Self-care for lung cancer nurses
Oncology nurses are known for their resilience and ability to navigate high-stress situations. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant and specific demands on oncology nurses. Nurses are experiencing distress, which can cause increased feelings of fear, anxiety, frustration, sadness, grief, and a sense of powerlessness. Although these reactions are a normal response to trauma, without appropriate intervention they can lead to depression, compassion fatigue, burnout, and longer-term emotional distress. Prioritising self-care is essential to help manage the ongoing stress of caring for our lung cancer patients and their loved ones.
We have identified some helpful resources to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing below.
- 1.Staying Mentally Well During Uncertain Times –practical advice in light of the pandemic, written by Dr Kristine Kafer BSc (Hons), PhD, MAPS, Clinical Psychologist. Click here to read.
- A30-minute podcast on dealing with stress in a crisis: http://www.nmhp.org.au/health-wellbeing-plan.html
- TheNursewell app has been developed with the intention of providing nurses and midwives with tools to support their self-care and promote wellness and vitality: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/nursewell/id1173365253
- TheHealth and Wellbeing Toolkit for Nurses, Midwives and Studentshas been developed in collaboration with the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV) and Ausmed Education Pty Ltd. The Toolkit guides you in developing a self-care plan to monitor and focus on your health and wellbeing:https://www.nmsupport.org.au/resources/podcasts/dealing-stress-during-crisis-sam-eddy