ugh am never so glad to be off work for 5 days :) then I'm back in for 4 more nights :(
But let's be present! As I type im sitting at a cafe in the airport ready for a wee holiday to England over New Years! I'm excited to chill and unwind and have a good time!! Did some yoga last night before work! Went really well! I'm enjoying my yoga ATM so I hope you like this little series :)
Last week marked my first year of nursing. Part of me can't believe that I've made it this far. Yet I'm acknowledging the fact that I've a long way to go.
So here's a complication of all the main points I've learnt this year
1) Chose your battles
You aren't gonna save everyone. You aren't gonna convince everyone that their lifestyle is literally killing them. You just gonna "namaste" that person and move on with your life.
2) You're not super human
You cannot do everything by yourself. I'm still working on applying this but I've come a helluva long way from where I was when I started
3) Do your best for your patients, that's all you can do
Rationale. Rationale. Rationale.
So long as you can justify what you do for your patients that is the best way to provide good quality nursing care for your patients. You won't be able to do everything (see #2) but you can rationalise by saying that you're trying to prioritise your patients and do you're best.
4) Mental health first. Then work
Days off can be hard to get movitation to go out and do things. Especially when you've worked a 13 hour shift the day before or are in the middie if a streak of night shifts etc. Take a day like that to meditate. Yoga it up. Gym. Eat loads of fruit and starches. Take time for you. But be sure once a week at least to keep company with good people :)
5) Meal prep
Trust me. It makes life soooooo much easier. Keeps you eating right and regular and saves you having to go home and cook after a long day.
6) Dont expect to get on with everyone
Same as any job really. It will help your conflict management skills. Confidence, communication skills and ability to relate to people
But don't ever allow anyone to disrespect you and talk down to you. Ever. You don't have to be nasty about it. Just don't take it.
7) Request days off
I'm not sure how your annual leave system works.
To be honest I'm not sure I understand how my place works either hahaha!
Don't use all your annual leave for holidays. Request days off together if you can. And you can.
This year I've travelled to South Africa, Spain, and England numerous times :) you learn so much
9) Save money
Set money aside for a rainy day it'll help if little or big mishaps happens. I ha d a car accident and had to pay the excess and my car insurance renewal in the one month basically.
10) Treat yourself
You work hard. You should play hard too. Enjoy a getaway with a friend. Make the time.
Go buy that car you wanted. Buy some new running gear. Buy some new music. Make life a little more exciting with the little things in life. Enjoy life. Make the most of the little moments.
Work to live and love. Don't live to work.
Nursing is hard. I'm only coming to accept this now.
I decided to bite the bullet and try out vlogging! It's a lot more different to blogging than I expected haha! But I'll get the hang of it! Video quality is pretty poor but I'm gonna learn how to improve it soon :D
Hope you enjoy my first vlog I'm really excited to post more videos! :D
I am a 25 year old nurse, who is trying to find herself. This blog will contain epiphanies I have, my yoga progress and other such things. Enjoy. :)