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Nurses & Nursing are my best subjects, as well as my favorite, being a nurse for over thirty years. I can talk about us all day long (24/7) because I do not only live as one of you but I live with you. My name has even its first letters: MYRN. They say that if you want to specialize in anything, it must be on something that you love most. So, that’s it: I LOVE NURSES & NURSING. What about you?
This will feature real time communications, updated and current, online view exchanges between nurses and friends on topics and issues that matter most in professional practice and personal lives.
While I tried to have online presence in a 24/7 mode, it is impossible, I lied. So, I found a resolution to that, to deliver all these blogs that will give all the best, starting from the vine of The Nursing Office.
Follow these Bloggers, your own personal coaches, they have a lot to say:
RTConnections by Renee Thompson
Digital Doorway, by Keith Carlson
Nursing from Within by Elizabeth Scala
Confident Voices, by Beth Boyton
The Nerdy NurseBrittney Wilson
The Gypsy Nurse, by Candy Treft
Nurse Gail, by Gail Ingram
Here is my story. I hope you enjoy:
As a new nurse, I worked on a cardiac step down unit and had been caring for an elderly women admitted with heart failure for several days. On an evening before my weekend off, she went into pulmonary edema and I had to call my first code.Once we got her to the ICU, the receiving nurse asked me for report. I was so overcome with emotion that I couldn’t speak a word without crying. I kept looking at this woman who was telling me about her “famous” thumbprint cookies yesterday who was now intubated and unresponsive. I kept thinking that perhaps I had failed her. Did I miss something? Should I have noticed sooner that she was getting into trouble? I felt so responsible and for the first time, felt the emotional pain all nurses experience when bad things happen to our patients.
Instead of the receiving ICU nurse being supportive and understanding, she glared at me and yelled, “Are you kidding? Get over it now and give me damn report! I don’t have time for your emotional breakdown.”
I felt as though she slapped me in the face. I composed myself, apologized profusely, gave report and then questioned my ability to be a nurse. Was I really cut out for this type of work?
When I got back to my unit, it was obvious that I had been crying and when some of my co-workers saw me, they rolled their eyes at me and chuckled. I was so embarrassed. Seeing this, a wise older nurse gently grabbed me by the arm and took me into an empty patient’s room. She said, “Don’t ever let anyone make you feel bad about showing your emotions and for feeling empathy for your patients. Patients expect their nurses to be competent but what they want from us is our compassion.”
I dried my tears and walked back onto the unit with my head held high.
Throughout my 25 years as a nurse, I've cried for patients, prayed with them, laughed, celebrated their successes and mourned their loses. I've never apologized again for showing emotion. Wise words.
I would LOVE to read your comments about my story or yours.
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