In an attempt to help students develop certain strategies and learn how to take care of both themselves and their patients by, physically and emotionally, the George Washington University School of Nursing has launched a new student support system. Faculty member took notice of how emotionally draining nursing school was for students and decided to take action.

George Washington School of Nursing Wellness Program

The system was developed with the intention of helping students balance the stress of academics, personal life, and clinical experiences. The wellness program is called, “The Professional Well-Being Initiative” and has launched this fall. The program consists of nine seminars on mental health and stress management taken over the course of one academic year that will essentially help students develop the skills necessary to deal with stress and adversity. Once students complete at least six of the nine seminars, they will receive a notation of their transcript to verify they have completed the program.

Pamela Jeffries, Dean of the GW School of Nursing, tells The GW Hatchet, “Nursing students complete a rigorous curriculum that may be difficult for some students to cope with. Through the initiative, students learn to manage the many tasks and deadlines of our program, then carry that knowledge and awareness with them beyond their students and into professional practice.”

A few of the seminars have already taken place and they include topics such as mindfulness and self-care, balancing multiple tasks, and grit and resilience. To learn more about the wellness program at George Washington School of Nursing, visit their website.

Source: Daily Nurse