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  • 1.  Care of self

    Posted 06-20-2018 19:22
    Nurses, what apps or podcasts or websites do you use for care of self?

    [Colleen] [O'Leary] [MSN, RN, AOCNS]
    [Associate Director Nursing Education and Evidence Based Practice]
    [The Ohio State University CCC James Cancer Hospital]
    [Columbus] [Ohio]
    [614 293-7015]

  • 2.  RE: Care of self

    Posted 06-21-2018 10:53
    10 min daily meditation with Headspace has proved crucial to my well being! Love it!

    Holly Hutchinson, RN, OCN

  • 3.  RE: Care of self

    Posted 06-21-2018 11:49

    My Fitness Pal

  • 4.  RE: Care of self

    Posted 06-21-2018 12:18
    Having my own issues with grief & loss (death of my 19 year old Son) & caring for stage 3-4 cancer patients. I use the  I attended Dr. Cacciatore's Selah retreat & learned so much about self care.
    thank you,

    Christina Klein MSN, RN, OCN, CRNI
    Oncology Educator
    Cancer Treatment Centers of America
    Philadelphia PA

  • 5.  RE: Care of self

    Posted 06-21-2018 12:38

    Hi Colleen,

    I use the 10% Happier app for iPhone.  It is billed as meditation for the fidgety skeptic.  Who has tons of time?  This app is ideal because it has a browse by length feature..3 min-25+ mins.  Simply put, it reminds me that centering and hitting the pause button, makes me a better clinician and probably a better, dare I say, happier person.


    Marybeth Singer, MS, ANP-BC,AOCN,ACHPN

    Cancer Nursing Program Manager

    Tufts Cancer Center

    617-636-9853 (office)

    617-636-7060 (fax)


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  • 6.  RE: Care of self

    Posted 06-22-2018 09:30
    ​Hi All,
    So excited to see this topic!  Our Survivorship program is based on Integrative Medicine.  I like Welzen and Down Dog for yoga.  Down Dog lets you pick the amount of time, ability and music.  It gives great instructions, even if you have never done yoga.  Yoga for me is meditation and exercise- more bang for the buck if you have limited time:)

    Suzanne Hotard RN, BSN, OCN®
    Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
    Baton Rouge LA

  • 7.  RE: Care of self

    Posted 06-22-2018 10:09
    Hello, Everyone -

    I am an oncology yoga therapist, working with patients, care givers, partners, and nurses.

    Here are a few suggestions to help:

    1.  Create a daily self-care ritual - when I wake up before my eyes even open I like to:  Say what I'm grateful for, pick one word that describes how I want to "feel" for the day, and set two goals for myself.
    2.  I tune into your breath.  Really.  It will control your thoughts and emotions.  When I work with grief and loss, I guide people to LEAN into it, to feel the emotion, and breath into the emotion and allow it to pass.  Often when we resist an emotion, it makes the intensity greater.
    3.  Postures:  It depends on the emotions --- I find just standing in mountain pose (with the feet apart, hands at the side) and just feeling the feet, hands, and feeling grounded can have massive impact while tuning into the breath.
    4.  Guided meditations using imagery.... Here are a few of my favorites that I use for myself and that I teach people:

    1.  Insight Timer App - Look for Richard Miller (I am adding my meditations to this app as well)
    2. - has some great options with solid yoga teachers if you are looking for different yoga classes
    3.  You Tube:  YogawithRaquel - I have several short meditations on this channel specifically for handling difficult emotions, particularly, anger and grief and one 25-minute one that is to re-balance the nervous system.  Short Breathing Technique for Anxiety  This may be helpful for all of you to use in between seeing difficult patients.

    Lastly --- I'm attaching a video I just made for Patient Power on managing anxiety.  This breathing technique has been studied in several clinical studies to control anxiety, panic, and many others.  It was part of the yoga tools used in the ONS guidelines for Mind-Body.  I hope it helps you.

    Warmest - Raquel

    Raquel Forsgren, C-IAYT, MS
    Chicago IL

  • 8.  RE: Care of self

    Posted 06-22-2018 12:21
    ​Thanks everyone for your input.  Our Spring Conference planning group is using the theme of  care of self for the conference and we want to compile a list of resources for nurses.  Great input.

    [Colleen] [O'Leary] [MSN, RN, AOCNS]
    [Associate Director Nursing Education and Evidence Based Practice]
    [The Ohio State University CCC James Cancer Hospital]
    [Columbus] [Ohio]
    [614 293-7015]

  • 9.  RE: Care of self

    Posted 06-23-2018 20:02
    Great topic! I find a lot of caregiver burnout with transitioning to new EMR! It's very cumbersome and stressful.

    Paula Harrelson
    New Orleans LA