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Happy Nurses are a Shot of Adrenaline

Posted Nov 03 2008 9:02pm

In a fluke of scheduling, I recently interviewed four RNs—three by telephone, one in person—back to back for articles I’ll be writing. The enthusiasm exuded by each of them was something to behold. If we all could be as excited about our jobs as those four women are about theirs, the world would be a happy place—and jazzed! The adrenaline, or something like it, began to build and by the time the fourth interview ended I felt as though I’d had 10 large espressos chased with a gallon of Jolt. I was really wound up!

But, how refreshing that they are not only deriving a great deal of satisfaction from their work, but that the creative wheels are turning in their heads, always thinking about the next best thing to accomplish their missions. The four of them are in widely divergent fields and they all are leaving big footprints in their fields (pun intended, sorry).

We get stretched so thin sometimes that the only thing job related that we can be enthusiastic about is going home at the end of our shifts. But, there’s an old Dale Carnegie chant that goes, “Act enthusiastic and you’ll be enthusiastic!” Run that through your head a few times a day, chanting to a bit of beat, three or four times to a set, and you might get jazzed, too. I know it sounds corny but it can work.

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