Two Weeks

Two weeks from today will mark the first day of freedom after the first year of Nursing school.  You have no idea just how good it feels to say that.  And just how hard it is to concentrate on anything but that.  Three more clinical days.  One more exam.  Freedom.

So, outside of the millions of pages I seem to have read in the last ten months, here are a few things I’ve learned about Nursing.

-The hardest thing about it is trying to keep an emotional distance from your patients.

-Everyone says that comes with time, but I already feel my skin becoming tougher.

-There are good and bad days.

-Days where you can’t help but smile, and days where you feel like crying.

-Days where you feel like giving up because nothing is going right.

-Days where you feel like every minute was worth the journey.

-Hospitalized patients have the right to be grumpy, and you can’t let it get you down.

-But it’s the ones that smile that really make your day.

-Seeing a baby being born was the most magical thing I’ve ever seen.

-Holding and caring for a newborn was the second best.

-There are some exceptionally strange people out there.

-It’s very difficult caring for sick children.

I could go on and on, telling you tales of what I’ve seen, done, and learned, but I’ll save it.  You probably don’t want to hear about a lot of it though.

‘Til next time!