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NursonalTrainer has 8 years experience as a BSN and specializes in emergency nursing.

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    Covid-19 From the Eyes of a Millennial Nurse

    Defining Characteristics Each generation has their defining characteristics. For example, Millennials are ambitious and confident, Baby Boomers are often idealist and good communicators, and Gen X-ers are self sufficient and adaptable. Well, I never put much stock into this kind of stuff in order to avoid stereotyping, but as I read more about Millennials, I see a handful of my own attributes sprouting up. Nowhere did I come across anything talking about how Millennials would react to a global pandemic though! I certainly never expected to be living during one, let alone working on the frontlines of it. Changes As a Millennial, I tend to be intrinsically motivated and ambitious, so when this pandemic stopped me in my tracks, in terms of life plans, the claws came out. I dug deep into my work in the ER trying to forget about all other plans I was working on that were on hold for an unknown amount of time. For example, the committees that I actively participate in stopped, horse shows stopped, and the gym closed….and hey, we Millennials need the gym! The usual confidence (albeit an average humble amount) that I head into work with has been replaced with a healthy portion of concern and at times fear of the potential effects of this virus on myself, or more importantly my family. The bulldozing, jump into flames head-on attitude that we ER nurses are known for has been replaced with a more methodical procedure of first and foremost applying PPE and stopping to think about it as we go. Gone are the days of grab and go without first putting on gloves, a gown, and face shield. The multitasking that is so characteristic of this generation has unfortunately slowed when it comes to the attention to detail that must be paid to gowning up. That PPE is the same stuff us ER folks sometimes tend to ignore when we care for the run of the mill patients diagnosed with VRE, ESBL, or those that had MRSA somewhere in their body at some point in time. Look But Don't Touch Additionally, the Millennials are known for their family centric attitude, yet that has changed to a look but don’t touch lifestyle. Family get togethers and outings are now limited to Zoom or FaceTime calls. Weekends spent at cookouts and barbecues are replaced with movie marathons on the couch at home. Team Approach On the other hand, the team oriented approach to COVID-19 patient care involving multidisciplinary collaborations delves deep into the heart and soul of many Millennials who grew up playing team sports and participating in group activities. Perhaps that is one thing that is right up our allies, in addition to all of the technological advances such as remote monitoring and screening apps that Millennials always embrace. Overall, most Millennials are creative, passionate about learning, and open to change (or so they say)! This virus has demanded all of that and more from each one of us. Covid-19 has challenged all of us from the bedside and beyond. From staff nurses to administration to doctors, respiratory therapists, first responders and more essential workers, we have all been affected. Practices are changing, the pace of our lives are changing, and we are changing ourselves, whether we know it or not. We Are In This Together Regardless of our ages, this pandemic is affecting all of us and the lack of our “normal life” has been devastating for some. Going forward, I say channel your inner Millennial, Baby Boomer, or whatever group you fall into, and lend a helping hand to others in need. We are all in this together.
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    Year of the Nurse - What is Your Nursolution?

    The year of the nurse is upon us folks, 2020 is here and nurses are getting ready to take on the world in the innovation space, the tech space, and more! Nurses owe it to themselves to create their own New Years' resolutions, or nursolutions, and make this their best year yet. That being said, here are some ideas to help the nurses out there that want to kickstart their year and advance their careers! 1) Advance your degree These days nurses are constantly acquiring new opportunities and new positions and advanced degrees are contributing to this. Take this year to decide if you want to go on based on your dream job and then research the programs you want. Maybe you don’t know what you want to get for a degree so start talking to people. Ask anyone you know that is or has gone back to school and get their advice and feedback. You can go online and easily request information from various schools and programs to educate yourself on which way to go. Knowing what you want to do before you start a program will make this easier and less expensive though so do your research before you jump into anything! 2) Go for a Promotion…or better yet create your own! The squeaky wheel gets the oil, right? If you are ready to take that next step towards a promotion, put aside the hesitation and just do it! You are not getting younger so why not advance your career starting now. And if there isn’t room in your workplace to grow then look elsewhere for the position you want or create your own. Research the position you want and create a proposal to present to your leadership highlighting what this position would consist of, the need for it, why you would excel in this position, your past achievements, and how this would impact your institution. Talk to others who hold this position in different institutions and be ready to explain why yours needs this person. What’s the worst that could happen? They would say no but now you are on their radar and have given them something to think about. 3) Explore your interests When you first went into nursing, everyone said how great a career it is because of all of the different areas you can work in. If you were the person who stuck with their first job because you love it, that’s great! But if you have other areas of interest, you owe it to yourself to explore them too. If change is daunting to you, as it can be to me, then baby step this part. Start by narrowing down what you are interested in and see if you can talk to people working in that specialty. Then, maybe you can shadow that person. If it’s looking like this is what you might like then look for a per diem position so you aren’t putting your eggs all in one basket. Moral of the story, if you don’t try, then you will never know what could have been! 4) Find a side hustle Burnout is a huge problem in nursing. Burnout is driving nurses away from the bedside at alarming rates. In order to avoid hitting that wall, consider doing something on the side. There are scores of nurses out there that have health-related side hustles giving them a break from the long hours and allowing them the freedom to work when it is convenient for them and from home if they desire. Some of those side hustles include health and wellness coaching, essential oil sales, teaching classes like BLS, ACLS, and PALS, just to name a few. You can even work for companies that will get clients for you which takes some of the leg work out of it. Maybe it’s time to drop some hours and try something else you can do from the comfort of your own home while making some extra cash. 5) Join a committee or organization Sometimes it is difficult to stay engaged in your career or get re-engaged. Joining a committee in your institution or a professional organization is an outlet allowing you to have a voice again. Choose a committee that interests you that may be a little different than your day to day if you need it. Or do you seek change and want to be an agent of change because, why not, you work 40 hours a week and you deserve to have a say! Nurses are strong-willed and many like to be heard as we are natural patient advocates, so filter that into another form of advocacy and join a group. Hospital committees can be a great way to network and professional organizations have plenty of member benefits to take advantage of. So, no time like the present to get started on your nursolution, whatever it may be. This is your year so make it the best one yet!
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