May 2017 President's Message

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice  |  May 2017 Members' Corner Edition

Self Care During Nurses Week



Dear Colleagues,

How often do you take time for yourself? We nurses often forget to care for ourselves with the same dedication as we care for others. Earlier this month we celebrated Nurses Week. Nurses Week (which falls squarely within Mental Health Month), presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on our own mental health. Tying the Nurses Week theme of “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit” to APNA’s “Whole Health Begins with Mental Health” concept, I invited APNA members to celebrate Nurses Week by sharing their strategies for self-care and resilience-building. I was overwhelmed with the generosity of the responses you sent. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write. Your answers were compiled into a wonderful new resource: a self care tip sheet for nurses. Each tip speaks to the importance of balancing all aspects of wellness and emphasizes the foundational role that mental health plays both in personal wellness and the care we deliver.

Here’s my own self care strategy: I love to throw pots. I am not saying to throw a pot across a room to break it, rather, "throwing" as the term for making pottery on a wheel. To me, throwing is very calming and centering. The process allows me to clear my mind and focus on the clay and the form that I am creating. I also love the idea that after going through the long process of throwing, trimming, firing, glazing and re-firing, sometimes you are lucky enough to come out with a beautiful product. If you have never thrown before, it is well worth it to give it a try.

I hope that I’ll see you next month at the APNA 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute! Register before June 2 to save $25 on 23 pharmacology contact hours, networking opportunities with like-minded clinicians, and cutting edge content planned for nurses by nurses. Don’t delay – register now!

APNA President

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