Resiliency and self-care have always been essential to those in the caring professions. As the pandemic endures, tending to one’s own well-being is perhaps more important than ever for nurses.
Join host Maddy Pearson, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Clinical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as she interviews guests about trauma-informed care, sleep health, moral distress, joy and other topics to help nurses prioritize wellness and build resiliency.
Guests will reflect on their own experiences and provide resources to support other nurses on the journey toward resiliency. We hope that these conversations provide ideas and inspiration for you to start or continue making self-care a regular part of your routine.
In the finale of our podcast series, Donald Proby joins Maddy to talk about the importance of cultivating joy in our lives every day — even when circumstances don’t feel joyful.
How Do I Cope When Things Feel Wrong?
Nearly every nurse will experience moral distress at some point in their careers, and a recent study found that one in five nurses considers leaving the profession for this reason. Erin Borland, BSN, RN, and Aimee Milliken, PhD, RN, join Maddy to talk about how to identify moral distress, prevent “moral residue” from building up and develop coping strategies that benefit individuals and care teams.
How Belonging – or Not Belonging - Affects Resiliency
Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Normella Walker, MA, and Massiel Eversley, MJ, BSN, RN, NE-BC, join Maddy for a discussion about how feeling excluded can affect resiliency and well-being.
Sleep Health During Times of Unrest
If you’re tired of being tired, this episode is for you! Monica Aurilio, BSN, RN, and Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD, talk about what it means to get a good night’s — or day’s — rest, addressing the challenges of shift work and how to overcome them. You’ll hear about common sleep disorders and receive practical tips for establishing a sleep health regimen.
Are You Coping with Stress in Unhealthy Ways?
In times of stress, some of the quickest mechanisms for relief may not be the healthiest. How can we be aware of when our coping mechanism in the moment turns into a pattern of behavior that puts our health at risk? Sejal Shah, MD, chief of the Division of Medical Psychiatry at the Brigham, joins Maddy for a conversation about how to recognize misuse and take good care of ourselves during stressful circumstances.
The practice of applying trauma-informed care (TIC) is established in patient care, but what about applying it to yourself? In this episode, PACU nurses Heather Ankiewicz, RN, and Varina Bednarz, BSN, CCRN, CEN, speak about their experiences coping during the first surge of COVID-19. Annie Lewis-O’Connor, PhD, NP-BC, MPH, FAAN, articulates the benefits of using a trauma-informed approach to self-care and shares recommendations on how listeners can apply TIC during difficult experiences in their own lives.