Friday, August 7, 2009

Approach each situation with Love!

If the kids in my Sunday School classes over the past few years learn absolutely nothing else from me, I hope they can remember this phrase that I fit into almost every lesson, "approach each situation with love." This is much easier said than done, but I have found that what you put into a situation is almost always reciprocated.

I am starting to love my new job in Pediatrics!! I was very weary the first few weeks, and even came home in tears at times because I was having a hard time fitting into the dynamic of the this very small unit (only 6 full time employees). Before orienting to Pediatrics I was able to work a shift in most of the units throughout the hospital in an effort to do a more thorough New Graduate orientation. The other units each had their own dynamic as well, but I felt like I could be myself around the other employees.

Once I started to orient to my new unit it was a totally different change for me. When dealing with children, there is really no room for error, and thus much more intensity is required. Also, it is almost unheard of to take a brand new graduate into a Pediatric unit because it is such a specialized standard of care, so I was kind of waiting for the floor to drop out & them kick me out if I made a mistake. I believe that I was having a hard time because I wasn't able to "be myself" at work in fear that I would do something wrong, so naturally I stressed myself out.

I'm feeling slightly more comfortable at work, and I think it is in the most part because I made the active decision to be myself and keep an open mind. I am enjoying night shift & the people I have an opportunity to work with, and most of all seeing the dramatic change in these kids as they begin to heal and the smiles, that over several days, begin to emerge.

9 comments:

Kristina P. said...

This is great, Mary! I'm sure you do an excellent job.

Irish Chicken Soup said...

I'm with Kristina, I'm sure that you do an amazing job. You seem like a really sweet person, and I can completely picture you working well with children.

Jessica said...

I think working with kids would be so challenging and so rewarding. I'm sure you do a great job.

Wendyburd1 said...

Just be yourself and they will love you to pieces!!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

You will be fine sweetheart. You have a huge heart and I know you are a good and caring nurse. They will love you...no matter where you go.

Missy said...

Pediactics! That is so great! Glad you are liking your job!

Gillie said...

Just keep at it, it gets better...

I remember the first med error I made as a new grad. I gave my patient an EXTRA ASPIRIN. I was mortified and was sure I would get fired. Truth is, as nurses we are much harder on ourselves than we need to be. Everyone makes mistakes. Just ask for help and take it when it's offered.

Trust me, it takes a LOT to get fired.

Momma Sarah said...

Yea! I'm glad you are beginning to find your 'groove'! I think you are PERFECT for a Peds unit!

Molly said...

I believe in you, Marebear