This may not be radical or revolutionary and in fact given recent conversations both on and offline it feels almost confession like, however here I am throwing caution to the wind and admitting that I like Compassion in Practice, I like the word compassion and I like the 6cs !!
Now I have to be careful here as I don’t really want to turn this into a rant but I am fed up of listening to people and reading blogs and tweets that give compassion in practice a hard time. Being the positive soul that I am I would rather not dwell on the negative but instead write about why I like this initiative.
I like compassion in practice because of its simplicity – there is no doubt at all that nursing is complex and I feel that to be able to hang the complexity and diversity off the simplistic model that is compassion in practice gives nursing a focal point, a ground zero, a place that’s home. Words like care, compassion, courage, competence, communication and commitment may be the latest buzz words or “en vogue” however I feel it is more “en vogue” to slate and criticise rather than praise and be constructive. I understand that these words do not describe all that we do in nursing and yes we had these words in nursing long before CNO Jane Cummings put them together, but what they do is give us a common and caring language. I like this language, I feel proud to be associated with these words and I hope I do them justice every time I nurse.
I am a nurse, I am a practising nurse, I love nursing but I see that we need to move forward, to improve – we need to be better. I don’t consider myself to be “political” and to be honest with you I don’t care if Compassion in Practice is or was politically motivated I just know that I like it. I am sensible enough to realise that Compassion in Practice is not a magic wand but it has given me a language that I am confident with, it gives me a model to which to hang ideas and it gives me a framework that has been sadly lacking in nursing in recent years. For this nurse who really just wants to nurse and to be the very best nurse I can be I feel it’s a breath of fresh air.
I know, as I am sure that every nurse does, that nursing isn’t perfect and we don’t get it right every time and I know that Compassion in Practice alone won’t resolve this. It will take hard work from each and every nurse and for that hard work to be cohesive and effective we need to reset, to start again, compassion in practice gives us that …. I don’t care about being radical, but I know and care about what I like and I am standing up and saying I like care, compassion, courage, competence, communication and commitment long may they be “en vogue”!