The Walk of Bravery 👣
We have this weird stigma in nursing that you have to put up with a ton of crap that patients, coworkers, or bosses sling at you - or others telling us to just stick with it since it’s the courageous thing to do.
I remember reading posts from over nurses here on Tumblr about how they were in such horrific circumstances at work, intensely unsafe, and just overall zero support from the powers that be. I remember wishing I had their courage, their bravery to get out of my own “trap.”
Bravery can be Courage, even though it doesn’t seem like it to others, bravery is sometimes deciding it’s far better for peace of mind to walk away from people, jobs and situations that leave you drained, or bring out an unhealthy side of you.
Bravery is sometimes standing up and saying, “NO,” but bravery is maybe also learning how to limit your reaction, and not give an aggressor power.
Courage Is not just recognizing what your limitations are; it’s also realizing what you’re capable of, and maybe this isn’t it.
Courage is admitting you aren’t in the right place, without berating yourself for it, without blaming others for it…courage is the will to get out and find the right place.
Courage is telling yourself something healthier is out there, bravery is acting on it.
.. I think back to all the times I felt lost, all the times I wanted to quit, all the times I talked myself into just sticking with it, since nursing is supposed to be such a disciplined profession - I think currently about how doubts can be so pervasive in our everyday nursing practice; are we making the right decisions clinically, are we making the right decisions with our career, and then I think,
I feel so ordinary, but it maybe takes bravery to leave.
I share this, for even one person who may be feeling trapped. If you know someone who is thinking of quitting, or having a hard time looking for work, or hard time with their job - maybe the best thing you can do for them is to sit with what they’re struggling to say.
Help them be brave.