To the friend of 3rdShiftGuy.....
My dear fellow nurse,
I want you to know that nursing is indeed a very demanding job. Moreso because it involves not only working alongside humans, BUT & MOST IMPORTANTLY, caring for humans! We're ALL HUMAN & with this comes all the complexities, failings, joys,fun, laughter & at times frustrations, being human encompasses.
Some of us are gifted beyond belief & therefore are able to achieve amazing things. The rest of us are gifted too, but perhaps not quite as generously as others. However, we DO have our gifts & talents, no matter HOW small we might think them to be. In this life journey, it's really the SMALL things that matter most, the seemingly inconsequential, insignificant things. You'd be amazed to know just HOW much the small things matter & what a DIFFERENCE they make.
Sometimes in life, we need to do & RE-do things before we "get" it, that's OK! If, as you travel this journey, things get tough, rest awhile if you must, but DON'T quit, DON'T give up. Believe in YOU! Seek the assistance you need, ask for help. No man/woman is an island, we ALL NEED EACH OTHER.
We're all here to touch each others lives, sometimes we come into each others lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. But the thing is, we are MEANT to touch others lives. As nurses, we do that all the time & believe me, we DO make a difference! No matter what the gesture is, be it actually performing the surgery or emptying the bedpan... EVERYTHING is relavent & important.
NOTHING, I REPEAT, NOTHING, is meaningless! Please believe this. Try & remember, QUALITY counts, so even if we're all going to die someday, & we WILL, let's make this life journey COUNT & MATTER.
Maybe, in time, you might decide that nursing isn't for you, that's ok. Not everyone is suited to or likes nursing, HELL!, I'm an expert on the high's & low's of it, I've been at it for 34 years!!! When it all gets TOO much, take a break, do something else for awhile. Stand back from the forrest & get a good look at the trees, so to speak. It really does help to do that. Helps us put things into a better perspective.
As nurses, we can't always achieve the ideal outcomes we might desire, again this is where the 'human' factor comes into play. We're not always going to "get it right" all the time & sometimes we feel as though we've failed.
The ONLY failure is; having NEVER tried in the first place!
Hang in there, BELIEVE, be GENTLE on yourself & above all, KNOW that what you do DOES help & make a difference.
Sending you all the very best of good wishes from "Down Under" & also a good ol Aussie (((HUG)))!