7 TED Talks Every Nurse Should Watch


Being a nurse is a hard job. It consists of long shifts, tragic situations, difficult coworkers, and so much more. However, it’s also considered one of the most of the most satisfying, secure and in-demand jobs. Still, when times are tough, it helps to have a source of motivation, inspiration, and insight. For that, turn to these seven powerful TED Talks.

How great leaders inspire action

In this motivational Talk, Simon Sinek presents a powerful speech that is sure to inspire you into finding your “why”—your purpose, cause, or belief that inspires you to do what you do—that will help you find fulfillment in all that you do.

On being present, not perfect

On a mission to change the world, Dr. Elaine C. Meyer will take you on a journey of how she came to understand the value and healing that resides in genuine conversations with patients and their families. She illustrates a range of effective healthcare communication skills to optimize the patient, family and practitioner experience.

Do you ask doctors nursing questions?

Many times patients have trouble differentiating the roles of doctors and nurses. Veteran nurse, Carissa Enright gives clarification to this issue as she discusses the different but important roles of doctors and nurses. In her motivational Talk, Enright will empower you to touch the lives of your patients.

A tribute to nurses

Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing nurses across America. In this tribute, she shares stories of nurses that have impacted her life, as well as the lives of many others. This sprinkle of inspiration will warm your heart.

How to make stress your friend

Nurses experience stress at higher rates than most other professions. Long shifts, increased responsibilities, overloaded schedules, emotional strain, last-minute crises—you’re going to encounter stress often. Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., will talk about strategies for stress reduction and how you can make stress your friend.

The power of vulnerability

In one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, Brené Brown discusses her personal quest to understand the human connection. She will teach you about about self-worth, vulnerability, courage, and shame. Her way with words will inspire you to let go of being perfect so that you can be happy.

Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care

In this motivating TED Talk, Cleo Wade challenges you to become intimate with generosity. In this challenging world, her beautiful and inspiring poem will encourage you to be good to yourself, to others, to the earth.

What are your favorite TED Talks?

Have you discovered TED Talks that transformed the way you work, cope with problems, or inspired you to take action? Share your favorite TED Talks in the comments section so that your fellow nurses can benefit.

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