And here's the last of the Nurses week posts! finally. I'm kind of excited to post non-nursing things again. :)
*goal for next year: schedule out my posts way in advance so I'm not leaving you hanging! Thanks for reading these anyway. You guys are the best. :)
We all know you have to be taking care of yourself in order to take care of others. Eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep, manage your stress. Easier said then done, I know. Some hospitals have even created nursing wellness committees to help address these issues!
My hospital is always trying new things to help improve staff wellness and moral. They currently have a couple units trialing an aromatherapy program, like this one:
My hospital also provides classes for employees like healing touch, financial guidance, living with diabetes, tons of birth courses, etc. They have a gym on site and a marked walking path around the facility. They really do a good job trying to provide resources for nurses to take care of themselves.
bonus: here are 17 tips for nurse wellness (well, this applies to humans in general).
----------------------------------------------------------------------------Ode to Florence
After reading her biography again, I've found that other than the fact that we're both nurses, Florence and I have very little in common.
My family didn't oppose my career choice.
I got married, while she felt that married life would not satisfy her "moral...active nature" and turned down a man who "stimulated her intellectually and romantically."
I have never aspired to be a leader like her nor have I risen to an occasion like she did. An occasion like building a hospital from scratch during a war.
Basically, she's a whole lot cooler than me.
I grew up watching this animated version of Florence Nightingale. Gets me every time.
a couple fun facts:
-the soldiers in the hospital had a pet tortoise named Jimmy. His shell is at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London.
-As a girl, Florence had a pet owl named Athena.
Just in case you were curious, my hospital celebrated Nurses Week a few different ways: a professional development fair on Monday, Manager's passed out a gift on Tuesday, on Wednesday there was cake delivered to every unit, Thursday was early morning beverages in the lobby, and Friday was ice cream delivery day.
Did you know it's National Hospital Week now? Grab the chance to recognize all the other fabulous healthcare workers, because nurses couldn't do it without ya. :)
ps. Don't forget to enter this giveaway to win some Dansko shoes!