A New YOU in Nursing

Nursing recruitment mailer with University of Missouri Health Care nursing staff members.
Nursing recruitment mailer with University of Missouri Health Care nursing staff members.

Not all people who chose to enter the nursing profession had the same reason. Some might have chosen to enter nursing school to fulfill their childhood dream of helping others and caring for the sick, some might have filled up their college applications hoping for a better life and greener pastures abroad, while there are also those who might have just been pressured to take up nursing plainly because most of their peers were doing so, or to fulfill the dreams of their parents, who at one point in their lives might have wanted to become nurses, but were unable to do so.

Nevertheless, those who entered nursing have emerged a different person. Each with their own share of experiences that either made or broke them.

Thinking and acting quickly

How would you react with the realization that a person’s life depended on how quick you think and move? In the clinical area, there is no place for one to just lag around and act all slow-poke. From nursing school, nurses have been taught to value time. Every second counts. There is no place for delay. With those thoughts in mind, nurses have been motivated to act and think more quickly. Life and death decisions sometimes must be made within a few seconds, and with each moment wasted come unwanted complications and consequences.

Compassion, appreciation and attentiveness

Some nurses claim that being in a profession wherein you, at most times, encounter patients who suffer from chronic illnesses have turned them into more compassionate persons. They have become more self-conscious and aware of their health, knowing that if they don’t take care of themselves well, they might end up like their patients. They have become more empathetic as they think of being in their patient’s shoes and trying to get a view on what it’s like on their own situation. When you become a nurse, you become more attentive to your patient’s needs, making their stay in the hospital as bearable and more pleasant given the health condition they are in. Suddenly, you become more meticulous with the smallest of details especially when assessing your patient knowing that even the small ones could clue you in to big concerns.

Also, much more appreciation has been given to the quality of lives, health and family with all their experiences of the heartbreaking and heartwarming scenarios in hospitals. A nurse becomes more thankful and lives each day to the fullest with the thought that everything can change in a snap and a life may be taken away within moments.

Patience

Nursing is reportedly one of the most stressful professions there is. You are surrounded with a stressful environment of life, illness, emergencies and death. Throughout your journey being a nurse, you learn how to deal with all these thingamajigs, you learn how to work with brow-raising co-workers, care for uncooperative patients, deal with grumpy doctors and prying folks, and eventually you realize that impatience takes you nowhere but an unproductive duty shift and a rocky relationship with your co-health professionals.

Time and Task Management

As you continue on with your job as a nurse, you become aware that as nurses, we are not really blessed with unlimited time and energy. Every day, we are flooded with dozens to do and numerous tasks to perform in so little time. With this in mind, we learn how to prioritize things, delegate those than can be delegated and make use of our time wisely ensuring that everything is done at the end of the shift and that nothing is overlooked.

Self-confidence and assertiveness

A nurse does not have time to become shy and hesitant. As the patient’s advocate, one must be assertive and self-confident to carry out the role. The nurse must learn how to communicate well and effectively, not only with the patient but with other members of the health team as well. Confidence is also important in nursing as with the lack of it such as when you fidget or act all nervous when a patient asks you about the medication you administer, brings about trust issues from your patient about your judgments in future situations.

 

Nursing isn’t exactly a joyride straight to happiness, instead, this road is full of bumps and turns that may shake you. Sometimes, you face situations that would question your overall being and get you all down and want to quit, at other times you become too high that you just hold your head up high and become all thankful that you are a nurse. Nonetheless, how you react to certain situations is what you become.

Once you step into the world of nursing, there’s no turning back. One may choose to change professions someday, one may consider staying, but with all the experiences and life lessons nursing bombards you with, your life will never be the same again, and the way you see things and life may change forever.

Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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