CHANGE – Be Aware of the Changes Around You

There’s a lot out there about change, the need for it, resistance to it, how to do it, how to get it done.

I laughed out loud at a line about change from one of the boss characters in the TV series, Mad Men, “Unless it works, I’m against it.”

It’s accepted that change is interlaced with fear. There’s an ongoing dance between fear and change.

I’m fascinated by this.

I can see it in my own life. Why don’t I do all the things that I KNOW are good for me?

What is our thoughts behind not changing when we know it’s good for us?

This applies to:

  • Us, as individuals
  • Us, as nurses
  • Clinical practices that are known to save lives
  • Patients’ life styles with chronic diseases


Why is this so important now, more than ever?

Healthcare and nursing are going through big changes.

How we deal with the trajectory of change in our work lives impacts us.

Impacts our thoughts, feeling, actions…

Impacts how happy we are, or how angry…

Impacts our relationships, our level of satisfaction and effectiveness.

Our interpretations, perceptions and responses to and beliefs about the changes at work deserve thought.

It is now known that our beliefs change our biology!

The point here is NOT that you have to agree with or “put on a happy face” to the changes that are happening.

But it is critical that you have self-awareness …. about your thoughts and feelings regarding what is happening around you.

This is where your health and happiness and clinical effectiveness begin and end.


2 thoughts on “CHANGE – Be Aware of the Changes Around You

  1. Charlotte Yarber says:

    Well said. Trying to organize a lab in Wisconsin that is fighting their manager over change………needed change!. They have been without a manager for over a year and will not allow positive change into their lab. She is having a very difficult time with them, so hopefully this will help

    1. pmcclendon says:

      The mystery of change is in the needs of the individuals involved.
      Remembering Maslow’s hierarchy of needs,
      every behavior meets a need… or else the behavior, or resistance in this case, wouldn’t be happening.
      1. Understanding that need that is being threatened by the change is step one.
      2. And keeping yourself open to being understanding … is the hardest step of all. That takes self-awareness. And it will save time in the long run.
      Thanks for this comment.

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