“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”
I’ve been working as a nurse for six years now. I’ve experienced many changes and challenges. I worked in three different units, pediatric ward, and medical ward. And now, operating room (O.R.). To be honest it is really not easy. It is not easy to adjust to the new environment, new different people and new type of work.
Here are the ten things I learned working in a hospital:
WE CANNOT HAVE EVERYTHING
Even how hard we work, there are just some things that we can’t have. Sometimes we just need to let it go and accept it. Everything happens for a reason and that reason is for you to find out.
During my college years, I really want to be an emergency room nurse. I wanted to go to U.S.A. become a member of rescue 911. But it never happened. Started working in pediatric ward then to medical ward. I became comfortable with this of set up. I was in my comfort zone for five years. Until one day I received another news—I am going to be transferred to another unit (again). And this time it is inside the Operating Room (O.R.). A totally different type of environment from where I came from.
There are times, everything we plan and dream changes even we do not want it. And there are times there are something that happens that we did not plan. Better opportunities arrive. This is life. Sometimes we need to get used to it.
WE CANNOT COMPLAIN (SOMETIMES)
This time, I really can’t. It is part of my job, and I know it is part of my learning. All I can do is accept the challenge and try to enjoy it. It is all about how you handle things that you’re not used to do.
KEEP THE POSITIVE VIBES
Be optimistic. Be an open minded person. I know it is not easy especially when you are bombarded with emotions. Everything happen for a reason as what I have said. Just try to look at the brighter side and as the day goes by maybe you will find the reason why it happened.
I am glad that I accepted the challenge. I met new people, gained new friends, learned how to adopt to changes and was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses.
THE MORE YOU HATE, THE MORE YOU LOVE
Being an O.R. nurse? It never entered my mind. I really did not want to be there. I did not had a bad experience here during my college years but there was someone whom I was afraid.
That was before. I really thought working in this department is a misery. But the truth is I am enjoying my work and I can say that I am happier right now.
It is time to let go of our fears, doubts (and hatred). Just try to appreciate what we have at this moment. And maybe one day you will be happy too.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
This is my motto since I started working as a nurse. Do not expect too much. Sometimes there are some unexpected things happen that will make you happy or brings you into tears. Expect that you will learn and discover new things. Either you will learn from the people around you or they will learn from you.
WE WORRY TOO MUCH
We think too much. We worry about those things will never happen. We think of the future too much.
The reason why I don’t want to work inside the O.R. is because I do not want to be compared with my mom. Yep, she’s a nurse of the same department too. I do not want to work with her. I was thinking of those negative thoughts for so long but actually it’s an advantage for me because she became one of my preceptors. Scary but still I felt comfortable.
WE CANNOT PLEASE EVERYBODY
I really do not want to be compared with other people. I do not want to be criticized. Always remember, we cannot please everybody. People will say whatever they want to say, I cannot do anything about it. We cannot stop them. It is their right. It takes courage to accept criticisms for us to learn and for us to grow. Now, it is up to us on how we will take it.
FEAR IS NORMAL
Especially of the unknown. Those “What ifs?”, “How?” “Can I?” let me tell you this,- What if this is really meant for you? How will you know if you do not try? Can you do it? Yes you can!
Fear is a natural feeling. But it will take us nowhere. Not knowing what is ahead of us is the challenge here. Imagine if you already know the outcome of what you’ve been working, are you still going to be eager to finish it?
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
We really need to wait. Sometimes it will take too long to the point you will feel like giving up. Don’t! Do not give up. Just wait.
CHANGE IS CONSTANT
Everything changes. Even you. Do not be afraid to try. Sometimes we need to go with the flow. Accept it. It may be difficult but I know you will make it. Maybe someday you will get more than what you’ve been asking for.
Pray constantly and for sure you will survive.
Courage is a must so you can take the leap of faith that you’ve been avoiding for so long.
Accept that we need to fail sometimes in order for us to learn.
Accept that we need other people to help us in our failure.
We’ll never know and we’ll never learn anything until we experience and try those things we’re been afraid of doing. Most of our lives we live in our comfort zone. Stuck in the same place. Doing the same thing over and over again. It is up to us if want to get out of this zone or stay in it.
“Just do it, in the end we only regret the chances that we did not take.”