Today is International Nurses Day, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
Healing Through Cleanliness: Infection Prevention and Control is an essential part of today’s healthcare. Florence Nightingale can be credited for this important practice. Her philosophy of cleanliness and sanitation in order to prevent infection in hospitalized patients began during the Crimean War and has had a lasting and major impact on infection control in hospitals to this day. Nightingale’s approach to health care was holistic, and she also emphasized nutrition as a way of improving or preventing infection. She is credited as the founder of holistic nursing, and she also stressed ‘evidence-based’ practice.
Infection Prevention and Control. Many of today’s procedures for preventing hospital acquired infections (HAI’s) include standard, contact, droplet, airborne and universal precautions. Each precaution has specific guidelines, policy and protocols. Florence Nightingale spoke of these as the means for preventing infection control in the 1850’s –
- Clean hands,
- Clean environment,
- Sanitizing bedrails and doorknobs,
- Sterilizing hospital equipment before and after patient care.
Florence Nightingale on infection control – “Every nurse ought to be careful to wash her hands very frequently during the day. If her face too, so much the better.” (1)
Many healthcare specialists today cite hand washing as the single most important method for preventing the transmission of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stresses the importance of hand washing to aid in the prevention of disease, especially at this time of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. (Hand washing/in Spanish). Teaching children to wash hands properly (with soap and water for 20 minutes) can lead to a life-long practice of good hand hygiene. Clean Hand Campaign offers teaching materials.
Key Times to Wash Hands from the CDC:
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Be happy.
Your expertise, care, compassion, courage and dedication are much appreciated!
Be sure to make time for self-care, in the process!
We are offering FREE 20-minute Consultation Sessions and Webinar Meditations for Nurses and Other Front-line Healthcare Workers; Breathing Relaxation and Guided Imagery. (Offered throughout the MA ‘stay at home’ directive. One per person) Contact Us to Schedule: Email: email@example.com.
Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Nurse Researcher, Integrative Nurse Consultant, Author, Speaker, Photographer. Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health: Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate, advocate for, and empower you in your healthcare goals. Providing evidence-based integrative healthcare services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving overall health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. 978.283.4258. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Find us on Instagram and Facebook
Nurses – Be Sure to Love and Take Care of Your SELF This Nurse’s Week!
Case Managers, Nurses, Nursing Students, CNA’s – For life-work balance and avoiding burnout, the most important lessons I learned have been to make time for vacations and learn self-care tools for daily relaxation and stress management. Self-hypnosis, meditation, mindfulness, reiki, tai-chi, and yoga are all helpful modalities that can be learned and practiced on your own or in a group.
Monthly Community Reiki Shares/Clinics and First Degree Reiki Training (CEU’s for Nurses, Case Managers and Social Workers) – Helpful ways to take care of yourself! When you take care of yourself first, you have more to offer to those you love.
Loving Others Begins With Loving Yourself. Self-Love Begins with Self-Care.
Our Annual ‘Gratitude Coupon.’ SAVE $19.00 on any Gift Certificate or Private Session of Reiki, Hypnosis or Reiki Training. Good Through End of 2019. (One Coupon Per Person.)
NURSES – SAVE an Additional $10.00 for any sessions or classes booked during the month of May.
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Happy Nurse’s Week!
Celebrating family, friends neighbors and colleagues in nursing –
- Nearly 3.4 million registered nurses in the United States constitute our nation’s largest health care profession
- Registered nurses meet the different and emerging health care needs of the American population in a wide range of settings.
- Nurses have been voted the most trusted profession in America in Gallup’s annual survey, ranking professions for their honesty and ethics
- 81% of Americans believe nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are either “high” or “very high.”
- It is the 11th time nurses have been voted the most trusted profession.
Special Offering for Nurses at Dreamtime Wellness™ – ‘Giving Back’ to Those That Give So Much.
During Nurse’s Week – FOB Nurses SAVE MORE. Mention this post and SAVE $30 off any Reiki or Hypnosis Session, Reiki Training or Gift Certificate Purchased During Nurses Week. Gift yourself or give a nurse you know a gift of relaxation! Email for details – email@example.com
Share Your Nursing Story and Enter a Raffle for a FREE Reiki Session – Share your nursing story in the comments here on on Dreamtime Wellness FB page and enter into the raffle. Drawing to be health 5/13.
CEU Lecture for Nurses – Thursday. May 19th at Hathorne Hill. Danvers MA. Introduction to Reiki Ryoho: Japanese Healing Method/Art in Mainstream Healthcare. $5.00 Donation to Danvers Kiwanis. Pre-Approved 1.o Ceu for Nurses, Case Managers and Social Workers. To Register – Call or Email PamelaWall, Marketing Director at Hathor Hill. Registration begins at 4:45 pm with an interactive and informative lecture from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
Celebrate the Nurses in Your Life!
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May 6th – May 12th is National Nurses Week.
Nurses of Cape Ann and Around the World, Join me in the Celebration!
Nurses make a meaningful difference in people’s lives every day. Considered by many to be the ‘Heart & Soul’ of health care, nurses often work long hours and put others’ needs before their own. Nurses work in a variety of positions and settings, at the bedside in hospitals, extended care facilities and hospice, in wellness and integrative medicine centers, medical offices, schools, rehabilitation, public health and community centers, people’s homes, private practice, administration and even battlefields.
Historical nurse pioneers and leaders such as Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale were, and continue to be inspiring role models for nurses around the globe.