One of the many wonders of being human is the way we evolve individually. The desire to be different and to embark on a different path, however, is frequently hindered by the fear of shedding one’s expertise to start over as an amateur. Nowhere do I see this more prevalent than with registered nurses.
You think you’ve seen it all and you have. You’ve become an expert or artist of nursing. As an artist it’s easy to forget how you successfully overcame those amateur and terrifying days at your first RN job in the hospital.
The irrational fear of consciously choosing amateur over expert status to consult with attorneys for the first time can hold you back from becoming a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant altogether. You forget the years of nursing experience you can bring to the attorneys’ cases. You forget that you make life or death decisions. You forget that you know more about the inner workings of the healthcare facilities than anyone on the litigation team. Instead you worry about what attorneys will think of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “Every artist was first an amateur.” To embrace anything new you must be receptive to all of the feelings (both positive and negative) that go with being an amateur – fear, trepidation, surprise, curiosity, excitement, disappointment and wonder.
Amateurs focus on the positive more than the negative to unleash the artist within. And while you’re at it, remember Van Gogh didn’t sell a painting during his lifetime. Monet was consistently (and enthusiastically) rejected by the Académie des Beaux-Arts and no major movie studio wanted to make George Lucas’s Star Wars because he was an amateur. With the CLNC® Certification Program training we’ll remind you that you’re not an amateur – you’re bringing your CLNC training and your years of nursing experience to the attorney’s case as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
Whatever your goals are for 2017, I wish you the grand and terrifying experience of being human and once again experiencing the excitement of moving from amateur to artist.
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