I love it when I find something written by a veteran nurse who still loves nursing. As strange as it may seem, that happens only rarely. So, when I do find something like the article below, you better believe I will be sharing it.
If you talk to nurses much, what you will hear usually has to do with being tired, being stressed, feeling the pressure of too many critically ill patients to care for, being upset about specific incidents during the shift, feeling devalued, feeling disrespected by everyone. Very few nurses with talk lovingly about the profession of nursing anymore.
So, for your enjoyment and pleasure, please read the following article and feel hope.
By Plain Dealer guest columnist
January 09, 2010, 8:15AM
A Nurse’s Journal LeeAnn Haas University Hospitals
A Nurse’s Journal is a column written by nurses about their working experiences. Today’s author is LeaAnn Haas, a certified critical care nurse at University Hospitals.
The life of a nurse can consist of many roles.
You come in for your 12 hour shift and can be caregiver to your patient, referee for their family, and traffic controller for coordination of discharge or transfer.
If you’re the charge nurse, you can also be in charge of the bed flow, assistant to physicians and resource to new nurses and new residents.
Other roles include counselor, teacher and advocate, hand holder and hug giver.
Much of my career has been spent either learning or teaching.
I still learn something new every day. This is an amazing field to be a part of. There are new technologies and treatments being created every day.
On the flip side, I like to teach my patients and colleagues about everything they want to learn. I encourage new nurses to not get impatient with the residents as they are helping shape the doctors of tomorrow and tell them, “YOU may be the patient that they care for.”
I also remind my co-workers that every patient is someone’s loved one. They have kids, parents and siblings and sometimes we need to step back and remember that.
I am a teacher to all who enter and educate on pathophysiology to pharmacology and how to work “smart” and appreciate life’s lessons.
We’re privileged to share in the triumphs of recovery and in witnessing the grace of a patient’s decision to stop treatment.
I have an appreciation of the team and of the teamwork.
None of the work we do is easy, nor is it Hollywood. I’m so glad I have my crew to rely on. Every member of the team is valuable and we all share in the good and the bad.
I’d like to think I’m a champion for the new nurses just honing their skills and pushing them to learn more when the time is right. Plus, I’m the backup for the veteran nurse so that we can care for those most in need.
I still like what I do after 11 years at the bedside and 23 years in the hospital and can’t imagine what else I would do.
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