Dear Senator Walsh,
I took quite the offense as did many other nurses yesterday after your remarks and here’s why. First off, we “don’t ask” for 12 hours. We work them because the care stays consistent and would be extreme hard to keep handing a patient off every 8 hours. When we walk into a patient’s room we have to work hard to earn their trust. Some are very trustworthy, but others not so much. Sometimes it takes the whole shift to show these patients that we truly do care about them and their health. Secondly, to your remark about us taking breaks to go off and play cards that was completely rude and uncalled for. Here’s a sneak peak as too how our shifts go: roll in early to get your assignment. Then you have to sometime go to 4 different nurses for report on those patients and hope that they are able to summarize the past 12 hours in the best of their ability. After report, you attempt to sit down and review orders but the call lights are already starting. Patient A has an IV beeping. Ok, go look at it. Patient bent arm ok restart. Go back to computer. Patient B’s mom called out for a bottle. Make bottle and take it to her. Meanwhile Patient C calls out in pain. Ok let’s see what they have as PRN and realize they have 2100 meds as well. Go get medications. Grab vitals and do assessment while your in there. Patient A’s IV is beeping again. Look it over, IV is infiltrated. Look around for assistance and nobody is able to spare some time. Take IV out, grab vitals and do assessment on patient A. Time to give 2000 meds to Patient D. Crap, they require interrupter. Grab ipad and get interrupter on the screen. You end up spending 45 minutes in the room because they aren’t understanding what is being asked. You finish up your assessment and vitals. Time to do medications for Patient A. Wait they still need an IV. Yes, there’s help now. After 2 attempts no luck getting one in. Ok call transport to come place one. They aren’t available. Text doc and let them know. Doc is okay with medication being given late. Patient B still needs an assessment and vitals. Walk in room, Patient just threw up all their formula. Clean them up. Do assessment and vitals. Transport is
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I’ve graduated several times now so people think it’s not a big deal anymore. Regardless of how many times I did it, graduation was always a big deal for my Ma and Grandaddy but they were never able to watch me walk because of illness and aging. I had really hoped Ma would still be here when I finished nursing school but that didn’t happen. I have really missed them both over the last few weeks as graduation day comes closer.
As a graduation gift, my parents took the stones from Ma’s ring that my grandaddy had designed for one of her birthdays and had them made into a pendant for me. They just so happen to also be the birthstones of my kids- Aquamarine for Toby (and Ma) and diamond for Cadence Joy. It makes me feel like they’re still apart of something that is really important to me and this time they’ll be getting to watch over.
This has been the theme in my life over the past few years, so I thought it was appropriate that I would put it on my graduation cap. Moving to Pittsburg, KS was hard. I don’t like change. I don’t like being alone. I cried for 3 months after we got there. Little did I know the Lord had so much for me in Pittsburg. I grew closer to Him in the silence and loneliness of that time in the beginning. I learned He is enough. My marriage got stronger. I met amazing people. I made amazing friends who love the Lord and point me to the cross daily. I attended the best nursing school ever with the best staff. The Lord has taught me so much during this time. In just 20 short days I will walk across a stage and graduate with my BSN. In a short amount of time I will begin my dream job as an ICU nurse in KC. God has proved faithful time and time again even when I am not. I know He has plans beyond my comprehension in KC, but Pittsburg, KS will always have a special place in my heart. #21days#RNBSN