As we grow up our older generations hand down to us the golden blueprint.
This blueprint consists of going to school to get good grades, to get that job which pays the bills, to be able to move out of home, find a partner, work our butt off, retire then die.
For most, it’s that traditional blueprint.
And there is nothing wrong with that…as long as it is what you WANT.
Like many people, I became a nurse because I felt called to it.
I was half way through a degree in business, not loving it but doing it because I wanted to ‘get a good job’.
I had a few friends who had started studying nursing and one day I went to the hospital to where they studied and worked (yes, there was a Nurses Residence) to visit them.
Walking through the front door of that huge hospital was pretty darn amazing.
People everywhere, patients, visitors, and staff…I felt compelled to join the throng of girls and guys in white (yes we had white uniforms).
After the weekend I went back to the College and swapped over to nursing…most of my friends and family thought I was crazy. But I did it anyway.
Being part of the nursing profession is so rewarding, really rewarding at times.
Over the years, and in the Nurse Power community, making a difference is where it begins and ends.
Every day you make a difference in the life of your patient, and they make it in yours. That smile or a simple thank you makes it all worth it. You feel like you have finally found that job… the one you are good at, making a difference…your purpose.
You work long hours, days, nights and weekends. You’re at work more than home because you are committed and a hard worker.
The thing is, after a while, you may realise that it doesn’t feel like it used to. Horizontal bullying, crap rosters and the joy of what you do fades a little.
It doesn’t mean you stop loving the patient care and making the difference.
It’s In The Balance
How do you find the balance without feeling the guilt of letting everyone else down?
Weighing up the ‘making a difference’ in others’ lives versus not being there for the ones you love.
It’s a tough one.
One we all know too well.
And this is where the focus on you needs to start.
Not in a selfish or self-centred way, but in a way, where you matter, where your feelings, wants and desires count.
Nursing is awesome and it really sucks at the same time.
Imagine for just a second being home with your family for when they wake? Kissing them good night, being there by their side when sick, even being there on Christmas morning as they run out with the excitement of all the goodies under the tree.
I recall I worked Christmas for the first ten years of my career…now I don’t have to do that because I have made a decision on what I want to do, who I want to be and no longer a statistic on a roster.
A Few Statistics
Over 30% of nurses in Australia will seriously experience wanting to leave the profession!
Read the results from Monash University Business School here
The latest research coming from the UK is even more dire.
Check out a recent article in the UK Huffington Post here ->
Is this you?
Overworked, exhausted, undervalued and at a loss at what to do next.
The struggle is real, the statistics tell us the numbers, and you may have personally had these thoughts yourself.
It takes a lot of energy to be in a place of confusion and not knowing what is the best solution for you.
Not only is there physical tiredness, it is the mental exhaustion of appearing like you have it all together, where in fact you’re not having fun, you’re not enjoying this space, and are looking to get out.
Intense workloads, let’s be honest, they have increased a LOT in recent years.
Feeling like there are system failures, management and colleague challenges, PLUS balancing family, kids and life.
What To Do About It – headline 2
It all about YOU!
What you want to do, who you want to be and making the change to bring that all together.
With that said, if you are feeling like this, you are not alone and there is something you can do about it.
Focus…yes focus on these questions.
What type of changer are you?
What do you really want to do?
It doesn’t have to be so drastic where you give away everything you have worked for.
It may be finding ‘that thing’ which lights your passion and gives you the confidence and balance you are looking for.Find out what type of changer you are and what will motivate you in your career and life. Click & Tweet!
Stop feeling stuck so that you CAN back yourself, focus on the right stuff and make the change.
Have the career, get the job, or start that business you have always dreamed of.
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