My Thoughts On Why Healthcare Practitioners Need To Take Vacations & Time Away For Other reasons
A Quoran (a forum where people from around the world ask questions about just about any subject and others answer them asked a question regarding how we practitioners in healthcare feel about taking vacations so that is the subject of today’s post (since I just took the time to write it and I am a bit behind in my day’s work already — just had a huge project to do to get it off my brain!). This is how I answered the question:
I am a hypnotist and NLP master practitioner and trainer of both. I never had an issue taking time off to take advantage of the opportunities that came my way to travel the world for training, for helping people in the developing world, for more training, and taking care of family crises be it my own health and wellbeing or those that I love — because, we need to take care of those things that arise in life and balance them with the absolutely life inspiring opportunities that we are lucky enough to come into our lives.
Each of our life’s events is going to push us to grow and learn more about ourselves and the people with whom we come into contact. I would have to say that I have become a much more humbled person and a much better practitioner for each and every time I left my practice to do something of value for myself or others.
Many of the journeys were healing journeys for me — sometimes months at a time. Sometimes it was about stepping in when someone I was (because many of them have since passed away) called to step in and care for because the person didn’t have anyone else to do that for them. Many of these were not comfortable experiences, full of huge responsibility, and not very well reimbursed financially speaking — and yet, I gained more from stepping in while others could or would not help. These experiences helped me to keep my own integrity and not have to be worried about what could have happened should I not been there to advocate for the one I was caring for while also administering medications, making sure the protocols were followed for the surgical procedures or blood tests, and making sure the diet was appropriate for the underlying health issues involved.
I have at this late point in my life earned the right to ask anyone to do just about anything because of the fact that I have done many things that most Americans, in particular, are not willing or capable of doing given their small mindset of what is important (which for too many revolves around their own issues without being able to understand the greater world — it is a generalization based on my 59+ years of life on this earth having traveled around the world multiple times) One example is my living in Isreal for the past 1 and almost a half years going back to school at the International School of the University of Haifa to learn from students from many countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia — very different cultures than my own for sure. Not to mention the Palestinian both Christian and Muslims, and Druze, and Israeli Muslims all with whom I was learning about Peace & Conflict Management which has everything to do with negotiations and mediations between nation-states and non-nation states (UN, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Health Organization, Hezballah, Fatah, etc.
I have two amazing roommates both 30 plus years younger than I am both in the medical field — one an American and the other an Israeli Ethiopian — who are both teaching me many very interesting things to be sure — it merely takes an open mind and the willingness to ask those sometimes difficult to ask questions like asking my Ethiopian Israeli about the racism that she and her family may encounter here in Isreal — which is indeed a part of their life here and yet, here is the most sunshiny personality going for her dreams with such fortitude it’s unbelievable going for a degree in Physical Therapy. My other roommate is in the Master’s of Public Health program here at the International School and is going to Tufts Medical come the fall. She wants to do an MD and a Ph.D. researching what medical interventions truly work and having the medical field move in those directions instead of continuing in the mostly very poor direction it is currently operating in (for Western Medicine) — something that I am totally happy to hear given her extraordinary brainpower.
So, my belief is that we have one life and it is our willingness to step in when necessary, be it the hard stuff or the fun and interesting stuff that will bring not only a well-lived life, more importantly, a bunch of experiences that can only bring a much deeper understanding to the work that one is doing.
Thanks for the question because many people have no idea why taking time off is going to enrich their lives and their professional abilities in ways that nothing else can.