When you look up the definition of a nurse in the dictionary, it is "one who is trained to care for the sick." Yes, that is obviously the biggest part of the job, but it is so much more. You are a listener, a shoulder for tears, an encourager, a human calculator, an emotional wall of strength...the list could go on and on. What an honor to be entrusted with not only the vital part of survival for a person, but also their hearts during times of need.
Over the last eight years, I have seen things that would make you chuckle, but also things that would make you cry. In my first week of ER orientation alone, I would've had enough material to write a book! Cue the thought of "what have I gotten myself into?" But as time went on and I got out of survival mode from the overwhelming amount of knowledge I had to attain as a new nurse, I learned a few things...
I could be a nurse. With anything you work hard at, you wonder if you'll be good enough at it. Loving people was easy for me, and then just add in a little extra TLC, medications, and education to get them feeling better. Even in my rough NICU days, and when I say rough, I mean I don't know how I held myself together days, I still was thankful to be there for the families of those who had gone too soon.
I wasn't sure I was cut out to manage 12 IV medications at once, do CPR on a real person, help figure out a diagnosis, or care for a baby the size of my hand, but I was. Patients just needed someone to fight for them with all their heart.
With all the demands nursing can bring, there are a few things you need to do the job. A great medical team to work alongside, each making up a piece of the puzzle, is crucial. You have to have people in your corner that have got your back in the times where it's your patient that extra attention needs to be given to, knowing you'd do the same for theirs.
You need sleep. 12 hour shifts are long. You are up before the sun and home after it has set. That causes you to lose your sense of reality and don't get me going if you work nights. When you are not working, you rest, invest in yourself, and get ready to fight for your patients again. This is all while raising a family, taking care of your home and keeping up with the laundry. Speaking of laundry, there is something I found incredibly important in the day to day of being a nurse...
comfort, lots and lots of comfort.
You don't need a lot of tools as a nurse-a pen, stethescope and scrubs will do it. That last one, is something I had to learn to make important. When I first got accepted into the nursing program, I went the nearest uniform store and bought everything off the clearance rack, starchy fabrics and all. After my first full day working as a nursing assistant, I wanted to throw them all away. I realized that expressing yourself through your scrubs choice AND being comfortable are just as important. You have to wear them for 12 hours straight in a very demanding atmosphere, so you need breathable, but comfortable scrubs.
This is why I L-O-V-E these Smitten Scrubs by Landau. They have bold, bright colors allowing self expression+durable, lightweight, extra soft fabric+oh so many cute pockets! I am a details gal, and just adore the little pops of hot pink on these scrubs.
The great thing is, they have scrubs in sizes XS through 5XL for every personality-bold or subdued solid colors, standard fit or unique lines, and gorgeous, carefully designed prints. You can find these amazing scrubs directly onAmazon. You can also find a store near you through Landau's Where To Buy, like Brick & Mortar Uniform Stores across the country.
To all the nurses and medical personnel out there, remember, as you pour into other's lives on a daily basis, don't forget to stop and take care of yourself. Just like the flight attendants say before take off, in order to provide oxygen to those that need your help in the event of an emergency, you must first make sure your own oxygen mask is on. Take some "me" time as often as you can, grab a comfy pair of scrubs to help you through the long days, and turn to your fellow nurses that understand the good fight.
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