Mahatma Gandhi observed
“that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
On 12 May each year we celebrate International Nurses day.
On the anniversary of the founder of modern day nursing, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Our Nurses. Our Future.
We are all aware of the significant psychosocial impact COVID-19 had on all of us,
Especially on healthcare workers including nurses.
The South African Nursing Council mentions
“According to the ICN President, Dr Pamela Cipriano the 2023 theme sets out what ICN wants for Nursing in the future in order to address the global health challenges and improve global health for all. “We need to learn from the lessons of the pandemic and translate these into actions for the future that ensure nurses are protected, respected and valued”, said Dr Cipriano.”
Dube & Pottas Inc Social Workers work closely with Nurses on a daily basis,
therefore we would want to celebrate the everyday heroes who they are,
and the significant role they play in patient’s lives.
We would also like to encourage each and every nurse to practise self care on a daily basis, to attend to your psychosocial needs and to prioritise your Mental Health.
8 Key Areas Of Self-Care For Nurses
1. Physical Self-Care: Physical self-care includes how you take care of your body. The amount of sleep you get, the type of physical activities you engage in, and how your physical needs are met are a few examples of things to consider when implementing physical self-care strategies for nurses.
2. Psychological Self-Care: Psychological self-care involves thinking, learning, and growing. This type of self-care involves activities focused on personal and professional development.
3. Emotional Self-Care: Emotional self-care means being aware of your thoughts and feelings and allowing yourself to experience your feelings in a way that honors yourself and your emotional well-being.
4. Social Self-Care: Building strong relationships is the key to social self-care. This type of self-care for nurses includes being mindful of how nurses manage relationships while balancing personal and professional lives and preventing burnout.
5. Professional Self-Care: Professional self-care involves finding a healthy work-life balance. Because so much of a nurse’s job is a huge aspect of our daily lives, implementing this type of self-care takes practice.
6. Environmental Self-Care: Environment is the surroundings or conditions in which a person lives or operates. A person’s environment can influence motivation and behavior. Environmental self-care is about creating an atmosphere that fosters peace, tranquility, creativity, and productivity.
7. Spiritual Self-Care: Spiritual self-care does not necessarily have to involve religion. Spiritual self-care includes anything you do that helps develop a deeper sense of meaning, connection, or understanding with God or the universe.
8. Financial Self-Care: Financial self-care is the practice of developing habits that reflect what you want to accomplish with your money. To practice financial self-care, it is necessary to acknowledge any bad money habits you have and conquer them.
For more Self-Care Strategies: https://www.nursingprocess.org/self-care-for-nurses.html
“Together our future depends on every Nurse, every voice, to not only be on the frontlines of care, but also be on the frontlines of change.”https://www.sanc.co.za/international-nurses-day/
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