For those of you, on the edge of your seat, following my blog; the lull you have been experiencing has been the result of finishing up the latest semester towards my BSN. Working full time, along with managing fatherly and husbandly duties, has kept me from sharing my mundane observations with the blogging world. I am in the process of signing up for my next class. I have also decided to pursue my Critical Care Nursing Certification. I hope to sit for that test this Fall. I have added a picture of nurses studying to emphasize my recent academic pursuits.
Other than the “leave them with a song,” I would agree with this list.
Yet another list written about night shift that perpetuates the lie that we sit around and eat bon-bons. This sh#t needs to stop.
Hmmmmm. Some comments have potential viability to confirm through research.
I have been a RN for 11 years now, have seen much as many of you have. One thing that continues to irk me are nurses that think because they are a nurse are somehow a cross between Florence
I have to agree. There are some in the nursing field that are, in my terms, high on their own fumes. It is apparent with the existence of things like novelty t-shirts that support such arrogance. I will have to add some of the examples later. I became a nurse because I wanted to care for others. I worked hard to get where I am, but I am not looking for external validation – nor do I feel compelled to remind those around me of the work as some sort of self-sacrifice that others need to acknowledge in front of me.
The author points out how some nurses potentially abuse the power of delegation. I agree it occurs, but it has never been my practice. I have been a nurse for several years, but have worked as a home health aide AND as a CNA, well before that. Some nurses, perhaps, feel that they are above doing the “grunt work” that CNA do. I have never understood this line of thought. And having worked as a CNA, while going to school to become an RN; I never will. I know the incredible value of a CNA. I can show my respect by working with them as part of a team, not by treating them as a subordinate.
Never delegate out of sheer personal convenience.
12. You will become best friends with the people you work with. The night shift crew is usually a very close knit group, because they know they can always count on each other. No one truly understands what it’s like to work a night shift more than another night shifter
Luckily, #12 is very true of my work family. They rock. They seriously rock.
Nursing is hard both physically and emotionally. Each year, tens of thousands of nurses suffer debilitating pain and often career-ending musculoskeletal injuries from manually lifting patients— an estimated 3,600 pounds per shift. Nurses rank fifth among all occupations for the highest rates of musculoskeletal injuries resulting in missed work days. Nurses also sustain approximately half of all accidental needle stick injuries. Other “on-the-job” hazards include exposure to disease and chemicals, workplace violence, bullying and fatigue.
4 Myths About Nursing