Gifting yourself with health and wellness will better improve your clients, your colleagues, and your own well-being. Assessing personal health needs should include physical, emotional, mental (information gathering), social, spiritual and environmental dimensions. Nurses who practice meditation can improve their physical, emotional, and mental health potentially influencing the nurse-patient relationship (Tayor, 2006). Advocate for peaceful and natural settings and views in your break areas and workplace. Recent evidence indicates nurses with access to a natural environment onsite demonstrate increased well-being and job satisfaction (Irvine, 2004; McUsic, 2006; Ulrich, 2002).
Kathlynn Northrup-Snyder, RN, CNS, PhD
Irvine, K. N. (2004). Work breaks and well-being: The effect of nature on hospital nurses. Dissertation, University of Michigan.
McUsic, T. (Jan, 16, 2004). Natures healing touch: Garden views benefit hospital patients and staff. Nurse Week: Mountain West, 10-11.
Taylor, S. (Jan 30, 2006) Research reveals the benefits of meditation. Nurse Week: Mountain West, 17-18.
Ulrich, R. S. (2002). OR design & construction. What do we know about healing environments? Oregon Manager. 18, 17-9.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, February 28, 2006