I am so excited to be home finally and catching up on life. The month of September was a complete whirlwind, to say the least. I had my checklists which had their own checklists and my OCD self was reveling in crossing out every task on them. I have so much content I want to get up on here and share with you all but first I wanted to take the time to just talk it out. Is that cool with you? It is so nice to be able to have this space to catch up with everyone. My creative spark for ideas when it comes to blog posts usually always happen around midnight. My condo is quiet, no blaring tv catching up from the latest DVR show or sports commentary that Mark likes to watch. My brain usually clears and I get my spark. So last night I was thinking about to something that happened at work a few weeks ago.
We are all 100% guilty of this am I right? That rush, rush, rush…..go, go, go…..counting down the minutes till the weekend…..or that next big exciting thing in the planner. Work can be that mundane obligation in the day until whatever hour hits and then you are sprung free to that next fun adventure. So here I was, at the end of a particularly grueling day. I don’t talk too much about my job around these parts but most of you know that I am a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatrics. I had just finished up seeing my last patient, who naturally was late but I, of course, stated we would see them. I had found a new diagnosis with the baby, nothing major but something that needed to be followed a little more closely. I tried to call the patient’s primary care provider and got the complete runaround from the person on the other end about how they weren’t their patient….never heard of them etc etc. So naturally my Private Investigator skills were set into motion.
I finally was able to find the new provider who naturally was in an office that was closed. After some perseverance, I was able to get someone who promised she would call me back that day. I left my personal cell (which I never do) and went back to charting. Well, about an hour later I get a call from a random number. I picked up and it was the Nurse Practitioner who was caring for the baby. She was so happy to talk to me because she also had some reservations about what was going on, there was a complicated social history etc. We pleasantly chatted for a few minutes before she stopped me and asked me for my name, to which I gave her.
She immediately cut me off and stated “You were my Clinical Supervisor faculty member at the College 5 years ago. You were the only person who ever taught me how to properly write a script and even though those case studies you made me do were such a pain!! I still refer to them on a weekly basis. I teach my students and residents now all the tips you taught me about Pediatric dosing and script writing”.
“Thank you for your support and guidance. I make sure to pay it forward by continuing to teach others just like you took the time to teach me.”
That stopped me dead in my tracks. That is what makes it all worth it. My mother has always pushed me to give back to my profession, to selflessly teach the next generation just like the previous one had done for me.
This is my public service announcement for the day.
Try to once on a daily basis, stop, be mindful of your current situation and surroundings. Don’t let each day fly by like the previous. What can you do in your day to make an impact? Can you teach somebody something with your knowledge base? Can you give a compliment and mean it? Perhaps, it is giving somebody your full attention even though you are completely swamped. Unplug from Instagram and Facebook and roll around on the floor with your little ones. What do you think you can do today that will positively affect somebody else?
I could have been in a bad mood that 5 years ago and not given that student my full attention. Maybe just give her a rehearsed speech about the expectations of her clinical rotation and then blast onto the next. However, I took the time and look! She is now passing that down to the next generation of providers. It was definitely one of those Aha! times that makes you step back and realize that you do have an impact on others. Slow it down, stop rushing to get to the imaginary finish line and just live a little more in the moment.
Have you had one of those stop you in your tracks times lately? What knowledge base do you think you could share with others? I hope everyone is having a fabulous week. I am so pumped for October. It is seriously my favorite month. Bring on all the scary decorations, witches, boots, pumpkin lattes, and blanket scarves am I right?
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