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Spiritual Well-Being and How It Affects Nurses by Lisa DeLong | E5 - Amplified RN News Show

ANA\California Member and media-trained nurse, Lisa DeLong, RN, discusses how registered nurses can advocate for well-being in the workplace to reduce depression, anxiety, loneliness, physical and mental illness, and even suicide.

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Jared Fesler 0:14

Welcome to the Amplified RN News show where we're turning up the volume on nursing news in California. Today, we're going to be diving into the topic of spiritual well-being, what is it? And how does it affect nurses? We're joined today by Lisa DeLong, and an ANA\California member and media-trained nurse. Lisa, thank you so much for joining us today. Would you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about why you're an expert on this topic?

Lisa DeLong 0:39

Sure, thanks so much for having me. It's an honor. I am a registered nurse now for over 40 years, and I'm also a spiritual practitioner. So I come alongside nurses to help them restore their what I call their energy, because I equate spirituality and energy as the same thing. So it's my great joy, having had brief experiences personal as well as professional and this long period of time of wisdom and learned hard-earned wisdom. So I love being able to share it with nurses.

Jared Fesler 1:15

You know, if you've been following the pandemic, like many of us have, we've seen a lot of reports about nurses mental health. What is the problem here that we're talking about today? And what has happened?

Lisa DeLong 1:29

Well, what's been happening even prior to COVID, back in 2017, the CDC put out a report that nurses were suiciding at a greater rate than ever recorded before. So this actually this, this syndrome, you might call it has actually been happening well before COVID. And so pile that on top of all the grief and losses and stresses put upon nurses during the pandemic, it's simply in the manifestation of what was already the underlying current of the spirit, the well-being the heaviness that, that nurses are feeling directly. And it's really something that we almost never talk abo