Creative Heath Care Management


12 Steps for Self-Care

  1. Clarify your values. Know what matters in your life and in your relationships. Know your purpose and what brings you joy. Make Choices that support your values and purpose.
  2. Be truthful to yourself. Know what hurts you and what heals you. Make healing choices.
  3. Identify actions that will bring healing and self-nurturing activities into your daily life. Take one action every day.
  4. Identify what brings you moments of peace. Make choices that promote peace in your life.
  5. Listen to the voices in your mind. If your voices are conveying negative or self-defeating messages, take actions and make choices to retrain the voices (thought patterns) into affirming and healing messages.
  6. Practice meditation and self-reflection.
  7. Answer the following questions:
    a. What would you choose to do even if you were not being paid?
    b. What can you stop doing?
  8. Nurture the physical health of your body through nourishment, exercise, rest and routine health monitoring.
  9. Develop strong and meaningful relationships with friends, family and colleagues.
  10. Integrate leisure activities and fun and humor into your lifestyle.
  11. Nurture your emotional and spiritual health through openness, reflection, and the support of important others.
  12. Practice kindness, compassion and forgiveness for yourself and others.

Creative Nursing – TOC Vol. 26 #3

The theme of this issue of Creative Nursing, Seeing Beyond Traditional Measurement, was chosen to refute the notion, unfortunately prevalent in health-care research, that the only things that count are things that can be counted. This theme is resonant now because that the knowledge that will enable us to weather the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic will come from public health, a discipline in which success is measured by what doesn’t happen. Measuring what doesn’t happen is a concept that turns “disproving the null hypothesis” on its head—it is a creative, brave, higher-order thinking skill that is non-traditional, counterintuitive, and countercultural. Of course assessment, measurement, and comparison with standards and best practices happen – That’s how we get better. But inspiration and bravery come first. The articles in this issue are all brave, each in their own way. In these articles, physical distance, complexity of concepts, and technological barriers are issues to be acknowledged, addressed, and planned for, not deal-breakers that bring progress and partnership to a halt. In all the ways these articles describe, of caring for those we serve and preparing our future colleagues to do the same, we hold ourselves to high standards. But, to quote our guest editor Cyrus Batheja, “As human beings, rather than human doings, we are part of something bigger than can be measured.”

Creative Nursing – TOC Vol. 26 #2

In the new issue of Creative Nursing, Seeing Beyond Gender, Marie Manthey issues a clear and impassioned call to action for the care provided to sexual and gender minority persons. Marie says, “a founding value of nursing is a commitment to care compassionately for all humans, regardless of any characteristic, ethnicity, behavior, quality or value that nurses may find unsavory outside of work. When a patient’s gender identification, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation falls outside of the realms of “straight” and “cis-gender” the nurse’s commitment to caring is no different. No nurse gets a pass because they find someone’s gender presentation confusing, or because they’re being asked to call someone by a name or pronoun that makes the nurse uncomfortable” Guest editor Alex Iantaffi expands understanding as he discusses gender as a historical and biopsychosocial construct. This means understand that there are many aspects of gender besides identity, such as gender expressions, roles, and experiences. The contributing authors help us see beyond our own lived experience, perhaps our own comfort zone and reflect on what inclusion really means. This issue challenges our assumptions, expands our knowledge, and strengthens our capacity for unconditional care for all.      

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Creative Nursing – TOC Vol. 26 #1

As part of Creative Health Care Management’s observance of the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the theme of our first issue of Creative Nursing 2020 is Seeing Beyond Borders. This issue includes voices from Cameroon, Finland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey, as well as American Indian and Ethiopian immigrant communities in the US. The contents of this issue reflect the diversity and the universality of things nurses face all over the world.

Insights Newsletter – January 2020

Read about our year long celebration with the WHO of nurses and midwifes and how leadership becomes especially important as we look forward to actualizing the WHOs “key investment” initiatives. We also think about how we might incorporate relationship building into some of our daily tasks in this edition. Enjoy!

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Creative Nursing – TOC Vol 25 #4

Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience, and Collaboration, has been a voice for nursing thought leaders and innovators since 1981. The focus of this issue is,  Professional Practice in a Changing World: Emerging Leader.

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