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saltynursesselfcar
Sep 07, 2020
In Welcome to the Forum
I've been working on myself forever, it seems. The last 20 years working in healthcare and growing as a human have taught me a lot. Some lessons were harder than others. One of the things I've had to overcome multiple times is fear. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown. Fear of being criticized. We all have our own fears. In the last month I've been putting the final touches on a book on self care for nurses, so important during the coronavirus pandemic. It is not perfect. I am fearful that it won't be helpful, or it won't be read at all. But I am also hopeful that it will be helpful and that people will resonate with what I and so many others do each day to keep going forward. Working from a place of love and gratitude, support and mindfulness, I published this website today with the hope that we can all learn from each other and help not only "keep it together" but thrive and find joy.
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saltynursesselfcar
Aug 12, 2020
In Welcome to the Forum
Make this your own. For the past few years I have found myself in many conversations with co-workers, friends, students, other healthcare professionals about self-care. It's not easy, and it's not simple. It's one of those nebulous things that marketers would tell you costs lots of money. It doesn't. For me, so much of self-care has been about connecting with others, listening to how they do things, and putting one foot in front of the other to get to that next goal. Connection has been shattered over the last few months with the Coronavirus pandemic. I've found myself isolating, limiting my social media exposure, my news exposure, and not seeing my friends or family except via Zoom meetings. It's been stressful and lonely at times, and I know I'm not the only one feeling this way. My hope in starting this website is that people can connect, we can have conversations about how to care for ourselves, and maybe find solutions to difficult problems together. Thanks to Jenny, an RT for sharing her tattoo. <3
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saltynursesselfcar
Aug 12, 2020
In Welcome to the Forum
One of the things that I discovered when writing my book and forming my vision was that nurses need help developing and maintaining self-care. The following links I have found to be really helpful and especially the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation challenge from the American Nurses Association. Sign up for their text reminders and you'll be reminded daily that you have a reachable self-care goal. Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation challenge from the American Nurses Association Thousands of nurses have joined the movement. What are you waiting for? Improve your health with us! www.hnhn.org The American Association of Critical Care Nurses has defined six evidence-based standards to help nurses have the healthiest workplace possible. Learn more about the standards and how to achieve them at: https://www.aacn.org/nursing-excellence/healthy-work-environments Purdue University Global (blog entry, n.d.) created this excellent blog entry on The Importance of Self-care for Nurses and how to put a plan in place, at https://www.purdueglobal.edu/blog/nursing/self-care-for-nurses/ One of the better articles I've read on self-care, in general, can be found at: https://www.bustle.com/wellness/types-of-self-care-how-to-practice-experts I especially like this one because it breaks down the different types, AND it specifically speaks to how self-care isn't about spending money on gimmicks, financial self-care is important too! Do you have suggestions for the resources here?? Email me at saltynursesselfcare@
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saltynursesselfcar
Aug 12, 2020
In Welcome to the Forum
Why Salty Nurses self care, you ask? Simple. For me, salt is healing. I love the ocean, the beach, sweating (as long as it's not in a blue plastic precaution gown), sometimes crying can even be healing. In the neuro ICU we use concentrated salt, hypertonic saline, to treat brain swelling, and it works. Have you ever eaten food without salt? Yuck, bland and uninteresting, no bueno. Salty also defines the sassiness that many nurses have, that attitude that we can tackle it all, with humor and poise, but nobody's going to step on me or my fellow nurse! So, let's be salty, be present for the day-to-day of our lives, be mindful of what we say yes to, but most of all, let's find joy together on this journey.
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