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Properly Protecting Your Health: A Nurse’s Guide to Boosting Immunity and Reducing Burnout

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Dominion Ezechibuezeminiontraining.com

July 6, 2023

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You are not a superhero, despite what some of your admins and managers have told you. If you don’t properly take care of your health, how can you be a viable option for tending to the health of patients?

 

I understand the pivotal and indispensable role nurses play in patient care and the entirety of the healthcare system. However, the demanding nature and unhealthy working conditions causing nurses poor health, frequent burnout, and chronic back pain are jeopardizing the lives of their patients, and ultimately, their own lives share a similar fate.

 

This comprehensive guide will explore evidence-based strategies to empower nurses to protect their health effectively, safeguard their well-being, and enhance their ability to provide optimal patient care.

 

Prioritize a Nutrient-Rich Diet

 

As nurses, you know the importance of regularly consuming nutrient-dense meals and adequately fueling your body.

 

According to Harvard Health, a diet abundant in colorful fruits and vegetables can significantly enhance the immune response by supplying a range of phytochemicals and vitamins.

 

However, it is challenging to consistently eat three to four protein-packed meals with fruits, veggies, and healthy fats when working three to five 12-hour shifts a week.

 

A practical tip is to prep meals strategically. I teach this technique to my nurses in my 8-week restorative program.

 

Find one day out of the week to prep your meals so that on the days you work, you can quickly put them in the microwave on break and enjoy that meal. And on your off days, you can cook what you prepped in less than 15 minutes.

 

This will ensure your body is fueled correctly, and you don’t have to rely on fast food because you don’t have the time and energy to prep and cook a whole meal in one sitting.

 

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Manage Stress Through Meticulously Structured Mobility Training

 

Chronic stress is an occupational hazard of being a nurse. The highly demanding and traumatic nature of nursing is no doubt a catalyst for high stress and anxiety.

 

One of the best and most feasible ways of reducing this stress is by routinely performing mobility training.

 

It differs from yoga and traditional stretching, but numerous studies have adequately linked practicing mobility training to reduced physical and mental tension.

 

Implementing mobility training into your daily routine and even pre- and post-shift can significantly and often completely eradicate workplace stress and anxiety.

 

Ensure Sufficient Sleep and Rest

 

Long and unpredictable work hours often disrupt nurses’ sleep patterns, leading to sleep deprivation, which can have severe consequences for immunity and cognitive function.

 

Establishing a consistent sleep schedule and creating a relaxing bedtime routine are essential to optimize sleep quality.

 

According to research from the National Sleep Foundation, adequate sleep is crucial for the body to produce and release cytokines, proteins that regulate immune responses and help fight off infections.

 

To practically enhance the quality of your sleep…

  • Stop eating 1-to-2 hours before sleeping.
  • Ensure your room/house temperature is pretty cold to allow you to hit REM sleep faster.
  • Doing some light reading can induce a deeper and more rejuvenating sleep.
  • Staying away from screens at least 30 minutes before bed.
  • Limiting the number of daytime naps. 

 

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Conclusion

 

To conclude, practicing these efficacious approaches routinely can improve nurses’ health and advance patient care. Because healthcare is demanding and high-stress, nurses must prioritize their well-being to continue delivering quality patient care. Likewise, management should implement protocols to advance their nurses’ physical and mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

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Disclaimer:

No content on this site should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other licensed clinicians.

 

 

References:

  1. Harvard Health. (n.d.). A diet abundant in colorful fruits and vegetables can significantly enhance the immune response by supplying a range of phytochemicals and vitamins.
  2. National Sleep Foundation. (n.d.). Adequate sleep is crucial for the body to produce and release cytokines, proteins that regulate immune responses and help fight off infections.

 

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