Q I love nursing, but I am thinking about giving it up. How can I reengage in my profession?
A Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL, and Sarah A. Delgado, MSN, RN, ACNP, reply:
Nursing, in its most basic form, is the act of caring for someone who is sick.1 Nurses join the profession expecting to provide skilled and informed care for others when they need it most. When care delivery does not meet our expectations, job dissatisfaction, burnout, and moral distress threaten our emotional well-being and our ability to feel psychologically safe. In addition, nurses are reporting increased violence and abuse in the workplace, which threaten physical safety.2 These experiences generate an intent to change roles and even change professions. There are many tools and strategies that can support reengaging with nursing and reigniting your nursing passion.
First, nurses need to know that they are not...