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Monday, December 17, 2018

Stay happy and healthy this holiday season

While the winter holiday season tends to be associated with joy, it can also trigger heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and depression for some.

In our latest Pathway to Excellence® column, titled "An Investment in Staff Well-Being," author Leigh Hume, MN, RN, shines a light on the importance of investing in strategies to help nurses cope with high levels of work-related stress and optimize their well-being, which can, in turn, have a positive effect on patient safety. Keeping work stress in check and fostering overall well-being can help contain or prevent the "holiday blues" in some cases. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out this article—the latest in our series of columns in collaboration with the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Pathway to Excellence Program.

Further, consider these 10 holiday health and safety tips from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for yourself, your team, and your patients. This guide covers the basics, such as practicing proper hand hygiene, avoiding smoking, handling and preparing food safely, keeping an extra watchful eye on the kids, and being as active as possible. See the CDC's guide for more details.

Nursing Management wishes our readers a happy, healthy holiday season. Need to catch up on 2018 articles before the end of the year? You can read our latest published content here. Also keep an eye out for our Best of 2018 collection, coming soon!