As a new nurse myself getting off orientation next week, I've been thinking about writing a journal tracking my growth in nursing. But then I remember how tired I am when I come home from a 12 hr shift... and I cant even imagine giving myself any extra work. But then again, a day when I feel in control passes and I try to rememember how I would've felt only 2 weeks ago in the same exact scenario, and I wish I had a journal to compare to! =)
I think the best part about nursing, for me at least, is learning SO MUCH every day. Anytime I get a pt with an uncommon illness or disorder I'll go home and read up about it. When I come back the next day I feel like I see a whole picture and I'm not just pushing meds...
Bottom line - I still feel pretty slow, but hey, very normal considering the fact that a 1 1/2 years ago I barely had a clue as to what a nurse even did!!! (Thats the price of going to an accelerated BSN program...)
Thinking back to my lasy day at work - total of 8 pts, 2 vents, 2 trach collars, suctioned all day, 2 PEGS, ng tube, gave one pt 5 units platelets and 2 units blood, k-riders and more... Fun.......:chuckle