what nursing has taught me.

I’ve only been a nurse for 4 years, but I have been taking care of people my whole life. I always care how people are feeling, and ask if I can do anything to help. I have two sides of my personality- my sincere loving side, and my sarcastic aggressive side. I believe this makes me a better nurse. Being a nurse is exhausting. I tell people that I use up all my compassion in my 8 hours at work, so on my lunch break and after 5pm I’m sassy. I need these two sides of me because if I was in my “nurse personality” all day, I couldn’t survive in real life. I would be bogged down, sad, and overwhelmed. I need to be able to shrug things off and laugh about it. so, in honor of nurse’s week, here is what I have learned in my 4 short years. I have 40 more years to go, and probably a lot more to add to this list…

1. it’s ok to cry when something hurts
2. sometimes you will be pushed to your breaking point and still need to give more
3. when a patient is mean, remember that they don’t feel well and don’t hold it against them
4. patients die and it’s heartbreaking
5. patients get better and it’s life-affirming
6. you can make a difference
7. remember it is a team effort, you are not in this alone
8. you will see your coworkers more than your family and frinds combined
9. some patients will love you and remember you
10. some patients will hate you and remember you
11. saying “no” to an uncooperative patient is very difficult, but they need boundaries
12. speak up if you want to implement change
13. schedule days off or you will get burnt out
14. treat your patients as friends and they will become friends, treat them as patients and they will remain strangers
15. take care of your own body
16. sometimes you will get too close to a patient emotionally and when you lose them it will be devastating
17. you need to be able to wipe your tears away and move on to the next patient with a clear head
18. when you smile be sincere
19. when you reach out and hold the hand of a patient, be sincere
20. find someone you can vent to, and then GET OVER IT
21. never stop being a student, keep learning and keeping up to date with your craft
22. you will have great days- remember these
23. you will have horrible days- try to forget these
24. you will wonder why you became a nurse
25. you will be certain of the reason why, and thankful, that you became a nurse

the nurses I work with are some of the most amazing human beings on the planet. and they make me want to be a better person. I am so lucky to learn from them and battle cancer on a daily basis.



About khirsch27

self discovery through self love
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3 Responses to what nursing has taught me.

  1. Maureen says:

    Beautiful list Katie!!! Loved it!!! You have learned a lot in a four years!!! Your list helps me remember the goodness and kindness in the nursing profession, which I think I’ve been forgetting lately. Thanks for helping me remember the things that drew me to this profession. Also, liked your sincerity. Thank you very much for helping me remember the good parts of nursing; which is very helpful for me as I reach towards my tenth year in this profession.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Nicely said Katie and Happy Nurses week to you!

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