My turn! Continuing our discussion about our research I will share a bit about what I have started working on for my PhD. I work in an electrophysiology neuroscience lab which means I’m trying to understand the electrical activity of the brain and decipher how neurons communicate with each other to form memories and learn new tasks. Because I have a clinical interest as well (surprise!), I’m studying how memory and learning changes in the most common form of dementia. Yes, you guessed it... Alzheimer’s. It’s crazy to think that even though Alzheimers was first described more than 100yrs ago, we still have no single theory that explains fully what it does to the brain, why it does it and how to prevent/ treat it. In lab I will be studying how the electrical activity of the brain changes in Alzheimer’s while using optogenetic techniques to improve memory function in an Alzheimer’s model. Any neuro people out there?! If not, comment below your fav science emojis🤪! 🧠🐀☕️ -Marisol ...
TIPS FOR CHOOSING A NURSING SPECIALTY💉
Choosing which nursing specialty is right for you can sometimes be tricky! Being a nurse can mean something different for everyone, since the world of nursing offers so many career avenues. I’ve complied my top tips below that helped me choose my own specialty and I hope they can offer you some assistance! Also, I would love to hear more tips from those of you who are specialized!!
🌟Remember! Just because you pick one specialty doesn’t mean you have to stay there forever, or that you can’t change your mind. A major benefit to the profession is the ability to transition between specialities and continually learn something new!
🌟Job Setting! Think about your life and what type of work environment you picture yourself in! Do you see yourself working bedside in the hosptial, assisting in a clinic, a M-F office, in a school, etc? Understanding where you want to be and how long you want your shifts to be, will help narrow down options!
🌟Personal Interest! It’s important to think about what your interests are and what makes you feel the most excited! During nursing school what topic did you love to learn about most? And which topic did you find least interesting? I loved the heart so I hoped to work in a cardiac related unit one day! (And I’m glad I went for it because I still love the heart!) Also thinking about the age group that interests you is key!
🌟Shadow! If you are interested in a certain type of nursing and wonder what it would be like to work there, ask the director if you can shadow for the day! Seeing first hand the nursing duties required will help you to better understand the specialty requirements and if you enjoy your time there. I always thought I wanted OR or ER, and after shadowing each unit I found myself most drawn to ICU! ...
Do you get headaches? 🤯
When I was in didactic year, I used to get headaches ALL the time. It was the worst, and I noticed that in clinical year I had less headaches because I wasn’t looking at a screen as much anymore. Rotations that I have more time to be on my ipad, I noticed the headaches would come back.
I got these new blue light glasses from @klassynetwork and I absolutely love it. I’ve been taking them to my rotation with me and putting them on whenever I am logging in patients in the computer. I love that I can be proactive in my health and prevent those terrible headaches!
Headaches are no fun, but totally preventable.
Some tips to prevent headaches are...
1️⃣ Stay hydrated! Make sure you are drinking plenty of water
2️⃣ Wear blue light glasses if you are looking at a screen all day. Protect your eyes
3️⃣ Get enough sleep, I get fatigue headaches if I don’t sleep enough
4️⃣ Don’t sit in one position for too long. Make sure to get up, move around and stretch. Take breaks
5️⃣ Do not skip meals, hunger headaches are a thing
Do you get headaches? What do you do to make it better? Comment below! I would love to hear ❤️