Here’s a collection of loose observations I made last week:
- People who lie or cheat believe that everyone else in the world does too.
- People who feel paralyzing guilt over a mistake they made believe they are the only one in the world who’s made one.
- Nursing students and new grads still believe in patient centered care and patient advocacy (Thanks Nurse2be for writing about one of my posts. I feel relevant).
- Precepting is an opportunity to develop a colleague I love to work with.
- I am a preceptor even when I don’t have an orientee. What do I teach coworkers about nursing culture through my nursing practice and behavior?
- A patient and I commiserated over frustrations with health care. I said, “I’d like to change it, but they won’t let me be queen.” He touched the ring on my left hand under the nitrile glove I wore, and said, “You have this ring; you’re somebody’s queen.”
- Nursing is my profession, but it does not define my entire life. Good shifts, bad shifts, when I leave the clinic I return to the life I create.
- It’s all about choices.