So I'm just a few days shy of my one-year anniversary. I can't possibly write everything here that I have learned in the past year, or explain just how much my life has changed because of nursing.
In my first year, I wanted to quit my job, and looked for a new one at least every other week. But then the next time I went in, I would have a good night, or a good learning experience and decide to stay. Now, even though I have bad nights, I am staying because I really truly love taking care of my patients, and I love my coworkers.
I can't count how many patients I've had pass away on my shift, and even more who would pass away just a few hours after I left. (I work geriatrics and we get a lot of hospice and comfort care patients) I've recently realized how much it changes you to work so closely with life and death.
In the past year I've started nursing, moved out on my own, gotten married, gone on several vacations and weekend trips, and just bought a new car. These are all things that I truly believe would have NEVER happened if it wasn't for nursing.
I don't want to type forever, but I just want to let all the new grads know that it DOES get better. Some days REALLY suck. But even when you hate the nursing, think of what nursing is doing in your personal life too, because sometimes that helps you get through the bad spots, and eventually you'll learn to love the job, too, not just the benefits.