Is there anything good that being a nurse has taught you??? - page 3

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   nurseprnRN
    when my beloved grandmother was dying, i knew to lie on her bed with her and hold her hand for hours. i knew to tell her i'd miss her and that i'd tell my grandchildren about her, and say, "goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, i love you."

    that i have my children rolling their eyes, but they know and recite the following instructions: when i am old and some smarta** case manager tells my children that i'm not safe to go home, that they are to sign me out ama and get the home care and hospice in there, because i'd rather trip on one of my cats on my own stairs and die of a broken neck in my own front hall than spend three years, or three months, or three weeks, or three days in an institution that isn't really my home.

    that it is always ok to smuggle pets into the hospital, and to break isolation so a child's kisses can be felt first-hand and not through a mask.
  2. by   robby5313
    To trust that, "inner voice.". Also to be grateful for all I have. I have seen patients with sooo much less!
  3. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    Nursing made me seriously doubt the existence of God, at least any God I would want anything to do with.

    Nursing has taught me a lot about love, resilience, strength, acceptance, and the human capacity for change.

    Nursing has taught me just how fragile life is.

    Nursing has shown me that there are worse things than death.
  4. by   egglady
    nursing has made me realize that there truly is a such thing as a "full moon".
    And it is ok to say good bye
    and sometimes one shouldnt live til they are 102.
    Nursing has taught me the difference between quality of life and quantity. Quality of life is huge. Quality of life matters....
  5. by   newohiorn
    That life is short.

    That you can make someone feel important and cared for by doing the little things that address their comfort like temperature of the room, food and drink, clean linens, etc. Sometimes I think I don't have time for this stuff but it almost always pays off in the end.
  6. by   Butterfliesnroses
    To have a voice and to stand up for myself!
  7. by   DavidFR
    Quote from beast master RN
    blehhhhh , u have no idea , but one day u will , this life or the next
  8. by   cosmicmama
    That there are way worse things than death...and that I'm a damn lucky woman.
  9. by   RNperdiem
    I have learned that however bad a day I am having at work, I at least get to leave after 12 hours. The critically ill patient and family are probably experiencing the worst days of their life.
  10. by   noahsmama
    I've learned that good health is not something that anyone can take for granted, because it can be gone in the blink of an eye. I've learned to be grateful for my continued good health and the good health of the people I love. Working in peds, I am especially grateful that I have a (so far) completely healthy child (knock wood!).
  11. by   Ruthiegal
    I have learned to never be surprised at the human condition, to have patience and respect for each person, because they have their own story behind their situation. I have learned the the youngest patients have the most wisdom and compassion. I have learned to be open minded, compassionate, accepting and to keep a sense of humor in the face of disaster. I have also learned you will always find someone who has a worse day than you!