Wow, okay so I totally teared up watching this. I sure do love my job!!! Here’s to all of us: those giving in spirit, whether in school or new nurses or have been doing it for decades. Let’s keep up this sacred work!
You guys. YOU GUYS! My blog got was referenced in a Huffington Post article… YOU GUYS! I’m having a moment over here. This article was shared over 64,000 times on Facebook alone. This is ridiculous. So crazy!
Thank you again to each and everyone of you who follow me on here. Love you all! And thanks to fireblazie for the head’s up that this was out here.
“When you have multiple meds on 4 pts at the same time, have to hang a new bag of TPN, a NG suction canister needs changed, two call lights are going off but there is fresh coffee and cookies in the break room. - Submitted by 100cupsofcoffee”—
Thanks so much for the suggestion! I seriously laughed out loud when this reached my inbox! I hope the gif does it justice!
Report was dragging and as I listened my pen jotted an ever growing list of items “to do” on my paper. I entered my patient’s room moments after the new nurse finished report. He was asleep in the bed, his girlfriend curled in the chair beside him. Even in sleep, his breathing was labored. …
Absolutely every nurse should read this, especially those new nurses out there. Our patients don’t often have a voice… quite literally true with our NICU population. YOU are the patient’s advocate. YOU are their voice. YOU are the difference between life and death. Don’t ever forget the power you have as the nurse to speak up and help your patients. Don’t ever forget.
Hi! First off, I love your blog! I found it awhile ago and enjoy scrolling through often! I’m in a senior in high school and getting ready to pursue a premed education with the intent to specialize in peds. I’m currently in outpatient treatment for an ED and I’m extremely close with my doctor. (She’s my mentor) I see her interact every week with nurses, MA’s, receptionists, phlibotimists, and other doctors. She treats each with equal respect, kindness and gratitude. I’ve never understood when doctors are rude to nurses, and I hope to mirror my doctor in the interactions and friendships she’s forged with her colleagues. What do nurses appreciate/desire most from the physicians they work with? I think we need to start a nationwide shakeup of the health care system, and a great place to start is work place relations. Thank you for taking the time to read this, :)
[So someone asked this from their blog and I wasn’t sure if they were okay with me publishing a response with a link to their page so I’m re-posting this way and hope that’s okay to the awesome person who took the time to ask this.]
First of all, as always, thank you for the kind words! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading my blog. And I’m glad to hear that you’re in treatment for your ED. You must have an incredible amount of strength. Keep up the good fight, okay?
Yay for future doctors! (and peds especially!) I’m so glad that you’ve had a positive experience and role model with your doctor. I agree that workplace relationships have to improve across the board. And I appreciate you realizing that there are some docs out there that aren’t quite so nice. But I want to let you in on a secret… sometimes us nurses… well… we can be equally if not more guilty of perpetuating the cycle. (see blog posts that make fun of interns on my own blog for example)
I’ve heard nurses bully their own and bully new doctors who are just trying to learn. And of course I’ve heard doctors walk away without giving the nurse the time she/he deserves (especially when I know that they’re right!)
Speaking for me personally, everyone I work with, every single person you mentioned in your question, plus so many more just want to be treated with respect and to be treated like they matter.
We’re all equals. I can’t do my job without the docs and they can’t do their job without me. But we both can’t do our jobs without the care partners, or the supply coordinators, or the person who makes meals, or the person who answers the phones, or the person who signs my paycheck at the end of the week. Every single person working in a hospital is an essential piece. If one goes missing we can’t continue to do what we’re all there to do: care for our patient.
Kindness, humility, a good sense of humor, a willingness to collaborate and teach and know that we’re always learning… those are the qualities in my favorite doctors that I work with. I’m pretty blessed to work with quite a few… way more than the other way around. And those that I do run into that have an “attitude problem” well… I’ve come to learn that maybe they’ve just had to give some parents some pretty terrible news, or maybe they just haven’t had their morning cup of coffee yet. We’re all human and all imperfect and we all just need to give each other a little bit of grace sometimes. I know I’ve received it when I didn’t deserve it. All I can do then is pay it forward.
I hope this answers your question! Thanks for asking as always and good luck with achieving all of your goals! Maybe we’ll even work together one day…
Do you think 3 months is a long enough orientation to a level III NICU? I interviewed for two places, one with a 6 month orientation and one with a 3 month. I like the unit of the shorter orientation better but I am wondering if that is enough time for a new grad to learn everything.
I work in a Level 3 NICU and our official orientation phase was 3 months. However we continued for another 3 months in a 0-6 month status which signaled to the charge nurses making assignments to place us somewhere appropriate. It also helped other nurses keep an eye out for us when we were struggling or unsure. I think if I had another 3 months of official orientation I would have felt stifled.
You may want to ask the 3 month orientation unit what they’re on-boarding process is after that. I can’t imagine as a new grad that they would expect you to be taking on the same assignments that a nurse with 1, 5, 10+ years of experience would.
I’ll tell you it wasn’t until about 18 months that I really felt I was hitting a stride with things. (And that’s okay!) So don’t be too afraid of 3 less months of orientation. I’m still learning everyday. Just this week I had my first epinephrine drip and I’ve been doing this for 2 years.
I hope this helps! Know yourself and be honest about your needs. If you have the opportunity ask the nurses at those 2 hospitals how they felt about their orientation process. They could probably give you much more insight than I.
Hi! I've been scrolling through this blog and I want to thank you for making it. It is very inspiring. I just found out that I'll be having my preceptorship in the NICU this semester and am really excited but can't help but feel nervous. Many of the quotes you've posted here have helped with that nervousness, so again thank you. I was wondering if you have any advice for how to prepare for my preceptorship? I really love this field and would like to do the best I possibly can. Thanks in advance!
Thank you so much for the kind words. That was a great way to start my day.
First, it’s completely normal to feel nervous. You’re going to be in a new environment with new people and that presents it’s own challenges in addition to wanting to sound like a competent nursing student.
Here are some links to some previous posts I’ve made that have some resources for you.
1. This link (click here) has some advice I gave to another student about to start a preceptorship in the NICU. It also includes some some info-graphics, YouTube videos and other helpful information that would be good for your experience.
2. In this link (click here) I talk to an anon about concerns about a preceptorship not living up to expectations.
3. And in this link (click here) I talk with a nurse who just started out in the NICU and is having a rough go at it. I think it might be helpful in the sense to remember that we as nurses are far from perfect. And no matter how much experience or knowledge we obtain, we’re all subject to errors and the unknown (that typed out scarier than I meant it to…)
Remember too, that this experience is for you. Take ownership of it. Learn as much as you can, but enjoy it as well. This is a time in your nursing career that will not repeat itself so try to make it a good memory.
So sorry for the long hiatus but a break from the tumblr-verse was in order while I spent some much needed time with family over the holidays and am preparing to start back to school (read: went from a week of happy chaos and am about to enter into 16 weeks of dread).
I hope everyone out there had a good holiday, even if you were working it. I know it’s hard to work the holidays when you’ve got friends and family on the outside (I think I just made my job/hospital sound like a prison), but remember your calling and what you can provide for families and patients that no one else can.
2014 is going to be a great year, I can tell. So here’s to you, dear follower. Thanks for hanging out with me while we continue this crazy ride called nursing. My year’s motto is below… I wish it for each and every one of you too.