When I’ve been working with a family for months so that they don’t lose custody of their child and then they come back with a positive drug screen 2 days before discharge…
Don’t you just like, I don’t know… hold babies all day long?
I hold a baby when I hand him to his mother for the first time, three weeks after his birth date.
I hold a baby when teaching a new mother how to breastfeed her child.
I hold a baby to feed him, to rock him to sleep, to bathe him and bundle him.
I hold a baby when morphine and walking the halls 24 hours a day are the only things that will quiet him down while he’s withdrawing from the illegal drugs his mother took.
I hold a baby’s arm still when my fellow nurse inserts an IV.
I hold a baby’s head still while we bag oxygenated air back into his tiny lungs.
I hold a baby when he has no family to hold him.
I hold a baby when he takes his last breaths because his parents didn’t make it to the hospital in time.
I hold a baby when I’m placing his lifeless, tiny hands in plaster to make a keepsake for his parents… because there is no baby to hold anymore.
I hold babies all day long.
Yep, yep! It’s all you can do at the end of the day.
A good reminder for any of us, but especially nurses. We are our own worst critics. It’s always good to be introspective and learn from our experiences. But when we hold onto every mistake… every skill we didn’t preform quickly enough… every conversation with patients (or their families) where we didn’t convey exactly what we meant to… it can become paralyzing; and frankly… detrimental to the care we provide.
So for you out there… yes, you… you who are doubting yourself and not giving yourself credit where you deserve. Put the glass down today. Shake off the fears and doubts and go be awesome. Because I’ll bet you’re about 10x more awesome than you’ve been giving yourself credit for.
How many years did you go to school to become a neonatal nurse? and where the courses hard?. I love science but chemistry wasn't all that nice to me..I think I want to become a neonatal nurse.
Everyone has their own path to nursing. Since I am an Associate’s Degree trained nurse, I had two solid years of just nursing courses. There were prerequisites that I took while also working on my Associate of Arts - General Education degree. All in all, from my first semester to walking across the stage to receive my pin I was in school for about 5 years. But I also was doing school part time and working full time.
Many of my friends followed similar paths as nursing was their second degree choice. And then I have friends who went straight to university after high school, did their four years and earned their Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN).
As far as the science goes, if I remember correctly my nursing school required 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology and 1 semester of Microbiology. If you do a BSN, you will most likely need a Chemistry class as well. I took one as a part of the pre-requisites and it was probably the easiest class I took. It was the bare-bones, basic of the basic course. I think my high school chemistry class was harder.
You might want to research what schools you’re thinking about attending and seeing what their science requirements are. If you’re still worried about it, most college/university systems have free tutoring available if you’re struggling with a course.
I hope you decide to be a neonatal nurse as well! It’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself.
The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Conference starts tomorrow…
… and I’m so freaking happy to be going! Three days of instruction and learning and being with so many neonatal nurses and neonatologists! I could scream!
I am a nerd, this was always me in school:
And it’s only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older and had experience teaching myself. And I love conferences and workshops…
So I’ve spent the last couple of hours mapping out my schedule and looking at all my handouts and generally, just looking like this on my couch:
Yeah… it’s going to be a great three days.