You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, With greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errend. -Woodrow Wilson
When I was in grade school, every year my teacher would have the class write down what we wanted to accomplish individually. Some would scribble about getting better at math, others declared they wanted their art projects put on the wall of fame with a gold star. In my case, I sometimes struggled with coming up with a goal. Continue reading “Aiming Higher”
It’s always good to remind ourselves to make an effort in checking and double checking after taking an order for a patient; even while you’re in the midst of busy chaos. If something doesn’t seem right speak up! Also, try to talk more about what’s going on with your most severer patients. Much can change after report.
Rotating through the OR, during my second year of nursing school, I can remember being amused. It was like a theatrical production; the main drama happening between patient and surgeon while the nurses, techs, and anesthesiologist made everything flow seamlessly back-stage. Everyone had a role that included a set of specialized tasks like gathering supplies and setting up a sterile field. I thought to myself, this sums up the meaning of teamwork! Well, actually not so much. After about ten minutes I realized something, they all operated like androids. No one talked, their bodies tense as logs and I don’t think the surgeon could have been anymore stone-faced. Even though the procedure executed well, as far as I know, it certainly brought up some questions in my mind about communication. Continue reading “Go Team!”
Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and never will be again.” Pablo Casals
A couple years ago I can remember talking to a friend who was struggling to find her first nursing job after graduation. She had done everything right; top of her class, passed the boards at first attempt and even worked as a CNA for several years prior to getting a RN license. All of this did nothing in helping her find work. Many of the internships she applied for were saturated with applicants who like her, stood out as amazing in many areas. Continue reading “When Opportunity Doesn’t strike….Still make a move!”