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If I only knew then…My gift of gab

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If I only knew then that my gift for gab and making connections would make room for me as a trailblazing NP.

One year had not passed before I considered the practice to be mundane. I kept feeling like something was wrong with me or missing from my career. I continued to work for the next four years but could not help but see much more in my NP role than what was conceptualized in school. Is this you?

Let’s admit that being an NP affords us the lifestyle most Americans dream of! For this reason, we become very comfortable with doing what is familiar often aborting the calling that is within. I believe many of us have confused advanced nursing as a calling and not a practice. In general, nursing is a skill that you learn in school.  Your calling is organic, and often recognized and pointed out by others before you notice. Your calling can also enhance your practice. And, in NP school there is little time to explore the various opportunities that fit your calling. What’s organic about you?

My friends will tell you that I am big on self-evaluations, and encourage everyone to do it at least once a year because growth requires change. And, how do you know what needs to be changed if you do not take time to be quiet and listen?  This year, I decreased my work hours to explore my strengths and weakness as Patrice, not an NP.  I spent less time socializing and only interacted with those who were in my corner to hear the truth about me. Ah ha!

I accepted that I was gifted at building relationships, serving as a resource, and upholding others. All of which takes gab!  This was a gift I ignored because I could not find a place for it in the NP profession. If I only knew then that it is okay to create a platform that you can’t find because others are waiting on you.

Listen to your inner voice! The inner voice that is telling you “There is more.”  Are you ready?

Here are some things to consider when marrying your gifts to the profession:

  1. Growth requires change and many people are too busy trying to be in a position of power instead of being one of influence.
  2. Evaluate yourself to identify areas that require growth.
  3. Allow yourself to be planted to perfect your gift.
  4. Serve first, Lead second.
  5. Ignore the hype of being everywhere, with everyone, all the time, doing everything.

Prior to NP Student Magazine, I spent years serving as a bridge. Today, I am happy I listened to that voice because if I had ignored it, you would not be reading this now. Thank you to those who have helped me grow, and thank you readers for allowing me to serve you!

Dr. Little

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P. Little, DNP, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Instructor at Georgia State University, & Author of Out of Crazy Born Genius, Host of P.O.W.E.R. TALKS Radio Show

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