Applying the Law of Attraction to Nursing Practice & Patient Safety

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Elizabeth ScalaI’ve been doing a lot of reading and writing on abundance lately, as each month my business focuses on one aspect of our well-being. This post isn’t all about abundance, but in my research I have found some valuable lessons that are crucial to our nursing profession. So here we go…

Not long ago, I taught the very first Reiki Level I training at my hospital. HUGE success and HUGE accomplishment. Yes, yes I know that many other institutions all over the country have already successfully implemented integrative and complementary programs into their organizations; maybe we are just a bit behind- what can I say? It had been over a year since we wanted to teach this class… and on June 18th, 2013,  we taught our first one.

What does this have to do with nursing, abundance, safety, and/or effective communication?


I’ve been learning, through all of my research on abundance, that it isn’t just the words. We can’t just ‘say’ we want something to happen. We have to actually feel it.

And here’s how this relates to nursing.

Think of a shift where all is going well. The floor is amazingly quiet. “Oh no! Don’t say the Q-word!!” So somebody says ‘quiet’ on your floor but then everything turns out to be ANYthing but.

What happened? We ‘said’ quiet. But ‘quiet’ wasn’t what we experienced.

I thought there’s a phrase in the Law of Attraction world that states: our words become our reality. Well, not exactly. Our thoughts become our feelings. Our feelings shape our reality.

So someone said ‘quiet’ and everyone is thinking to themselves “We all know what happens when someone says quiet; all heck breaks loose!”

And then you’re thinking that the entire shift can turn to chaos and so what happens? You start feeling worried, tense, fearful, nervous, etc. You’re on hyper-alert, looking for anything that can go wrong. You put a ‘vibe’ out there that is unsettled, chaotic even?

This is how I got my Reiki Level I training to happen at my hospital. I felt how it would feel to teach that class. I felt how excited, grateful, proud, and successful it would be to be in that classroom. I felt how overjoyed and energized I would be in front of that group. I felt as if it was already happening.

If we want a shift, a unit, a workplace, a profession to be a safe, effective, and collegial one- we’ve got to feel that.

We have to feel what our safe environment would be like. We have to feel what respectful conversations would do to our demeanor. We have to feel how collaboration and communication will impact our teams.

So can you do this in your own world? How can you impact your workplace?

Start with yourself. Envision what your ideal work environment would be like. What are you doing? Who are you talking with, and how? What do you see, hear, feel, smell, and taste? Paint that picture of your ideal work space. And then- feel it. Notice the feelings and sensations that arise. Feel as if it’s already happening. Bring this vision into your reality. Allow abundance to flow into your life.

Elizabeth “Coach” Scala, MSN/MBA, RN is passionate about helping healthcare professionals, nurses in particular, to embody holistic living and embrace self-care. Through her business, Living Sublime Wellness, she writes regularly on the topic of self-care, conducts a free, monthly wellness workshop, and offers both in person and online seminars for busy nurses.  Visit Elizabeth at and subscribe to her newsletter to receive your 3-Part Video Series Gift, “Here’s Time for Your Health”!




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6 Responses to Applying the Law of Attraction to Nursing Practice & Patient Safety

  1. Marti says:

    I wasn’t familiar with the LOA’s until I heard it recently in a nationally, covered criminal trial. Over the past nine months, I have started using many of these techniques in my everyday life. There has been a big difference in many areas especially at work where things can get very discouraging. Recently I have been hit and bruised by a patient and told by my manager that I was the one being rough with the patient! I was very professional (considering he was trying to break my arm for attempting to take a b/p) knowing he had dementia. We have worked understaffed several times in the past week. I can relate with Beth! Yet I still take the time to just walk away for a minute or go to the restroom and take a deep breath and head back out with a more refreshed attitude. I learned a lot of these simple techniques from Elizabeth. I still have a lot to learn but hope to continue to use what I do know and have.

    • Hi Marti!
      Thank you for sharing your experiences and taking the time to comment. There are many universal laws to study, understand, and experience. You are doing a wonderful job and I have seen such growth in you! Great job. I am so happy for your positive outlook on life. Have a healthy day,

  2. Elizabeth, I have used the Laws of Attraction for years. Years before the LOA became popular and I was working in the hospital I did noticed how I would pray, say my affirmations on the way to work and then I’d have a great day. No admissions, no Cor Zeros at the end of the shift, just peace and calm.
    Now I use the LOA to grow our business. It is awesome to see how the Power of the Mind can help you manifest your good. Last year, I manifested $17,000.00 in one month!!! That was awesome!

    • Sharron,
      Thanks so much for your comment. Yes, I have been to your new site and blog and it looks professionally wonderful! Great for you. I am so glad you see these tools as beneficial. I am finding that the movie/book “The Secret” is only the tip of the ice berg as this month I am in a course training further into the universal laws. I am loving it. So happy to hear that you have had success and can see this applying to nursing. Tahnk you for taking the time to read and comment. Have a healthy day,

  3. Beth,
    Thank you for allowing me to share my words on your blog. I appreciate you reflecting on the information to see how it might apply (and help) in your own situation. I think that doing a bit of experimentation with this at work next weekend sounds like a really neat idea! Keep me posted with how it goes. Thank you always for your support. Have a beautiful week,

  4. What a great idea and frame, Elizabeth. I just worked the week-end on a very busy and chronically understaffed dementia unit. I wonder if I could have used this technique to keep myself calmer. I suspect so and that this would have had a rippling effect on staff and residents. I’ll be intentional about trying it next week end. Thanks for your words of wisdom! Beth

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