

According to this writer, life is about investing in feeling your very best.

Is life moving too fast?

If you answered yes instantly, think about the fact that chronic speediness releases nerve-jangling hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, weakens your immune system, and wears down your mood. Read more

April 2016

Any type of loss can result in grief

If you think grief and grieving is only experienced when someone passes, think again. Click here to consider loss and how that might be impacting you

"You give yourself permission to grieve by recognizing the need for grieving. Grieving is the natural way of working through loss. Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired or sneezing when your nose itches." - Doug Manning

January 2016

Be sure to check your email on Wednesdays

Due to restrictions on communication (particularly with respect to advertising and promotion) leading up to the provincial election, the latest in nursing news will be available in Health Care Connection...delivered to your inbox on Wednesdays. Regular updates to the nursing website and calendar will resume April 20th.

You have a role to play in preventing pressure ulcers

Did you know that 95 per cent of pressure ulcers are preventable? You can help reduce the trauma and pain a person experiences with a pressure ulcer thanks to timely assessment and reassessment of their pressure ulcer risk.

Intrigued on how you can be part of the solution? Level 1 Wound Care Education is now available on the Learning Management System. Register today.

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Be confident & at ease

Years of negative messages may have worn you down, but an innate confidence and ease is at your fingertips - if you just take a moment to discover it. Read 11 tips on how to bring out your confidence

Resources for self-compassion

January can be a very busy month. Research shows that providing support to yourself – like you would others – can improve health, productivity and peace of mind. How? With a healthy dose of self-compassion. Access resources here

Of course we need others

Dependence is nothing to be ashamed of, in spite of our culture's hyper-emphasis on independence. We depend on others, they depend on us…and you depend on you. Read more interesting thoughts about how about how this all makes a difference

Slow things down

If the pace of your life is feeling overwhelming, it’s time to slow things down and give yourself a moment. Acknowledging tough times, painful emotions and difficult relationships can feel daunting. Science based practices can offer some comfort and peace. Access them here

10 new year’s practices to improve your emotional health

Creating change can require you to stretch beyond your comfort zone and can bring up your biggest fears and limiting beliefs. Having the emotional strength to overcome your own perceived limitations and lack of support is paramount if you want to achieve any goal.

To change yourself, change your world

When making any change, we forget the importance of the environment around us. The spaces and situations we find ourselves in can keep us on the path to achievement, or nudge us toward failure. Read more

Let’s talk about stress

Day to day work in health care creates a certain levels of stressors that are often overlooked. Health experts identify that for every major critical incident, there are statistically many more events of mild to moderate intensity that are not discussed. That can mean much-needed intervention or supports aren’t being accessed. Read more about the importance of acknowledging, debriefing and supports