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Re-Engage Your Passion for Nursing

Re-Engage Your Passion for Nursing

Laura Wisniewski | Nursing Voice

Stop waiting to be rescued

A frequent cry heard from nurses is that the hospital administration or government should do something about the problems in nursing. Nurses comprise the largest group of healthcare professionals. There are 2.5 million nurses in the United States. Yet the majority of nurses remain silent.A large part of the problem is that nurses are too busy fighting amongst themselves. Lateral violence or “eating our young” has been a well documented phenomenon in nursing for many years. In the UK the term bullying is used to describe this issue. Stop the trend by refusing to participate! Some nurses have succumb to the scarcity model of thinking, with the belief is that there is not enough of the pie to go around. In contrast the by embracing the abundance model model of thinking , we make the pie bigger.

Gather Information

What are you currently reading? Are you reading? Educate yourself about the issues effecting nursing. What are the regulatory, financial and technological trends driving your practice? Technical information is critical to staying abreast of changes in your field. However, balance studying the science of nursing with the art of nursing. The intrinsic value that nurses offer patients is what makes nursing truly different from all other healthcare specialties.

The fastest way to become an expert in your field is to read an hour a day. Spend time learning about career trends and options. Are you prepared for the sudden shifts that lie ahead? To become truly informed read about trends in fields outside of nursing and healthcare.

This is the information age. Are you comfortable with technology and finding information on the internet? The internet literally puts the world at your fingertips. Nursing is knowledge work. That knowledge is evolving at a mind boggling pace. Don’t be left behind. Learn to use search engines and databases. Network with other nurses of similar interests on the Internet.

Listen to encouraging voices

It is just as important to feed your spirit as it is to feed your mind. Combat the negative noise and pessimism with optimistic solution oriented information. There is an ever growing group of nurses that want to help improve the current situation in healthcare. They can be found everywhere… in books and journals, on the internet, nursing organizations and perhaps working next to you.

Negative speaking and thinking are habits. Over time these habits can be replaced with positive ones. It takes time and practice. When you speak optimistically about the future of nursing, the first person to hear your words is you. This is not meant to offer an over simplistic solution to the problems facing nursing, simply a starting point.

The Challenge

It has been said that knowledge is power…however application of knowledge by taking action is the only real power. Begin with your own career. You will start affecting those around you. Leadership is not a position. It is the act of setting an example through our actions. All nurses are leaders. Start a ripple effect where you work and in your nursing organizations. Tap back into why you became a nurse and help those around you do the same. When enough nurses reengage in nursing, it will create a tipping point and healthcare will be forever changed for the better.


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    AD you're probably in the wrong place. Quit. But find another job first. Think of the rotation you liked best and try to land a position in that area. If you don't like that, try again. Beware that job hopping is frowned on but who gives a d***? Try to get a solid year in somewhere and maybe try travel nursing. One thing about it - do your 13 weeks and head out somewhere else. Good luck whatever you do.

    30 years - 30 L-O-O-O-O-O-N-G-G years. Oh well.

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    Yep - start that job hunt again - and do not worry - even the jobs you hate you will learn something from. You will eventually run into something you love to do! It helps if you can figure out what you do like to do - what you don't like to do - and what you will not do! No sense in applying in psych if you hate schizophrenics or addicted persons. On the other hand, if you really enjoyed the ED during your clinical experience in school, then apply at urgent care facilities or the ED closest to you.

    Good luck to you! You are already ahead of the game by not staying somewhere you are not happy! Good choice!

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    I really needed this today. I'm a new grad (4/09), I remember how exciting that was and how badly I wanted a job. Finally in June, I started my 1st nursing job...well I'm 2 months in, and I can't stand it!! It's only 3 days a week, but I DREAD those 3 days. It was a long road getting to that dream, and in matter of only 2 months, it's being destroyed. :-( Guess it's time to start the job hunt again. *sigh*

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