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A little bit late for Mother Nurses Week but oh well!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Mother’s Day often coincides with Nurse’s Week. At least, not for me. For many mothers, exhibiting the caring aspects of nursing comes naturally. What makes a good nurse, however, is grit, organization and a desire to always be bettering yourself. The signs were all there for me, even in childhood. So many memories to choose- playing with the empty syringes you would bring home for me; listening to my heart with your stethoscope; dissecting the organs of the chicken that was roasting in the oven for our dinner.

So many times I thought you were pushing me to be something else. I accused you of putting too much pressure on me to perform- projection, all of it. In retrospect, I know you saw so many possibilities for me that you never had and you only hoped I would find something I felt as passionately about as you did nursing. I get it now. How hard it must have been to watch me blunder along, not wanting to force me to follow in your footsteps. Despite all your best efforts to guide me along other paths I might take, I doggedly wove my steps in and out of your own, eventually ending at the same destination.

What I appreciate the most is how my love for you is now inextricably linked with my love of nursing. You brought me to this place and I feel so much of your presence with me every day. Each time I make a good catch that prevents patient harm, every time I question or explain or make a mistake. You walked this walk, you fought this fight, and you (perhaps unknowingly, perhaps not) guided me to one of the most meaningful life choices I’ve made thus far. I only hope I become half as tenacious and brilliant as you are.

 

Happy Nurse Mother Week, Mom. I love you.

Happy Nurse’s Week

I’ve always felt a little weird about nurses getting an entire week of recognition. In many ways, nurses are overworked, and often unappreciated, but so are a lot of professionals in this country. I mean, I feel the same way about the hospital housekeeping staff and they don’t get a week of appreciation.

But there is a lot of pride in the nursing profession, and also a lot of humor. I love every minute of my job for a lot of emotional reasons, and some logical. I have found that nursing is best expressed in the multitude of hilarious memes that pepper the interwebs. So, in honor of nurses week, I’m foregoing all the feels and opting for the giggles. Here’s to all my nursing peeps, and those who know and love nursing peeps.

Sometimes our family is so happy to see us when we get home…

All we can think about is the variety of patient’s bodily fluids with which we are covered….

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And pooped all over their central line...at change of shift...
And pooped all over their central line…at change of shift…

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Healthcare brings out some interesting personalities- from parents and family members to surgeons and residents, you can count on having some choice encounters.

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Of course the patients themselves can make or break your shift

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Documentation, coming to work during a blizzard, malfunctioning machines- it’s what we signed up for…

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And without a doubt, our family and friends can have a tough time shocking or impressing us…

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Gross story
Everyone has their thing…mine is broken bones and fingernails.

Happy Mother's Day!

In the end, we all know that the little things make this job worth it…

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Happy Nurses Week!!!

Check out the following for some more belly laughs:

http://scrubsmag.com/the-nurse-life/

http://www.nurseeyeroll.com/2013/12/19/a-day-in-the-life-of-nurse-eye-roll/