Eliminate the Crazy

As nurses, you have so much on your plate.

Juggling the ever changing requirements and keeping up with technology.

Navigating age differences and communication styles within your nursing team.

All the while trying so hard to get to your patient to actually give them a minute of your time!

This probably sounds familiar and feels crazy.

Learn 5 Things

Learn 5 things you can do today to connect with your patient in the time you have.

You can’t control everything at work! And, time with your patients is limited. Here are five very powerful things you can do to feel less stressed and more connected to your patients.

After all, you likely became a nurse to connect with and serve people.

When you are less stressed, the patient is less stressed.

They need you. Not the crazy.

Here’s the plan

  1. Set your Intention

    1. Before you walk into to work, take a minute or two.
    2. Stay in your car or find a quiet place.
    3. Take a deep breath.
    4. As you exhale, say to yourself, “Release, release, release.”
    5. Take a second deep breath in.
    6. As you release, softly say your intention for the day. Something like, “ Today is going to be a great experience for me and everyone I interact with.”
  2. Take Responsibility For The Energy You Bring Into Every Patient’ Room

    1. Take a deep breath before you enter your patient’s room.
    2. Breath in through your nose for a count of 4 (seconds).
    3. Hold for 4.
    4. Release your breath through your nose for a count of 4.
  3. Focus On What Is Important

    1. First impressions are lasting impressions. Set a positive tone right off the bat.
    2. When making a great first impression, remember to enter the room with a smile. This sets the tone for your patient to feel safe with you.
  4. Have A Greeting Script

    1. Be consistent so that you achieve consistent results.
    2. Develop a routine greeting script to say to each patient as you first meet them. Practice and refine your script to help you and your patient achieve desired outcomes.
    3. When you can speak to the communication values of each personality, you build a bridge for a great experience and better patient care.
    4. Here’s an example greeting, “Hi, I’m (your name). I’m looking forward to learning more about you in the next few minutes. I am going to ask you some questions. Feel free to ask me questions. This will help me serve you better today and decide what the best care plan is for you. Sound good?”
  5. Leave A Lasting Impression

    1. Everyone has unique values around how they communicate.
    2. Some people are huggers. Some are high fivers. Some people are hand shakers and others would rather not touch at all.
    3. When you leave your patient’s room, it’s important to look them in the eye and thank them for sharing their information with you.
    4. Let them know what the next step is and if you feel the conversation has gone well. A solid handshake is an appropriate way to respectfully leave the room.

If you do these five things with every patient, you will feel connected to yourself and your patient (even when time is limited). You’ll feel some joy instead of feeling crazy 🙂