Last month, I posted about an exceptional bus driver who takes such pride in and enjoys his career in such a way that it makes me smile on a daily basis.
Well, soon after I published that post my husband and I went out to dinner. We had this waitress, who at first, drove me batty. She was almost ‘too’ kind. Calling us ‘dears’ and taking a long time to share her opinions on the menu. I was feeling very hungry and irritable and just wanted my food.
The evening went on and by the end of it I was in a delightful mood, even saying to my husband “This woman LOVES her job. She takes such pride in what she does. I am enjoying her service.” She totally grew on me! Instead of making me more upset, or shifting to talking to us less after reading my negative vibes- she continued on to smile, talk to us and what happened was amazing.
Right before my own eyes- I felt 100% better. My mood was uplifted and I enjoyed her company. The smiles and chatter that I once thought were annoying were fun and upbeat. I started asking her questions about how long she worked there and how much she loved her career.
This made me think about our nursing practice. As nurse professionals, we experience difficult times in our nursing careers. Some patients are in bad moods; some family members yell at us; some providers snub us off. And we have a choice.
We can choose to allow their energy to impact how we feel. OR we can continue to stay grounded in how we feel and continue on with our upbeat, positive and cheerful nature.
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While our waitress was very nice, I was being a ‘Negative Nancy’. I was making little eye contact, rushing her along and giving her one-word responses. By the end of the meal, I was engaged and asking her questions. I was laughing, smiling and making good eye contact. My energy totally shifted as I felt and allowed her positive vibes to bring me to her level of joy.
You have a choice each day in your nursing career. You can let others bring you down or you can continue on being yourself and hoping that others see, feel and experience you in such a way that lifts them up. What will you do?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Leave a comment below. Thanks for reading and enjoy your health today.