I’ve become increasingly interested in the topic of self-care for nurses. This is partly because of my own personal journey to heal and find balance in my life and work. The interest also stems from my work with nurses over the past 11 years and hearing countless stories about personal and career challenges. Nurses are caregivers by nature and by profession. Additionally, some of us are “double caregivers.” That is, nursing is our job or business and then we go home to be nurse to sick, disabled, or elderly parents, children, spouses, or significant others. I am a double caregiver, taking care of other nurses in my work and then, at home, taking care of my husband who has MS. I also look after my aging mother-in-law and parents. To be an effective healer, you have to heal yourself first – physically, emotionally, spiritually. Self-care is vital. Check out Holistic Nursing – A Handbook for Practice 4th ed. published by the American Holistic Nurses Association http://www.ahna.org/public/public.html for a better understanding of the need for, and methods toward, healing, balance, and wellness. How do you take care of yourself?