Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ - Champion Spotlight Series - Replenish Mind Body Spirit, LLC 4583

Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ - Champion Spotlight Series - Replenish Mind Body Spirit, LLC


Organization offers nurses a rapid response, micro-restorative program and ongoing support

We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the Replenish at Work™ Program for Nurses offered through Replenish Mind Body Spirit, LLC, an exceptional Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Champion.

Replenish at Work is a program dedicated to the well-being of nurses through its personalized approach to mental, physical, and emotional support. Rooted in science, the program trains nurses to use “mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional agility.” Leveraging these insights, nurses can integrate self-checks into their workday to reflect on their state of mind, body, and emotions. This allows nurses to be proactive and monitor for early signals of distress. At the same time, they can make necessary adjustments to align with a culture that promotes safety and well-being.

“Multiple dimensions affect our health and well-being, and they’re all important and connected,” says Replenish Mind Body Spirit Founder and Replenish at Work Co-founder Pamela (Pam) Mulligan BSN, RN, NBC-HWC. “Our Replenish at Work Program for Nurses helps health care professionals restore presence, and it empowers them with self-compassion and connection.”

Teaching the Restorative Actions that Nurses Need
Nurses often face exceptional physical, emotional, and mental challenges while caring for patients. The Replenish at Work Program for Nurses is designed to inspire and motivate nurses to take care of themselves. The program includes 3 phases:

Phase 1: Rapid Response
First, nurses are introduced to the Replenish at Work framework and self-assessment practice. The goal is to identify their own immediate needs so they can use restorative actions. The benefit: Gaining insight to enhance individual well-being and reduce stress. Nurses also learn self-care and micro-restorative practices suitable for challenging work environments.

For example, if your body is tense from being in a repetitive position in the operating room, you can learn to recognize the tension and do a quick stretch for mobility.

Phase 2: Restorative Care
During the second phase, nurses customize a health plan and toolkit based on their personal values, goals, and strengths. Since they’ve already developed an awareness of individual self-care strengths and opportunities, this step allows them to create a personalized plan tailored to their needs.

For example, you could attend a strength-building exercise class to improve your physical strength, stamina, and mobility.

Phase 3: Maintenance Care
The third phase provides support for nurses as they implement their personalized health plans. Through an online member portal, nurses get easy access to restorative practices and resources on-demand. Nurses join a community of peers filled with support and opportunities for sustainable change.

For example, you could make a goal to engage and participate in the HNHN private Facebook group at least once a week.

“We know nurses are facing many challenges right now,” says Replenish at Work Co-founder Cathy Alvarez MA, BS, RN, HNB-BC. “What makes us unique is that we don’t prescribe wellness or identify what the nurses need, we help them connect with themselves and do a self-assessment so they can learn the best restorative actions for them.”

All programs are available in-person or virtually, ensuring flexibility to meet nurses where they are.

“With all the trials and demands we face as nurses, we need to be nourished and remember why we even came into this profession,” says Pam. “When we take care of ourselves, we take better care of our patients and colleagues.”

Incorporating Self-Care Into Any Moment
While Pam and Cathy’s program provides numerous resources to busy nurses, one of the most popular is a 5-minute self-compassion exercise. This clinician resource infuses mindfulness and kindness principles taught by self-compassion expert Dr. Kristin Neff. One of the reasons the exercise is so popular: It can be done within tiny pockets of the day.

We can embed micro-restorative practices [like these] into workflow routines to manage the emotional, physical, and mental demands we navigate daily,” says Pam. “It’s a way to reorient to what matters most and function with clarity, connection, and compassion at home and at work.”

Spreading the #HealthyNurse Message
Throughout the Replenish at Work Program for Nurses, Pam and Cathy often share wellness resources from Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation. They encourage nurses to reach out and find groups like HNHN to connect with other people who have similar needs and interests.

“We all have the answers we need as nurses, but sometimes we have to crowdsource and come together to find them,” says Pam.

The duo is also working on integrating the Replenish at Work curriculum into more nursing education programs. The goal is to teach new nurses self-restorative practices as early as possible, so they’re engrained in nurses’ routines throughout their careers.

“Nurses are facing demands and adversity that we’ve never faced before,” says Pam. “Self-compassion is so vital right now. Be kind to yourself on this journey.”
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