Think about the implications of spirituality and a patient’s beliefs on their well-being. Try to step out of your comfort zone the next time you’re with a patient and bring up the topic based on their openness to discuss it. Maybe you see an object in the room that has spiritual significance or something unfamiliar comes up. How can you use that to start a conversation?
Find a way to step out of the box during a shift and do something creative with your patients. How can you bring individual talent to enhance or compliment your nursing skills?
It’s always good to remind ourselves to make an effort in checking and double checking after taking an order for a patient; even while you’re in the midst of busy chaos. If something doesn’t seem right speak up! Also, try to talk more about what’s going on with your most severer patients. Much can change after report.
Write down a list of things you enjoy doing that help you to relax. What do you like reading, watching or listening to? Which engaging activities help you feel the most refreshed? Really think about it and every day pick something from the list and make some time for yourself.
During your next shift, make an effort to find out something special about one of your patients by asking them a question. It can be something simple about their background, what they enjoy doing or even their favorite food! Listen to them and be present with them.