Advice to the Younger Nurse Me - page 3

“This is what reality shock feels like,” I thought to myself as I stared at the little confused old man sitting on the edge of his bed, covered in blood from the IV that he just pulled out. It was quarter to eleven at night and I... Read More

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    In any emergency there is always only one thing to do: the next thing that is necessary. Do that one necessary thing and trust that the second, third, and so-on will come to mind as you need them to; not all at once. Trying to manage everything results in managing nothing.
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    1. Don't buy cheap shoes. Wearing good, supportive, comfortable shoes is worth scrimping somewhere else.

    2. Good support hose.

    3. Stay well hydrated always.

    4. Make yourself a lunch you can munch on when your floor is crazy busy. Things like H/B eggs, trail mix, Luna Bars, protein drinks such
    as Special K water, bags of cereal that taste good dry, juices, etc.

    5. Remind yourself often that you are only one person and can't do everything. A lot, but not everything.

    6. Slow down and breathe!
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    I am currently waiting on my acceptance letter, hoping to begin the nursing program this fall. I loved reading this and am going to print it out and keep in a handy place - thank you!
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    20. When you get that feeling of anxiety mixed with panic mixed with adrenaline mixed with sheer exhaustion, remember that it will go way. Remember that it doesn’t last forever. Find your method of stress relief.

    Thank you for posting this, the last few shifts I've had my arse handed to me. I've saved this, printed it and will tape it to the inside of my clipboard.
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    Circulation.. AND.. ALL bleeding stops.. eventually.
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    Thank you all for your comments and your additions to the list. Everyone has great advice!
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    in my first year of nursing, i had nurses say "i cant help you right now", so i didnt know HOW to do something, i didnt know WHERE to find things, and i felt hopeless and helpless.... I rushed and rushed because after 2 weeks of training i was charge nurse for a 20 bed hall all vent dependent, and management got mad at me because i didnt know WHAT to do, and then i made a med error...(NEW NURSE).. Then at a hospital, that stress, anxiety, adrenaline you talk about turned into FULL BLOWN PANIC ATTACKS with BLACK OUTS. your body can only take so much, should we pass out on patients, while we are waiting for that "feeling" to go away.??? you can ask for help but nurses will be mad, wont help, complain to management, and you will be scolded...and the other nurses WONT LIKE how are you to do a team work job when your staff doesnt like you???? THIS is all why, that get ready to start over again and do it tomorrow is a horror story.... I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE but with nurses eating their young, with not enough training, with toooo high patient to nurse ratio, and everyone saying "this is so typical crazy nursing" it is INSANITY, it makes me scared to go to a hospital, rehab center, nursing home ive worked THEM ALL! I wish i could go back and talk to the student nurse in 2nd quarter who wanted to quit because of the pure panic, and i should have listened to something else....
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    good to all

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