Remember Your Mission
I graduated quite a few years ago. I work on a very busy med/surg unit and provide support as a charge nurse and preceptor. Bedside nursing is challenging on multiple levels- mental, physical and emotional. Coping mechanisms that I have developed over the years and have gotten me through this particular crisis include reaffirming my deep commitment to bedside nursing, acknowledging that change is inherent to nursing and remaining flexible, relying on my coworkers for help and support, and maintaining a work/life balance that I have found to work for me. Self care and compassion are big topics today in healthcare. We need to continue to work to teach new nurses that these things are important so that their mission of caring for others will not be impacted negatively. We also should help nurses develop an attitude which enables them to accept the constant changes that face them in the profession, whether it be a new policy, new equipment, new procedure, or new patient assignment.