3 Spiritual Principles for Nursing Graduates (New or Not)

by | Apr 15, 2014 | 4 comments

As a Spiritual Practice Nurse and student of universal law I reflect a lot on spiritual principles and energy tools. Nursing graduates, of any age- be it further from their graduation day or newly graduated- can benefit from theories grounded in spirituality.

So often this blog discusses how to be a healthy nurse, yet I often approach it from a more physical realm touching on concepts related to work life balance, physical exercises like Yoga practice or stress reduction in nursing. Today I am happy to cover some concepts that might be a bit more abstract in nature, yet are an integral part of being a holistically healthy well being.

This past weekend I was taking a shower and had an amazing revelation. The two places where I do my best thinking: in the car or taking a shower. Maybe it’s the silence. Perhaps it is the sounds of the methodical rhythm, either tires on pavement or water on tile. It could be because I am all alone. And when we are alone the mind tends to wander. Topic by topic, thought by thought.

So I was rubbing in some really awesome shampoo, getting a sudsy lather all going, when “YES!” It hit me like a ton of bricks. “I know what ‘my’ thing is!” (You see my business coach is always telling us to create our signature system, whether it be a product line, topic of presentation or that best-selling book).

Now my revelation is still in its infancy. And I won’t go into every detail here, because well then… what’s the fun of ruining the impending surprises? But what I will share with you is this, 3 Spiritual Principles for Nursing Graduates (and when I say Nursing Graduates I mean every single person out there reading who calls themselves ‘nurse’). Ready? Here we go:

  • Letting go clears space. Many of us are holding onto something. Tension. Stress. Resentments, fears, doubts or worries. Maybe anger or jealously towards another human being. Perhaps something we can’t even put a word to; it’s simply a feeling that we are tight. Full. There’s no room to breathe. And that’s just it. The breath can teach you so much. We release what we no longer need. Making space for what’s fresh and new. Practice as often as possible a gentle form of release. Let go and make room.
  • Focusing on appreciation and gratitude brings joy. Once you have cleared a space you are can enjoy the freedom that invites. There is more room to breathe, grow and heal. Energy flows where attention goes. If you want more joy, peace and love in your life then it is time to feel those emotions fully. Smile as often as you can. Laugh at everything that makes you feel good. Find simple pleasures throughout your day. Take notice of what you appreciate and focus as often as you can on the gratitude of life.
  • The Ying and Yang of the two creates room for self. So you have let go and you have filled up. This beautiful balance is allowing you to find the authentic self. The best way to enjoy your life is to live it as you. It is safe to express yourself. Your values, beliefs and desires are valid. As you practice releasing and allowing life gets easier, moment by moment. The more you are yourself, the easier it is to feel contently calm. Life is not about adding more in and on to who you are; it is about getting back to the true you.

So how can this help nursing graduates? Well, really these spiritual principles can help any human being. Nurses are no different from an other person on this planet. We have just identified ourselves because of a professional role.

And then you can take it one step further.

What about my nursing practice can I release? Are there areas that are stressing me out? Where might I be holding on too tightly, creating tension and turmoil? As a nurse, how can I focus on the parts of my profession that I appreciate? What about my work am I truly grateful for? How can I be the best nurse (me) I can be? And what does being ‘me’ mean as a nurse?

No two nurses are the same. Being you helps you be the best nurse you can be.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share a comment, question or reflection below. Thank you for reading and enjoy the day!

4 Comments

  1. Barbara Byrne Notte

    Sounds like Martha Rogers’ theory of Nursing being the Science of Unitary Beings. Recognizing how we are so interconnected with our environment it affects us or we affect it.

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    • Elizabeth Scala

      Thank you, Barbara. Enjoy the day!

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  2. lifecoachrn

    Really great article Elizabeth! All of your points were excellent advice. We need to breathe, be grateful and be ourselves. I believe we reach our potential when we incorporate the spiritual aspects of life and career.

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    • Elizabeth Scala

      Thanks for coming by Naomi. I appreciate you taking time to share a comment. Enjoy the day, Elizabeth

      Reply

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