It’s normal to feel tension in the face of change. Change means risk, and risk means (potential) danger.
But not all change is the same. Sometimes, it’s for the better. If we consider all change as a threat, we subject ourselves to unnecessary stress and limit what’s possible.
Instead of getting defensive and arguing why change is a bad idea, simply try it on. Pretend it’s already happened. What does it feel like? What does it look like? Who’s benefiting? Who’s really suffering?
When the government announced plans to move ahead with RN prescribing, I made the mistake of getting defensive and only thinking about reasons why it couldn’t work. I lost sight of the purpose of why we’re here and what we’re trying to do. I felt threatened, when I should have been feeling relieved that people are going to have better access to care.
Change can bring destruction, but it can also bring opportunity.
In times of change, try on what it might mean to you and the people you help, and what change might look and feel like. Chances are, it’s not the end of the world.