What One Thing Will You Take Home Today?

Posted by Kristin Baird on March 29th, 2016 • 1 Comment »

We all have crazy busy days. And when you work in direct patient care, it’s easy to leave at the end of your shift focusing on what you didn’t get done rather than what you did. It’s important for each and every one of us to find joy in at least one accomplishment each day to avoid burnout or at least overwhelm.

Years ago, I had a nurse manager who was masterful at helping us focus on the good that we had done especially during busy times. She’d meet us at the time clock, at the end of the shift, and as we clocked out, she’d hold up her index finger and we all knew what she meant. It was her signal to us that she wanted us to share one thing we felt good about. Something that we had done during the shift that we knew made a difference, no matter how small.

Her logic in doing this was to help us leave work with a feeling of accomplishment and connection to purpose. She knew that, especially when we were extremely busy with patients that we could leave work feeling like we hadn’t done enough. By shifting our focus to the positive, we left feeling like we had made a difference.

Whether you work in direct care or not, chances are that you have chaotic days and can end the day frustrated and unfulfilled unless you make an effort to shift your focus. What one thing will you take home today?

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One Response to “What One Thing Will You Take Home Today?”

  1. Janet Schulz says:

    Kris – thanks for sharing your wonderful yet straightforward story. Your nurse manager was truly wise!

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