We are nurses. We witness joy and sorrow and amid what is all in a day’s work, we thrive in the service of others. It fulfills us. Nursing teaches us how to be better human beings. In a world where selflessness has become a sign of weakness, it is now more than ever that we need to step up and model the art of compassion.
A Random Act of Kindness
A smile, an acknowledgement, a nod. Holding the door for the elderly woman in your building as she fumbles with her groceries. Helping your coworker with the train wreck of a patient. Standing up on the bus to allow the pregnant woman to sit. These are all examples of random, unsolicited acts of kindness.
Be a good listener. You may not agree with what is being said. You may have plenty of opinions on the matter, but most of the time all that is needed is your ear, not your opinion. Lend an indiscriminate ear.
In a person’s toughest moments, they need to know that they are not alone. They need to know they are supported even if there is nothing you can help them with. Whether it is a patient, a coworker, a friend-offer strength in the form of empathy and compassion.
We all became nurses for different reasons, but at the center of it is the often the same desire. We wish to do no harm and help those in need. When we thrive in the service of others, we make our world a better place one individual at a time.
To really be of help to others we need to be guided by compassion
Lori is an American nurse and yogini living in Gothenburg, Sweden. She contributes regularly for Mighty Nurse, AWHONN, American Nurse Today, and has been featured in The Huffington Post. Follow her adventures through Neonurse or on Instagram.