When did you first feel like a "real" nurse? - page 2

Yeah, it's a slow night ... so sue me! ;) I was thinking back to nursing school and how it was. I remember when I first gave an IV push med. Because I worked as a nursing assistant in critical... Read More

  1. by   mattcastens
    Originally posted by Jenny P
    We've been busy this weekend, Matt, consider yourself lucky for having the slow night. I'm glad I'm off tonight!
    Yeah ... what time did I write that? 0230? 0300? Two hours later all hell broke loose both in ER and on the floors and I was running my scrubs off.

    Apparently, you're not even supposed to type "quiet" or "slow".

    Now I know.
  2. by   kellysue
    the first time i felt like a real nurse...when i stood up to a "GOD" and stood up for my patient!!
  3. by   babsRN
    The first time I dropped an NGT and got there I began to feel hope(was a student then)...

    My big sister, 10 years my senior was also an RN, and I grew up in her shadow, always being compared to her. My mom had cancer and I hospiced her at home before hospice was cool(in the mid 70's). I was a new grad at the ripe old age of 19. The day my mom laid in bed and said to my older sister's face..." No, I want Barbie to give me my shots and draw my blood because I can't feel it when she sticks me"...that's when I knew I'd arrived. Did I mention my mom was also a nurse? ...I suppose nursing is an inheritable trait after all...
  4. by   erezebet
    The first time I felt like a real nurse was when I walked the hall all night with a soon-to-be young widow as her husband was dying. She could'nt stand to be in the room seeing him like that and I did'nt want her to be alone. All I did was keep him clean, turned, and pain-free. After he died she hugged me and thanked me for everything even though I felt like I had done nothing.

    I guess you don't need to save someone's life to be appreciated
  5. by   mario_ragucci
    Gosh - I can only dream of what my first experience will be which will make me feel like a real nurse. Since i am a dreamer (not the only one) I'll go for it. I believe I will feel like a real nurse for the first time when I give my first IV to someone. Thats pretty simplistic, I know. Also, when anyone asks me for help, or advice, about their health, and listens. When I get my pin I will wear it all the time like my power. I feel like a nurse all ready, in a certain sense, because of touch. When I touch people, I can feel they are appreciating me touching their hands, and my hands are warm. You don't hafta be a nurse to have warm hands, but its the energy of care and love behind them that will feel so good to administer when I have that RN next to my name.

    Thank you Matt!
  6. by   thisnurse
    i dont think i ever felt like a real nurse while i was in school, or even on orientation. i think that came my first night off orientation when i realized one of my pts was going into resp failure . we got him stable enough to send to ICU where he coded five minutes after arrival.
  7. by   ton
    the first time a real nurse?
    I have'nt had that feeling yet.
    Is there any hope left (i started in '77)
  8. by   radnurse2001
    The first time I felt like a real nurse---0200 patient no code holding her hand as she slipped away.
  9. by   mustangsheba
    When I was age three and took care of my little brother. It was just a matter of a degree from there.
  10. by   bungies
    I've been a Registered Nurse for... 10 weeks now, and a working graduate nurse for five weeks. I first realised I was a REAL nurse when I stayed with my grandmother during my 5-week break and she became ill. I was able to get her into a hospital by my assessment, and by detailed but concise answers to doctor/ ambulance crew questions. My aunt had tried to get her admitted two days previously, but the GP thought it was just a cold. She had pneumonia.

    I FELT like a real nurse a couple of weeks ago when a febrile neutropenic patient (I work on a haematology ward) needed urgent peripheral blood cultures, and my preceptor pointed me to the room and said "go for it". I'd gone through the process with her only a few hours before, and it all happened really smoothly. If the patient hadn't known me from earlier, I swear he'd have thought I'd done it a hundred times already...