R.N. Notes #1: How to be a nurse?

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Hey girl!

This will be my very first R.N.Notes. It took me so long to start this series of posts because I actually don't know how to begin writing this journey. I would like to tell a story on how I started my life as a nurse by profession. 

Just like many other highschool graduates, I am so confused of what I really want to  pursue in college. I know in my heart that I wanted to study a course inclined with arts, like Multimedia arts and Interior Designing. At the same time, my love to explore the world and travel also made me think to take up Tourism or Multilingual course. These courses still lingers on my mind that someday I wanted to pursue because it was my first love and initially what I really wanted in life. I never thought of taking up nursing, although I heard a lot about it because of the career opportunities abroad. Many students in the time that I graduated took up nursing because of the peer pressure and greener pasteur ahead of us. I never knew that these shallow reasons brought me to a greater purpose in life.

❥ You need to be brain-ready. It isn't just an ordinary profession. Nurses deal with lives. They are there to assist you may it be the initial or last breath of your life. We study everything science just like any medical course. I think nursing is the jack of all the science-courses because we knew a little something about everything. Our regular nursing books are as thick as the old-school Webster's dictionary encyclopedic edition in two volumes. I cannot blame the authors because we are studying literally everything from head to toe of the human body and the techniques that we need to do in case there are alterations to what is normal like for instance, sickness. Aside from memorization of the theories and rationales why we do certain things, nurses got to show some skills in performing these real life techniques into life. If I am not mistaken, that will be 4 years and 3 summers of nerve-wracking college life in total.

❥ It's a physical job. When you thought you are done with all the pages of your Fundamentals and you are totally doing fine. Think again. The real life of a nurse starts on duties to hospitals and clinics or even communities. Nurses communicate, think, assist, help and do the actual tasks for people who needs care. Some people might saw a nurse just sitting comfortably on a nurse' station and felt like it was an effortless job, but that is after he/she gave the due medications, assissted a patient in turning, changing IV fluids or helping in changing diapers, linens and whatever needs to be change, wheeling other patient to another department for xrays, ultrasound and surgery and more other things in between in the life of the patient that needs our assistance. We have to be physically present for our patient that is why we have to look stronger for them. After an 8 hour shift or sometimes 12 hour shift, we therefore conclude that it is a physically tiring job, but from a nurse' perspective it was satisfying and always worth it to help.

❥ It can be emotionally-draining. Nurses need not only a strong mind, but also a brave soul.  We are dealing with physically and mentally ill patients. Even if we are only humans, we need to have a stable emotions to be able to carry out our task. It isn't as easy as it looks. We are trained by experience. If you can't handle the pressure from all the daily rants and raves, you will know you are not for it.

I know I am not the only one in this journey. If you are a nurse or have a story about a nurse, shoot me an email at princessmikee09@gmail.com or comment down below. Let us share our stories. There are more life lessons through personal experiences that could inspire others. There are more stories to come. 💖 #nurse


Let's talk again on my next blog.
Yes, YOU lovely gorgeous.

Love yourself because you are beautiful.

Hugs and Kisses,

Princess Mikee, RN

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23 comments

  1. Being a nurse is no easy feat. Those tips you mentioned sure will come handy for anyone who aspire to be a registered nurse. More than anything, I think it also takes a heart of gold to have the energy, dedication, and compassion to care for people other than your family and loved ones! Kudos to all the nurses we have!

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  2. Hello fellow RN! I have the same dilemma after graduating high school. I also wanted to take up MMA too, but it wasn't being offered in my city during my time. :( So I just went along with my best friends. We took up the entrance exam and enrolling to the same school. But guess what? They ended up shifting, while I was left to graduate. lol

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    1. Hi! Nice to hear from a fellow nurse. How is your experience so far? Tell me more about it. :D

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  3. And i suddenly missed my profession. Im a registered nurse but after working for a year about 10 years ago ive given up and found my zeal in business. Maybe because when i had my first born i was too lazy to come on duty and with all the chaos in the hospital setting i got burnt out. But i still love being called a nurse in my own home. I agree that you have to be quick and smart esp. if you are in a special like the ER where i used to work before. You are dealing with life and yes its emotionally-draining :)

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    1. No worries, there are what we call "lifetime duties" and that is with our family. There is always a part of being a nurse that we carry with us forever. #proudtobeanurse

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  4. Nurses are brave and noble, so I am glad you did it. Thanks for this sharing. Keep up the great job. God bless :)

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  5. Another fellow nurse right here! Totally agree withtne list. I worked for a year in a clinical setting but currently not practice. I miss being one but i also love what im currenlty doing. Time would only tell, if i would go back to this noble profession. :)

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    1. Hellooo! SO glad to hear more nurses here. Even not in practice, We can always save lives in our own little ways. That's what nursing taught us. :D

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  6. I salute nurses. They can be the most sincere persons you would ever meet once at the hospital. They can also be so caring and have the initiative to help you even if you do not ask for help. Nice to meet a nurse here.

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  7. My only sister is a nurse so I pretty much know how it is to be a nurse because I have seen her when she used to work in a provincial hospital. I agree that the nursing profession is not just mental but also physical. The long and sometimes extended shifts are physically tasking. I think the nursing profession is a noble profession just as much as the teaching profession.

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  8. Serving people always challenging when it goes for any ill person. Besides medication, only a nurse may help them for early recovery. And ensure a 'Smile'...Good Luck!

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  9. I have been in the hospital on the intensive care a lot. Being a nurse there requires so much knowledge. And also empathy! I am amazed by some of the nurses, they are wonderful. Some were just plain stupid and had no emotions. Saw my baby and me as a number. So please, stay human and follow your feelings while being a nurse.

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  10. Nursing must be an incredibly demanding job. I teach elementary school and I already feel like I am on my feet all day. I can't imagine how I would feel if I was a nurse. Plus sometimes patients are not as respectful to nurses as they are to doctors, and that is very wrong. Where would we be without nurses?

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  11. I agree with #3. Being a nurse can really be emotionally draining. I am not a nurse but my aunt is. I can't imagine seeing someone dying in front of me. Hats off to all nurses.

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  12. I never wanted to be a nurse haha. It's not my passion and I'm afraid of blood. Tho I admire those who really love and is passionate about being a nurse. A nurse friend told me that only a few are those who really are passionate about this, and for some just because their parents wanted them to.

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  13. Being a nurse isn't an ordinary job. You get to take care of others hoping you will be able to take care of yourself too. With the toxic duties ahead and the various people you get to meet, it's one hella of an adventure. I would have never finished Nursing if that's the case. I have a bit of traumatophobia. I cannot witness a live bloody person get medicated. So yeah, you're brave and a gem to hospitals!

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  14. I admire nurses. Just like other professions, being a nurse is tough. You always need to be healthy and sometimes it is sad that you take care of many people, yet no one sometimes take care of you. Anyway, we also have same dreams. Just like you I would love to learn different languages and travel abroad.

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  15. Nurse is one of the most noblest profession I know. You are doing a great service to sick humans. Though it is a paid job one requires a lot of dedication and will power to do that kind of work which cannot be repaid with money. Loved the description you have given.

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  16. My girlfriend starting nurse courses, but she found out that it wasn't for her and found her passion in design. My mom has been a nurse her a whole life, in hospital, clinic, and even liberal. Nurse is definitely not for everyone. Many take this path without a real conviction, while like you said, nurses deal with lives, and it's all about taking care of people. If you're not dedicate into people nurse isn't for you. I think that's the main thing. And you described right all the rest. It's sad that sometimes nurses are diminished, they are so needed and incredible. Good luck for everything coming!

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  17. I completely agree with this. To be honest, I went to nursing school, and ended up leaving because I didn't think I was capable of doing it. I think, like you said, my reasons were shallow at the time, and I was just 'following the crowd'. However, I admire so much their courage and emotional capability (I really wish I had it in me, but that's why each one of us is suitable for something). Since I've ended up pursuing design, I still try to find ways of helping others in need, sometimes volunteering work to charities, etc. I think actually one of the things that can be improved in the health system is the user interface design of some software. So, somehow, though I'm not directly treating patients, I'd like to think I'm still helping other directly somehow:)

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  18. I think being a nurse is a hard job, one that you might say is similar to that of teachers. Physically, nurse may probably have to exert more, but the responsibilities are both important and critical, where one is in molding the character and knowledge, the other is on getting patients healthy.

    One thing I also know is that nurse are underpaid.

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