You are surrounded by urgent situations in healthcare. If it isn’t the urgency of the patient, it can be the urgency of the family’s needs. Not to mention the inner workings of health care, running short on staff, not having enough staff that is learning quickly enough to keep up with a fast paced environment. There are hundreds of things in healthcare that cause moments of humanity to be overlooked, or the opportunities to meet small needs passed up due to a busy schedule. I hope you found hope this week in how you observed the small acts of humanity. It’s the small things that make a 12 hour shift or 18 hour shift go by a lot quicker. Why be ordinary when you can be awesome? It is truly what brings you into a greater sphere of influence to those around you. You have the incredible opportunity, as leaders, to be awesome for your team and for the patients you see everyday. I have seen this in my own experience as a patient, and specifically seen it for my wife who went through a major surgery last summer. The difference in the lives of those you treat will be markedly different as you look for those small moments of humanity to help those unable to help themselves.
Enjoy those small acts of humanity you continue to see this week.