I have been looking forward to my first day as a nurse for so long. Today was the day and it was really good!
I was so intimidated about this job because it is in a nursing home and, in general, they are notoriously difficult places to work. But I left for the day thinking, "I think I like this place."
The nurse that trained me was great. She was relaxed, helpful and made sure I got a lunch and a 15 min break. The aides were friendly and very good at their jobs. I was able to pass noon meds and learned a few residents' names and faces.
The one thing that really took me by surprise was the difference between a working nurse and a student nurse. Students always have to ask before they can do anything but today I realized there was no one looking over my shoulder. If it needed to be done, I just did it. One of the residents called me a dirty SOB and then pinched me, but I didn't even pay any attention, just got my vitals as quick as I could and left the room.
Thanks for reading about my day. I'm so excited to be a nurse!