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02-24-2008, 04:49 PM
Be careful here--this is Christian stuff following.

Well, I reckon (that's my Alabama talking) I am going to start my own little prayer meeting over here on this thread. If someone reads--they do, if they don't then that is fine too. My job is to plant a seed of encouragement.

I just have an overwhelming need to encourage people on this board and for two days I have been trying to figure out how to do that with Christ. I can't do it. So, Here is a new thread-and an uplifting story for nurses.

Rest and Relaxation

(Mark 6:31 NIV) Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even get a chance to eat, He said to them, “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Florence Nightingale once said, “Women never have a half-hour in all their lives (except before or after anybody is up in the house) that hey can call their own, without fear of offending or of hurting someone. Why do people sit up so late, or more rarely get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves” (1852)

Working for the weekend usually takes on a whole new meaning when you are a nurse administrator. You may end up working all the weekend. But take heart and take days off. Yes, this job is demanding and yes it is 24 hours a day of responsibility, but you must be able to leave the facility and have some fun. You must be able to rest.

One of the most important things you will do is to be able to trust your Assistant Director or another RN to take over. After you have been in your position for a while you should have all your team in place so that when you are away the place just runs on autopilot.

Pass the beeper on to them, turn off your cell phone and go do your thing. Do this often enough that you can be refreshed and renewed or you will burn out. You have got to have time for you. You have got to have rest.

This is where smart delegation comes in. When Jesus went away alone to pray, the disciples took over and He knew that the gathering crowds were taken care of. The same principle applies to you. If you have been in your position for at least 6 months to a year then you probably already have your administrative nursing team in place. If you are just starting out then this must be one of your primary goals. Getting the right people on your team and in the right position will be vital to your success as a leader.

You are the leader, the head of state, so to speak. And the buck stops with you, but you need to make sure that when you need to be away that you can trust your nursing administration staff to carry on just like you were there. They need to be confident in making decisions that they know you would approve of.

You will need a good secretary and a good ‘right hand’. When you have your team in place then you can leave for a few days to refresh and renew your mind, body and spirit and not have to worry about the facility falling apart while you are gone. This takes planning on your part and it also takes the ability to tap into the talents and abilities of your staff and getting the right person in the right job.

You may have family obligations as well as job responsibilities and balancing these takes talent. What you must remember is to take time for you. Take care of yourself, and part of taking care of your self is allowing time for your self for rest and for fun. Do something different, do things you enjoy, take up a hobby or a craft. Get away and get your mind off of nursing if just for one day. You will come back to work refreshed and with a clear perspective. Take time for you.

Lord Jesus, help me to remember that I need rest and I need relaxation. Help me to take good care of myself, emotionally, physically and spiritually so that I can accomplish the task before me. Thank You for helping me to know when I need time for myself. In your Precious Holy Name I pray, Amen.

Go Play. Really, just go play!!

02-27-2008, 08:34 AM
A little nursing history:
Florence Nightingale once wrote in a letter to a colleague, "But by the Spirit with which we come out of trials, we know Whose Spirit and strength we went into them"

Remember why you went into nursing and why you wanted to be a nurse. Always remember why. Nursing is not just a job it is a way of life. Serve it well. God Speed.

02-27-2008, 10:03 AM
Thank you, Angela, for posting.

Are you willing to move this encouraging thread away from this General Nursing Topic area to the more generalized Breakroom? While your thread has applicability in the profession of nursing, it also provides opportunity for quiet reflection. I would hate to see either the good management tips or the thought-provoking raison d'etre lost within the more rapidly changing General Nursing Topics.

Thanks again for causing me to stop awhile and think.


02-28-2008, 08:38 AM
Don't know how to move it.:flowers:

02-28-2008, 08:44 AM
Shane, the forum administrator, is responsible for the orderly workings of this forum. He can move your very pleasant thread for you. All you have to do is ask him. He is a generous and kind fellow. He once very graciously agreed to delete one of my posts when I emailed him about it.


03-05-2008, 12:00 PM
I don’t know how God is accepted into your workplace, but I do know that you can make the difference in how He works in your workplace. In my position as Director of Nursing I was blessed to have a liberal policy concerning God. We welcomed church groups and preachers on a regular basis to minister to our patients. We had no restrictions placed on God. I know things are changing for the worse in some workplaces and that any talk of Christ may be restricted. I pray that you are blessed by many other Christians on your team.

My nurses and I prayed together many times over many different circumstances. We had to go to the state one time for a dispute resolution. My infection control nurse went with us. Ada is one of the most honestly faithful Christians I have ever known. She is also one of the best nurses I have ever known. Just knowing her was a blessing to my life.

On the trip to the State offices she fasted and prayed the entire way down to the capitol city where we were to meet. We lost our dispute but we gained compliments and favor from the state surveyors. That is a miracle in itself. State surveyors don’t give compliments, but before we left they told us that it was obvious that we cared about our patients and that we were doing a very good job.

Some of the nurses and I prayed about the big things like dispute resolutions and then we prayed about the smaller things like inserting a catheter in a totally contracted patient. It took prayer and it worked.

We cried together, laughed together, and shared in each other’s joys and burdens. We became living members of a family at work, a family centered around God’s will for our facility and our patients. This love and these prayers helped us so many times to stay focused on the job we had been called to do.

If you have prayer partners at work, great, keep them close. If you don’t then find you one or two. The difference you will find will be amazing.