Are you nourishing your self-integrity?Monica Myers
As Healthcare Professionals, one would assume the majority of us have a significant amount of integrity.
But what I am curious to know is, have we developed integrity with ourselves?
Are we showing up for ourselves?
What are we willing to put up within the workplace?
We take amazing care of our patients but have we ever thought about how we are taking care of ourselves in the workplace?
I know some of us are experiencing bullying at work.
Some of us are working so short-staffed that it has become dangerous.
Some of our superiors are asking us to work a ridiculous amount of overtime. Some of us are expected to chart from home without pay.
Some of us are asked to implement policies that seem to make no sense.
What do we do in these circumstances? Have we ever thought about setting boundaries to protect ourselves?
Boundary setting determines the action that we will take in a particular circumstance.
Boundaries do not attempt to control the other party’s behavior, which is of very little use.
A boundary is something that we implement to rectify or prevent a harmful situation.
A boundary allows us to determine the way that we will care for ourselves.
A boundary will enable us to develop self-integrity further.
When examining our relationships with our employers, co-workers, managers, and supervising physicians, are there things that we may be willing to do to be team players?
But are there other circumstances that are self-harming and are not worth the toll it takes on us?
That is when we need to set a boundary. It is not always necessary to inform the other party when there is a boundary in place.
What is important is to acknowledge the boundary and then take action when the boundary is crossed.
An example of a boundary would be if I am bullied, the action I would take would be to talk to the person, and if that did not work or doesn’t feel right, the action might be to take it to the proper authorities.
Or a boundary might be appropriate when I am asked to work an excessive amount of overtime, and the action could be that I will only do what is right for me.
Or a boundary could be considered when I am required to chart without pay. The action might be exploring my options, negotiating for a scribe or a dictation program, or seeking other employment.
Or a boundary would possibly be the right thing to do when we are constantly required to work short-staffed. The potential action could be to make a decision that aligns with what is best for us and our mental and physical well-being.
These are just a few examples of boundaries and actions we might want to consider.
When setting boundaries, be mindful of your limits and feelings.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
Setting boundaries is not selfish – it is self-care.
Making conscious decisions about the circumstance in which we are willing to work, how we show up for ourselves, and the extent to which we exercise self-integrity help defeat burnout and lead to more fulfilling work and personal life.
These are just a few of the tools I teach my clients in my coaching program. My name is Monica Myers. I am a PA-C and an Advanced Certified Life Coach.
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