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.
Yep, yep! It’s all you can do at the end of the day.
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."
Nursing is nursing, whether you’re a med/surg nurse, a critical care nurse, ER, telemetry, pediatric, psychiatric, L & D, clinic, ambulatory, home-care or any other of the many disciplines. We’ve all gone through the same pre-requisites and the same core subjects in nursing school, the same despair that is the nursing school experience, and we’ve all passed the same stressful licensing examination (NCLEX). It doesn’t matter if you graduated from a community college or elitist school, or whether it’s an Associates, Bachelor or Masters degree - what matters is that you don’t look down or disrespect your coworkers who have struggled the same as you, achieved the same as you, and maybe even fought battles you probably didn’t know existed. Respect nursing by respecting one another.
Nurse X (via idledancer)
When management told me I was going to be a charge nurse…
(as a side note… i’m pretty sure this is what my in-the-mirror-pep-talk looked like my first charge shift too)
Toughest place to be a midwife
#midwifery#babies#miracles# strong woman
I’ve seen a couple episodes of this show but this, for obvious reasons, hit all too close to home.
I am so blessed to work for one of the best NICUs in the country. I am so blessed to work with educated women and men who can intervene properly to save the life of an infant within seconds. I am so blessed to work and live and make enough money to have access to the basic of medical supplies and care. I am just so blessed.
This video is just under an hour long, but please carve out the time to watch it if you work with women or infants especially. But anyone in healthcare should see this.
These midwives in Liberia make $60 a month. And they’ve delivered thousands of babies through sheer will and love for what they do. Bless them.
*please note that this episode shows naked women and live birth… you know… in case you want to watch it while on the public transit system, i’d hate for someone behind you to pass out… :) *
that is so sweet of you to think of me! I didn't think you'd remember me. gah I bet you are a fantastic nurse and all your families love you. Yes, I do have a preceptor whose schedule I follow but I get my own assignment now. She's very sweet but since it's so hectic she has her own stuff to do and I'm over here taking up her time and I feel bad :( I hope you don't mind, but I'll probably be sending you sporadic anon messages, or maybe even be brave enough to come off anon at some point :)
Well it was sweet of you to reach out and trust me to ask questions to! I don’t know about “fantastic” lol… start throwing around labels like that and my next shift will inevitably have me inserting my foot in my mouth in front of a family who will certainly not love me after that! =)
It’s all a work in progress. I’ve made a fool of myself plenty of times in front of my preceptors, fellow nurses (boy could they tell you some stories!), and families. It’s all a process. And for you and I, who are at the beginning of our careers it’s still all up hill for us. Each shift is going to present its own set of challenges. And, this is an important one, EVERY SINGLE SHIFT I HAVE A QUESTION FOR SOMEONE WHO IS MORE EXPERIENCED THAN I! We all do. Sometimes it’s just to hear, “Yes, that’s right”. Or it’s a new policy. Or just something you’ve never seen/heard before. We’re always learning.
I know it’s hard to interrupt your preceptor or another nurse with a question but eventually you won’t have that question again and before you know it there will be another nurse, even newer than you, asking the same question when you’re busy with your own patients. And the answer will come right to you and you’ll get to make a new nurse feel a little bit better about his/her work.
Just remember to be kind to yourself! And ALWAYS feel free to send questions/vents/concerns my way! I’ll do what I can.
Oh, and as a side note to you and everyone else who submits questions. If you submit it as “anonymous” the only choice I have is to publish your answer on the blog. If, however, you submit it from your Tumblr account I have the option, at your request, to answer just you. It’s a good option for people wanting an answer to something more specific, or if there needs to be a continuing dialogue.
I just wanted to say - thank you for posting that video. I don't know how you did it, but it was perfect timing. I just wrapped up 3 nights in a row for this week and it has been ridiculously busy and crazy and there were many times I found myself questioning why I even chose to go into this field in the first place. That video reminded me why I did. (not sure if you remember me, but I'm in that nurse residency program! s'been kinda rough, but. just keep swimming, right?)
The universe is such a funny place! I just logged back onto Tumblr because I was going to do a shout-out for you, anon! I was wondering how things were going for you… I’m so glad that you enjoyed the video! It absolutely brings me the utmost thrill to think that I can help or encourage any of my fellow nurses out there.
I’m glad that you’re sticking with it, too. I remember so vividly what it was like to be a nurse resident and navigating being a new nurse. I do hope you’re finding your rhythm and your place within the unit. If it makes you feel any better I just finished up a crazy 3-in-a-row round myself where there were several times that I just felt like I was a pee-wee football player in the NFL. (we like football in my house so sorry for the analogy!) I was literally dragging my feet walking out of the hospital I was so exhausted. But at the end of the day, (or maybe the next day when my brain had finally rebooted) I know I made a difference in my patients’ lives and that of their families. And you do too! Don’t ever forget that!
I meant to ask if you had found anyone that you’ve been able to talk to yet within your unit that is helping you adjust to nursing. I hope so!