Do nurses ask for help? 

In my experience, not so much. What tends to happen is the following…

Charge Nurse: “Jane, do you need anything? How are you doing?”

Jane: “Fine. Nope, I am all good.” (While Jane may be silently drowning and desperately in need of help)

Why do we do this?
  • In my book, Stop Nurse Burnout, I speak of the lone ranger syndrome and our conditioning as nurses.
  • In this video, I talk about asking for help and how it can support your nursing career development.

What would you add to this discussion? Have you ever asked for help as a nurse? If so, what was the experience like? Did asking for help make your nursing career any easier, better, or some mixture of both? Let’s talk about it! Share a comment below and thanks for watching.

p1050390About the Author: Keynote speaker and virtual conference host, Elizabeth Scala MSN/MBA, RN, partners with hospitals, nursing schools, and nurse associations to transform the field of nursing from the inside out. As the host of the Nurse’s Week program, The Art of Nursing, Elizabeth supports nursing organizations in celebrating and recognizing their staff in a meaningful way. Elizabeth received her dual master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a certified coach and Reiki Master Teacher. Elizabeth lives in Maryland with her supportive husband and playful pit bull.