Bad Days

  1. How do you get by the "bad days"? Just got off of a bad one yesterday and I'm dreading returning tomorrow.

    I'm returning to nursing after a long while. My preceptor is very patient and a wonderful person but I'm just not feeling like I'm moving along as well as I should be. I know I should probably talk to someone but I'm not comfortable with that. I'm just so used to working things through myself.

    I love bedside nursing and want to stay but just don't know if I should. I'm so sad....
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   fireflyLPN
    I hear ya puglet. I had 2 bad days this week! I got bye by not thinking about my mishaps at work, when I was not there. Go out and see a movie with your friends in your free time, or do whatever it is that you enjoy.

    I have a magnet on my fridge that helps me keep things in perspective too: "Courage dos not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow' ". And pretty much I think that is all you can do. Every one makes mistakes, and going into Nursing whether you're a new grad, or just returning is very difficult. Anyone that tells you anything else is full of it!
  4. by   HuggyPuglet
    Thanks so much for the encouraging words. I'm sorry that your week was a bust too. Have you ever turned around and wondered if you made the right decision? I seem to be full of doubts now, but I really love the work, so I'm torn.

    I think I will with your permission, take the phrase on courage and put it on my fridge as well. Perhaps it will help me get some perspective.

    I guess this just isn't my week...maybe it's the full moon or maybe it's just the way it is. I don't know. I am going back tomorrow and will try again.

    I just wish I wasn't so blasted stressed out...

    Thanks again....God bless.
  5. by   fireflyLPN
    Hi Puglet,

    Yeah I absolutely have my doubts sometimes. But its more like I really wish I would've taken the job in that Drs office!!! Running around my entire shift while others are sitting at the nurses station (and not offering help, or getting snippy when I do ask) takes its toll emotionally. I can be very stubborn though, and I am determined to get through this (but maybe you should ask me how I feel again in another couple mos LOL).

    You absolutely may use that quote. Just a note, the author of that is Mary Ann Radmacher.

    Best of luck to you Puglet! :icon_hug:
  6. by   crazy4Him
    Thanks for the encouraging words. I am new here also and not quite sure what I'm doing. I am a returning student, having been a stay at home mom for the past 23 years. I am currently enrolled in the LVN Program and started my first clinical 2 weeks ago. This rotation is at an extended care facility and it was extremely hard on me emotionally. Thursday was the worst and I found myself questioning my decision to become a nurse. I cried the entire way home and later that night and again the next morning. My husband is very supportive and tried very hard to encourage me and cheer me on. I am doing well in the class portion and in clinical but what I am having a hard time with is the treatment of the elderly patients. No abuse but neglect, harshness and humiliation. These people have no dignity left and are treated not like people but like problems with great impatience. It is heartbreaking. My teacher told me that this was a "good" facility which is even more discouraging for me. I am more than frightened by what the future clinicals hold for me. I don't believe that I will be back in an extended care evironment but still........

    Having said all that, the quote was strengthening for me. I have printed it out and put it on the bulletin board in my study area where I can read it on a regular basis. I have felt called into the nursing field for many years and was just waiting for my youngest two to be old enough where I could do this. Now I think I'm a big chicken, questioning my choice to go into nursing. I am planning to continue on with my RN which will probably hold a whole other set of insecurities. Anyway, thanks for reading and letting me vent a little.

    Allison

    Quote from fireflyLPN
    Hi Puglet,

    Yeah I absolutely have my doubts sometimes. But its more like I really wish I would've taken the job in that Drs office!!! Running around my entire shift while others are sitting at the nurses station (and not offering help, or getting snippy when I do ask) takes its toll emotionally. I can be very stubborn though, and I am determined to get through this (but maybe you should ask me how I feel again in another couple mos LOL).

    You absolutely may use that quote. Just a note, the author of that is Mary Ann Radmacher.

    Best of luck to you Puglet! :icon_hug:

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