NHS Angels

“The character of a nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.”
-Carolyn  Jarvis

Everyone in the NHS is brilliant and hard working, however this blog entry is dedicated mainly to nurses.

The quote above explains it beautifully (I know it implies that all nurses are female but it was written in a time where that was true- men, you are great nurses to). There are people who I studied with who were excellent in the classroom, got amazing marks in the theoretical side of their studies but when it came to placements, there was something missing. They simply could not put their theory into practice. Theory is massively important in nursing, but it is equally important to be able to think on the spot. Sometimes, all a patient wants is for someone to hold their hand.

It was the 70th birthday of the NHS this year. I think this is amazing, 70 years of free healthcare. Without nurses, this would not be possible. During the 24 hours of the day, nurses will always be there for you. Of course, many many other healthcare professionals will be around, but in my opinion nurses are the backbone of the NHS.

Some people are born to be nurses, some figure it out along the way. It is such a rewarding profession. Some days I finish a shift and wonder if I made the correct decision studying nursing. It is hard work, mentally, physically and emotionally tiring. However, all it takes is one patient, one positive comment, one success and everything feels very right.

The NHS has many angels, they come in all shapes and sizes, colours and genders. Not everyone has the same intentions or even the same way of doing something, but everyone in the NHS aims to help people which I think is amazing.

Until next time xx

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The Hardest Truth

“You are not created for everyone to like you. Just be yourself and the rights ones will”      – Unknown.

Not everyone will like you. As someone who strives to please and be liked by everyone, this concept has always been difficult for me to accept. 

Ever since I was young, I have always been filled with a certain type of joy when I realise someone likes me. I’m not talking about being fancied, but someone genuinely just liking you as a person, as a friend. Quite oppositely, if someone dislikes me, I feel almost like i’ve let myself down and I blame myself. The quote above, like many others surrounding this issue, is something that I have recently attempted to consider when I feel like this. I aspire to have the mindset that just because someone doesn’t like me, doesn’t necessarily mean I have done something wrong.

Being around people is one of the things I love about nursing. It is actually one of the reasons I began studying nursing in the first place. I have learnt that I need to accept that not every person I come across in the workplace will like me. Whether it is another nurse, doctor, physiotherapist, patient or patient’s family member. This was a hard truth and something I will continue to struggle with. I have come to a stage where I can accept it, but I still do not like it.

Almost on a daily basis I have to deal with difficult patients, for example patients with dementia. Patients such as these respond to different members of staff in various ways. When a particularly difficult patient appears to trust and like you, it can give you such a boost in confidence. Alternatively, it can feel like a bit of a stab in the heart when you’ve tried and tried with a patient but they still won’t take their medication and then another nurse comes a long and the patient is like a different person! At least that’s my personal experience. In this case, I have to remind myself that it isn’t a reflection on me, i’m not everyone’s cup of tea. Also, hospitals are scary places and it is not unusual for a patient to take their fear, anxiety or even anger out on the first person they see – which is often a nurse. It is important to remember that it is not personal and even if a patient appears to not like you one day, the next they can treat you like their best friend.

As Dita Von Teese says “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” 

So i’ll leave you with that, always remember to be your best self despite of other people’s opinions.

Until next time xx

The Start of Something

“They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel”           – Mary Angelou

Welcome, to anyone (if anyone) who may be reading this. For whatever reason you may be here, whether it is interest, curiosity or even a mistake.

I have never written a blog, but it is something that I have been thinking about doing for a while. I have often written thoughts down in a form of journal, but occasionally think to myself “would this be beneficial for someone else to read?”. If there’s the chance that even one person could relate to what i’m writing, surely it’s worth trying?

So, here is a little bit about what I am aiming for in this blog. I am a recently qualified nurse and currently working in my first job. Every day I come across different situations – some good, some bad, some funny, the list goes on. I feel like it would be interesting at least, to write and talk about some of these situations – because as I’m sure everyone knows, sometimes it is difficult to bottle it up and even writing it down on an online blog is a way of getting it off your chest.

Above is a quote from Mary Angelou. This quote is so important to me, it’s something I often reflected on during my 3 years of training. As a nurse, you care for so many patients. For the 12.5 hours you are on shift, as their nurse you are their advocate, their shoulder to cry on, their support and so much more. If I can make just one patient feel a little bit better, happier, comfortable or confident then that is something to be proud of. Hospitals are scary places, I will do all I can help make that experience even slightly less scary.

So, I hope you enjoy this blog and the future posts to come. Feel free to comment, let me know if there are any particular subjects that would be good to cover or just interesting stories I’ve come across!

Until next time xxUnknown