A hardcore nurse is not hard like a wall, they are hard like a birth.
A hardcore nurse gives their full attention and energy to the tasks and challenges before them. They practice in the moment but remain vigilant to the periphery.
The hardcore nurse has penetrated the deeper importance the work they do.
They recognise the power that others entrust them with.
They do not squander this response-ability.
The hardcore nurse does not come to work just to socialise, or to provide the bare minimum standard of care, or to whinge and bitch about their lot.
They are not just a nurse, and it is not just a job.
No, a hardcore nurse wields fierce compassion, uncompromising professionalism and aggressive sensitivity.
They wade assuredly into the midst of it all, embracing the joys and embracing the sorrows.
The hardcore nurse strives to bring out the best in themselves and the best in those they work with. They will not hesitate to call out people or systems that interfere with this.
A hardcore nurse refers to basic nursing care as essential nursing care, and practices accordingly.
A hardcore nurse is value driven and evidence guided. They are fully accountable for their actions and strive to improve the quality of their work through study and reflection.
A hardcore nurse knows they may make many mistakes and face many difficulties and they guard against this. But a hardcore nurse is not a hard nurse. They see these occurrences not as indications that they are bad, but as feedback that they are truly working amongst the heart of things.
A hardcore nurse laughs often. And cries sometimes. And shares both.
A hardcore nurse knows that in order to care for others they must first care for themselves. They also understand that caring for others is caring for themselves.
A hardcore nurse challenges other nurses to become hardcore.
A hardcore nurse knows that their path is not something outside of them. Their work is nothing other than themselves.
It is no big deal to become a hardcore nurse….. simply begin today.