When I graduated nursing school, I thought I knew everything. “RNitis” is what people call it. And then, I started my first day on the job and realized that I knew NOTHING. And, all of sudden, I was terrified. I was scared to death, scared that my coworkers would think I was a lost cause. And, for the first time, it crossed my mind that maybe being a nurse wasn’t the right choice. Maybe I wasn’t good enough or smart enough. And then, an incredible nurse took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. She was patient, kind and forgiving. And, most importantly, that nurse taught me that no one is perfect.
I learned that sometimes things happen that is out of our control. I learned that nurses have a dark sense of humor and that, regardless of your diet, you are expected to partake of those sinful chocolate donuts in the breakroom. It’s a coping strategy. I’ve learned that nursing is a way of life. It requires compassion, determination, an open heart, and an open mind. Nursing has taught me how to think critically and how to communicate with patients, families, and coworkers. It has taught me about myself. And I’ve learned that, even off of the clock, you are still a nurse.
In this video, a Nurse Stephen shares what he has learned through his experiences. He describes nurses as teachers, counselors, and advocates. He couldn’t be more correct. We don’t do it for the money. We are nurses. We are superheroes. Keep calm, and nurse on!