We hear this all the time. Nurses give so much of themselves, they forget themselves. As much as this is true, there are I'm sure many who manage to take time for themselves. They know how balance work, family, and etc. I know it is easier said than done. But the key is balance.
Keeping that harmony is hard to do. You have to re arrange your personal and professional life. New Year is a perfect time to re examine your priorities. For recollection as well as resolutions. We go through this every year and for the most part do we really keep up with it?
I posted this article last year and I am re posting it again with a few minor changes. These 5 new years resolutions will not cost you anything. As a matter of fact, you already have them. It's just a matter of rekindling and reminding yourselves that you, as a nurse, do have feelings capable of overcoming adversities that can come our way. And at the same time you know how to appreciate the joys of living.
1. Respect and Love. Respect one another. Each one has a story which is unique to each individual. As nurses, respect for cultural diversity improves patient care and outcomes. Treat everyone equally regardless of race, religion, economic status, etc., preserving integrity. At the same time, you should also have self respect in order to grow personally and professionally. With respect comes love, and love is a universal language.
2.Honesty. Honesty is the best policy. "Mas masarap ang tulog mo pag malinis ang konsiyensiya". "You sleep better at night with a clean conscience". A good night sleep makes for a better morning. a better outlook, a better person overall. Similarly, as a nurse, you hold the responsibility of providing the best patient care and exhibit accountability for your own judgment and action.
3. Honor. Honor your heritage and the elders. Always look back to where you came from. This allows for better understanding of yourself and how to move forward. Elders have done this plenty of times in the course of their lives. They hold knowledge which we can learn from. While doing patient care and the day becomes unbearable, take a moment to step back and do a simple task of feeding an elderly patient. This can somehow block your senses from all the chaos and at the same time, it reminds you of why you got into the profession. It's a feel good moment. Trust me.
4. Kindness. Be kind to one another. It conveys a giving behavior, pleasant nature, and genuine concern for others. It is a value we all grew up with. In a busy world that we live in, sometimes personal values are put to the side in order to keep up with the times. We have heard of random act of kindness. Let us join in the movement. It can benefit both givers and receivers with feelings of contentment and relaxation.
5. Karma. What goes around comes around. A cause and effect, action and reaction. Do unto others as one would want others to treat one self. It is a golden rule. This goes back to respect and love. Respect for human dignity and uniqueness of each individual. This might be the most challenging resolutions of all. Everyone does not believe in Karma, and I respect that. However, if you just find it in your heart to at least make the "world go around" one day at a time, is a favor we can do to yourself and society.
These 5 resolutions does not cost a penny. They are inflation - proof! Each one of us possess these traits. You might have to be put in some really tough situations to find out. And if you do find out, take a moment and use it wisely.
Last but not the least....Have fun ! Laughter is the best medicine. Take some time to laugh. Listen to a joke and laugh hysterically. What the heck...Tell a joke. I know I am so bad with delivering one. I always crack up laughing even before the punchline. But I still do it anyway. Then I find myself laughing by myself, while others look at me like , "OMG she's gone nuts". It's freaking hilarious!
"Manigong Bagong Taon !"..... Happy New Year !