Negative Nursing Environments? Solutions to Uplift Nurses!I was emailed by a nurse who had subscribed to my email newsletter, after finding my books on Amazon. What a treat to receive a note from this nurse from the cyberspace connection. To keep her privacy, I have not shared any names and am only editing some of this email for personal content. Here is what she asked me:

“In my soul, I was born a nurse, but I only have almost 2 years experience as a practicing registered nurse.  I started out in hospice which I loved as hospice work and spiritual based nursing  is in my soul as well.  I left my hospice job because of the lack of support from my clinical team. The environment I was working in was very negative and draining.  Since then I’ve taken two other jobs and now working for a skilled nursing facility in a retirement community. I started this job very optimistic and hopeful…..then last week I was completely washed over with negativity.  I try to ground myself while I’m at work, but it’s just so overwhelming.  I started to use the techniques and change of mind thought last week that you taught in your video, but I still really need to practice… Is there anything you can recommend?”

I LOVE getting emails like this! I completely enjoy helping nurses out when the workplaces feel negative and uninspiring. No one wants to go into a job like that! And yes… this nurse is certainly right on. When a negative colleague rubs us the wrong way, it can certainly be tough to shake that energy.

I have a few suggestions and a fun video to share, to help you uplift your nursing career and decrease the negativity and overwhelm in your work environment. Here we go…

  1. First off, if it is really, really (really) bad- think about leaving. You cannot stay in a negative workplace that there is no hopes of changing. If the colleagues, supervisors, or anything about your nursing job that is not going to shift and completely dragging you down- then it might be time for a new role.
  2. Once you decide if a change is for you or not, then you have to make a conscious choice to shift yourself. I’ve said this before in previous posts- we cannot change other people. Sure, we can coach them. Educate them. Talk to them. Council, provide guidance- whatever. But an adult human being is going to do what an adult human being wants to do. I’ve learned this through my education as a health and wellness coach. I’ve learned this in my personal life as my little ‘healthy hints’ on questions about healthy behaviors to my husband fall flat on my face.
  3. The next step is in the video below. Hint- it’s about how to shift your thinking and focus. What we pay attention to, grows in size. So, if we focus on what we don’t want in our nursing jobs… guess what we’re going to get? That’s right! Check out the quick video for the rest of the steps to uplift your nursing career.

What did we miss? I’d love to hear about how you have shifted your focus in the workplace in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN; Founder of Nursing from WithinAbout the Author: As a keynote speaker, bestselling author and virtual conference host, Elizabeth partners with hospitals, organizations, associations, and nursing groups to help transform the field of nursing from the inside out. During the National Nurse’s Week online conference, ‘The Art of Nursing‘, Elizabeth supports nurses in achieving professional goals of continued learning and development. Click here to find out more about how The Art of Nursing appreciates and celebrates our profession in a meaningful way.


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