2020 will be a big year for nursing globally. The World Health Organisation has dedicated 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife and this year is also the 200th commemoration of the birth of Florence Nightingale. There are a number of events happening across the world this year to recognise this important milestone. Nurses are being encouraged to use their voice and write about all things nursing.
#NurseBloggers2020 is a nursing Twitter Community that aims to give nurses an opportunity to come together through writing. #Nurse Bloggers2020 is hosting a monthly blogging challenge to celebrate 2020 the year of the Nurse and Midwife. January’s challenge is to answer the question of how will I shape the year of the Nurse and Midwife? My blog post today sets out how I will step up to the January challenge. For the remaining months in 2020, the content of my blog posts will follow the topics on the #NurseBloggers2020 Calendar you can follow these on twitter throughout the year.
I am a registered nurse and a professional coach and I have been writing blog posts for nurses for a while now. Resilience in Nursing is a hugely important topic and will continue to be important over the next decade as globally, health care faces many challenges. I am always struck by how often resilience is quoted and talked about, but the practicalities of how nurses maintain their personal resilience is not well documented. Nurses are time poor and work in an occupation that is emotionally labour intensive. Strategies that are put forward to help nurses with their self-care need to be mindful of these two important facts. Most of my blog posts have been written to give senior nurses practical help on how to be a leader and maintain a positive work-life balance, including looking after their own self-care.
Last year I set up my Coaching Business coaching nurses, midwives and health professionals. I work with clients through coaching on maintaining a healthy work-life balance to support their personal and professional resilience. I am passionate about nursing leadership, supporting nurses and midwives to make coaching accessible. Nurses and midwives traditionally have had limited access to coaching. I know from first-hand experience of being coached myself the difference that coaching can make. Helping clients to see things from a different perspective and setting goals that many have only ever dreamed of can truly be life-changing.
How I will shape 2020 The Year of The Nurse & Midwife
In November this year, I will have been a nurse for forty years, which makes me feel old!! My nursing career started in Leeds in the UK at St James Hospital and continued in Qatar and more recently Perth Western Australia. I was recently interviewed about my life story and career as a nurse for WA Real Podcast here in Perth Western Australia.
This interview gave me the inspiration to want to capture other Nurse’s stories to celebrate their nursing career to mark the 2020 year of the Nurse and Midwife. My plan is to interview at least one nurse per month for the whole of 2020. I am interviewing Nurses about their stories, documenting why they became a nurse, the career choices that they made and what advice they would give knowing what they now know to a younger nurse just starting out in their nursing career. The advice to a younger nurse comments will be collated and shared at the end of 2020.
You can listen to the first episode my podcast Real Nurse Stories here where Jayne a nurse unit manager talks about her career as a nurse that began in Cornwall and stretches across many countries in between and now to Australia. My aim is to add a new story to my Podcast every month, more if there are more volunteers.
I know that it is really important to give nurses a voice to tell their nursing stories to commemorate this special year but also to give the wider public an insight into the fabulous work that nurses and midwives do each and every day.
If you would like to share your story and be interviewed for my Podcast please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews can be carried out over a computer so even in you don’t live in Perth please get in touch.
#nursebloggers2020 is a fabulous opportunity to give nurses a voice globally and I would encourage all nurses to have a go a writing a blog.