Self-Care for Improving Well-Being of Nurses.

Original publishing date: June 14, 2019
Publisher: CEUfast Blog
Author: Emily Pazel

“The most important thing is: You have to be able to take care of yourself first in order to take care of others.”

The article addresses several ways of ensuring that nurses’ physical, mental and emotional health is looked after and the importance of doing so. Nurse burnout, compassion fatigue and important issues that affect nurses and hence indirectly, their patients.

“Things such as burnout, compassion fatigue, depression and poor work-life balance are at alarmingly high levels for today’s nurses and healthcare professionals.”

These impacts are side effects of working in the healthcare profession where, due to long working hours without breaks and ignoring one’s own needs appears to be the norm. Observing which areas of one’s life are being affected and working on them can prevent these symptoms from worsening or recurring.

“It can be hard to separate your professional and home life at times, but it can be necessary in order to prevent career stagnation and burnout.”

There is a lot to keep up with, in a profession which is constantly evolving. It can leave nurses with a “fear of missing out” in case they take a break. However, doing justice to one’s life beyond just work is also important for growth and protection from health problems. It is advisable to occasionally take out time for oneself where a primary requirement may seem to be prioritizing patients over one’s own well-being.

The article suggests a few simple tips that could be useful for a nurse’s overall health and well-being.

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