Ethics in check First-things-first – get your mind right!
As a healthcare professional, in order to best serve your patients’ needs, you also have an obligation to keep yourself mentally and emotionally fit.
By Adri Geyer
Being a healthcare professional is no easy feat, because before we can respect our patients, we first need to be able to respect ourselves and acknowledge our own worth, dignity and value. Once we have learned this skill and practice it daily, only then can we better respect and treat our patients in an ethical and honourable way. Whilst I spent over 20 years as an Occupational Therapist, this realisation was a starting point for my journey into Coaching the healthcare profession. Many of us work hard to provide a greater quality of life for ourselves and our families, yet the price we pay physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually often makes us feel at a loss and affects our ethics towards patients. A healthcare professional has to have high ethical standards, as set out in the General Ethical Guidelines for the Healthcare Professionals. However, without a sound mind, a health professionals’ ethical duty can be significantly impacted. Here’s a few ways in which a healthcare professional can benefit from a Life Coach to maintain good ethical and moral standards:
1. CARE back in healthcare
Ethics in healthcare, requires a healthcare professional to act in a CARING way towards their patients. When dealing with someone whom you hold highly or on a pedestal, human behaviour tends to act carefully. However, we tend to act carelessly towards those whom we judge or perceive to be less important than ourselves.
The process of personal development and improving one’s own mental health and wellbeing as a healthcare professional, allows you to find balance and act caringly towards patients and others. Showing care towards others in a positive mental space, allows you to respect others beliefs, values and preferences. But these skills need to be learned and developed in order to be practiced.
2. Follow the truth
The truth can often be impacted by our own perceptions and experience. However, in order remain ethical and truthful we need to be able to balance our thoughts and perceptions – regardless of our life experiences. Truth comes from a balanced and sound mind – a mind that can see how the situation, may either benefit or challenge a person. At this place, no bias may exist and truth can be justly applied. Having a Coach can give you the soundboard you need in order to verbalize and overcome your challenges and will ensure you get your mental health in-check, before you off-load your emotions on a patient.
3. Act with compassion
Compassion is to show sympathetic pity or concern for the suffering or misfortunes of others. However, self-compassion is how we relate and treat ourselves in the face of suffering. Research shows promise in applying self compassion to the treatment of mental health and everyday challenges, including stress, self-esteem, depression, anxiety and emotional maturity. Coaching gives you the mental stability and maturity to lead your life according to your values, whilst letting others live their lives according to their values and belief system.
4. Tolerance towards other beliefs
It takes maturity to live according to your own beliefs, values and preferences and to allow others to do the same. Willingness to tolerate the existence of others opinions and behaviours can be a huge obstacle to many, especially if it is something that one dislikes or disagrees with.
Acting in the best interest of your patients when facing conflict can be very challenging. Especially if this minimizes the healthcare professional’s self-interest. A Coach can help healthcare professionals to practice self-love, self-respect and self-worth
5. Take care of yourself FIRST
Self-improvement can be characterised in a number of ways. In the face of stress and burnout, you have a critical responsibility, as a healthcare professional to get the care you need and to take care of your mental health and actively deal with the stress and burnout. Both on a professional and human level, burnout happens. We need work on ourselves, in order to build a long and sustainable career in the healthcare sector. This is where Coaching has a lot to offer, supporting and empowering your professional and personal development, to Bring balance to life and purpose to work.
6. Contribute soundly
Contribution comes from a place of self-love, self-respect and knowing who you are and what drives you. It also comes with your ability to deal with volatile emotions and battles of the mind. Before engaging in community work, a healthcare professional needs to first ensure they are mentally and emotionally fit to help others. Coaching focuses on core values – how to understand them, how to practice them and how to make them a priority in your life. Going on a journey with a Life Coach can also equip healthcare professionals with confidence to live a life of value and a purpose driven life. When your mental health is in-check, integrity follows.
7. Clears your mind to make good decisions
Decision making requires a clear and fresh mind. In order to make practical decision, we need to be able to be masters of our own life and in a situation to control our emotions. Healthcare professionals need to be in a sound mental, physical, emotional and spiritual place in order to make fair, ethical and accurate diagnosis or decisions. Ethical reasoning involves going through any form of thought process – in order to do this one needs a sound mind and positive mental health.
8. Manage stress & anxiety effectively
Work-stress impacts both your physical and mental health, but very often we can begin to impart that stress onto our patients. When the mind is clouded by stress, anxiety, resentment, shame, fear or burn-out, these emotions and this negative head-space can make is very challenging to formulate ethical reasoning and clearly resolve a problem, without preconceived judgments. A Life Coach can give you the tools and strategies to overcome your triggers and resolve them quickly and effectively – in order to overcome volatile emotions and preventing them from imparting these emotions onto their patients. Showing care to both themselves and the patient. Bring balance to life and purpose to work focuses on equipping healthcare professionals to practice self-love, self-respect and self-worth
Meet Adri, a Professional Life Coach For the last 20 years Adri Geyer has been a keen student of human behaviour. Diving deep into the world of personal growth and transformation. Adri has attended seminars, courses, read books and she has worked alongside John DeMartini, as one of his experience facilitators. She amassed an arsenal of experience on understanding the fundamental principles on why we do what we do.
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