May is National Nurses Month. Below, Mosaic’s Director of Nursing, Karen Steinbock, MBA, BSN, RN, reflects on the ways nurses show up for their communities and the value of maintaining togetherness.
These past two months have felt about two minutes long and two years long at the same time. I’ve found it challenging to navigate such big changes while also being so physically separated from many of the friends and colleagues I lean on for support.
Even in this remote work structure, I’m reminded that something I’ve always found in nursing is a sense of togetherness. Of belonging. Of being a part of a special club entrusted with carrying on the long traditions of an honored profession. Also, there’s always been plenty of caffeine, humor and crazy stories to help keep us bonded. Traditions come in many forms!
In the midst of this pandemic, it would be possible to let Nurses Month pass by without recognition. I hope instead you’ll take a few minutes to reach out to another nurse colleague, or two, or ten, to recognize them and thank them for how they show up in this profession. Let’s keep the sense of belonging intact.
When I consider how you show up as nurses, I see you as caregivers, mentors, friends, experts, leaders, and teachers. I see you showing up with kindness, patience, persistence, empathy, and compassion. You have my deepest respect for the beautiful work you do in the world. Thank you for how you show up in our profession, and thank you for being a part of the global Nursing community.
I hope you and your families stay safe and healthy. Let’s create opportunities to share more humor and caffeine in the months ahead. Best to keep those traditions intact, too.