Reframe Your Thinking About Your Nursing Career
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” – Marcel P Roust
It was a treat when I went to my daughter’s final basketball game yesterday; it was being played at a school where twelve years prior, I was the school nurse. Being a school nurse was some of the most enjoyable times spent in my nursing career and it was completely unexpected. Right after resigning my role as president and exiting the corporate world, a dear friend told me about this K-8 school that needed a nurse for several months. Would I be willing to help them out? I marveled how once again my career choice of being a nurse allowed me an opportunity to work and appreciate new settings.
What I enjoyed the most about this new experience was seeing the world through the eyes of many of the children I met. They were so open, honest, and heartfelt in their comments. Most of the time they only wanted a Band-Aid, ice pack or to take their temperature. Very rarely did they want their parents to come and pick them up from school. And the very young boys and girls never came in alone, they always had a friend that would walk them to the health office and sit by their side, holding their hand.
Being the school nurse, I was asked to participate as a judge for the science fair and to assist with some of the experiments. One of the funniest memories was when two fifth graders came into the health office and asked if I would assist them by taking blood pressures because they wanted to measure its physiological and emotional effects. John would be the subject and Eric would be the reporter. So, Eric asked me to take the first blood pressure reading while John was resting, then on the field after John had run the track for his blood pressure after exercising. Eric said for the last reading I would need to return to my office and he and John would meet me there later. After lunch, Eric and John came into the health office and Eric asked John to sit down. Eric proceeded to say, “John you know your dog, well your mom just called and… well it isn’t good news… Nurse Michelle, take his blood pressure now!”
And here I was, twelve years later watching my daughter play basketball with the daughter of that dear friend that said, “This school is in need of a nurse…”
Many times, in working with nurses that want to make a big change or try something new, I hear the question, “Can I really do this?” I show them how to look at themselves and their nursing experience with new eyes. We reframe their point of view objectively and see how so many of their skills transfer perfectly when becoming a business owner. There are unlimited opportunities and career alternatives available for nurses! We all need friends like Pooh when he told Christopher Robin, “You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think!”
This post was originally written in 2014 for my Unconventional Nurse® blog. A few months later and in another unexpected turn of events I found myself at the helm of the National Nurses in Business Association. Nurses seeking to travel the path of business ownership should recognize there is no need for them to go it alone. Nurses can tap into the collective expertise of NNBA’s nurses in business. www.NursesBusiness.com