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Self-Care Management Practices for the Home Health Nurse: Staying Hale and Hearty Through Enhanced Self-Care and ErgonomicsWith a Case Study

Hitt, Jennifer M. RN, MSN; Tatum, Eva RN, MSN; McNair, Mary RN, MSN; Harrington, Marilyn PhD, RN; Stanton, Sandra D. RN, MSN; Askew, Rebecca PhD, RN; Lofton, Susan PhD, RN; Walker, Jean T. PhD, RN; Robertson, Amy BA, MSIT

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e318252c49a
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Ergonomics provides a broad framework for home healthcare nurses to improve their individual physical, psychological, cognitive, and spiritual well-being through application of models for self-care planning. As the individual becomes stronger, more resilient and work hardy, the benefits to the individual, along with the work organization and ultimately the clients, grow exponentially. This article seeks to explore the relevant ergonomic domains and assist home healthcare nurses to develop self-care planning practices that lead to healthy lifestyles and improved quality of life.

Jennifer M. Hitt, RN, MSN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Oxford, Mississippi.

Eva Tatum, RN, MSN, is an Instructor of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Oxford, Mississippi.

Mary McNair, RN, MSN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Jackson, Mississippi.

Marilyn Harrington, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Jackson, Mississippi.

Sandra D. Stanton, RN, MSN, is an Instructor of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Oxford, Mississippi.

Rebecca Askew, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Jackson, Mississippi.

Susan Lofton, PhD, RN, is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Jackson, Mississippi.

Jean T. Walker, PhD, RN, is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, Jackson, Mississippi.

Amy Robertson, BA, MSIT, is a Graphic Designer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Jennifer M. Hitt, RN, MSN, 167 Kinard Hall, University, MS 38677 (jhitt@umc.edu).

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