Day 23: I am thankful for passionate organizations advocating for everyone at large, systems levels. From professional organizations to disease organizations, they are working to impact us for the better (most of the time). Yes, we may have differing opinions, but when we keep people – our patients – central to our changes, we all win.
Day 21: I am really thankful for IT support. It is very easy to take it for granted, and great IT folks who help whenever called upon make work so much easier. When good IT support is missing, everyone feels it. And vice versa.
Day 20: Hey, sometimes you just have to be thankful for those weeks that are a little shorter than others. Yes, the days before holidays are typically packed because we are all trying to cram a week’s worth of work into a few days, but I’ll take it! I hope this week brings you relaxation and good memories.
Day 19: I am thankful for weeks that end on a high, easing me into the weekend. It is the kind of transition where everyone works together to maximize results and walks away knowing the job was done well and then we have a full weekend to think on the success. It is great to do great work with great people.
Day 17: I am thankful for those people who connect others, who weave threads among the network around us all. You know, the kind of people who meet you and automatically start thinking about the other people you should know, the people who work the crowd and introduce everyone to everyone else because they already know everyone. They are an introvert’s (which I definitely am) best friend. I am fortunate to have a few of those people in my life. They make the world smaller and ensure we maximize the resources around us. Thank you, Netweavers, for making my network and connections more powerful and meaningful.
Day 14: I am thankful for restful, peaceful days – the kind that recharge and renew the spirit. I envision healthcare professionals (and all service professionals really) as leaky buckets. We must fill ourselves up because we will pour ourselves out to others all week long. I hope your bucket is full this morning.
Day 15: I am thankful for the colleagues and patients asking the tough questions – the ones everyone else is thinking but no one wants to talk about, the ones we do not have all the answers for, the ones that will take a lot of concerted work by a lot of people to resolve, the ones that will make the biggest differences in the lives of our patients. Those questions stretch us all and improve care.
Day 14: It wasn’t always fun or pretty, but I am thankful for every experience that has brought me where I am today. I know wonderful and not so wonderful experiences await me, and I know they will continue to enrich my life.
Day 13: As this is posted, I am running my third half-marathon. One of the things I love at each race is meeting other healthcare professionals (HCPs) who run, often to raise funds for causes very near and dear to their hearts and practices. Today I am thankful for those HCPs who work in patient care as well as advocate for patients via fundraising efforts. Missions need money to continue, and very few people are willing to raise or donate funds. It’s hard work, for sure.
Day 12: I am so thankful for mentors who step into my life (and the lives of other healthcare professionals) and stay there, always willing to answer questions, provide advice, and help navigate through various systems, processes, and phases of life and career. I have seen many relationships develop through school, work, and “extracurricular” nursing and volunteer services, and it is nice to keep people around me to prepare me for success. I hope you have the same.