nursefrances's Nursing Blog

nursefrances's Nursing Blog

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Joined Dec 21, '08 - from 'USA'. nursefrances is a RN in Ophthalmology ambulatory surgery center. She has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Ambulatory Surgery, Ophthalmology, Tele'. Posts: 3,633 (51% Liked) Likes: 5,605

Five Years Completed and Still Loving It

As a new nursing student, with a look of awe I would look at experienced nurses and think "Wow....I can't wait until I have been working as long as they have, to know what they know." Well, now I am there and I am the same person I was then. I just know a little bit more now. I realized that I will never know everything. There is always room to keep learning, to keep growing and evolving. The key is to learn from my experiences and my mistakes and to use this knowledge for my benefit and for... Read More →

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Ophthalmology

I will never forget the first time I saw an eye under a microscope. I could have stayed there looking at the iris, the color of the eye, for hours. I was intrigued and amazed that such a small organ of the body, yes the eye is an organ, could be so amazing and intricate. I was fortunate to be introduced to the world of ophthalmology while working in a medical records department of a medical clinic twenty years ago. I began working with a doctor, we will call him Doctor Kay, who loved to... Read More →

When is it appropriate to share faith at work?: One nurse's story

As nurses, we wear many hats. To name a few: we are caregivers, providers, assessors, comforters, encouragers, teachers, an ear to listen. Are we to be evangelists or preachers? In my opinion, no and....yes. I believe that it is appropriate to share my faith when the patient has already started the conversation and I am adding to it. Here are a few stories to make my point. It was 6:40 pm. Twenty minutes left until shift change. (At last!) Of course, this is when my new admit wheels down... Read More →

Making the most of Clinicals Part 3: Building a good rapport with patients

Having good social skills is crucial when working in a field like nursing where a large part of your day is caring for and communicating with people. It is important to develop positive social skills so that it will be easier to succeed with your goal of becoming a good nurse. It is my goal in this article to assist you, the nursing student, to be perceptive to the patient's needs and feelings and to treat them with dignity and respect. We will discuss ways of developing a good rapport with... Read More →

Making the most of Clinicals Part 2: You're on stage-Make a good first impression

Have you ever been to Disneyland? I know. What does Disneyland have to do with clinicals? I enjoy going to Disneyland and have always been impressed with the excellent customer service that one will experience there. At Disneyland, all employees are "on stage" when they are out on the grounds, always performing, if you will, for the customers. It doesn't matter if they work as a janitor, work at the snack bar, or as one of the characters. All employees that are in the public eye are... Read More →

Making the most of Clinicals Part 1: Turn negative experiences into positive learning

Every nurse remembers their first day of nursing clinicals. I would like to share my first day with you. We were a group of ten brand new nursing students. Dressed in all white, some had excited expressions of anticipation on their faces. Others had the "deer in the headlights" look. I was blessed to have a wise seasoned nurse as a clinical instructor and she could see that some were leery of this first day of being on a real hospital unit. Much different then our cozy little... Read More →

Why I became a nurse: Discovering my dream job.

Why did you become a nurse? This is a common question that is asked of nurses. Here is my story of why I became a nurse and how I discovered my dream job. In 1995, I attended an educational course sponsored by the Ophthalmic Nurses Society (ASORN). At the time I was a certified ophthalmic assistant which is similar to a medical assistant, assisting eye surgeons in a clinic setting. It was at this educational course, that I realized I wanted to be a nurse. It was the ophthalmology aspect... Read More →