Happy Nurses Week!

by Misty Kevech, RN, MS, HHQI RN Project Coordinator

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The American Nurses Association’s (ANA) theme this year is “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.

The ANA’s theme hopes to encourage nurses to expand their learning to increase their resilience and reignite their nursing heart and soul. It also aims to help nurses identify and manage compassion fatigue, moral distress and burnout.

Below are a few questions for you to think about:

  • What inspired you to become a nurse?
    • Many nurses state to help other people, but what was your motivation?
  • What are the two most difficult challenges you have with your nursing role now?
    • Okay, getting it down to two is hard.
  • Is there something you could do to try to address one or even a part of one of the hardest challenges you have?
    • This takes thought and perseverance. When you have a difficult situation for a patient, you get creative and keep adapting. Apply that principle to yourself.
    • Consider writing down issues and ideas.
  • How do you handle the frequent high stress level?
    • Think about both positives (e.g., take a walk, do something fun) and negatives (e.g., snack, vent at home)
  • So what do you do for fun for yourself? Not your family, but for YOU?
    • Hopefully you don’t have to think about this too long.
    • What makes you feel good?
  • What is something that you can do to improve YOUR health (not your patient’s health)?
    • Make this something simple and share with a co-worker to keep yourself accountable.
    • Think SMART Goals (like we teach our patients):
      • Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
      • Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
      • Achievable (agreed, attainable).
      • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
      • Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive). (Mindtools.com)

Celebrate this year’s National Nurses Week thinking about yourself as a nurse and a person. Develop a plan to keep your mind, body, and spirit health and well!

The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign thanks you for the great work you do every day for patients across this country and the role you are playing with healthcare quality improvement.

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