Merriam-Webster defines a mentor as a trusted counselor or guide. Every nurse should have at least one nurse mentor regardless of the stage of his or her career. We are constantly in need of second opinions or advice. The day you think you have learned it all or know it all is the day you should retire 😉 In my latest for Mighty Nurse, I discuss some necessary qualities of a nurse mentor. Thanks for reading!!!
Hello from sunny Florida ❤ Every winter, I head home for the warmth and light, embrace of family, and to remember where I come from. Since coming home, I have been a little lax in my posting. As a result, I will now be inundating you all with back posts 🙂
For me, being a nurse is so much more than having the skill to place an IV, the ability to detect subtle changes in a patient’s status, and the ability to deal with the multiple personalities one is confronted with on a daily basis. It is equally important to be a good listener, strive to continually learn, and take the time to educate and advocate for one’s patients. Our patients are not only those we treat at the bedside, but those we are surrounded by in every day life including friends, family, and community. A nurse is never truly off-duty.
In the last year, I have transitioned more and more away from my role as a bedside nurse to the role of maternal/infant health and education. Patient education has always been my passion and in the last year I have been honored and privileged to offer maternal and infant education courses to expectant parents living in Gothenburg, Sweden, through a fledgling maternal/infant and wellness company. My vow to each and every student is the same I offer my patients. I strive to leave my own struggles behind and greet them with undisturbed enthusiasm. I will learn from them as they learn from me and guide them with care and consideration on the journey to their baby.
The following is my vow to those I serve in my role as nurse whether through care at the bedside or through community outreach ❤
Happy 2017!! My posts are slightly delayed following a nice holiday break and transcontinental travel. The following is a thank you to all the nurses, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, and other medical staff who worked the holidays.