The Nursing Minds toolkit is a free, online tool designed by nurses for nurses through support from the Burdett Trust for Nursing. It highlights resources nurses can access before or during difficult times.
However, the workload, pressure and stress levels have increased further as a result of COVID-19. A survey carried out by the Nursing Times (May 2020), states that ‘9 in 10 nurses are feeling more stressed and anxious than usual’. COVID-19 is a crisis in physical health and mental health.
Nurses are devoted to their patients and many are prepared to make sacrifices to ensure that their patients are receiving the care they need. However, Dr Steve Boorman (author of the 2009 Boorman Review) states ‘you have to fit your own oxygen mask first’. Meaning, that nurses need to look after their own health first so they are in a position to look after others.
The toolkit includes information related to mental fitness, mental health and wellbeing, diet and nutrition, alcohol, finance, mindfulness, conflict resolution, relationships and much more. It was designed to be suitable for all nurses regardless of their specialism and where they work. We hope that the toolkit makes a positive contribution towards your mental health and positive wellbeing.