🌸Happy Nurse’s Week to all my amazing nurses out there 🌸
Oh nursing, you always bring out all the feels. Like all of them-the whole spectrum. Happiness, joy, gratitude, love, inspiration, angst, stress, disappointment, fear, sadness.
As fitness and personal training have become larger parts of my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the ability to go down on hours at the hospital (thanks to all you people 🙏🏻)
On the one hand this has made me a little sad, but on the other hand, it’s improved my life in ways 🤷🏼♀️
I could go on for hours about the beautiful parts of nursing, but it’s also fucking hard and will take every little bit of you, and then ask for more.
Lunch breaks are a joke. Keeping bodily fluids off of yourself is a joke. Often water and peeing are jokes 🤣 It’s like, the worst self care you can imagine.
But even all those things are “eh”. It’s the crying patients. The patients who fire you. The other practitioners who make you feel like an idiot, and even sometimes humiliate you in front of your patients 😖 Every nurse I know has cried at work. It’s just EXPECTED. I wonder sometimes, how many other occupations can say that crying is an expected role? 🤔
It’s the loss. It’s the desperation in their faces when they look to YOU for the answers. They want YOU to hold their hands, reassure them, and do for them what they can’t do themselves. People are their most vulnerable in the hospital, and you are responsible for honoring and respecting that state 🙏🏻
Nursing has made me stronger, kinder, more empathetic, MUCH more “big picture”, calmer, less self-centered.
It’s in our biggest challenges that we grow the most. When we’re taken to the edge, we adapt and improve.
No, this isn’t a “wow look at me post”. It’s a look at the nurses in your life post. Look at the nurses who care for you when you need them post. There is SO much more to them than you’ll ever imagine, and besides being intellectually and physically competent, they have practiced for years to become emotionally competent for anything you need of them.
Every nurse I know humbles and amazes me, and I’m so grateful for the inspiration and joy they bring me every single day 🌈