This month I want to focus on why nursing is no longer attracting people to remain in the industry. Well, I believe the publicity nurses are receiving may not be doing them any favours. Why? Well, why would you go into a career that is telling you it is underpaid, over worked and burnt out and while all of this is true, it is hardly a good advertisement for a good career option is it?
All we hear in the news and on Facebook is all the negative things around nursing. There is nothing that tells people about the good things a career in nursing offers. The job satisfaction of seeing people get well, the amazing progress health science is making in health of all, how rewarding it is to be thanked for the loving care you have given them, the gratitude of those receiving care…. The list can go on.
I know I am a bit of a Pollyanna but there are so many good things about being a nurse. However, if we read facebook forums listen to the media and unions that is not the message that is getting out. Maybe if we started focusing on all the great things a career in nursing can offer, then maybe not only will people be attracted to profession but will also change the energy that is currently infesting the industry. The more people that find the positives about nursing, the more people will be available to fill the gaps in numbers and want to stay nursing.
Nursing has so many options. They are not all in the public sector where most of the negative comments seem to be coming from. However, I do believe that an extended period of public sector nursing does give nurses the skills to branch out into other areas.
I talk to a lot of people around the country for Care Training Online. At times they have empty beds and their owners put pressure on them to get them filled, and I understand how important it is to keep the business running. What I tell them, is what you focus on, the energy will follow. So, if you are focusing on the empty beds being empty then they will remain so, but if you focus on getting them filled, then they begin to fill. Doing nothing and expecting people to come to you, just doesn’t work. Negative energy creates negative outcomes. You would be surprised how many people begin to fill their beds after they get to understand this principle.
The thing is, you must never give up talking up your facility or your profession. Yes, I know at times, it can get you down and you don’t feel like you’re making any progress but you just keep pushing on it will eventually change. I wouldn’t have a business if I didn’t keep calling people and talking to them about Care Training Online. New manager and owners come and go all the time. If I don’t keep up talking to your potential customers, they don’t know what is available for them.- they won’t know they have something that may be a better option for them..
So, my message to you this month is GET OUT AND GET SEEN. Be the squeaky wheel that gets oiled and DON’T GIVE UP. I’ll conclude with one of Winston Churchill’s famous quotes:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
“Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.
So never give up. Success will come if you keep going and focus on the good things about nursing, about your facility about life.