March 18th, 2021

Bedside Registered Nurse

Especially during the pandemic I have discovered 2 things which have personally helped me to "survive peacefully" and allow me resiliency in my work. As a preceptor and a mentor to new nurses, I have shared this hoping it would positively influence others.
Most nurses who are passionate about what they do have very high expectations for their work. Those are the nurses who always love to give 110%. During this healthcare crisis this became a stumbling block for myself. As workflow patterns were forced to change to meet the new damands in my job, I was required to change my daily practice and the care I provided. Some of this care was to a different patient population than my normal. As I began to stress over the "safe though substandard care" I felt I was giving (substandard on the grading scale I had created for myself): I came to a realization which changed my thoughts entirely. I needed to extend GRACE to myself!! Yes, GRACE! I was working as a nurse during a pandemic and I needed to give myself permission to bend! I needed to realize that life as a bedside nurse was now different and prioriities were as well. Once I came to terms with this revelation and excused myself to "do the best that I could", then it would be all right. This totally changed my perspective. PLENTY of SLEEP was my second survival skill - it was imperitive to get my "battery recharged" with adequate rest to be able to face each shift.

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Hi Melissa:

Thanks for joining our conversation and sharing your experience. I think we all have had to learn to give ourselves some grace in these trying times.

I'd love to hear more about how the experience has changed the way you mentor new nurses and your approach to preceptorship. How do you help new nurses be more resilient and give themselves grace?

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