Nurses and medical staff are giving people. Plain and simple. In healthcare, we give of ourselves to others every single day. It is fulfilling and exhausting. But for most of us in this field, we NEED to be givers. It is a trait that is just in us. We don’t know any other way. And if we try to not be givers, that simply doesn’t work, and we go feeling unfilled and without purpose.
I for one, have been in a place where I have felt like I have nothing left to give. That is a low place to be and an awful feeling. During this time, I tried to not be a giver, and let me tell you, that didn’t last long!! As I was able to heal and recover and climb out of that low place, I found myself with a renewed sense of giving and caring that was stronger than ever!
I no longer am a staff nurse giving to patients and their families, but now find myself giving to others through my leadership role. Giving to my team, my medical staff, and my colleagues, so that those that are involved in direct patient care have what they need to give to our patients.
This Holiday Season, I have focused on giving to others in a different way. For the second year, I sponsored a child in need through The Neighbor’s Place, a local non-profit community center that works to address the needs of community members. Once I indicated my interest in sponsoring a child in need, I was assigned to a 7 year old boy. I was given his name and 3 items on his wish list: Doodle Pro, Slam Dunk, and shirts/pants/shoes. Well my goodness, to see shirts/pants/shoes on a child’s wish list really puts things in perspective.
So I went shopping. Of course I picked up a Doodle Pro, what a fun toy that kids can learn from! I also found myself in the boys section, putting cute outfits together and totally blowing the recommended budget :). IT WAS SOOOO FUN!!!! And it FELT SOOOOO GOOD!!! 🙂
I brought the items home, wrote a note from Santa, wrapped the goodies, and delivered them the next day. I won’t get to meet this little boy or see him and his parents open the gift, but am hopeful this small gesture makes his Christmas a little brighter-it sure did mine!
So what are you doing this Holiday Season to give to others? There are so many ways to give back and make a difference during this time of year from Red Kettle Bell donations, to serving meals to those in need, to making supply or monetary donations to a community organization or animal shelter….there are so many options. You just need to find what makes your heart happy!
This year, my husband and I elected to not participate in family gift giving. This was a big decision, for obvious reasons. We made this decision because we know that we are fortunate to have what we need and what we want. We know that our family members also are fortunate enough to have what they need and what they want. So, we decided to focus our gift giving efforts in other ways…sponsoring a child, donating to the Salvation Army through the Red Kettle Bell Campaign, and by making a donation to a local animal shelter.
For nurses and medical support staff, the giving trait is in us and it can’t be turned off. Take a few moments to think about how you can use your gift of giving for the better this Holiday Season. I would love to hear how you are making a difference in the comment section below!!
Wishing You Well,