As I meet more and more individuals working in and around health care, whether it be in hospitals, long term care homes, or private homes I am struck by the painfully obvious need to equip our care providers with great self-care practices both on and off site.
This was once the domain of the spiritual care practioners and still is for that matter. However, one of the first areas to get chopped by the budget axe is they. Though some still remain there are precious few to meet the growing demands of both staff and patients.
For the staff teams who labor under stress and a never-ending list of duties and patient care needs the call for self-care support is loud. It is evidenced by high turnover rates, unnecessarily short nursing careers, and a desperate lack of nurses.
What to do?
- Make self-care training for nurses a top priority.
- Create self-care resources onsite for healthcare providers.
- Appoint a self-care resource person in each site.
How to do it?
- Make aliveindeath.com self-care training for healthcare providers available to your staff.
- Ask for staff members to volunteer as a ‘grief quarterback’.
- Create a safe space within your site designed as a staff refuge.
- Make aliveindeath.com training for ‘grief quarterbacks’ available to staff.
Why should we do it?
- To provide great care for your patients or residents.
- To provide great support for your employees.
- To reduce staff turnover and sick leave.
- To support long and happy careers in health care.
I have created aliveindeath.com self-care online training for health care providers to meet this very need and I am happy to report that both Alberta and Saskatchewan LPN Associations have approved this training for the continuing education requirements of their members.
I would love to chat with you about this online program and also about the train the ‘grief quarterback’ program I have designed for health care providers who would like to be the grief go to person for their site. I am feeling an urgency regarding this training as I watch wait lists grow in long term care residences, hospitals over demanded, and healthcare providers running for cover as the ageing baby boomer population continue to put even more pressure on our systems and especially the staff working within the system.
Reverend Stephen Garrett, MA