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"Be the type of nurse you want to work with" - Brian Short RN, founder of allnurses.com
There have been and are many TV shows about Nurses. I've seen, when the credits roll, the names of "medical advisers". I wonder how many of these advisers are Nurses? As an expert, a Nurse should be the one the Producer consults before any television episode goes live. It just makes sense, doesn't it?
As we prepare for a Nursing career, we have to consider our past. As care givers, we are held to some of the highest standards in order to earn the privilege of being licensed as a Nurse. Many times mistakes and poor choices are made that can blemish our backgrounds making it difficult to enter into a Nursing program, attend clinicals, graduate, and/or become licensed. Can a less than stellar background be overcome?
I've felt like this before. My feet holler, "I give up, just kill me." Nurses walk miles doing their job and taking care of our feet is very important. We must wear good shoes to provide a good foundation for all that walking. I just wonder how many pairs of shoes I've gone through since becoming a Nurse. What about you?
You know how you have that one favorite pen that fits just right in your hand and writes so smoothly? You get very attached to it....and then, much to your dismay it seems to grow legs and disappears. Be prepared by stocking up so you'll always have a backup.
Nurses, There are always a handful of people that stay with you like this! Let's hear your stories!
I'm sure there are hundreds of wonderful stories to share with each other!
Nurses truly work hard every single hour of every single work day. Many times, they skip meals and bathroom breaks. Not good, of course, but let's fact it, it happens all too often. Once they leave the job and finally can come home, it's hard to just let it all go. Down time reflection for many of us reveals that yes ... we worked very hard, but the odd thing is, we enjoyed it especially knowing that WE made a difference in another person's life.
How many TV shows about Nurses have you seen? There have been many in years gone by. I remember watching reruns of one called "Temperature's Rising" that was made back in the 70's. And, of course we've had several more since then. They never seem to actually capture the true essence of the Nurse, however. And, maybe the Producers think that reality TV would be boring? What? I think a reality Nurse TV show would be a HIT! What do you think?
At best, hospitals have four walls and a roof and I seriously doubt that contained within these four walls is a Nurse's Break Room as described here. That would be heaven. But, who would be taking care of the patients? Maybe that's why we will never see anything like this. Come on, dream a little dream with me and tell me what you envision as the perfect Break Room.
Our families sometimes cannot wrap their heads around the fact that we Nurses are mired down in germs at work and live to tell about it. We come in contact with some things that they read about in the newspaper and see on TV everyday and then panic. Is it any wonder that they are paranoid about touching our clothing much less touching us? I think, however, burning my Nursing uniforms is going a little too far. Do you have to educate your family about superbugs?
Summer is here and you have all the free time in the world, right? But, as a Nursing Student, you have forgotten just what that means. Relaxing, getting in 9 holes, lazy afternoons. PANIC! I can't relax!! Do you have the Summer off this year? Are you having a hard time adjusting to "free time"?
What does being a nurse mean to you? This Poem covers a lot of ground, but I am sure you can add more to it Reply with your comments.
Being a Nurse Means
You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
You will be surrounded by challenges.
So much to do and so little time.
You will carry immense responsibility
and very little authority.
You will step into people's lives
and you will make a difference.
Some will bless you.
Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst -
and at their best.
You will never cease to be amazed
at people's capacity for love, courage, endurance.
You will see life begin - and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs
and devastating failures.
You will cry a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human
and to be humane.
- Melodie Chenevert
What does being a nurse mean to you?
Take a brief survey here : What is your biggest nursing challenge?
We’ve had several articles and threads recently dealing with many problems and challenges that nurses are facing today. We get so caught up in caring for others that many times we forget about taking care of ourselves. So many issues nurses face on a daily basis can lead to emotional and physical burnout, job dissatisfaction, anxiety, illness, and more, unless we learn how to cope with the stresses that won’t go away. Although the root of many of these challenges seem unsurmountable, there are things that can be done for how we react under the stresses many of you are experiencing.
This got me to thinking…...what can we do about this? I know many of you come here to vent about the challenges you are facing. And that is good. But how can allnurses be more supportive to you than just offering a sounding board?
I’d like to know: What is your biggest personal challenge as a nurse or nursing student? What’s keeping you from enjoying your job or your preparations to be a nurse? What is taking the joy out of your life?
I’m really curious and I want to know. In order to help, we need to know more about those stresses you are facing at work or in school. So please take a few minutes to answer some questions.
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Your feedback by participating in this short survey will be instrumental in helping us as we develop things that we hope will help you with your challenges....before you reach the state of burnout. This is your chance to have an impact on our plans for future developments and offerings through allnurses.
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After taking the survey, please feel free to share your feedback in this thread. Go ahead and vent. Sometimes talking about it is very therapeutic.
I started out in the nursing home and had those same feelings of just being a pill pusher and not really using my skills. I felt intimidated by all the experience nurses who were so wise and seemed to know everything. As I grew more confident, these feelings lessened. I tried learning everything I could from all the experience nurses, I asked tons of questions, got involved with as many new experiences that I could. Eventually I found my confidence as a new nurse.
It just takes time. Be a sponge, learn as much as you can from those veteran nurses, they are full of gold nuggets! Once they know you are willing and desire to learn, they can be great mentors!
I remember having so much respect for several of the LPNs who had worked for 30 years, they were such amazing nurses and could run circles around most of the RNs. They were experts!
Best of Luck! It'll get better.
The Nurse's job description doesn't include "household maintenance" but how many times have we had to take care of something other than patient healthcare needs? Tightening a loose screw, switching out a soap dispenser, changing a light bulb are a few that come to mind. We wear many different hats in this profession. How about you? What non-Nursing duties have you had to perform?
We've addressed this before when the patient-Nurse boundaries are blurred. But, it is a topic that is always important. Sometimes patients can affect us so strongly that it is difficult to keep a professional distance. Our feelings and emotions can be so difficult to handle especially when the patient reminds us of a loved one. Memories flood back as we see our loved one in them. Our emotions are stirred by their mannerisms, a smile, or even just the touch of their hand. They come into our lives for only a fleeting moment and leave us changed when they depart. Have you found yourself blurring the professional boundary?
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