During National Nurses Week, I would like to extend a special thanks to you, our KSB nurses, as you continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. You deserve special recognition for your efforts in delivering compassionate care while demonstrating the principles of ethical nursing practice.
This year the theme is Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit. Last month, I had the privilege to attend the American Organization of Nurse Executive conference in Baltimore and I really enjoyed a plenary speaker who spoke about the power of mindfulness in nursing practice.
Stress in the healthcare workplace has generally been accepted as “just how things are”; some say being able to withstand ever-increasing stress is a “badge of honor.” Interruptions, distractions, competing priorities, time pressures, information overload, fatigue, stress, anxiety, feelings of sadness, and fear of missing out are often considered the normal experiences of living in the modern world.
Prolonged exposure to high levels of stress can lead to physical illness; researchers are now studying nursing and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). How we cope with nursing stress can contribute to burnout and compassion fatigue, which may lead to compromised patient safety.
Cultivating the present moment preserves energy. Mindfulness practices can also help the nurse fully focus on the patient when at work, and replenish themselves when away from work. The push and pull of work and life becomes less tense as mindfulness allows the nurse to manage personal energy, which can lead to a feeling of less urgency or time pressure.
These five real-life examples of how nurses employ mindfulness proves how this can help to build resiliency and foster your health and wellness, so we all can continue to deliver safe compassionate care. Click here to watch the short video.
Enjoy Nurses Week!