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Turn Nursing Negativity into Positive Action

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While complaining allows an individual to psychologically unburden themselves, there is often a point when such negativity becomes counter-productive. Such talk – when unchecked – can cause a ripple effect that colours everyone’s work experience with a cloud of anger and resentment.

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Nurses face many challenges throughout their professional nursing careers, and remaining positive amidst the storm can feel daunting. When nurses get together over a meal or a drink after work, the talk can frequently turn negative. In a community of nurses, it is generally accepted that a certain amount of moaning and complaining is the norm, and many of us can attest to the fact that these conversations can sometimes be fairly strident in tone. While complaining allows an individual to psychologically unburden themselves, there is often a point when such negativity becomes counter-productive. Nurses can easily collude with one another regarding how horrible hospital administration may be, but such talk – when unchecked – can cause a ripple effect that colours everyone’s work experience with a cloud of anger and resentment.

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Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on many social media platforms---including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram - as well as at www.nursekeith.com and Digital Doorway.
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Debra Curran
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Nurses do often find themselves facing huge challenges at work. I do believe that confronting our challenges with an open mind and a desire for positive change is the best we can do individually to achieve positive change.
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