Is there anything good that being a nurse has taught you??? - page 2

Ok fellow nurses, we complain(and rightfully so;-) we get burned out, we become angry and all that other stuff but can you think of anything good you learned as a nurse(besides saving someone's... Read More

  1. by   DixieRedHead
    Quote from xtxrn
    Things can always be worse.
    Death is not THE worst thing to happen.
    While there were idiots at work, I got to leave them there.
    People who advertise their worth must not have enough that just shows.

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. by   tcvnurse
    Nursing has made me more thankful.

    Thankful I can walk, talk, pee, poop, feed myself just to name a few.
  3. by   merlee
    Some mental skills, like prioritizing, time management and keeping my cool through an emergency. How to listen, listen, really LISTEN and how to draw out the information I need. Learning the importance of what matters in my life and that my family should always come first.

    My first job out of school was in neonatal ICU. There I learned it was important to want a healthy baby, because if it is ill it really does not matter what sex it is. Truly. If you pray, then pray for healthy children. No sadder sight than a very large man crying over an isolette because he 'had to have a son'. The 5 beautiful girls weren't enough. Now his baby and his wife were both septic and in ICUs. There was a chance he could lose them both. How to explain to your kids that they were not enough???

    And yes, I agree that there are worse things than death - that horrible time just before death when the family wants everthing possible done for their loved one in that unrealistic way many people have.

    What have I learned? To tell those that I love that I love them - every time I talk to them.
  4. by   gardentulip27
    Nursing has taught me to think fast on my feet even if they are aching. LOL It has taught me to be a team player, respect other providers, realize when I don't know something and yell for someone who might. Nursing has taught me that the way something is said is more important that what is said. Being nice to patients is always good medication!
  5. by   TopazLover
    A multitude of issues can be avoided or easily solved with a gentle hand and a listening ear.
    It takes less time to do than argue about who should do it or why it should not be done, especially by you.
  6. by   imintrouble
    Be more direct. Say what I mean. Recognizing there is a place when nothing less than the absolute truth is vital.
  7. by   luvazsun
    Allowing myself to agree to disagree.
  8. by   SweetseRN
    Quote from xtxrn
    Things can always be worse.
    Death is not THE worst thing to happen.
    While there were idiots at work, I got to leave them there.
    People who advertise their worth must not have enough that just shows.
    Love this!
  9. by   classicdame
    Love is a very strong force - all types of love

    Also, you can't fix stupid
  10. by   kayak133
    I am not a nurse. I am a sitting on the fence sometimes student nurse. Had several occasions in regards to physicians and my healthcare and in regards to nursing schools this past spring, summer and early fall to make me question my own sanity about continuing to do this...and, not just 'do this' but to excel at it..because if you are just going to do it...it is going to turn out mediocre...and, that is not what I want it to be. The kudos go out in more ways than one to those nurses who take an active approach to their own healthcare...that second opinions do matter...which needs to be communicated more or less down the line to the patient...also from Imintrouble...saying what you want to say, and that, nothing less than the truth is vital. Nursing school has made me realize that life and nursing is a journey...not a destination. Things take time.
  11. by   canchaser
    That a popscile is more than a popsicle. It was the making of a nurse for a little girl who had a tonsillectomy in 1977.
  12. by   Nascar nurse
    Patience with the patients
    Patience with the families
    Patience with the Doctors
    Patience with the those under and above me
    Patience with myself.
  13. by   ArtsyCraftsy
    We are all equal.
    Material things do not matter.

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