Day 24: Slow down

You are always running, probably. I know I used to. I used to always run between theatre, emergency, the ward, clinic, preoperative holding bay, recovery, etc. I need to run so I can pack more things into my day and spread myself thinly over many things. In the midst of running, I often realise that I am less effective and less helpful to others. I project this air of busy-ness and keep others at a distance so they won’t bother me. But I’m learning now to slow down and purposely hold my thoughts longer. I’m learning to slow down during rounds so I can spend a bit more time with patients, and allow students and nurses to stop me and ask me questions. I slow down enough to make me interruptible and approachable. I slow down enough to allow my mind to think clearly. I sit on the patient’s bed. I sit on the nurses desk. I slow my footsteps. Interestingly, I still get the same amount of stuff done (or not done) during the day whether I am at 110mph or just on slower speed. I am realising that slowing down is good for me, my colleagues and my patients. Try that.


2 thoughts on “Day 24: Slow down

  1. As a busy ward pharmacist, I can relate to this post so very well. I empathise 100 percent. I have spent my time on the wards running from one bed to the other, checking the charts, bringing in medications for the nurses who need them desperately, run up and down the stairs. Mistakes can be made and one ends up so exhausted, grumpy and foggy minded, which can compromise patient care and also affect your own health. Yet, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter, as you stated, the outcome is the same.

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