Working as a nurse (CMSRN) both before and during the pandemic, I’ve seen our profession change drastically in just a few years. The skills we need—and even what it means to be a nurse—are evolving as the new generation seeks different opportunities such as travel or part-time work.
Over the last few years, I’ve had to constantly adjust to new information, even as I watched colleagues leave the profession due to COVID-19 fears and burnout. To deal with these challenges, I’ve changed my mindset, learned new skills, and altered my approach.
Here is my advice for future nurses to help them not only succeed at work but find joy and fulfillment in our profession.