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Today's Top Beats

🪧 Wage Theft Lawsuit
🦠 H5N1
🗣️ Interview Tips

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Stay Curious!
Hannah W. Berns
Chief Operating Officer


Third Time’s a Charm

After three strikes over the past year and a lawsuit claiming wage theft, nurses at Illinois’ Ascension Saint Joseph-Joliet have landed on a new 3-year contract. The hard-fought deal includes provisions such as voluntary nurse reassignments, additional paid time off for senior nurses, and a lump sum payment for all nurses. Ascension has refrained from disclosing details until the ratification process is complete, with voting on the contract taking place this month.

Legalizing Psychedelics

The US appears to be inching towards legalizing psychedelic drugs, if only for medicinal use. In California, legislation aims to permit, under controlled settings supervised by licensed facilitators, the therapeutic use of psychedelics like psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms), MDMA (Ecstasy), and ayahuasca, which have the potential to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and other mental health conditions. The bill faces opposition from law enforcement agencies and hurdles like budget constraints. Meanwhile, an FDA panel is considering legalizing MDMA-assisted therapy to treat PTSD.Β 

Rising Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is increasingly affecting younger populations, with rates rising 185%–500% among adolescents, teens, and young adults over the past two decades. This shift has prompted strong public health concerns, though the total number of cases remains relatively low. Experts emphasize the need for awareness without inducing panic, highlighting the importance of understanding potential risk factors. Although the cause of this surge remains unclear, research suggests changes to our gut microbiome may be partly to blame. Find out when you should get your first colonoscopy here.


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That’s a Wrap on Lackluster Lunches

Stuck in a lunchtime rut? We've all been there. Those marathon shifts where grabbing a bite feels like a distant dream. But fear not – Subway's got your back! With freshly made wraps that are as convenient as they are delicious, lunchtime just got a whole lot easier.

Say goodbye to the struggle of meal prepping and hello to options like -Β 

🥪 Honey Mustard Chicken

🥪 Homestyle Chicken Salad

🥪 Turkey, Bacon & Avocado

🥪 Cali Caprese

With Subway, making time for lunch on the go is a breeze.

So, next time when your shift ends and you’re torn between sleep and sustenance, remember – Subway's got you covered. Because in a job where decisions are numerous, your lunchtime choice just got a whole lot simpler.


$175 Million

The amount of funds the Biden administration is allocating to track and contain the spread of avian influenza H5N1. Check out this fact sheet to see how the rest of the funds will be used.



Interviewing? Read this!Β 

Gone are the days of prioritizing a job solely for prestige. Well-being matters as much as opportunity.

β€œDream jobs” are great, but if you burn out in year one because of toxic expectations & insane workloads, it’s pointless. Here's what to look for during interviews for optimal work-life balance👇🏽

🚩 Do they prioritize well-being? It's totally ok to ask, β€œCould you describe the hospital's approach to work-life balance?” or, β€œAre there any programs or benefits aimed at supporting employees' personal lives & overall well-being?”

🚩 Chat with current employees about their experiencesβ€”are they content? Bring this up in conversation while you go around the unit.

🚩 Are work expectations realistic or are employees expected to constantly be available or taking on more than is manageable?Β 

🚩 Is leadership even around? How do staff feel about management?Β 

🚩 How much turnover does the unit have?Β 

For more on this & all things burnout recovery/prevention in healthcare, come hang HERE!

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Self-Care Catalyst helps healthcare professionals optimize their wellbeing and eliminate burnout through mentorship, education, and community. Connect here!

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