Archive | December, 2014

Permanent. Full Time. ICU. Ecstatic.

18 Dec

As I sit to write and reflect on the last couple of weeks above all I’m thankful. I’ve been offered a position in our Intensive Care Unit next year to commence as I finish my graduate program. I’m so very grateful for the opportunity, and feel blessed to have been considered. I’m so excited about this new role and the challenges it will bring. At the same time, as I am sure you can understand, I’m also feeling a little daunted at the prospect. The complex nature of ICU nursing means icuunderstanding a complex patient – and as a new graduate I still have so much to learn. However, ICU nursing has always been where I have wanted to work – I like the technical side of the job (understanding a the body holistically and the relationship that changes in one area can have on another area, the technical components of ventilation, cardiac rhythms, blood gases etc) but most of all I enjoy being able to provide focused care to someone and their loved ones in one of their greatest times of need. While I hope and pray that I never need to do this for someone I know, I also pray that should that eventuate you would feel safe with me at your bedside. In the meantime – know I’ll be doing everything I can to learn as much as I can to ensure this is possible.

As I reflect on this I want to thank a few people, because without their support I wouldn’t be in this position.

To the Endoscopy crew: Guys, you took such good care of me for four years!! Through work and study you were always there encouraging me and cheering me on. Your support, advice, assistance and kindness was, and is, so greatly appreciated. I’ll never forget you guys – without you there is no way I would be where I am today.

To the staff of my ward rotations. I’ve been blessed to work with you on the graduate program. I’ve learned so much from you all and I appreciate the time you’ve spent answering my never ending list of questions. You’ve all taught me so much – not just in physical skills and knowledge, but also things like the emotional side of nursing. I have been blessed by wonderful preceptors and educators and I thank you for taking the time to invest in me. Thanks for befriending me and supporting me and demonstrating to me the qualities of exceptional nurses. Thanks to the large team of people that make a ward a success – each role is so greatly appreciated and it has been a pleasure to see how well everyone works together to achieve a common purpose.

To the hospital graduate coordinators and the staff at QUT (who are unlikely to read this but it needs to be said). THANK YOU. Your commitment to ensuring the next generation of nurses have the skills and abilities to perform as safe practitioners is commendable. Thanks for taking a shot at employing me on the graduate program and thanks for believing in me. Thank you for being there to offer support and guidance and just be a listening ear when required.

To the hospital Graduate Nurse Cohort – I was blessed to be included amongst such a fine group of people. I wish only the very best for you all – and pray you have opportunities to grow and flourish in areas that you desire and hope to see you around the hospital. May nursing be a rewarding career for you, and may the perfect job come your way if it hasn’t already!

Dave, family and friends – it goes without saying that without your support I wouldn’t be where I am either. Thanks for believing in me.

I finally feel like I’ve found a role I was created for and I’m thankful daily for the opportunity to provide care to people in what can be some of the scariest times. I pray that I never forget this privilege, and that even on the busiest days I can do something to brighten the day of my patients and ensure their return to recovery is as a smooth as possible. I’m of course thankful to God for His continual provision – even when I mess up or take 15 years to make the best decision…

As 2014 gets close to a close, I’m looking forward to the new challenges in 2015 and look forward to sharing some of them with you.