I suspect it is hard to love a healthcare worker. We get up early and don't have time to drink coffee over the newspaper. We come home late and are too tired to cook. We work extra because we know there are sick people who need us. We don't get too excited over your minor "boo-boo". We have seen far worse. We don't want to talk when we come home. We have talked all day. We don't want to move when we come home. We have moved all day. It may seem, that we have left all our caring, our heart, and our love at work, then come home to you empty. We probably have. But we don't tell you that many times at work we are scared. Scared we are missing something. Scared we will let our patient down. Have to deal with angry families. We don't tell you how the staffing crisis makes us cry on the way to work, to do a job we love, but now are terrified to do. I suspect it is hard to love a healthcare worker, but know this: Your healthcare worker needs your love. Needs your understanding. Needs to know that you "get it". Needs to be taken care of. Needs their back rubbed. Needs you to do the hardest work you may ever do, which is to love a healthcare worker.
I would like to thank those of you out there who love us and let us do this work, this calling, this life: Healthcare.
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This nerd is halfway through orientation week at her new job!! It’s been long days filled with all things general nursing: infection control, healthcare aggression response training, employee health prevention, and basically how to be a good human. I don’t know if you can really teach that last one but I can already say without a doubt I have met some incredible people this week and I already feel like I’ll be working on one of the best teams, in the one of the best healthcare organizations I’ve ever encountered! I feel very very lucky. Getting geared up to start in my specialty next week (Labor and Delivery) where I’ll go through an additional orientation and preceptor training until I start to have my own patients in a couple months. Eventually I’ll be working 12 hour nights so stay tuned as I adjust to becoming a true night owl and any/all suggestions on surviving those wee hours of the morning are welcome 👍🏼
Well that’s all for now folks. I’ll be sharing much more birth related stories soon! Wish me luck!
PS- how cute is my grandmothers old nursing cap? Can you imagine if nurses still had to wear those old starch white uniforms? Especially in L&D?? I’d be washing my outfit halfway through my shift with all the bodily fluids we encounter on L&D! 😂