The Hardest Shift I’ve Ever Had – A long, eventful, tearful, and stressful journey as a night nurse

The Hardest Shift I've Ever Had - A long, eventful, tearful, and stressful journey as a night nurse

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.

Night Shift Nursing after Bullied on Day Shift

Night Shift Nursing after Bullied on Day Shift

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.

Healthcare Blogs: What is Appropriate?

Healthcare Blogs- What is Appropriate?

Do healthcare blogs and bloggers have to adhere to higher standards than the general public? Are there rules that apply to nurse bloggers and nurses with a social medical presence online?

Being a NURSE Means…

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.

My Nursing Goals: Do Good in This World

My Nursing Goals- Do Good in This World

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.

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