In case you haven't heard...

10:14:00 PM Jaclyn Armstrong 0 Comments

I'm a freaking nurse.  Licensed by the state of Tennessee.  I push meds like candy, I stick tubes in any place I can find, I'm responsible for lives (& narcotics), I chart millions of words a day, and I sign my name with two beautiful letters behind it.

It's a great feeling.

In all seriousness, I'm loving my job as a registered nurse.  Everything's coming together, and I see the difference I make in patients' lives every day.  I feel independent, responsible, and like I've finally made something of myself.  I guess it's about time after 5 years of school and 2 Bachelors degrees.  I have a career... a REAL career.  And a paycheck that can pay the bills with plenty to spare (it doesn't hurt that the government pays well when your husband is sitting in a war zone for the next year).  I'm proud to be a nurse, and I'm proud because I'm a great nurse.  I still have a lot to learn but I've mastered the most important skills- really listening to my patients and their families, providing comfort and security, and bringing smiles to their faces when they're going through terrible pain and suffering (and sometimes just a lot of whining).  I don't ever want to forget why I chose the career I did, or become so burnt out that I lose the compassion for others that I feel every day in the hospital.

To sum it up, being a nurse ROCKS.

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