A thank you to all the nurses who have come before me.

  1. I've been a nurse for a little over 2.5 years--graduated from nursing school at age 37. I have been meaning to post this message for a while.

    I want to say thank you to the nurses who teach me how to do this job every day. I ask more experienced nurses (of all ages) questions almost every single day (yes, still) and nearly all have been more than happy to help me and share their knowledge. I would have quit long ago without the help of so many people and I want all of you to know that your help, advice and patience is appreciated so please keep sharing your knowledge with those of us who are less experienced. I should also say that this thank you extends to the many other staff members who teach me and answer my questions--everybody from transport personnel to physical therapy to respiratory and techs, etc.

    I worked my first 15 months in nursing on a med-surg floor where I required all kinds of mentoring since I had never worked in a hospital and didn't have a clue. Next I went to a critical care unit for 15 months where I received even more mentoring from the wonderful staff on that unit and now I work float pool so I'm still asking tons of questions as I learn to take care of new kinds of patients every day. I couldn't have worked any of these places without so many people sharing their experience and knowledge...to all of you I say thank you for being so generous with your time and expertise.
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   TuTonka
    You were and are a very blessed person. It is very thoughtful and obviously heart felt post. I pray that your experiences continue to be as good as your first 2.5 yrs. I also hope you pass on to others what you yourself have learned. IMO that is what makes a good nurse a Fantastic nurse. Kudos to you and your post.

  4. by   canoehead
    That is an extremely generous post- thanks for the boost.
  5. by   ShayRN
    There isn't one of us who got where we are by ourselves. I had some pretty fantastic co-workers who have become close friends. I then feel obligated to pass on my knowledge. Pay it forward, always.
  6. by   newohiorn
    Just thought I would make a positive comment because I know many folks feel "nurses eat their young." That just has not been my experience and I'm so grateful.

    Again, thanks to all--you know who you are. :-)
  7. by   P_RN
    That means a LOT to me. Thank you for following us.