Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I have become a nurse

Last Thursday marked one year that I walked across the stage to accept my pin and graduate nursing school. I feel like this year has absolutely flown by, and in another few months I'll graduate again as a registered nurse. In the last year I have done, seen, and learned so many things; too  many to name, but here are a few things I am greatful that I've experienced along the way:

I have learned how to get what I want from doctors.
I have learned to listen to the older nurses, even if they aren't nice.
I have learned to go with my gut, always.
I have learned to check, double check, and recheck my meds.
I have learned that two hands are better than one, and four are better than two.
I have witnessed families coming apart, and families coming together.
I have cared for people who have no one in the world.
I have cared for the alcoholic, the drug addict, and the mentally ill.
I have cried happy tears, and sad ones.
I have had days where I questioned myself on end, and days where I didn't.
I have received praise for my work, and reprimand for my mistakes.
I have seen a mother welcome her child into the world, and a daughter tell her mother goodbye.
I have learned that it's okay when you don't know everything, and it doesn't hurt to ask.
I have pounded chests.
I have learned what teamwork really means.
I have pushed meds.
I have been called names, good ones and bad ones.
I have seen people who are at their worst, still give their best.
I have had people lift me up, when it should have been the other way around.
I have called codes, called ambulances, and called families.
I have held a patient as they took their first breaths, and another as they took their last.

I have become a nurse.

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20 comments:

Rachel said...

Aw what a nice post! I've always been so amazed at people who work in the medical field - especially nurses! It's a selfless job

Jackie said...

yay to one year. It is definitely a rewarding but challenging career path!

Breanna said...

As a fellow nurse, I absolutely love this!

Steph G said...

First of all, congrats on one year! Second of all, I love this list. There are certain people that aren't appreciated enough and nurses are one. Thanks for linking up.

Kaeley @ My Mind's Lens said...

What a great post . . . from what I know, it really sums up the life of a nurse. And all this in a year?!

Leslie said...

Congratulations on your first year! It takes a very special person to be a nurse and I know I'm grateful that you guys put yourselves out there like that, I know I never could!

Lindsey @ Life on Countryside said...

love this! happy one year!!!

new follower from the link up!
Lindsey
www.lifeoncountryside.com

the florkens said...

Yay for doing something that you love!
Here's to more and more years of hard work and happiness! :)

-Kate
www.theflorkens.com

Jay T said...

I don't know why but this got me a little emotional! If I ever have to go to a hospital in your state I hope it's the one where you work ;)

brooke lyn said...

congrats lady! even if everything i have learned about nurses as come from the tv show scrubs ;)

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

that is awesome, congrats on your first year! i had some of the BEST labor/delivery nurses beside me when i gave birth and i seriously don't know what i would've done without them!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Liz @ Fitness Blondie said...

Oh I love this! My mom was a Nurse for 25 years. I know all about this. I couldn't do it. Good for you girl! xo

Hannah T said...

This was such a wonderful post. It just shows how much you want it and how much passion you have in your career! Way to go lady!

Hannah
Words as Palindromes

Amie said...

Great post! Working in healthcare, I think we learn so many things, and it's amazing what our patients can teach us!

scrapperjen said...

This is a wonderful post! Thank you for being a nurse - I'm glad there are good nurses like you out there.
(visiting via insert classy here)

Pink Pamalamma said...

Amen!

Lacoln said...

Ahw! I am entering my senior year, and have had so many of these experiences. I loved every word! So, so well said!! :)

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