I am constantly amazed by the Lord’s grace and kindness in my life. Today I was blessed to grab some delicious little almond pastries and a yummy brown butter latte with one of my co-workers. I had been wanted to get to know her for a while, but you know how it goes, you live such a busy life and then nine months later you still haven’t gotten together. We shared stories, laughter, and reminders of God’s faithfulness in our lives. There is something so refreshing getting to share your story with someone and be accepted and loved by them in the midst of it all. And it makes it so much better that she is a nurse, because that’s just a whole new level of understanding that other people just don’t always get. Nurses have an endless amount of stories.
Honestly I think it takes a good year to transition into a new job, especially nursing. We laughed about how in our first days and weeks as nurses we mostly just hoped we were able to keep our patient’s alive until the next shift. There is such a transition from college life to the real world. I always hated when patient’s asked me how long I’ve worked there, as under a cough I reply so quietly hoping they won’t hear and won’t want to ask again (cough cough, umm three months)—I’m pretty sure they wish they hadn’t asked, because really who wants someone with no experience taking care of them. But you have to start somewhere right? I feel a little better responding now with nine months, but I’m still a newbie, learning TONS every shift.
During the first few months, your pretty terrified as a new nurse. I mean sure you’ve learned and studied textbooks and case studies for years. But nothing can quite prepare you for assisting in an eye surgery in the room, seeing your first seizure and being totally stunned, completing a lice treatment on someone (ewwwwww), taking care of patient with a baby in the NICU (where I got to take an adorable little field trip), seeing a code blue where there is hardly enough room for you to be there because there are so many people trying to save their life, or seeing your first patient pass away where you have to call time of death with family members sobbing and not being quite sure what to do.
It takes a lot of clinging to Jesus and a whole lotta grace. So to be able to share in that with another person who totally get’s it is wonderful. I know I’ve said this before, but seriously, find someone to share your story with! You might find out for the first time that your story can inspire. Just know I’m always here, I’d LOVE to hear your story! Starting June 1st you will see many nurses post their stories on my blog about their experience as a nurses who follows Jesus—so get excited to hear perspective from some fresh faces!
Enjoy this beautiful day,
Romans 12: 10-13, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”