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Prisca Smith | Scrubs Magazine
about 4 years ago
Great article worthy of publication in International Nursing Journal for all professionals to learn from and use as guide to a more excellent practice.
Great article! I am a "lifer" being a nurse since 1971 and have seen so many changes, most for the better. I enjoy the enthusiasm of the younger nurses overall. I have been verbally insulted and abused by some new grads who think that they should be charge nurses after a few months. Others seem to "get it" and truly enjoy the subtle aspects of the profession. We even have a few nurses in their 70's around that have lots to offer. I also ask the new grads questions to keep myself updated. Nursing is a group process!!
I enjoyed this article. I have been in nursing since 1983 and nursing has changed sooooo much. Today the "lifer" "gets little respect" which is a shame as we have so much to offer. Thanks for someone noticing.
I love, love, love this article! Having the great opportunity to work with RN's in different departments, I see the dynamic that takes place between "lifer nurses" newer RN grads, fresh out of school who (for the most part) have an unbounded youthful enthusiasm for their careers that takes some turns with challenging patients (a little fear and trepidation) to seeing them succeed when learning new practices and techniques. I love lifers - mostly their wisdom and the joy and continued eagerness to help, learn and make our departments better.
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I have been in nursing since 1972 and have watched it grow and change. I learned a long time ago to listen to the "lifers". Nurses teach by nature and best by example. I now am a "lifer" and it makes me proud when a new or younger nurse comes to me for advice. It's easy to become "burned out" in nursing. It is such a demanding profession. Learn to step back and observe. See what works and what doesn't and file that away in your memory. Believe me, "lifers" are proud of new nurses just for being there!
over 4 years ago
Great information to pass on to the future nurses. It is always good to hear tips on what other nurses experience and know what we can work on as new nurses to make those who are retiring proud. I will be starting nursing courses in the spring and I am very nervous because I want to be a good nurse. Learning from those who are seasoned is always a privilege.
Great news for experienced nurses. We often are treated differently in regards to age, but nothing beats experience and stability and the ability be calm under a maelstom of difficult situations, patient, and doctors.
As I read through the comments I am awed and humbled ...I am completeing the remedial courses now and hope to start the nuring courses next spring...Having stated that I am concerned about being a good RN....I want to care for patients effectively and am fearful I won't make it....Yet I refuse to let go ...My biggest concern is not getting the support from the seasoned nurses but more so competitive issues that seem to pop up between humans....I simply stated want to be an excellent Nurse....ANY FURTHER COMMENTS FROM ANYONE WOULD BE HELPFUL
I have been a nurse for 29 years. Have had the opportunity to work in alot of different settings, from hospital, hospital run clinics, private practice, group practice, home care, end of life care, people with disabilities. I owe what I learned early on to the seasoned nurses. They taught me alot about advocacy, doctors, insurance companies and the profession of nursing. My hat and heart is off to anyone who chooses the life of a nurse. I was severely injured on a job 2 years ago, I enjoyed the work alot. Even now my nursing experiences have helped me cope. I wouldnt trade my nursing experiences for anything. I feel very fortunate to have learned from the best.
Great article. I have 7 years of telemetry experience and love picking the brains of my senior nurses when I can. On tele it is rare to be able to have an indepth conversation but there always seems to be a "goto" nurse oozing full of knowledge. I am sometimes in awe of these amazing people. I am continuously empowered and motivated by the brilliant souls that built the foundation of our profession. Take care of yourself and always be open to learning!!!
Know there will be chanllenges and disagreements among co-workers, use the experience you have to develop your beliefs and confidence. Do what's best for the patient. if possible. Stick with the winners in the workplace, learn what they have to offer.Learn as much as you can in the area in which you work through lieterature, books, magazines, inservices. Don't be afraid to ask questions, good nurse are not "know it alls".. Allow yourself to be human, we all make mistakes. Take good care of yourself. Learn to say no when you can't work extra shifts. Create balance in your liffe: work, play, family, friends, the gym, eat healthy foods if possible. Be careful with people pleaseing just to fit in.
Don't take yourself, or your job too seriously! If possible, have fun. Life is too short to let it go by while you have your nose to the grindstone! If it HAS to be there, then enjoy those you work with, laugh with your patients (if you can), and remember to find something of joy and value in each day, no matter how little it is! Barbara A. Wickham, RN, BSN, CCRN
I thought your article to be very informative, interesting and true. I Have seen many of my friends going crazy over the new profession for many reasons. I do believe that knowledge, common sense, and love for the career, and good interpersonal skills are keys to succeed in nursing. Thank you for your article.
I am a lifer, sounds like the military :) I graduated with my generic BSN in 1978, so I just passed 31 years. I am working on my MSN just now, but will finish it or bust!!! I have been told that I am very calm. I was a Fllight Nurse in the USAF. I have taught at community colleges and have been an ER educator in a hospital. I have been a charge nurse and a staff nurse. I have had my CEN and CCRN. Right now I am a staff nurse working 8 hour shifts full time in an ER, and determined to finish my MSN. Most of all, I love patient education.
Advocation is a word.
tr.v. ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing, ad·vo·cates
To speak, plead, or argue in favor of. See Synonyms at support.
n. (-kĭt, -kāt')
One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights.
One that pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor: advocates for abused children and spouses.
[From Middle English advocat, lawyer, from Old French advocat, from Latin advocātus, past participle of advocāre, to summon for counsel : ad-, ad- + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]
ad'vo·ca'tion n., ad'vo·ca'tive, ad·voc'a·to'ry (ād-vŏk'ə-tôr'ē, -tōr'-, ād'və-kə-) adj., ad'vo·ca'tor n.
I agree that there is no evidence of a word as "assuridity."
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