National Nurses Week May 6th-May 12th
I’d characterize my 17 year nursing career much like Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” for it was the best of times and the worst of times. In my late teens, I went from being excited about starting nursing school to being eager to get it over with. Anxious to start working in the field then frantically looking for other career prospects. That was a number of years ago. Needless to say, I was the type of person who never stopped to enjoy the journey. Today, my decision to become a registered nurse has been one of the best decisions I could have ever made. Why? Because I needed every single lesson I was taught and then some.
What has nursing taught me?
No matter what area of nursing we find ourselves in, we are dealing with people whom are vulnerable, stressed and not at their best. A calm, empathetic, nonjudgmental attitude goes a long way. Lower your expectations and focus on addressing their needs.
You have only one body. Our health, much like our reputation and intellect are one of the few things we truly have in this world. Given that, take care of yourself the best you can for as long as you can.
Not only can life change in an instant, it can end in an instant. Live your best and fullest.
Be grateful for both what you have and what you don’t have. I can’t tell you how many times I thought I wanted someone or something so badly, only to find out I either really didn’t want it, really didn’t need it and/or could certainly live without it.
Great interpersonal skills will take you much further than your degree and/or technical skills ever will.