Saw my first vaginal delivery, and although it was with a difficult patient, it turned out to be a really good experience. The poor nurse I was following around was 35 weeks pregnant but I still ended up lagging behind her- what a champ. I think each specialty has nurses who are unique in their talents and skills, but L&D nurses are a special breed. So much respect.
I hold a baby when I hand him to his mother for the first time, three weeks after his birth date.
I hold a baby when teaching a new mother how to breastfeed her child.
I hold a baby to feed him, to rock him to sleep, to bathe him and bundle him.
I hold a baby when morphine and walking the halls 24 hours a day are the only things that will quiet him down while he’s withdrawing from the illegal drugs his mother took.
I hold a baby’s arm still when my fellow nurse inserts an IV.
I hold a baby’s head still while we bag oxygenated air back into his tiny lungs.
I hold a baby when he has no family to hold him.
I hold a baby when he takes his last breaths because his parents didn’t make it to the hospital in time.
I hold a baby when I’m placing his lifeless, tiny hands in plaster to make a keepsake for his parents… because there is no baby to hold anymore.
I hold babies all day long.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for several reasons on this list… Taking a short break to recharge and will be back ASAP.
Thank you all for your continued following and sharing.
Can’t believe this broke 1,000 notes…
This is why NICU nursing is my strongest calling right now :)
It’s that time again. Reflections as I move ahead. More things I wish I told myself before becoming a nurse.
1. Be careful not to become a nurse to everyone. It’s one thing to take care of all of your patients, it is another to do that 36 hours a week and come home and take care of your husband,…
I wish I had time for a breakdown. It’d feel good to let it all out.
Nursing school kills mental health.
Big maternal nursing exam tomorrow, first of the year, and my motivation to study is somewhere along the lines of lost forever.
First Year Medical Student Bingo
Based on at least my first month of medical school!
I hope you enjoy.
I think this can be applied to nursing school too.
I had my first encounter this week with a creepy older man at one of my clinical facilities, which was an adult day care. He was a very large man, and I am almost 6 feet tall, so that should paint the picture for you. He came at me in an intimidating fashion, mocked my response when I backed up, and proceeded to make me uncomfortable. He was unsteady on his feet so I needed to give him a hand while he was mobile, but he started caressing my hand and I told him that was inappropriate. I’m left wondering if I could have handled things better.
I’m left very unsure how to respond in the future and would appreciate anyone who has had to learn ways to manage clients in similar situations.
On a personal note, I should add that I have suffered abuse in the past which complicates both my response to situations and ability to view things completely objectively.
I think I’m going to write a book called “‘Four Hours Is Definitely Enough Sleep’ And Other Lies I Tell Myself”
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When people don’t understand how nursing school consumes our lives…
I woke up at 0330, concerned about waking up at 0530 to get out the door at 0600. 16 hours later, I’ve accomplished 1 clinical shift and an assignment that took me 4 hours. Tomorrow, I’ll be out the door by 0700 in time to get the groceries to have something to eat at clinical tomorrow since I don’t have the energy to do it tonight. If I’m lucky, I have the next 3 hours to decompress just enough to not have a breakdown.