Nurse to Nurse: Find your Inspiration

Find your inspiration…

I encourage you to watch the documentary, In Case of Emergency, from filmmaker Carolyn Jones, and to read The Wisdom of Frontline Nurses Report: 14 Solutions.

Both connected me to purpose and renewed my pride in our profession. Here are a few caveats that came to mind that have helped me stay grounded and focused when I am feeling overwhelmed and distracted by negativity.

Consider the source. It’s easy to get pulled into discussions on social media or spend a lot of time tuned into the news. Stay updated from reputable sources; go right to the source. Read the studies and interpret the data and consult with trusted colleagues.

Practice gratitude. Consider starting or ending each day, recognizing/writing 3 things you are thankful for.

Use your voice. As nurses, we are educators, and we are trusted. Share the facts, focus on the evidence, and be honest about how much remains unknown about COVID-19.

Avoid engaging. While we can’t control the actions of others, we can control our own reactions.

Surround yourself with positive people. When you are presented with negativity, take a deep breath and listen. Often, that is enough. If not, see #4!

Escape. Make time for the things that bring you joy, whether it’s getting outside, reading a novel, or cooking something new. Self-care is more important than ever.

Look for the silver lining. For me, my college-aged kids returning home last spring gave us time together as a family that we would not have otherwise had. I will treasure the memories that we made during that time.

Smile. Even behind your mask ????

Say hello. Reach out to others, whether greeting them during your walk, making a call or text, or sending a note in the mail. Stay connected.