Caritas in Action
Creating a Caring Environment for staff in an acute Oncology Unit
A caring-healing environment is “biogenic” in nature; it is life-giving for both the patient and the caregiver. Mindful attention to the care of the nurse is a health care imperative for the safe and quality care of the patient. The backbone of a caring-healing healthcare system is an engaged, healthy, and productive workforce. At the core of workforce engagement is the experience of joy and meaning in their work. When nurses do not work in an empowered environment with trust and autonomy, stress levels, burnout, and increased turnover rates with nurses leaving the profession; contributing to the ongoing nursing shortage.
Nurses flourish in an environment where nurse leaders embody caring consciousness and nurses care for themselves and each other. Co-creating a caring-healing environment guided by Caring Science theory incorporates attending to wholeness of humans in their everyday creation and sustenance of a meaningful life.
Judy Berry-Price, BSN, RN, BMTCN