We Are Gatekeepers! A Nurses Week Message

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I have been so blessed these past 25 years to work with amazing colleagues in our nursing profession who understand and demonstrate what it means to be a nurse. Nurses who understand that caring includes acts of courage, accepting positions of power, doing the right thing, and serving our persons of nursing as leaders to promote positive outcomes. To these nurses, I would like to say thank you for all I have learned from you and for the opportunity to serve beside you. I look forward to many more years of caring together!

In honor of all of the nurses out there that give of themselves every day to make a difference in the lives of others I would like to share a brief excerpt from my book “We Are Gatekeepers: A Self-Reflective Leadership Challenge for Nurses at All Levels”. Thank you for all you do and for the actions you take daily to ensure your patients are safe and for your contributions to this amazing profession!

Are you a Gatekeeper who is engaged politically in your organization? For your patients? For you profession?

Does the idea of being politically active scare you or overwhelm you?

Have you ever thought, politics do not belong in this profession?

As gatekeepers, we must engage politically. It is necessary for nurses to learn how to navigate a formal organization system effectively. Just like power, being political is neither good nor bad. It is just a necessary responsibility to ensure the progression of the nursing profession and for the benefit of those we serve.

Relationships are Key

Politics occurs at every level of nursing and the most effective gatekeeper in regards to maneuvering through a political arena is the one who focuses on building and maintaining positive relationships in the environment of care. . .

To do this, gatekeepers must be active in their work. They must be trustworthy and practice with integrity. A gatekeeper must build positive relationships to assure a level of influence that actively affects all care processes in a positive way. In building relationships, gatekeepers do not have to strive to make all people happy or ensure that they are liked by everyone. I mean that as gatekeepers you practice from a foundation of evidence that supports your practice. It means that you have gained respect as a gatekeeper for owning who you are, accepting responsibility, and practicing with accountability, courage, and power.

It is important to recognize, that generally, we cannot make others happy and we cannot make everyone like us. True happiness comes from within. If someone does not have it, it is not your fault. Blaming others for a lack of happiness weakens political power and causes people to practice from a place of powerlessness. Worrying about being liked verses respected distracts us form our purpose of serving others and will misguide us along the path to safe patient care. Being political means that others are persuaded to believe in your message. It is about getting things done for those we serve and for our own professional growth. . .

Gatekeepers are viewed by our communities as caring professionals. However, caring does not only mean communicating an image of a guardian angel, caring hands, or the lady with the lamp. Caring means gatekeepers use their voice and take charge and ownership of the professional responsibility to be active in the care of others. Through political action gatekeepers serve as advocates, change agents, and visionaries for high quality care. . .

Thank you Nurses for your grace and your courage. Thank you for practicing as political agents for the care of others and yourselves. I am proud to be one of you in this profession and on this journey! I hope you have an amazing week of celebration.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Talk Tuesday. If you are interested in a copy of my book, public speaking availability, or legal nurse services please visit my website at https://upvisionconsulting.com/

Talk Tuesday,

The Legal Nurse


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