Nursing is a caring profession. And we care about nursing staff.

Here you will find links to resources, support and advice to help you take care of your mental and physical wellbeing. We want to help you be the best you can be.

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Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Benjamin Spock

Looking after yourself

This section suggests ways to promote your own wellbeing. Self-care is vital for all health professionals and carers. Supporting others is a privilege and a pleasure, but it is also a responsibility and it can be physically and emotionally challenging.

At work:

  • We have a range of resources to support you in your professional and clinical practice, from campaigning for safe staffing to addressing bullying, harassment and stress.
  • Take your breaks. Your break is a necessity not a luxury. An RCN survey found that nearly 60% of respondents did not get a sufficient break on their last shift. Please take your breaks and encourage others to do the same. For advice on rest breaks visit our Rest, Rehydrate and Refuel resource.
  • If you are an RCN member and studying you can get help through the RCN, but also through your institution, the students union there and via Student Minds (who offer support to you, on behalf of friends and for parents).
  • The Laura Hyde Foundation is committed to providing all medical and emergency services with bespoke and relevant mental health support, see: What we do.

At home:

As nursing staff we can get used to putting other people first, but we all need to balance that with protecting our own health. Our publication Working towards a healthy you is one of a range of resources to support you in balancing the challenges of your work with being happy at home and being able to deliver safe and compassionate care at work.

Time and space

These six mindfulness-based videos made for nursing staff. Each covers a different stage of the day, from starting your day to arriving home. They provide practical techniques to help you to recognise and process the everyday emotional labour of nursing. See: Time and space. Mindfulness based videos for nursing staff

Our Healthy you self-assessment worksheet will help you to assess your current level of self-care. If you are concerned it is important to let someone you trust know and consult your GP. If you are a member, you can also set up an appointment with our counselling service.

Self-care

Committed to caring for others, nurses often forget to take care of themselves. It is important that you take the time to consider factors that impact upon your own health.

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Stress

Read about the symptoms of stress, how to deal with stress and how to make the most of your support system at work. 

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Peer Support 

The RCN’s Peer Support Service is a network for members with disabilities, neurodiversity or illness to share experiences, knowledge, and promote a positive approach.

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