Wellness for LTPAC Professionals
Take Charge of Your Well-Being and Wellness!
Post-acute care professionals are at the forefront of the care and supervision of our elderly population, coming into direct contact with residents who are the most at risk for COVID-19. So it comes as no surprise that the work you do can impact your health and well-being in many ways. There are steps you can take to improve your health and well-being. AAPACN can provide resources, tools, and community connections to help you take action to reverse burnout and promote wellness for LTPAC professionals.
WELLNESS WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE! We challenge you to introduce healthy living habits and initiatives that you can incorporate into your lives. Each week during the Wellness Wednesday Challenge, we’ll introduce you to a new wellness practice via our online communities and social media — a small action you can take each day to improve your life. Try it out for a week. Keep the practices you like and leave the ones you don’t!
Blog: The Road to Recovery
We are finally at the end of 2020. For most, the end offers up hope for a new year and new beginnings. It’s important to remember that stressful times require periods of recovery. Now, more than ever before, LTC staff need to be able to decompress and de-stress. Nurse leaders can help staff by building a roadmap to recovery.
Blog: What Can The Great Depression Teach us About Resiliency
There have been days where my “caring well” has completely run dry, and there is nothing left over for me. I’m quite sure many of you have been in the same situation; probably a lot more than usual this year. However, we need to find a way to overcome this emotional drought so that we can provide the best care for our residents and each other.
Article: 10 Tips for Cultivating Resiliency in Facility Staff
As part of the management team, the director of nursing services (DNS) needs to be able to measure their facility staff’s emotional health and aid them to adapt or “bounce back” from adversity. In other words, the DNS needs to cultivate resilience. This article will assist the DNS and other nurse leaders to have a better understanding of what resilience looks like and will provide tips on how to encourage staff to build resilience and find strength in this difficult time.
Blog: Mental Health Tips for Long-Term Care Professionals
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and AAPACN recognizes the struggles long-term care professionals are facing right now to keep their mental health balanced during to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses may be feeling stressed, tired, overwhelmed, or depressed by the hard decisions they must make every day and the situations they observe. To help long-term care nurses during this difficult time, AAPACN offers the following mental health tips that nurses can implement today.
Blog: A Renewal of Faith and Moment of Calm
In this blog, AAPACN member Julie Helling, BSN, RN, tells of a moment where a hospice resident renewed her faith and restored her calm amid stress and difficult times.
Podcast: Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Care
In this podcast, AAPACN Curriculum Development Specialist, Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP, discusses some of the warning signs of burnout and compassion fatigue and offers some practical tips to help you recharge and refresh with self-care.
Blog: Overcoming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue with Self-Care
Take a look at some situations that can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue, what symptoms you need to recognize to know that you are experiencing these two debilitating stress-related conditions, and ways that you can practice self-care, which not only attributes to better care for yourself, but also can help you provide better care for your residents and your fellow nurses.
AAPACN Tool: Leadership Tips to Support Employees During a Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to nurse leaders. You may be wondering how to make it through this. Staff are more overwhelmed than ever, resources are scarce, and typical routines have been disrupted. The tips and resources below will assist the nurse leader to formulate a response that supports staff during a time of crisis.
National Academy of Medicine: Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During COVID-19 Outbreak
National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience has compiled a number of resources to offer more information on how to support the health and well-being of clinicians providing health care during the COVID-19 outbreak.
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: CARING FOR OUR CAREGIVERS DURING COVID-19
Access the AMA website for a variety of wellness information and resources to support physicians and healthcare personnel.
Staff Wellness Resources
- January 22, 2021 – Coping with Stress
- December 23, 2020 – Employees: How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- December 16, 2020 – Healthcare Personnel and First Responders: How to Cope with Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- May 19, 2020 – What Workers and Employers Can Do to Manage Workplace Fatigue during COVID-19
- April 14, 2020 – Self-Care Resources from The Foundation for PALTC Medicine
- March 18, 2020 – Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak
- March 15, 2020 – Strategies for Mitigating the Emotional Impact of COVID-19
- Mini Modules to Relieve Stress For Healthcare Workers Responding to COVID-19: Stress Management Exercise