Hey guys, so uh its been six months since I started as a Registered Nurse. Wow. I literally cannot believe how fast the time has flown by! I can remember being so scared to start, especially not being on a graduate program and being thrown in the deep end. I am sooooo HAPPY I did it that way though. I kinda at least know what I’m doing …. Jokes 😉 I have learnt so much these past six months and let me tell you yes it is hard at the start, some times you feel like you are drowning… but like I tell my friends, step by step – day by day you will get there. Each day will get easier I promise you, and before you know it you will look back and be absolutely amazed at how far you have come and how much you have learnt. There will be tough days when all you want to do is crawl up into a ball and go to sleep, where everything at work and in your life seems hard and too much, but I promise you it gets easier. I like to think of these days/time as measurement on a ruler. Each day you get through is a millimetre and each millimetre slowly turns into a centimetre and before you know it you will be conquering metres each day. Just take each day one millimetre at a time.
So how do I get through a tough day? Or actually, more accurately a tough week… Well sometimes even going to work can be a struggle. And lately I have been unwell – but not in one block, on and off – symptom days and symptom free days – so most likely this is making things harder for me. But… you can fight these struggles. You just need to find and do things you enjoy. I like to go to the gym everyday – well when I am well. I have just rediscovered reading, I used to loved reading, then not like it so much at uni and now I’m loving it again. Walking with my dogs – they are so happy and carefree, they appreciate the simple pleasures in life like catching a ball. Relaxing – just netflix and chill – nothing like binge watching by favourite TV shows. Spending time with partner, family and friends – nothing like a good family dinner/game night, a secret date night or chilling with friend just to talk and laugh about random stuff. At the end of the day I am a nurse and I love my job. I love looking after people and helping them…. so no matter how bad my day is, someone else’s is always worse – and I need to help them – after all they can’t help themselves. And that is why I love my job and I will ALWAYS go back… what’s your reason? If you don’t have one find one and let it be your motivation and inspiration on a bad day and/or week.
Not every day is bad… there is light. I have more good days than bad. And you will too. Enjoy them, you are one of a kind, you are a nurse, not everyone can do what you do. Cherish the good days and the relationships you develop with your patients. You will most likely see them again, and when they are unwell you will be the one helping them get through (just like your friends and family do for you), they will be able to fight another millimetre just knowing that you are there helping them fight.
I have gained so much these last six months and learnt a bucket load…. I still have way more to learn, this isn’t a job where you will ever know everything. One thing I have learnt is to always trust your gut, if you think you patient is right, do something about it, fight and advocate for them. You have a nurses intuition after all….. use it. I have really enhanced my time management, teamwork and patient care as well as learn about a whole heap of medical conditions I knew nothing about. I couldn’t possibly tell you everything there is too much and even now of the top of my head I can’t think of everything, however I can trust that I can deal with those things when they arise again.
One thing that I have found difficult is working with different personalities, I mean you have this everywhere, but it seems different as a nurse. Maybe because the stakes are high and its a stressful environment, which can bring out the best and worse in people. Not everyone knows each person particularly well so can misinterpret or misjudge your intentions. This is something I encourage you to work on everyday – people are not defined by one bad day or one reaction to something. No one knows what that person is going through or knows that person outside of work. They could be completely different. And just because something is taken one way by the receiver it doesn’t mean that the person communicating meant it that way. I guess what I am trying to say is that we all make mistakes, and things in this environment should be taken with a pinch of salt – obviously there might be exceptions but as a general rule try and see the good in the people you work with – not all their faults – they do not define them.
Teamwork wow – nothing better than a well functioning team of individual and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these teams. Its almost impossible on such a high acuity ward not to work as part of a team. You can bounce ideas off each other and consult one an other when you aren’t sure about something. The load feels so much lighter when you are apart of an amazing team. I can’t stress how important I have found this is working as a nurse.
Well… I only have two more weeks and then holidays before I start my next adventure in the Emergency Department on my graduate program…. HOW EXCITING!! This is what I have been waiting for, this has been my goal!. I can’t wait to continue sharing my journey with you all 🙂