Neumann Professor Teaches Nurses Self-Care so They can Cope With the Job

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Professor Elizabeth Loeper teaches her nursing students about self-care at Neumann University.
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Professor Elizabeth Loeper teaches her nursing students about self-care at Neumann University.

Neumann University offers a course on nursing self-care to help them with the fallout from the COVID crisis and the stress of multi-tasking among healthcare worker shortages, writes Kathleen E. Carey for the Daily Times.

 “There’s so much sorrow and so much struggle,” said Liz Loeper, assistant nursing professor at Neumann University.  “First, you were a hero, then the will of people changed and they were vilified.”

Loeper co-created the Self-Care for Nurses course at Neumann

A former labor and delivery nurse, Loeper joined Neumann 15 years ago to help train future nurses.

In 2009, she and the university realized there was no concept of self-care for nurses so she created the course.

Nurses get hit with burnout from workplace issues like insufficient staff or technology that doesn’t work, but they also suffer from compassion fatigue where they feel sorrow for those in their care.

 “Self-care and good boundaries help with both of those issues,” Loeper said, adding that “If you lose that heart, that compassion, people can see that.”

Institutions have to find a way to make nursing more desirable so people will stay and thrive, she said.

Read more about the idea of nursing self-care at the Daily Times.  

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