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EBMT 2020 Annual Meeting - Nurse care: self-care and leadership session

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Nurses Group - Tuesday 1 September, 09:30-10:30H, Auditorium 3

The profile of mindfulness therapy has increased rapidly over the past decade. Mindfulness is about paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and your surroundings, in order to improve your mental health.

The first part of this nurse care session on the last day of the congress will give participants an understanding of mindfulness, and ask how effective it is. “This will be achieved by presenting information on what mindfulness is and is not, as well as exploring various types of mindfulness practices,” explains presenter Dr Troy Chase, a clinical psychologist currently based at Maggie’s Centres, a charity providing free cancer support across the UK. “Participants will also be given an opportunity to truly understand mindfulness by taking part in two mindfulness exercises. Tips and tools will be provided for those interested in practising mindfulness themselves.”

An additional aim of this half of the session is to explore the literature investigating the effectiveness of mindfulness. Results will be presented from studies involving patients and their carers, as well as healthcare professionals, such as nurses. “Anecdotal reports suggest many benefits of mindfulness including better management of stress, reduction of anxiety and improved sleep, among others,” says Dr Chase. “Results from randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews will be presented to summarise the research findings on the use of mindfulness in various settings such as hospital wards and outpatient settings, and also on different populations such as 1-to-1, couples and groups.”

In the second half of this session, leadership will be addressed by Klara Kabatova, head nurse at the Hematology-Oncology Department, University Hospital Pilsen, Czech Republic. The concept of the meaning of the word management is not interpreted in a uniform way,” she explains. “Team leadership is one of the important functions of a manager, consisting of persuading and activating your employees in such a way that the set goals, plans and targets are met.”

Klara will discuss how one of the main tasks of the manager is to unblock and use the hidden abilities of their team members. A number of new methods, models and competences are currently emerging in management approaches, the common feature of which is the pursuit of greater independence and commitment of executives.

“It will be necessary to build brand new competence models to lead the 21st century work team. At present, society is undergoing extensive changes and a completely new society is gradually being established,” she explains. “They are new people with different demands on output, work commitment and quality of work. It will be necessary to create and set up new necessary competences, incentives and motivations for the establishment, retention and support of a quality work team. We will also need to set up a system of personnel strategy and to set clear and effective processes in organisational and corporate culture.”