Had my first patient today. I'm in my first semester or nursing school. I cried. The patient was very detached.. A man from Taiwan who was here visiting... has no family around.. speaks no English.. Has really no clue what exactly is going on. (I was confused why no interpreter was around.) I felt his feelings way too much and lost it a little bit.
But just wanted to thank all those nurses out there who comfort and educate us newbies. I was so thankful to all the nurses who remembered what it felt like that first day. They were my Godsend today, as I'm sure many of you have been to student nurses!!
You will treasure these initial introductory days in nursing. As a "baby duckling RN" your first impressions, the kindness shown by experienced nurses, the hardships faced by patients (my first patient was a post op cabbage who had struck out at his daughter with her in utter anguish, and I note had never acted this way toward her ever!) --- these impressions will be treasures you will keep tucked under your baby down feathers to carry you forward and relate to newbie nurses in your near future. Here's to you!
I echo the comments of Earl above, you have what it takes to be a compassionate and caring champion nurse.
I add another bitter initiation to the hospital when a dear young man had to be sent home on hospice, who had fungal pneumonia, impossible to treat. An experienced nurse (probably not too compassionate) had explained to me with zest how the linings of his lungs probably resembled green carpet. I was devastated. I was broken explaining this to my wife after shift ended, at home in fetal position on the livingroom carpet.
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Sep 24, '08