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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Give Back — to Yourself

Published December 23, 2014 10:37 AM by Pam Tarapchak
For nurses, 2014 has been challenging. Just saying the word Ebola stirs up a host of images in our minds. What once was only found across the ocean made its way to the United States, and nurses were heavily involved in the care of patients - as well as becoming patients themselves. Day after day, headlines updated the world on the well-being of those who were sick, as well as the controversial decisions of one nurse being quarantined after caring for patients in Africa. Infection control practices throughout hospitals across the country were under scrutiny, as were nursing ethics.

Ebola was a large issue this year, but other nursing topics that have been in the spotlight include bullying, the ADN versus BSN controversy, and the challenges new grads face entering the profession.

Looking beyond these issues, ADVANCE highlighted hundreds of nurses working long hours doing what they do best  - tirelessly caring for their patients.

As we look forward to 2015, it's important that you recognize all that you contribute to your job and the importance of giving back some of your passion to yourself. There are always challenges around the next corner, which makes it imperative to take care of who you are first, so you can continue to care for others.

But how can you keep your well-being intact as you head into 2015? Throughout this holiday season, take the time to relax, have fun, and be yourself - spend time with your kids, visit family members, find quiet time to do what makes you happy.

I have the greatest respect for nurses and what they do, and I don't think many are recognized for the dedication they give to their patients and the healthcare profession in general. The most important thing is to be proud of what you do. One way ADVANCE wants to recognize nurses and their hard work is through the 2015 Best Nursing Team contest. Beginning Dec. 15, you can enter your team and showcase all the great work you do.

Visit http://nursing.advanceweb.com/Web-Extras/Online-Extras/Best-Nursing-Team-2015.aspx to tell us all the great work you've done over the past year. All you need to do is write a short essay highlighting the programs you've worked on to improve patient care and healthcare initiatives. Take some time to share your successes. We want to hear from you.

posted by Pam Tarapchak

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