Vigilance Essay

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Spc Drummond, Casey
Vigilance Essay Feb 2015
1028 words
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. (Quote- Desmond Tutu)
Vigilance is defined as the action or state of being alert and watchful. It is concerned both with what is and what will be. Thus it is important to be Vigilant in the army for many reasons. Not the least of which being it could keep you and your buddies alive despite the world’s best attempts to make you otherwise. But it means more than just staying awake and alert at guard duty. It means both being mentally and physically prepared to react to changing conditions and to being aware and cognizant of the current conditions. There are three important categories to discuss here and expound upon. The First is Vigilance
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Nursing demands vigilance about people. The sights and smells that a patient offers, their movements and their offhand comments all contribute crucial information to understanding what they need. Training and experience heighten one's ability to see what needs to be seen. (Quote- Steven Amsterdam)
But vigilance is not just a tangible watchfulness or alertness. It can be intangible as well. Vigilance TO duty means that you are not only vigilant on duty but about your duties. It means that you maintain a watch on YOURSELF as well as the world and others. That way you do not slip and begin to neglect your duties. This is just as important as being vigilant on duty. Making sure schedules are made and kept, responsibilities are divided up properly, records are updated, supplies are ordered and so on ad nauseam are all things you have to maintain vigilance over every day no matter your duty or post. It is an attention to detail that you resolve to maintain always. It is the sign of a professional and skilled person to be vigilant to your duties and on duty.

Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts. (Quote by - Buddha)
Eternal vigilance is the price of eternal development. (Quote by - Gordon B. Hinckley)
It is also a sign of a professional and skilled person to be vigilant in their duties. The same alert watchful attention to detail that makes such a person stay

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