A Good Feeling

It usually happens when you least expect it, and then it becomes a part of you.

There are many ways we nurses’ can and do get recognized, although it’s very few and far between.

We receive it from our education, from our co-workers, from our colleagues, and every once in a great while from our superiors. Surprise

The other day I got that certain kind of recognition that makes all the long-days, and tiresome shifts worthwhile. This type of recognition reminds you of why you became a nurse, and why you remain a nurse.

I was taking care of a patient in the PACU. She had an OB-GYN type of procedure. I was taking care of her, helping her recover from her surgery in a safe and controlled manner in my usual fashion. “Are you warm enough?”, “How is your pain?”, “Are you comfortable?”

Giving pain medication as needed.

I was encouraging her to cough, even though it hurt to cough. I explained to here the ramifications of not coughing, especially after surgery, no matter how minor it was. I demonstrated the use of a pillow to help less the surge of pain she was having.

I gave her as much information as I could on pain management. Making sure she understood the difference between controlling your pain, and chasing your pain.

During all of my ‘normal’ routines, this particular patient ever-so slightly placed her warm hand on my forearm, and with the stare of appreciation she calmly and quietly said,” You have a wonderful bedside manner. Thank You. You’re a good nurse”.

Blushing

It caught me off guard for a few seconds, and now looking back on it.. I think I was staring at her. (Nerd)

I politely smiled and gave the most genuine thank you I could create, as I continued about my responsibilities.

In my heart, I wanted to give her a great big bear hug and tell how much she made my day… to tell her that her kind words had validated all my efforts to become and be the nurse I am today.

Her thank you meant more to me than any high marks on any evaluation, meant more to me than any certification I have attained. Her words will help me through the next ‘tornado’ of events that will happen.. as they always do happen to us nurses’.

It’s one thing to hear from a third party that a particular patient like you, and valued your care, but to hear it from the source… was priceless.

I think my heart grew a little bigger and my face was a lil’ more red that day.

I LOVE being a nurse.

Carpe Diem

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19 thoughts on “A Good Feeling

  1. Strong, this is what sets you apart from everyone else in the world – your quest and desire for service. You have a heart of service, and I enjoy reading such genuine posts.

  2. Strong, this is what sets you apart from everyone else in the world – your quest and desire for service. You have a heart of service, and I enjoy reading such genuine posts.

  3. This is such a runningwildly-type post. You made me smile. Especially with the bit at the end of “I LOVE being a nurse.” So so true. We are blessed to be called into this great vocation.

  4. This is such a runningwildly-type post. You made me smile. Especially with the bit at the end of “I LOVE being a nurse.” So so true. We are blessed to be called into this great vocation.

  5. Those are the comments that I live for! Enjoy any praise that you get because they will hold you up in your darkest days. If I get burned out, I just remember my favorite patients and smile.

  6. Those are the comments that I live for! Enjoy any praise that you get because they will hold you up in your darkest days. If I get burned out, I just remember my favorite patients and smile.

  7. I love those moments! Yesterday I gave a flu shot and the guy goes “I didn’t even feel it!” to which I responded “Well, you veterans are a pretty stoic population.” And he goes “TAKE MY DAMN COMPLIMENT LITTLE GIRL!!!”

    Doncha just love those little moments that really make it all worth it?

  8. I love those moments! Yesterday I gave a flu shot and the guy goes “I didn’t even feel it!” to which I responded “Well, you veterans are a pretty stoic population.” And he goes “TAKE MY DAMN COMPLIMENT LITTLE GIRL!!!”

    Doncha just love those little moments that really make it all worth it?

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