When I was experiencing bullying at work, and I felt totally alone, I discovered that there were others who had faced a similar fate as me. I was not alone. There were other people in the “Blogosphere” who understood the feelings I was having and gave me advice, whether they knew they did or not, on how to face it.
Now I have the oppertunity to do the same for others. Because I stood on my little soapbox, and started talking, there are others who find me online and share with me, sometimes publicly, sometimes privately their frustrations, questions, and desires. It’s one of the most exhilarating and humbling experiences all at the same time.
My words have the ability to impact not just the patients that I am the bedside with, but a global community of nurses, and other people who are looking for answers to life’s longing questions. Just looking at my search terms I see that people do want to see what others have to say about the various issues effecting their lives. Some of these search terms sadden me greatly. “I Hate Being a Nurse” somehow brings people here. I’ve never once written that on this blog, but somehow that phrase gets people to my corner of the interenet. It must be in a comment somewhere, but regardless of the reasoning, I am glad it gets people here. Maybe they need to hear from someone else a way to help overcome the obstacles they are facing as a nurse. I hope that I can help someone, somewhere, who may be questioning their worth as a nurse or their reasoning for wanting to be a nurse. Hopefully help them see that they really do not hate being a nurse. What they likely hate is their current situation in nursing.
But that is the beauty of being a nurse. You can change your situation. There are a million and one different ways to practice nursing. But it is up to you to do it! There are so many possibilities and opportunities that we can take advantage of. Don’t find yourself hating what you do, get out there and do something different. Grab your scrubs by the waste band, get a good hold on those big-girl (or boy) panties, take a deep breath and make the plunge into a different challenge. The only person standing in your way of this is you!
If you don’t feel a connection with nursing with your local coworkers, then get online and find a connection with your global ones! I did and it has made all the difference!
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