Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC

Do you want to make an impact on this world? A good friend of mine sends out a Monday morning motivation weekly to a group of us. He recently sent this: “Strive to be better. The sky’s the limit.” It’s a quote from Bruce Lee. 

We all have it within us to be amazing, to make an impression. There is greatness in you!

So, while we are all dealing with the political strife that is in our landscape right now, and so many people want to divide us and argue why they are right and you are wrong, let’s rise above that.  Here’s a reminder of who you are: a hero. 

Yes, we can disagree politically, but can’t we love unconditionally? Can we not live up to our values that make us so special, the ones that led you to work in post-acute care/long-term care? I happen to work for an organization whose values can and do change the world. Do you?

Didn’t most of us choose this profession to speak up for those who can’t do so for themselves, to ensure justice for frail elders, the helpless? Isn’t that what matters?

I don’t know if you’ve ever read Proverbs 30: 8-9 but it speaks to the importance of caring for orphans. However, for our understanding, the word orphan in the biblical translation means “powerless.” Is not that what we should be focusing on? Not this temporary craziness? Do we give in to the world or do we hold onto our values in the midst of all of this discord? Remember that this stress and anxiety causing drama is just for a little while, as opposed to your whole life.

And finally, if you think you have to leave a political message here, just get over yourself and reread the blog.  That would be like bringing a 3-year-old to a fancy, expensive restaurant. Nobody around you enjoys that! 

Now, let’s show the world who we are. Let’s be a better version of ourselves. 

Just keeping it real,

Nurse Jackie

The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, Senior Director of Clinical Innovation and Education for Mission Health Communities, LLC and an APEX Award of Excellence winner for Blog Writing. Vance is a real-life long-term care nurse. A nationally respected nurse educator and past national LTC Nurse Administrator of the Year, she also is an accomplished stand-up comedienne. The opinions supplied here are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or her professional affiliates