Good advice from Head Nurse

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  • by cmonkey
    Specializes in student; help!.

I read a lot of nurse blogs, and I'm totally bookmarking this post. I may even print it out and tape it above my desk.

http://head-nurse.blogspot.com/2009/05/everybody-has-it-that-bad-i-promise.html

One nice little bit:

Eventually it will all come together. You'll look up one day and realize you've filled out your chart's checkboxes in three minutes, your patients are all medicated and comfortable, and you actually have time to pee. Six months later you'll have time for lunch. Two years later you'll have enough downtime to fill in a couple of boxes on a crossword. More than that, you'll be able to form a synthesis with speed and accuracy and keep a dozen metaphorical balls in the air without flipping out.

Mezcalero

48 Posts

Unfortunately, this person is quite out of touch with reality. If I could say that a year from now I'd be emptying bedpans, that would be an optimistic outlook. New (and "old" new grads such as myself) are looked upon as the scum of the earth by our "noble" superiors...how sad...

libbyjeanne

110 Posts

Specializes in med-surg.

"The good news is that things do get better. I don't know how it happens, but somehow your brain gets good at remembering five or six things for an hour or two, ranking those things in order of importance automatically, and then (most important) discarding them once you've dealt with whatever they are. Thinking back, it took about six months for that to start happening for me, and another year for it to get really good. Now I can go to the grocery store without a list and not forget anything. It's a good skill to have."

This is a great blog...I am totally going to print this out! I can't wait until I can remember everything I have to do, and put them in order of importance in my head....and I can't wait until I can stop writing on my hand! LOL!

may1703

9 Posts

Great blog, thanks for sharing this!

Specializes in ICU.

Thank you! Very useful blog.

cmonkey

613 Posts

Specializes in student; help!.
Unfortunately, this person is quite out of touch with reality. If I could say that a year from now I'd be emptying bedpans, that would be an optimistic outlook. New (and "old" new grads such as myself) are looked upon as the scum of the earth by our "noble" superiors...how sad...

If that's the case, you might want to find a new job. I think working in a place where people view you is scum is the quickest path to despising your job (and potentially taking it out on patients, even if accidentally).

Mezcalero

48 Posts

^ I have to tell you I've been in a rather discouraging mind-set recently, and that has regretfully spilled over into some of my threads/rants. To be honest, I'm actually pretty ashamed of myself for getting into a histrionic personality disorder of sorts, and as things are looking a little better and I'm actually getting callbacks from people (Go Tejas!!), this will hopefully stop and give all the really great people on this forum a reason to forgive me for my self-indulgent vitriol. :D

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Lunah, MSN, RN

14 Articles; 13,766 Posts

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.
and as things are looking a little better and I'm actually getting callbacks from people (Go Tejas!!)

Woo hoooo!! Fingers crossed for you, Mezcalero. You've had a tough time.

cmonkey

613 Posts

Specializes in student; help!.

Woo, callbacks! I totally feel the spilling over. I do it all the time. :mad:

...why isn't there an embarrassed smilie? I need it always.

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