Companions in Care receives $50,000 grant to help wellness packages for hospice, dwelling well being nurses

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Middle for Nursing lately granted $50,000 to Companions In Care to help growth of a program aimed toward rising wellness for hospice and residential well being nurses.

The ‘Look after the Caregivers’ program beginning at Companions In Care is a crucial initiative aimed toward rising the well-being of hospice and residential well being nurses, lowering burnout, and in the end enhancing affected person outcomes. This technique-level environmental intervention addresses the excessive ranges of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue skilled by nurses by providing a collection of inclusive wellness workshops and a wellness stipend.

These assets purpose to allow nurses to prioritize self-care and enhance their well-being actions to forestall the destructive influence of stress on their psychological and bodily well being.

“I’m past excited and grateful that Companions In Care has been chosen to obtain a grant from the Oregon Middle for Nursing. We are able to’t wait to start our venture – Look after the Caregivers: A Holistic Strategy to Wellness for Residence Well being and Hospice Nurses,” stated Jodi Bigness, BSN, RN, CHPN, Hospice Nursing Supervisor. “This can be a nice alternative for our nurses to be taught new methods to follow self-care whereas additionally bringing our groups collectively. I do know that caring for ourselves first can solely make us higher at caring for others, however generally all of us must be reminded of that.”

The venture’s implementation throughout 10,000 sq. miles of Central Oregon, together with low-income and rural areas with restricted well being care suppliers, emphasizes the venture’s important nature. Measured by way of employees engagement, attendance at workshops, and survey information from nurses, the venture’s success shall be assessed repeatedly, with suggestions collected to guage effectiveness and establish areas for enchancment.

By making a sustainable and supportive work surroundings, the Look after the Caregivers venture will enhance nurse well-being, scale back burnout, enhance affected person outcomes, and help the holistic wants of staff.

“Companions In Care acknowledges the essential position that our nursing employees performs in offering high quality care to sufferers and their households. We additionally acknowledge the numerous challenges that nurses face of their career, which may have a detrimental influence on their well being and well-being,” stated Greg Hagfors, CEO. “As a company, we’re dedicated to offering our nurses with the assets and help they should prioritize their well-being, each now and sooner or later.”

This grant was a part of a broader initiative by OCN aimed toward fostering nurse well-being in long-term care settings. Companions In Care nurses work wherever sufferers name dwelling, with many spending a lot of their time caring for sufferers in assisted dwelling, reminiscence care, and expert nursing amenities all through Central Oregon.

“The Oregon Middle for Nursing is thrilled to help these initiatives addressing the distinctive challenges this workforce inhabitants faces,” stated Jana Bitton, Government Director of OCN.

Be taught extra concerning the OCN RN Nicely-Being Challenge, a statewide wellness and psychological well being initiative for nursing employees, and previous grant-funded initiatives at A whole checklist of the 2023 funded initiatives is offered right here.

About Companions In Care

Companions In Care is a neighborhood, impartial, 501(c)(3) nonprofit group serving a ten,000 sq. mile area of Central Oregon. It’s now the main supplier of hospice, dwelling well being, and palliative care within the area, with over 200 employees members and over 150 volunteers. Along with group Hospice care in houses, amenities, and Hospice Home, Companions In Care additionally offers: Residence Well being within the affected person’s dwelling or care facility; Palliative Care symptom administration and help; a non-medical case administration program referred to as Transitions; and Grief Assist for adults and youngsters experiencing a loss. Be taught extra at

About The Oregon Middle for Nursing

The Oregon Middle for Nursing (OCN) is a nonprofit workforce middle working to advance the nursing career throughout Oregon. The group fulfills its mission of supporting “knowledgeable, well-prepared, various, and distinctive nursing professionals” by way of analysis, training, programming, and group partnerships. Established by nursing leaders in 2002, OCN is regarded by the Oregon state legislature as a frontrunner and advisor for nursing workforce points, together with well-being, job satisfaction, and retention. For extra details about the group and its programming, go to