President's Message March 2020
Encouragement in Uncertain Times
APNA President Sattaria (Tari) S. Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
While we all try to stay afloat amongst urgent competing priorities and needs, I want to offer you a moment of brightness and warmth. Here are four things to remember as you practice during these unprecedented times:
Remember that you are not alone. You have a support group of passionate colleagues that are here for you. If you have been following the discussions on Member Bridge, then you know what I mean. The spirit of hope and dedication to FINDING A WAY comes through with every post.
Remember to care for yourself. Breathe. Eat. Hydrate. Sleep. Your resilient spirit and can-do attitude are especially needed during this worldwide crisis. You cannot provide the help that is needed if you are too burnt out or stressed. Practice what you preach - use self care to help manage the stress and anxiety you are undoubtedly experiencing.
Remember that you have resources at your disposal. Thanks to the era we live in, it is easier than ever to share information. You don’t need to recreate the wheel. Organizations such as APNA are gathering and sharing policy updates, resources, and toolkits to help us do what we need to do.
Above all else, remember that what you are doing is remarkable. Across the country, psychiatric-mental health nurses are navigating uncharted waters: ensuring the best possible care under new circumstances, leading staff during a time of crisis and limited resources, educating and offering support in innovative ways, and more. You inspire me.
I hope that you and your families are healthy and safe. Thank you for everything that you are doing.