Diagnosis: Nurse Self-Care Deficit

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Throughout a nursing career that might span several decades or more, a nurse has the potential to experience serious physical harm. Secondary trauma or spiritual crises related to constantly witnessing the suffering of others can also arise, especially when working with vulnerable people.

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Nurses are generally very keen on helping and serving others; this is part of the history and identity of the nursing profession and its dedicated members. On the other hand, nurses can be notoriously bad at taking care of themselves. Codependence? Martyrdom? Habit? Perhaps a little of each, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Nurses can remedy this if they acknowledge how very important it is to be healthy and to practice diligent self-care in the midst of often hard work, long hours, and job-related stress.

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Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on many social media platforms---including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram - as well as at and Digital Doorway.
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Jennifer Taylor
12 Jun 2020
Being reminded that self care stops burn out that enables being able to being an RN looking after patients at the standard required.
Bina Baniya
03 Apr 2021
Great resource
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Kathy Berias
16 Jun 2020
Well written, very basic and concise. We do matter.
Emma Rodgers
11 Jun 2020
Very helpful and insightful.
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Angela Etheridge
12 Jun 2020
A timely reminder that we too are human and need to take care of ourselves.
Annmaree Fitzsimons
16 Jun 2020
Useful information gained in self care
Tiarni Abdulovski
13 Jun 2020
It was a lovely and tinely reminder to care for yourself.
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Samantha Jackson
15 Jun 2020
Nurses are always putting them self first just like PCa are careing for others
Jennifer Owen
18 Jun 2020
a great article
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Natalea Lewis
21 Jun 2020
Great information and reflection on us needing to also care for ourselves in a demanding job such as this
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