That there are NO patients who have read "the book", and follow some obscene clinical course undescribed by any nursing or medical book.
That you have to have the thickest skin, the softest heart and the boys of brass to take the best care of the most hateful patient with the most incompetent doc.
That I am SOLEY responsible for oral hygeine vrs thrush, turning vrs. bedsores, coding a 95 yr. old vrs. talking to family about a DNR. Saying what else can I do after 10 orders have just been barked at me by a patient and I'm still in the room with a smile with a list a mile long of things to be done..if I can just.. get ..out. Answering the call bell for the umteeth time in an hour because grandma is lonely, and choosing between pulling up a chair or walking out. That each decision shapes what type of nurse I have and will become....
okay heavy stuff, sorry I got sappy.
how 'bout it is the most overworked, underpaid, horrific, @#$$%### job, and I would LOVE it and become a better person each time I clocked in.
okay, still sappy, can't help it, I'm just FULL of sap tonight