Saturday, 26 April 2008

Things I Wish I Had Known...

Before going into Nursing...

  • You will be tired (all the time)
  • Your feet will hurt
  • You will get constipated (fact of 12 hour shifts, sorry)
  • Everyday you will experience that inexplicable feeling of "What the heck are they on about!?"
  • It's not easy
  • You realise that if you were sick you wouldn't want your friends looking after you
Before Placement...
  • It can be considered normal to laugh and cry and get pissed off all in one shift
  • You will act like a prairie dog every time an alarm goes off, until you get used to it and become indifferent
  • no patient ever goes into a totally flat asystole, it means some twat has disconnected the monitor or leads
  • O2 sats crashed? Check probe, face mask/ nasal cannula, O2 supply and monitor connections before panicking!
  • No matter how cynical you are, there's always gonna be someone who knows that the system is out the screw you
  • There are no good-looking doctors, this ain't Holby City or ER
  • It can be the best thing you've ever done
  • It can be the hardest thing you've ever done
  • It's true, you know; once a nurse, always a nurse

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