So I have been reflecting on yesterday's post. I have been in healthcare for almost 20 years. I have done different things in the healthcare field during this time. I started to reflect on why I started a career in healthcare. My family always thought I would be a veterinarian. I was always taking care of lost little furry things. Nursing sick and injured little and large animals back to health. I grew up on a farm so there was always an animal that needed to be nursed. Whether it was a small little rabbit baby or a calf that the mother did not make it. What was the turning point that made me care for humans?
I remember when I was younger. In high school, my grandfather needed to have a major surgery to repair an aneurysm in his brain. My sister and I were allowed to watch the video of the surgery! How fascinating to see a human brain being fixed! I remember the nurses being so kind to us and to him while he was in the hospital. This was my deciding moment. I was brought up the old fashion way. I respect my elders. I respect every single person I come in contact with. I stop and listen. I try to find answers for families and my patients. I care for these people the way I want my loved ones cared for. Most of the time I feel like I make a difference. Granted, there have been times that I feel like I have failed to make a difference. It just makes me work harder.
So I ask you. What was your influence that made you choose a career in healthcare? Ask yourself " Do I feel like I make an impact on those around me? Do I make a difference? Do I even care anymore?" Ask yourself this every day. Reflect on the type of caregiver you want to be. Maybe, just maybe, you can be better at it. Live up to your own standards. Be proud of yourself!