I know that the healthcare system is a beast to work in.
I know that the tides are shifting in healthcare.
I know that nursing is in constant change, and has always been and will continue to be.
I know that nursing is confusing, full of competing demands that feel like conflicting demands.
I know that there are so many elements for a nurse to know that it’s hard to keep up.
I know that not keeping up is at first scary, then frustrating, then irritating, then demoralizing, then numbing.
I know that we don’t acknowledge this progression on a grand scale… on a scale worthy enough to generate grand scale dialogues and resolutions.
I know that there is a chasm between nursing education and organizations that leaves nurses themselves ‘holding the bag’, caught in severe reality shock.
I know that nursing inherently is involved in unique levels of risks and suffering that to balance them requires deep intellectual thought and inner awareness.
I know that too many nurses are not aware of and not prepared to handle this required balancing act.
I know that patients get it.
I know that there is a chasm between all the robust organizational nursing development programs – that have elevated nursing’s professionalism and effectiveness – and caring consciousness programs.
I know that nursing leaders nationally and locally are off track with the sole focus on scripted, formulaic caring programs in the race to higher patient satisfaction scores.
I know that organizational programs cannot address the caring consciousness realm.
I know that success in the balancing act of nursing requires life long caring consciousness development by the individual nurse on personal levels.
I know that too many nurses think authentic caring is NOT a realistic possibility in their work settings.
I know that the pressures on frontline nurse leaders are heroing ( Urban dictionary- To single handedly charge into a group of enemies ….).
I know that this is a golden time for nursing. Societal changes are changing healthcare, and in the direction of nursing’s domain.
I know that the essence of nursing, CARING, is at risk,
and that nursing is at a crisis point or a tipping point.
I know that there are battles waging in and among nurses about work demands and working conditions. I also know that much of this energy that is fueling these battles is from confusion and conflict about caring expectations from within and out.
I know that there is a war waging about caring.