Be Your Own Nurse

Amy E. Rettig, DNP, MALM, RN, APRN-BC


Am Nurs Journal. 2021;16(12) 

In This Article

Sustain Your Resilience

Nurses continue to face a tremendous event that's left us bruised, maybe a little bloody, and most certainly scarred with memories we weren't expecting. Our scars serve as a reminder of what it means to be a nurse, to care for others in hard times, and to persevere. When we share those scars with our colleagues, we aren't alone.

When we provide ourselves with nursing care and intervene to manage how our past experiences affect our actions and reactions, we engage with our inherent resilience for uplifting, positive change. To sustain your resilience, start with self-nursing basics: breathe, intentionally speak and listen, and move. (See Self-nursing resources.)