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Nurses and Bees: Care of Pollinators Is Essential

The parallels between the nursing profession and bees begin with the need to understand both through the lens of holism, as I discovered when I became a beekeeper last year. Both are mostly female, hard working and essential to the well-being of large groups of people. Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession with more than 3.6 million registered nurses practicing nationwide. Most health care services involve some form of care by nurses. Honey bees are responsible for 80 percent of the pollination of about one-third of the human diet . […]

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Practicing Gratitude is Self Care

Gratitude is a form of Self care that benefits yourself and can be shared. My 22 year old client PS was pouting, sulking and complaining because something he wanted did not arrive in the mail. He was sharp in his responses to his parents who did everything they could think of to cheer him up to no avail. […]

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Compassion Satisfaction ≠ Vital Exhaustion , Burnout or Compassion Fatigue

Let’s clear up any confusion about the terms we have been using in the last 3 weeks. You explored Vital exhaustion-  you were encouraged to see what comes up for you in terms of your experience. Then you addressed measuring your experiences of compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, burnout, and Vital exhaustion to receive an objective reflection of what you might be experiencing, undoing any shackles of shame, fear and denial to move into the solution. […]

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Increasing Your Compassion Satisfaction

Last week I suggested we would compare Vital exhaustion, compassion fatigue and burnout. Now, I think it might be better to do the measurements first, so you can get into the solution and then come back to discussion.  Compassion satisfaction is a sweet and happy place to be. Some of us live in that space a lot and for others it is fleeting. It is that sense of fulfillment and well-being. It is the positive feeling you experience as a result of knowing you did a good job. […]

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Vital Exhaustion

When I heard Roshi Joan Halifax use the term Vital exhaustion I had a visceral experience of recognition. A profound part of me resonated with those two descriptor words which are also a metaphor. Experimenting with the term, trying it on so to speak for the last few months, I am sharing it with you to help you nuance your understanding of where you may be at in terms of Self care, burnout, compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction. […]

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Time to Celebrate

In our monthly Vitality Circle, we were sharing about working with the affirmations that were provided at the start of the VIP program (Vitality in Progress: Healing and Preventing Burnout for Nurses). Working with and building upon strengths in you and in the environment means doing more than just recognizing your successes and good work. It means taking the time to celebrate you and your accomplishments and victories. As a nurse, you often have the privilege of seeing the big picture. You see the patient/client in the context of their environment. […]

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The Paradox of Self Care

Recently a new level of intensity may have been added to your already busy schedule when the possibility of the loss of health care for millions of Americans arose.

The paradox exists in taking action now and polishing the virtue of patience to consequently see the long view. How do we do both? First, it’s important to get the facts. This takes time. Second, as my holistic nurse colleague, Trish Rux said, “take your MEDS. […]

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Values~ Intention….Commitment

Integrity, honesty, and surprise are aspects of the commitment adventure when you know and honor your values.

Intention precedes commitment and is grounded in your values. Your intentions have a certain somatic feel unique to you. Notice the sensations in your first and second chakras when you reflect on an intention that is particularly important to your value system.

I discovered this recently as I felt impelled as a nurse and as a woman to go to the Women’s March in Washington. Truth, justice, kindness and doing no harm are some of my core values. […]

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Healthcare: A Right or A Privilege

Yes or No: Do you agree with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

In 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created. Article 25 states, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.”  Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_health

The 115 Congress and President-elect Trump speak of removing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and privatizing Medicare and Medicaid. […]

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I Accept My Power to Heal

Healing is a process in which a transformation occurs. It manifests in terms of a change in relationship– a change in relation to a set of symptoms and a subsequent change in a state of being. The relationship can be how you relate to yourself, how you relate to someone else or how you relate to a situation. Generally speaking, you don’t heal others. […]

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