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Caring for the wounded healer - nurturing the self

Dunning, Trisha 2006, Caring for the wounded healer - nurturing the self, Journal of bodywork and movement therapies, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 251-260, doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2005.05.001.

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Title Caring for the wounded healer - nurturing the self
Author(s) Dunning, TrishaORCID iD for Dunning, Trisha orcid.org/0000-0002-0284-1706
Journal name Journal of bodywork and movement therapies
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 251
End page 260
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2006-10
ISSN 1360-8592
Keyword(s) self-care
wounded healer
Health professional
essential oils
aromatherapy
Summary Health professionals have to deal with a “wounded society”, for example, violence, natural disasters and displaced people. Shortage of health professional groups and the high use of complementary therapies may reflect professional wounds, such as stress and burnout. Self-care is an important aspect of health professionals’ lives, given modern-day work stressors that can affect an individual's physical, mental and spiritual health. Often people become healers through personal suffering. Each person wounded or not, needs to understand his or her own need to be nurtured, and develop and implement a self-care health programme. Personal and professional reflection are important to understanding the nature of events that lead to “wounds” and how they can be transcended and the experiences used in holistic care. Aromatherapy can be a useful addition to self-care especially in managing stress and minor self-limiting conditions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jbmt.2005.05.001
Field of Research 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004271

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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