Happy Nurse’s Week!!! *happy dance* This is first time I have been so excited about this week, probably because this is my first as an actual nurse :). I didn’t fully realize the value of having nurses before.
So I thought what better time to introduce my world of nursing than this week? I thought I would share some of the truths I’ve come to know about my profession. For starters, I am an Intensive Care Nurse (ICU) and just recently switched to this unit from a Medical Surgical floor. The decision to switch took a while, and with much prayer. I knew what I wanted to do in the long run and the steps I needed to take to get there. As you know, knowing it and doing it, are two different things! For a while I really let fear stop my from chasing the dream, but I will talk about that in another post. I digress…the things I share here will be true for any unit in the hospital.
15 things I’ve Learned From Being a Nurse
1. You may never know the impact you can have on a patient
2. Sympathy/empathy goes a long way in caring for your patients
3. Killing with kindness goes even further
4. Always listen to your instincts- sometimes you know a patient is going down hill, but you can’t say exactly why/ put your finger on the cause-trust that feeling!
5. Family can be overbearing but they mean well
6. What happens at work, should stay at work (or you will constantly be stressed)
7. I love emergency situations, the thrill, the rush- sounds horrible but trust me, it’s coming from a good place.
8. Nursing is being a jack of trades AND a master of most : I’m the nurse, waiter, psychologist, friend/support, physical therapist, patient advocate, the one who takes abuse (both verbal and physical at times) from both patients and families, and a multitasker like no other
9. Your feet don’t get breaks often, invest in good shoes
10. Teamwork makes the dream work! Especially in a “code blue”- develop a relationship with your co-workers
11. You will never forget your “first death” of a patient 🙁
12. Experience will always make things more concrete and easier to remember and you usually don’t make the same mistake twice
13. Have fun! Being in the hospital is depressing enough. I try to crack jokes with my patients and brighten up their day, because they probably haven’t laughed in a while.
14. No one understands my job, unless they are nurse too… I quit trying to explain. Like I can’t, I just can’t 🙂
15. I am still learning, everyday. Even the most experienced nurse is still learning.
There you have it, short and sweet. Now of course the list could go on and on, beyond what we have time for here, but I’ve included some important ones. The first year of any job can be an adjustment. There are so many aspects to get used to and master, but don’t let it stop you! What have you learned in your work?
Living life on purpose,
Be sure to share with friends and family.