Failure

Healers hate failure. It feels awful - physically, emotionally, and intellectually. When we fail, people get hurt. We hate hurting people! Sometimes we hide from our failures because the knowledge that we hurt someone is too much to bear. But if we don't figure out WHY we failed, we'll fail again. How can we shine a light on failure in a productive way?

I love this video from Sidney Dekker on failure.

Reactions to failure get in the way of understanding failure.
You can either learn or blame. You can’t do both.

In simulation, we often talk about the Advocacy Inquiry debriefing method as a way to learn instead of blame. I find this communication tool tremendously helpful for discussing failure in a psychologically safe and productive way. This helps me get from blame to learning. 

Confronting our failures helps us restore joy through justice.