Winning marathons and delivering babies

Anna has been a Nurse for ten years. After starting her career in postpartum, she now works per-diem in labor and delivery. She loves knowing she makes a direct impact on her patient's lives. She has the best of both worlds. She supports women in the birthing process and has the flexibility to pursue her running career on the side. She doesn't just run marathons - she comes in first place.

What are the challenges you face as a Nurse? Nursing is physically and emotionally demanding. I think the one of the biggest challenges we face is that we forget to take care of ourselves. We have a high rate of burnout and injury.

How do you know you are out of balance Anna?  When I stray too far out of my healthy routine I start to feel out of balance.  Too many nights without enough sleep, eating sporadically, or not getting enough time outside running on the trails leaves me cranky.  My family will confirm that!

How do you know you are out of balance? I know pretty early on when I'm starting to feel out of whack, so it's easy to get back to the basics: sleep, fruits and vegetables, and regular exercise. I consider these basics essential for me to be happy and healthy. During high stress times, I usually clean the house, go for a trail run, go to a yoga class,  or indulge in a delicious lunch at my favorite healthy restaurant. It doesn't take the stress away but it help re-set myself and cope.

What advice do you have for new nurses? If you are feeling intimidated and scared, know this is a normal experience and you are not alone.