To the Kind of Nurse I Want To Be:

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To the kind of nurse I want to be:

I see you. I see you clogging through the halls in your danskos.  Your hair perfectly styled at the beginning of the shift has since been pulled into a messy bun. I see your pocketful of pens and highlighters. I see you analyzing labs and planning interventions. I see you predicting outcomes and calling doctors. I see how you interact with patients and make them laugh and smile. I see you.

And in you, I see the kind of nurse I want to be. I see my own pair of scuffed white nursing clogs, my own ponytail, my own pockets filled with my own favorite pens. I see you and I dream of having the instincts you have to analyze labs and predict outcomes. I pray that one day my hands won’t shake when I dial the number of a physician in the middle of the night. I hope that my patients respond as well to me as they do you. I see you, and I want to be you.

I see you, and I hope you see me too. I hope you see that this world is so new to me, so startling and surprising but somehow also magical. I hope you see that my eyes are wide in anticipation to learn and grow. I hope you see me trying my hardest and doing my very best. I hope you see that I’m still learning, but that I never want to stop learning. I hope you see that I care. I hope you see me.

I hope you see me, and I hope when you see me, you see yourself. I hope you see your own brand new scrubs and new danskos. I hope you see the first time you ever truly understood the meaning behind lab values. I hope you see yourself the first time you didn’t have to google the name of a generic drug to remember it’s trade name. I hope you see me and see your own first victory dance after a series of successful IVs.

So to the kind of nurse I want to be, when you see me, I hope you’ll smile and encourage me. Teach me something that will make me better. Don’t expect me to know it all, but do have high expectations of me. Let me take the lead every now and then. Let me show you how much I know. When you correct me, do it with kindness. When I make a mistake, show me the correct way to do it for next time. Share with me everything this profession has given to you, I’ll hang on to every detail. Don’t leave out a thing, I’m listening.

I see you, and I hope you see me, too. You’re the kind of nurse I want to be. Don’t forget that.

 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Love,

cassie

3 thoughts on “To the Kind of Nurse I Want To Be:

  1. To the New Nurse,
    I see you too. I see you coming in on a brand new day with excitement in your eyes. I see you with your new not so worn scrubs. I see you with your nice new pens and highlighters that you will most likely loose at some point. I see you questioning yourself more than you should at times. I see the concern and empathy in your face with each patient that you encounter.

    And in you, I see the nurse I once was. I see my old worn out scrubs. I see my shoes I have had that have walked many many miles throughout the halls. I see the newness in somethings you might miss. I pray that one day I will be the nurse you can remember that might have helped you through your transition from a new nurse to a experienced nurse. I hope I have the same excitement and enthusiasm as you when I greet my patients because it is beautiful.

    I see you, and I hope you see me to. I am you see that I am worn and tired from the many hours of shift after shift. I hope you see and learn from the experiences that I may have to offer to you. I see that you are new and wonderful and that God has blessed me with someone to mentor with the experiences that I might have to share. I see that even though I may have more experience that I can still learn from you.

    I hope you see me too, and I hope when you see me, you see yourself. Years down the road when you are not new and have experiences that you can share with a new nurse; I hope you will remember me and be kind and share your experiences with them. I see every accomplishment that you make and though I might not show it I am doing my own happy dance within for your accomplishment.

    So to the new nurse I have come to adore, when you see me, I hope you smile and take my encouragement. I hope that I am able to be a mentor that you deserve and that will make you a better nurse. To the new nurse I will push you to do things that you might be wary about but I will join in your excitement when you accomplish a task and I will be there when you fail to encourage you to try again and remind you that it will be OK.

    I see you, and I hope you see me, too. You’re the kind of nurse that shines a light into our field and I am beyond proud to work with you.

    Love,
    DEB

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