I look into the eyes of my student nurse for the light bulb moment. I look for some recognition that what I just said made sense. There it is! The excitement, the look of, “I’ve got it!” Then the flood of emotions from the student nurse, the curiosity, the “I want to jump in,” look.
I am happy to mentor student nurses, or precept them. There’s a saying in nursing, “Nurses eat their young.” I’ve never understood that concept. I believe it’s about attitude. The “I went through the initiation/tough love process and so should you.” Personally, I don’t find that helpful. It makes experienced nurses look mean, student nurses scared, and encourages antagonistic relationships between nurses themselves. Is that helpful? I don’t think so. It takes the caring and compassion out of nursing and a lousy environment to work in. his kind of work environment, be it in nursing or in the corporate world, really supports more bad behavior. Who wants to work in that kind of environment for 10, 12, or even 8 hours a day?
Now, let me take you into another environment. You go to work and you greet your fellow workers with respect. You work side by side as a team. You ask for help when you need it and you’re not criticized for it. You create a place to deliver good service and people smile. You’re motivated and productive and you can say you love your job.
Richard Branson is someone who inspires me to be better and to strive for more. He’s got some great tips in his blog post “Top 10 Tips for Success.” It seems Mr. Branson measures his success as more than in the boardroom and workplace. What about you?
What do you want your work life look like? I can think of a few ideas, respectful, camaraderie, leadership development.
I’d love to hear stories about your work place. Share your happy and sad stories and let’s have a conversation.
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