Friday, March 07, 2014

Nurse Keith's Messages For Nurses

Many of you are aware that I'm the resident blogger for Recently, I've written a four-week series of "messages" for nurses, and I'm so pleased with the results that I'd like to share them with the readers of Digital Doorway.


"A Message to the Nurse's Heart"

This post is all about your heart. Here's an excerpt:
Nursing can be a great profession that fulfills our hearts and uplifts our spirits, but it can also be a profession that beats us down and wears us out. Our careers can be a mixed bag, and we have to care for ourselves in order to not burn to a crisp, becoming a cynical, calloused and crusty nurse who loses touch with his or her compassionate heart.
 To read more, click here


 "A Message to the Nurse's Head"

This post is, of course, all about your head. 
If your heart has indeed been bruised or wounded in the course of your nursing career, what’s happened to your head, nurses? What ideas are floating around in there that aren’t good for you? What messages have you taken on that need to be unchained and released? What beliefs about yourself have you internalized?
To read more, click here.


"A Message to the Nurse's Soul"

The nurse's soul needs attention, too. 
So, what about your soul can you not find in a book? Nurse, how do you care for your soul? Nursing is not an easy job, and no one ever said it would be. How do you keep your soul, your spirit, afloat so that your job doesn’t eat you alive?

To read the entire post, click here.


"A Message to the Nurse's Gut"

Our intuition is very powerful, yet we often overlook it or dismiss it.
As a nurse, you need to trust your intuition—your gut—most of the time. You walk into a room and look at your patient and something in the room just doesn’t feel right. You can’t put your finger on it, but a “gut feeling” tells you that there’s something amiss. There may be no outward signs of anything wrong, but your “Spidey Sense” is tingling, and not five minutes later the patient is bleeding out and you’re right on it because you were expecting the sh*t to hit the fan (but you just don’t know how you knew).
This post can be read in its entirety here.


Summing Up

I'm actually thrilled with this series, and while I believe there is much more to say, I believe that these four posts are a great "appetizer" of food for thought.

What do you think and feel? Do you want to give more attention to your heart, your head, your soul, or your gut? Or do you want to honor them all?

I'd love to know what you think, so please leave a comment below!

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