A Question of Value in the Workplace
My nursing career has flucuated between years of highs and lows. Some were extreme, while others were mild. But after a serious burnout, I have once again reached a new plateau of job satisfaction. I find pleasure in my work. I feel like I am accomplishing something. But most of all, I have a strong sense that my effort is of value.
This leads me to wonder about the origin of professional value. I know I am a person who seeks instant gratification, hence why I have always loved emergecncy nursing. As a new ED nurse, I saw results when I gave a med or performed a task. Once I gained experience, I found immense pleasure in educating my patients about their care.
But at some point that all went away. I was no longer able to sustain my own sense of value and finally had to change jobs.
Now as an educator, I seek to prevent that for my colleagues. I want them to feel valued and important. But how do I do that?
What makes you feel valuable at work?
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