Why Am I Still a Nurse Anyway? Part 2 of 2

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 4th, 2012

How often do you reminisce about your caring moments as a nurse? Scribble them down in a spiral notebook or journal as they come to you. It doesn’t have to be fancy or well written. (Your English teacher will never grade it.) Read your stories often. Share them with others, verbally even when the opportunity presents itself. 

Many nurses have told me that, to begin their shifts with inspiration and hope, they together read a story from Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul. That is a great idea. (Of course!) Another one equally great or better is to share your own true stories at this time. One hospital I work with calls these “Heart Moments.”

At other hospitals where I do retention events, I learned they created their own book of stories written by staff. What a great way to boost morale and retention!

Still other hospitals have “Best Story” contests.  What a wonderful way to engage employees as each department gathers and chooses the top stories from their unit. Sometimes I may be the final judge, then a prize is given to the individual or department with the “Best Story.” Some have different categories (funniest, most compassionate, etc.) and multiple winners are awarded.

While some people might say, “We don’t have time for this,” I submit that we must take time… make time… to enrich our spirits and soothe our souls and reignite our passion for nursing. We answered the calling to care. Our stories prove the privilege we have to literally touch and save lives. That is surely the highest calling of all.

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