DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - This is nurses week, and Texas nurses are being told it's OK to not be OK.
Those words are on a wallet card, along with coping advice being sent to nurses statewide as they battle stress and overwork during the pandemic.
Tammy Eades, president elect of the Texas Nursing Association fears they will see PTSD within the nursing community. "They need to be sure to take some time for themselves, go outside and get a breath of fresh air. It's ok to not do anything for a few minutes."She says nurses aren't taking breaks and are skipping meals and not drinking water 12 hour shifts. She says some are afraid to go home to ensure they don't infect their own families. "They're staying away, they're staying hotels or their families are staying with relatives while they're going through this. They are being cautious."Eades says the best thing you can do is tie a white ribbon on a tree outside your home. "White has always been the historic color for healthcare. So white just means hope and faith. It shows the public is respecting the hard work nurses are doing. When the nurses come home after a 12 hour shift, they see those white ribbons wrapped around the trees and it brings up their morale and lets them know we are thinking about them, and they are our heroes."May 12th is Florence Nightingale's birthday and the Texas Nursing Association is asking everyone to wear white that day to support nurses and healthcare workers.Here is a text of the copy of the wallet card sent to Texas Nurses;During times of high stress, self-care should be simple and intentional. When you feel stressed, take a few seconds to yourself and try these tips:
It’s normal to feel anxiety, tension, grief, panic, stomachaches, difficulty sleeping or an inability to complete simple tasks. It may help to:You are not alone!IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY.Sit alone in a quiet room Get some water Watch the sky Think of your happy place Get fresh airGo for a walk Focus on your breathing Cut yourself some slack Stretch SingFocus on what you can control Stick to a routine Limit your exposure to the news Connect with others virtually Set aside time to relax (it’s okay to do nothing) Ask for help when you need it Prioritize sleep, healthy eating and exerciseTake few seconds or minutes when you are stressed: Sit alone in a quiet room Cut yourself some slack Think of your happy place Get water Get fresh air Go for a walk Stretch Sing BreatheTry these lifestyle changes that can help with stress: Focus on what you can control Stick to a routine Limit your exposure to the news Connect with others virtually Set aside time to relax (it’s okay to do nothing) Ask for help when you need it Prioritize sleep, healthy eating and exercise.