Sinman 3,586 Views
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I cant you give advice I'am a RN student still here in Cincinnati. But Congratulations!!! and Good Luck!! Always good to here of other individuals succeeding and making it happen!!
Every day that I drive to and from work I take a particular commuter road I like to call the Redneck Raceway. You can bet there is a daily accident that backs traffic up for miles. Driving on this road is dangerous. I always told my spouse "one of these days someone on a cell phone/curling their hair/popping their pimples is going to cream me..I just know it!"
Well it finally happened. A few days before Christmas I was put right in the middle of a 6 car pile up. The engine to my car was nearly in the cab and I was briefly knocked unconscious. Somehow I managed to climb out of my car and run to the side of the road to avoid being hit again. Panic, fear, pain, all kinds of emotions start flowing as I think about the fact I was nearly decapitated. In the middle of my panic attack someone walks up to me, a woman, mid forties. She gives me the biggest, most sincere hug I have ever felt. A sense of calmness came over me. She says "I'm a nurse. You are going to be ok." I have never felt more relieved.
She hugged me for what seemed like an eternity. That was ok with me because it meant I didn't have to watch the ensuing chaos around me. I felt guarded, protected. How did she know I needed this consolation more than I needed oxygen? This nurse had been a few cars back and had witnessed the accident. The next person behind her, an ER physician. Someone was certainly watching over me. I have always been the person to stop and offer assistance to those that might be scared or injured, even before I became a nurse.
After reading a few posts on here I often contemplated NOT stopping for reasons we have all mulled over. After my experience I will without any doubt, always stop and offer hugs... and CPR. I want to encourage my colleagues to do the same. It is amazing how something as simple as a hug can be so powerful. I am forever thankful for that nurse. I often think about her when I'm driving to work on the RR and start to feel anxious. I just wish I knew her name so I could thank her.
How is my attitude unprofessional?
Well, you've got witnesses and the 911 call and your charting.
For the past five years, I have had the opportunity to have a profession in Pediatric Nursing. People often say, "How can you work with sick little kids?" in response to me telling them I work in the Pediatric and Pediatric ICU settings as an RN. I often think that people assume Pediatric nursing is "just nursing" but on people of a smaller scale. I'll never forget the day a Peds Surgeon told us, a group of Peds nurses, at an informational meeting, that "children are NOT just small adults." They are not small adults, not anatomically, not physically, and most definitely not developmentally!
So, how do you know you're a Pediatric Nurse? Well, other than the typical instances of "knowing you're a nurse"... such as, considering a 5 minute bathroom escape your morning break, excelling at getting and eating your lunch (often while on the phone) in only 15 minutes, wishing you could take just one sip of the nice cold ice water you're bringing to your patient, considering yourself lucky if your shift stays under the 13 hour mark, etc... There are some very different, and rewarding, ways that you know you're a *Pediatric* Nurse.
You know you're a Pediatric Nurse when you obsess about your patient's urine and stool. Yes, as Peds nurses, we count urine output in increments of 0.5ccs at times, and we pray for poop! I don't know any profession who is more obsessive about stools, their color, amount, consistency, etc... than Pediatric Nursing.
You know you're a Pediatric Nurse when you don't take blood pressures on your patients, but instead you "measure their muscles" with "hugging machines." Don't get me wrong, there are still times where it can take multiple attempts or sneaking a BP cuff onto a sleeping child to get an acceptable reading, but often the "let's see how big your muscles are today" ploy proves to be helpful.
You know you're a Pediatric Nurse when you look forward to giving stickers and prizes as much, if not more, than your patients look forward to getting them. I've been known to empty out not only pens, alcohol wipes, saline flushes, etc... out of my pockets at the end of my shifts, but also Dora, Diego, Spider Man, and Princess stickers and tattoos!
You know you're a Pediatric Nurse when, seeing a giant fire-truck looking machine coming down the hallway means its time for your patient's morning chest x-ray. Yes, our portable x-ray machine is a giant fire truck known for taking amazing pictures of precious smiles... oh yeah, and lung fields, tummies, etc...
You know you're a Pediatric Nurse you can easily go through an entire roll of tape in your 2 year old patient's room in one shift only as an attempt to keep O2 sat probes, Oxygen tubing, EKG patches, etc... on your patient! Again, this is usually only an attempt at success, because those toddler age patient's often win many battles!
You know you're a Pediatric Nurse when you go into the Procedure Room with an army of 5 of more people to start an IV on a patient who weighs a measly 8kg! The procedure room often looks like a party prior to the IV start, with child life specialists, nurses, parents, toys, etc... and not uncommonly looks like a massacre after an IV start.
You know you're a Pediatric nurse when you listen for "bears and drums" instead of abdominal and heart sounds, often only after, as a Peds RN, letting your patient first listen for those same bears and drums in your heart and chest.
Most importantly, you know you're a Pediatric Nurse when you believe in magic and miracles. Children are so resilient and forgiving, their innocence and strength is enough to bring a smile to almost anyone's face, their hugs make your heart feel as though it's melting, and their desire to "get better and go home" is something to be learned by all of us. My passion for nursing is in Pediatrics, and I don't see that changing anytime soon!
admin note: we shared this topic on our nurses rock facebook page here:
Pizza. It was the first dinner I'd had in months that didn't include Ramen Noodles.
Pizza. It was the first dinner I'd had in months that didn't include Ramen Noodles.
Ok deep breath. It's only been 4 weeks. Relax.Your feelings are completely normal and believe me it gets better. The real world is a whole lot different than school.You will become better at time management and your reports will become more coherent. You will have time for breaks and you won't feel like you have been scrambling all day.Yes you will have days that all you want to do is cry. These days will become fewer and fewer. Before you know it you will be hitting that one year mark and you will wonder where the time has gone. Don't be afraid ask questions or ask for help. Hang in there. You didn't all that work in school to just quit.
I think many will agree that this is usually a normal feeling as a new graduate. Stay focused and organized and everything should fall right in place. Don't forget to ask questions(better than making mistakes). Take your time and think through everything you do. Don't feel rushed because that is where the mistakes come in. Although the medical floor is a great place to acquire most basic nursing skills, it is not for everyone. If things don't work out, find another area of nursing which you love and go for it. Best of luck to you
Just some thoughts...I'm sure some Med-Surg nurses can chime in and give you some pointers, but I am willing to bet it gets better. Think about things you can do to be efficient and organized throughout the day. Take note of & adopt your co-workers' routines if you notice they are particularly efficient. If you feel that patient safety could be compromised in any way, ask for assistance. Get plenty of rest, and don't forget to feed your face.
Are we actually sure they only do calls on the 21st? I'm not giving up hope until they actually notify me one way or the other. Maybe they are just behind.
Hey all, I just wanted to let you all know that they do individual phone calls for applicants selected for interview. Today is the day. So fingers crossed for you all!
As a fellow nurse in recovery, I'm so happy for you and wish you the best. We are the positive examples to the healthcare community that recovery is possible and works! I know your experiences will serve your patients well in the future.
Congratulations on your success!
Thank you everyone for the kind words. My life is truly blessed.
Making a clean break is one of the best things you can do. Too many people try to persevere in their old environments, and almost inevitably old habits set back in. Best of luck to you going forward.
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