How do you take care of the caregiver? As the pandemic stretches onward, nurses who were already short-manned are struggling with fatigue, complicated grief, and burnout. We talk about some of the challenges, self-care measures, and how we as a community can support our bedside heroes.
Suggestions from nurse-journal-ers. Look for these online:
- A journal with guidance from Michele Obama
- Tiny, little pocket notebooks (3 x 5 inches) “I get out thoughts on the bus, so I can be there for my kids when I get home”
- Wreck This Journal, Keri Smith – YouTube
- A variety of themed ideas were recommended: religious or spiritual journals, humorous journals, artsy journals, and even one-line-a-day journals for those who really don’t want to write much!
Dorothy Wholihan’s article: A Voice for Nursing (aacnnursing.org)
Dorothy Wholihan, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor
Director: Palliative Care Specialty Program
NYU Meyers College of Nursing
How to take a walk: How to Take a Walk (lifetime.life)
For our recipe this week, we’re featuring a the One Pot Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes and Cheeseburger Meatloaf from Adventures of a Nurse. It’s a combination of two favorite soul foods, and do it in an instant pot to serve it up in only 35 minutes!
Let us hear from you!
What do you do for self care? Or what do you do to recognize your favorite nurses? If you’re a nurse, what would be meaningful to hear from your patients and families? Let us know in the comments below!