Friday, 16 October 2009

You made my day today you know...


Today has been a 'bleugh' day as I call it. I found out I passed my acute care module which was SO hard and I was over the moon. Nobody could have wiped the smile from my face. :)


It did.


Then my shift at my nursing placement just went manic! I had to deal with the rudest doctors I have ever encountered, relatives making formal complaints to me about the rudeness of the doctors, two people who I nursed a lot passed away without any real sign they were going too :(, the phone would not stop ringing off the hook, people were not following infection control precautions and I just felt completely suffocated. I did not know whether to laugh, explode or just cry!


I kept telling myself - this is not what Nursing should be like. Even though it will sometimes. At the end of my shift I felt for the first what I hadn't in a long while. Disheartened. Then I got home and logged into my emails. I saw this email from Steve that I very nearly deleted thinking it was spam. I praise anyone that I did not because it was the best email I have EVER received.


This speaks out to all Nurses I have ever met and all student nurses training. It spoke out to me wondrously and it truly has made my day.


Hey Rebecca!


I read your post about not knowing which of the many, many fields of nursing you want to enter -- that will come...  Sometimes it's not so easy deciding exactly how you want to help people when there are so many ways, and so many who need help...  You've got time -- even 10 years into your career you may find a perfect fit -- but you'll have been doing good things in the meanwhile...

I haven't read a lot of your posts, Rebecca -- but the few I have read show wonderful writing skills, and compassion...  I have a feeling that you're going to be an amazing nurse, whatever field or fields you choose...

You know I have cystic fibrosis -- and now I have two beautiful, new lungs...  I've been in and out of hospitals all of my life.  From my early teens until my transplant, about 30 years, I spent somewhere between 2 and 5 weeks hospitalized yearly...  I had hundreds of nurses who took incredible care of me.  I wish I could go back and thank every single one of them -- so many of them would be amazed that I'm still alive...  I'd like to thank them because each one of them had a hand in keeping me alive.  And I really kinda like being alive!

In your career, you've going to have days where you feel nursing is a thankless job -- you're going to be dealing with patients who are depressed and discouraged -- patients who are in pain -- patients who are just pissed off at the world and everything and everyone in it -- and then you're going to walk into the room wanting to give them some meds that might make them feel worse, give them a jab, do some procedure that will frustrate them further...  I've always done my bestest to be thankful for everything people like you have done for me -- and to smile and say "thank you"...  (Sometimes I think it was a good survival technique -- when my nurses knew that I was in pain, yet I could make eye contact with them, smile and thank them -- they always came running when I needed something...)  I also know that there were times when I was frustrated and didn't thank someone -- and I regretted it later...  But I know that, deep down, they knew how thankful I was -- and I knew that whatever they were doing, their goal was to try to help me...  I think about all those nurses often now -- and there will be people thinking about you in the future...

You take care...  I'm proud of you.  Why don't you think about the field of transplant -- we cover the bases from heart breaking to insanely rewarding -- sometimes all in one day...  Whatever field you enter -- I believe that you will be an awesome nurse...


Love, Steve


No matter how hard this training is there are always people out there, who we may have yet to meet, to make it feel 100% worth it. Thank you so much.


Have you ever received something that has just made you feel that what you do is completely worth it, even when the chips are down?


Have a great weekend everyone :)

27 comments:

Suki said...

Hi Becca,
Yes. Every day when I come to work, some of the children are hugging me. When we do projects together, play or simply watch a movie I feel that they appreciate me being there to play, laugh and talk.
Sometimes it is hectic, loud and frustrating when they are not doing what they are supposed to.
But in the end on a hectic day, you give them a hug and smile at them, knowing that you changed a little thing in a life. This person might have this in his thoughts and heart all his life for you being there.
How hard this training will be and how much tears I shed and aggressions I have, it's all worth it, because I changed a life for the better.

Brittney Galloway said...

Wow, that was an incredible letter! Keep up the good work and I am sure you will be getting a ton of letters in the future (good ones, that is.)

Alex(andra) said...

What a great email! Blah days are never fun when they come around, since I'm still stuck in college I haven't had too many work encounters to make my days better, but anytime I go see my sister's kids, they still run up to me and scream "Aunt Alex" and give me huge hugs. =) It gets me every time, and I'm so glad they haven't grown out of it.

Have a great weekend!

Callie Nicole said...

Ah, that was so nice of him to encourage you in an e-mail like that! I have definitely had days like that, but an encouraging word always makes everything a little better!

Holly said...

What an awesome letter! That would have made my day too! :)

I do what I want! said...

How nice of him to send you that! It's awesome little things like this letter than can be a huge boost of inspiration and encouragement. :)

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

awww what a sweet little letter! i love random acts of kindness like that. how gorgeous!

Hannah Grace said...

Encouragement can be such a wonderful thing...thank God for the awesome people in our lives that serve as encouragers to us!

Janet said...

My husband and I are both organ donars. My daughter is not so keen, but I will encourage her and she'll see our way!
Sorry your day was so bad and I do hope it improves - sure it will!

Candy Hart said...

What an awesome boost to you!! that was so nice of him to write that email. Its people like that that can make a big difference!!!

Stacie said...

you're right, rebecca. some days it is so easy to get disheartened with nursing. but those days are mostly few and far between. (well, days as bad as yours was.) i work on a mother/baby unit or post-partum floor, but our mothers and babies room-in together. we have no formal nursery and so we take care of the mom and baby as a couplet. i get many wonderful compliments on what a great mother i will be one day from the mothers i take care of now as they watch me care for their new little ones. does my boss know they say this? no. but i know. and that is better than a raise or a "pat on the back" from the person in charge. (and girl, just get used to grumpy/or word of your choice doctors. they will be more common than your baddest of days. but you, in time, will learn how to deal with them too. congrats on passing your test!

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