Most nurses and professional caregivers are well aware that a positive attitude on their part can dramatically influence patient or client outcomes for the better. However, staying positive in the current pandemic environment may seem like an impossible challenge.
Today’s blog post shows that caregiver and nurse positivity is still very much possible—even in these trying times. And it’s needed now more than ever before. We’ll take a brief look at some ways frontline healthcare workers can keep their spirits up for the sake of their patients and clients, and how healthcare leaders can help with this.
Positivity Equals Compassion and Presence for Caregivers
When we hear the term “positivity” or are told to “keep a positive attitude,” it can bring to mind thoughts of putting a smile on your face even when you’re not feeling particularly happy. In other words, in certain situations, positivity can seem somewhat shallow or false. And for caregivers and nurses, merely putting up a cheerful front isn’t enough.
In the caring professions, positivity needs to equal more nuanced, empathetic approaches to client interactions, including active listening, remaining visibly calm in stressful moments, and interacting compassionately. Luckily, these are all skills that can be learned and practiced—that are not just reactions based on feelings in a given moment.
The Power of Presence
One of the most significant components of nurse positivity is presence. This means a caregiver needs to slow down and not seem rushed when interacting with a client or patient.
Nurses who come across as distracted or who seem more interested in checking equipment and making notes that connecting with a patient may be subtly suggesting that they don’t care enough—even if they do. Unfortunately, clients or patients are less likely to ask for help from caregivers who aren’t as present, which can lead to unnecessary issues.
How Teamwork Plays a Role
Studies have revealed that hospitals with the lowest mortality rates also tend to be those with the best relationships between doctors, nurses, and other staff members.
Healthcare leaders must make every effort to ensure that excellent teamwork is a priority in their facilities. Nurses and caregivers should be encouraged to collaborate and create a positive environment for everyone working to treat and care for patients/clients. Good teamwork starts at the top with healthcare leaders promoting this type of culture in their organizations and within facilities.
Managing Feelings of Burnout is Critical for Promoting Positivity
But, what about feelings of burnout among caregivers? It’s true that the current healthcare climate—which includes a global pandemic and other big industry challenges that already existed before COVID-19—does not make practicing with positivity easy.
In a previous post here on the blog, we covered some tips to alleviate caregiver burnout that center on better self-care, as well as seeking out support. It can be impossible to practice positivity as a nurse or caregiver when you simply have nothing left to give.
And healthcare leaders need to learn to recognize the signs of burnout in their staff, as well. If they do not, they could risk losing valuable team members who are too stressed out and decide to quit, which benefits no one.
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