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Self-care for Nurses: 6 Strategies to Maintain Your Mental Health

May 3, 2021
Nurse Manager Krista Hovde, RN, provided advice for nurses to practice self-care to maintain their own mental health.

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Think about your approach to maintaining your mental health. Do you have one? Or has your mental health, perhaps along with your physical health, dropped far down the list of priorities?

“In my experience, nurses are very slow and sometimes even reluctant to attend to their own mental health needs,” said psychologist James Jackson, PsyD, director of long-term outcomes for the ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Nurses are so centered on others—and so highly adept at caring for others—that they often don’t even have a framework for caring for themselves. This type of self-neglect can be dangerous, though. Self-care for nurses is so important that the American Nurses Association has once again devoted an entire week, May 1-9, to focusing on it during Nurses Month in 2021.

So, if you are starting to feel the effects of neglecting your own needs in the name of caring for others, consider this a wake-up call.


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In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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