When I speak to RNs in the CLNC® Certification Program I’m speaking to your potential – the potential you yourself might not even know you have.
Luckily, I had the right number of people who saw my potential when I was young even though they had no clue how that potential would one day manifest – my parents, my soul mother Blanche, the dad of a high school classmate who recruited me for his university (and his daughter and I weren’t even friends) and teachers at all levels.
When I started working at my RN job in the hospital, compliments were few and far between. If the people who were important to my early years had not genuinely expressed belief in my intelligence and faith in my person, I would have probably fallen for the hospital critics and naysayers. I got my hand slapped a lot – not for making mistakes, but for speaking up for patients and wanting more for my nursing career.
Thanks to my more significant influencers, I let those hospital supervisors and administrators slap until the day I had enough. I could not live in a world that rewarded mediocrity (you know what I’m talking about – the RN who never speaks up and never gets in trouble, but has killed a patient or two…). Soon I was done with people who had no dreams stomping on mine.
That is why the best compliment I hear from the legal nurse students is, “Vickie, you make me feel so much better about myself as an RN.” Registered nurses who come to my class don’t just launch legal nurse consulting businesses; they often lose weight and shed themselves of toxic relationships. Why? Because someone (me) has reminded them of their potential.
At a recent performance, soprano Renee Fleming shared a quote from Barbara Cook, “You are enough. You are always enough. We are all, always enough.” Surround yourself with people who believe you’re enough. Success starts with believing in yourself and someone else believing first can be just enough of an impetus to start (and keep) you on your path.
Success Is Yours!
P.S. Comment and share how you remind yourself that you are enough.