Building Resilience and Positivity
For me, keeping in mind that I make a difference every day, despite challenges, keeps me going. As nurses, we are privileged to have this opportunity to provide care to patients when they are at their most vulnerable and to make a difference in their lives.
As a faculty member and mentor, by respecting students and valuing their uniqueness, I believe I make a difference in their academic experience. Providing advocacy for and support to students can help them value themselves, cope with stress and increase their resilience. While some people are positive thinkers by nature, others are not.
When things are especially stressful, I try to focus on the positive-reminding myself of why I do the work I do, the love of family and friends, the gratitude of patients and students, and the beauty around me.
During these challenging times, it is easy to lose focus on things that are significant to you. However, it is important to remember that it is these values and experiences that can sustain you and enhance your resilience.
In my clinical practice, I have personally felt valued and more positive and resilient as a result of the positive feedback that the Medical Director provides regularly to the entire staff. Since we are working harder than ever due to COVID-19, it really helps us to keep going.