Self Care


The purpose of this RIG is to advance the research and scholarship related to the practices, methods, theories, and outcomes in promoting self-care among nurses, healthcare providers, and patients. This RIG will address:

  • Self-care in health, wellness and well-being
  • Integrative and holistic self-care technologies
  • The impact of self-care for the inter-professional health care providers, educators and their students
  • The relationship and impact of self-care on symptom management and satisfaction of the patients and families the health care provider serves
  • The influence of self-care on the organizations in which nurses practice and study, their ability to work well together

Who Should Join?

Nurse scientists, clinical scholars and students with an interest and commitment to advance self-care research, scholarship, and clinical practice.

RIG Communication

Listserv address:
LinkedIn page:


Meet the RIG Leadership for 2019 – 2020


Linda Burdette, PhD, M.S.N., RN, APHN-BC
Assistant Dean, South Dakota State University


Carli Zegers, BSN, RN
Graduate Student, University of Nebraska Medical Center


Timiya Nolan, PhD, ANP-BC
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State UniversityGraduate Student

Past Chair

Lenette Jones, PhD, ACNS-BC, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan  

Grant Representative

Denise Hershey, PhD, RN, FNP-BC,
Associate Professor, Michigan State University

2019-2020 RIG Awards

The Self-Care RIG is proud to announce the following award opportunities to the RIG membership:

Please be sure to attend the RIG meeting at the 2020 Annual Research Conference to learn more about the award recipients. 

2018-2019 RIG Awards

Self Care:
New Investigator Award
Kathy Wright, PhD
The Ohio State University

Self Care:
Dissertation Award
Yuanlu Sun, PhD, RN
University of Missouri – St. Louis

Overall/Long Term Goals

Our goals are to explore self-care practices and the breadth, depth, and rigor of this emerging body of knowledge. The RIG will provide a forum for developing research and scholarship that is translatable for nurses and other health care professionals. The work of the section will also address the efficacy of self-care practice to improve student and nurse well-being, nurse workforce retention, patient health outcomes, and healthcare cost effectiveness. The section encourages networking among educators, researchers, clinicians and students


  1. Enhance RIG communication
  2. Identify potential collaborators within the RIG

Future/Three-year Plan…

  1. Prepare for guaranteed symposium in 2020
  2. Continue to offer RIG Awards
  3. Offer mentorship to those who are interested
  4. Recruit new members

RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Self Care RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Self Care RIG minutes from the 2019 Annual Research Conference
Self Care RIG minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference
Self Care RIG minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference
Self Care RIG minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference