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.
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.
Every day, I encounter people who do not seem to care about their health. They are prioritizing other aspects of their lives. I think we all do this to some extent and have to at times. As a nurse, I have found once people have a health crisis they finally start paying attention and prioritizing their health. Often, the damage is done, and it will be hard to undo the years of neglect. It is not that many people do not care about their health, but they are not aware health will be affected by daily actions from when you were feeling well.
Have you ever started a new job and felt no one liked you, or maybe, one person, in particular, had it out for you? I have been there myself and want to tell you how I have been able to solve this problem almost every time in my nursing career. This practice can work in many other professions as well, especially other healthcare professions. Some of these techniques will take time, patience, and persistence if you want to be successful.