Narrative Nursing

A Moment to Celebrate!

It’s the time of the year when our thoughts naturally turn to resolutions – things we want to do better next year. Promises and vows. All that good stuff.

But I’d like you to set some time aside right now for a different look back at 2015 – and forward at 2016.

I’d like you to take a moment and think of a few things you did really, really well.

I know, nurses are typically really, really humble. I think it might go along with a caregiving, compassionate personality type that’s seems to be often drawn to the sacred field of nursing. Nurses aren’t usually the ones who want to make a name for themselves. Rather, they’re the ones who get their satisfaction from a job well done. Oh, you may immediately begin to think of all the things you’ve not done well, but I’m going to ask you to please stop. Take a breath. Then, think of one thing you did this year that you know you did very, very well. Even something simple. Then string it together with another thing, then another. Come on… you can do this!

123015 - imageSome things you are especially proud to have been a part of.

Ways you contributed to making life better.

Something you already know you will get to be proud of next year.

A single moment where you know you were giving it your very best.

A person who had a better day because you were there.

You, faithful nurse reader, have done things well in 2015.

So, let’s take this idea of a job well done. We all want to do good. We all strive to do the best we can. And often? We succeed! When this happens, it’s a time for recognition. And celebration. And sharing.

Please share a few lines of something you’ve done and that you’re proud of. This is not bragging. Please! This is just taking a moment to recognize that you are accomplishing your goals…that you are, indeed, a quality caregiver. And that you deserve to be proud of the job you’ve done.

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