It seems like I start so many articles on the topic of how hard of a job nursing can be. This is pretty much well known information, so I guess it goes without saying. But I believe that nurses appreciate recognition that what they do to bring home the bacon requires an extreme amount of patience, emotional strength, and intellect. Nursing is a career in which you are constantly working your body and your brain. This combination of mind and body power takes a lot out of a person and can leave many nurses feeling drained and depleted.
Even though nursing is a difficult career, with what can often seem like endless stressful encounters, there are some ways that nurses can combat these stressors and make being a nurse a much more enjoyable experience.
#1 Be Positive
One of the best ways that nurses can improve reduce their stress level and improve their overall mood is simply to remain positive. While you might be thinking That’s easier said than done, it’s really not. The majority of experiences you have in your life and reactions to conditions that you cannot control. But even though you can’t control these experiences somehow you manage to pull through it. We often forget that we have the ability to change our perception and therefor improve our overall happiness. This is especially true for nurses.
#2 Have a Hobby
I have met some many adults who have very little in the way of personal interests. I recall one nurse that I worked with who seemed so stressed at times. I once asked her what do you do for fun? She said something about her children. I asked her again, what she did for her and not her family and she just didn’t have an answer. Nurses like her often find themselves in caregiver-overload when then don’t take time out for themselves. So even though you should make sure that you make time for your family, you should also make sure that you make time for just you.
#3 Have Non-Nursing Friends
A nurse I work with often repeats to me Nursing is what I do, it’s not who I am. While I sometimes struggle with this distinction, she has a valid point. Nurses often get so wrapped up in nursing and caring for others that they forget that there is an entire world at there that is totally worth being a part of. I’m not saying you ditch your nursing friends, but it’s not a bad idea to associate with people who aren’t as comfortable around bodily fluids as you are. This might and a new level of normalcy to your life that you can grow to appreciate. Besides, you’ll be back to work before you know it and eating popcorn out of bedpans.
These are a few tips that I use to make sure that I’m not just surviving, but instead thriving as a nurse.
What are you doing to make sure you thrive?