A great reminder
I have been quite negative about my job on here recently. To be honest it's hard not to be with pay freezes and bad press about the NHS everywhere you look, but last night I was reminded about the difference I make to people and the reason I became a nurse in the first place.
Now unfortunately confidentiality prevents me from telling you what actually happened which is a shame because it really is a heartwarming story but I just wanted to say that feeling appreciated makes such a massive difference.
Last night was my first night back at work since having my sore back. I was given beds that already had patients in them to minimise the amount of physical transfers from trolley to bed I would have to do. Although patients do move in and out of our ward, I only transferred two patients out of the ward and admitted one overnight and one right at the end of the shift. As shifts in medical receiving go, this was actually quite an easy one from a physical standpoint. However nursing is rarely easy from a mental standpoint even if the physical part of the workload is easier than usual.
It was a difficult night at times, for me and for a patients relatives. Having a sick loved one is a very difficult thing and from a nursing standpoint having a family in with a sick patient is actually really hard. You worry you wont know what to say or that you will say the wrong thing, or that they will ask a question you simply don't know the answer to. This family were amazing - they were amazingly strong for their relative, and they took time out to thank me and tell me they appreciated me.
The best feeling in my job is appreciation. It's not about egos or wanting people to tell you how great you are it's just because everyone is so bloomin' hard on us that its nice to know that you actually are doing a decent job.