Fellow Nursepreneur, Elizabeth Scala, has captured the nursing spirit again with her second book, Your Next Shift. This is a great read for any nurse, wether you have found your career bliss or are still searching.
Elizabeth Scala shares her own savvy advice while managing to tie in philosophies from great thinkers from Churchill to Green Day. Scala gives us a sneak peek into her personal reflections in which we easily can recognize our own struggles and fears.
Your Next Shift is not a blueprint for becoming someone else. Scala guides her fellow nurses through a journey of self awareness while sharing her steps to success, however you define it.
I recommend this book for every nurse that feels that there must be more to nursing, happy nurses that want to level-up their careers, and nurses that feel the call of a slightly different path.
-Carrie Sue Halsey
Nurses multitask. We are expected to be flexible. We accomplish more than any one person should be capable of achieving in twelve hours. We do it all with a smile on our face, at least most of the time. Behind the smile, our minds our often far from the bedside. We are thinking about the patient in another room, when pharmacy will tube up the medication that is late, whether our lunch buddy is back from eating, and the charting that needs to be finished from morning assessments. It is difficult to be truly present with the people that we provide care. There are many distractions for our attention and energy. Nursing is also an emotional career. Supporting, caring and healing people exposes nurses to intense emotion from patients, family and friends of the patient and the nurses own emotion. Stress, crazy workloads and intense emotions can be huge barriers to nurses having mindfulness at the bedside.
Three tips to put mindfulness in action at the bedside:
We will not always be able to be 100% mindful as a nurse. These three tips can help us be more mindful with our patients for their benefit and ours.