For staff on the frontline: How are you?

Shaw, Claire (2020) For staff on the frontline: How are you? Other. NCL in Mind, London. Full text available

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Nurses are working at the frontline of this current crisis providing the acute and critical care that is needed to Covid-19 patients (and when present their relatives), attending to the mental health of service users deeply affected by the inherent anxiety and distress of the current situation, as well as attending to the immediate and diverse needs of the general public at a time of crisis. We will all also be managing our own anxieties about our health, our families and loved ones who may be at risk. We know that our work as nurses can affect us; it is work that has relationships, human contact and emotions at its core. We may be working with people who will die, people who are facing terrible losses, with family members in distress and we are working in situations that are stressful, full of uncertainty, anxiety and immense pressure. We are required to bring our clinical expertise, strength, humanity and compassion to the fore throughout our working days. We can only do this work, and continue to do it, if we look after ourselves. Whilst the physical work may be exhausting at times, the less visible emotional and psychological impact will also be significant and impact on how we think and feel. This is likely to be true for everyone in this current situation but will vary for individuals. We want you to stop for a moment and consider. How are you? Not in that throwaway way in which this question can be asked by all of us but really How are you?

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Additional Information: NCL in Mind is a wellbeing and mental health project to connect and support the North Central London health and social care workforce during the COVID-19 outbreak. The team of wellbeing and mental health practitioners works within the North Central London networks, with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as our base. Together we have extensive experience of working within and for the health and social care workforce.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Occupational Groups
Health and Medical Sciences > National Health Service
Human Psychological Processes > Strange Environment/Situation
Department/People: Special Units

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