Nursing, Midwifery celebration focuses on self-care
It’s an oft-repeated line that “team” or “teamwork” contains no “i”. Yet an Otago Polytechnic School of Nursing academic wants those in the profession to start focusing on themselves a bit more.
The notion of “i” – or more specifically “I” – was firmly on the agenda as part of a dual celebration of nurses and midwives at Otago Polytechnic’s Hub today, Wednesday, 12 May.
“The celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 has been combined with events to mark International Year of the Nurse 2021, as we couldn’t celebrate together in 2020 because of Covid-19,” explains event co-organiser Vicki Yarker-Jones, Senior Lecturer at Otago Polytechnic’s School of Nursing.
The event comprised a symposium with the overall theme “Self Care in Health Care”, and featured a range of speakers. The formal aspect of the event was followed by a “Tea-time, Me-time" tea party in the Hub.
“As a nurse, both at the coalface and in education, over the last 30 years, I have witnessed a lack of priorities and/or tools in regards self-care,” Vicki says.
“There is a very real need to care for those who do the caring. We need to go back to basics and start caring for ‘I’, if nursing is to have a sustainable future.”
The symposium featured a range of organisations within the health sector. Staff and students from Otago Polytechnic’s School of Nursing were joined by representatives from the Otago Polytechnic School of Midwifery, University of Otago, Southern Institute of Technology, SDHB and representatives from clinical practice.