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undergrad RN
I'm a twenty-something Canadian student. After stumbling through a few years of college, I finally managed to get into the nursing school of my dreams, where I hope to graduate in 2012 with a nursing baccalaureate degree. I want to offer an honest look into how a modern nurse is educated, both good and bad. Eventually I hope to compare my education to my day-to-day career and see how it holds up. Whatever happens, it should be somewhat entertaining. Find me on allnurses.com!
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Big shoes to fill.

Slow day at work today so I was reading some nursing student blogs. As usual. Stumbled across a new one, where she wrote such a beautiful summary of what it means to be a nurse, that I had to shamelessly steal it and post it up here for my visitors to see:

I am a licensed healthcare professional. 

I have been trained to assess you, and I am responsible not only for providing you with basic nursing care to meet your needs, I also will be providing you with specialized care. I know how to insert a catheter into your bladder and an IV into your arm. I know how to run the IV fluids and I know the reason for using normal saline vs lactated ringers and I can tell you if you ask me. I know the side effects and uses of all of the 15 medications I am giving you and I will tell you if you ask. I can give you a shot if I have an order for it. 

I also assess your spiritual, mental, and emotional health. I can talk to the doctors about my concerns and the doctors take me seriously as a peer. (Well, most of them) The new doctors ask ME what they should do for you and I can give them ideas, all the while reminding them “Well, I’m not a doctor and can’t prescribe but I have seen drug XYZ used in this case before” or “Did you want me to do ABC for this patient?” I am responsible if the aide/tech doesn’t complete her work and I am responsible to see that you have a safe stay in the hospital and that no matter how bad a shape you were in when you got here, when you go home you will at least not be in any worse shape.

I hug you when your mother dies. I hold your hand when you are taking your last breaths. I bandage your feet. I teach you how to breastfeed. I let you cry when you need to and I hug you until you stop. I laugh with you. I cry with you. I make you do things you don’t want to do, knowing that later you will thank me, and you do. I sneak you a cookie when it’s late at night and you have the munchies and hospital jello just isn’t doing it for you. I wipe your bottom when you can’t reach it and I hold your hair while you puke. I pack your wound and I measure how deep it tunnels. I change your bandages, your dressings, your diapers and your peri-pads. I sit with you and hold your hand where there are no words to say.
I do what it takes to make you well and failing that, I make you comfortable.

I am your nurse.

Isn't that amazing? Find the original post here. Thank you, mystery blogger, for expressing what I sure cannot :)


Keith, RN said...

A very moving and poignant description. Taking into account homecare nurses and case managers, there are many other tasks we could add to the (endless) list of what nurses do, but this nurse does encapsulate it well.

I discovered your blog today after you kindly commented on mine. Consider yourself blogrolled, and good luck in school!

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