I always knew as a little girl why I wanted to become a nurse. I wanted to help the sick become well. The desire was strong and the power greater than any God or higher being. In the elementary school library, I checked out as many little red nurse books as I could find. And it was at an early age that I decided that because my life was so hard, I would lend my helping hands to the sick and wounded.
I fulfilled my desire and became a nurse and every day my job was like a religion. Oh, it felt so good to have patients appreciate and praise me. Some even gave me little tokens I’ll cherish forever, even though that was forbidden.
I had nurse fever and nothing else mattered. If I wasn’t reading about nursing, I was working clinically. Each day of nursing I felt spiritually moved in one way or another. I tried to do my job with one hundred percent perfection and never considered it a job. From the day I became a proud nurse in 1973, I truly believed not everyone was cut out for this.
That’s 39 years of nursing now. You can imagine what I’ve seen. In that time, I’ve come to believe there are three kinds of nurses, all of which I have experienced to some degree.
The Novice Nurse
-One that is green and inexperienced
– Needs to have a survival book, an updated drug handbook at her side at all times and a pacificer around her neck instead of a stethoscope.
– Whimpers and whines all the time.
– Always serious and does not take humor well.
– You would call them anal.
The Half-Baked Nurse
– Is gaining more and more self-confidence through patient care and continuing education on the job.
– Is getting an education in nursing BS politics.
– These nurses are the, “yes ma’am,” types and are willing to do almost anything.
– Licks the bottom of the Director of Nurse’s shoes!
– They are like puppets on a string. They’re probably an enabler.
The Well-Seasoned Nurse
– Has been around the block a few times.
– Very well-rounded and experienced. Those novice and half-baked nurses can learn a lot from them, thats why they make the best preceptors.
– Sociable, humerous and love to tell nursing war stories to their co-workers.
– Are leaders, not followers and the doctors have the highest respect for them.
– At the end of your career, you’re always going to be a nurse just like a doctor will always be a doctor.
During our whole career we give ourselves totally to the sick, wounded and dying and we see some atrocious things which eventually could affect us mentally and emotionally during our lifetime.
If you have had a hard life, you may have a tendency to become codependent, mentally ill, or even use drugs to help you feel better about yourself.
Just thank your lucky stars you’re not an EMT or a paramedic and working in the field because they see the worst of the worst and they are the strongest and bravest heroes I know…well, nurses and doctors, too!
Which one are you? Novice, Half-Baked or a Seasoned Nurse?