Lessons From a Year as 'Just a Nurse'

September 2, 2014 2:40 PM

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Lessons From a Year as 'Just a Nurse'

I learned a lot in kindergarten, but unfortunately, and contrary to popular belief, I didn't learn everything. It felt like I learned a lot in nursing school, but it still wasn't enough. I have learned a lot in nursing, in my years thus far of being a nurse at the bedside. But most of all, I have learned exponentially more than I would have imagined in a year of open dialogue with nurses, from nursing students to seasoned nurses. Burnt-out nurses to those still full of naïve passion. These are some of the most valuable lessons I learned and applied in the past year.

Poop. They say don't cry over spilled milk, but I have worked in NICUs and PICUs and I can tell you that a drop, an ounce, a whole frozen milksicle of hard-earned maternal breast milk is certainly worth crying over. I've learned to grip that stuff like the world's last Faberge egg, heart racing at t...

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