Should we be paying more attention to our caring ... | Viewsbank

Should we be paying more attention to our caring professions?

In our busy world, it can become easy for us to overlook how and when we take the time to truly care for one another. In most of our day to day lives, we are thinking about ourselves, our families, and our friends. For many of us, it has become easy to focus on those immediately surrounding us and forget about the care and support needed from others.

We have reflected these sentiments in our decision-making surrounding key caring professions in our society, leaving nurses, midwives, teachers, and social workers often unsupported and underappreciated.  


So, why are the caring professions so important? Roles that support the development, health, and wellbeing of others are vital to a healthy society and to each and every one of us. While these roles are the building blocks of our communities, they can often be overlooked for this very reason.


This week, quite a few articles were published stating that midwife and nurse numbers are worryingly low, with more people leaving these professions than coming in. While there are quite a few causes to this phenomena, placing blame is often unhelpful and even counterproductive. This shortage will likely impact nearly all of us, in one way or another, so now is the time for us to get involved, consider our experiences, and do our best to support these professions.

 

What can we do about it?

 

There are many ways to get involved and make a difference for caring professionals, whether it be through a small act of gratitude, emotional support, or working to change policy, each action we take matters. Merely being mindful of how we and others interact with caring professionals can have a massive impact.


  1. Showing Gratitude. Whenever we receive any form of care or support, it is important we show how much this means to us. When someone else places our well-being at the forefront, there is much room for gratitude.


  1. Listening. While we can all make judgements about what we think is best, those working within these professions know exactly what is needed to make these fields stronger. Now is our chance to listen so that we may begin to move forward in a more informed way.


  1. Providing Support. Whenever we come into contact with someone from a caring profession, providing a space to feel supported, in whatever way they need, is crucial. Merely being mindful of the need for support can change things completely.


  1. Fostering Patience. Systemic issues such as this will not be fixed overnight, so in the meantime, we can practice patience as much as possible.  

 

  1. Donating. While Nurse’s Day has come and gone this year, we can still get involved and help to support nurses financially by donating to the RCN or to the RCM to support midwives!


  1. Discussing. When we keep talking about these issues, we find alternative ways to approach, think about, and eventually solve them. Let’s keep talking and sharing our thoughts, opinions, and experiences. We never know who this information might help!



Share your thoughts and experience around caring for one another in the comments below!



Happy sharing and happy Friday!


Sam




Photo by Ludovic François on Unsplash

Comments

I worked in a care home  3 nights X 12 hour shift looking after 20  residents. Had to  help some to bed. Had cooking, cleaning ,laundry & mending to do.  Check residents every 2 hours then wake them in the morning having laid  breakfast tables. Some had breakfast in bed.Those on medication I had to make sure they got that. If any had an accident I had to clean up after them. I never got a thank you from the owners, nor did I get a meal.All for £80 a week.  A few years later  I worked for Social Services. I had 16 clients, & had to wash & dress some.Make meals, do laundry,ironing ,housework & shopping.Collect prescriptions,& pensions. Again ensure those on meds took them. I also had to change leg bags for those with catheters.Take some  out shopping. Later I had to go out & make  them a meal at teatime,  then on evening shift  get them undressed & to bed. I also had to stay overnight at times & still work the next day. The pay was £5 an hour. Some would be so mean they  would never ask if you would appreciate a drink. others tested your honesty & efficiency by  hiding money to see if you found it (efficiency ) & honesty by  telling them you found it.Nurses & carers deserve medals for what they have to deal with &  a decent rate of pay.