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Emotionally Aware

By Shannon Carpani RN

 

I walked into work

To find a nurse crying in the hall.

She was stretched too thin

And her patient had a fall.

Emotionally Aware

By Shannon Carpani RN

 

I walked into work

To find a nurse crying in the hall.

She was stretched too thin

And her patient had a fall.

 

After comforting her,

I retrieved my assignment for that shift

And discovered the staffing coordinator in tears

Trying to cover the holes makeshift.

 

I climbed the stairs to my floor,

And passed by a crash cart outside of a room.

Thinking to myself,

This is going to be the shift of doom.

 

I found myself in a negative place

Before my shift began.

Stop. Time-out. Regroup.

That isn’t part of the game plan.

 

I remind myself why I am here;

To help patients and co-workers alike.

Neither of whom will benefit

If my positive takes a hike.

 

I made the choice,

The effort, and conscious decision

To adjust my attitude and view

To the much needed revision.

 

The shift was busy,

Make no mistake.

It was nearly time to go home

Before I received a lunch break.

 

Without the original adjustment

To a positive state of mind,

The shift would have been much worse

As my sanity and attitude declined.

 

Many times stuck in situations

That are less than ideal

Smiles and joy are tucked away

For an overwhelmingly chaotic ordeal.

 

No one can be blamed

For succumbing to this fate,

Because what I have left

Is often far less than great.

 

It is a choice

To be emotionally aware,

And sometimes the only reason

That a patient knows that I care.

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