The (nursing) revolution will not be televised: Part II

“If we do not change direction, we are likely to end up exactly where we are headed”- Chinese Proverb.

In one of my previous postings, I mentioned that the nursing revolution would not be televised; in other words, our own revolution begins with an evolution of consciousness about nursing and our practices. I do believe, just as our esteemed nursing theorists Jean Watson has stated time and again, that caring is the essence of nursing practice, and yet we have continued as nurses to generally practice in institutions and organizations that do not know how to value and support the caring- healing capacities of nurses, despite the fact that our patients make clear time and again are of the utmost importance along their healing journey.

We are each, as individuals and nurses, in need of awakening to our own personal path of caring and healing. If we are to be able to share caring and healing with others on a meaningful basis, we have to be on a caring-healing journey for ourselves individually and collectively.

In order to create change in our profession and move toward greater acceptance of caring-healing nursing practices, the change needs to come from within each of us. I have some students who state things along the lines of, “What is the use? I can change myself and yet this will not effect the institution where I work”. And this is where they are wrong. I have seen time and again nurses who move toward changing their consciousness and engaging in their own self-care and healing endeavors, and they then go on to create meaningful changes in their lives and their practices. Others find the courage and strength through self-reflective practices  and increasing stress resilience to realize that they are serving a dysfunctional system and they opt to leave their place of employment. By increasing our personal stress resilience and creating new brain pathways, we can open up to creative solutions to workplace problems and we can walk into our own issues instead of running from them or remaining stagnant.

Stress resilience helps us to create a personal revolution toward peace, ease, and well being. The following is a video by Joan Boryenseko on transformational experiences of healing, awakening, and consciousness evolution. Here she walks into the process of witnessing our emotions and the process of witnessing, forgiveness, and grief.

As we undertake the revolutionary steps of transformation to change our personal and nursing consciousness toward peace, we will notice a reduction in aggression and an increase in compassion, caring, love, and tolerance- the qualities needed to support the creation of healing environments in our healthcare systems and facilities. As our personal and professional consciousness evolves and shifts, we begin to move toward a better understanding of the unity of all human beings and species and even to the larger cosmos.

So what prevents us from taking the steps toward personal and professional revolution through consciousness transformation? Below is a video by Eckhart Tolle that briefly described the movement toward consciousness transformation and moving beyond fear.

I am open to hearing your thoughts here and in the next installation, I will present ideas on the steps toward walking into peaceful revolution and transformation in part III.

4 thoughts on “The (nursing) revolution will not be televised: Part II

  1. Bravo, Dr. Clark, for your insightful expression of powerful ideas. Dr. JoAnn Ashley’s research illuminated the oppressive nature of hospital cultures present from the beginning. Your guidance to nurses in overcoming the toxic environments in which many of us work is the revolution we need among individuals. Together we must neutralize institutional toxicity so nurses can practice fully. I wish you well as you seek to educate nurses about their liberation.


  2. Carey,
    I love this thread you have started! I am reading Seth Godin’s book, The Icarus Deception, in which he discusses the shift from the Industrial Economy to the Connection Economy (as he calls it). This book is geared toward business and marketing and “shipping our art,” but I believe this analogy fits for just about every context in life today. Especially health care. People want connection. Patients crave connection. Whether that’s an explanation of what is being done, given, etc., or whether that’s support and encouragement for a successful procedure (or managing a chronic condition). We are no longer a society about “compliance,” which was perpetuated by everything from assembly line work to health care. We are a society of connections.


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