This is Nursing

waking-up

This is me, trying to wake up to go to work.

homer-run

This is how I think I’m going to take it to work on time.

simpsons

This is how I actually get to work.

britney not impressed

This is what I look like when I find out someone called in sick.

kermit

This is me, waiting to see what my assignment is.

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This is me trying to remember 30 thousand things on a handful of different people.

running around

This is how I look running around all day.

hermione-shakes-her-head-no

This is how I feel knowing that my family thinks I hold babies all day.

When times are tough. When times are rough.  And this why I fell in love with my coworkers and with our nursing profession.

I can not look at this picture without getting a little teary. If you’re religious, what religion you practice, whatever it is you may believe in…none of it matters. When we’ve had a horrific outcome, when we have had a close call, when one of our own is sick, we come together.  We pray for our patients, we pray for their babies, we pray for our families, and we pray for our coworkers.

This is nursing. It’s nurses, and physicians, and midwives, and unit clerks, and scrub techs, and patient care assistants and management, and even housekeepers! We are family. This is one of my work families, and I’m so proud to say that I work here, at Houston Methodist San Jacinto.  Whatever our days bring, whatever walks through the door, we know that we always have each other.  This isn’t going on at just this hospital, in this city. This happens at every hospital, everywhere.  I hope the people we serve know how we care for them, how we hurt for them.  And I know how we care and hurt for each other.  Sometimes we huddle together in the break room, sometimes we hug each other in an empty room.  When we are blindsided by the unexpected or when our patients are blindsided, we cry together, we cry alone, and we cry at home.  We’re the only ones that know what kind of work we really do, and if we didn’t have each other, it just wouldn’t be nursing.

Until my next delivery ❤


13 thoughts on “This is Nursing

  • March 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm
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    This is so true. Our labor and delivery unit has recently lost one of our own, and in the same week one of our own lost her daughter. The support we have shown each other is simply amazing. I love my work family as much as my home family. I couldn’t be prouder of the profession I have worked in for 35 years.

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  • March 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    I know the point of this post is about the support of your work family, but I wanted to thank you for including the housekeepers in this. I used to be one at a hospital and a lot of the time it is a very thankless job that is taken for granted by the other staff. It goes without saying that the housekeeping staff aren’t always treated well. However, without the support staff, nurses and doctors couldn’t do their best work and the patients would suffer. It takes the whole team and that includes housekeeping, dietary and techs and aides. I no longer work at a hospital as a housekeeper because I am getting ready to go to nursing school but my experience working in that field will make me a better nurse in the long run.

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    • March 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm
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      I agree with you! Even as a student nurse, I always smile and thank the housekeepers. It is really important to have rooms cleaned, floors swept, trash picked up, and things made clean and ready for the next patient. I want to remember to loudly and cheerfully exclaim to the housekeeping staff when they’re done, “It looks beautiful in this room! Thank you!”

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  • March 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm
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    this would my dream job to work in a place that cares and prays for one another.. not so much where I work… but I still love my job.

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  • March 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm
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    When I started L&D, I hated it. I felt stupid because I didn’t know anything about anything and being the control freak that I am, I hated that. It was on a night like this, praying together with all of my co-workers for a patient with a horrifying unexpected outcome that I decided to stay and tough it out, even though it was hard.

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  • April 2, 2015 at 3:11 am
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    to be part of a team that genuinely care for both patients and staff… that’s beautiful… you are indeed blessed!

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  • April 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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    Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture! I wish we could see this more… change will start with me!! Thanks for reminding us of how awesome our profession is & you are VERY blessed to be in such a supportive environment.

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