I’m so pleased to bring you our 33rd issue of ConceRNs. It’s truly an honour to connect with you each year, and provide an update on all that’s gone on over these past number of months and to hear from others across the country as we look ahead to what’s coming down the pike.
There’s no denying that as registered nurses and nurse practitioners, we regularly witness the pain and suffering of others, work under demanding conditions in stressful environments, and often have limited resources available.
When contemplating these issues, I asked myself: How does one continue to cope and perform at a high level while facing these challenges on a regular basis?
I believe the solution lies in keeping acts of kindness at the forefront of all we do each and every day. Because being kind to yourself and those around you can heighten your happiness. It also creates a ripple effect and can release nearly 50% more oxytocin (the “feel good” chemical in your brain), while boosting creativity, resilience, and problem-solving skills.
And yet it’s important to remember that kindness does not have to be a big production. Even something as simple as a quick, yet meaningful conversation with a co-worker or patient can boost your mood and spread good vibes to those around you.
But being kind to yourself isn’t just about feeling good. After all, doing what feels good isn’t always accessible for us at any given moment. However, you can always take the time to show warmth, empathy, and understanding; to nurture your self-compassion, and to take care of your personal needs. This will benefit not only yourself but those around you as well. Your colleagues will be aware of this and reciprocate. The act of kindness will become contagious.
For this reason, we have chosen the theme Kindness is Contagious for our 2019 Annual General Meeting and I think it is very fitting. We’re excited to host our AGM in Summerside this year at the Credit Union Place on April 30th. It will be another great day as we gather to conduct business on behalf of the organization, make important decisions for the upcoming year, and inform the members of previous and future activities.
It is solidarity and strength in numbers that makes PEINU such a strong, united, and respected organization. I encourage you to register early and be a part of this important day and fun evening banquet.
“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”
– Bob Kerrey, American Senator and lobbyist
Mona O’Shea RN, President