In my mind, I thought, if we are going to have to take an exam at the end of nursing school that determines our fate, like the NCLEX or any certification exam, then why are we studying exam review materials at the end of the program? We should start studying them in the beginning.
I am a nurse. We are nurses. No matter our area of practice or education we are bound by an inherent ability to help people. We may not have been called to the profession, we may not even know how we ended up here, but we help people know what they need before they know what they need, for that is the work of a nurse.
Anyway, although I was unaware prior to entering the profession, my foul mouth fit fairly well into the healthcare scene. That being said, the following information about why nurses (or all healthcare workers) swear is not said without a disclosure.
This issue is rippling and cyclical, negatively impacting the nursing profession and shadowing our inherent talents on the broadest level – and that really breaks my heart. So, nurse burnout and retention, is it rocket science? No, the rocket science part has been done – it’s doing what is morally right.
Below are some of my favorite items from my “I am a Great Nurse” box. They might look like nothing to you, but they are everything to me, which is what makes them so special.
If you are a Med-Surg nurse reading this post, please comment on why you love your job, your unique skills/certifications, and how your job is “specialized.” I think everyone needs to be educated regarding what you do on a daily basis.
Then, I will wake up tomorrow, I will wear my smile, and I will proudly be that bitch – the one I would request to care for my family members. And I will do it for the sake of my patients, my career, my degree, my calling, and this life for which I am ever so thankful.
So, define what you’re doing and just do it. This confidence will give you the motivation to overcome the barriers of the unsupportive nurse, because when you truly know yourself and your purpose, the unsupportive nurse only evokes pity. In fact, when you know yourself, the unsupportive nurse induces further support, so…
Dear Unsupportive Nurse,
I support you.
So maybe my hope is a coping mechanism, but either way I think it’s something more people should have. I hope for rom-com happy endings. I hope for love and peace. I hope one day I’ll add Harvard to my resume, but for now I just have that t-shirt in the picture. I hope for my friends’ and families’ happiness and I hope I graduate from this crazy pursuit. I hope I write a book. I hope you all try to accomplish your dreams, whatever they may be.
I will never forget the moments he gave me. I will never forget his name, his courage, and his deep brown eyes. He was the first patient to show me what a real fight was. He taught me true empathy and humility. I will never forget the day he struggled to stand up or the nurse who relentlessly encouraged him stand. Without that nurse and her persistence, I truly believe he wouldn’t have ever made it home.