Yeah, it's a slow night ... so sue me!
I was thinking back to nursing school
and how it was. I remember when I first gave an IV push med. Because I worked as a nursing assistant in critical care for so long before school, I remember thinking that I knew I would be a "real" nurse when I was allowed to give meds IV push. And then I did. It was a great feeling.
I also remember how it was when I was learning cardiac rhythms. I struggled so hard to follow every step and kept asking questions about interpretation. These days I don't even "see" the interpretation anymore -- it's like being able to read a book it comes so naturally.
I guess I'm saying "hang in there" to all the students. After a few years of nursing you'll look back and smile at how new it all was.
Feb 3, '02
Last edit by Chuckie on Jan 17, '03
Feb 3, '02
I couldn't help but laugh a good one when I saw the title of this new post! Great one to respond to!
The first time I felt like a "real nurse" is when I started my first shift as a new grad, and my preceptor and I entered a patient's room who was having a lot of problems and I froze...momentarily.
The preceptor did everything, explaining as she went along. (She was great!) After we left the patients room, she said to me, "Renee, everything you learned from reading all those nursing textbooks in college, forget about it, hon, cause THIS is REAL nursing!" She laughed as she patted me on the shoulder.
She was the best nurse and preceptor I could have ever asked to precept me. I absolutely loved her! She was so patient, kind, understanding, knowledgable, an excellent listener, and never once made me feel like anything other than a "real nurse".
"I've learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person." -- Andy Rooney
Last edit by live4today on Feb 3, '02