Composed by Alyssa Barigian, Marketing Manager

May 6-12, 2017 is National Nurses Week! This year, the American Nurses Association is focusing on “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” To honor our nursing staff at Texas A&M University Student Health Services, we’ve decided to showcase their continuous hard work and unparalleled dedication to SHS! We’ve asked some of our nurses to tell us how they balance their mind, body, and spirit on a daily basis, at work and at home.

Diana Bigley, Licensed Vocational Nurse

Knowing that I am helping make a difference as students go through life-changing experiences of leaving home and for many, this being their first time away from home. Teaching them about self-care as they transition into a young adult. These are the things that keep me grounded. Knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of these young adults. Staying positive and being grateful helps with keeping me healthy in mind and body.

Joan Davis, Registered Nurse

I find that working part-time allows me to find the perfect balance between my professional and personal life. I enjoy the holistic approach to helping others, and working with college students is fun, challenging and rewarding. I am able to give my all to my patients but still have the time, energy and desire to devote to my family and outside interests. I have arranged my schedule so that I am able to meet the needs of my children by being there for them before and after school, being active in their school and extracurricular events, and doing my best to meet their physical and emotional needs. I also focus on spending quality time with my husband and connecting as a family. I make time for myself as well by going to the gym, volunteering at the animal shelter and sometimes just doing nothing so as to avoid feeling overwhelmed or being pulled in too many directions. I truly believe that a positive attitude is the key to how I approach my life. Not every day is a good day but I choose to be happy and try to have a positive impact on all those I encounter!

Nurses are a valuable asset of Student Health Services. Our nurses are compassionate, caring, understanding and respectful to our students. Nurses are the eyes and ears of the doctors and assist physicians in many ways. I appreciate their effort in patient care at SHS.

During this National Nurses Week 2017, we should honor our nurses at SHS. Here is Mahatma Gandhi’s quote to encourage our nurses to continue doing a great job to serve our Aggie students.

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.

Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.

Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.

– Dr. Bo Xuan, SHS Staff Physician

Rachel Doss, Registered Nurse

Currently, I am a full-time clinical nurse and also a part-time student, so I have a very full schedule.  It is important for me to balance my mind, body, and spirit.  I try to find time to rest each day, even if only for 10 or 15 minutes, where I walk outside and get some fresh air to relax.  I find that exercise can relieve stress and release tension, and I usually partake in cardiovascular exercise at least twice a week.  I enjoy running outside when the weather is nice.  I also love being by the water and find it to be a relaxing way to decompress.  I enjoy fishing and sailing.  I believe naps are good for the soul and love napping with my kitty, Daphne.  I do try to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.  I also try to keep everything in perspective and find the positives in any situation.

Tally Priesmeyer, Registered Nurse

As nurses, we are generally caregivers in our home life as well as our work life, this can lead to a routine of caring for others and not ourselves. In an effort to care for myself more, I make time for hobbies I enjoy, watch my diet, and attempt to get enough rest. Associating with positive people, cultivating mutually beneficial friendships, and staying focused on a positive, faithful life makes me grateful every day.

Karen Tamayo, Licensed Vocational Nurse

The ways I try to balance my mind, body, and spirit everyday with the students & myself at SHS is by remembering:

Mind – Remembering there is good in everyone, sometimes you just have to look a little deeper.

Body – My knees scream “help” but I avoid sitting for extended periods because this not only keeps me from getting “stowed up”, it also helps with patient flow (because it’s all about the patients/students).

Soul – I avoid negativity and try to find humor & laughter every day. Are my wrinkles from smiling too much?

The Divinity’s recipe for a Blessed Soul:

Love – Love people

Laugh – Laughter is good Medicine

Live – Live every day like it’s your last

Learn – Learn something every day