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 life...and YES that is wonderful...but I mean, in dealing with people, life skills, etc?
I have learned(and I still work on it all of the time;-)...to take things alot less personally and to be more compassionate, my patient just yelled at me...hey, she is dying and angry, she is not mad at me, she is mad because she is leaving her loving husband and children who are so very young.
To let go of anger more quickly and try not to thing the worst about things...."ARGH"...the med wasn't re ordered..they are so lazy..hmmm...maybe it was innocently overlooked, because she had a terrible shift or maybe not but why be so angry about it?
there is so much more i want to type but I have to go....I just know that even though I am not in my perfect job right now or sometimes I don't want to be a nurse anymore, being a nurse has given me way more than i could I ever give back. Maybe right now around the holidays, I am becoming a little sentimental...but I am thinking of some of the patients i have had over the years...and how much they taught about about what is really important in life. I could not have that exposure as a computer programmer or a stock broker or really any other career except nursing....