What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith
The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith
Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh
Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien
Spirit of Contradiction >>
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Orwell’s 1984 arrives in 2018 Ireland
Elaine Byrne: Not speaking full truth to power Anthony
Israel/Ireland: Corruption comparison Anthony
Irish cowboy town and fake regulatory agencies Anthony
Elaine Byrne: Failing to join up the dots on state corruption Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
The DPRK declares itself a nuclear power Mon Apr 23, 2018 03:11 | The Saker
Note by the Saker: please read carefully what this official statement says. There are two key elements here, first, the DPRK has successfully completed its program of nuclear tests and
Capitalism is not the problem Mon Apr 23, 2018 01:42 | The Saker
Capitalism is not the problem. Capitalism is an Abstraction. The Criminal and War Economy is the problem. YOU are the Solution. by Cameron Pike for The Saker blog Capitalism is
Sweet Cuban sugar, bitter French whine Mon Apr 23, 2018 01:18 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog I have no idea why the French are such a very bitter people. Americans, I could understand: Their people are absolutely thrown to
SITREP: A false flag attack on a USN ship next? Sun Apr 22, 2018 01:54 | The Saker
by Nick for the Saker blog The USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group left the east coast Naval Station Norfolk, VA on 11th April. The aircraft carrier is accompanied
The Cultural Revolution?s solving of the urban-rural divide Sun Apr 22, 2018 01:46 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog If there is one thing the election of Donald Trump showed the United States it’s that there is an enormous urban-rural divide. That?s
The Saker >>
#abortiontravel Cordelia Freeman on ?The Chile-Peru Abortion Trail and the Irish Experience? Thu Apr 19, 2018 14:13 | GuestPost
#abortiontravel Sydney Calkin on ?The Changing Geographies of Abortion Access? Wed Apr 18, 2018 14:08 | GuestPost
#abortiontravel Kath Browne & Catherine Nash on ?Love both?: Naming Heteroactivism? Tue Apr 17, 2018 13:01 | GuestPost
#abortiontravel Katherine Side on ?Medical Abortion Use: Post-Referendum Possibilities? Mon Apr 16, 2018 14:01 | GuestPost
Blog Carnival: Spatiality and Abortion Travel Mon Apr 16, 2018 13:58 | Fiona de Londras
Human Rights in Ireland >>
In the Healthcare Battlefield, Nurses Work In the Foxholes. Is there a Way to Survive and Thrive?
Saturday April 01, 2017 22:16 by Rosaleen White - Rivertime Press
Author Shows How Mindfulness Helps
Licensed psychotherapist, author and publisher Carmel Sheridan knows that no matter where nurses live and work, they struggle with similar issues: compassion fatigue, depression, substance abuse, poor boundary setting, neglected self-care, and high stress levels. "I've lived in the U.S. and Ireland, and many of the participants in my stress-management groups are nurses spanning every specialty. Nurses have particularly high levels of stress and burnout." Often dubbed "the invisible patients," nurses endure emotionally grueling and physically draining shifts, often with little support.
Stress in nursing won't reduce until conditions improve. But in the meantime, mindfulness can help nurses prioritise their own self-care and wellbeing.
Nursing is one of the most stressful professions, putting nurses at high risk for stress-related illness. A new book by Donegal woman Carmel Sheridan is hoping to address some of the stress issues affecting nurses.
The Mindful Nurse: Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Help You Thrive In Your Work is the first book of its kind to outline how mindfulness can help those working in healthcare to protect themselves both physically and mentally.
Ms. Sheridan, a mindfulness teacher and therapist said that she decided to write the book after becoming aware of increasing levels of stress in the healthcare profession. Much of the stress is caused by short-staffing, changing roles, increasing demands as well as inadequate support.
"I have been teaching mindfulness for several years and more and more healthcare workers are enrolling in these courses. Nurses, doctors, social workers and other healthcare staff are having to deal with increasing levels of stress. Mindfulness has alot to offer for managing stress and preventing burnout."
"Often, nurses and other healthcare providers are the “invisible patients.” The focus of care is always on their assigned patients, but
what about the health of the nurses themselves? How is their mental health? Regrettably, their own needs are often ignored or pushed to the back burner."
She says that mindfulness offers nurses a new set of skills to cope with challenges and sustain compasison in the long term. Mindfulness is a way of learning to pay attention to the present moment and cultivate peace of mind. "In teaching nurses to practice mindfulness and compassion, I have witnessed how these practices can dramatically reduce their stress and fatigue. Nurses who integrate these practices into their lives make lasting improvements in how they respond to everyday stress and avoid burnout. These nurses get their energy back. They learn to be fully present with themselves and their patients, often restoring their love of the profession."
The book helps nurses to nurture others without depleting themselves, overcome compassion fatigue and burnout, decrease mistakes through attention management, respond (not react) to crises, and improve patient care while reducing patient risk.
Since the book was published, it has been endorsed by the nursing community internationally and has been adopted as a course text by many schools of nursing in the US and Canada. For further information, visit www.nursingmindfully.com and www.facebook.com/TheMindfulNurse. The Mindful Nurse is available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions, and wherever books are sold.
Carmel Sheridan, MA, MSc, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. She is the author of two other books:
Failure-Free Activities for the Alzheimer’s Patient, and Reminiscence: Uncovering a Lifetime of Memories. Carmel teaches mindfulness and compassion-based practices to healthcare professionals, including nurses, to promote resilience, focus, self-care, and well-being.