Nursing can be an incredibly challenging career at times.
well, most of the time.
This means coping strategies and lots and lots of practice being mentally prepared for your shift, and trying to leave work at work at the end of your shift. Everyone has their own methods. Here’s mine.
Preparing for work
I wake up at 0525. Then again at 0530. Then once more at 0537. Third time’s the charm and I get up and start getting ready then. Does that make me sound OCD? I think all nurses have their own mild form of OCD. Anyway… back to this post. While I’m getting ready, I usually listen to some of my favorite music on my iphone (while secretly hoping work’s number will pop up and they’ll say the magic “on call” words). Once I’m ready for the day, I leave the bathroom, give Mo a hug & kiss while trying not to wake him too much and leave the bedroom. In the kitchen I gather some food for breakfast and lunch then grab my nursing bag and keys and head out the door. I have a 20 minute drive to work that I can mentally prepare myself for what’s to come: morning rounds with the doctors, open heart surgeries, and distraught families, just to name a few.
Winding down after work
Some days are worse then others. After a rough day, I take the 20 minute drive home to try and relax. Once again, I usually have music playing that I can sing to. Singing helps me wind down. Once I get home I usually figure out some sort of dinner for Mo and I, then catch up on all the facebook and instagram that I missed over the last 12 hours while I was at work. Sometimes I have roller derby practice. Sometimes I have the next day off, so we stay up late. And by late, I mean 11 or 12. Party animals over here, I tell you what. Once, after an incredibly difficult day, I made chocolate chip cookies. It seemed like the thing to do. Those difficult days tend to stick in your head and you can’t help but think about the circumstances over and over again and think about what you could have done differently and if it would’ve helped… In the end, just giving it a little time helps.
Your turn! What is your day like before and after? Feel free to link up with Paige and I!