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Word therapy for those tough nursing days

Some days at work can be downright terrible. You might cry, you might cringe, you might feel like you’re boiling over with anger. You wonder how you’ll ever walk through those doors again. But just when it seems hopeless, an inspirational quote can bring you right back to center.

When a patient passes away

“Letting go has never been easy, but holding on can be as difficult. Yet strength is measured not by holding on, but by letting go.” — Len Santos

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path…one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass… And then you see it. White shores… and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.” — J.R.R. Tolkein

When your boss catches you the one time you’ve ever checked Facebook at work

“I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being — forgive me — rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.” — J.K. Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

“Apologizing doesn’t always mean you are wrong … Sometimes it means you value your relationships more than your ego.” — Unknown

When you’ve made a med error

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” — Maya Angelou

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” — Elbert Hubbard

“People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.” — Bill Cosby

When you experience lateral violence

“It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.” — Elizabeth Kenney

“Some people won’t be happy until they’ve pushed you to the ground. What you have to do is have the courage to stand your ground and not give them the time of day. Hold on to your power and never give it away.” — Donna Schoenrock

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” — Harvey Fierstein

When you get resistance while trying to foster change

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.” — Sidney Greenberg

When you question why you are a nurse

“Nursing is a damn tough job. And the people who do it are tougher. And somehow still remain saints.” — Doctor Grumpy

“Working with a good nurse is one of the great joys of being a doctor.” — Oscar Leonard, MD

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” — Whoopi Goldberg

When you’re doubting whether you should go back to school

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot

“Be smart enough to hold on, be brave enough to let go. Sometimes, we need to hold onto faith while letting go of the outcome. Open your hand and hold your dreams gently, don’t try to grab them.” — Unknown

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers

By | 2020-04-06T10:55:03-04:00 January 24th, 2013|Categories: Archived|24 Comments

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