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Blog articles are provided as informational purposes only and are not intended to constitute medical advice. Medication protocols are subject to patient’s medical provider’s authorization.

 

For healthcare workers, the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has been indescribable. There have been few health events in modern times that have caught healthcare professionals as unprepared as the novel Coronavirus. There are roughly 28 million nurses working globally, constituting approximately 59% of the health sector and delivering up to 90% of care services. With regard to the hospice population, the strain on nurses is extraordinarily high.

In a survey of 2,109 palliative care specialists, nurses had 1.61 higher odds of reporting burnout compared to physicians, and those who reported burnout had 1.40 times the odds of leaving the field early. Considering these sobering numbers, what are some ways to help combat their overall well-being? The National Academy of Medicine’s recommendations for clinician well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic include the following:

  1. Meeting basic needs (e.g., food, sleep, exercise)
  2. Taking breaks whenever possible
  3. Keeping connected with colleagues to assist in stress, fear, and anxiety management
  4. Respecting differences in how people cope and manage the COVID-19 experience
  5. Staying updated with reliable sources of information and minimizing overexposure to media
  6. Performing ongoing self-reflection and self-assessments of one’s own mental health and emotional needs
  7. Seeking support from peers, managers, and professional help, as needed

Whether we incorporate one or all the measures previously mentioned, it’s of the utmost importance to remember to take care of oneself. Prioritize your health, both physical and mental, to optimize your well-being. Hospice patients benefit from their nurses tremendously, and during these difficult times, it’s crucial that nurses make themselves a priority, as well.     

ProCare HospiceCare deeply values its connection and collaboration with our nurses, as well as our physicians. We are honored to deliver meaningful, patient-centered care alongside our partners. We aim to provide streamlined service and remain available 24/7/365 to serve you and your patients.

 

Written by: Jennifer Procaccino, Pharm.D.

 

References

1. Paice JA, Wholihan D, Dahlin C, et al. Palliative Nursing: The Core of COVID-19 Care. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2021;23(1):6-8.

2. Rosa WE, Gray TF, Chow K, et al. Recommendations to Leverage the Palliative Nursing Role During COVID-19 and Future Public Health Crises. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2020;22(4):260-269.

 

ANCC Accreditation

ProCare HospiceCare is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.