Nurse and Midwife Support

Nurse and Midwife Support

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Nurse & Midwife Support (NM Support) is the national, 24/7 support service for nurses, midwives, students, and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse, midwife or student. NM Support provides a national telephone and interactive website support service, funded by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia and operated independently by Turning Point. NM Support offers free, anonymous and confidential support no matter where you are in Australia.
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Sleep and Shift Work

This topic was recently covered in a podcast by Mark Aitken from Nurse and Midwife Support. In the podcast, Mark interviewed Amy Benn who is a Registered Nurse and the Director of WholeHeart Magazine.

Amy was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 14 and was inspired to become a nurse by the care she received as a teenage patient. She knew she would have to balance her health alongside the demands of shift work. I asked Amy to share her tips on how she achieved a state of well-being while doing shift work.

Some of the strategies that Mark and Amy explore in sleep and shift work as part of the podcast include:

  • Stretching exercises and self-massage after a shift
  • A lovely warm shower with maybe some lavender oil included
  • Use of soft lighting
  • Calm music
  • Keeping a journal by the bed so if you can’t sleep because you are thinking about something – write it down and tell yourself you’ll address it when you wake up
  • Look at different breathing and meditation techniques
  • being prepared for the next day so your start for the day is calm
  • Good nutrition
  • Stay hydrated
  • Don’t oversleep on your days off
  • Get enough exercise
  • Flipping your metabolism to manage the night shift
  • Call Nurse and Midwife support at any time of the day or night their phones are manned by Nurse counsellors

The podcast is well worth the listen. Click here>> to access it.