I remember when I was a new nurse 20 something years ago. My first job was at a small Catholic
hospital on a medical-surgical unit. It was a rough time for me leaving me with many days of feeling overwhelmed. But like most new nurses you learn to adjust,prioritize and pace yourself. Soon I began to feel more confident in myself and saw more good days. And I can tell you that on a good day with adequate staff and no major setbacks, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world!On the other hand no matter how experienced or confident you are,things can change at any
given moment. I can recall shifts where I drank milkshakes from patients who were discharged just
so I wouldn’t pass out from hunger. Shifts where I could not leave at the end of the day because there was no one to relieve me. Shifts where my bladder filled to capacity and a bathroom break seemed light years ahead. And then came the sinking feeling you get when you answer a patient’s call light. You arrive at the patient’s bedside and see them there angry and upset with their family or loved ones. “what took you so long?”they would ask in an angry voice. ” I’m sorry it took so long, I had an emergency”. “I am here now,how can I help you”. I would answer. I have to wonder if they knew that on some of those times I was actually off in a corner somewhere praying to God for the strength to do this work which he has put before me. God bless all of the nurses in this world! And may the lord give us all strength to carry on in our daily tasks.
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