Let’s meet another clinician who is thriving! What’s something Denise does that you can add to your own wellness journey? For me, getting enough sleep can be a challenge. But I’m working on it. One day at a time – right?
Name: Denise Nursing specialty: Intensive Care, Clinical Education, System Analyst Practices in: Illinois Years in nursing: 38
What’s one wellness ritual you’ll never quit? Making sure I get enough sleep! When I started working 12-hour night shifts in the ICU, I finally understood the importance of sleep to perform my best and respond effectively in critical situations. I also rarely worked more than two shifts in a row because I needed the time to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Name one food you could eat every single day. Chocolate! I have learned, however, to enjoy it in moderation rather than deprive myself completely. I don’t keep chocolate in the house, so I don’t go overboard.
How do you create calm in the chaos of everyday life? I recently started a gratitude journal. Every day I write about at least one thing that happened that I am grateful for. Reflecting on even little things has helped me find the good every day and not be overwhelmed by the negativity in the world. I wish I had started it years ago.
What’s the best career advice you were ever given? Don’t be afraid to try new things! Nursing offers so many different opportunities. I have worked as a nurse at the bedside in a Med/Surg unit, Telemetry, and ICU. I’ve been a staff educator. I’m currently working on the IT side of the healthcare profession as an analyst with a popular electronic medical record system. Taking on different roles has kept me challenged, motivated, and engaged!
What’s one thing you would tell your younger self? You can do more than you believe you can. That’s also the advice I’d give to anyone starting a career in healthcare. Believe in yourself! You are more capable than you realize.
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