Departments: News, Notes and Tips
Nurses are often known for taking better care of our patients and families than of ourselves. Nursing faculty may not always provide students with information to assist them in developing appropriate self-care strategies. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has recognized that nurses need resources to learn to take better care of ourselves. In October 2011, the organization provided a 1-day conference in Silver Springs, Maryland, to assist nurses to become healthy role models for peers and patients. On the ANAWeb site (http://www.nursingworld.org/0), the organization recognizes that nurses deal with fatigue, chemical exposure, infectious disease exposure, and physical challenges such as lifting patients. The conference provided nurses with stress reduction techniques, healthy cooking lessons, and information related to safe handling of patients.
The ANAWeb site also provides links to a valuable assortment of “Healthy Nurse Resources,” including topics specific to nursing such as chemical safety, environmental health, ergonomics, immunizations, latex allergies, needle stick injuries, and work place violence. Links to resources related to more general topics such as diet and nutrition, fatigue, obesity, physical activity, stress management, and smoking cessation.
Our nursing students will benefit from faculty acknowledging the self-care issues in our profession. Providing our students with resources to assist them to become healthy role models (such as those offered by ANA) not only acknowledges this professional issue but also offers access to personal empowerment through solutions.
Source: Nurses as models of wellness in action: ANA hosts first national “healthy nurse” conference. Inside ANA News: News for Nurse Leaders. October 2011. Available at https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/1335b6175e040f38. Accessed November 1, 2011.
Submitted by: Robin E. Pattillo, PhD, RN, CNL, News Editor at NENewsEditor@gmail.com.