Change is a constant in life—nothing will ever stay the same and everything will always change. Although it can be hard at times, change can be very rewarding.
Many have heard the phrase “have the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference” (anonymous). This simple phrase relates to all challenges in life and in school. It means to accept things that can’t change, be proactive and adjust things that can, and most importantly, know the difference between the two.
People, schools, companies, and organizations must learn to not only accept change but embrace change. Those who don’t are doomed to fail. Some would argue that the most dangerous phrase in the English language is “we’ve always done it this way.” This thought is extremely destructive for professional, educational, and personal growth. Nightingale College has many Value Statements, one of which is Continuous Improvements, meaning we never settle. Nightingale’s faculty and staff are constantly looking for new ways to improve nursing education for the learners’ benefit. Change is inevitable when searching for solutions and aiming to improve. As Mikhail Shneyder, CEO and President of Nightingale College, says, “If you are doing something the same way as yesterday, you are not improving.”
Nightingale works to bring the best learner experience and with that comes change: change to help solidify policies and procedures, to improve and update the curriculum, to decipher the best systems, and it is all done with the learner in mind.
So, take charge and embrace change. If you learn to accept change, then there is no limit to your success, only adjustments along your journey. If you fail to change, you will fail to thrive.
– Ashley Thompson (Manager, Learner Advising and Life Resources)
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