IF YOU ARE A NURSE - THINGS ONLY NURSES WILL UNDERSTAND
The field of nursing is complex, very stressful, and emotionally draining. While we may seem to have it all together and be all cool, calm, and collected; there are some days that make us question ourselves, our abilities, or even our choice in a career. Albeit briefly.
Nurses have a special understanding of how the world and the profession works. In some ways, there are things that happen on the nursing floor that only we would understand.
Some days are easier than others, but still some days your nurse may wonder if they’re going to make it to the end of the shift without their brain exploding. The amount of information, ever changing, that swims inside a nurses’ mind while he/she contemplates medication administration based on patient assessment coupled with the an uncertain presentation is stressful to say the least. It can be a load on a person to keep up with and provide the best care possible in this environment.
Even Nurses Make Mistakes
It hurts every time, but nurses do make mistakes, and not many outside of the profession realize this. Yes, we are human, but lives are on the line. Some nurses take great shame in the mistakes they make, but it is part of the job. Hopefully, the mistake is caught early and no one gets hurt, but even small ones can make a nurse skittish.
Doctors Don’t Know Everything
The general public believes that doctors run the show and nurses are little more than glorified medical secretaries. Of course, we know that this isn’t true, and we oftentimes help doctors more than they help us.
Whether you start out in ICU, Med-Surg or Psych, understanding your unit and the complexities of nursing only comes with time. Don't feel like a dummy if you don't imediately know everything. More than likely you won't and that's ok.
Oy.....organization. I cannot tell you how many times I have gone into a patients room to remove and IV and forgotten the gauze and tape. This leads to trampsing all the way back to the supply cart which is usually in the farthest location from where you are. The majority of my night is spent running up and down the halls for things I need. This is something you learn with time as well.
Don't beat yourself up.
You are going to make mistakes, you're new at this and nursing school only gives you a small perspective on what to expect. I can't tell you how many times I went home crying because I felt like a failure. You will feel this way too, prepare yourself. And if there ever comes a time when you feel like you know everything...stay away from me and my family. No one knows everything and it's scary if you think you do.
Most of us have been patients or have sat with a family member who was a patient. My own mom was a chronic patient off and on before her death. So I know the other side of the coin. I know you get frustrated with me too, and you could probably come up with a list longer than 30 things you wanted to say, but then didn’t. And I’m okay with that. I know being a patient is as hard as being a nurse.