So, this morning, Facebook had the "decency" to remind me of a post from two years ago in the "Memories" section. This was the post where, exactly two years ago today, I celebrated receiving a great honor; I had been selected to work as an RN on a Cardiovascular Surgical PCU. At a time when I'm trying to advance myself through my nursing career, being reminded of a job that didn't work out wasn't exactly what I needed. Of course, two years ago, I was full of excitement, not knowing that two years later I would no longer have the same job. This was one moment I would rather forget. Others include: the day I realized I would have to retake my second semester, the day my nursing instructor informed me I would probably never be a successful ICU nurse, and, worst of all, the day my first job, that Facebook so kindly reminded me of, ended. How about you? What moments would you rather forget?
Dead babies and children. So many.
A tiny lady post-stroke constantly saying, "ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya, etc; Perseveration X a million to the nth degree, ad infinitum.
I actually yelled
at her to "STOP IT!"
I wasn't caught, but I knew that lady was IN there, you could tell by her eyes. I have never felt so ashamed of myself. The shame made me realize that if anyone had there druthers, they sure wouldn't be spending it trying to irritate a student nurse that way on purpose.
I sure learned "Do unto others" from that lesson.
We get quite a few forensic patients. Some are from prison, some jail, some from the state mental hospital. I never ask why they are locked up, that is not relevant to their care.
One time while waiting for surgery to finish, I mentioned the patient's injury and asked the officer what the story was with him. My intent was the mechanism of injury. Instead I got details of the offense that lead to the arrest.
It was very difficult to provide good impartial care after finding out his brutal actions that led to his arrest.
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