It burns me to my core. I sometimes lie awake at night, thinking of ways to make it better. This thing, is a huge part of the reason, I wanted to leave my profession. How many of you LOVE your job? How many of you see the changes that need to be made in your workplace, but you do not know where to start? I know for sure I’m raising my hand! I did not chose nursing because it was some life-long goal of mine (absolutely not), it chose me. Here’s why. I have the biggest desire to help as many people as I humanly can. Being a nurse, I am an advocate, advisor, plumber, maintenance girl, therapist, pretty much I am everything for each and every patient that walks through our door, from the Emergency department, to inpatient, to finally discharge.
Most hospitals around the globe are aiming for bigger and better every waking moment they have. Better patient satisfaction scores, more money, save money, more money, that’s the name of the game. Everything is a business nowadays, I get it. But the one thing that keeps me up at night, is how am I treating people, how am I making every single human I come in contact with feel loved and special. Yes a few think I am crazy, but that’s okay. Yes, we all need to keep food on our tables, and doors open to our facilities, but we cannot forget about the people who spend most of their waking time being in the front line, the face of your organization. Our staff, partners, teammates, or whichever term you use for your organization/business is there to make a few coins for their families first and foremost. How many passionate co-workers do you know? The question is, how do you get most to care about your new initiatives and your mission just as much as you do? All I know is that each individual, in every single department in your workplace matters. A system works best when all it’s parts work together in a cohesive, intentional manner. So if your system is not working, it’s time to look inward. The best leaders understand the importance of relationships and transparency. You want something done right? Well you yourself, must be living out in pure example what you want your partners to exude. You might be the only one trying to make a difference, that’s quite alright. Spend every waking moment making sure not just your consumers are taken cared of, but also creating a culture of compassion, enthusiasm and continuous appreciation for your teammates. Everyone has to have job, I just wish more of us did not settle for mediocrity and stay in jobs that do not make our insides scream everyday. Be the lone star that makes everyone around you feel appreciated, you never know who truly needs that “hello how are you today?”