This. This guys and gals. THIS! You’ve got to show up. You’ve got to give it all of your heart and soul… blood, sweat and tears. Everything. Because when going for your dreams what else would you throw at them except for everything?
When the Labor and Delivery board is lit up with multiple C-sections, EGAs of <34 weeks, and meconium stained amniotic fluids…
And did I mention the two transports on the way in???
My version of TBT… saw this and it reminded me so much of being in nursing school. I couldn’t wait to be done with school and “just be a nurse already”.
I had no idea the adventure I was in for. Everything I’ve seen and experienced… it is so much better that anything that I could have ever imagined for myself. It’s turned into more than the “nursing experience”; for me it’s become my “human experience”.
I hope all of you are finding that - or are on your path to finding that.
I wanted to thank you for helping me through a tough time. I just read your post about the glass of water and remembering to set it down. I am a new grad who went straight from school to my first nursing position in the NICU. I have only been working on the unit for a few months and already made my first med error. The patient is ok, and I received a lot of support from the staff, but I feel just awful about it and have been beating myself up. Thank you for reminding me to set the glass down.
Thank you so much for writing in and sharing this with me. You have no idea the profound effect your words had on me.
I’m so sorry that you had your first med error. I’m so glad to hear that the patient is okay. And I’m equally relieved that you’re moving past it as well. I had my first med error not too long ago. (You can read about it here.) And it was awful… and everyone, everyone was so understanding and kind and supportive… and I just kept wishing someone would yell at me! Which I know sounds a little crazy but I felt like I deserved to be yelled at.
But the truth is, we’re human. We make mistakes; every single one of us. And in the end, I, much like you probably, beat myself up enough for everyone else.
So, thank you again so much for sharing. I’ll just bet there’s someone else out there who has been through the same thing that will feel a bit better knowing that they’re not alone.
Mushy side note: I wish I could push through the magnitude of my gratitude through these letters and words that appear on your screen. This tumblr is so therapeutic for me as it is. The fact that someone else out there gets some laughter or comfort out of stories shared… gah. It just means so much to me. So thanks.
Yep, yep! It’s all you can do at the end of the day.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
There are many things that I am personally thankful for: family, friends, and of course another year being a nurse!
But I would be remiss if I didn’t send out a special thank you to all of you who follow this blog and like, and share, and comment, and correspond on the posts made. I am absolutely overwhelmed and humbled by everything you’ve given to me. So thanks. Thanks for sharing in this journey with me. And to you, I give this picture of an adorable baby in a turkey costume. You’re welcome.
Happy Hanukkah (Chanukah) to all of my Jewish followers!
While I am not Jewish, I do come from a blended family and am proud of my step-family’s heritage. I found a Jewish Proverb that I felt was appropriate for all of us nurses and nurses-to-be out there so I hope it’s okay to share… It really gave me something to think about as we enter the holiday season especially.
"Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure."