Since 1987, March has been observed annually as Women’s History Month, celebrating women’s contributions to society and culture throughout American history. For 2022, the official theme of the celebration is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”
This year’s theme pays homage to the ongoing work of women healthcare professionals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It also recognizes the ways women of all cultures have provided healing and hope throughout history—here are five trailblazers who forged a path for women in healthcare.
Whether you’re taking care of a family member at home or a patient in the hospital, the care and compassion you provide are nothing short of amazing. And it’s why we want to celebrate everyone in healthcare on National Caregivers Day. But there’s more to this observed holiday than meets the eye.
While most in-home caregivers and nurses are great at caring for others, they fail to take care of themselves. If this sounds familiar, National Caregivers Day is also a great time for you to reflect on your self-care and make lifestyle changes that will help you stay strong all year long.
“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.”
―Tia Walker, author of The Inspired Caregiver
To remain effective in your caregiver role and personal life, you must be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Sounds obvious enough, right? Unfortunately, most caregivers forget about their own needs. Some even get so used to being stressed they don’t realize the toll it’s taking on them until it’s too late.
Caregiver Burnout Symptoms
If you’re experiencing any of the below symptoms regularly, you know it’s time to make yourself a priority. After all, when you feel good, it’s easier to put the needs of others in front of your own.
You become easily frustrated with minor obstacles.
You are quick to lose your temper with family and friends.
You cry more often and feel more emotional than usual.
You have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
You have suddenly gained or lost weight.
You have frequent, intense headaches or chronic backaches.
“Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless.”
—Maxime Lagace, professional ice hockey player
5 Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout
To prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed, overtired, and irritated, here are five strategies to preserve your health and well-being while caring for others.
1. Ask for and accept help.
Taking care of a family member can feel all-encompassing—but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask a friend or another family member for help. There’s no shame in that. If someone volunteers to help, take them up on their offer—and don’t feel guilty about it.
2. Plan and keep a consistent routine.
Identify ways to prioritize and manage your time wisely. Make to-do lists and create a weekly schedule using the time blocking method. It’s a time management technique where you divide your day into blocks of time, and each block is assigned a specific task. When creating your schedule, be sure to set time aside for self-care and connecting with friends and family.
3. Set realistic goals and establish boundaries.
When setting goals, look for ways to set yourself up for success. For instance, break down large tasks into smaller steps. You also need to learn how to say ˈnoˈ. For example, it’s ok to say no when asked to volunteer at your child’s school. It can be tough to do, so keep reminding yourself that you can’t be everything to everyone.
4. Develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
As you develop a consistent routine, be sure to carve out time in your schedule to meal plan and incorporate exercise into your days. After all, it’s easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you plan. You could also schedule time each week to walk or go to an exercise class with a neighbor. By doing so, you make yourself accountable and are more apt to follow through.
5. Find relatable resources and join a support group.
Caregiver resources are available at your fingertips, so be sure and check out the National Alliance for Caregiving and the Family Caregiver Alliance. Also, look for support groups in your community. People in support groups are great at providing validation, encouragement, and strategies because they can relate to everything you’re going through.
“You cannot keep giving to others if you do not give to yourself, first. It is like pouring water from a vessel: you cannot pour and pour without ever refilling it—eventually, it will run dry.”
—Leslie K. Lobell, licensed professional counselor
While National Caregivers Day occurs every third Friday in February, caregivers of all kinds are worthy of being celebrated year-round. Thank you for all your hard work and continued compassion—and remember to take care!
With the introduction of app-based staffing agencies, CNAs, LPNs, and RNs can control when, where, and how often they work.To claim shifts through these apps, you’re working for a staffing agency as a W2 employee or a 1099 independent contractor.
While every staffing agency operates differently, anyone who works through ShiftMed is a W2 employee—but what does that mean exactly? You’re about to find out.
From the Crimean War to the present, nurses of color have and continue to devote their lives to caring for others. Given that February is Black History Month, it’s the perfect time to celebrate eight Black nurses who changed history forever. However, this is only a sample of the myriad of amazing Black nurses who have helped shape and advance the nursing profession.
Partnership Marks Launch of National Institute for CNA Excellence (NICE) to Train and Certify CNAs Amid Health Care Staffing Shortage
ShiftMed, one of the largest workforce management platforms in health care with over 60,000 credentialed health care professionals, and the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), the professional association for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), have joined forces to launch the National Institute for CNA Excellence (NICE). NICE is an integrated training platform that includes a learning management system to recruit, train, certify, and retain CNAs. The solution will be immediately available to skilled nursing facilities.
With CNA workforce shortages at record levels, and the need for long-term care among older adults on the rise, accessibility to quality education and training are national imperatives. As a virtual platform, NICE is designed to address this crisis by providing both CNAs and skilled nursing providers with recruitment, certification, job placement, continuing education, and ongoing career support all in one place. ShiftMed’s network of over 1,500 enterprise health care partners will also help solve the workforce shortage by providing the required on-site, hands-on experience required for certification.
Platform’s Health Care Professionals Poised to Help Hospitals Meet Challenge Posed by Vaccine Mandate
MCLEAN, VA – November 10, 2021 – ShiftMed, one of the largest workforce management platforms in health care, announces that it has achieved a record level of vaccinated compliance by more than 50,000 members of its workforce. Following an intense program to promote credentialing and vaccine education, more than 80% of the health care workers who use ShiftMed are vaccinated across the 56 markets where the platform has a presence.
ShiftMed prepared for the vaccine mandates by developing training and education programs to complement vaccine approvals. ShiftMed partnered with the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) to provide a virtual forum on the ShiftMed platform for frontline health care workers to speak directly with board certified physicians, greatly reducing vaccine hesitancy. ShiftMed built upon its education and training programs by creating a strong sense of community among its nurse workforce, providing recognition for vaccination, and developing social content that furthered the vaccine conversation, including putting a spotlight on stories about ShiftMed nurses’ loved ones impacted by COVID-19.