“There is nothing golden about the golden years”. These words are softly spoken to me as I attempt to start an IV on a very confused, agitated patient. His wife stands beside the bed, looking exhausted and remorseful. They’ve been married for 25 years. He has no idea who he is or where he is at and she is overwhelmed at his current state. I calmly caress his arm, I tell him where he is and who I am. I tell him I am here to …
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This sounds absurd, doesn’t it? I wish I could tell you that the myths that nurses eat their young are just myths. But sadly, I cannot tell you that. I wish I could tell you that your coworkers will be supportive of you and your patients and helpful and considerate. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you that either. I wish I could tell you that my first years as a nurse were wonderful, happy times, and I learned a lot. Two out of those three are wrong …
I’m gonna save the build up for you. I’m the stupid nurse referenced in the title of this article. Also, before I get your hopes up, let me just say, the title is pure sarcasm. Women hold a grudge. This is no real secret. Most of us ladies know we tend to remain resentful, pessimistic, and guarded around certain people and situations. However, most of us can at least pretend and be professional enough to function appropriately in the workplace if said grudge happens to involve …
Professionalism is not about the letters behind your name, it is about the respect you have for your role in what you do. I also think that every LPN would disagree as well. According to hrsa.gov, as of 2008, 45.4% of Registered Nurses are Associate Degree prepared nurses. 20.4% have a diploma level degree, while only 34.2% are BSN prepared.
One of most terrible nights as a nurse was early in my career.
My patients were all high acuity patients. It was a night full tubes, drains, fall risks, confusion, decubitus ulcer, vascular wounds, PICC lines, central lines, shunts, stents, pacers, OG tubes, family conflicts, blood transfusions, fresh post-ops, spina bifida, and sadness. In addition to the loads of problems the fact that nearly all of my patients required constant attention and management made for a very busy, and emotionally trying evening.
After two years of fighting teeth and nail to stick it out, the charge nurse threatened me with bodily harm. I contacted the house supervisor, my boss, and HR. The end result… I has forced out of my shift. Why? Well apparently the squeaky wheel gets the grease and regardless of the fact that nearly everyone else in the entire hospital was perfectly happy to work with me, glad to see me, and enjoyed my company, these 4 women won.
They defeated me.
Being a NURSE means…
You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
You will be surrounded by challenges.
So much to do and so little time.
You will carry immense responsibility
and very little authority.
You will step into people’s lives
and you will make a difference.
Some will bless you.
Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst…
and at their best.
You will never cease to be amazed
at people’s capacity for
love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin…and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs
And devastating failures.
You will cry a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human
and to be humane.
When I was in nursing school I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find a day shift job. I didn’t want to be one of those night shift nurses. I wanted to be in the action. I wanted to be at home with my family and alert during the day time. I was convinced night shift was not for me. Becoming of the Night Shift Nurses My entry into the night shift was not joyful. It was forced upon me by a manager who …
One of my primary nursing goals is to help as many people as possible and impact the world dramatically. I’m not sure what that means in terms of quantity, but I’m going to keep going until I feel fulfilled. However, given my entrepreneurial nature, that may never occur. It’s no mistake that I chose nursing as a career. I am here on this earth to be of service to others and nursing is a great field in which to do it.