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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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Did You Wear Your Hat Today?

Maybe you are a mom, a dad, a spouse, a gardener, a student, a dog owner, or the daughter of a parent with a chronic illness.
Maybe you’re a person with a physical ailment, a sister, a volunteer, a concerned citizen, a nurse, or nurse employee. You might be a grandparent or self-employed. Maybe half of your roles are not even mentioned. […]

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Protecting Your Equanimity

In the recent past Western North Carolina was considered a North American rain forest. 3 weeks ago vast areas of forest were burning  due to having no rain for over 3 months. Smoke was everywhere as the Party Rock Fire moved closer to our home. Although I continued working and living in my usual routines, the underlying tension was huge. Initially I experienced shock and denial; “this happens to others, not us.”

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What is the Food of Self Love?

So often patients and families bring food as expressions of gratitude to the staff who cared for them. I remember circling back for “just one more”.  I would feel sad as the number of goodies in the box dwindled, and wondered if others noticed how much I was taking. I also remember celebrating the end of a rough shift by sharing stories with colleagues while mindlessly eating. The next day I’d feel tired and a little hung over without even a drop of alcohol.

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