“All I want is a blanket.” This was what I thought to myself while lying on a stretcher in pain at 3 am in an Emergency Room (ER) last year. I looked around at the nurses, doctors, and technicians with hopes one would make eye contact with me and say, “Do you need something?” After about an hour with no success, finally one nurse said to me, “Would you like a warm blanket?” My response, “Yes, please.” That small nursing intervention made a big difference in my patient experience.
Last week I had some major flashbacks this afternoon as I approached the Northeastern campus. I was invited to speak on innovation in nursing and healthcare to graduate nursing students. I’ve done this annually for the last several years.
As I approached the classroom, I had memories of rushing to class two nights a week for 4 years after being at work all day. I used to park in this garage as I would rush to make it to class on time.
I then spoke for 2 1/2 hours straight tonight 😳🤣.
As I left, I remembered how much I greatly disliked speaking in front of a class 10+ years ago.
I’d stress about it all day.
My knee caps would shake while I tried to remember what I wrote on my notecards.
I wouldn’t think about anything else but the fact I needed to do that for about 5 minutes, 10 at most.
Now I enjoy it and find it one of the fun parts of my job.
While I’m talking, I don’t think about anything else going on in my day. I make fun of myself and laugh about it. Most importantly, I hope the students think differently as they leave about the opportunities that might catch them by surprise at some point in their career.
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