Thursday, September 30, 2010


Thankfully I have learned the art of dodging...if you can a dodge a ball you can dodge vomit. I wish I could say the same for my Nurse. Today was my first day working on an Intensive Care Unit at the day summed up in one work would be vomit....and lots of it. The ICU is not a happy place, but a great place to learn! Besides all the skillz I learned (that would be boring to list) I learned how vulnerable patients families are while their loved one is in the hospital. I will confess I dont often thik about how the patients family is doing I focus in on the patient. I realized today that the family is often in more emotional distress than the patient, and the single most helpful thing I could do for them is communicate! they just want to know! When nurses and doctors and patients and families dont communicate or communicate poorly, situations escalate to unessesarry levels, people get angry, sad, defensive, stubborn, and nothing gets accomplished. I hope that in my future as a nurse on whatever floor in whatever hospital with whatever patient I will remember this day and be able to be a resource to my patients families.
Highlight of every clinical shots! its therapeutic...for me :) 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday nights

Psalm 121
 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
       where does my help come from?
 2 My help comes from the LORD,
       the Maker of heaven and earth.
 3 He will not let your foot slip—
       he who watches over you will not slumber;
 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
       will neither slumber nor sleep.
 5 The LORD watches over you—
       the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
 6 the sun will not harm you by day,
       nor the moon by night.
 7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
       he will watch over your life;
 8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
       both now and forevermore.

I generally dont like to read psalms, Im not a fan of poetry and i have a hard time interpreting and applying the psalms to my life. I do however love music and this psalm is the basis of a song I like,

I am a senior in the college of nursing and I have never been as sleep deprived, sad, stressed, helpless, happy, hopeful, joyous, or content in my entire life. I struggle hourly with keeping my focus on Jesus and his plan and his word. It is completely useless for me to work hard, and compete, and spend my energy on anything other than the expanding of Gods kingdom.
I feel as though God has called me to reach people in the health community through nursing and the only way for me to reach those people is by working hard with little sleep and much disappointment. But as this psalm reminded me he is there he didnt send me out on a rediculous struggle without a goal or guidence or encouragement and for that I am truly thankful! Jesus is a rockstar!