Category Archive: My self-care journey

Dec
07

Impaired Nursing Habitat

by Lu Ann Wahl, RN, BC-HN I arrived to work 15 minutes ahead of clock-in to recon my PRN mission. Friday night; there would be shift change incoming. Self-prepped with “before shift” prayer, meditation (with intent, to keep a calm environment and efficiently attend workload so I could, take a full lunch break), by ambush, I …

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May
31

What have you said “no” to today without feeling guilty?

Sometimes our fear of conflict and “letting others down” keep us from saying “no”, so we continue to take on more than we can handle. The practice of self-care requires that we sometimes disappoint people. The reality is that they’ll get over it and we will will have been successful at protecting our limits. When we overgive, we …

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May
06

Self-Care From Florence Nightingale

Ouiet in our own rooms (and a room of your own is specially for each one here) — we have bustle every day — a few minutes of calm… how indispensible it is, in this ever increasing hurry of life! When we live ‘so fast’ do we not require a breathing time, a moment or …

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Apr
30

Really?? Lunch at your desk everyday??

I asked that question to a room of about 40 people…more than half said, “Yes, I have lunch at mydesk everyday.” By the end of our workshop, 15 had committed to break that habit AND to hold each other accountable. One manager admitted that he had taught his staff when they could catch him…at his …

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Apr
30

Have a “walking meeting!”

I love learing new ways that people can practice self-care while at work! Last week, at a Self-Care Academy workshop, one manager said he was going to start having “walking meetings”. He committed to “talk and walk” around the hospital or to find a private outside area where he could start to create a culture of …

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Apr
29

Steps for Life

I wanted to share a story with you about Terri O’Brien from Catholic Health Initiates and her colleagues. After attending a self-care workshop, she and her colleagues were inspired to support each other in their self-care journeys by creating a simple tracking chart and holding each other accountable. Every day, they each have to run or …

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Apr
27

Raising My Awareness

It’s Laura again, back to share with you my experience with My Self-Care Journey Assessment. I took it a few days ago. It’s all electronic – I just sat down in front of my computer, made everyone else in the house disappear, and I was done in no time. The format was easy to use: …

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Apr
10

share your story!

Self-Care Academy is thrilled to announce our new self-care blogs! We will have four blogs running simultaneously, and we encourage you to post to any and all of them when the spirit moves you! Enjoy sharing stories about your own personal self-care journey, successes you experienced today, challenges that pushed you further and situations that made …

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Apr
10

I’m excited for my journey

My name is Laura and I have been a nurse for 40 years.  I currently work at an outpatient clinic.  Our practice is very busy with patient appointments and walk ins, as well as numerous patient phone calls that need to be answered on a daily basis and we seem to be constantly understaffed (sound …

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