A Word to the New, the Inexperienced, the Overwhelmed and the Mystified - page 3

We all have bad days. I remember when I was new, bright eyed, bushy tailed, rampantly sarcastic (look, some things never change, alright?) and I used to look about and wonder why in the world it... Read More

  1. by   CheesePotato
    Good morning, all. Wow! Thanks for the comments! Most generous. Most humbly appreciated. Didn't think this would merit much attention, to be honest. Sooooo....I would like to apologize for apparent lack of spelling not to mention added words. I would love to fix it but ol' demon, aka. Smartphone says no, no editting for me. Jerk. Anyway, thank you for the feedback and CountyRat, the very fact that you have "wilderness medicine" listed as a specialty makes you my hero. I salute you, sir. And now, hi-ho, hi-ho it's back to work I go. Have a great day! ~~CP~~
  2. by   Nascar nurse
    Quote from CheesePotato
    And now, hi-ho, hi-ho it's back to work I go. Have a great day! ~~CP~~
    And may it be a much better day for you today!

    All student nurses and new nurses - take note....some days you just have to fake it and some days you just gotta laugh at it. Best survival technique I've ever known.
  3. by   NurseJackieRN915
    Such an amazing article. Some days I feel like I will never be the "strong nurse." I can't wait till I can see a crisis situation from beggining to end without getting that nervous pang in my stomach that second guesses what I am doing. It's refreshing to hear that I am not the only nurse who "fakes" confidence. Sometimes I "fake" composure too.. either way I can not let my patients see me scared, or overwhelmed. You have to be cool and calm all shift..while being a secretary, a janitor and a cook all in one shift. I love being a nurse, I wouldn't change my career for a second, but the pressure I put on myself to be a "good nurse" is overwhelming sometimes.
  4. by   TeleRN44
    I laughed...I cried...and I too, once upon a time, wondered when I would be like one of the "cool kids". Those individuals who managed to get their stuff done relatively on time, despite admissions, codes, deaths, needing to eat or use the bathroom and always somehow leave on time too. They did it all with a look of cool detachment on their faces...even if the world was going to heck around them. If my night was going to heck, my hair stuck out like Bill the Cat and my eyes were bugging out of my head in horror.

    That was then...and then I realized, one way or another it's all going to get done and I learned to chill. Now, I get most of the above done and in the allotted time...no matter what happens and when. That sure feels good.

    By the way, thanks for the FYI on ace wrap subbing for a bra. LOL I'd considered the mesh one size fits nobody panties after a patient threw a soda at me but I was at a loss for the whole bra thing...just waited until it dried. Now I know there are alternatives!! LOL
  5. by   hecallsmeDuchess
    Oh, CheesePotato, I was already laughing after your first wardrobe change but the pant split was spectacularly hilarious! Please keep writing...
  6. by   Violach
    OMG! My stomach literally hurts from laughing. Great story. Thank you, I needed that. (By the way, I have worn those mesh pants. Haha.)
  7. by   buytheshoes11
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  8. by   KnitWitch
    I could have used this reminder-cum-laugh today, but I will carry it with me for the next time when I feel like I am incompetent, am drowning and will NEVER get to your level.

    Every nurse starts somewhere. Even super-nurses.
  9. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from KnitWitch

    Every nurse starts somewhere. Even super-nurses.
    ^^ Hear HEAR!!! Thanks for sharing CP!!!
  10. by   proud nurse
    You have a hilarious way with words. I love this, and wish I was a fly on the OR wall.
  11. by   Mrs.FlowersTheNurse
    I just adore the way you write! I read this and then read aloud to my non-nurse husband. We both thoroughly enjoyed this piece. Can you write a book? Pretty please!?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using allnurses.com
  12. by   texasmum
    Today was my amazing long day. Thanks for the laugh at your expense to make me feel a little better about my own
  13. by   Stormy8
    Thank you for sharing. Great story but even better point that we all as nurses need to remind ourselves.