Anyone who knows me personally or professionally will tell you that I thrive best when I am seeking out new experiences; that I am easily bored when confined to the same nursing job for years, and that I am always in search of neoteric jobs, both laterally and upwardly.
On average, I stay at the same job for approximately three or four years, although some have been shorter and some longer. At that point, I start to explore other opportunities. I figure if I am going to accept a new job, I should be humble and thankful that a new employer is investing in me financially (via formal training), and subsequently, I do stay for as long as I am still learning.
In The Pursuit of Writing
Putting pen to paper excites me. When I went into nursing, I never imagined that I would be writing for medical journals or blogging on the internet. In fact, I was a college graduate who had no interest in pursuing a degree, let alone a Masters. I started writing professionally when I was enrolled in a Masters of Nursing Program (yes, I caved and obtained a BScN, and reckoned after I should just keep going).
Although writing was obligatory, I loved it. I enjoyed the literature reviews, the annotated bibliographies and the continual analyses of articles. I found that I could write quickly and with substance, both for professionals and lay-persons. When writing, I get inside my head, which some would consider a dangerous neighborhood to be in. Joking aside, writing is for me.
Nurse Beth on allnurses.com wrote an impressive article on writing, it is called ‘How Blogging Helped my Nursing Career’. It is a must read for anyone with this calling. Despite obtaining no fame or wealth from my writing, it is something that I enjoy. The subjects I could write about are truly endless. Mostly, I like to write on topics that will help day-to-day nurses strengthen their assessments. Ultimately, this is helping the patient. Therefore, writing is still nursing.
I performed all the exhilarating things in nursing, the code blues, the defibs, the hand-holding of the dying, the comforting of family, the stumbling upon a symptom that wasn’t there before, and the straightforward task of dispensing medication. I love nursing and all the confidence and prospects it has brought me.
I love writing too. It calms me and excites me at the same time. In nine short months, I have issued two peer-reviewed nursing articles, published multiple blogs and am a volunteer editor on an editorial board. It's exhilarating to seek out one’s aspirations.
Writing regularly, whether for publication or personal journaling, provides an abundance of benefits. It's a means of self-exploration and reflection, a clever way to learn and stay current, and surprisingly turns you into a ‘writer’.
The Rewards of Writing
- Personal and professional growth
It leads to mindful living.
It demands self-discipline and confidence to generate thought-provoking work.
It’s a valuable tool for reflecting, articulating, and creating.
Positive reactions from readers lead to gratitude and motivation to write more.
Constructive feedback incites you to outshine yourself next time.
- Enrichment for others
Through frank writing, empathy, and disclosure of candid feelings and experiences, one can foster a relationship with readers. Powerful writing can impassion, inspire, transform minds and history, open doors and build communities.
- Increased learning and productivity
The attractiveness of writing is that one can write about anything. Topics are limitless. Learning is boundless.
Writing is a syntactical discovery of language.
It improves vocabulary, working memory, communication, critical thinking, empathy, insight and decision making.
- New opportunities and extra income
Blogging and writing can lead to compensation for product reviews, guest blogging, endorsements, interviews, consultations, conferences and speaking engagements (Nurse Beth, 2016).
- Emotional and physical benefits
In his article ‘The Psychological Benefits of Writing: Why Richard Branson and Warren Buffett Write Regularly’, Gregory Ciotti maintains that expressive writing has been associated with happiness, contentment and decreased stress for those who absorb themselves in prose frequently.
Nightly writing can improve sleep, depression, hypertension and other physical ailments according to one ‘Health and Well-Being’ study (Huffington Post, 2013).
The advantages of writing are endless. Write about passion. Write about challenges. Write often. Just write.