nursing

Novice to Expert..

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In my profession, the┬ámargin for error is very slim. But it does not stop at the fact of making an overt error can influence another human beings health outcome. There is also the added factor of anticipatory care, which is being able to quickly diagnose a problem a patient might be having based on their symptoms. While most prudent nurses are able to this, it is the term “quickly” that is the issue with being a new nurse. No matter how many books you read, how many tests you take, what school you attended, it is rare that any disease process in decline presents itself in a text book manner. And I have found personally that experience is the best tutor in this aspect, it is experience in the field that gives a nurse those instincts to pick up things before they escalate to a crucial point. This is the present paradigm, while I understand this fact, I also understand I am fairly new to my profession. So I have to go through these experiences, and I thank God for them because they help me become a better nurse to help other patients. The hard part though I must say is looking back after the lesson learned, at what mistakes I made, and why I should have noticed this earlier, or did that earlier, knowing that a human being was the object of my lesson.

Real Life..

Patient looks and me and says, “Frank, how was your weekend? I hope it was good”

I replied, “yes it was, went out to eat with family, went to church too”

patient looks me dead in the eyes and says “Enjoy those moments, cherish them, because when your my age, the memories are all you got, it doesn’t matter how much money you make in life, because you can never make enough, you make 40, you want 50, you make 50 you want 60. Don’t fall for that mind set, it’s all an illusion that our minds play on us, this greed for money. Love the moments with your family, those are what you will remember. I know the Lord will be calling me soon and I don’t wanna be here when he does, so I’m going home to my wife, I wanna enjoy my family. We will see each other again.”

This conversation is tattooed on my heart………………..