Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Self fulfilling prophecy

I often have patients comment on my positive attitude. Most are surprised, and I have to admit that my attitude would not be as positive if I didn't try so hard to convince myself that it IS going to be a great day, and that I really am Darn Skippy :o)

I must also confess that my attitude has a lot to do with where I'm working. I truly love being in Pediatrics. Whether I'm taking care of all kids, a mix of adults and kids, or only adults (due to overflow from the other floors). My patient load is smaller, and I really feel as though I can provide the care that I would want my family member (or myself for that matter) to receive while in a vulnerable state. I've had patients cry (and almost make me cry with them), I've had them feel comfortable enough to share their frustrations with their health or other situations they are dealing with, I've had them yell at me, I've had them apologize, I've received hugs, and cards of appreciation.

So many times I leave a shift feeling as though I have failed in my duty to provide the emotional care that so many people need...but when I start out trying my hardest to have a positive attitude, everything seems to work out a little better.

Lately I've really enjoyed work. I'm blessed that I have someone to watch the boys that I trust completely, and that work has been flexible with me to pick up shifts when I need to.

I'm trying to stay positive, in light of recent events, in hopes that whatever comes my way will not totally derail me. My inner mantra is: just keep swimming, just keep swimming...all in hopes that I'll be able to keep my head above water and not just survive, but thrive.


Kristina P. said...

This post was much needed. Things at work have been really crazy and frustrating lately, and I have realized I need an attitude adjustment.

Missy said...

I imagine it would be hard to be positive when you are working with sick people, especially children. It takes a special person to be a nurse!

Ellis Family said...

I've always really appreciated the nurses I've had. They really make all the difference, much more than the doctor in my opinion! It sounds like you're a great one!

Ash said...

keep up the good work ;)


Thank you so much for the positive post. I needed a swift kick. For some reason there is a negative cloud hanging over the school right now due to proration. It was refreshing to be reminded why we should use positive energy and not waste our lives with negatives. Thanks for reminding me that my glass is half full....not half empty!

Cheeseboy said...

Isn't it great to have a rewarding job that you love? I feel the same as you about my job. I think it's terrific that you are able to do what you love. Hope it lasts.