The practitioner is the first of three focus areas of Paradigm of Practice.
Why? A big part is because for the past eight years I’ve worked as a nutritionist in my private practice.
And I’ve taken notice of how I need to improve.
Please realize that the reason I want to shift the paradigm of how healthcare is practiced is because I have royally f’d up enough to see my own patterns—and *hopefully* change. And I’ve been around long enough to see these patterns reflected in healthcare at large.
The process of a paradigm change starts with us. For better or worse culture currently places practitioners at the top of the ‘wellness hierarchy.’ Doctors, especially, hold this position, but so does any healer that we visit for support.
And, it’s our job to help our clients heal. For many of us it’s our vocation—a profession that is more than a job, it’s a passion or calling. So, it gets personal.
Beyond the concrete information we must know to be good at our work, there is a massive need for practitioners to examine how we practice.
- When we work with clients, interact with our colleagues, or study new information are we leading with Ego and desire to be right? Or genuine curiosity stemming from love of our craft?
- Do we feel negative competition when we interact with peers? Or, do we attempt to work cooperatively with a shared sense of purpose?
- Do we feel the need to always be right, to be the expert in our conversations with colleagues and with patients? Or are we able to be vulnerable and openly discuss subjects with which we’re not familiar? Can we say ‘I don’t know?’
- Finally, are we able to care for ourselves as well as our clients? Do we take sufficient time to rest, take vacation, explore subjects that have nothing to do with work, and step away from our role as practitioner?
This is a hefty ask: approach this work with curiosity and cooperativeness, practice vulnerability, and finally…care for ourselves.
In future blogs I’ll delve in to action steps that we can take to start working with these new concepts, but next up we’ll discuss the second focus of Paradigm of Practice—the patient/client.