Career advice

Paths to positive change: believing you deserve what you want

Valuing yourself is a vital ingredient of self-esteem but developing self-compassion can take time. Health coach Mandy Day-Calder offers advice on how to be as committed to yourself as you are to your patients

Valuing yourself is a vital ingredient of self-esteem but developing self-compassion can take time. Health coach Mandy Day-Calder offers advice on how to be as committed to yourself as you are to your patients

Life is tough for nurses and it’s natural to look for external reasons why your career objectives may have remained unmet, such as lack of funding and staff shortages.

But if you want to develop as a nurse, it is also important to look inward, and examine how you are supporting or hindering your route to success.

Very few of us set an objective and follow a linear path to achieving it – often it’s a variation on one step forward, two steps back. This is reflected in the cyclical stages of change model, commonly used in motivational interviewing, which acknowledges that change often happens gradually and

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