Feeling SAD this Holiday: Seasonal Affective Disorder, know the symptoms of SAD

      Have you ever experienced feelings of unexplained sadness and energy loss during Winter? How can you tell if these feelings are your body’s normal reaction to the elevated stress associated with the Winter holidays or something more? Everyone feels the blues sometimes, but those who with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)  experience symptoms that go far beyond general moodiness. SAD is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months subsiding around April or May, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. SAD affects 10 million American adults. As many as one in 10 people experience the disorder in states where the climates are colder and cloudier. Anyone can get SAD, but it’s more common in: Women. People who live far from the equator, where winter daylight hours are very short. People between the ages of 15 and 55. People who have a close relative with SAD. Experts aren’t sure what causes SAD. But they think it may be caused by a lack of sunlight. Lack of light may upset your “biological clock,” which controls your sleep-wake pattern. Lack of sunlight may also cause problems with serotonin, a brain chemical that affects mood. Some symptoms of SAD include, but are not limited to: Feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious. Lose interest in your usual activities. Eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta. Gain weight. Sleep more but still feel tired. Have trouble concentrating. There are 3 main courses...

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

          Well Parents, the holidays are upon us once again and while we strive to give our children most every gift they desire; there are some safety considerations to keep in mind. Scooters, bicycles and skateboards, oh my! Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be quite harmful and even deadly. *Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit. *Heed the age range listed on the package. *Keep your neighborhood traffic in mind. If you live on a busy street, perhaps a backyard riding toy would prove safer. Small balls and other toys with small parts are sure to be fun but could also become choking hazards. *Again, heed the age range listed on packaging. Children under 3 years of age tend to explore their world mouth first. *Consider keeping track of small toy parts by placing them in zipper lock sandwich bags, this way you will be aware if any stray parts are left behind on the floor where small children and pets could ingest them   Toys and electronic games with Lithium button batteries can be a danger hiding in your home. When swallowed, these small batteries get stuck in the throat. The saliva triggers an electric current which causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours. *Consider items that have a battery compartment which requires a screwdriver or household tool to open. *Keep extra batteries out of the reach of small fingers on a high shelf or locked cabinet for...

Happy Veterans Day

  “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” –President Woodrow Wilson Nov 11 1918   I am proud to be a Veteran of The United States Army. Not many people understand the discipline and self sacrifice required to serve in the military. As an educator I often ask questions to gain a better understanding of what motivates people to think the way they do. Today I decided to ask this question of random people that I encountered while running my errands “Why is it important to celebrate Veterans day?” The responses ranged from offended looks to the standard answer of “because the people that died for our freedom deserve recognition”. As a result of this experience, something very important occurred to me; many civilians that have not served in the military have no idea about the origins of Veterans Day or why we should celebrate it. Nothing to fear, Nurse educator Nicole is here. On any given day I wear a number of hats. I am a mom, daughter, sister, Nurse, educator, entrepreneur, and an Army Veteran.  Today I’m putting on my Veteran and educator hat. Answers to commonly asked Veterans day questions are listed below. Knowing these answers will make you a more informed citizen. My hope is that...

Nursing Success EXPO 2015 WAS AWESOME!!

The Nursing Success EXPO 2015 was an awesome event! Nearly 300 attendees, 10 employers, 15 schools of nursing and 15+ vendors. The Nurses enjoyed the 2 FREE CEUs & Future/Student Nurses enjoyed 2 FREE NCLEX classes! Nurses, students & future nurses were interviewed and offered jobs during the event. Plans for NURSING SUCCESS EXPO 2016 are on the way!! Nursing Success EXPO 2015 – Richmond, VA –  November 21st from 8-5pm. Your 1 stop shop for nursing education and nursing employment in Richmond & Central VA. On the spot interviews will be available. Please bring your resume. RN’s, LPN’s, CNA’s & NA’s, nursing students and future nurses are welcomed. Free CEU’s will be offered during event. Giveaways, Door prizes, The Nurse Dolls and so much more!!! KEYNOTE SPEAKER: SENATOR Rosalyn Dance, RN SPONSORS: Vibra Hospital, VA Hospital, iHeart Radio, Infusionsoft & The Nurse Dolls. Employers: Vibra Hospital, VA Hospital,  Laurels of Bon Air, MEDIKO, Capital Area Health Education Center, Henrico County Public Schools, Humana & much more…… Colleges & Schools: Bryant & Stratton, University of Tennessee,  Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Chamberlin College, Averett University, Western Governors University, Walden University, Centura College, Kaplan College, Red Cross CNA School, Virginia School for Nurse Aids, Fortis College, Medical H.A.T.S., Bryant & Stratton & More…. Vendors: Airborne, Mary Kay, Breckenridge Chiropractic, Center for Veins, Professional Pride Nursing T-Shirts, Foxy Badge Reels, Real Time Pain  Relief, Traci Lynn Jewelry, New York Life, Primerica, Capital Area Health Education Center, Center for Vein, Joan Wilson – The Corner Woman, Che & Trevor – Peak Performers, Dekesha Chambliss-Wilson, Pampered Chef, Thirty One, Builder Health Insurance, Common Sense Germs & many more… RADIO VENDORS (Outside) 106.5 The Beat...

Nurse Hero: Mary Seacole (1805-1881)

        Mary Seacole was a Jamaican-born nurse who helped soldiers during the Crimean War. She was born Mary Grant in Kingston, Jamaica, daughter of a Scottish soldier and the owner of a boarding house for officers and their families. Seacole had a good education, and developed an interest in medicine and nursing from her mother, who was a traditional healer. In 1836 she married Edwin Horatio Seacole, a naval officer, who died in 1844. Mary remained in Kingston but spent a lot of time nursing in Panama, where a Cholera Epidemic had quickly taken hold. At the start of the Crimean War in 1853, she went to London to offer her services. As was the case with many Nurses, her application to join Florence Nightingale’s nursing team was refused whether because of their class background or, in this case, probably, ethnicity. Instead of giving up, Mary Seacole sailed to the Crimea at her own expense. She and Thomas Day (a relative in the shipping business) opened the British Hotel near Balaclava a few months later in 1855. Using it as a base, she would take mules laden with food, wine and medicines across country to the battlefield front lines. She obtained special passes, which allowed her to look after the wounded and dying on both sides. In 1857 her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands, became a bestseller. The Seacole Fund eventually enabled her to live in comfort in Paddington, London, until her death in 1881. Clicks here: Share the gift of Nursing to your little girl!! Nicole M. Brown, RN Founder: The Nurse Dolls & Nursing Success...

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A year after graduating high school I received a call from one of my very best childhood friends. The news was troubling, her mother, Catherine, had been diagnosed with late stage breast cancer. Being young and unfamiliar with the severity of the diagnosis or the disease itself, I had no idea the fight Catherine and her family would endure in the months to come. I made it a point to call once a week to check on my friend in regards to her mom’s health but she always seemed to be busy spending time with her mother. This time they spent together usually included some life task that Catherine was teaching my friend be it learning to cook for the family, grocery shop on her own, and tending to her little sisters hair. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary to me as my own mother was instilling similar responsibilities in me in preparation for college and dorm life. As a matter of fact everything in my friends life seemed perfectly normal until one afternoon 3 months later when I received a call from a cousin of my friend notifying me that Catherine had passed away. I was 18 years old. My friends parents were like my parents,invincible- right? They couldn’t possibly die while we still needed them so. I  rushed over to my friends house where the family was gathered and ran straight to her bedroom. She was laying on her bed staring at the ceiling. I said nothing, climbed in bed with her, held her hand, and joined her gaze toward Heaven, her mothers untimely resting place. About...

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