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The pandemic has wrought incredible stress on nurses. We want to learn from you how nursing schools and nurse residency programs can better prepare nurses in the future.

As a nursing student: What strategies for resilience got you through the pandemic? How do you expect them to help you as a nurse? What do you believe is the most valuable and usable skill/practice/method/ you have learned?

As a nurse: What lessons from nursing school served you best during this healthcare crisis? What gaps exist from the challenges you faced versus what you learned in nursing school?

As an educator: What are the life/work lessons of resilience you feel are most important to share with your students/new nurses? How do you do that? What do you think are the gaps between what you teach and what nurses need to face the challenges they will confront?

 

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Moderator Pick
December 1st, 2020

The Art of Self-Care

According to Ray & Turkel (2004), in order for nurses to achieve compassionate caring, one must realize the value of self-care. One cannot fully care for another without knowing how to care for one’s self. How can we practice self-care? I have come to a realization that I have to turn myself off when I am not a work. I need to focus on what is in front of me and leave (not worry) what is behind me. I also practice gratitude which helps me foster resiliency at work. I do gratitude in the morning, while at work, and before…

Tags: Mindfulness, Self-care, Values

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Moderator Pick
November 30th, 2020

Covid

Talking to my fellow co-workers, nurses, respiratory therapists, patients and their families about how they are managing their daily struggles, not only gives me strength, but also gives me a renewed gratitude for my own struggles. Which often seem so insignificant when compared to others.

We all can find ways to help each other during this time, by being flexible and understanding of others.

I am managing my stress by spending more time with my family and grandchildren. I have also picked up a new hobby of knitting hats for our NICU, which seems…

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November 30th, 2020

Finding my priorities

Being at home and walking in the woods. Eating healthy food and cooking with my daughter is giving me strength. Working less but being energized when I do work is helping myself and my patients.

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November 30th, 2020

personal choice

Nurses need to feel personally safe in the work environment. Proper PPE and choices of PPE must be optional as well as available. This is without question and there are no excuses. Feeling safe helps you to be able to continue to work. Period. Hospital and workplaces need to support nurses now more than ever.

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November 30th, 2020

Strengthening My Prayer Life

I am diving more deeply into my prayer life as a strength. Finding and sharing the inner power that comes only from faith. Online Bible study via Zoom helped me reach beyond my usual circle of friends and learn that other generations have suffered more than we are enduring with grace. It is not easy and some days are tough but my coworkers are a wonderful resource and together we lift one another up.

I stay informed but have found that for me, I must limit my time on social media and the news to stay grounded.

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