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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165095
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
REVITALIZING YOURSELF: MAKING TIME 4U
Author(s):
Politsky, Susan
Author Details:
Susan Politsky, RN MSN CNA BC, Clinical Manager of the Intensive Care Unit, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: SPolitsky@fccc.edu
Abstract:
Oncology nurses, particularly those who work in critical care settings are at risk for developing moral distress which can be from medical futility and bad deaths, burnout and compassion fatigue, which can lead to poor nurse satisfaction. Allowing staff the opportunity to verbalize and discuss their feelings of work related stress in a forum, validated their feelings and allowed them an opportunity to share similar experiences with one another. The purpose of this program was to provide the ICU staff an opportunity to relax their minds and participate in activities that included: song, yoga, mediation, affirmations and therapeutic massages. The model behind this theory was adapted from an oncology article which supported a retreat day to allow staff to decompensate due to stressful work encounters. My program was designed as a corroboration of staff issues regarding some ethical issues that recently occurred in the unit. This program offered them a safe place, among their colleagues to discuss their recent feelings and de-stress with some activities which promote healthy work environments. Participants who provided services included convenient employees who have been trained in their fields of expertise such as in yoga, meditation and therapeutic massage. Some of the activities included having staff complete a Compassion Fatigue Survey, utilization of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses: The 4 AÆs to Rise Above Moral Distress, Good Death versus Bad Deaths, Reviewing the ANA Code of Ethics, Reviewing Fox Chase Cancer Center policies on ethical dilemmas. All staff were treated a 45 minute therapeutic massage. This program is designed to be offered every other month until all of the ICU staff attend. Staff are required to be off from work the day before the program in preparation for this educational offering. Implications for nursing practice include employers to be aware of issues such as moral distress that can be affecting their staff and allow an interdisciplinary team to begin to manage these issue which affect the work environment. As an employer, being aware of the culture of the work environment is invaluable to produce high quality health care providers.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleREVITALIZING YOURSELF: MAKING TIME 4Uen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPolitsky, Susanen_US
dc.author.detailsSusan Politsky, RN MSN CNA BC, Clinical Manager of the Intensive Care Unit, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: SPolitsky@fccc.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165095-
dc.description.abstractOncology nurses, particularly those who work in critical care settings are at risk for developing moral distress which can be from medical futility and bad deaths, burnout and compassion fatigue, which can lead to poor nurse satisfaction. Allowing staff the opportunity to verbalize and discuss their feelings of work related stress in a forum, validated their feelings and allowed them an opportunity to share similar experiences with one another. The purpose of this program was to provide the ICU staff an opportunity to relax their minds and participate in activities that included: song, yoga, mediation, affirmations and therapeutic massages. The model behind this theory was adapted from an oncology article which supported a retreat day to allow staff to decompensate due to stressful work encounters. My program was designed as a corroboration of staff issues regarding some ethical issues that recently occurred in the unit. This program offered them a safe place, among their colleagues to discuss their recent feelings and de-stress with some activities which promote healthy work environments. Participants who provided services included convenient employees who have been trained in their fields of expertise such as in yoga, meditation and therapeutic massage. Some of the activities included having staff complete a Compassion Fatigue Survey, utilization of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses: The 4 AÆs to Rise Above Moral Distress, Good Death versus Bad Deaths, Reviewing the ANA Code of Ethics, Reviewing Fox Chase Cancer Center policies on ethical dilemmas. All staff were treated a 45 minute therapeutic massage. This program is designed to be offered every other month until all of the ICU staff attend. Staff are required to be off from work the day before the program in preparation for this educational offering. Implications for nursing practice include employers to be aware of issues such as moral distress that can be affecting their staff and allow an interdisciplinary team to begin to manage these issue which affect the work environment. As an employer, being aware of the culture of the work environment is invaluable to produce high quality health care providers.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:12:26Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:12:26Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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