Useful Self-Care Recommendations For Nurses
If there is an aspect of their lives that nurses tend to neglect, it is self-care. However, self-care is of the utmost importance for
them to be able to do their jobs in the best possible way because it allows them to be healthy and happy to be there for their
patients, without compromising their own wellbeing. In this article we want to start a discussion about self-care and nurses,
hoping many of them will get more acquainted with the concept and adopt some of our recommendations in their daily lives.
What Is Self-Care?
Many nurses, caregivers, and people, in general, might not understand the proper concept of self-care, but it is very important
to know what it is all about in order to start making some positive life changes in that regard.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines self-care as "what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health,
and to prevent and deal with illness." Therefore, self-care refers to any activity or practice that is intended to generate some
kind of wellness.
In the case of nurses, self-care means taking the time to look after themselves to prevent the adverse effects of exhaustion and
burnout that are often associated with nursing.
The Importance Of Self-Care In Nursing
“The nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life of the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes
of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the newborn, knowledge and confidence for the young mother, a voice for those
too weak to speak, and so on,” Virginia Henderson.
As the words of the renowned American nurse, Virginia Henderson very well express, nurses give so much of themselves,
physically and emotionally, to their patients in order to help them get through their illnesses. As a result, they are often too
overwhelmed by work, exhausted and burnout, that dedicating any time to self-care seems impossible, which then leads them
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