Happy Nurses Week

adrouin May 10th, 2011, 1:54 PM
Amy Dixon, BSN, RN, After Hours Supervisor, Customer Care Center
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Just a short post to express my gratitude to all the wonderful nurses I work with at VNSNY, and go to school with and learn from in my Masters of Nursing studies. A special thanks to the smart, caring nurses on Twitter, who constantly spread relevant health information to the masses. I learn from you every day.

It’s an exciting time to be a nurse because we are strengthening our collegiality in order to improve health care. We have so much to give. We are innovators. We are the glue.

I encourage all nurses to remember to take care of yourselves. It’s impossible for us to teach caregivers about self-care if we don’t practice it ourselves. The wonderful thing about self-care is that it doesn’t have to cost a thing. An entry in a journal to reflect on a hard day at work. Ten minutes of meditation during a break. Listening to a song on your iPhone or iPod that makes you smile. Tap into your personal creativity as a nurse. It will strenghten your practice, feed your soul, relieve your stress … one moment at a time.

Nurses rock!

The following are some links to various nursing scholars’ websites. Nurses are doing some amazing things around the world. Check it out!

Lorraine M. Wright explores the concept of how nurses can help to soften suffering.

Jean Watson promotes caring in nursing.

Margaret Newman discusses how nursing can be transformative by observing patterns.

Also, this Thursday, May 12th at noon marks the 12th Annual Worldwide Commemorative Moment for Nursing’s Florence Nightingale. More info here which includes ways nurses can celebrate this important week.

Enjoy your week!

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