We all have those nursing experiences that we will never forget. Often these are intensely personal, unique to each individual, and difficult to share.
But there is also a whole other set of collective experiences that most of us have had. Standout moments that we have and then see others have. Almost a set of nursing milestones.
Waypoints that if not yet already passed, are probably waiting somewhere for you just over that next shift.
Remember these? *
- First patient.
- First paycheque.
- First pen lost.
- First time-out in sluice room.
- First time cleaning a soiled patient.
- First time you realise nursing isn’t what you thought it was.
- First tears.
- First nailed the venepuncture on first attempt.
- First personal thank you card/gift from a patient.
- First slept in, or turned up for wrong shift.
- First experience/witness of nurse bullying.
- First time you contaminate a sterile field.
- First time you really felt part of the team.
- First thank you from a doctor.
- First call-in to take a mental health day.
- First thank you from that nurse you really look up to.
- First sleepless night.
- First time you think you are a pretty awesome nurse actually.
- First needlestick / occupational exposure.
- First time a patient becomes more than just a patient.
- First time mentoring a student nurse.
- First management of a dead body.
- First promotion or move to a coveted position/area.
- First time recognised by ex-patient in public ( and….first time you cannot remember them)
- First turn up for shift on rostered day off.
- First time urinated/defecated on.
- First time you become completely overwhelmed with the workload and feel like a total failure.
- First medical emergency.
- First time your clinical assessment or decision made a big difference to a patient outcome.
- First patient discharged that you didn’t think would make it.
- First medication error.
- First post graduate qualification.
- First Best Shift Ever.
- First night shift.
- First time in leadership role.
- First CPR. (….or first cracked ribs performing CPR)
- First baby delivered (rare unless midwife)
- First time you truly grock the importance of what it is you do.
* Chronological order and individual user experience may vary.