The Importance Of Staying Positive, And Not Just For Finals Season

The Importance Of Staying Positive, And Not Just For Finals Season

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

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I read somewhere recently about a study showing that people had a significantly lower death rate over 30 years if they maintained an optimistic attitude. I found it a fitting fact with finals season upon us, and with a whirlwind year soon coming to an end. I've always been of the mindset that everything happens for a reason, and although life may give us a lot we don't think we can handle, it usually turns out okay. At least, in my experience, I've found this to be true.

With finals season wrapping up, it's important for students to remember all of the hard work, time, and effort that they put in this semester. While we might not all come out with grades that we wanted or expected, we have to learn from whatever it is and move on. Because there's always more to look forward to, and it's only the fall semester. Most of us have a long way to go, a way that definitely will not be easy. It may be a bumpy road, but hey, at least it's going somewhere.

Here are some reasons that staying positive is the best way to get through anything.

As mentioned above, staying positive is shown to correlate with better health. When you think positively, your mind has a great effect on your body and you are more likely to have a stronger immune system. During finals and the holidays, no one wants to be sick. Make sure to stay optimistic with whatever comes your way and you can better avoid those winter sick days.

When you are a positive person, people are more likely to be positive around you. Optimism brings other people up, spreading joy and uplifting energy. When you're with a study group cramming for finals, be sure to be that source of positivity and good energy. This will encourage others instead of bringing them down, and everyone should go into finals believing they can do well.

Being positive is a key factor in good self-esteem. When you have a positive attitude toward yourself, the people around you will have a better opinion of you and will treat you with more respect. This will bring up your self-confidence and inspire you to share that confidence with others.

Finally, the most important part of staying positive is it helps you stay happy and motivated. If you go through every day with a smile and the mindset that everything will turn out OK, you're more likely to be happy with your life than someone who thinks otherwise. It isn't always easy to be positive, and I know it can definitely be a struggle to find the bright side of things. But as long as you believe that you can get through something, and learn from every obstacle you overcome, you will be better off for it. During finals season and the holidays when too many people are stressed out and everything starts to pile up, it is especially important to lift up those around you.

So today and every day, be a source of good for someone who needs it. Lend a compliment to a stranger, leave a note of encouragement for a friend, offer up help to a classmate studying alone. Spread positivity, and positive things are sure to come your way.

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So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

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To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.

Sincerely,

The nursing student with just one year left.

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