This post was exactly what I needed this morning. I just got off 3 nights in a row and, after reading this post, spent 20 minutes this morning (before going to sleep) thinking about what I like about my job. It was nice to reflect on the positives, because as we all know, sometimes it's way to easy to get caught up in all of the negatives in life.
Beware I'm a new nurse (1 month off orientation), so everything is still shiny and new for me...
- social environment, interacting with lots of people from different areas (pharmacy, rt, pt, speech, icu/er/agency, housekeeping, diet, doctors/interns/med students, etc. Etc.)
- cute flirty male co-workers (& other hospital personnel)
- cute flirty little old male patients, they make me laugh
- patients & family members saying thank you; overhearing them talk about how I'm a great nurse
- having the money to be independent
- the opportunity for overtime, experience, to float to different units (even if floating sucks sometimes)
- learning something new every single day
- catching mistakes / problems that would have impacted pt care
- solving problems / dealing with situations that arise
- successful IV starts (hey I'm new so this is still exciting)
- drawing blood from picc lines (not sure why I like this but I do)
- that "quiet" time late at night when I'm caught up on my charting & it's too late to do any pt care tasks, yet too early to start 4am charting
- giving report (I'm probably the only nurse on the planet that likes giving report & I DREADED giving report as a nursing student)
- the idea that, if I want to, I can work in Nicu or pediatrics or ltc or hospice or dialysis or ortho or ER or a at clinic or as a travel nursing or in home health or or or...
- when you walk into a confused, grouchy pts room and find them a mess, all dirty, crooked in the bed, etc.... I love the feeling you get after you clean them up and straighten them out and tuck the blankets up under their chin and they look at you and they look so comfortable... That right there warms my heart :redpinkhe