What does it take to be a fantastic nurse? Many wonder if they have what it takes to excel in the nursing profession. There are some key differences between an average nurse and a fantastic nurse. If you’re smart enough and dedicated enough, nearly anyone can become an average nurse. But it takes a certain something to elevate yourself to the fantastic level.
Being a patient is a difficult task for me.
I’m used to being the leader, the provider, the organizer, the nurse, but never the patient.
But when the diagnosis of a brain tumor stops you dead in your tracks, you have no choice but to become a patient. Then again, I should know better. As Six Until Me and Chronic Babe have already taught me, We Are All Patients.
My nursing career started in a private for-profit corporate hospital. As nurses on the floor, we were governed by decisions and rules made by distant administrators in the their fairy tale corporate castles. They had little to no interests in our community. They didn’t live there. They didn’t know they unique challenges and cultures that impacted the care we provided and needed the ability to provide. Decisions almost always felt like they were made from the benefit of the company as a whole rather than the patients and the communities that the hospitals serve. The administrative process always felt detached to me with middle management, and even CEO’s often throwing their hands in the air and always having “corporate” as the answer to all the tough questions.
I sincerely hope you still feel the rush of endorphins when you get a successful IV stick. I encourage you to smile, be proud, and ask your co-worker for a high five (after a good hand washing of course) the next time you change a particularly challenging dressing. Turn to the side and tell the nurse beside you how excited you are that your patient made the transfer from the bed to the chair successfully. Heck, share with your patient how excited you are that their kidneys produced an adequate amount of volume of the shift. I can’t tell you how happy I’ve had patients get when I complement their kidneys and acknowledge their bodies success and our collective success of a productive and healing shift.
We do not set aside nearly enough time to express thanks for the many blessings that we have in our lives. I am glad that we have a day dedicated to be thankful and embracing family. Sometimes we forget just how fortunate we are and Thanksgiving is wonderful reminder to take a moment to count your many blessings.
In no particular order, and in no way encompassing the entirety of all things I am thankful for, I present to you some of my blog-worthy blessings:
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As a nurse caring is second nature to me. Well honestly, as a human being, caring is second nature to me, but the nurse in me makes me enjoy it. And we all know that unfortunately not everyone cares. I also know that as a nurse I am constantly battling the all-too-familar nursing diagnosis (or […]
Being a nerdy nurse and all, I am often asked to pass along valuable information. Often times it is information, but not very valuable. Other times the information has value, but I can’t bring myself to write anything about it worth reading. And honestly the 2 keep coming back here have me over a barrel, […]