Nurse leaders have long been concerned with this country's struggle to ensure widespread access to programs that strengthen psychological well-being and treat illness of the mind. We understand that personal health includes this aspect of being human. That's why NAQ's editorial board determined that our 40:3 edition should be: Behavioral Health: A Challenge for Nursing Leadership.
Guest editors Donna Gage and Teena McGuiness have put together a collection of excellent articles that address current issues in this area of health. While most are about the needs of patients, a few speak to the mental health of nurses. There is an old saying that "you can't give from an empty basket", which aptly describes the importance of paying attention to the emotional fitness of our own teams.
As leaders, we have an obligation to care for our caregivers. This includes actively working to ensure they enjoy a healthy work environment. Please read our bonus, on-line article by Gilbert, Hudson and Strider. Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Nurse Manager Recognition of and Response to Nurse-to-Nurse Bullying, is a subject important to all of us.
Thank you for Choosing to Lead,