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Posted By Ashley Lovelace, Friday, April 17, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Resources

Taryn-Janae Wilcox-Olson, MHS, RN

In response to member requests for information about how NOVA is helping to advocate  for nurses and to assist with keeping up with ever-evolving changes to policies and  information during the COVID-19 crisis, NOVA has created a new resource page for  members only.

These are unprecedented times that have touched us all, personally and professionally. This page is meant to provide NOVA members access to reliable and accurate references and has links to up-to-date information shared by VA, as well as other respected governing and accreditation bodies. 

NOVA is here to support all nurses and our healthcare partners as we venture through these unchartered waters. With the stress and all of the unknowns, NOVA has included Whole Health resources on the page as well to help staff and their families.

To access, please log into the Members Only section of the NOVA website.

www.vanurse.org

Please keep in mind that NOVA is a nationwide, nonprofit professional organization whose members are nurses working for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics. NOVA is not part of the VA, nor is NOVA sanctioned or endorsed by the VA. The articles and links shared do not repudiate any facility policy or procedure and are meant to be informative.

Tags:  COVID-19  NOVA  Resources  WholeHealth 

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Self-Care Daily Tips

Posted By Ashley Lovelace, Thursday, April 16, 2020

Self-Care Daily Tips During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ellen Kaufman, MSN, RN, HNB-BC 

Mary Costello, BSN, RN, HNB-BC

VA Boston Healthcare System

NOVA Chapter 226


     

Ellen Kaufman    Mary Costello


Ellen Kaufman and Mary Costello are NOVA Members who work at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Ellen serves as the Restorative Care Coordinator and Mary is a RN Case Manager in Primary Care. They are also the Co-Chairs of the Holistic Committee and are board certified Holistic Nurses. The Holistic Committee feels passionately that caring for ourselves is key to being able to care for others so they have been sending out daily emails during the COVID-19 pandemic. Holistic practices such as mindfulness along with proper nutrition, rest, and physical activity help us to destress and function at our greatest potential. 

Here’s an example of a Self-Care Daily Tip. 

 

Today’s self-care tip is a meditation called Metta Meditation or Loving Kindness meditation.   

 

In Buddha teachings, it can mean cultivating benevolence for self and others which is what we do as healthcare providers/in our service to Veterans. It is a nice meditation to recite when getting up to begin your day or before bed at night and is fitting for today’s environment. 

 

Make sure you are in a comfortable position and focus on your breath. Take a breath between each phrase.

 

Begin by directing your compassion towards yourself:

 

                             

 

May I be safe,

May I be healthy,

May I be at peace

 

Then begin directing your compassion outward:

 

Think of a person who you love or mean a lot to you

 

May you be safe

May you be healthy

May you be at peace

 

Think of someone who poses a challenge to you, do not cause yourself

to become stressed but send these phrases with compassion:

 

May you be safe,

May you be healthy

May you be at peace,

 

Think about your family and friends and send your compassion out to them:

 

May you all be safe

May you all be healthy

May you all be at peace

 

Send compassion out to the people we encounter at our workplace

– Veterans, our peers, and their families:

 

May you all be safe

May you all be healthy

May you all be at peace

 

Then send compassion out to all living things:

 

May all living things be safe

May all living things be healthy

May all living things be at peace.

 

Finally, bring this back to yourself –

 

May I be safe,

May I be healthy,

May I be at peace

 

 

Holistic Committee


Tags:  COVID-19  Great Evidence Based Practice. Thank you  Holistic Committee  Pandemic  resources  self care 

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