In any line of work it is easy to feel demotivated when you are overstretched, over worked, undervalued and underpaid. Nursing really ticks all these boxes at the moment and I think a lot of us believe we are at an all-time low right now, explains Helen Smith.
Thousands are leaving in droves whether it is for other jobs, retirement or simply because they’ve had enough. And I get it. I really do. However, like many of our predecessors who managed to make great strides in nursing in often uncertain times, we must now do the same.
Renewed motivation can happen through innovation and change. Equally if we have more say in the direction of nursing then we can become influencers and have empowerment to help shape our future.
“We are advanced practitioners and academically we are storming ahead”
Healthcare is on its knees right now, but I think nurses have an opportunity to act and decide what ‘works’ for nurses, patients and communities – more so now than ever. We cross all boundaries and have a huge holistic impact on keeping people well. We are advanced practitioners and academically we are storming ahead.
What is needed now is recognition; to be recognised as key game changers and for our opinion to matter. We have excellent supporters and many professional bodies acting on our behalf, so we do have a strategic voice, but nurses need to be involved in decision making at ground level too.
For example, the discrepancy in payment tariffs for training placements in general practice. Practices will get less than £100 for student nurses but more like £2000 for medical students. Things have to change.
Nurses need to get behind one another and support each other when and where we can. Social media is key! When I set up WeLoveHealth nearly a year ago, I had no idea what would follow.
“We need to shout from the rooftops because not everybody realises what we do and how much we have to offer. And what we do is amazing!”
However, I have found like-minded people who communicate, learn from one another and ultimately motivate each other. Change can happen if we pull together and help each other along the way. If we have a collective spirit that sets out to mean business, then great things can happen.
WeLoveHealth is a platform to champion nurses - to raise our profile and hopefully encourage others into our profession. We need to shout from the rooftops because not everybody realises what we do and how much we have to offer. And what we do is amazing!
Now is our time. Lets pull together and path the way for our future, filled with optimism and renewed spirit and a determination to make nursing work for us, our patients and our communities.
If you would like to share your story on WeLoveHealth, please email Helen on email@example.com.