School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: Courageous Well-Being for Nurses – Strategies for Renewal

This book, Courageous Well-Being for Nurses, sits on my bedside table and came just in time for the start of the new school year! I am enjoying reading the many stories shared by nurses who generously reveal their challenges and triumphs to reclaim their emotional well-being. I am sharing my enthusiastic endorsement of this important guide, chock full of science, actionable steps, real-life scenarios, and hundreds of resources and recommendations to promote the well-being of nurses across all specialties.

Courageous Well-Being for Nurses a newly released book by nurse/psychotherapist/educator, Dr. Donna Gaffney and certified health and wellness coach, Nicole Foster, serves as an invaluable resource for nurses grappling with burnout and seeking ways to enhance their well-being. The authors guide the reader through a comprehensive approach to addressing the formidable challenges that nurses face in this demanding profession.

Here are some key takeaways:

  1. Understanding the Science of Well-Being: The book delves into the research underpinning the science of well-being, providing insights into both the psychological and physiological aspects of well-being. This knowledge helps nurses appreciate the critical importance of well-being in their lives.

  2. Stress Management and Coping Strategies: Nurses are equipped with practical tools and strategies to effectively manage stress, combat burnout, navigate grief, and cope with empathic distress. These strategies are instrumental in safeguarding nurses’ mental and emotional health within high-stress work environments.

  3. Self-Compassion and Mindfulness: The book emphasizes the significance of self-compassion and mindfulness, highlighting their roles as essential tools for rejuvenating nurses’ capacity for compassionate care. These practices empower nurses to better manage their emotional responses and mitigate the risk of burnout.

  4. Healthy Lifestyle Practices: The book offers guidance on how nurses can enhance their overall well-being through improved eating habits, sleep hygiene, and regular exercise routines.

  5. Nature-Based Stress Relief: This publication outlines science-based practices for stress alleviation through embracing the healing properties that nature offers. 

  6. Mental Health Support: Recognizing the pivotal role of professional mental health support, the book provides valuable information on how nurses can access and benefit from these resources, reducing the stigma of seeking help.

  7. Advocacy and Activism: The book underscores the healing potential of advocacy and activism. Engaging in these activities can empower nurses to drive positive changes within their workplaces and the broader healthcare system.

  8. Creative Outlets: Nurses are encouraged to explore artistic and creative outlets as sources of respite and joy. Engaging in creative activities can serve as a therapeutic means to relax and flourish amidst the demands of their profession.

  9. Recommended Resources: The book offers an extensive list of recommended resources, including books, websites, podcasts, videos, and webinars. These resources provide ongoing support and a wealth of information for nurses.

Courageous Well-Being for Nurses is a comprehensive guide designed to assist nurses in enhancing their well-being, mitigating burnout, and thriving both personally and professionally. It blends scientific insights with practical strategies and real-life guidance, rendering it an invaluable resource for nurses who seek to prioritize their mental and emotional health while continuing to provide exemplary care to others.

You can have a sneak peek inside the book by clicking on this link. AND Johns Hopkins Press is offering a 30% discount with the code HTWN

More about the authors!
Go to Donna’s website to learn more about her work. You can also find her on Instagram @donnaagaffney and Twitter @donna.a.gaffney.

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