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Courageous Well-Being for Nurses

Strategies for Renewal

Donna A. Gaffney and Nicole C. Foster

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Provides nurses with the tools, practices, and strategies to enhance their well-being and protect against burnout.

Exhausting schedules and a tumultuous work environment have left many nurses feeling burned out. The COVID-19 pandemic only compounded problems that have been plaguing nurses for decades. How can you take care of others when you don't have the time or energy to take care of yourself? In Courageous Well-Being for Nurses, Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse, psychotherapist, and educator Donna Gaffney and National Board-certified health and wellness coach Nicole Foster...

Provides nurses with the tools, practices, and strategies to enhance their well-being and protect against burnout.

Exhausting schedules and a tumultuous work environment have left many nurses feeling burned out. The COVID-19 pandemic only compounded problems that have been plaguing nurses for decades. How can you take care of others when you don't have the time or energy to take care of yourself? In Courageous Well-Being for Nurses, Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse, psychotherapist, and educator Donna Gaffney and National Board-certified health and wellness coach Nicole Foster provide essential strategies and resources.

Learn about the research underpinning the science of well-being and discover practices that can reduce stress, rejuvenate your capacity for caring, and improve the quality of your own life. Informed by inspirational stories and real-life guidance from nurses around the world, this book provides you with the steps to thrive personally and professionally. Gaffney and Foster research and describe

• How to cope with stress, burnout, grief, and empathic distress
• The power of self-compassion and mindfulness
• Current findings on eating, sleeping, and exercising well
• Science-based practices for alleviating stress through nature
• The benefits of professional mental health support
• The profoundly healing effects of advocacy and activism
• How to use the arts and creativity as sources of respite and joy

Hundreds of suggested resources, including recommended books, websites, podcasts, videos, and webinars, round out this essential guide. Courageous Well-Being for Nurses is the ultimate journey to well-being: one that is essential, inclusive, deep-rooted, individual, and above all, courageous.

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I would recommend this book to all my nursing colleagues and students. I always emphasize how important it is to take care of your own well-being when you are caring for others. This book has a wealth of resources, practices, and suggestions all in one place that can really aid student nurses to build a practice before they even fully enter the profession.

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.

Donna Gaffney and Nicole Foster have curated first-hand reflections from nurses in the trenches of COVID. Courageous Well-Being provides actionable steps to counter-balance the extraordinary pressures nurses found themselves mired in during the global pandemic. Nurses have reclaimed their power through the devastation of COVID. This book celebrates nursing's renewal.

We say it over and over again that nurses can't care for others if they don't care for themselves. Offering nurses tried and proven ways of doing the self-care they need is another matter altogether. This book does just that and I have no doubt will be the go-to book for nurses and those who train them for many years to come.

These pages powerfully illuminate how self-reflection, storytelling, the latest science, learning activities, and collective action can support nurses to rebuild and grow from even the most difficult circumstances. An urgent call to action, this wayfinding both requires and builds courage, without hiding from the hard truths of nursing work.

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9
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416
ISBN
9781421446684
Illustration Description
25 halftones, 5 line drawings
Table of Contents

Foreword by Anne Hofmeyer, RN PhD
Foreword by Susan Salmond, RN, EdD, ANEF, FAAN
Preface
Prologue
Introduction
1. Becoming Self-Compassionate
2. Managing Stress
3. Exploring Mindfulness and Meditation
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Foreword by Anne Hofmeyer, RN PhD
Foreword by Susan Salmond, RN, EdD, ANEF, FAAN
Preface
Prologue
Introduction
1. Becoming Self-Compassionate
2. Managing Stress
3. Exploring Mindfulness and Meditation
4. Sleeping Well
5. Nourishing Well
6. Implementing Daily Movement and Exercise
7. Embracing Nature and the Outdoors
8. Finding Sanctuary in Words, Images, and Sounds
9. Seeking Empowerment Through Advocacy and Activism
10. Navigating the Challenges of the Healthcare Landscape
11. Continuing the Journey of Transformation and Healing
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Appendix
Index

Author Bios
Donna A. Gaffney
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Donna A. Gaffney, DNSc, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Donna A. Gaffney is a psychotherapist, nurse, and educator. In 2021, she was awarded the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Award for Excellence in Practice. She is the author of The Seasons of Grief: Helping Children Grow Through Loss.
Nicole C. Foster
Featured Contributor

Nicole C. Foster, MA, NBC-HWC

Nicole C. Foster is a national board-certified health and wellness coach and writer. Her personal essays have been published in New York magazine’s The Cut and Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper.