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Good Morning, Readers,

Did you know that you spend about 30% of your life sleeping? A fascinating article goes into the research behind sleep. Do you ever dream of falling? Losing your teeth? Or what about those pump alarm dreams EVERY nurse has? Research suggests that dreaming can help us work through unpleasant thoughts and events.

I feel like I spent my new graduate years haunted by nursing dreams 👻. Tell me your worst nursing nightmare here.

Today's Top Beats

🏆 AAN Fellows Announced

😴 Dream A Little Dream

🤝 Nurses Need Collective Healing

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AAN Fellows Announced

The 2024 Fellows from the American Academy of Nursing have been announced, representing 37 states, Washington DC, Guam, and 14 countries. The AAN announced their new inductees, who were β€œrecognized for their substantial and sustained impact on health and health care” at the annual Health Policy Conference this fall on November 2nd in Washington DC. Learn more here about the process of becoming an AAN Fellow.

A Minty Way to Quit

Following an β€œextensive scientific review,” the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized four menthol-flavored e-cigarettes, all marketed by NJOY. These are the first non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes authorized by the FDA after the company effectively showed the possible benefits of the products outweigh the risks. The decision comes a week after a randomized controlled trial showed that e-cigarettes were as effective as the FDA-approved drug varenicline in helping people quit smoking for up to 6 months.

Dream a Little Dream

How many times have you dreamed that you’re falling? Or being chased? Or that one where you’re back in school and must give a report or take a test you haven’t prepared for? These are just some of the most common things Americans dream about, and in one study, around one in 10 people reported being chased as a common nightmare. But why do we dream these things? A fascinating feature at The Guardian digs into the science of dreams.



The number of monthly online searches per 100,000 people for information about snakes in dreams, the second most commonly searched dream. But over twice as many people searched for information on this common dream.



Nurses Need Collective Healing

As Nurses, we get a bad rap for not supporting each other. We’ve heard β€œnurses eat their young.” But with 30% of nurses leaving their first year and 60% reporting racism or discrimination from their colleagues, the time to support each other is now.

Luckily, there is a growing movement of nurses supporting nurses, and we can turn to collective care to show up for each other in ways that heal us and improve patient outcomes.

Two collective care principles to integrate today:

  1. Embrace interconnectedness: Drop β€œWell, I had to go through it,” to focus on improving working conditions and reducing issues that hurt everyone, like staffing shortages.

  2. Seek support: Join organizations offering peer support and mentorship, so you can be seen and heard by people who understand. Having this peer support from co-workers has even been shown to reduce emotional exhaustion.

Pairing self-care with collective care accelerates our own healing potential and that of those around us.

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Tesiah Coleman, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, WHNP-BC, CLC, is the founder and CEO of Togather, the first collective care platform for health justice.Β 

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