What a Time for Nurses Month!
APNA President Sattaria (Tari) S. Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Remember how 2020 was named the Year of the Nurse in honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday? How appropriate that seems now. In the face of new challenges, nurses are rising to the occasion and continuing to provide quality health care, sometimes at great personal cost. The past few months have been hectic and stressful; every nurse has been touched by this pandemic.
That’s why celebrating nurses for the entire month of May is so important this year! And as the month draws to a close, I want to say THANK YOU for the difference you make each day.
How are you doing? Adjusting to new circumstances is difficult. To keep myself grounded, I have been selective in when I read the news and I make sure that I stop working at a pre-set time, even if everything isn't finished. As an exercise in self care, I have been enjoying the sunset every night that I can: a simple pleasure that shows me the beauty around us and allows me a quiet moment.
Let us know how you are doing – and while you’re at it, if you’d like to share your own self care tip, please do! At the end of the month, we will put the tips you send into a weekly self care calendar to support the well-being of nurses around the world.
Florence Nightingale once said "Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift – there is nothing small about it." There is nothing small about what you are doing every day during this pandemic. Don't forget to savor the splendid gifts of life as you navigate this situation.
Our sincerest thanks, and happy Nurses Month!