Self-Care Resources

We acknowledge and thank nurses for making great personal sacrifices to save lives, especially during the COVID-19 response. This page is frequently updated to share local resources that can help nurses with self-care during this challenging time.

Chicken Soup Books

The free e-book versions of Chicken Soup for the Soul & Inspiration for Nurses can be downloaded from Amazon, Google, Apple, Barnes & Noble and other e-book providers. The publisher wants to provide comfort and an uplifting reading break for all the health care workers on the frontlines. 

Building Resiliency 

As nurses during a pandemic, so many of you are facing intense stress. Building resiliency can help. Dr. Lucy Hone provides some important tools in her Ted Talk, The Three Secrets of Resilient People. Not only is she a resiliency researcher, but she was forced to take her own advice after experiencing a personal tragedy. 

Psychological First Aid: This presentation was developed by the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences  for UW Medicine's healthcare managers. It is a guide to identifying distress, taking supportive measures in the moment and building resiliency during a crisis. It is based on World Health Organization's Psychological First Aid: Guide for Field Workers and Psychological First Aid Adapted for the Ebola Outbreak.

Meditation & Mindfulness Tools

Headspace, an online meditation company, is offering free access to healthcare professionals working in public health settings during the COVID-19 crisis. Their goal is to provide a way for you to be kind to yourself and your own health as you take care of others. 

Talk Therapy

Washington COVID-19 Mental Health Network is a grass-roots effort by therapists to help nurses and other frontline workers deal with the emotional side of the crisis. Short term, NO-FEE therapy by video or phone available from licensed therapists in Washington State.

Trauma Recovery Network of Western Washington is a group of specially trained therapists who assists those who are, or have in the past, experienced trauma through the use of EMDR  (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing).  Currently, they are offering a limited number of pro-bono therapy sessions for nurses and other first responders to the COVID-19 crisis. If you are interested, please email them at  info@traumarecoverywa.org to be connected with a therapist. 

Support Groups for Nurses

No cost, virtual support groups for nurses to help manage the challenges of facing the COVID-19 crisis. Organized by volunteer facilitators in the U.S. with various backgrounds such as social workers, mental health workers, executive coaches and more. 

Managing Stress, Moral Distress & Self-Care

In this article, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association provides tools and resources for how nurses can deal with traumatic stress during the COVID-19 response.

Self Care for Nurses- Video Series

Washington Center for Nursing recently produced Self Care for Nurses, a Matter of Life & Death, a series of short videos that reflect on ways nurses can manage stress even in the most challenging times. Topics include exercise, nutrition, sleep, therapy, acceptance and more.  Host Sofia Aragon, JD, BSN, RN, Executive Director of Washington Center for Nursing, discusses topics with Stefan J. Torres, BSN, RN, CEN, a local ER nurse and public health advocate.

Frontline Nurses WikiWisdom Forum

John Hopkins School of Nursing and American Journal of Nursing have teamed up to create the Frontline Nurses WikiWisdom Forum, providing a format so that nurses fighting the Covid-19 pandemic can share their experiences with each other. The organizers encourage nurses to use the forum to build community during this challenging time as well as a way to share vital information.

When the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, they will select a group of leaders from this online conversation to work with our moderator to prepare a “Never Again” report which will be published by the American Journal of Nursing. 

 

Nurse House Fund

Nurse House, a national fund for nurses in need has partnered with the American Nurses Foundation to establish a special fund for nurses nationwide who are affected by COVID-19. Nurses may apply to receive a $1,500 grant per nurse who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is out of work due a family member with COVID-19, or who is under work mandated quarantine.

Discounts & Offers for Nurses During COVID-19

Here is a list of discounts and offers gathered by the Seattle PI for National Nurses Day. The list includes restaurants, shoe companies, clothing companies and more. Keep in mind that they may have restrictions and/or may depend on availability.

 

COVID-19 Resources for Nurses: Washington State Nurses Association

COVID-19 page lists resources and updated FAQ for nurses

 

    

Helping Researchers Understand Stress Response

Do you work with COVID-19 patients? 4YouandMe researchers have partnered with the Gates Foundation to launch a study to measure stress recovery in healthcare workers who care for COVID-19 patients. The feasibility study will provide insights into using wearable devices for tracking and how signs of stress and recovery impact COVID-19 susceptibility. Please check their website to learn about participating.