Being happy and fulfilled as a nurse is a big issue I see when I talk with other nurses. I have thought about this topic a lot over my nursing career and have some ideas that may be useful for you to ponder. I have had my ups and downs when it comes to happiness in my nursing career just like every nurse does. At this point in my career, I am the happiest and most fulfilled I have ever been, but there is still quite a long journey ahead. Some nurses choose to give up at a certain point and get frustrated, and some journey on and try to figure it out. I have chosen to journey on, and I want to do my best to show you how I got over the mountaintop to get clarity on where I wanted my nursing career to go.
Healthcare change is something I am a strong proponent of. Currently, healthcare consumes almost one-fifth of the GDP (gross domestic product) of the United States. Our healthcare system for the United States ranked eleven out of eleven, and yet we spend twice as much per person as most of the other countries. Something is wrong with the way we are delivering healthcare and the value we are bringing to the patient.
Every day I see nurses who exhibit signs of being burned out. They may show up late, are not engaged in their work, have a poor attitude, are not team players, and are showing signs that they have lost that fire they once had for patient care shortly after graduating from nursing school. I believe all nurses at their core want the best for their patients and is the main reason they entered nursing in the first place. However, many nurses find after a few years they lose this passion for the profession and find themselves dreading every day they must go to work.
The topic of fertility has been a higher priority lately. As you may know, I have a son who is now fourteen months, and my wife and I are looking to get pregnant with our second child. We have been trying now for about four months to get pregnant with no luck so far. I am a firm believer in giving your body what it needs to perform its natural biology and that God has a perfect time for this little miracle to take place. I have been reminded of God’s timing on many occasions in my life, and I am sure this will not be the last time.
I have been on a hiatus recently and can think of a million reasons why I have not been able to consistently create new content. I read a recent article on The Art of Manliness where they mention, “you are your morning routine.” This got me to thinking about my current morning routine and how it has become a disarray over the past six months.
Flexible spending accounts (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) are two employer-sponsored plans nurses can use to reduce their income tax liability and pay for related medical expenses. This article focuses on how these plans can improve your health. If you need an article explaining the differences between an FSA and HSA you can find that here. I have an FSA and will be writing about my experience with this program and how it can be beneficial to your health as a nurse.
As I have gotten older and become more knowledgeable in natural health, I have wanted to approach my health from a more natural and holistic standpoint. Not to say your normal conventional MD does not have a place. I have found that the first thing I want to do is better my health with the interventions I have control over, and that carry very little risk. Such as nutrition, functional labs, supplements when necessary, and exercise.
I have been struggling with having a mind that is full most of my adult life. I am sure you can relate to this. Do you have times where you seem to be on autopilot, and not really noticing what is going on around you? Maybe after a long hard day at work, you arrive home and recall very little about your trip home. Or you go for a walk outside with your child, and you do not notice anything about the scenery since your mind is cluttered with worries about the past and the future. You may sit down to eat your favorite healthy snack, and you hardly enjoyed the taste of a single bite.
Next week I will be finished with my first graduate nursing class. I put in a few months ago to be off during my final exams week. It turns out the course is ending before my week off.
I thought about working that week to save up my annual leave for baby number two around the end of this year or early next year. My wife is not pregnant yet, but we are hoping that happens fairly quickly once we start trying. Baby number one(Asher) can still demand a lot of attention at times. It is overwhelming for my wife to consider being pregnant while meeting Asher’s needs at this point.