Happy Nurse's Week!!!!

Although I am only into my 6th year being a nurse (which is very young in the nursing world!), I have been so incredibly blessed to have some amazing opportunities since graduating way back in 2007. ;)  I have recently been a little melancholy about this profession I have chosen... you may or may not have noticed from a few recent posts.  So, in light of Nurse's Week, I thought I would take a little stroll down memory lane and provide for you my 10 most memorable moments/patients/things!!  Sometimes, I need a little reminder of why I do what I do.

In no particular order... let's get started!

    My first job!  
    I seriously had the BEST first job anyone could ever ask for at one of the top pediatric facilities in the country.  I had an amazing and supportive manager; all around greatest management team; a wonderful preceptor; fabulous friends; a wonderful and full experience on the floor.  People supported me and wanted me to succeed.  I was also given some pretty phenomenal opportunities which I will talk about in a bit.
    My first stethoscope!  
    Yup, it's orange.  And amazing.  Although this is not the original pictured- I never could get myself to go for another color- that first one was such a big deal.  I believe my parents got it for me when I graduated.  It made me official, ya know??

    One of my first really interesting and intense patients that had me in awe of the profession I was entering.  Due to HIPPA laws... I can't say much.  Other than a tree branch that punctured the patient's head/brain.  Yea.  I think you can get it.
    Becoming a Magnet Champion!  
    This was a pretty big nudge from my manager when I first started working.  I was young and impressionable... with LOTS of energy. :)  This was one of the highlights.  I learned so much about the hospital and the profession of nursing.  I was able to travel and attend fun conferences.  I was able to educate my coworkers on my unit and throughout the hospital.  It was lots of work, but so worth it.
    This.was.HUGE!  All of that hard work I put into being a Champion (along with all of the other Champions) getting the hospital ready... we finally did it.  It was just so amazing.  I was so proud of everyone and to be part of that hospital.
    Becoming a preceptor!  
    I had such a phenomenal preceptor as a new grad, I knew that I had to give back, as well.  I am so glad I did.  I absolutely fell in love with precepting/teaching/supporting/encouraging the new nurses.  It was a skill and enjoyment that I didn't know I had.  I am so grateful for that opportunity.  It was truly amazing.
    One of my favorite patients in the whole world.  She will always, always have a special place in my heart.  She and her family are just awesome and I am so blessed to have them in my life.
    At lunch a few years ago... when I had red hair! :)
    Emma's family nominated me for the Daisy Award and I WON!!!  It was such a surprise.  I was humbled and honored to be amongst this group of nurses.  It just means the world to me.

    More patients that I can think of at the top of my head: Madeline, Nick, Sarah, Anna.  There are a TON that have touched my heart in some way.  I just wish my head could remember them all.
    God truly used my experience at the hospital to prepare and encourage me to leave the comfort of my own country to serve abroad.  It was a challenging experience, but one that I don't regret.

Most of all... I am so appreciative of the hugs, smiles, giggles, high-fives, snacks, chocolate, "thank-yous" and love that I have received from all of my patients, families and coworkers.  I wouldn't be the nurse I am today without any of you.

It's so easy for me to get frustrated with all of the drama, hospital politics, feeling unappreciative, losing my sense of purpose in the everyday, mundane tasks of my job.  But, reflecting on what a wonderful career I have had reminds me that I have the privilege of being part of a kid's life, even just for a minute.  It's stressful and scary.  No one wants to be in the hospital.  It's my job to make it less terrifying, all the while helping heal their tiny little bodies.  God has given me an incredible gift.  I never want to take it for granted or lose anyone's trust.

I have said this before... I am, and always will be, proud to be a nurse.

Happy Nurse's Week to all of the wonderful nurses I know, near and far.  In real life and in bloggy-land!  Be proud of what you do!

P.S. I am, indeed, writing this after a night shift.  If their are glaring typos or grammatical errors I sincerely apologize.  I really just wanted to get this up today, Nurse's Day, that begins the fun week! :)

**please click on the titles of Magnet Recognition, Daisy Award or Serving in Honduras for more info about those topics :)**

1 comment :

  1. Being A nurse is not easy. This entails a lot of patience and sacrifice.
    Registered Nurse


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