Random Thoughts from a Labor Nurse

Nursing is different from other professions. The defining characteristics of a true nurse make us who we are: caregivers. Sometimes I want to be just a nurse. Sometimes I don’t have the time or the energy to fight. Some days, it takes everything in me not to just give up and throw in the towel. And let’s make one thing clear for every non-nurse out there…nurses fight every single day of their lives. We fight for our patients, we fights for ourselves, we fight for our profession. Nothing is ever enough. Nothing will ever be good enough, because as a nurse, we have to keep trying to be better….and then even better than that.

Lately, I feel like I’m floundering. I can’t seem to focus.  My house is falling apart because I work too many days and too many hours. Every other minute I question what I’m doing and if I can keep doing it. And although I sometimes need reminding, the work I do—the work we do—matters. We have to keep going. We have to keep fighting for so many different things, things only a nurse would understand. Someone has to do it. It should be me. It should be you. We have to push each other forward. We are the only witness to the work that we do, and we all know that so many things need to change.

Yesterday, I was tired. Today, I have vowed to keep moving forward. If you are questioning your work, or your worth, or your will, think of everything that you have the power to change. Think of the characteristics that define you, and find comfort knowing that you are a nurse, and even just a nurse has the power to do anything. If you don’t know where to start, focus on yourself. You could change your unit, or your hospital, or your community. One day you might change a population.

Be good to yourself, be good to your coworkers, and especially be good to your patients. Because the work we do has the potential to change everything.

 

Until my next delivery ❤


5 thoughts on “Random Thoughts from a Labor Nurse

  • August 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    Nursing is a profession. I feel we support our patients, each other and the profession. Nursing is not all there is to our lives. The feelings you have about fighting sounds like anger and frustration. Maybe you are experiencing some burnout. Take time for yourself and ask others to help with the load be it work or home. Only you can take the time in your life for yourself. No one will give it to you. Best of luck

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  • August 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm
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    This does not sound like burnout to me. This sounds like every labor and delivery nurse I know, myself included. We are strong and dedicated bunch. I loved this message, because I feel heard and I feel encouraged. Thank you!

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  • August 15, 2016 at 3:07 am
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    I am retired L&D 5 years now. Two elements retired me before my time: my back and burnout. My advice if you want to stay until retirement, spend more time at home. Spend your days off, OFF! Turn off your phone and don’t answer the texts “begging” for help. I was always ready to take one for the team, stay late, come in early, double or double back or come in when off. I was also committed to shared governance, unit practice and CE’s above and beyond my state requirements. When I needed accommodations, I was handed a printout of my job description and told if I couldn’t fulfill all the requirements, find another job. There is no loyalty on the senior leadership level. Take care of yourself, your family, and your personal relationship like they are one of your patients. You won’t wish you had spent more time at work. Your professional and personal life will blossom and thrive if you do. IMHO

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  • August 15, 2016 at 3:19 am
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    This preoperative nurse sending love your way! You matter!

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