I am really blessed to have incredible and inspiring co workers and managers at both my jobs. They inspire me because they all genuinely care about the people we are helping. They have empathy, which as a very sweet co worker and I were discussing this morning, is the hardest part about our job. Both of us had a different times questioned whether we were cut out for this line of work. Not because the work load was too heavy but because it was too hard on the heart and mind to see people struggling and suffering and at times being able to do little to change that. It is hard to not get emotionally connected and care about a patient because they are a human being who is having a crisis or hard time and you want to be able to do something to make it better.
The hardest part of the job was also a quality learned the hard way. Many health care workers do not seem to connect with the one they are helping and have empathy. It is one of the most valued and crucial part of what makes a good caregiver one who truly gives care rather than just performing jobs and tasks that need to be done.
Almost all of the individuals I work with went through personal experiences and personal pain either themselves or their loved one and that is how they learned to care. While our empathy, compassion and concern for the elderly and youth we care about were not learned in school or Seminars given at work….I think we need to start having staff, caregivers, ER Staff and mental health workers be taught how to have empathy and see life through another’s eyes.
Nelson Mandela said
“We, more than others, should carry jumper and tow cables not only in our cars, but also in our hearts, by which means we can send the needed boost or charge of encouragement or the added momentum to mortal neighbors.”
― Neal A. Maxwell, All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience