::That dreadful moment, the terrifying, adrenaline rushing moment when your Patient goes unresponsive.
::That heart-dropping, stressful moment when you open your e-mail to a read of an error that occurred on your watch
::That awful moment when your brain is so foggy you don’t know what to do, you flounder as you search for the next step
All moments that leave lasting memories.
But we grow & learn from these moments. I’ve been told by many people that starting a new job is stressful. The first year as an RN is a year of learning. But being told something & experiencing it for yourself are two very different things.
The stress will continue but it cannot weigh you down. Confidence is gained from intense situations done right, but just as important, situations gone wrong can grow us, stretch us, and leave lasting impacts on our lives.
As I reach the end of my first year as an RN, I look back & see how far I have come. Situations I never thought I could handle I can. Things I used to balk at have become second nature. But there is much more to go. Lessons to be learned, tasks to be accomplished, knowledge to be gained, all come from experiences, both good & bad.
::That wonderful, confidence building moment when you catch a new heart rhythm
::That tearful, tender moment when you really connect with a patient & are able to encourage them
::That awesome, inspiring moment when you realize…I am a Nurse.