Donna B. Shugart

I'm an R.N.
Donna B. Shugart, R.N.

If you need any kind of healing or guidance, you’ve come to the right place. This is Healing Reflexions. As a registered nurse who has been on this planet for a few decades, I thought it would be a good idea to record my thoughts on the Internet. I’ve been working at South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights for the past decade and a half. It’s a rewarding, but emotionally exhausting, job. I’ve noticed that so many people are really struggling right now. And as I’ve grown older, I’ve seen society start to crumble. It feels like every day, you hear about a new school shooting, serious illness, or other tragedy.

How Do I Cope With Everything?

There have been plenty of times where the stress of my job really got to me. It’s not just about working long hours and several different shifts. It’s deeper than that. My heart truly goes out to every patient I’ve ever had. Most of them were able to heal and continue their lives, but there have been some who didn’t make it. And my heart has broken every time. Nursing is more than just a job for me – it’s my whole life. But I needed to find a way to cope with and process my feelings.

About a year ago, I discovered yoga and meditation. My mental health did a complete 180. By setting aside some time for peace and quiet every day, I was able to decompress. Daily, I reflect on how I feel about events in my own life, as well as society. I feel much more at peace with myself, which means I’m also able to perform my job better than ever.

Why am I sharing this all with you? Because I want you to understand where I’m coming from. Society can be a dangerous, unhappy place, with tons of people who have intentions that are less than kind. The key is to protect yourself, and your spirit, from all the pain that’s out there. And that goes for your friends and family, too. I don’t think I’ll talk about my specific meditation methods on Healing Reflexions, but you’re welcome to contact me if you’d like to learn more. Maybe they’ll help you too.