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Reducing Stress Through Mindfulness

January 21, 2022

REDUCING STRESS THROUGH MINDFULNESS: It's OK to just relax and exist Charlotte D. Maiden, MSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA Outpatient Surgery/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit/Pre-Admission Testing As a result of the COVID pandemic, we all have had to adjust our way of life. We are seeing those in healthcare exhausted and overworked while trying to divide time between family and work, but even in the face of fear and anxiety, their resilience has shown a strong sense of community. In an article, in Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine (2020) , our cultural structure has been uncompromisingly challenged by... Continue Reading

Start Your New Year with a New Wellness Resolution

January 19, 2022

START YOUR NEW YEAR WITH A NEW WELLNESS RESOLUTION Carolynn Nesselrodt, BSN, RN Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders The year of 2022 is already upon us, and after nearly two years of pandemic talk and stress, we are ready for better health, wellness, positivity and less COVID discussions! With gradually decreasing positivity rates, higher vaccine numbers, and a new year, what better time than now to shift the conversation to setting goals and resolutions of maintaining better health overall? As nurses, we know how important it is to see a doctor for regular checkups and screenings... Continue Reading

Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Current Vaccination Dose Count at Augusta Health: Total doses given at Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics: 111,086 Community members fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 46,941 Boosters 21,134 Children age 5-11 2,944 Current COVID Situation We are experiencing a very high level of COVID-19 activity in our community and at Augusta Health. Our Augusta Health testing positivity rate for the week of January 9-15 was 46%. Our current inpatient COVID-19 census is 57, with five deaths over the past week. In the 24 hours preceding 9:00 am on Monday, January 17, 109 new positive cases of COVID... Continue Reading

Avoid The Circadian Killers

January 14, 2022

AVOID THE CIRCADIAN KILLERS Ivan Napotnik RN, BSN Cardiovascular Services We have all heard how important good sleep is for both our physical and mental health—but how many of us have surrendered to poor sleep and even label ourselves as poor sleepers? Sleep is too important for us to accept anything less than what our bodies need; our health literally depends on it. The Sleep Foundation states that poor sleep can slow our thinking, reduce our attention span, deplete our energy, and increase our anxiety levels and irritability. So, poor sleep is bad but what is "good sleep"? Good sleep is all... Continue Reading

Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: January 10, 2022

January 10, 2022

Current Vaccination Dose Count at Augusta Health: Total doses given at Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics: 109,967 Community members fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 46,862 Boosters 20,217 Children age 5-11 2,871 Current COVID Situation We are experiencing a very high level of COVID-19 activity in our community and at Augusta Health. Our Augusta Health testing positivity rate for the week of January 2-8 was 49.1%. Our current inpatient COVID-19 census is 40, with 12 deaths over the past week. Our ICU and Respiratory Care Units remain at or near capacity. In the 24 hours preceding 9... Continue Reading

Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: January 5, 2022

January 5, 2022

In partnership with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), Augusta Health continues community vaccinations for COVID-19. Current Vaccination Dose Count at Augusta Health: Total doses given at Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics: 109,648 Community members fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 46,792 Boosters 20,040 Children age 5-11 2,744 Current Situation We are experiencing a high level of COVID-19 activity in our community and at Augusta Health. Our Augusta Health testing positivity rate for the week of December 27-January 1 was 35.9%. Our current inpatient COVID-19 census is... Continue Reading

Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: December 30, 2021

December 30, 2021

Current Situation Over the past 24 hours, COVID-19 levels in our community reached an unprecedented high. At Augusta Health, we have again escalated our Surge Plan to meet these growing volumes. Over the past four days, our Augusta Health testing positivity rate has risen to 35%, which is a significant increase over the past week and is expected to remain high. Our current inpatient COVID-19 census is 29, with two deaths since Monday. In the 24 hours preceding 9:00 am on Thursday, December 30, 171 new positive cases of COVID were diagnosed at Augusta Health testing sites. This is a new record... Continue Reading

Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: December 27, 2021

December 27, 2021

In partnership with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), Augusta Health continues community vaccinations for COVID-19. Current Vaccination Dose Count at Augusta Health: Total doses given at Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics: 108,358 Community members fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 46,664 Boosters 19,012 Children age 5-11 2,616 Current Situation We are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 activity in our community and at Augusta Health. Our Augusta Health testing positivity rate is 21.5%. Our current inpatient COVID-19 census is 19, with four deaths over the past week... Continue Reading

Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021

In partnership with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), Augusta Health continues community vaccinations for COVID-19. Current Vaccination Dose Count at Augusta Health: Total doses given at Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics: 105,749 Community member fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 45,456 Boosters 16,781 Children age 5-11 2,418 THROW BACK MONDAY: The first vials of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Augusta Health one year ago this week on December 15, 2020. The first vaccinations were given to front-line employees. In 2021, vaccination clinics expanded according to the... Continue Reading

Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: December 6, 2021

December 6, 2021

In partnership with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), Augusta Health continues community vaccinations for COVID-19. Current Vaccination Dose Count at Augusta Health: Total doses given at Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics: 104,483 Community member fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 45,282 Boosters 15,920 Children age 5-11 2,167 Current Situation We are experiencing a slight increase in COVID-19 activity. Our Augusta Health testing positivity rate is 18%. Our current inpatient COVID-19 census is 13, with one death over the past week. In the 24 hours preceding 9:00 am on... Continue Reading

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