We know that we can aspire to, and reach greatness, if only we could reinvent ourselves and find that path. Is it time for you to reinvent yourself? I have done it several times. Growing up with parents who told me to learn to type because I would never amount to anything, I believed them. As the middle of 5 kids, I did not have the ‘middle child syndrome’, but I did have the ‘caught in the middle syndrome.’ And, I did not allow fear to get in my way. So, I started at an early age to identify ways in which I could better myself, learn and do more, achieve great heights, and then start all over again.
So, I started at an early age to identify ways in which I could better myself, learn and do more, achieve great heights, and then start all over again. Are you caught in the middle? Perhaps it is not in a family, but it might be in your career. Are you are a crossroad, and are you considering your next steps? It is not a secret that nurses in many healthcare settings are somewhat disenchanted with their careers. Yes, they love the profession and want to remain in nursing and in balance.
As a young nurse, I, too, began my career with the option that would generate the highest salary, working nights, multiple shifts, and 7-10 day stretches at a time – for income, for excitement, and to fulfill my aspirations of what nursing was and could become. Each of us has felt the same way at one time or another…idealistic, eager to offer service to mankind, eager to reach personal and professional fulfillment. I never lost sight of my why – why nursing!
I did not re-enter that ‘caught in the middle’ phase. Instead, I reinvented myself using my nursing knowledge, skills, and abilities. I use my nursing platform to educate, engage and empower others to get out of the middle and to get a life.
As a nursing professional, I have been fortunate to have worked in many modalities within nursing…from acute care and infusion therapy, to home care, outpatient, practice plan management, clinic management, education, and international work. I have been blessed to have touched the lives of many people in many ways…but at no time in my own nursing career has that been truer than now. I am out of the middle, as a Certified Speaking Professional, author, facilitator, and coach and a path that will allow me to be more, do more, and yes, speak more! How about you?