Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Will The Real Slim Nursey, Please Stand Up

By Chiqui Raveloski

I am sure that most of you have heard of the term "Slim Shady". But for those who have not, listen up.
"Slim shady" is a term popularized by rapper/artist Eminem through his hit song "The Real Slim Shady" in the early 2000's. Slim shady is his alter ego....kinda, more like his villainous side. It is dark and rebellious.

Now, you are probably wondering why am I talking about "Slim Shady". As I was listening to Eminem during one of my leisurely afternoon rides, I cannot help but take on a different approach on the song. You know how it is when you read a book the 2nd or third time around . You find something new in the story line that made you more interested with the book all over again.

Well, the same thing happened to me when I heard the song once again. It seems to me that the term "Slim Shady" morphed into something even beautiful in my own eyes.  This time around, he's telling everyone to find  their "Slim Shady"  It means to embrace your rebellious side, to not care what anyone thinks.When you do this, you become one with your true self, rather than imitating someone else so you can blend in and work your way through the matrix. 

This is where it gets tricky.  The term rebellious now becomes ambiguous. It is now open to a different interpretation.

With this said, rebelling does not necessarily mean to be negative. You are rebelling from the norm, from yourself. Rebelling from the status quo brings great benefits. You start questioning authority, you think for yourself and form your own opinion. When this happens, it can help you achieve goals that you once thought you cannot do. It can serve as a positive compass....sort of as an inspiration. And when you're inspired, you are apt to do things that means something to you and you find meaning in what you are doing.

When you take a step back, you have the tendency to re-examine what you have become. If for any reason you start doubting what you have become, you can begin to make changes in your daily life, daily work habits, daily rituals to better find yourself once again. 

It is now time to find your Slim Nursey.

Let's take for example our profession as nurses. You know well as I do that this chosen profession of ours is very unique yet demanding. It requires so much of your mind, body, and spirit. The challenges we face everyday at work can easily drain and burn us out. When we get burned out, we lose ourselves, our identity, the true meaning of why we became nurses.

I truly believe that we became nurses because of our desire to care for people. Our patients become our inspiration. They give us the drive to make a difference. But, making a difference takes a back seat when work becomes hectic, and sometimes, you don't even have time for a break 

It is now time to take control of your life once again. It.s time to change the same music that has been playing in your head over and over again. Making changes in your life does not have to be drastic. You can do it slowly but surely. This way, it becomes a new habit that can create lasting positive changes in your life.

You can start by asking yourself every morning when you wake up. What is the one thing I can do today that can make a positive difference to me and the people around me? This is a great question to start off your day.I am sure you can come up with so many things, but start with the simplest one then work your way up.

Love and respect yourself. You hear this a lot, I know. But as a nurse, you give so much of yourself, you forget you. Not unless you learn to do this, you will miss the opportunity of experiencing love and respect from people around you.

My husband taught me, you always have a choice. It is a matter of choosing the right one for you. This is different for everyone. But I always choose my decisions that will produce positive effect for me and the people around me. 

When you choose to make a difference, you look for the positive in everything. Easier said than done! But, one thing you can do is not add to any more of the negativity. You become the center of hope and encouragement. You start to get motivated and you become inspiring to many. And when you inspire people, it can create a chain reaction capable of breaking barriers.

Always remember, it is the little things that make a world of difference. A smile, a helping hand, a caring heart you already have, a sincere touch. Nursing is all of these and more

Just like what Eminem said, "There is a Slim Shady in all of us".

So. all you Slim Nurseys out there, let's all stand up, fight for your rights, your patient's rights, and what you truly believe in - yourself..


















6 comments:

  1. Now this is a first. I love the Slim Shady reference here, and I've often gone against the grain.

    You're right that being a rebel doesn't necessarily have to take on a negative connotation. It can just be about something good, but outside of the norm.

    Great post.

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  2. Thanks Kevin,
    There's always a first time for everything.
    Have a great day.

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  3. Nice! Thoughtful and insightful - as usual :-)

    As a new nurse, mastering the routine and admin simply robbed the"nurse" part - overwhelming actually. I started noticing a nagging feeling of not something "not right". It was the nursing part.

    The "routine" is smoothing out, with little time-spaces I use to touch, talk and tackle advocacy issues. So satisfying - being a nurse, little by little.

    Just a few thoughts/feelings arising from your post. Thx.

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  4. Hi Rebekah,
    I know what you mean.I had the same feelings when I first became a floor nurse.
    It will come to you. You'll find your way through it all. You're smart.
    Take care of yourself and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. Great job, Miss Raveloski! You have delivered yet another insightful post that brings the reader into the mind of you, our favorite filipina nurse. Thanks for the wonderful submission!

    -M

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  6. Thanks a lot. You are too kind. Have a great day and take care.

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