Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw.” Jean Watson, American Nurse Theorist, and Nursing Professor.

As we all know, the past year had been dreadful, and the burnout rate for the nurses/first responders was and continues to be at an all-time high. Both their physical and mental health has been impacted, given everything was thrown at these real-life heroes in the form of Pandemic.

The passion, grit, and hard work of the frontline healthcare warriors will help us shape the future of healthcare. However, we empathize with them for putting others first while neglecting themselves and their needs. 

This year, we ran a campaign #nationalnursesweek on our social channels from May 6th to May 12th, celebrating the nurses and their profession. Our rock star clinicians/consultants who provide clinical support and guidance to all the Vivify customers shared some great tips on how the nurses can empower themselves, set boundaries, or simply take a break from the daily hustle.

Kim Johnson, DNP | Director Clinical Consultants

Nursing is such a fulfilling profession! Empathy and caring are known characteristics of nursing and many times nurses put others before themselves. Throughout my career, I have learned how important self-care is and how it impacts by ability to care for others. I focus on body, mind, and spirit as this encompasses a holistic approach to my well-being.

Raj Jacob, RN, CSPO© | Product Owner

One of my favorite shows is Grey’s Anatomy and I want to share something that Dr. Amelia Shepherd did in S11E14. It’s called the Superhero Pose or Wonder Woman Pose and it is based on a 2012 Harvard Business School research study by Amy Cuddy, the social psychologist.

Kevin Light MBA, RN, BSN I Clinical Sales Specialist

I am celebrating my 25th year of being a nurse. My career choice was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have worked with some amazing nurses in my 25 years. If I could give advice to all nurses, it would be to take your lunch, pee when you have to, and take some vacation time. Quit beating yourself up because you are behind on your tasks. You have no idea how much of a difference you are making with everything you do for your patients. Do not underestimate how that improves your patient’s outcomes and their lives.

Debi Geotis MSN, BSN, RN | Clinical Consultant

Happy Nurses Week to my fellow nurses out there. My question to you is what are you doing to take care of yourselves? Remember we can’t fill other cups if ours is empty. In my yoga and meditation practice, I have learned that kind self-care is one of the most important things I do. Take a moment and put your hand on your heart and just breathe, step back from the chaos and tell yourself you are doing a great job. Try leaning into mini-breaks to just focus on your breath and quieting down your thoughts for a moment. Try these apps for short but sweet mediations and sleep stories to help you get better rest: Insight Timer (Free), Headspace, or Calm.  Take care of yourselves, we need you more than ever right now.

Jan Meyer | Clinical Consultant

When you are a NURSE, you know that every day you will IMPACT a life, or life will IMPACT yours. Thank you to all of the nurses for working long hours, especially during this pandemic. YOU are our TRUE Superheroes!

Carol Mills | Director of Clinical Education

For Nurses Everywhere – Self-care isn’t a new concept, but it is a habit worth picking up.  Why not start the Month of May with Self-Care Sundays!  Setting aside time for yourself and following through can give you a whole new perspective on your daily life. As challenging as it can be to find time, self-care pays off by preparing you to tackle the next big obstacle with a clearer head and a fuller heart. Burnout and compassion fatigue are all too common among nurses, put yourself first by starting a self-care ritual.  You can diffuse some lovely lavender oil to both sooth and relax, followed by a lavender bath – to soak away your worries and sooth aching muscles.  Add some candles and a glass of your favorite beverage and you are all set for your Self Care Sunday!

Eric Ido-Bruce RN BSN | Clinical Nurse Sales Specialist

The care you give yourself is just as important as the care you give your patients and loved ones. Take time to reset when you have the opportunity during your day (take a moment to meditate, exercise or just chill out), your week (enjoy the time away from your workplace), and your year (use every last one of your PTO days, you have them for a reason

Kristin Landrum RN | Commercial Clinical Consultant

For nurses/first responders/healthcare workers, it is important to take care of themselves in order to have 100% to take care of others. Three strategies that are important to promote self-care are adequate amounts of sleep, eating healthy, and exercising. Long and busy hours can lead to sleep deprivation, while decreased exercise and an increase in unhealthy eating habits, can lead to physical impairments. It is important to make all three of these a priority in one’s life in order to promote physical health, circulate energy, and increase one’s mindfulness.

Andrew Morrison RN, BSN, PHN | Clinical Educator

Effective self-care looks different for everyone; we are all re-energized and refreshed by different things. Taking a walk somewhere in nature, reading a book, chatting on the phone with a loved one, having some quiet alone time, or journaling can all be great ways to recharge your batteries!

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