In honor of the Oncology Nursing Foundation’s 40th year supporting oncology nurses, we provide here a selection of resources to help you in developing healthy routines, learning stress management techniques, and practicing self-care. Developed for the Foundation’s 40 Ways to Wellness Celebration held in August 2021, we have assembled the resources here in one convenient location for your ongoing use.
Give Back to Yourself
Emotional Hazards of Nurses’ Work
Making time for yourself and practicing wellness can help to eliminate stress, improve health, reduce emotional exhaustion, and improve the quality of care. Stress in nurses is multifocal, pervasive, and persistent. They practice in a contemporary health care environment characterized by rapid change, the ongoing integration of novel technologies, and interpersonal challenges. Read more in this article by Deborah A. Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN.
Building Your Resilience
We all face trauma, adversity, and other stresses. Here’s a roadmap for adapting to life-changing situations, and emerging even stronger than before. Read more on building resilience in this article from the American Psychological Association.
Wellness Wisdoms with Self-Care Expert, Deborah A. Boyle, MSN,RN, AOCNS®, FAAN
A former trustee of the Oncology Nursing Foundation, Debi is a long-tenured oncology clinical nurse specialist with an interest in recognizing and reducing the emotional consequences of nurses’ work and fostering their well-being. For the past decade, she has been a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally and has authored numerous publications on this topic. She co-authored the book Self-Healing Through Reflection: A Workbook for Nurses, which was awarded second place in the 2012 American Journal of Nursing book of the year.
Resiliency Moments by The Clinic
Resiliency Moments were specially created for you by nurse, dancer, and creative caregiver, Tara Rynders RN-BC, MFA, BSN, BA, founder of The Clinic.
Tara is a registered nurse of sixteen years and received her MFA in Dance in 2011 from The University of Colorado at Boulder. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and a Masters's in Fine Arts in Dance with a specialization in Movement and Somatic Practices. Tara is also an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.
The Clinic, an arts and play-based company that provides workshops, performance, and research around burnout and secondary traumatic stress.
Collective Care: Holding Burnout, Grief, and Joy Through the Arts, presented by Tara Rynders RN-BC, MFA, BSN, BA
Tara was awarded the Oncology Nursing Foundation's 2021 Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship, which she presented at the 2021 ONS Congress. Rynders embraces collective vulnerability, grief, and self-compassion as a means to end burnout. She harnesses her passion for nursing and the arts to collectively honor our shared humanity by creating a culture of caregiving nested in self-compassion, curiosity, creativity, and joy. Her presentation is an immersive invitation to care for oneself through truth-telling, self-compassion, creative expression, and ultimately the freedom to celebrate pleasure.
Breathing for Resiliency Guided by Joni Marra, Esq, CH
After receiving certifications in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Breath Therapy, Joni started Inward Bound . She is also a hospice volunteer and a certified End-of-Life Doula. She completed training in these areas from the Cleveland Clinic, Integrative Concepts, LLC, International Doulagivers Institute. She serves on the boards of The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, and The Hope Foundation, which funds clinical trials that seek to cure cancer.
Joni guides us through a series of breathing exercises in this selection of videos.
The Breathing for Resiliency videos are intended for educational and information purposes only.
Yoga for Relaxation
Four calming yoga offerings have been created for you in collaboration with River’s Edge Spirituality and Wellness Center in Cleveland, OH. Each class is between 45-60 minutes long, provides a focus on relaxation, and offers modifications to suit different levels of practice. Grab a yoga mat or blanket, or a chair and pillow as may be needed in some of the sessions. Participants are encouraged to avoid eating prior to each session.
The Oncology Nursing Foundation acknowledges the kindness and generosity of the following individuals and organizations for their enthusiasm, support, and partnership in the Foundation’s oncology nurse resiliency initiatives, including programs like the 40 Ways to Wellness celebration.
- Deborah A. Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS, FAAN
- Sarah Cannon, The Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare
- Joni Marra, Esq., CH
- Tara Rynders, RN-BC, MFA, BSN, BA
- River’s Edge Spirituality and Wellness Center
- ONS North Carolina Triangle Chapter
- ONS Chicago Chapter
- 40 Ways to Wellness Participants