In this article, we’re going to talk about nurse affirmations. The main reason for this article is because many people don’t know what affirmation is or how it can benefit them.
To help with that below we’re going to discuss:
- What affirmations are
- How it can benefit you as a nurse
- Examples of nurse affirmations you can start using today
- How you can start coming up with your own affirmations
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Affirmations are very concise and straightforward sayings or expressions. When you say it to yourself (I think it works better if it’s said out loud), it’s a way of turning words into reality.
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.-Willie Nelson
As nurses, we deal with a lot of difficult situations. The goal of affirmations is to energize yourself and shift your train of thought from one bad or negative thing to something more positive.
You’re going to have shifts that you’ll deal with patients or family members that will drain you. That will make you question why you became a nurse and maybe even your skill level as a nurse.
In the end, you’ll have to find a way to keep going or risk nurse burnout. I think affirmations may be able to help.
Like most things in life, consistency means better results. But consistency will look differently from person to person. But here are some general tips to get you started:
Say them at least 4x a day. If you’re working, you can try saying it in your car before walking into work. You can say it at lunch and then repeat it on your way home from work.
Lastly, repeat it before going to bed to help center yourself and give you positive thoughts before bed.
- I am a good nurse.
- Today I am energized and ready.
- Today I am full of energy and overflowing with love and joy.
- I am a patient-focused nurse.
- I have the patience for every patient.
- I show kindness and empathy to those around me.
- I am choosing to be present with my coworkers and patients today.
- I am choosing to not be defined by my mistakes.
- I have empathy for my patients.
- I am a problem solver.
- I have the resources to make critical decisions.
- I am allowed to feel stress and still make healthy choices.
- I am respectful to my coworkers.
- I have healthy boundaries with my coworkers and patients.
- I am thankful for the opportunity to help those in need today.
- I honor my education by working with excellence.
- I am energized for the day ahead of me.
- My body mind and soul are engaged for the day.
- I choose to care for my body while at work today.
- While I cannot control how others act, I do determine my responses.
- Whatever the day has in store, I choose to respond with gratitude.
Here are some tips you can use to come up with your own nurse affirmation phrase.
- Start it with “I Choose” or “I AM.” This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but some of the more powerful affirmations tend to start from this phrase from my experience.
- Make sure it’s in the present tense. Past tense affirmations just lose a lot of their power.
- Keep it positive. In other words, focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
- Make the phrasing specific.
- Keep the phrase short.
For more information on creating affirmation phrases, check out the book “The Success Principles” on Amazon.
- The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
- Canfield, Jack (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
What affirmation phrase have you come up with? Let us know in the comment section below.