Have you ever had a brain full of ideas, multiple thoughts of excitement mulling around, but were afraid/scattered/unsure of where to start? Maybe you are so passionate about something, but it’s a touchy subject and you’re not exactly sure everyone will LOVE what you have to offer. That is EXACTLY how I feel right now.

I have multiple ideas/topics that I feel called to write/speak on right now but I feel scared.

I’m scared of rejection. I’m afraid of upsetting someone or pissing people off. I’m worried to lose support. But guess what? The only way to really ‘make it’ as a successful nurse entrepreneur is by being yourself. In fact, the only way to be a successful nurse (human being, really) is by being yourself. Let me point you to an excellent post I read today by a nurse blogger named Nachole Johnson.

Nachole wrote about a day as a nurse-preceptor, a day where she might have scared a nursing student out of nursing with her honesty. I read her article and my first reaction was: “BRAVO!” 

Bravo Nachole! There is no reason to hide behind a fake smile, no point in putting on a show to highlight our profession. Why lie? It doesn’t help you. It doesn’t help the nursing student. It doesn’t help the organization. It doesn’t help the patient. It helps no one.

Which brings me to another post I read today by Beth Boynton over on her blog, Confident Voices. Beth’s post talks about a stressful, frustrating experience with a patient that turned even worse when the nurse was not supported by the leadership and organization.

I loved Beth’s post for two reasons: one, it too was authentic. It didn’t sugar-coat the profession. It doesn’t make healthcare ‘look good’. In fact, if I read Beth’s post and was not in healthcare I would be appalled that these things are going on and shocked that this is what happens to healthcare staff.

The other reason I loved Beth’s post was it highlighted distraction. Just the flashing light ‘ALARM’ that was pulsing throughout the entire page was enough to make me have to read and re-read her article.

But this brings me to my own viewpoint, my own beliefs and values. This brings me to the part of my blog post that you may or may not enjoy. This brings me to where I am feeling ‘scared’.

I am presenting my platform here, standing strong in my beliefs. And yes, being me may piss some people off.

To me, the healthcare system doesn’t work. It’s broken. And it sucks. But guess what? The more we focus on what’s ‘wrong’ with healthcare; the more we get that. It is my belief that healthcare is in need of a serious shift. The only way something can shift is from the inside out.

I know I am going to get a lot of slack on this statement, but each individual must shift in order to shift healthcare. Over the next few weeks I am going to write to these points. I am going to present blog post by blog post, offering a new vision of healthcare.

I listened to a very interesting self-help audio yesterday. The speaker said that tribal shifts cannot occur because the individuals in the tribe are stuck in group think. The only way for any changes to happen is through one person at a time. One person shifts, gets out of the negative muck, and then others want the same and follow that role-models lead.

This is my approach to transforming healthcare. I am not going to try to fix any of the problems in the system. Some may think this is stupid, idiotic, and just plain dumb. I don’t care. I am going to ignore the problems and help shifts from the inside out.

One nurse at a time. One technician at a time. One physician at a time. One human being at a time. Whoever is ready and willing to change. Whoever is open and receptive to a new way. Whoever wants their lives, themselves, their own happiness and health to shift- then they can help shift the system.

I’m not focusing on problems. I’m offering solutions. How? Stay tuned each week as I present one way at a time. I will tell you this- I’ve decided to apply energy principles, universal laws, and appreciative attraction to healthcare.

Let’s see how it goes!

Thoughts? Comments? Reactions? I’m ready to hear from you- the good, the bad, and everything in between.

Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN

“I’m a Nurse, but I’m Not Sure I LOVE Nursing Anymore! Can You Help Me?”


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