Chaos in nursing? Nah. LOL In six short months, I have learned to ignore almost anything that can be safely ignored. The single most important lesson that I've learned is that I'm one person. I can only do so much at any given time. As long as everybody's breathing and has a relatively safe rhythm on the tele monitor, it's all good. I learned to stop focusing on the infinite number of minute details that threaten to derail my day. As long as everybody's still breathing when I leave my shift and the boss isn't up my rear end, I call it a good day.
Now, I'm still a new grad/new nurse. Some days overwhelm the h*** out of me. (Today was one of those days. lol) I think the most important lesson that I've learned is to laugh about it after it's over. Yep, today kicked a$$, but we won out in the end. The day is over, we're all home in our nice, comfy jammies, and most of us are probably already well on our ways to being 3 sheets to the wind (or already passed out in bed lol). It was a tough day, but in the end, WE WON! Sometimes survival through sheer stubbornness is all we can do. Thank goodness sheer stubbornness was one of the traits that I brought with me when I started this crazy career! It does come in handy sometimes.