Elizabeth Scala is a nursing colleague and friend of mine, so I was happy to review one of her latest endeavors. One of Amazon's hot New Releases from the Nursing book list: Nursing from Within
Lighting A Spark Within Me
It was pure pleasure to read such an inspirational book for nurses, the read came at a time in my own life when I needed some inspiring and healing words. As nurses we are taught to care for others and we do that very well, so well that we sometimes (most all the time) take on more and more challenges. We care for others so well that we don't take the time to take care of ourselves. I have to admit this book resonated with my soul as I turned each page. I am that nurse that has always been way to busy to take care of herself. What the heck is "self love" I had to ask myself, do people actually do that? They did not teach this concept in nursing school way back when (we won't discuss how long that's been...lol)
Self-care is such an important part of nursing care, if we are not well, how can we help others get well?
This is something I am actively working on day by day, one day at a time. Elizabeth's book has helped me light a spark within me that I hope can ignite an inferno that will glow from inside out.
"Nursing From Within" is about a true deep and inner connection with the spirit of self"
You Can Teach Old Dogs New Tricks (or Tools for Life)
As an older (yikes) more experienced or well seasoned (or burned out) nurse I can relate to Elizabeth's advice throughout the book, even though her advice hit home way to often. Positive thinking throughout the book was very refreshing and kept me engaged with each page turn. I needed this self evaluation and inner focus to the "Nurse" within me. Young or old, most of us went into the nursing profession for the same reasons, we care about others. We just need some positive tools to help us do our jobs better, starting with the most important person first, you..... the nurse!
Elizabeth teaches some simple tools that she developed to help nurses become happier and healthier. These are tools for not only nurses but all health practitioners and healers.
3 Tools for Happier and Healthier Nurses:
1. Self Love: "To reconnect with the Nurse Within, you have to love this person that you are" Only when we love ourselves and let our light shine from within can we truly begin to be that nurse that we were "called" to be. Such a simple thing, but why is this so hard for us?
2. Being Present In The Moment: "You need to exist in the here and now" " All you need in peace and quiet"
Taking the time to listen, be still and be quiet sometimes is the best way to find out exactly what your patient needs.
3. Every Situation Is A Gift: " Each moment is a chance to learn something new" A way for you to grow through something and thrive on the other side. (I think this is true in all aspects of our daily lives)
Read more great tools in Nursing from Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds " by Elizabeth Scala (available in paperback and Kindle formats)
Elizabeth is a nurse, Reiki Master, healer, certified coach, facilitator, teacher, author and speaker. You can find more about this awesome lady at Elizabeth Scala [dot] com
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