I haven’t been posting much, which is a shame because I have had many ideas! Oh well, life happens. In the last few months I have graduated nursing school, passed the NCLEX-RN first time around, and have been working in an ICU since June 10. This has been a whirlwind experience! Having finally successfully passed through my “probation” period without any screw ups is an accomplishment in itself. This job can be invigorating, frustrating, challenging, and touch you to the core all at the same time. I am constantly learning new something new. Some of those things can be life saving while others can be an important part of the patient getting the best care possible. The fact is, the healthcare “system” only works if the individuals involved are educated properly, passionate about their job, and communicate with each other.
New nurses… do not be afraid to ask questions! Do not do anything you are unsure about because you want to appear to know what your doing! That is a dangerous path to walk. I am the type to question many things… mostly because I am a genuinely curious person, but more importantly because I do not want to put a patient in any harm.
I decided to write this at an emotional time in my life. After a little over three months of being on the unit I was hired on… we are going through a period of restructuring. I am being laid off due to healthcare cutbacks and insurance related reimbursements- something that seems to be occurring everywhere recently.
This is something that touches me so deeply because I finally feel that I found my place on a unit. I have become close to the people I work with and seen things that brings people so close together. And now I have no other choice but to leave and find somewhere new. I have learned AMAZING things from nurses who have been successful at their career for 10, 20, 30 years… and only wish I could have spent more time with them. There is something so rewarding about having a “hard-ass” experienced nurse tell you thank you, or good job. That is something that is not easily earned and makes an impossible day worth it.
5 months after graduating, a couple weeks after getting laid off, and not quite two weeks into my new job as a cardiac nurse. Things really do work out and I am enjoying the new experiences. After my last day as a full time ICU RN, I transferred directly to an invasive Cardiac cath lab. The whirlwind continues. Just when you get the hang of things- you must adjust to a new unit, new coworkers, and new procedures. More to come soon…