Wednesday, May 19 | Post-Acute Care, Thought Leadership

Celebrating Skilled Nursing Clinicians with Strategies for Self-Care Success

By Mary Gannon, Chief Nursing Officer

As our celebration of Skilled Nursing Week comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to thank the dedicated caregivers who work tirelessly to provide the highest caliber of care, regardless of circumstance. 

 

While this past year has been inarguably challenging for those in the healthcare space, clinicians at skilled nursing homes have sacrificed to help residents combat isolation and loneliness, all while continuing to deliver the level of care their institutions are synonymous with.

 

Too often, this commitment to care interferes with prioritization of self-care. This week, we hope clinicians will take inventory of their personal wellness, and, if stores are depleted, implement these four self-care tips to refill their inner strength. 

 

1. Commit to your life outside of care 

 

Sometimes work can feel all-consuming—but it shouldn’t be. Make sure you fully engage with your life outside of work, taking time to prioritize your friends, family and hobbies. By setting clear boundaries between your work and your life, you can attain that sustainable balance that everyone is searching for. 

 

2. Focus on your sleep schedule

 

Over 70 percent of Americans report not getting enough sleep. Are you among this majority? If you answered yes, it’s time to prioritize these habits. Good sleep results in good health—it’s time to put your overall well-being first. 

 

3. Don’t neglect your own health 

 

While getting your sleep schedule up to par is a great first step to better health, it’s only that: a first step. Clinicians often de-prioritize their own health when committing to caring for others. While this act may seem selfless, it can have unintended consequences, like spreading infection. Maintain you regular health care, being sure to visit the doctor annually and as needed. 

 

4. Set achievable goals 

 

Do you feel stressed or overburdened? By setting small, achievable goals, you build feelings of success and control. Regardless of how large your goals may seem, by breaking them down into smaller sub-goals, you make ultimate achievability that much more possible—not to mention reinforcing your potential to yourself along the way. 

 

Skilled nursing clinicians give so much to the individuals in their care. As this week of celebration comes to a close, we will continue to laud them for their selfless service, regardless of what the calendar reads. 

 

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