We may be over a month into the year, but it’s not too late for us to commit to taking better care of ourselves in 2019. It is no secret that nurses experience high rates of burnout due to a variety of factors in our health system, and it is crucial for us to understand how to prevent burnout for the longevity of our nursing careers. According to a study published in 2014 cited in the Scientific Journal of Nursing & Practice, the annual turnover rate for nurses in Canada was 19.9% (Hughes, 2017).
Stress can have a hugely negative impact on our physical, mental, and emotional health hindering our immune system, cardiovascular system, and even affecting our brain chemistry which is why we believe that self-care is vitally important for nurses in order to prevent the stress that is often associated with burnout (Schneiderman, Ironson, & Siegel, 2005).
Realizing the importance of prioritizing self-care, RPNAO has developed content to support nurses – and all health care professionals really – to learn about the unique needs of nurses as it relates to self-care, the different aspects of self-care, and develop positive self-care habits, allowing us to manage and mitigate the stress of our daily lives and to help promote well-being both professionally as nurses, and personally.
If you haven’t already, please visit our Self-care for Nurses video and worksheets that help nurses understand what self-care is, why it is important, how to conduct a personal self-care assessment, and how to make a plan to implement self-care activities into our inevitably busy schedules.
Building on the foundation of awareness about the importance of self-care and to support you in achieving the goals you set for yourself, RPNAO recruited nurses and nursing students to use smartphone self-care apps in their daily lives and write reviews of each app from a uniquely nursing perspective. We’re calling it Self-care app reviews for nurses, by nurses. We understand that nurses have unique challenges to self-care like shift-work and the socialization to care for others before we take care of ourselves, and we wanted to give a nursing-oriented overview of these apps to help you navigate the plethora of self-care apps and choose the ones that are most supportive of your self-care goals.
Please visit our website, watch the video and consider using some of these tools as you look towards self-care for the new-year, throughout this year and the years to come as you attend to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being through self-care.
Hughes, V. (2017). Leadership Strategies to Promote Nurse Retention. Scientific Journal of Nursing & Practice, 1-5. Retrieved January 15, 2019, from http://www.scireslit.com/Nursing/SJNP-ID11.pdf
Schneiderman, N., Ironson, G., & Siegel, S. (2005). STRESS AND HEALTH: Psychological, Behavioral, and Biological Determinants. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 607-628. Retrieved January 15, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2568977/Category: Education and PracticeDate: Tuesday, February 5, 2019