My school aged daughter is sometimes asked to learn things in a novel way. One of her teachers often assigns her to draw a picture that illustrates new words the class is learning. I find some of the depictions to be extremely creative, and even insightful. I was thinking about this educational method when I read the articles in our current issue, “The Resilient Nurse Leader.”
While the word “resilience” has not yet appeared in my child’s homework, I know what would illustrate the concept to me. I would draw (or try to, with my very limited artistic skill) a nurse leader.
Resilience is the ability to maintain or return to a healthy state of mind, body and spirit, despite forces that work to deflate or defeat all three of these. Synonyms for the word include pliability, flexibility, hardiness, toughness, strength and buoyancy. These are the very words I would use to describe my wonderful, funny, talented, intelligent nursing colleagues…besides the ones I just mentioned. The resiliency of nurses, and in particular, nurses who lead, is incredible. The men and women who continue to seek, and find, ways to improve health for individuals and communities, in spite of daunting challenges (and some disappointments) make me proud to be part of this special profession. I’m hoping the articles in this edition will reinforce your pride, too….and remind you of ways to increase your own essence of resilience.
Thanks for Choosing to Lead,