Jul 31, 2011

When I have that brief moment of break during work some times I let my imaginations fly and wonder what would it be like if weren't a nurse.  Someone in my Tumblr feed said they had a crazy day:  clients, time and money with no definite  time schedule.  Sure, that should be considered to one of a hectic day but compared to what I'm dealing with now, let's see:  one's on NGT, one is for ICU transfer and needs dialysis, the pediatric ward is screaming with kids whenever I go in, I have to deal with the patient's folks as calmly as possible and not to mention lunatic residents.

Oh how I wish they knew their job is so much better compared to mine.  Sure, you worry about time and money.  What I'm worried about everyday is LIVES.  There may be weeks when we take a break from all the toxicity and deal with common fever and colds, yet there are things (dreadful things) that every nurse should experience.  Yeah, should.  It is a must, they didn't teach this in nursing school but I'll give you a couple of things:

Critical Patients

Somewhere along a nurse's career he/she will encounter difficult patients.  You'll encounter emergency situations that you'll go nuts for the first time.  You'll be screamed at, probably some of you will cry or will burst in awful emotions but it is inevitable.  Situations like critical patients coming in the ER or patient's dying during your shift are things you need to be ready.  Oh, how I wish sometimes I was just making cool graphics and websites and deal with lesser toxicity.  I wish and I know some of you wish too.

There's No I in TEAM

There's ME though if you jumble it up!  Another aspect you're going to deal with is the team also known as your "workmates".  I don't want to go into details here but you're going to deal with other sloppy nurses, lazy nurses, big-mouthed residents, impatient doctors and the like.  I could go on but that's a pretty clear example of the point I'm trying to drive here.  Did you remember learning this in nursing school?  Na-ah!  Zero, zilch, nada!  I know in some other professions there's a similar counterpart to this but if you're going to mix point number one and point number two, things are going to get nasty!

Honesty is the Best Policy

In truth, sometimes I think maybe I should have a career change.  One that I can have sufficient cash flow but at the same time I can have time for:  travel, cooking, photography, web and graphic design and music.  I know it's nearly impossible but during breaks my mind is constantly thinking of ideas on how to achieve this goal.


Don't get me wrong, I love my job.  There may be times that I would want to switch careers but there always seem a time, a moment that would make me take it all back.  You see, we deal with people, sick people, worried people, anxious people.  Some of them like us and some of them don't.  It's a universal fact that you can't please everybody but there are few that will appreciate what you're doing.

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