Any concerns I may have had about losing momentum were easily laid to rest this week. The ED registrars leading on different projects are moving forward with a core energy that is a privilege to nurture.
It feels like the time is right to set up a new page tracking progress more formally than these end of week blog entries. Work for the week ahead.
Closing this weekend with the personal nourishment of attending a Peaceful Hearts retreat and understanding more deeply the roots of compassion.
The external growth this week has mostly been in the intellectual and physical energy domains. Notably – delivering the first session of a training program I am offering to ED clinicians interested in quality and clinical audit. And upgrading a proposed ED geriatric referral pathway to a patientflow pathway – shifting the central focus back to the patient.
Diminishing psychological safety at the organisation-ED interface has been the challenge for a second week running. I find myself coming back and taking refuge in the spiritual domain of our work – a purpose and perspective that helps me acknowledge the suffering without it becoming overwhelming.
Serenity to accept what I can not change, courage to make the changes I can, and experiential insight to recognise the difference. Compassion in practice.
Feels like a good week. The Europe wide research study our department is participating in connects us with a bigger picture and higher purpose, nourishes social engagement and provides a channel for physical action.
Also protected some 1:1 time with ED Quality Improvement Project registrars. Helped them understand the difference between medical research and quality improvement. Reinforced the importance of a moral compass – looking deeply and understanding where our (project) volition comes from.
Personal positive – concentrated most of my time and energy on my sphere of influence. Action and agency.
Personal area to grow – meeting people where they are, and not where I want/expect them to be ! Balancing the real life time pressure of delivering on research and departmental change while still providing young minds a safe space to learn.