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Online Meditation Tool for Nurses Debuts From Industry Magazine and Website

Nursing professionals like Santa Clara Licensed Vocational Nurses have a new and unique way to address the stress associated with their workplace—the animated online meditation tool “Meditation in Minutes.”

Available from Scrubs, the first lifestyle website and magazine for nurses, the interactive resource is designed for busy nurses, including Sacramento LVNs and other dedicated personnel, who face a number of challenges during the workday. The online guide was developed with the help of Jason Evan Mihalko, a doctor of psychology, and Leslie Davenport, a psychotherapist and author of “Healing and Transformation Through Self-Guided Imagery.”

According to a press release issued on September 16, the Scrubs-sponsored tool “gives specific exercises that take into account a nurse’s busy schedule and unique environment.” These exercises are divided into increments ranging from one to 15 minutes.

Each time-specific exercise has its own set of instructions. For example, one-minute meditations encourage nurses, such as San Francisco LVNs, to count each exhalation of breath—a technique designed to divert an individual’s focus from a stressful situation and on to the present moment.

In the 7-minute meditation, users are encouraged to imagine themselves on the shores of a warm beautiful beach. With this image in mind, they are asked to then visualize writing a single “writing a single word in the wet sand that represents your biggest concern and watch as the ocean gently erases it, leaving the sand smooth and beautiful while you feel it releasing from your mind and emotions.”

The tool’s co-creator Leslie Davenport describes the versatility of the meditation tool.

“Nurses can do these meditations in minutes, and right in the workplace. A nurse can click into the tool from any Internet-enabled device to find an easy meditation designed to give peace of mind in the time frame she chooses,” Davenport stated in the Sept. 16 press release.

The tool already has support from nursing professionals like Nicole Lehr, a pediatric nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She shared her support of Meditation in Minutes in the Thursday news release.

“Even just taking time to myself for a minute to think and breathe is helpful for me during a busy shift or when I feel as though work is emotionally draining me. I like the tool’s varying techniques because people can find which one works best for them based on their personality type and how they best relax and reflect,” stated Nurse Lehr.

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Meningitis Awareness Promoted by California School Nurses Organization and Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

A week-long campaign to promote meningitis vaccination and awareness of the potentially serious disease was launched on Monday by the California School Nurses Organization (CSNO), the Sacramento Board of Supervisors, the Sacramento Healthy Community Immunization Coalition and the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.

Known as the Voices of Meningitis Week, the August 16-20 promotion is designed to educate the families of Northern California-area adolescents and preteens about the vaccination and other preventative measures against the dangerous meningococcal meningitis.

According to a news release issued by the public coalition, the disease is rare but can often have fatal consequences for its victims, particularly children. Sacramento’s public health officials encourage young adults and preteens aged 11 to 18-years-old, as well as freshmen-level college students based in dormitories to be vaccinated against the fast-acting condition.

Meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, is caused by an inflammation of the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord, called meninges. This inflammation may be caused by bacteria, virus, injury, drugs or cancer-based spinal fluid infections. Bacterial meningitis, commonly called spinal meningitis, is typically the most serious form of the disease.

Although often treatable with antibiotics, this rapidly-spreading variant of the disease may cause serious physical injury or death if left undetected. Early detection of spinal meningitis may help prevent fatalities; however, some of the most frequent signs of the disease like nausea, light sensitivity and vomiting may resemble other common illnesses.

While the disease may be especially devastating to children, recent surveys by the National Immunization Survey identified less than half of California’s 13-17 year-old population has been properly immunized against meningitis—numbers far below the recommended 90 percent vaccination rate issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To help raise awareness about the dangers of serious diseases like spinal meningitis, Northern California needs more trained professionals like Santa Clara LVNs and San Francisco LVNs. See how the quality Vocational Nursing training program at Unitek College can help you prepare for Sacramento LVN jobs and other related positions in the Bay Area.
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