Life skills nurses learn

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  2. Nurses learn many life skills on the job, managing chaos is just one of them

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    Last edit by Joe V on Feb 12, '18
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  4. by   GitanoRN
    I totally agree even though it made me
  5. by   lgail
    Speaking strictly about my residents-I have learned that everyone can teach you something. Patience, compassion, humility and the ability to laugh at yourself every once in a while.
  6. by   edrnbailey
    May I print/use this in my ED? We have recently gone through some growing pains and I believe this could be a lift in morale which we desperately need.

    On another note, as soon as I saw this it made me think of emergency nursing which has been referred to as "controlled chaos" for as long as I can remember. It's amazing how we can manage mass casualty/disasters, critical patients, and a multitude of other things simultaneously, but give any of us a mundane task to complete and we freak out... LOL I needed this.
  7. by   Brian
    Yes, please feel to print and share these with your co-workers. I'll work on a printable pdf for you.
  8. by   Chaya
    Life Lesson #1:

    Life is ABOUT Plan B! (Or as I've heard it stated: Man plans; God laughs!)
  9. by   campbeartrack
    My first day of nursing school, was total chaos our instructor could not make it in, and we had to learn the first word in nursing, which our DON told us was FLEXIBILITY!! She said never forget it, and I haven't. It is always there with me!
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Chaos? WHAT chaos??
  11. by   StudentNurse2011
    Chaos in nursing? Nah. LOL In six short months, I have learned to ignore almost anything that can be safely ignored. The single most important lesson that I've learned is that I'm one person. I can only do so much at any given time. As long as everybody's breathing and has a relatively safe rhythm on the tele monitor, it's all good. I learned to stop focusing on the infinite number of minute details that threaten to derail my day. As long as everybody's still breathing when I leave my shift and the boss isn't up my rear end, I call it a good day.

    Now, I'm still a new grad/new nurse. Some days overwhelm the h*** out of me. (Today was one of those days. lol) I think the most important lesson that I've learned is to laugh about it after it's over. Yep, today kicked a$$, but we won out in the end. The day is over, we're all home in our nice, comfy jammies, and most of us are probably already well on our ways to being 3 sheets to the wind (or already passed out in bed lol). It was a tough day, but in the end, WE WON! Sometimes survival through sheer stubbornness is all we can do. Thank goodness sheer stubbornness was one of the traits that I brought with me when I started this crazy career! It does come in handy sometimes.
  12. by   New.RN
    "as long as everybody's breathing and has a relatively safe rhythm on the tele monitor, it's all good"

    i love this quote! i totally agree!
  13. by   Vespertinas
    Quote from StudentNurse2011
    As long as everybody..has a relatively safe rhythm on the tele monitor..

    Reminds me of a nursing bumper sticker, "Asystole is a stable rhythm."
  14. by   VICEDRN
    1. the details aren't relevant until they are relevant. plans are always fluids and in progress. go with the flow.

    2. life is bittersweet. enjoy it. none of my trauma/CPR patient families woke up today thinking this was the last time they were going to see their loved ones alive.

    3. smile and be gentle and understanding to people who work with customers. of any type. people are brutal and awful. it gets you everywhere to acknowledge how hard people work on your behalf.

    4. tell people you are a nurse. it helps. people like nurses. ;-)
  15. by   StudentNurse2011
    LOL Yup! That's why I said "safe." ;-) Only nurses can appreciate the humor (and truth) in "Asystole is a stable rhythm."

    Another thing I learned as a nurse is that everyone has a different definition of the word "emergency." I used to tell my family not to call me at work unless it's an emergency, then I went on to remind them that an emergency means something is on fire or somebody isn't breathing. lol My favorite quote: "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part." My daughter used to have a bad habit of making impromptu plans with her friends, then expecting me to drop everything to accommodate those plans.

    To be honest, pretty much everything we learn in nursing can be applied to life. Assess, diagnose, plan, implement, reevaluate. Always prioritize and be willing to delegate when necessary. Those steps have kept me out of hot water more times than I can count. And the ability to detect a lie; never tell a nurse a lie and expect to get away with it. We can smell lies from a mile away. We should be able to; we've heard them all at least a few hundred times.

    Quote from Vespertinas

    Reminds me of a nursing bumper sticker, "Asystole is a stable rhythm."