Who cares for the professional care-giver?
Professional nurses and social workers are at high risk for burn-out, sometimes referred to as “compassion fatigue.” Burnout occurs when the caregivers’ needs go unmet and she/he is taking responsibility for another’s healing.
Some of the symptoms of burn-out include:
• Feeling Powerless
• Feeling trapped
• Feeling a failure
Due to their intense involvement with patients’/clients’ physical/psycho-social/spiritual health challenges and crises, these care-takers are at risk for an inordinate amount of stress. They often suffer feelings of failure if the client doesn’t improve, adding to the stress. They may also neglect their own needs as they devote themselves to others. Nursing theorist Jean Watson offers some sage advice:
“We need to love, respect, and care for ourselves and treat ourselves with dignity before we can love, respect, and care for others.”
Holistic Care & Feeding of the Body, Mind, & Spirit is a 4 CE program designed and approved specifically for nurses and social workers. This is a four-hour presentation describing the holistic/integrative health paradigm with emphasis on the need for professional care-giver self-care and stress management. Topics include the mind-body connection, conventional vs holistic/integrative health care model, burn-out, nutrition, and coping and relaxation strategies including humor and communication. Experiential sessions allow participants to begin using self-care strategies immediately. Designed to inform, inspire, and empower professional care-givers to better care for themselves as they care for others, this program will allow the integration of holistic/integrative concepts, particularly self-care, into their personal and professional practices.