“Nursing is all about caring. But it takes more than caring to learn how to be a nurse. “–Anonymous
Imagine yourself in a bookstore, trying to find a book for your upcoming NCLEX exam (just in case you’re an aspiring nurse) and here’s what you find, an instant motivating letter from an anonymous and concerned nurse.
To: You, Nursing student
From: A nurse
Words from a nurse
So I’m assuming that if you’re thumbing through an NCLEX book that you’re probably nearing the end of nursing school. I want to start by saying that you should be SO proud of yourself! You’ve worked so hard to get here and I promise you, it’s so worth it. I’ve been a nurse for 12 years and can’t imagine doing anything else. I want to let you know that the first year or two out of school is the hardest. But don’t give up and remember why you decided to become a nurse in the first place. There are times when “nurses eat their young” -and when that happens to you, I want you to refer back to this letter. When you start your new job, find that special nurse to take you under their wing to show you the ropes.
A few other things: be patient and don’t beat yourself up. Don’t take things personally and when you’ve had a difficult situation, try to leave work at work. When you begin your job, two things that will make your day smoother are 1) Learn to organize and build a routine and 2) Prioritize.
Two more very important things to remember are 1 be proud to be a nurse and 2 believe in yourself. Also trust your instincts-they’re usually right! Also be kind to the nurses aides and housekeepers- you need them.
A few more word about patients. Remember that it’s stressful for them to be there. Sometimes a smile, light touch or hug is what they really need. Sometimes, families can be tough, but hey, we’re taking care of their loved one and they feel out of control..
So grab some coffee and study for the NCLEX. I’m certain that you’ll do fine. But if you don’t pass, it’s not the end of the world although it might feel like it. You simply take it again. And that’s okay.
You’re going to be a great nurse!
Remember, be proud and believe in yourself! You can do it!
No one ever said that nursing life would be easy. Nursing school–much more after your schooling, the nursing profession has its own ups and downs and will continue to be this way. Aside from having to memorize lots of information: normal values, signs and symptoms of diseases, drug names and infos, not to mention their actions and interactions in the body and many other concepts , you also deal with doing endless nursing care plans and case presentations, not to mention projects and homeworks in your other subject areas. No matter how you try to force yourself to survive nursing school and the nursing profession, if you don’t have the passion in what you’re doing, all efforts are practically useless.
This letter is definitely a keeper, a constant motivation whenever you are about to give up or when you feel like you cannot take anymore the pressure. 🙂