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Nurses are Superhuman?

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Nurses are Superhuman?

I’ve heard people make the claim that nurses are superhuman. While it’s meant to be an empowering compliment, I think it actually does more harm than good.

I believe it removes the human factor from our role. It cultivates that mentality that nurses can’t make mistakes simply because they are nurses. That we can do anything in any situation.

I mean… You wouldn’t be able to get through nursing school if you messed up, right?

Wrong.

Turns out – nurses are human too. (Surprise, haha!) Just like anyone else, we make mistakes. Everyone does. Getting through nursing school, med school, pharmacy school, or physical therapy school, etc. doesn’t mean all of a sudden you’re above mistakes. The stakes are just higher.

Naturally, we don’t want to mess up and harm someone in the process. It makes sense. However, in this pursuit of avoiding error, we begin to set the bar at perfectionism. Somehow being perfect becomes the lowest acceptable standard.

Achieving this is impossible. When we inevitably mess up, either an identity crisis ensues, or we try to cover up our mistake because we couldn’t bare the thought of being one of “those nurses” who does something wrong. Nurses hide their mistakes out of fear of discipline and facing that realization that they are not the perfect nurse they thought they were.

It’s a pretty tough place to be, especially if you’ve made it a while without a mistake or if you’ve been hard on someone else who has.

Not only do patients suffer from mistakes themselves, but also from not reporting them. Processes can’t be perfected. Others may make the same mistakes but because no one is talking about it, the people in a position to address it are completely unaware.

A perfect track record does not mean someone is a successful nurse, much like growing in age does not mean someone has matured.

Honest nurse > “Perfect” nurse

You are not your mistakes. Mistakes are a byproduct of the learning process and being human. What matters more than the mistake itself is how you handle in the moment and how you view yourself going forward. Will you allow it to empower you to become better, or will it cripple you and break you down?

The beautiful thing is that we get to choose our response. We can say no to the negative thoughts that come up, allow the waves of emotions in the moment to calm, and intentionally choose how this situation will shape our character. We just need to own the narrative.

All the best,

Kati

 

Shared From Kati Fleber’s Blog FreshRN.com

Winter Assignment Tips

Whether you are in Washington, Alaska, Vermont or North Dakota you are bound to encounter snow this winter. If you are coming from a warmer state that doesn’t experience snow, you may not be prepared. We have put together a small list of things you can do to help make your assignment in winter wonderland a little bit easier.

#1.       Start your car before you leave

While you are getting ready, run out and start your car. Turn the defrost and heat on. This will help ensure you aren’t late to work. If you must scrape snow and ice off your windows, you could become late. Turning the defrost on early should help eliminate or greatly reduce that problem. Not only will you have clean windows, you will have a warm car to get into on the way to work. You don’t have to leave it running all morning, but 5-10 minutes before you leave will greatly help.

#2.       Keep a spare pair of boots in your vehicle

If you are going to work, chances are you are wearing your work shoes. It is always a good idea to keep a spare pair of winter/rubber boots in your vehicle in case you may need them. You may need them walking from the parking lot into your building or if you were to get stuck somewhere. It never hurts to be over prepared!

#3        Don’t forget your winterwear

If you are coming from a state that doesn’t get cold very often it may be hard to find winterwear to pack. (Winterwear would be gloves, hats, jackets, etc.) If you are in that situation, you can order online or buy when you get to your destination. If you are able to shop before you leave, don’t forget to pack them!

 

There are many ways you can prepare for your winter assignment. We hope these tips will help make your assignment a little bit easier and don’t forget to enjoy your time in your new destination!