You Don't Know You're . . . Beautiful? - page 2
I just completed my first week of nursing school (BSN program), and I am exhausted. I have lists surrounding me detailing numerous reading and ATI assignments. Dosage calculation exams and skills check-offs are approaching. My... Read More
- 2Sep 2, '13 by RNikkiFThat's so nice!! I've "only" been doing this for three years, but sometimes it is hard to keep my spirits up. I always remember WHY I got into this, even when I ASK myself why I did. It is exhausting, but sometimes I think it is worth it!
I think the key for every nurse is trying to hold on to that emotion and enthusiasm they had the day they started nursing school!
- 1Sep 3, '13 by kbraswellI am hoping to receive an acceptance letter into Nursing School any day now and your words are extremely encouraging and inspiring. I hope I always remember this when it gets super hard and I don't think I will make it. I hope to always remember why I have worked so hard to begin with. Best of Luck to you!
- 1Sep 4, '13 by FranemtnurseThey definitely are. I chose to become a nurses aide back in the early 60s, then an EMT and eventually a nurse because I was very ill as a child, and I loved the loving care they gave me. That is why I wanted to give back and go into healthcare. I was in healthcare 35 years when illness once again forced me to be on the receiving end. I will always love this field.
- 1Oct 9, '13 by Carolina SouthpawDear Been there, Done that,
Your statement is true. This is why we all need to learn how business is driven and get involved.
The fact is, as much as we love our profession, we do require a paycheck for it, right? We have to help make the choices of how money should be spent. Fact is, there isn't a blank check in healthcare. Just like at home, we have to make hard choices about what is of value to us. So, we need nurses who love patient care to be in management positions! We need nurses that are managers to get the training they need to be excellent managers! We nurses need to "infiltrate" those business positions within healthcare! We need to work our way to the top and belly up to board room table and help figure out how to quantify for those counting pennies, how it is cost effective to provide excellent care with good staffing and teammates that can actually take breaks! The research is out there. And if it isn't let's do it! For all of the decisions that are made and need to be made, we must have people that "get it" not only at the table, but not afraid to open their mouth, respectfully, insightfully, and intelligently. Only when nursing services are a billable service will nurses and the care we provide truly be valued. Meanwhile, nurses come with the room, the bed, the TV, and the bedside table!
So, I focus on what I can do each day, with each patient, each teammate, and all the while preparing myself to be that voice. Do I think I will I change everything? Heck no! Do I think I affect change in my zone of influence? I know I do. My prayer is that more nurses that love patient care will join me and be that voice in their zone.
The public may not know what it is to be a nurse, but there is a reason that we are the most trusted profession. May you all feel supported and appreciated! May you all help your teammates to feel appreciated and supported! Remember, what goes around, comes around.