I have worked almost eight days straight. Excluding Australia Day of course. Six afternoon shifts and two night shifts. Neurology Unit, Palliative Care Unit (x2 shifts), Emergency Department on a hot day that was a full moon!, Orthopaedics Unit and then two consecutive nights on Neurosurgery. I got to nurse with some wonderful people, and very patient patients. Every shift brings with it new challenges and lets me hoan in on my skills, often learning so much more. It never ceases to amaze me that I continue to learn new things every day.
One thing I know for sure is that going back to basics of nursing care, the fundamentals of nursing, is often needed. Technology is wonderful, and the medicines are often wonderful too. But, instead of looking to medicines for every single answer to a problem, I try to look for alternatives. Dim the lights, cool washer on the forehead, slow breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth... listening to what is said... and being there for people.
The only thing that upsets me from time to time is when people do not give you a chance to help them out. I think that this is usually when a person is in crisis, they cannot see past what is right before them. Problems are too big for them to deal with. That is where being the patient's advocate comes in to place. It is not easy to do this, it takes alot of knowledge and alot of stepping back and assessment.
The people I work with, I know, would sure be great for me if I were in crisis. I would go no where else other than to them for guidance if I needed it. If I was sick like I was a few years back I would not hesitate to have any of them nurse me. Guaranteed.
On the home front. The kids have settled well into school routine. Tom loves High School and has made new mates. I didn't doubt for a second that we would not find it hard to find mates.
Saying that, we have a notice to vacate our place. Our landlord is selling up to retire. Wish I knew this last year, it would have been easier to move during the school holidays. I have found a nice place and we hope to inspect it in the next week or so. I bet none of you envy me with all the packing that we have to do... yeah, four kids and a dog to pack for :)