Gut instinct almost knocks you on your ass in nursing. It’s the feeling that something is about to happen to a patient - your own, or a coworker’s; It’s the inner voice that tells you something is amiss when your patient is talking to you; It’s the sensation you get when you walk into a patient’s room and something just doesn’t feel right. Sometimes it just happens when you wake up, and sometimes it’s an overwhelming sensation when you simply walk onto the unit. Sometimes without knowing, you just know.
Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are.
Somebody told me there was no such thing as truth
I said, “If that’s the case then why should I believe you?”
Experience teaches acceptance of the imperfect as life.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
When I was a patient on a surgical ward, a staff nurse told me it was time to turn my television off and go to sleep. If she had taken the time to sit and talk to me, she would have known that my grandmother had died just two days before. It was no wonder I wasn’t able to sleep. So imagine people being admitted to hospital with two suitcases; their physical luggage containing their possessions and their baggage containing their thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Critique is meaningful only when what is reinvented is more empowering than what was deconstructed.
Duchscher & Myrick, 2008, p. 201
Food for thought for those of us in positions to teach, educate, inspire, mentor and precept nurses of any experience level.