When I reflect on my first year of nursing school, I think about how bright eyed I was about entering a career that was stable, fun, purposeful and flexible. Just like many others, I went into nursing feeling as though I could make a difference. The elation I felt after getting hired to my first nurse position, something that paid way more than the accustomed minimum wage, was indescribable. It seemed I had climbed a mountain and everything I could see from the top appeared perfect. For the first couple of months during my orientation, it felt that way. Continue reading “A shift in perspective”
A couple months ago one of my nursing colleagues commented about how the world needs more people to act on important issues. Her exact words, “Pick an issue you’re passionate about and get to work!” Granted, I think most of the time we get tired and what energy is left goes to taking care of important errands or chores at home; even worse if you have kids. On the flip side, I think the rewarding nature of taking steps to make a difference even in our own communities, especially as nurses, give those extra hours worth. Continue reading “Let’s Get involved!”
From time to time I get to care for a patient that involves a lot of attention and I can’t help but feel empathetic toward them or develop a connection. Of course, this is a major part of nursing but the danger comes when we get too emotionally invested. I’m sure we’ve all heard romanticized stories of the nurse who falls in love with a fallen soldier during a time of war. I can’t remember the term for that but it exists! Though we usually don’t want to marry many of our patients after taking care of them, there is a thing as becoming too compassionate where we leap over that professional boundary. Continue reading “Close but not too close”
Find a way to step out of the box during a shift and do something creative with your patients. How can you bring individual talent to enhance or compliment your nursing skills?