'Chicken Soup for the Soul' author touts self-care in Riverbend visit

The 'Selfcare for Healthcare' program gives nurses practical tools for selfcare so they can better care for their patients.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 7:01 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2019 7:07 PM

SPRINGFIELD Ore. -- The author of 14 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books visited Riverbend Hospital on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of self-care in the nursing industry.

LeAnn Thieman created the program “Selfcare for Healthcare” and has been working to educate nurses and other caregivers on how to take care of themselves.

She said the medical profession can be challenging, and it is Important that self-care is made a priority.

"It just fills me up and feeds my souls just as much as I think I feed their souls,” Thieman said. “To know that I serve them and boost their morale and their resiliency, and honor them for the heroes that they are."

She said the program gives nurses practical tools so they can better care for their patients.

"When I'm bankrupt inside, I have nothing left to give anyone else,” Sandra Doerner, a nurse at Riverbend said. “So, for me to be healthy means that I'm able to give to my family and to my community, my other fellows. I'm useless when I'm running on empty."

Doerner said she is excited about the program and thinks it will be a positive way to get more balance between work and life.

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