When nurses become jaded and angry every day, what are they, and those around them, to do?
A new piece in NursesTogether.com says if you’re a jaded nurse, it’s time to reevaluate and ask yourself why you got into the profession, how you have made a difference so far, and what you love about nursing. If these answers are enough to remind you that you want to be a nurse, then reset your attitude and give it your best, columnist Stephanie Staples argues.
However, the column also prompts nurses to ask themselves in times of stress if you are giving the best care, bringing colleagues’ attitudes up or pulling them down with your attitude, and whether they have any energy or emotion left for family at the end of the day. These are certainly tough questions. Though some nurses might say that the answers depend on any given day, if you reevaluate yourself enough and realize that your job is detrimental to your health and happiness, as well as those around, you may have some tough decisions to make, says Staples.
The column urges nurses who are no longer happy at their jobs to move on. That’s a tough message, but Staples argues that unhappy nurses create ripple effects that affect not only colleagues in their units, but also patient satisfaction and safety. Unless you can overcome the challenges of nursing and ultimately come through with the same motivation that led you to join the profession, it may be time to move on.
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