Taking care of patients at end-of-life can be one of the most challenging, heartbreaking and rewarding aspects of your career. Knowing how to handle these situations and care for these patients (and their families) will help alleviate your anxiety so you can be completely present for those in their time of need.
Just a few months after starting my first nursing job in the ICU, I was diagnosed with a chronic form of blood cancer. To say I was stressed is putting it mildly. On top of that, in 2013 I began having issues with my joints. They were swollen, painful and made it impossible for me to do my job. I went out on medical leave numerous times, cut my hours and even quit nursing for about a year while I pondered what my future options were.
Happy Nurses Week everyone! To celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway for a $50 gift card from Uniform Advantage, which just so happens to be an awesome place to buy scrubs, shoes and all those nursey accessories! Read to the bottom to see how to enter!
As a nurse, you face innumerable human tragedies every time you show up for work. You see people at their very worst, on the very worst days they’ve ever had. Ever. You watch people die, right in front of you, while you’re holding their hands and wishing them a peaceful journey. You watch the same people come into the hospital over and over and over for the same preventable problems. You see people who make no effort to manage their own health problems for years yet expect you to work miracles in a 12-hr shift. You are forced to torment the fatally ill when they are at their most vulnerable. And yes, once in a while, you do make a difference. But it’s rarer than you think.
I was approached by a college freshman this past week who had a million questions about how to get into nursing school. All the group advising sessions she had been to were basically designed to get students to question their convictions and ultimately change their minds about applying. Yes, in many areas the programs are quite impacted; and yes, if you don’t have “the goods” then you are better off pursuing another degree…but it still left her with several unanswered questions. Nurse Mo to the rescue!
As someone who loves mentoring students and new nurses, I thought it might be interesting to explore the culture of mentoring, why it’s important and how we go about it. Without further ado, I invite you to peruse these fabulous blog articles, each of which address the topic of mentoring in their own unique way.