What I love most about being a nurse is that look on a patient’s face when they go from being terrified to just being grateful. They’re just so happy and gracious when you walk them through something that wasn’t expected.
One of the most important reasons why I became a nurse was to become the voice for the voiceless, and as a nurse, you become a patient advocate. Any time that I’ve had any issues and I’ve had to go to the doctor, it was always the nurses that provided that extra special touch to help me. That garnered my interest in nursing, and I used to ask them a ton of questions.
The life of a Perioperative Nurse
Find out why working in the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) gives Kristle, MSN, RN, NP, a lot of career satisfaction.
I work as a Nurse Practitioner in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit
What a typical work shift is like for me
A typical day would be going in, doing my assessment, making sure that my patient is comfortable before I do anything else. A lot of times we worry about post-op complications, and being the patient advocate that I am, the first thing is for me to get that patient out of bed so that they can feel more human, as opposed to staying in the bed and feeling like they’re a sick person. Doing early mobilization has helped patients very much to get to where they need to get to, and this—getting them up, getting them out, making them feel human again, helps them. I have them tell me what they want me to do for them. I’m working for them, right?
I have to make sure that they have all of their needs met before I step away from them, before I do my documentation. You have to document as quickly as you can in a timely fashion. You have to make sure that you're time stamping everything, making sure that all your documentation is on point, because you’re telling a story, and you’re giving a report to the oncoming residents or the oncoming nurse.
My innovation story
You have to have something to occupy your time besides nursing. You have to have a hobby. You have to destress. You are a patient. You’re a caregiver when you’re on duty, and it’s okay to feel tired and overwhelmed in doing that caregiving duty. It’s okay to say I need a break, it’s okay to take time for yourself. Nurses are often selfless when at times we need to be selfish. Take your break.”