Self-care for nurses is vital to maintaining optimal health, which is a necessary component of safe patient care delivery. Nurses makeup the largest group of healthcare providers in the United States. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, nurses account for over 4 million jobs in the U.S. and this number continues to grow at an accelerated rate.
The nursing profession is one of the most trusted and ethical professions. In fact, the nursing profession has been ranked as the top most trusted profession for the last twenty years in a row in a Gallup poll. Nurses have a long history of caring for patients, and often choose the profession out of the desire to help others. But, do nurses apply that same level of care to themselves? Studies have shown that may not always be the case.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Discuss the background of nursing and its importance to self-care
- Define self-care
- Define the 8 key concept areas of self-care
- Explore the many benefits of self-care
- Explain the effects of stress on the body
- Examine the barriers in practicing self-care
- Discuss the negative consequences of not implementing self-care
- Assess strategies to increase participation in self-care
This educational activity was developed for nurses and nurse practitioners.
This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and by the Florida and California State Boards of Nursing.
This course was written by Brenda Kozak, MSN, RN, CNE.
Brenda is a certified nursed educator and has 18 years of clinical experience in nursing. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on education.